Council Member Mike Laster, District J

Council Member Mike Laster, District J Meet Council Member Mike Laster, City of Houston - District J Mike Laster was born in San Pablo, California but his family relocated to Texas soon after his birth, settling in the rural community of Bangs in Brown County.

Educated in the public schools of Brown County, Mike demonstrated his leadership skills at an early age by serving as President of the High School Student Body, of his High School Class, of the National Honor Society and the Future Farmers of America. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors Program, Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. While at the Law Center, Mike distinguished himself as the National Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division. Mike is an attorney specializing in real estate with the firm of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P. in Houston, where he has practiced for the past thirteen years. From 1989 to 1995, Mike served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Real Estate Division of the City Attorney’s Office, where he handled many aspects of a general real estate and development practice for the city. Throughout his life Mike has developed an extensive record of civic involvement and achievement. He has served as a Board Member as past Chairman of the Sharpstown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ). As Chairman, he worked to complete an amended TIRZ project plan that provides over $90 million in infrastructure development and financing dollars to the TIRZ area. A founding Board Member and Secretary of the Greater Sharpstown Management District (GSMD), Mike helped: implement a Constables on Patrol Program which added additional constables to patrol the business corridors of the district; create a graffiti abatement program that cleaned up thousands of graffiti sites; and, worked to revitalize the neighborhood with new street signs and esplanade beautifications. Mike is also a Board Member and former President of the Sharpstown Civic Association, a group serving over 6,800 homes in the area with neighborhood protection programs, crime prevention and security patrols. An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Mike has served as Senior Warden; as a member of the Vestry; and is a past parish Delegate to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

01/01/2020

Happy 2020 to each of you!

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as the first Council Member for District J from 2012 through 2019. It has been the honor of my life to be able to serve the 160,000 plus souls of District J.

Thanks also for following my District J page. I have been fortunate to have able and competent staff members help me communicate with you through Facebook. Well, all things change as they say. From now on — I will attempt to navigate the joys of Facebook on my own. (Actually I have the staff on speed dial if needed. I hope they answer the call.)

So feel free to contact and join me. Who knows — I might just get the hang of this thing. See you on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/mike.laster.127

Blessings, Mike Laster

The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON) will be hosting their "Coffee and Conversations" with the Southwes...
11/04/2019

The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON) will be hosting their "Coffee and Conversations" with the Southwest community.

Several City of Houston department representatives will be in attendance, making it a great opportunity to network and learn more about City services.

When: Thursday, November 7th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Southwest MSC, 6400 High Star Drive

Braeburn Glen has been one of our most active and engaged neighborhoods over the past 7 1/2 years. CM Laster went over t...
10/09/2019

Braeburn Glen has been one of our most active and engaged neighborhoods over the past 7 1/2 years. CM Laster went over the multiple projects the District J office has spearheaded with the neighborhood. New sidewalks, traffic diverters, park improvements and underpass lighting—all either ongoing projects or checked off the list.

Thank you for keeping the District J office busy!

Great to see Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo out at Burnett Bayland Park during National Night Out!
10/02/2019

Great to see Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo out at Burnett Bayland Park during National Night Out!

Offering condolences to the family of Houston firefighter Kenneth Stavinoha, who was laid to rest this morning. Consider...
09/26/2019

Offering condolences to the family of Houston firefighter Kenneth Stavinoha, who was laid to rest this morning. Consider helping his family through a donation to the official HFD charitable organization, the HPFFA Charitable Foundation.

Please keep his family in your prayers.

Donate here http://houstonsbravest.org/get-involved/donate

Thank you Houston Public Works for designing a SWAT project to address the Braeburn Valley drainage issue. Pretty good t...
09/18/2019

Thank you Houston Public Works for designing a SWAT project to address the Braeburn Valley drainage issue. Pretty good turnout despite the weather!

Things are moving forward at Rasmus Park! The Friends of Rasmus Park organization met tonight to hear the latest. New pl...
08/30/2019

Things are moving forward at Rasmus Park! The Friends of Rasmus Park organization met tonight to hear the latest. New playground, walking trail and site furnishings have been funded and are in the works. Plans for a new “Heritage House” meeting place are also coming together.

