February 11, 2016

HISD board says Lanier MS and two others must change their names, Carnegie Vanguard must end UIL sports

HISD's board wasn't nearly this congenial at its Thursday meeting, with split votes on renaming schools and eliminating sports from specialty schools. (Photo from HISD)

By Charlotte Aguilar Houston ISD trustees voted 5-4 along racial lines Thursday night to begin the process of changing the names of Sidney Lanier and Albert Sidney Johnston middle schools and 6-3 to rename Jefferson Davis High School because of their namesakes’ connections to the Confederacy. The three African-American and two Latino trustees supported the […]

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February 9, 2016

West U council to Reilly: No, no and no on parking, variances, legal bill reimbursement

According to City Attorney Alan Petrov's opinion, West U's policy which allows parking across sidewalks at older, corner residential lots, does not violate state and federal law. (Photo by Charlotte Aguilar)

By Charlotte Aguilar West U Councilmember Brennan Reilly swung for the fences three times at Monday night’s City Council meeting – and went 0-for-3. He couldn’t muster support: In his efforts to repeal the city’s sidewalk parking policy for corner lots, For studying whether the city’s standards for variances are too strict, and For his […]

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February 5, 2016

West U council to tackle sidewalk parking, she-wolf on Monday

The homeowner at 3304 Sunset installed this replica of the The "Capitoline Wolf" on their front fence sometime after Christmas despite having their variance request to install this statue denied by the BSC on November 5, 2015. The homeowner has been issued a $500 citation. 

Is West University’s selective enforcement of corner-lot sidewalk parking in violation of state and federal law? City Attorney Alan Petrov is expected to issue his opinion Monday during a meeting of the City Council at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd. The matter was put on the agenda at the last meeting […]

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February 5, 2016

Armed robber flees with cash from West U business

West University police are looking for an armed robber who held up a business in the 5800 block of Kirby Drive Thursday night. According to the report, a black male in his 30s, about 6’3″ tall and 250 pounds, entered the business, flashed a handgun, and demanded money from the cash register. The employee complied, […]

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January 26, 2016

Déjà vu all over again: legal opinion sought on West U corner sidewalk parking

By Charlotte Aguilar Could West University’s long-debated sidewalk parking policy — in particular, involving corner residential lots — be in violation of state law or federal disability law compliance? Finding out is the new charge from City Council to City Attorney Alan Petrov. “It could be a liability,” was Petrov’s initial response to council Monday […]

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January 25, 2016

West U City Council to address parking issues — again

The age-old question of parking across sidewalks is back on the West University City Council agenda tonight (Monday, Jan. 25) as part of an agenda item addressing the larger issue of  “parking etiquette.” Councilmember Brennan Reilly and Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kelly sought the discussion, which is also expected to include designated drop-off zones and […]

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January 21, 2016

Homeless suspect sought in rape of 12-year-old at Southside Place CVS

Southside Place Police are asking for help in locating Christopher Barillas, suspected of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in a CVS Pharmacy last October.

Southside Place police are seeking the public’s help in locating a homeless man with a criminal past who is suspected of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl inside the CVS Pharmacy at Bellaire Boulevard and Stella Link Road Oct. 16. Surveillance video offered clear images of the man, but ABC-13 reported that it was a rape […]

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January 21, 2016

HISD trustee to meet with Lanier MS community on name change

The letter from Lanier MS Principal Felicia Adams announcing a community meeting on the proposal to change the school's name.

The promised community meeting to discuss whether the name of Lanier Middle School should be changed has been set for 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the school, 2600 Woodhead St. The campus is one of eight in an HISD proposal to remove the names of schools whose namesakes have ties with the Confederacy and to […]

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January 16, 2016

Marathon alert: be prepared for detours, noise (and a bit of inspiration)


The Chevron Houston Marathon will thunder through West University Sunday morning, bringing with it an official celebration outside City Hall, road closings and detours — and a chance to see 27,000 runners give it their all for 26.2 miles in temperatures in the low 40s. The course winds along University Boulevard from Kirby to Weslayan, where […]

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January 14, 2016

UPDATED: Lanier MS gets reprieve from renaming — for now — until community is heard

Jolanda Jones, newly elected HISD trustee for Lanier MS.

By Charlotte Aguilar UPDATE: HISD trustees voted 5-4 Thursday night to initiate the process of renaming four schools — Lee High School (originally known as Robert E. Lee HS), Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Henry Grady and Richard Dowling middle schools — whose namesakes had ties to the Confederacy. At the request of Jolanda Jones — in her first […]

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