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houston

46 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Sylvester Turner, Amy Peck, Tarsha Jackson, Abbie Kamin, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Dave Martin, Tiffany Thomas, Mary Nan Huffman, Karla Cisneros, Robert Gallegos, Edward Pollard, Martha Castex-Tatum, Mike Knox, David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Letitia Plummer, Sallie Alcorn

Create Pedestrian Walkway on Westheimer

We’re proposing for the City of Houston to install a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (“PHB”) at the intersection of Stanford Street and Westheimer to make Houston a safer place to walk. Please refer  below to learn how a PHB works.  I love walking, believing that the best way to learn a city is by foot. I’m also lucky to have many incredible coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques. However, I often opt to drive, sometimes to reach a location less than even 0.3 miles from me, due to the dangerous crossing conditions in the neighborhood. Specifically, I find it incredibly difficult to cross Westheimer Road from intersections such as Stanford Street.  My concerns were unfortunately confirmed upon learning that a 21 year old man was killed trying to cross Westheimer Road from Taft Street.  While the Stanford Street crossing is just 0.1 miles away from the intersection of Montrose Blvd and Westheimer Rd, many individuals opt to walk through neighborhoods as the state of sidewalks on Montrose Blvd would be considered unwalkable in other US cities. They are narrow, uneven, inaccessible to strollers and wheelchairs, and filled with grass and weed overgrowth. This is confirmed by the fact that in 2016 and 2017, a total of 6 incapacitating injuries occured on Montrose.  Foot traffic across this road is undoubtedly going to increase from current amounts. The new Montrose Collective building is just 456 feet from Stanford and Westheimer and boasts room for retail, restaurant and office space, guaranteeing increased traffic. Additionally, over 20 food and beverage businesses exist within just a 0.2 mile radius of the intersection of Stanford Street and Westheimer Road.  The solution is not difficult nor disruptive. By constructing a PHB at the intersection of Stanford St and Westheimer Rd (or +/- 1 block away), pedestrians will be able to safely cross the street as needed, without having to run across the four lane road hoping that drivers will follow right-of-way laws.  A PHB is different from a traffic signal in that it stays dark until activated by a pedestrian. When activated, the PHB “displays a sequence of flashing and solid lights that indicate the pedestrian walk interval and when it is safe for drivers to proceed. A solid red light requires drivers to stop while pedestrians have the right-of-way to cross the street.” For more information: http://www.pedbikesafe.org/pedsafe/countermeasures_detail.cfm?CM_NUM=53 To read more on the tragic state of pedestrians’ fate in Houston, please see: https://kinder.rice.edu/urbanedge/2021/02/03/invisible-epidemic-pedestrian-deaths-Houston-US For information on pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in Houston, please see: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/transportation/article/bike-crash-death-stats-16725633.php

Yussra Hamid
49 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to

Investigate Houston Police and Mayor Turner in the murder of Alexander Silva III "AJ."

