Council Member Sallie Alcorn

Council Member Sallie Alcorn Sallie Alcorn is the Houston City Council Member for At-large Position 5.

Just learned about Sally, a sweet stray at BARC. She's been on the adoption list for 64 days, so if you have space in yo...
07/20/2021

Just learned about Sally, a sweet stray at BARC. She's been on the adoption list for 64 days, so if you have space in your home for a new friend please consider Sally! https://bit.ly/BARCSally

PS...she has a great name

Just learned about Sally, a sweet stray at BARC. She's been on the adoption list for 64 days, so if you have space in your home for a new friend please consider Sally! https://bit.ly/BARCSally

PS...she has a great name

I joined Mayor Sylvester Turner & Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz at the Sunnyside Health & Multi Service Center gro...
07/14/2021

I joined Mayor Sylvester Turner & Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz at the Sunnyside Health & Multi Service Center ground breaking this afternoon! When this $25 million building opens next year it will be able to serve more than twice as many community members as the previous Sunnyside MSC. The 57,000 sq. feet building will offer health & dental care, WIC assistance, tutoring for school-aged children, meals for seniors, & many other services for residents!

It was also great seeing Houston City Council Member Mike Knox, At-Large 1 & Houston City Council Member Tarsha Jackson, District B!

CLAP YOUR HANDS 👏👏👏 for Monica Orozco, a 16-year-old St. Agnes student who started a composting drop-off program in the ...
07/13/2021

CLAP YOUR HANDS 👏👏👏 for Monica Orozco, a 16-year-old St. Agnes student who started a composting drop-off program in the Heights for her Girl Scouts Gold Award. Office of Council Member Abbie Kamin and I were so honored to make it her big day at City Hall‼️ The city will be following her lead with a composting pilot program in three Houston neighborhoods coming in October. The landfill gives me anxiety, so thanks Monica for doing your part to divert waste away🌎

CLAP YOUR HANDS 👏👏👏 for Monica Orozco, a 16-year-old St. Agnes student who started a composting drop-off program in the Heights for her Girl Scouts Gold Award. Office of Council Member Abbie Kamin and I were so honored to make it her big day at City Hall‼️ The city will be following her lead with a composting pilot program in three Houston neighborhoods coming in October. The landfill gives me anxiety, so thanks Monica for doing your part to divert waste away🌎

I was so honored to induct NAWBO Houston's new board of directors today! Thank y'all for inviting me to discuss the futu...
06/24/2021

I was so honored to induct NAWBO Houston's new board of directors today! Thank y'all for inviting me to discuss the future of women's roles in the Houston economy. What a great group of passionate and knowledgeable business owners!

Full house at the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon. Excellent remarks by ...
06/09/2021

Full house at the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon. Excellent remarks by Elliot Eisenberg, the Bowtie Economist who somehow made an economics lecture very fun! Lots of insight into what’s going on nationally and locally with regard to jobs, consumer demand, and housing as we come out of the pandemic. Congrats also to the student college scholarship winners honored today. Great event GHBA‼️

Collins Aerospace & the Houston Spaceport broke ground on a new campus today! Collins currently develops & produces syst...
06/07/2021

Collins Aerospace & the Houston Spaceport broke ground on a new campus today! Collins currently develops & produces systems for NASA's human spaceflight programs. An anchor tenant of the Spaceport, this new facility will house current operations & serve as a startup incubator.

Fun fact: Collins made the radio that Neil Armstrong used to relay his "One small step for man, over giant leap for mankind" message.

Today in a 16-1 vote, city council approved the city’s $5.1 billion Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget. When the budget w...
06/02/2021

Today in a 16-1 vote, city council approved the city’s $5.1 billion Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget. When the budget was released on May 11, my team and I got straight to work reading and analyzing the data, asking departments over 100 questions about proposed spending. I am heartened by increased public participation in the budget process this year and appreciate the many thoughtful questions residents asked over the past month.

