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August 12 Newsletter

Mayor Turner Tours Eastern Glades Section Of Memorial Park
"Another signature moment for the city" was how Mayor Sylvester Turner described the Eastern Glades portion of Houston's Memorial Park. Turner toured the newly-transformed piece of land along with Shellye Arnold, President and CEO of the Memorial Park Conservancy. Eastern Glades is 100 acres of greenspace that features a massive lane with wetland, a mile and a half of new boardwalks and walking trails.

Mayor Turner said, "it's exciting, in the midst of a pandemic situation, when people are being bombarded with negative news, this is an inspirational event. And then from a cultural perspective – especially in this time – it's uniting this city because it pays tribute to Camp Logan and all of the soldiers that trained, and the history there."
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Houston scores lofty ranking in new study of America’s best cities
Buoyed by diversity, fine food, and Fortune 500 companies, Houston ranks as the 11th best city in the country and the top city in Texas, according to a consulting firm’s annual study.
Explained: The latest eviction policies during the coronavirus
On Saturday, President Donald Trump signed a slew of executive orders. One of them mentioned evictions. Here’s a breakdown of where eviction policy and aid stands now, nationally and locally.
Nearly one-quarter of Houston-area renters couldn’t make their July payment
As moratoriums on evictions expire and bonus unemployment benefits run out, many in Houston and across Texas face increasing uncertainty about their ability to pay for a place to live.
Work begins on Memorial Park's land bridge project
Construction will soon be underway on Memorial Park's 100-acre, $70 million land bridge across Memorial Drive, which will tie together the north and south sections of the park, bolster the area's native prairies and expand its trail network.
Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages
Groups dedicated to ending homelessness hope to build on this unanticipated support for their mission, and to build greater awareness of proven strategies for getting unsheltered Americans into housing. 
Texas child vaccination rates down significantly
Fear is a primary reason for an average 44 percent drop in the number of doses administered in the Texas Vaccines for Children program during the early months of the pandemic, according to a new state report. The trend puts Texas at risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, a potential disaster when school starts up.
This Doctor Ran 22 Miles While Wearing a Face Mask to Prove They Don't Affect Oxygen Levels
Tom Lawton, an ICU doctor from the United Kingdom, recently disproved that theory by testing it out himself—all while nearly completing a marathon.
Dose of reality: Flu season is right around the corner
Mayors around the country soon will have another concern to add to the list of those connected to COVID-19: the arrival of the seasonal flu this fall and the chance that some parts of the country will experience a “double-whammy” of flu and COVID outbreaks.
Ohio Maybe Can’t Afford the Unemployment Benefits Extension
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a CNN interview Sunday he doesn't know if Ohio would be able to come up with the $100 state match needed to extend $400 in extra weekly unemployment benefits included in an executive order announced Saturday by President Donald Trump.

Nick Anderson sings a new toon for the Office of Government Relations

In a city workforce of more than 21,000, dozens of employees are bound to have hidden creative talents and artistic pursuits. But it’s not every day that you could bump into a nationally syndicatedPulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the watercooler. 

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