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16 Jun 2015

Flood Relief

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Following Historic Flood, Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins Partners with USA Auto Collision Center to Provide Flood Relief to Houstonians

Following the devastating floods over Memorial Day weekend, Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins has announced a partnership with USA Auto Collision Center to assist Houstonians whose vehicles have been damaged by the storm.

“Our residents need help now more than ever,” said Council Member Boykins.  “As Council Member of the fourth largest city in America it is my duty to help and provide assistance where I can.  I believe that partnering with USA Auto Collision Center will be a major service to our residents, as assistance is needed with vehicle repair and replacement.”

Through their partnership, USA Auto Collision Center is offering the following services:

  • Free Vehicle Evaluation
  • Deductible Assistance on Insurance Claims
  • Special Financing for uninsured motorists with proof of income

An estimated 10,000 vehicles have been damaged or destroyed due to the recent floods.  With such a large number of damaged vehicles Richard Gonzalez, owner of USA Auto Collision Center, is glad to service Houstonians. As someone in the auto industry, I can understand the frustration felt by those severely affected by the flood. I am glad to be in a position to offer services that will get our residents back on the road in a timely manner.”

For more information please contact:

Office of Council Member Dwight Boykins
Phone: 832-393-3001

USA Auto Collision Center
Phone: 713-733-4215

12 Jun 2015

Houston Floods

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Over the past couple of weeks, the City of Houston has been left reeling from the historic Memorial Day floods that left countless Houstonians picking up the pieces of their homes, neighborhoods, and lives.

A close friend of mine who lives in Southwest Houston – one of the hardest hit areas in the city – recently recounted his experiences with the storm and its aftermath. In short, my friend lost everything except several invaluable family photos and heirlooms. And, although devastated by his physical and emotional loss, he has faith that we will be able to recover from this historic storm.

His story isn’t unique – there are thousands of Houstonians still recovering from the storm’s devastation. And while the strength of Houstonians will persevere and we will recover, the storm left many wondering how we can better prepare for a storm of this strength moving forward.

As an elected official, I know that we can do better. I know that we can do better to prepare for the next storm, or tropical storm, or hurricane.

As Council Member At-Large for Position 1, I will take the lessons learned from the Memorial Day flood to help ensure that this devastation never happens again.

As Council Member, I will:

  • Prioritize the sufficient funding, resources, and support for the areas of the city that flood the quickest.
    • We must identify and address the issues that make certain areas of Houston more prone to flooding than others.
  • Support the expedient completion of Project Brays along Brays Bayou.
    • This vital program MUST be finished to ensure local residents don’t have their homes and cars flooded in the future.
  • Ensure that bayous and vital infrastructures are expanded and strengthened throughout the City.
    • We must make sure that every corner of the city has the infrastructure necessary to handle large amounts of water.
  • Redirect Rebuild Houston funds to help expand the city’s bayou and flooding infrastructure.
  • Foster better relationships between the City and County to better serve citizens during crises.
    • The relationship between the County and the City is a vital one, and I will work with the County as an ally to ensure adequate resources and support are coming into the city.

These are just few of the priorities that I will look to accomplish as your City Council Member, for At-Large Position 1. I know that through these measures we can work together to create An Even Better Houston and An Even Better Tomorrow.

For flood recovery resources, please visit:—Help-after-the-Texas-Floods.

03 Jun 2015

Ken Melancon Website Launch

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Check out Ken Melancon’s brand new website! Go to the site to learn all about the new campaign, upcoming events, our issues, how you can join the campaign, make a donation and more

District K Council Member Reiterates The Necessity For The Flood Damage Reduction Project

HOUSTON, TX – In the wake of the historic floodwaters that ran through the country’s fourth-largest city, Houston City Council Member for District K Larry Green is calling for the full federal funding of Project Brays. If properly addressed, the Brays Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project – or, Project Brays – could have helped spare countless Houstonians from the damages of this week’s flood.

“Project Brays must be taken seriously,” said Houston City Council Member Larry Green. “This week’s historic flood has demonstrated just how vital this project is to residents of District K, southwest Houston, and every citizen who lives in or around the city’s limits. Neighborhoods such as Westbury, Knollwood Village, Willow Meadows, and Linkwood deserve better and Washington should stop playing partisan politics and send much needed infrastructure dollars.”

Project Brays is a cooperative effort between the Harris County Flood District (HCFCD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that also incorporates local initiatives. The project aims to reduce flood damage through a variety of methods including channel and bridge modifications, as well as the use of stormwater detention basins. If fully supported and completed, the project could benefit thousands of residents and businesses along Houston’s Brays Bayou.

While Project Brays has made significant improvements in flood reduction, the project remains hindered by a shortfall in federal funding that has plagued the plan for years.

“As local Houstonians are picking up the pieces following this week’s flood, we still wait as Washington and some of our elected officials refuse to give this project the resources it needs,” said Council Member Green. “We can’t afford another damaging event like the one we experienced this week, and I strongly urge our leaders to give Project Brays the attention it needs to prevent future floods and damage.”

If fully completed, the project would not only reduce the size of the 10-year flood plain, but would also significantly decrease the flood risk for thousands of Houston homes, the Texas Medical Center, and several Houston-area universities including Texas Southern, Rice, Houston Baptist, and the University of Houston.

For more information on Project Brays, please visit:

14 Apr 2015

Texas’ Latino Disconnect

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By: Max Moll

On Thursday of last week, Governor Greg Abbott brought a message of prosperity and success to a sold out room of Houston Latino leaders, officials, and business owners.