Warm thanks to the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, who are deeply involved in the Piney Point/Jeanetta community and are leading this charge. Houston Parks - HPARD, Habitat for Humanity, and Houston Parks Board are crucial partners, thank you all for making this happen!

Great turnout tonight at Bayland with Richmond Plaza neighborhood to discuss drainage. Thanks Houston Public Works!
08/28/2019

Great turnout tonight at Bayland with Richmond Plaza neighborhood to discuss drainage. Thanks Houston Public Works!

Happy to meet with Hillcroft Safety Summer Interns who have worked so hard on drafting safety recommendations for the Hi...
08/01/2019

Happy to meet with Hillcroft Safety Summer Interns who have worked so hard on drafting safety recommendations for the Hillcroft Avenue.

Thanks to Connect Communities and the interns for presenting a future vision for this corridor!

First steps are being taken to turn the demolished Boardwalk Apartment site into greenspace/detention. Proposal for the ...
07/18/2019

First steps are being taken to turn the demolished Boardwalk Apartment site into greenspace/detention.

Proposal for the City to buyout the site was presented before the Housing Committee this week. Final purchase option will be presented before council in the next few weeks.

Proud to reappoint members of the Southwest District this morning at Council. The work of the management district contin...
07/17/2019

Proud to reappoint members of the Southwest District this morning at Council. The work of the management district continues to make Southwest Houston a cleaner and safer place. Thank you for your service!

Changes to Solid Waste schedule for July 4th
07/03/2019
City of Houston Solid Waste Management

Changes to Solid Waste schedule for July 4th

In observance of Fourth of July, the following are changes to the City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department’s (SWMD) collection and facility schedules.

Thursday, July 4, 2019 (Independence Day)
CITY HOLIDAY: There will be NO COLLECTION SERVICES today. All SWMD facilities including the Neighborhood Depositories/Recycling Center, Westpark Recycling Center and The Reuse Warehouse closed.

Friday, July 5, 2019
Thursday Garbage, Curbside Recycling, Yard Waste collected today. The Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers, Westpark Recycling Center and The Reuse Warehouse will re-open.

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Friday Garbage, Curbside Recycling, Yard Waste collected today. The Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers, Westpark Recycling Center and The Reuse Warehouse re-open.

For more information about SWMD and our services, visit us at www.houstonsolidwaste.org, “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste, follow us on Twitter @houstontrash, or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.

Mark your calendars for next Saturday...the Sharpstown Americana Celebration returns!🇺🇸✨
06/23/2019

Mark your calendars for next Saturday...the Sharpstown Americana Celebration returns!🇺🇸✨

Thank you Rev. Patrick Hall of District J’s Episcopal Church of the Epiphany for delivering today’s opening prayer at Ci...
06/11/2019

Thank you Rev. Patrick Hall of District J’s Episcopal Church of the Epiphany for delivering today’s opening prayer at City Council

Today, District J pauses to remember the courage and sacrifice of Captain Matthew Renaud, Engineer-Operator Robert Bebee...
05/31/2019

Today, District J pauses to remember the courage and sacrifice of Captain Matthew Renaud, Engineer-Operator Robert Bebee, Fire Fighter Robert Garner, Fire Fighter Anne Sullivan and Captain Bill Dowling of HFD Fire Station 51 and HFD Fire Station 68.

We shall never forget.

No better way to kick-off Memorial Day weekend than to celebrate the grand opening of the new Sharpstown Pool! Thank you...
05/25/2019

No better way to kick-off Memorial Day weekend than to celebrate the grand opening of the new Sharpstown Pool! Thank you Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Parks - HPARD and TIRZ 20, for working together to make this happen.

SAVE THE DATE!!There will be a grand opening celebration for the new Sharpstown Pool (6600 Harbor Town Dr.) on Saturday,...
05/15/2019

SAVE THE DATE!!

There will be a grand opening celebration for the new Sharpstown Pool (6600 Harbor Town Dr.) on Saturday, May 25th at 10am! Bring the kiddos by to make a splash and enjoy some sunshine☀️ as we celebrate this new amenity for District J and Southwest Houston!

Second meeting to discuss the future of Anderson Park with area residents. Great night to hear what residents want to se...
05/14/2019

Second meeting to discuss the future of Anderson Park with area residents. Great night to hear what residents want to see in their local greenspace!