This year I submitted 13 amendments to the city’s proposed FY 2022 budget:

1. My first amendment, co-authored with Council Member Letitia Plummer, asks the administration to present recommendations within the next six months for addressing the city’s more than $2 billion unfunded liability for Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), which includes the city’s retiree health care costs. Recommendations will include design changes, OPEB reforms, and the establishment of an OPEB trust to reduce the city’s unfunded liability. Passed!

2. Deferred maintenance of city facilities has plagued the city for years - failing elevators, non-functional park restrooms, building system failures. My second amendment requests up-to $4.5 million be set aside for operating maintenance in order to comply with the city’s financial policies. Passed!

3. Last year’s budget amendment creating a shared services working group was derailed by the pandemic. I again offered this amendment. The shared services working group will explore ways for the city and Harris County to jointly provide services, reduce overlap, and save money. Focus areas for Fiscal Year 2022 include BARC, Houston Parks, HITS, and HPD. Passed!

4. I’ve heard from developers and residents alike about the issues they face at the Houston Permitting Center (HPC). My fourth amendment requests $75,000 for a process improvement consultant to make recommendations for improving customer service and communication, streamlining processes, and reducing the overall time it takes to issue permits. Co-authored by City Council Member Amy Peck, David W. Robinson, FAIA, and Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I. Passed!

5. My fifth amendment also serves to speed up permitting processes. This amendment will amend current ordinances to include the Office of the City Engineer in the existing customer-paid overtime ordinance. It will also allow for customer-paid fees to fund third-party contractors to augment staff at HPC. Co-authored by CMs Peck, Robinson, & Gallegos. Passed!

6. This amendment funds staff within the Houston Public Works Department to work full time and under the supervision of the Office of the Building Official and consider additional staff for the Office of the City Engineer for Traffic and Storm Permitting review. This would have served the dual purpose of relieving pressure on the Planning and Development Department staff of day-to-day responsibilities at HPC while creating a line of direct oversight and responsibility for staff assigned to permitting matters. Co-authored by CMs Peck, Robinson, & Gallegos. Withdrawn pending results of consultant’s report.

7. This amendment creates a cost-neutral neighborhood composting pilot program in up-to-three neighborhoods for a six-to-eight week period. This effort is consistent with the Climate Action Plan, Resiliency Plan, and Long-Range Solid Waste Plan. Passed!

8. This amendment calls for updating Chapter 6 of the Code of Ordinances dealing with animal welfare and mandate microchipping in Houston pets. Withdrawn pending further review by the Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs Committee.

9. Co-authored with Council Member Greg Travis, this amendment allocates $300,0000 to fund an additional four animal control officer positions for BARC. Passed.

10. Co-authored with Council Member Peck and Houston City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum, District K, this amendment would have the Department of Neighborhoods partner with Harris County on a bandit sign removal class for civilians. This was first proposed by Council Member Peck at a February RNA meeting. Passed.

11. My favorite part of the YOUR TWO CENTS survey was reading all the comments people had for improving the city. This amendment, co-authored with Council Member Peck, will add a link to the city website for citizens and city staff to submit ideas for cost savings or innovation. We want your input! Passed!

12. Last year's budget amendment from Office of Council Member Abbie Kamin created a tax abatement for developments that include green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). This amendment would create an awards program to highlight developers who make a point to use GSIs in their projects. Withdrawn as development of an awards program is already in progress.

13.My final amendment allocates an additional $500,000 to BARC for spay/neuter services in Fiscal Year 2022 and to expand the Healthy Pets/Healthy Streets program. The funding will also support up-to-three large-scale spay/neuter events to occur in Fiscal Year 2022 for a total of up to 3,000 additional no-cost spay/neuter surgeries in Fiscal Year 2022. Passed!

Today in a 16-1 vote, city council approved the city’s $5.1 billion Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget. When the budget was released on May 11, my team and I got straight to work reading and analyzing the data, asking departments over 100 questions about proposed spending. I am heartened by increased public participation in the budget process this year and appreciate the many thoughtful questions residents asked over the past month.

This year I submitted 13 amendments to the city’s proposed FY 2022 budget:

1. My first amendment, co-authored with Council Member Letitia Plummer, asks the administration to present recommendations within the next six months for addressing the city’s more than $2 billion unfunded liability for Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), which includes the city’s retiree health care costs. Recommendations will include design changes, OPEB reforms, and the establishment of an OPEB trust to reduce the city’s unfunded liability. Passed!

