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New year, new superintendent: SF schools chief named to lead HISD

July 27, 2016

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Just in time for the start of the new school year — and in a rare display of unity — the Houston ISD Board of Trustees named a California Latino to be its superintendent Wednesday morning. Richard A. Carranza currently leads the 53,000-student San Francisco Unified School District. Under state law, the board cannot vote […]

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REVERSAL- West U board rules that AT&T ‘loading and unloading’ illegal

June 24, 2016

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Robert Grossman, who successfully appealed a West U official's ruling about how AT&T is using its property along Ruskin Street, talks with AT&T rep Reid Wilson after the ZBA backed his appeal early Friday morning.

By Charlotte Aguilar After more than five hours of testimony and deliberations that stretched into early Friday morning, West University’s Zoning Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 to overturn the city planner’s interpretation of a zoning ordinance that allowed AT&T to load and unload trucks in a special parking district that is zoning for the construction […]

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West U City Council audio now available

June 15, 2016

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Did you miss the latest West U City Council table? Don’t fret. West U is in the midst of a six-month trail of posting recorded council meeting audio on the city’s website. The recordings, posted the day after the meeting, allow those not able to attend, a way to hear discussions from the council members […]

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Library improvements pass first step with city council

June 14, 2016

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The first step in implementing $300,000 in improvements to West University’s 53-year-old Library was accomplished Monday at the city council meeting. At that meeting, the council voted unanimously to give the city manager and staff authority to solicit bids for the aforementioned $300,000 in library improvements. The ball is now in the hands of the […]

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West U advises residents on street parking

June 13, 2016

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West University has a problem with neighborhood parking, according to the latest community news post on the city’s website. The city states that the streets in West U, “prove a challenge to many of its residences from the width of the street, to short driveways in the older homes, to multiple cars at each residence.” […]

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Volunteers needed at the Christian Community Service Center

June 6, 2016

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The Christian Community Service Center, or CCSC, is a nonprofit coalition that assists low-income families in the inner-city and southwest parts of Houston and is currently in need of volunteers. In 2015, the organization helped 10,878 people received relief with every day necessities through two service centers. Additionally, 739 individuals were served in two employment […]

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Resident beware, hurricane season is here

June 1, 2016

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A new month, and with it comes this year’s hurricane season, which is expected to last until November 30. Despite the official season not starting till June 1, it had a start earlier this year with Hurricane Alex, a rare January hurricane that struck. Speaking at a recent Regional Joint Information Center, National Weather Service […]

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A true green space: survey shows new West U park will have abundant tree canopy

May 26, 2016


West U Urban Forester Craig Koehl inspects a diseased water oak on the Harris property that's being donated to the city. (Photo by Carlos Aguilar)

By Carlos Aguilar West University’s urban forester and a contingent from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department made an informal survey Thursday afternoon of what is destined to become West U’s newest park — and the news was good. “Two-thirds of the trees should be able to be preserved,” said Urban Forester Craig Koehl. “Fifty […]

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Reminder: runoff election today — but check your polling place

May 24, 2016

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Voters have until 7 tonight (Tuesday) to vote in runoffs for a number of runoff contests for Democrats and Republicans. A number of precincts have been consolidated, and parties have different polling locations, so voters are urged to check their location here before heading to the polls. Republicans will be deciding  nominees for railroad commissioner, […]

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West U among top ten richest towns in the U.S.

May 20, 2016

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The website recently released a list of America’s richest and poorest towns, and West University landed tenth on the riches towns’ list. To determine the richest U.S. town, considered 2010-2014 five year average median household incomes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The website excluded town for which the margin of […]

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