Congratulations to our victorious Wisdom Generals "Mathletes"!! The collective brain power of this team gives me great h...
05/05/2019

Congratulations to our victorious Wisdom Generals "Mathletes"!! The collective brain power of this team gives me great hope for our city. A brighter future is being built at Wisdom HS -- and these heroes are leading the way!

Discussing the future of Anderson Park with area residents. Thank you Houston Planning & Development Department and Hous...
04/23/2019

Discussing the future of Anderson Park with area residents. Thank you Houston Planning & Development Department and Houston Parks Dept.!

Let's wish our Sharpstown High School Boys Soccer team good luck as they compete in the State Semi-Finals this evening. ...
04/18/2019

Let's wish our Sharpstown High School Boys Soccer team good luck as they compete in the State Semi-Finals this evening. First time ever! Go Sharpstown Apollos!! ⚽️

Attention contestants!! The application deadline has now been extended through May 2nd. Go to their updated link for mor...
04/18/2019

Attention contestants!! The application deadline has now been extended through May 2nd. Go to their updated link for more information: bit.ly/2XrriSf

🎼🎶Do you have some musical talent you'd like to showcase to the world? Sign up for this COOL songwriting competition in District J, organized by your District J office and the Houston Health Department!

🎤 🌟 Young musicians are invited to showcase their talent at an upcoming event sponsored by Council Member Mike Laster, District J and our Public Health Preparedness Bureau!

Houston Preparedness Icon offers contestants ages 18-29 the opportunity to win prizes for writing and performing songs that encourage Houstonians to prepare for emergencies.

❗ Registration deadline is April 25! Info: bit.ly/2XrriSf

City of Houston Office of Emergency Management Mayor Sylvester Turner #houstonpreparednessicon #houstonhealth #publichealthpreparedness #htx #houston #htown #texas #houstontexas #emergencypreparedness

Looking for a summer job in either the public OR private sector?? There's still time to sign up for Hire Houston Youth! ...
04/04/2019
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Looking for a summer job in either the public OR private sector?? There's still time to sign up for Hire Houston Youth!

All positions offer at least 7 weeks of employment, making at least $8.00 an hour, in either the City of Houston or one of our private sector or non-profit partners.

Sign up today as the period to apply for City of Houston positions closes on April 6th. The application period for non-profit and private company jobs ends May 3rd.

“An able and ready workforce is critical to ensure a strong economic future for Houston. I am committed to providing access to internships and job opportunities for our young people who live in the city. I call our corporate partners, other governmental entities, and community organizations to par...

Great turnout and beautiful weather for tonight’s District J community meeting at Bayland Park!
03/28/2019

Great turnout and beautiful weather for tonight’s District J community meeting at Bayland Park!

DISTRICT J SPRING COMMUNITY (CIP) MEETINGWhen: Tomorrow, March 27th, 6:30pmWhere: Bayland Community CenterWe hope to see...
03/26/2019
2019 Spring Community Meeting Information

DISTRICT J SPRING COMMUNITY (CIP) MEETING

When: Tomorrow, March 27th, 6:30pm
Where: Bayland Community Center

We hope to see you there!

http://www.houstontx.gov/cao/2019townhalls.html

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites the community to participate in the annual spring meetings in each district to discuss capital improvement projects and hurricane recovery programs. The mayor will also explain a reframed approach to improving neighborhood drainage and streets. Most meetings will be he...

What a profound honor to celebrate the grand opening of the new Bhandara Atash Kadeh Zoroastrian worship center -- the O...
03/24/2019

What a profound honor to celebrate the grand opening of the new Bhandara Atash Kadeh Zoroastrian worship center -- the ONLY fire temple outside of Asia.

God bless this community and Houston. Thanks to Council Members Castex Tatum and Robinson for joining us!

Stop by Harris County Pct. 3 Bayland Community Center today before 4pm to qualify for the City of Houston HARVEY Flood a...
03/23/2019

Stop by Harris County Pct. 3 Bayland Community Center today before 4pm to qualify for the City of Houston HARVEY Flood assistance. Take the survey today and begin the process of recovery.

Attention residents of St. George Place! Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the St. George Place Redevelo...
03/14/2019

Attention residents of St. George Place!

Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the St. George Place Redevelopment Authority - TIRZ 1 community engagement meetings, where they will be presenting on their proposed projects for the area. There will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and leave comments about the projects. See you there!