2. Deferred maintenance of city facilities has plagued the city for years - failing elevators, non-functional park restrooms, building system failures. My second amendment requests up-to $4.5 million be set aside for operating maintenance in order to comply with the city’s financial policies. Passed!

3. Last year’s budget amendment creating a shared services working group was derailed by the pandemic. I again offered this amendment. The shared services working group will explore ways for the city and Harris County to jointly provide services, reduce overlap, and save money. Focus areas for Fiscal Year 2022 include BARC, Houston Parks, HITS, and HPD. Passed!

4. I’ve heard from developers and residents alike about the issues they face at the Houston Permitting Center (HPC). My fourth amendment requests $75,000 for a process improvement consultant to make recommendations for improving customer service and communication, streamlining processes, and reducing the overall time it takes to issue permits. Co-authored by City Council Member Amy Peck, David W. Robinson, FAIA, and Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I. Passed!

5. My fifth amendment also serves to speed up permitting processes. This amendment will amend current ordinances to include the Office of the City Engineer in the existing customer-paid overtime ordinance. It will also allow for customer-paid fees to fund third-party contractors to augment staff at HPC. Co-authored by CMs Peck, Robinson, & Gallegos. Passed!

6. This amendment funds staff within the Houston Public Works Department to work full time and under the supervision of the Office of the Building Official and consider additional staff for the Office of the City Engineer for Traffic and Storm Permitting review. This would have served the dual purpose of relieving pressure on the Planning and Development Department staff of day-to-day responsibilities at HPC while creating a line of direct oversight and responsibility for staff assigned to permitting matters. Co-authored by CMs Peck, Robinson, & Gallegos. Withdrawn pending results of consultant’s report.

7. This amendment creates a cost-neutral neighborhood composting pilot program in up-to-three neighborhoods for a six-to-eight week period. This effort is consistent with the Climate Action Plan, Resiliency Plan, and Long-Range Solid Waste Plan. Passed!

8. This amendment calls for updating Chapter 6 of the Code of Ordinances dealing with animal welfare and mandate microchipping in Houston pets. Withdrawn pending further review by the Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs Committee.

9. Co-authored with Council Member Greg Travis, this amendment allocates $300,0000 to fund an additional four animal control officer positions for BARC. Passed.

10. Co-authored with Council Member Peck and Houston City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum, District K, this amendment would have the Department of Neighborhoods partner with Harris County on a bandit sign removal class for civilians. This was first proposed by Council Member Peck at a February RNA meeting. Passed.

11. My favorite part of the YOUR TWO CENTS survey was reading all the comments people had for improving the city. This amendment, co-authored with Council Member Peck, will add a link to the city website for citizens and city staff to submit ideas for cost savings or innovation. We want your input! Passed!

12. Last year's budget amendment from Office of Council Member Abbie Kamin created a tax abatement for developments that include green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). This amendment would create an awards program to highlight developers who make a point to use GSIs in their projects. Withdrawn as development of an awards program is already in progress.

13.My final amendment allocates an additional $500,000 to BARC for spay/neuter services in Fiscal Year 2022 and to expand the Healthy Pets/Healthy Streets program. The funding will also support up-to-three large-scale spay/neuter events to occur in Fiscal Year 2022 for a total of up to 3,000 additional no-cost spay/neuter surgeries in Fiscal Year 2022. Passed!

I've often called myself a budget nerd — to back up my nerd cred, I'm sharing the 100+ questions I asked city department...
05/26/2021
At Large 5 FY2022 Budget Questions

I've often called myself a budget nerd — to back up my nerd cred, I'm sharing the 100+ questions I asked city departments about their proposed budgets: bit.ly/CMSABudgetQs

We're voting on the budget next week which means... we're running out of time to get YOUR TWO ₵ENTS‼️ If you haven't alr...
05/25/2021
Give Us Your 2¢

We're voting on the budget next week which means... we're running out of time to get YOUR TWO ₵ENTS‼️ If you haven't already, be sure to fill out my budget survey before it closes this Thursday: https://forms.gle/dMg5hPhLxmtRo2Br6

City departments are currently analyzing how to spend the Houston's $5 billion operating budget. Of this $5 billion, roughly half is the tax-supported (property and sales tax) general fund. The other half represents enterprise funds - city operations supported by fees and charges (water, sewer, stre...

