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Detention takes on new meaning at Durham By Adam Zuvanich azuvanich@theleadernews.com Durham Elementary School became infamous last fall, when its flooding problem was seen all over the United States and likely beyond. Tropical Storm Imelda’s sudden surge in September caused rainwater to collect all across the Garden Oaks campus, which utilizes covered, outdoor walkways between buildings. A video of students walking across benches to avoid floodwaters – which appeared to be taken indoors

– was shared on social media and picked up by national news outlets such as NPR and Yahoo. If Durham goes viral again, it likely will be for a different reason. Houston ISD has fortified the drainage system at the school, which is more than 50 years old, by adding more storm drains, larger underground pipes, new downspouts from the rooftops of its buildings and new chunks of sod that help absorb water. Two detention ponds on opposite ends of campus also have been con-

structed as part of the flood mitigation project, which started in December and should be completed within the next month, according to HISD. “I think it solves (the problem),” Durham principal Carrie Flores said. “Now, it hasn’t rained like it did with Imelda, but it has been raining, and I can tell you that I don’t see ponding water anymore on my campus.” Brian Busby, the chief operating officer for HISD, said the work was not in direct response to September’s See Detention P. 8A

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Photo by Adam Zuvanich Two detention ponds were recently constructed at Durham Elementary School in Garden Oaks.

Challengers face ‘uphill battle’ in primary against Rosen By Adam Zuvanich azuvanich@theleadernews.com

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stint as a cattle driver and rodeo performer, publishing a popular biography, “The Life and Adventures of Nat Love,” in 1907. According to an article in Smithsonian Magazine, one in four cowboys was AfricanAmerican. Other program highlights included students who performed songs,

Ced Collier knows it will be difficult to unseat Alan Rosen. He’s tried before and did not come close. Making the challenge even trickier is the fact that Collier, who is again running against Rosen in the Democratic primary for Harris County Precinct 1 Constable, can’t fault the way Rosen has performed during his eight years in Rosen office. Collier said Rosen, first elected in 2012, has done a “fairly good job.” Collier, a Harris County Sheriff ’s Office lieutenant who received about 22 percent of the vote in the 2016 Democratic Collier primary for Precinct 1 constable, is giving it a go nonetheless. Also on the ballot are Gilberto Reyna, one of Rosen’s former deputies, and Perry D. Wesley. “It’s going to be hard to beat him. Reyna He’s the incumbent,” Collier said. “It’s going to be an uphill battle, but See a list people need opof primary tions.” candidates in races important Harris County to the area. voters have an array of options in Page 8A several political races leading up to the March 3 primary, which includes candidates for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. More locally, Northwest Houston voters will make primary picks in the races for Harris County Sheriff, Harris County District Attorney and Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1, which ultimately will be decided in November. There also are primaries for the United States Congressional seats held by Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee in

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Page 7A Photo by Betsy Denson Reagan Donnie, the younger sister of a Hogg Middle School student, rides a mechanical bull Tuesday during the school’s Black History Month celebration, which focused on the influence of African-American cowboys.

Heights school celebrates influence of black cowboys By Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com

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Valentine’s for vets. St. Rose of Lima students helped veterans celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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When the Hogg Middle School Black Culture committee first got together in the fall to brainstorm the school’s Black History Month celebration, the initial thought was to do a Harlem Renaissance theme. But then a parent suggested a focus on African-American cowboys, and planning for the Yeehaw Adventure began. “This year we were really interested in streamlining the experience for our students so they could actually walk away with a new knowledge that was also rooted in the surrounding environment,” said Terri Hamm, vice president of Hogg’s parent-teacher association programs. “If you ever drive through Acres Homes or other historically black neighborhoods there is a very high probability that you will see black men, women and children riding horses. We wanted to explore and learn about this rich cultural dynamic with our community at Hogg.” The result was on display Tuesday night, when the Hogg community came together to celebrate the legacy of the black cowboy.

Photo by Betsy Denson A Hogg Middle School paints a mural of The Chisholm Kid, who was the first black cowboy to be featured in a comic strip.

A kickoff program featured Carl Burnett, a member of 190 Trail Riders whose purpose is to promote the knowledge of horsemanship and instill the traditional ways of the cowboy to future generations. Burnett talked about the history of the black cowboy, which dates back to the 19th century. Cowboy Nat Love was born a slave but went on to have a 20-year

Families fear for safety of detained Citgo executives with area ties By Adam Zuvanich azuvanich@theleadernews.com

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Photo by Adam Zuvanich Jennifer Zambrano, left, is the wife of detained former Citgo executive Alirio Zambrano.