The only problem – the message was more about Texas than it was about Latinos in Texas.

Sure, Governor Abbott touched on the vital role Latinos play in Texas’ thriving economy. He talked about the Houston Hispanic Chamber’s powerful role in the advancement of Latinos not only in Houston, but across the state of Texas, as well. He touched on his wife’s story as being part of a family that emigrated from Monterrey, Mexico. He also made sure to annunciate words with a distinctively Latino twinge.

But Governor Abbott’s message didn’t connect with what was going on in Austin.

As the Governor praised the Latino community’s inherent tenacity and commitment to hard work, the tenor of our legislators at the State Capitol couldn’t be any further from that praise. As Abbott praised Dr. Laura Murillo – the Hispanic Chamber’s visionary leader – our representatives in the legislature were busy pushing legislation that stands in the face of what the Hispanic Chamber and the Latino community are striving to build. While Abbott emphasized the Latino influence on Texas and his life, the Legislature was working to ensure that Latinos play a lesser role in Texas’ future than they have in its past.

While Governor Abbott said a lot in his speech, it’s what he didn’t say that said the most. Governor Greg Abbott’s comments to the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce noticeably – and almost painfully – omitted addressing the topics that most impact the Latino community. Why? Because the handling of those issues by the Texas legislature under his short tenure would not play well in a room full of Latinos.

On Wednesday, Senator Charles Perry’s “sanctuary cities” bill passed through the Senate’s Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee. If passed, Senate Bill 185 will cut off state funding for governmental entities that forbid law enforcement from inquiring about the immigration status of those they detain or arrest. In other words, if you are pulled over for speeding and have a slight pigmentation to your skin, the officer has the right to ask for your documentation.

On another front, the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee also passed Senator Donna Campbell’s Senate Bill 1819. This piece of legislation would undo a measure passed in 2001 by Gov. Rick Perry that allows some children of illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition.

While legislators have claimed that these pieces of legislation aren’t “about vilifying anyone,” and are matters of necessity for law enforcement officers’ effectiveness, the dialogue around the bills sure feels different. And while Governor Greg Abbott’s praise of the Latino community in broad terms may be genuine, the legislature’s actions seem to stand in stark contrast of that praise.

Objectively, Governor Abbott’s presence at one of the country’s most influential Hispanic Chambers’ premier events seemed a bit odd. Following a week at the Texas legislature that featured a day tagged as “anti-Latino Day” by Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Emmanuel Garcia, the Governor may have been better off finding a “scheduling conflict” that kept him in Austin and off the dais in a room full of Latino leaders.

I was in the audience last Thursday and couldn’t help but chuckle every time the Governor used the word “dream” in his remarks. As he talked about the American Dream and the dreams of Texas, he remained seemingly unaware that the word “dream” has an entirely different context to a room full of Latinos.

In a microcosm of the day and its dynamics: Governor Greg Abbott spoke on the dreams of Texas and its citizens while the Texas legislature looked to strip DREAMers and Latinos of their own.

And that’s where the disconnect lies.

Join Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins for the Holiday Tree Lighting & Kwanzaa Celebration on Almeda! Saturday, Dec. 6th from 2-9PM.

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Houston-Based Public Affairs Firm Recognized During 20th Anniversary Award Celebration

 For Immediate Release

October 13, 2014 – (HOUSTON, TX) – The Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBC) recognized Houston-based public affairs firm ELITE Change, Inc. as a winner of the 2014 Pinnacle Award during its 20th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday.

“We are truly humbled to be recognized with this tremendous honor,” said ELITE Change, Inc. President & CEO Dallas S. Jones. “Our mission has always been about making a positive impact in the community, so we are truly humbled to earn this recognition from the Chamber.”



Elite Change, Inc. President/CEO Dallas Jones

Founded in 1935 as the city’s first African-American civic organization, the GHBC has evolved into an active participant in the City of Houston’s socioeconomic process. The GHBC helps its partners and members navigate Houston’s large, diverse population, industries and the many nuances, which are unique to the city. The Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Awards honors African-American businesses that have achieved success by combining vision, determination, perseverance, and dedication to building strong communities.

The winners were announced during the 20th Annual Pinnacle Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday at the Power Center in Southwest Houston. The gala was held in honor of entrepreneurial pursuits within the African-American community and recognized the achievements of start-ups and established businesses, alike. “The gala was a celebration of entrepreneurism and the success that accompanies it,” explained GHBC Board Chair Vernita Harris. “Our winners are the best and brightest and the evening was dedicated to showcasing their stature and achievements.”

ELITE Change, Inc. is a public affairs consulting firm dedicated to making a difference in todays political and business settings by empowering organizations and individuals to be leaders in the communities they serve. ELITE Change specializes in Public Affairs, Strategic Communications, and Business Development. The company boasts a prominent client list of non-profits, corporations, and elected officials across many levels of government.

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Elite Change, Inc. President/CEO Dallas Jones thanking the GHBC for their recognition and support

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Chairwoman Vernita Harris and Elite Change, Inc. President/CEO Dallas Jones

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Elite Change, Inc. Team Members, Ashley Wyatt and Max Moll


Mayor Annise Parker and Elite Change, Inc. President/CEO Dallas Jones

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Councilmember Jerry Davis, Councilmember Dwight Boykins, Elite Change, Inc. President/CEO Dallas Jones, Fountain of Praise COO George Anderson, Councilmember Larry Green

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