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Stone’s Gym

January 2nd, 2019

Stone’s gym is an 18,000 square foot facility in Clear Lake that has been in business since 1974! Stone’s has cemented itself as the premiere fitness facility in the area. With 30+ group-ex classes a week, cardio equipment, endless dumbbells and weight machines and the support and guidance of fitness professionals it’s easy to see why Stone’s Gym is the place the Clear Lake community turns to to reach their fitness goals and improve their quality of life.

Although Stone’s has been around for 40+ years, you would never notice it. With several renovations over the past 10 years and a recent one just this past summer of 2018 the facility looks as new and updated as ever. The most recent renovation features a new recovery room equipped with a HydroMassage lounger and an updated free weight area. The newly renovated free weight area includes a new adjustable cable crossover, power rack with platform and new sleek flooring. Stone’s members have also benefited from the addition of an InBody body composition analyzer to help members better track their progress. The welcome area was also given a facelift including new floors and a cafe style seating area. Other features of the gym include a boxing room, ladies only workout area, locker room with saunas and an outdoor pool and basketball court.

Perhaps the biggest addition to this gym is across the street where the owners have expanded their business by adding a state of the art 7,000 square foot facility dedicated to specialty group fitness classes including Cycle, Yoga, Small Group Training, Reformer Pilates, and Barre. Iditarod Fitness, as it is named, opened its doors in 2015 and caters to the more focused fitness enthusiast. Aside from their cycle classes which allows up to 18 riders, most of their classes are capped off at 10 people or less. This allows for their instructors to work more closely with their members on form and technique ensuring everyone stays injury free and on path with their fitness goals.

The staff at Stone’s gym recognizes that beginning your fitness journey can seem daunting at first. That is why the staff prides themselves on providing unrivaled customer service to make you feel at home and as comfortable as possible.

The Decline of America’s Health and Nutrition

January 2nd, 2019

By Sumer Dene

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Rutgers University. Afterwards, I researched animal law at the Superior Courts in Washington, D.C. These fundamental experiences inspired me to examine how belief systems, laws, and science influence food production.

We are inundated with fast food corporations and advertisements aimed to fix problems while creating them. A “happy meal” entices children to be brand loyal to a logo, while parents are lured by convenience and price. Nonetheless, kids are encouraged to eat addictive, unhealthy food in exchange for a gift and Americans suffer through relentless habit.

Healthy food is inaccessible and unaffordable to many communities while chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in America. The most common, and costly preventable health problems include heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. According to the United Nations, over 800 million people suffer from undernourishment around the world. For the Dietary Guidelines of 2020-2025, we urge policymakers to make critical decisions in securing the future of nutritious food supply.

Unsustainable Agriculture
Food is an important part of identity to maintain physical, emotional and mental health. It is a creative tool to best represent a person’s heritage and to connect people, globally, culturally, and even spiritually. However, there is a widespread cognitive dissonance in our relationship with food and how it got to our plate. This is a result of mass marketing of ultra-processed foods that undermine traditional culture. The destructive power of large-scale animal agribusiness far exceeds any other technology on earth. The U.N. addresses meat as the “world’s most urgent problem.” Instead of carrying the past in front of us, we must look forward to improve food production, health, the environment, and a booming economy and ecosystem.

The Guidelines
Integrity is determined by individuals awareness of truth and the ability to innovate and lead with research-driven science. Branded labels guide consumers when making important nutritional choices. The USDA oversees Federal Dietary Guidelines as well as policy and promotion of meat and dairy products. They are also in charge of educational systems, nutritional programs and multi-billion dollar advertising campaigns. The Standard American Diet (SAD) promotes food that may make you ill, particularly to the young and the poor. The USDA supports the agricultural economy by partnering with large scale food corporations such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Dominos, to develop heavy meat and dairy menus. Dietary Guidelines affect school lunch programs, nutrition for the military, food subsidies, food labels, SNAP (food stamps), and job growth.

Health Issues:

Hunger and Disease
According to the USDA, models are emerging that view hunger as a health issue. The need for sustainable, nutritious food has skyrocketed. Imagine if the agriculture department existed mainly for land grants to local farmers and funding for agricultural research and education. Many doctors and scientists have recommended to limit meat and dairy for the future of food supply. This would reduce the catastrophic effects of industrial farming, from its vast emissions, water pollution, and disease. A change in dietary guidelines would allow opportunities for new markets to grow, give support to local organic farmers, increase global collaboration, improve access and affordability to healthy foods, and advance sustainable technology for food production.

