Boykins Briefings

Your District D News  

 Council Member Dwight A. Boykins

June 2014 
Greetings Residents of District D, 
Welcome to the June edition of The Boykins Briefings 

On June 18, City Council members voted to approve the City of Houston's $5.2 billon dollar operating budget for Fiscal Year 2015. One of the most significant amendments offered was the "Council District Service Budget" amendment.


This amendment allocates $1,000,000.00 to each of the 11 council district offices and the purpose of these funds is to introduce a faster and more efficient method to address neighborhood issues and concerns. The overall structure of the program will incorporate necessary legal protections and Mayor Annise Parker must approve or deny each request within 10 days of submittal. The approval process requires project justification, in order to establish the feasibility and necessity of a funding request to the administration.


 In order to establish an effective District D Needs-Based Plan, the District D team staff and community liaisons convened for a retreat on July 10th, where we analyzed our constituent issue logs and all service requests made to our district office and four satellite offices. We also had Department Directors and representatives from the Department of Neighborhoods, Housing and Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Fire attend to provide their input on areas of concern pertinent to the District D community.


From the retreat, our team will create a comprehensive document to support the Council District Service Funds that are specifically allocated for our district, which will include special community project ideas and initiatives.

True collaboration and consensus on neighborhood needs will aid in forming a real partnership between the community and city government. Rather than talking at our community, we will show that we are listening to them, thus building up their trust and confidence in the process. And together, we will all work towards building a better Houston for future generations.


District D Satellite Office's
  • J.J Roberson Family Center, 4810 Redbud St. 77033
  • Sagemont Community Center, 11507 Hughes Rd. 77089
  • Thirdward Multiservice Center, 3611 Ennis St. 77004
  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 4605 Wilmington St. 77051

If anyone has any questions or concerns pertaining to their community please call 832-393-3001 or email

Coffee and Conversation with Council Member
This month my staff and I visited residents of Macgregor Palm Terrace Civic Association, SEHTA and Macgregor Trails Civic Club for Coffee and Conversation.
If you would like to sign up for Coffee and Conversation, please call Dee Cleare at 832-393-3001 or email
From Left to Right: Council Member Dwight Boykins, Pauline Brown, and Paulette Wagner
From Left to Right: Council Member Dwight Boykins, Pauline Brown, Paulette Wagner, Paulette Wagner, Paul Charles, Gwen Fredrick, and Myra Fleeks
Community Connection
Pyburns Farm Fresh Foods Community Meeting


District D residents joined my office and The City of Houston Housing and Community Development for a community meeting to discuss the opening of Pyburns Farm Fresh Foods.  Over 40 residents attended the event and had the opportunity to meet the owner of the store and fill out questionnaires about what they prefer in the store

 From Left to Right: Neal Rackleff, Director of Housing and Community Development, the Vuong Family and Council Member Dwight Boykins
Groundbreaking of Pyburns Farm Fresh Foods


On Monday, June 30th, I gathered with other elected officials and community leaders for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pyburns Farm Fresh Foods in the heart of the South Union community.  


Pyburns Farm Fresh Foods will be located at the corner of Corder and Scott. The new grocery store will bring more than 25 new jobs to the community and also offer 24-hour security.


The new grocery store will help to address concerns of limited community access to affordable and nutritious food options, while simultaneously renewing the urban landscape and revitalizing the community.
Over 80 residents from the District D community attended the groundbreaking of the new grocery store.
Council Member Dwight Boykins and owner of Pyburns Farm Fresh Foods, John Vuong, break ground on the new quality grocery store.
During the program, Council Member Boykins discusses being able to provide a major development in the neighborhood he grew up in.
District D Business Appreciation


Thursday June 12, my office hosted a District D Business Appreciation Reception for businesses along the Almeda Corridor.
We recognized 14 local area businesses. The City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity also spoke to the small business about becoming engaged with the city.
The businesses recognized were Sweet Dreams Gourmet, Fuddruckers, Green Seed Vegan, The Root, Simply Scents, KCOH, Remix Fashion, Proguard Self Storage, Zayd's Forward Times, Lugio's Pizza, Melodrama Boutique, Kaffeine Coffee & Internet Caf� and Maxwell Street Grill.
Senior's Assistance Fund Board Meeting


June 4th, we held the first Senior Assistance Fund Board Meeting.
Dorothy Booker serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.  On Thursday, July 31st, the Senior's Assistance Fund will host the "Swingin 4 Seniors" fundraising golf tournament at Hermann Park Golf Course.
If you are interested in volunteering for the July 31st Golf Tournament, please contact Chelbi Mims (832) 393-3001
Juneteenth Celebration


 My office and I celebrated Juneteenth, the day the message of freedom was delivered to the oppressed people of Texas. We served lunch to the seniors from the Third Ward Multiservice Center and the Sunnyside Multiservice Center. We remember the message of freedom as we continue to serve our community.
Human Trafficking Awareness


This month the state of Texas  welcomed new billboards and public service campaigns used to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Some of the public service ads will appear on Yellow Cabs, Metro buses and shopping malls. They will also appear on Spanish-language TV and radio.
This element of public awareness reminds everyone that this is a real and pressing issue in the city. Human trafficking is more than a crime it is a tragedy.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Free Swim Clinic
Chelbi Mims from my staff joined

USA Swimming and representatives from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Blue Triangle Multi-Service Center for a free swim clinic.



District D Summer Interns
Dave Moore, Freshman at Lamar University, and Ryan George, Sophomore at Morehouse College have joined our team as summer interns. We look forward to working with these young men to teach them more about city government and provide a transformative summer experience.





City Hall Updates 
Liftoff Houston
  • The 2014 Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition has begun.  Orientations for the yearly competition are held throughout June and July at various HPL libraries.
  •  The competition is open to Houston small business owners that have been open less than one year.
  • Liftoff Houston provides business owners with necessary information on operating a small business.
  • Three $10,000 prizes are being awarded for product based business plans, service based business plans, and innovation based business plans.
  • More information can be found at

City Hall Annex
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002


Phone: 832.393.3001
FAX; 832.393.3201

Meet the District D Team

  • Jessica Kemp, Chief of Staff
  • Shavonda Johnson, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Chelbi Mims, Communication and Special Projects Coordinator
  • Dee Cleare, Scheduler
  • Thyra Burks, Community Liaison

  • Ed Banks, Seniors Community Liaison/ Third Ward Multi-Service Center Satellite Office  

  • Carolyn Webster, Seniors Community Liaison/ J. J. Roberson Family Life Center Satellite Office

  • Mary Roberts, Seniors Community Liaison/ Sunnyside Multi-Service Center Satellite Office

  • Rosario Wilson, Seniors Community Liaison/ Sagemont Community Center 

City Contacts






For other City of Houston departments and projects, please visit the city website.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Cover all of your home's windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8" exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

Tips courtesy of

Upcoming Events
"Swingin 4 Seniors" Golf Tournament

Thursday July 31st

Hermann Park Golf Course

2155 N. MacGregor Way

8:00 pm


Southeast PIP Meeting

Thursday August 14th

8300 Mykawa

7:00 pm

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