Commissioner Garcia Gets out Into the Community

February 12th, 2020

At the beginning of the year, Commissioner Adrian Garcia laid out how he wanted his schedule to be coordinated and his vision for doing so.  He does not like to sit and work from his desk every single day – he likes to get out, meet residents where they live, and really understand what impacts them. One of his goals for this year is to do more of this on a regular basis. This means having more one-on-ones with residents, as well as attending HOA, civic club and PTA meetings, and visits with staff.

I want to visit all Precinct Camps and spend time at job sites while the crews are working. I can get a hard hat and work gloves to use. I want to get my hands dirty with the staff,” Commissioner Garcia said.

And he was serious! At the beginning of January, the commissioner rode the new Harris County Transit bus routes that were recently launched in East Harris County. The five new routes were launched to service some of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey flooding. Take a look at this clip from that day and listen from one resident who shared what this means for him.

Two weeks ago, the Commissioner visited with the Precinct 2’s Road and Bridge crew to learn more about the process of digging and ditching. And as requested, he was equipped with a hard hat, vest, and gloves. He was serious about getting his hands dirty!

 

The following are his thoughts about the visit and what he learned that day:

Precinct 2 has many important responsibilities, key among them is the work done by our Infrastructure and Public Works Departments, which includes our Parks Department.

I visited my field staff because what they do is key to improving the quality of life for constituents of Precinct 2. I witnessed their careful work as they improved the water flow of area ditches that often intertwine with gas lines and main waterlines. Their work requires skill and teamwork to get the job done and done quickly.

I also watched and helped, as my staff did the labor-intensive work of cleaning out neighborhood culverts. My team does some backbreaking work with shovels and other equipment to clear culverts so that the entire neighborhood drainage system works and prevents neighborhood flooding.

I was also proud to be in attendance as we delivered to several employees brand new trucks so that they can do their job even better. Many vehicles were in horrible condition, one employee told us about the hole in his floorboard. Others told us of the frequent breakdowns they were experiencing with vehicles that should have been taken out of service years ago.

I also learned of the great pride and commitment our Parks Department has for their work. Many were using their personal equipment to maintain our parks because the previous administration wouldn’t buy the equipment they needed. Now, they leave their personal equipment at home because we’ve purchased brand new equipment for them to use.

As I visited with these hardworking employees, I was beaming with pride because I have always strived to have Customer Service be a guiding principle of all my work and I witnessed how our Precinct 2 employees are just as committed to doing their jobs well and treating all they those come in contact with dignity and respect. And this is something my administration strives to do every day.”

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Be sure to check out the video and more photos from the day!

To close off January, Commissioner Garcia hosted his first “Café with Commissioner” at a grocery store located in Precinct 2 to connect and visit with residents. He will be hosting these meetups on a regular basis to gives residents an opportunity to meet him and share their concerns.  To find out when the next Café with Commissioner will take place, be sure to connect with us on social media! You will also stay up-to-date about important programs, resources, and events taking place around Precinct 2.

Proposed crude oil tank farm near Clear Lake City draws opposition

September 6th, 2018

The proposed crude oil tank farm location is between Interstate 45 South and Highway 3 near FM 2351.

 

Adrian Garcia, former Harris County sheriff and a candidate for Harris County commissioner, Precinct 2, has called on Harris County Commissioners to put the brakes on a proposed, massive, dangerous new petrochemical tank terminal at the entrance to Clear Lake.

“I’m taking a stand against polluters who are making our families and children sick,” Garcia said. “It is reported that a Hurricane Harvey polluter, Magellan Midstream Tank Terminal in Galena Park, now wants to build a massive petrochemical tank terminal of 58 tanks at the edge of Clear Lake on land that flooded Horsepen Bayou so badly a car was swept off Highway 3, drowning the driver during 2015’s May rain event,” Garcia continued.

“Harris County needs to say NO.”

NEAR HOMES

The land on which the company plans to put the crude oil tank farm is also near the Bay Knoll, Bay Glen and Sterling Knoll communities and in the path of the Ellington Airport runway.

Evelyn Merz, of the Houston Sierra Club, said: “It is crucial to evaluate the effect of a 58-tank farm facility on impervious cover and runoff in surrounding communities during storm events.

”Risks of water and air pollution spreading into residential areas have to be analyzed considering expected revision of 1% rainfall frequency, which will expand 100-year and 500-year floodplains. This location of a tank terminal is an area ripe for concern and local residents deserve an opportunity to review the proposal and  defend their interests.”

Marie Flickinger, South Belt Leader editor, called attention to the proposed huge tank development at Clear Lake’s front door, while the Houston Chronicle spotlighted Magellan’s Harvey “spill” of ½ million gallons of gasoline and 2 million pounds of air pollution in Galena Park. The Chronicle also reports there are permitting issues with that Magellan site, even as the company seeks permission to build another one between Highway 3 and the Gulf Freeway, north of Clear Lake City Boulevard.

STRONG CONCERNS

Garcia expressed strong concerns about tank terminals leaking hazardous chemicals at multiple locations Precinct 2 and the associated health impacts on residents. At a minimum, he insists that before approval of new sites, tanks must be designed to not leak or shifted off foundations in major rain events. They should not be located in areas with flooding history or near residential neighborhoods and airport runways. And the public must be notified at the earliest possible moment when plans for such sites are being considered.

“Magellan caused massive pollution during Harvey, leaking half a million gallons of gas and over two million pounds of air pollution. It must not be rewarded with a new permit to double its number of tanks until they’re proven safe,” demands Adrian Garcia. “County officials can’t continue to ignore this. I’ll fight for Clear Lake and all Precinct 2 residents to not make same past mistake. I stand with local residents to stop the pollution.”

Residents can help stop the next Magellan mess from polluting the Clear Lake community and other communities, just like they stopped the Bayport rail line and kept “green spaces green.”