A Giant Leaf Forward
A dedicated group of chefs, gardeners, researchers, culinary anthropologists, and nutritionists are developing an integrative plant-based menu for the 2030 Mars Mission. Space gardens will be essential to explore space beyond lower earth orbit. The veggie experiment at the International Space station grows plants in a lunar greenhouse with very little water and no soil. This could be used on earth as a large-scale hydroponic source of food. Space exploration brings out the best in people, improves life on earth, and inspires youth to get involved to make a difference in the world. The food choices we make directly affect the world around us. We are a part of a whole, interconnected system. For the upcoming Dietary Guidelines of 2020-2025, scientists, doctors, and policymakers will discuss the imminent changes needed to protect the health and welfare of our planet. The question is: “Where will the future take us?” The committee will conduct a review of evidence and conclude with a scientific report by early 2020.

The Facts, Effects of Agribusiness
80% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for livestock.

Less than 1% of U.S. farmland is organic. Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land and accounts for more worldwide greenhouse gas emissions than all of the transportation systems combined.

Animal agriculture is responsible to up to 91% of Amazon deforestation, 136 million rainforest acres have been cleared to grow feed and animals. Agribusiness is the leading cause of species extinction, deforestation, water pollution and habitat destruction.

Animal farms pollute waterways more than all other industrial sources and account for more than half of water used in the United States.

Over 95% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms with minimal animal cruelty laws.

Livestock operations have created more than 500 nitrogen flooded dead zones in oceans around the world.

1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver.

This is known as the largest mass extinction on earth in the last 65 million years.

Fatty liver disease

January 2nd, 2019

More than 100 million Americans have potentially life threatening fatty liver disease and most do not even know it. Overeating and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol this holiday season could put someone already with the disease on the fast track to liver failure.

“There are usually no symptoms associated with fatty liver disease and no pain, so it goes undiagnosed in many people. Overtime if not diagnosed the condition has the potential to cause end stage liver failure.” said Dr. Candice Dunn, an internal medicine primary care physician at Houston Methodist Primary Care Group. “In fact, the disease is so prevalent that it will soon overtake Hepatitis C as the No. 1 reason for liver transplantation in the United States.”

Fatty liver disease is a group of disorders which all cause fat deposits in liver cells. This disrupts normal liver functioning and at a certain point can lead to liver failure and in some cases death. It is thought that insulin resistance could be the main factor initiating the disease, but genetics, environmental factors, weight, diet, exercise and many other factors can contribute. By definition the disease is not caused by alcohol intake but once diagnosed alcohol intake of any amount can severely worsen the disease. Many people with this condition suffer from metabolic syndrome, a constellation of factors which includes a large waist circumference (men greater than 40 inches, women greater than 35 inches), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin resistance that heighten the risk of heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

“Fatty liver disease, much like type 2 diabetes, is manageable with proper diet and exercise. If you lose seven to 10 percent of your current weight, you can eliminate some fat from your liver,” Dunn said. “I would encourage people this holiday season to use portion control but still enjoy the holidays.”

Dunn says avoid supersizing food; use a smaller plate; don’t fill up the entire plate; don’t go back for seconds; limit the amount of sweets and, of course, limit alcohol intake to one or two drinks per week.”

Vigorous exercise, such as weight lifting, swimming, running or aerobics, between 75 and 150 minutes a week with a heart rate of 120 or above during the holiday season and beyond will help you tackle this problem. Dunn suggests eating fruits and vegetables before attending a family function or holiday party will help a person feel full and avoid foods high in fat. It has been found that up to 20 percent of people with fatty liver disease will develop cirrhosis, which can be life threatening or require liver transplant. Dunn says that number is likely to grow as the nation’s obesity epidemic continues to get worse.

“If people are concerned about whether or not they have fatty liver disease, they can ask their physician to order liver function testing,” Dunn said. “The good thing is that with a few lifestyle changes this is a disease that is very manageable. Portion control and exercise are the keys to keeping it in check.”