Today Mayor Sylvester Turner released the city’s proposed $5.1 billion operating budget. This budget incorporates $188 m...
05/11/2021

Today Mayor Sylvester Turner released the city’s proposed $5.1 billion operating budget. This budget incorporates $188 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds which will help address the $201 million budget gap the city faced. I look forward to reviewing the budget details and hearing from YOU about your priorities. Please take my YOUR TWO CENTS survey today! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwvFSdAqbbUCpeP3-e2dqmmiJ1JGhKFm10_w7vYfPRHbc_5A/viewform

Today Mayor Sylvester Turner released the city’s proposed $5.1 billion operating budget. This budget incorporates $188 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds which will help address the $201 million budget gap the city faced. I look forward to reviewing the budget details and hearing from YOU about your priorities. Please take my YOUR TWO CENTS survey today! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwvFSdAqbbUCpeP3-e2dqmmiJ1JGhKFm10_w7vYfPRHbc_5A/viewform

I'm so grateful to the good people of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Official Page) for allowing my team & m...
04/29/2021

I'm so grateful to the good people of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Official Page) for allowing my team & me to join them this morning, to learn about their mission & the work they do through Meals on Wheels. We started with a tour of the Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect, a beautiful manifestation of IM's work connecting Houstonians from all faith traditions. After, we headed across the street to the Meals on Wheels operation. We joined the IM team to help deliver a few meals to Pleasantville seniors, a fraction of the roughly 5,000 meals prepared & delivered to seniors across Houston daily. I also got to see the new Meals on Wheels freezer truck, which holds up to 25,000 meals. The truck was funded with a portion of the city’s federal CARES Act dollars. It was awesome to see firsthand the wonderful impact these dollars are making in the community.

I started composting recently - it’s an easy way to reduce the amount of waste you toss while also helping out your gard...
04/22/2021

I started composting recently - it’s an easy way to reduce the amount of waste you toss while also helping out your garden. Nearly 20% of American trash is just food waste!

This #EarthDay2021 I’m excited to announce my team and I are working with city staff to develop a neighborhood composting pilot program here in Houston. Organics diversion is one of the Climate Action Plan’s long-term goals to reduce overall waste in Houston. Composting is a great way to get started!

I started composting recently - it’s an easy way to reduce the amount of waste you toss while also helping out your garden. Nearly 20% of American trash is just food waste!

This #EarthDay2021 I’m excited to announce my team and I are working with city staff to develop a neighborhood composting pilot program here in Houston. Organics diversion is one of the Climate Action Plan’s long-term goals to reduce overall waste in Houston. Composting is a great way to get started!

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Councilmember Alcorn, I voted for you in 2019. I hope you support labor and democracy today by scheduling the vote on strengthening City Council for 2021 and not delaying it until 2023. (I called your office this morning but was unable to reach anyone)
I hate to ask but does your office ever pick up the phone or return messages?
BARC’s director blatantly says he doesn’t understand animal behavior and now this dog lost its leg because of his incompetence. Damianoff needs to go if we ever want Houston to be better for the animals! https://www.houstonpress.com/news/vicious-dog-chews-off-his-paw-at-barc-11513988?fbclid=IwAR1aLKUKqtyJyRvMSeh7O2FBjjUUWJX2SJUZGV8HL0UP1kg-ItG06lCJ_70
I want to personally thank Sallie Alcorn and her assistant Julia for reaching out to me today regarding my concerns! I reached out to everyone from our local representatives to the President yesterday and not only did they call to check on me, they offered advice on what else I could do from here and a direct phoneline to call back for continued guidance. They are the only office of a representative to respond and it really shows how much they care about the people of Houston. Thank you!