Date: Thursday, March 21st
Time: 6p - 8p
Location: School at St. George Place, 5430 Hidalgo St. 77056

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd
Time: 6p – 8p
Location: Kimball Office Showroom, 6363 Richmond Ave. #400, 77057

Still haven't signed up for the Harvey Homeowners Assistance Survey? Canvassers will be in District J neighborhoods clos...
02/28/2019
Programs - City of Houston HCDD

Still haven't signed up for the Harvey Homeowners Assistance Survey? Canvassers will be in District J neighborhoods closest to Brays Bayou this weekend to provide information and help with the survey!

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Programs The City of Houston is committed to building a resilient and equitable city after Hurricane Harvey. Our housing recovery programs seek to build safe and affordable homes across our city, in communities where people can thrive. The City of Houston, through the Housi...

RECYCLING UPDATECity of Houston Solid Waste Management will resume your normal recycling collection schedule starting on...
02/01/2019
SWMD Resumes Standard Recycling Collection Schedule on Monday, February 4, 2019

RECYCLING UPDATE

City of Houston Solid Waste Management will resume your normal recycling collection schedule starting on Monday

HOUSTON - Effective Monday, February 4, 2019, the collection of residential recycling returns to its regular collection day. Residents should place their green cart (Recycling) at the curb along with their black cart (Garbage) on their routine service day, ensuring that they are at least 3 feet a.....

Let us honor Dr. King's legacy by committing ourselves to the service of our neighbors and by continuing our work to mak...
01/21/2019

Let us honor Dr. King's legacy by committing ourselves to the service of our neighbors and by continuing our work to make America a land of "...Liberty and Justice for All".

Was your home damaged by Harvey? New resources have recently become available! The Southwest Housing Resource Center (HR...
01/16/2019
City of Houston HCDD – CDBG-DR website

Was your home damaged by Harvey? New resources have recently become available! The Southwest Housing Resource Center (HRC) has opened in District J to help citizens apply for these new assistance programs.

You can stop by the HRC at 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, visit the link below or call 832-393-0550 if you'd like more information.

Building forward from Hurricane Harvey Welcome to the official website for housing and community recovery from Hurricane Harvey. The Housing and Community Development Department updates this site with information about disaster recovery programs. Harvey Recovery Survey Get started with the City of H...

01/14/2019
City of Houston Solid Waste Management

Important information regarding changes to the recycling/garbage schedule.

RECYCLING COLLECTION SCHEDULE UPDATE

HOUSTON - Please note the following adjustments to the City of Houston’s recycling collection schedule. Due to the schedule adjustments do not place your recycling (green) container at the curb until Wednesday or Saturday.

For future updates and collection schedules please visit our website, monitor our social media and 3-1-1 customer service center.

Thank you for your patience as we work on resolving this matter. Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the six (6) neighborhood depositories closest to your home. For more department information visit http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Monday’s & Tuesday’s A-Week Curbside Recycling pickup

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Thursday’s & Friday’s A-Week Curbside Recycling pickup

Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Jr)
CITY HOLIDAY: NO COLLECTION SERVICES. All facilities and services closed.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Monday’s Garbage Collected.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tuesday’s Garbage Collected.

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Thursday’s Garbage Collected.

Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday’s Garbage Collected.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Monday’s & Tuesday’s B-Week Curbside Recycling pickup.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Thursday’s & Friday’s B-Week Curbside Recycling pickup.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Monday’s & Tuesday’s A-Week Curbside Recycling pickup.

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Thursday’s & Friday’s A-Week Curbside Recycling pickup.

Late trash pickup is a citywide issue right now. Please leave your bins out so they can be serviced by Solid Waste as so...
12/29/2018
City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department

Late trash pickup is a citywide issue right now. Please leave your bins out so they can be serviced by Solid Waste as soon as they are able to get to our area.

Garbage and Curbside Recycling WILL NOT BE COLLECTED on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday 25th. Check our Christmas and New Year's collection schedule. Learn More.

Important Christmas tree recycling news!
12/27/2018

Important Christmas tree recycling news!

Residents can recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of twenty-five (25) free, drop-off recycling sites located throughout Houston. The program runs from December 26, 2018 to January 13, 2019.
http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/tree2019.html

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