To learn more about Houston Methodist Primary Care Group, visit them at houstonmethodist.org/pcg or call 713-441-7265.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack opens Baybrook location

January 2nd, 2019

By Rick Clapp

The legendary “King of Crawfish” Alan Franks and business partner and friend, Paul Latour, have created another exciting Louisiana Cajun watering hole and eatery.

The original Crazy Alan Swamp Shack, which opened in 2010, is located near the Kemah Boardwalk. It has enjoyed steady growth and developed a good reputation of being a well respected restaurant with great drinks and fresh quality seafood at a fair price.

The new Crazy Alan Swamp Chic Shack is located at the Baybrook Mall area on Bay Area Boulevard. This new Cajun mecca features a fun and festive environment. As you walk into the Swamp Shack you will feel like you are entering one of New Orleans unique restaurants. The atmosphere is very eclectic, well decorated, and has a nice relaxed ambience.

The alligator bar, located at the center of the restaurant, is a great viewing area. It is fully stocked and loaded with call liquor, high quality spirits, and a variety of cold beer and wine. A most unique section is the restaurant’s Kids Zone. This area provides a place for children to play video games and state of the art computer games. In the meantime, parents can partake of a little adult time and relax while they enjoy their food and beverage.

Alan’s Crazy Swamp Shack was the creation of the indefatigable Alan Frank and Paul Latour. These two have different styles and have successfully created a winning restaurant concept. Both self-made men have worked hard. Franks started in 1982 as a barback at Cotton Eye Joes, bartender at Jason’s, and became owner of the renowned entertainment center Seabrook Beach Club.

According to Alan Franks, the original Alan’s Crazy Swamp Shack created by the dynamic duo opened in 2010 in Kemah. The partnership works very well. Franks handles daily operations, marketing, promotions and le tour. Latour handles the construction and interior design and decoration of the restaurant. Alan Franks attributes his success to the extremely hard work, attention to detail, and good employees and customer relations. He commends his long time staff — Lori Holzle, Bob Deering, Christina Jonsenser, Guillermo Miranda and General Manager Otasch Kadu Pov and Assistant Manager Mike Saucada.

Alan’s Crazy Swamp Chic Shack’s menu is the same as the Kemah location with food and beverages totally consistent at both locations. Their food offering is vast and has something for the seafood lover and the land lubber. Alan’s Crazy Swamp Shack is known for its tasty crawfish during season, but there’s much more to this quality restaurant. There select and popular menu items include the Crabvacado, Crab Corn Bisque, Crab Fingers, fried or sauteed is a must. Also try the Smoked Oysters and other fresh seafood entrees. These can be prepared either grilled or fried, whichever you prefer.

They also have juicy Burgers, Creole, Cajun Etouffee, Fried Oysters, Shrimp and Catfish dishes. For a special evening, try their signature crab and lobster entrees, one of their seafood pots or the boiled seafood feast. Yes, they’ve got crawfish, which is the best of the bay. Finish your dining experience with one of their decadent desserts. Enjoy Crazy Alan’s Strawberry Cake or the Crown Royale Bread Pudding.

Also, they have rooms for meetings, events and special occasions. As the illustrious Cajun chef Justin Wilson once said, “I ‘GAUR-en-tee’ you will like the Crazy Alan’s Swamp Chick Shack.”

We wish Crazy Alan’s Swamp Chic Shack success. Let’s support one of the Bay Area’s best. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Chick Shack at Baybrook is located at 1330 W. Bay Area Blvd. Friendswood, TX.77546. PH. 832-284-4895

Age-Adjusted Philosophy

January 2nd, 2019

Photo by Michael W. Gos

By Michael W. Gos

McKinney, Texas

We were in McKinney all weekend for a wedding and all the parties that go with it. In between the festivities, we had an afternoon to kill. As a married man, I knew what the agenda was going to be—shop till you drop. Fortunately, my sweetie and I have a system that works well for both of us. She drops me off at husband day care (the nearest bar) and she goes about her business while I read, talk with other oenophiles or just watch the world go by. McKinney is the perfect place to do this since the old courthouse square is surrounded by outdoor cafes and one very nice wine bar, the Landon Winery. It was a perfect autumn day, so I had no complaints.