My 19 year old nephew, Alexander Silva III aka Lil AJ, was a normal, American teenager (on the verge of manhood) when he got into some trouble, fell into an addiction, and began a relationship with an older, married woman who is allegedly involved in drug trafficking and was arrested with someone who was trafficking drugs. In April of 2021, he went missing in Houston, Texas while wearing a pretrial ankle monitor. No officer tried physically looking for him. After two months of red tape, we got his ankle monitor GPS log. His last days were spent at a warehouse in the Langwood area of Northeast Houston. Since cops wouldn't look for him and no big search and rescue organizations were willing to help (Texas EquuSearch denied us twice), I drove from New Mexico back to my home town of Houston to investigate. I went to the warehouse where his monitor pinged, unmoving, for 41 hours. The first person I talked to, saw him shot by a fence and saw someone resembling his girlfriend cover him in garbage bags and, hours later, after people were able to pose with his body and take pictures with it, take it away. While in the neighborhood, my family literally witnessed men trafficking assault style weapons in laundry baskets. A vehicle with disabled veteran plates was seen leaving his girlfriend's house not long after AJ's murder. That disabled veteran is connected to the mayor of Houston. Cops claim the eyewitness lied. Twice. Cops won't polygraph his girlfriend. Cops haven't looked for his girlfriend's car which conveniently went missing just after AJ did. When we found a matching car that contained blood stains, same damage to the rear fender, and sand in the flood boards (AJ and his girlfriend had recently gone to Galveston), cops first question was "How did you find it and who do you have looking for information?"  Cops claim our cadaver dogs were inaccurate when they gave a full alert at the murder scene, but wouldn't send their own cadaver dogs to confirm nor would they test the soil for DNA evidence. They allowed the owners to put fresh soil over the crime scene, allowing them to tamper with it.   Cops have bullied us. Cops have threatened to arrest me. Our lives have been threatened and our family has been physically stalked. Cops claimed this is normal and wouldn't look into those who stalked us even though that person mentioned the weapon he killed AJ with AND confessed to several murders and kidnappings. Cops have repeatedly violated my sister's ADA rights for a reasonable accommodation. Why aren't cops helping? Is it because the mayor is involved? Is it because the city of Houston is overrun by people who are trafficking drugs and guns and they are outnumbered or is it more sinister than that? Or does AJ's girlfriend have friends in high places? We'll never know if this city government and police department isn't properly investigated. We need this department investigated. We need Detective Huff fired for violating Federal Law. We need justice for AJ.        

Paul Vasquez
1,357 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to

Provide driving classes on campus in CFISD high schools #helpstudentsdrive

Some high schools in other areas have these driving classes on campus. It's a no-brainer for them, so why don't we have them here in Cypress? This would make the process of teens getting a driver's license more convenient for students and parents alike. It doesn't even have to be taken during school hours or be required. It can be an after school program that kids can take after their last period. Parents won't have to drive them to a separate school for learning how to drive. They can have the permit test available for students to take at the school, then do the classroom/lecture portion of the process in a classroom at the school. Even if the schools can't provide the actual driving sessions where students drive with a driving instructor, they could at least provide the lecture portion that takes place in the classroom. Perhaps they can even team up with current driving schools that are open in the area but aren't currently connected to any of the high schools. They can combine their resources to create a more convenient, helpful, cheaper, and less stressful process for kids getting their learner's permit or taking the class so that they're on the road (pun intended) to getting their driver's license.  Most driving schools in the Cypress area have decent driving practice sessions, but getting through the classroom portion of the process is not great, due to lack of resources, teachers with proper training/experience, and space. If more schools provided these classes on campus, more students would be able to learn to drive in a more convenient manner. Even if they can't afford to drive a car to school and stick to taking the bus, depending on where they live once they reach adulthood, there will definitely be a point where they'll need to drive in order to get to where they need to go. 

M L
82 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston

Provide more online courses at the University of Houston

Online classes are essential for many of us who live far from campus, have to work extra hours, look after family at home, or cannot attend class due to the rising Covid-19 cases (which many students or those who live with us are vulnerable to). There are many classes that seem to never have an online option (with online exams). You may think, "Those online classes probably ran out of space and are therefore closed." That is not the case. Those classes never existed in the first place. I mean that they never have any online classes for some courses open up at all. They don't exist. You can look up certain courses and find that they don't have any online classes at all, open or closed.  Many of these classes seem to have little to no options for those who need to take the class without being in the actual classroom, or some of the higher level classes have plenty of online classes available, but the prerequisites are only available as in-person or hybrid classes, which is absurd.  This school does a great job with providing students online options for getting their degree, but I wish they did this for more degrees. It depends on the degree you get. Some degrees require certain classes that are never available 100% online, when they can clearly be done online, because all of the assignments can be done on a computer. This means that if you can't go to the actual campus, you can't get certain degrees, because some of the classes required for that degree don't offer online classes at all. This needs to be fixed, so that more classes are accessible to those who can't go on campus for lectures or exams.  I think that we need more online classes than ever, and perhaps in general. Even before Covid-19, online classes have been essential for many adults. 

M L
27 supporters