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Posts published in “Day: July 21, 2022

City, County join in Gun BuyBack program

HOUSTON – As part of his One Safe Houston initiative, Mayor Sylvester Turner is holding a Gun Buyback program to reduce the number of guns on our streets. The City – County Partnership will reduce the number of Unwanted Guns on our streets.

To make Houston’s homes and streets safer and free from violence, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office and Police Chief Troy Finner announce a gun buyback program that will take place July 30. With no questions asked, residents can turn in firearms in exchange for gift cards in the amount of $50, $100, $150 and $200 – depending on the type of gun. It’s part of a coordinated effort to reduce violent crimes.

The event, in partnership with Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Houston Police Department, and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, will take place from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, July 30, at 3826 Wheeler Ave.

Garcia at White House Workforce Summit

Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, second from right, participated in the Workforce Summit of the American Rescue Plan. The discussion and presentation was live streamed throughout the nation. Above, panel members are welcomed to the discussion by White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling.

Comm. Garcia’s Employ2Empower program recognized

Harris County, TX — Wednesday, July 13, Commissioner Adrian Garcia traveled to the White House to discuss the ARPA-funded Employ2Empower countywide homeless workforce initiative, which originally began as a pilot program in Precinct 2. Commissioner Garcia joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, plus other officials from around the country for a series of events to discuss EMPLOY2EMPOWER.

Commissioner Garcia gave prepared remarks at 11:40 a.m. CST, and he was available for interviews (in both English and Spanish) starting at approximately 12:30 p.m. CST.

The White House Summit on the American Rescue Plan and Workforce with Vice President Harris was held on July 13 in Washington DC.

San Jacinto River: 2 DROWN AT MAGNOLIA GARDENS

Harris County Sheriff’s Maritime Patrol deputies search for a missing swimmer in the San Jacinto River.

In two separate incidents last weekend, swimmers drowned in the San Jacinto River, near Magnolia Gardens Park. On Saturday, a 13-year-old boy swimming with his family disappeared under water and didn’t resurface. His body was recovered on the river bank early Sunday morning.

In the other drowning, on Sunday a man in his 30s swam out into the river, but midway he turned to come back, and went underwater and didn’t resurface. Dive teams recovered his body around 7 pm.

Griner trial in Russia update

DURING THE TRIAL, GRINER IS IN A CAGE.IN THIS PHOTO, SHE HOLDS A PHOTO OF USA ALL-STAR PLAYERS WEARING HER NUMBER IN SUPPORT.

Houston native and Nimitz graduate Brittney Griner, a WNBA star basketball player, remains in a Russian jail after her third day of trial last Thursday. She has pleaded guilty to a minor drug charge, and the third day of her trial consisted of character witnesses. US officials were present at the proceedings.

She has been able to communicate with her family, wife, and President Biden through written out emails and letters.

Her next day in court is July 26th. Experts say her conviction is almost certain, with imprisonment for up to 10 years, unless the US is able to bargain for her release.

Public Input Wanted on Countywide Drainage Plan Study

Chambers County has been awarded a $6.2 million grant through the Texas Water Development Board Flood Infrastructure Fund. This is a 75/25 match grant and the County is partnering with the Cities of Mont Belvieu, Dayton, Liberty and Beach City, as well as WCID #5 to fund the match.

The purpose of this is to study all of the water that flows “to and through” Chambers County. The end product will be twofold: a comprehensive drainage plan of the entire County and a list of “shovel ready” projects that the County can use for future grant applications and budget planning.

We have been working on this grant for more than two years (the initial application was submitted in March 2020) and have gathered a substantial amount of information… but we are now turning to our public and asking that you share your knowledge with us.

UPDATE ON COVID SHOTS FOR CHILDREN

Harris County Public Health Now Administering COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Under 5 Years Old

Vaccination for children 6 months to 4 years follows the recent approval by FDA, CDC, and DSHS

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is now administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children 6 months to 4 years old. This follows the recent emergency use authorization given to both Pfizer and Moderna by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

HCPH encourages parents or guardians to first seek a COVID-19 vaccine for their children from their primary care provider or pediatrician. HCPH will provide vaccines to children at its vaccination sites to residents who cannot obtain it otherwise.

All COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe and effective and have proven to provide strong protection against severe illness, hospitalizations, and death, including the latest version approved for children aged 6 months to 4 years old.