A glass of French wine in front of me, I was watching two police officers saunter by on horseback when a waiter brought a woman to the next table. She immediately ordered a Cotes du Rhone. The waiter laughed and pointed out that this wine was seldom ordered there. And now, here were two strangers, sitting at adjacent tables requesting the same thing. He said it was “too weird” and walked off. Of course, that started the conversation.

She told me about her daughter, now in her early 30s, and the attitude she had that the future wasn’t worth devoting any of her time or energy to. She wanted to have fun, to do things, to live now while she was young and could enjoy it. As you might expect, Mom was not pleased with that mindset.

It is a universal human trait for each generation to complain about the younger one. I know I often find myself thinking things like that about my students. (I have solid evidence of the decline; student performance on college admissions tests has crashed and burned in the last 50 years.) But then, I also keep getting slammed by memories of my dad saying exactly the same things about my generation and how we were going to hell in a handbasket. (Okay, he might have been right.)

There is a lot of research that suggests the woman’s daughter may not be so far out of the norm, especially for her generation. I think there is a lot of energy being put into indoctrinating us into that way of thinking, especially by pop culture and self-help gurus. You know the claims. The past is dead; the future doesn’t exist. All we have is today, so you’d better make the most of it.

The problem is, I can’t really say this is such a bad way of looking at life. It seems to me, in the end, we will probably regret the things we didn’t do more than those we did, so why not use our time, and money, doing exciting, fun things? After all, we might not ever have a chance to do them again; we might not even be here tomorrow.

But then there is the other side. When I was young, I thought about life in much the same way as that girl. I was well into my thirties before I started seeing this issue differently. The fact is, regardless of the catchy phrases and persuasive arguments to the contrary, the here-and-now is only one third of the whole picture. If we buy into the usual definitions of time and space, life is a long chain of events. To understand life, we have to see it all. The problem is most people never see the entire chain, only the closest link.

Photo by Michael W. Gos

First, there is the obvious problem, the one I think the Cotes du Rhone mom was most worried about—the future and the obvious issue of finances. When do you start planning for buying that house, having that kid, or for retirement? I think the lack of attention to this matter is what most people see as the problem with living only in the now. In fact, most see it as being irresponsible.

But there is a more important issue regarding the future than finances. Those who don’t look to—and plan for—the future, stagnate. You can’t move forward into a future you didn’t plan and expect good results. Life will always be a series of “accidents” and you will never feel like you have any control over what happens to you.

And then there is the other direction. Fewer people consider the downside of ignoring the past, but it may have even greater consequences for our lives than not thinking about, and planning for, the future. Looking back, I can see how dumb I was about life. Like many young people, I made a lot of stupid decisions. But I learned from them; they made me what I am today. However, this learning always happened long after the fact. Only by looking back later could I understand the events and why they were important. Mistakes are a necessary part of life, but if I had not spent some time looking at the past, they would have remained just mistakes. I would never have received their gifts.

There is nothing wrong with making the most of today. But if we are going to excel in life, our world view should include learning from the past and planning for the future. For a happy future, we must look beyond the closest link and see the entire chain. It only makes sense.

And yet, I can’t deny that there is that other issue; we never know what day will be the last, so obsessing over the past or working diligently for a future could turn out to be a total waste of life. If you are thinking I can’t make up my mind which approach is better, you are exactly right.

Winston Churchill once said, “Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains.” Perhaps we can apply Churchill’s logic to the question of how to live life; I wonder if the answer to this dilemma might be age-dependent.

When young, it is certainly prudent to study past mistakes and plan for the future. But there comes a time when our futures are fairly secure, and we have life pretty well figured out (at least we hope we do). Usually by then we become aware of our mortality and recognize that we are indeed running out of sunsets. It seems to me that maybe this is the time when living for the now is appropriate.

A friend of mine once referred to his retirement as “selfish bastard time.” Maybe he had this thing figured out and he was trying to show me the answer.

Size Matters

January 2nd, 2019

2019 Jeep® Renegade Limited

By Don Armstrong

Full-size, body-on-frame SUV’s were once all the rage. Even today, they sell well. But for many in the Bay Area, the frameless, car-like, unibody construction of a crossover, or CUV, offers what most are looking for, including better fuel mileage.

Jeep Renegade
When we think of Jeep, most tend to see themselves off-roading in the Hill Country, or at least the sandy dunes down the coast. If you fall into that category, then the Renegade Trailhawk may be a perfect fit.

There’s no mistaking its boxy shape and seven-slot grille for anything other than a Jeep.

The Trailhawk edition is equipped with the larger 2.4-liter engine, that we prefer, delivering its 180-horsepower through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The interior is just plain fun, and the optional, larger 8.4-inch infotainment screen connects you to the world of Jeeping with ease. Seating is rugged yet comfortable. Second-row legroom may be a little tight for those over six feet but expect plenty of space in the cargo area. Removable MySky sunroof panels are a must option.

With the Renegade’s off-road suspension and bigger tires, the ride is a bit stiffer than the entry-level model. But isn’t this why you joined the posse?

Starting price for the Jeep Renegade is $18,445. The Trailhawk trim level, with a few options, is around $30,000.

2019 Buick Encore

Buick Encore
Playing on the near-luxury field puts the Buick Encore in a different class than the Renegade but is similar in size.

This GM brand is known for a quiet cabin and Encore delivers, thanks to Buick’s QuietTuning technology. Specially laminated glass along with sound deadening materials are among many items acoustical engineers employ to keep outside noise, outside.

The interior in our top-of-the-line trim, Essence, is very nice and comfortable, not over-the-top, but true quality throughout the cabin. Its infotainment system is well thought out and easy to use.

Powering our Encore is an optional 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that boasts a wee bit more horses than the base motor, 153 to be exact. We would like to see something closer to the Renegade’s output.

The ride quality is reassuring without being jittery at highway speeds. And that says a lot, considering Encore’s short wheelbase.

Pricing begins at $23,200.

No one manufacturer has an edge over another these days, so select the price range and type of sport ute that fits your needs and start exploring.

Norman Frede Chevrolet marks 50th anniversary

January 2nd, 2019

Norman Frede, with shovel at center right, prepares to break ground on what will become the Chevrolet dealership at Feathercraft and Bay Area Boulevard in Clear Lake. This year the dealership is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

By Mary Alys Cherry

Most everyone on the north side of Clear Lake drives by the Norman Frede Chevrolet dealership at the corner of Feathercraft Lane and Bay Area Boulevard at least once a twice a month. But very, very few can remember back when it opened in 1968, because most of us had not moved here back then.

This year the dealership has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a number of events. One came the other day when the Friendswood Chamber selected it as the Business of the Month with Chamber President Carol Marcantel and Vice President Lucy Woltz presenting the award to Norman Frede General Manager Joan McKinney, who said they were “proud to work and live in your community, earning the right to say we’re one of the most successful independent Chevrolet dealerships in Texas.

“We believe the reason we grew and prospered comes down to two words — loyalty and Integrity,” she continued. “Being family owned and operated gives us the freedom to make decisions to best serve the needs of our customers. In everything we do, we strive to prove how much we sincerely appreciate your business and deliver on our promises.

“As a result, families return to us generation after generation to buy their cars and trucks. When you purchase a vehicle at Norman Frede Chevrolet, we treat you like family. We believe buying a car should be so much more than a financial exchange. You can feel confident knowing you are buying the right vehicle for your needs.”

The dealership has more than 115 employees — many who have worked there for more than 15 years — living in the local communities and active in our school districts, local chambers and non-profit organizations.

An insightful business leader, Norman Frede, who started the business at a young age, will be quick to tell you he learned early in life the value of family and hard work.

Born and raised in LaGrange, Texas, where he excelled in sports and calf roping, he graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA and a Business Psychology degree. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for seven years, completing his service as a captain in the military police.

Frede says he learned early the value of family and hard work. “It goes back to that rural upbringing like closing gates, taking care of the animals, upbringing in stuff from the weather, taking care of fences, closing the door, and picking up manure. Animals and other things on farms and ranches require constant attention, and you learn to take care of those things.” This care, consistency, and thoughtfulness became the fundamentals for his business success, he will be quick to tell you.

He learned how to operate a dealership from the ground up, first as the son of an automobile dealer, then as a salesman before becoming a general manager. In 1968, he bought his first dealership in League City, and then, in 1970 he purchased the land for what would soon become Norman Frede Chevrolet in Clear Lake. Nearly 50 years later, the dealership is still family owned and operated — and one of the most successful independent Chevrolet dealerships in Texas.

Frede is married to Sheree. He has two daughters, Marijane and Suzanne, sons-in-law Barry and Trey, plus six grandchildren.

Texas official George P. Bush 2019 Quasar Award recipient

January 2nd, 2019

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has been named recipient of the 2019 Quasar Award, which will be presented to him at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s annual Quasar Banquet Friday, Jan. 25 in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom.

The prestigious award is presented annually to an outstanding elected official or business leader who has demonstrated a strong and continual effort to support the business foundations of the greater Bay Area Houston communities before a crowd of nearly 700 individuals.

“Commissioner George P. Bush is that outstanding elected official who places the protection of Texas at the forefront of his agenda,” BAHEP President Bob Mitchell said in making the announcement. “Due to his forward vision grounded in basic economics, he has been named the 2019 recipient of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s Quasar Award.”
Commissioner Bush wrote a letter to the current administration urging the president to include in his national infrastructure plans a coastal barrier system for the Houston/Galveston area. He declared, “Building the proposed coastal barrier system is an historic opportunity to safeguard our nation’s economy, our national security, and millions of citizen’s lives and livelihood.”

“Through written support and numerous interviews, Commissioner Bush has become the noteworthy champion of the coastal barrier system whose undiminished advocacy has been instrumental in moving the project forward,” Mitchell said. “He is steadfast in his opinion that the expense of doing nothing far outweighs the investment to protect and enhance the Texas coast.

“For his unique leadership and his willingness to promote what was once called an unrealistic plan to what is today considered a critical project for Texas and the nation, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is highly deserving of the 2019 Quasar Award.”

Previous recipients of the Quasar Award are:

1994   Texas Gov. Ann Richards
1995   U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay
1996   U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
1997   U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson
1998   Johnson Space Center Director George W. S. Abbey
1999   Harris County Judge Robert Eckels and Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough
2000   Robert L. Moody Sr.
2001   Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown
2002   Harris County Commissioner Jim Fonteno
2003   U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
2004   Harris County Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia
2005   President of UTMB-Galveston Dr. John Stobo
2006   Houston Mayor Bill White
2007   NASA Administrator Dr. Michael Griffin
2008   UHCL President Dr. William A. Staples
2009   Johnson Space Center Director Michael L. Coats
2010   Texas State Rep. Craig Eiland
2011   U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
2012   U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
2013   Griffin Partners, Inc. owner and Chairman Fred Griffin
2014   Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor, University of Houston System, President, University of Houston
2015   Dr. Bill Merrell, George P. Mitchell ‘40 Chair in Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston
2016   Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent, Clear Creek Independent School District
2017  Texas State Sen. Larry Taylor
2018 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

League City seeks feedback on proposed bond election

December 14th, 2018

League City is considering placing general obligation bond initiatives and a ¼ cent sales tax referendum on the ballot for League City voters to consider in May 2019.

Residents are encouraged to share their feedback on projects up for consideration by taking the short survey below. The survey will close on Dec. 21, 2018.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/league-city-may-2019-election

A City Council work session to discuss a possible bond election was held Dec. 11, in council chambers. Citizens were able to make comments at the end of the presentation and during the Hearing of Citizens portion of the 6 p.m. Council meeting.

Town Hall meetings have also been scheduled for Jan. 10 and Feb. 7 to gather input from residents. Both meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center.

In the coming weeks and months, City Council will be discussing the projects in detail as well as the overall decision of whether or not to place a general obligation bond and/or a ¼ cent sales tax on the ballot for League City voters to consider in May 2019. Statutory requirements mandate that City Council must call for the election by February 15, 2019 in order to hold the election in May.

Clear Creek ISD Offering Signing Bonus for Bus Drivers

December 12th, 2018

The Clear Creek Independent School District has immediate openings for school bus drivers across its 13 cities.

Qualified applicants will receive a $300 signing bonus, stable work hours with weekends and holidays off, year-round pay, health insurance benefits and a pension plan. There is a guaranteed starting rate of $16.81 per hour with extra work opportunities available each month. A “perfect attendance” bonus is also offered to staff.

Those interested in applying can visit www.ccisd.net/busdrivers or call 281-284-0600.