An Oak Forest resident and other relatives of the six former Citgo executives who have been detained by the Venezuelan government since November 2017 are worried about the wellbeing of their loved ones. According to family members of the men, most of whom have ties to the Houston area, they were abruptly rounded up and moved from house arrest Feb. 5 by the regime of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Ear-

lier that day, opposition leader Juan Guaido was in Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, who recognizes Guaido as the South American country’s legitimate leader. The six detained executives are Gustavo Cardenas, Jose Pereira, Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell and brothers Alirio Zambrano and Jose Luis Zambrano. Oak Forest resident Alexandra Forseth, who started the Citgo 6 Coalition and held an October march at Candlelight Park on their behalf, is the daughter of Alirio Zam-

brano and niece of Jose Luis. Toledo’s stepson, Richmond resident Carlos Anez, said in an email Feb. 6 that the men were taken to the SEBIN, which is the headquarters of Venezuela’s national intelligence service, and had been cut off from communication with family members and their attorneys. “We are afraid for his life,” Cardenas’ wife, Maria Elena Cardenas, said Feb. 6 on Twitter. Houston-based Citgo is a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela SA See Citgo 6 P. 4A

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Alleged car theft in Heights area leads to assault arrest From Staff Reports Houston police say a man who had his car stolen in the Heights on Tuesday was later arrested for allegedly hitting the suspect with another car. Luis Eduardo Quijas-Martinez, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Houston Police Department. Quijas-Martinez was subsequently released on bond, according to Harris County court records. HPD said the victim, 32-year-old Anthony Estrada,


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We should cancel the entire I-45 expansion


headline in the Houston Chronicle earlier this week caught my attention, as much for its irony as its honesty. I know it may sound a bit off – a publisher of a “competing” newspaper giving kudos to the Chronicle – but our readers should know we at The Leader don’t view our big-city friends as competitors. They do a great job covering big issues in this Greater Houston area, and I feel their journalism has gotten better over the past few years. In the same way, the Chronicle can’t hold a candle to our coverage of this community, and that’s a good thing. One of the issues the Chronicle has covered well is TxDOT’s proposed expansion of I-45, and transportation reporter Dug Begley has done an outstanding job providing an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the expansion. And that’s the Chronicle online headline that grabbed my attention: “A $7 billion freeway rebuild looms. Not everyone in Houston is happy about it.” In case you don’t know the background of the I-45 expansion project, here’s the abridged version: For nearly two decades, TxDOT has analyzed every possible scenario for widening I-45 leading into and out of downtown Houston. The plan they’ve settled on – and the plan that has caused such great consternation – involves a route that moves

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I-45 from running west of downtown and shifts it to the eastern side of downtown. By doing this, among other things, TxDOT can use segments of I-10, I-69 and Texas 288 to improve the flow of traffic through the heart of the city. And to the north of downtown, where I-45 seemingly stands still from dusk ’til dawn, TxDOT wants to widen the freeway just enough to add new, managed lanes that can be used for rapid bus transit. There are all sorts of details to the proposal (like a tunnel), and you’d be well served to read Begley’s reporting on the plans. You also might consider visiting the TxDOT website to look at specifics of the expansion as the draft stands today. But the point of this column isn’t to bullet-point the proposed changes. Instead, it’s to suggest that maybe we shouldn’t make any changes at all.

Back to that headline for a minute. TxDOT wants to spend $7 billion to re-imagine I-45, and some people aren’t happy about it. That’s something of an understatement. There are groups lining the stairs at City Hall (even though City Hall has very little say in the matter), and they’re demanding the expansion be halted in its tracks. Among the myriad reasons for the protest is the fact that expanding I-45 will lead to the destruction of residential homes, remove longestablished businesses, and place school children perilously close to freeway traffic. If you visit www.StopTxDOTI-45. com, and click on the “Effects” page, you’ll see some of the problems residents have. Or as the Chronicle headline states, why “not everyone in Houston is happy about it.” I’m not the foremost expert on this expansion plan, and I certainly don’t want readers to believe I’m the end-all on the opinions that should shape the conversation, but I want to throw out an idea that hasn’t been discussed publically, as far as I can tell. I say we cancel the entire thing. Don’t change one strip of concrete on I-45. Don’t widen a single lane. Don’t spend a penny of that $7 million on widening I-45. That may sound absolutely asinine, and in a way, I suppose it’s

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Astrodome, it got favorable critical praise although critic John Simon wrote. “’Brewster McCloud’ is a pretentious, disorganized, modishly iconoclastic movie…” I agree. It was probably the worst movie ever made. Did you ever see “Twins”? It was a 1988 buddy comedy about unlikely twins (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito) who were separated at birth. The final scene is set in Houston. A funny actual ending: Instead of taking their usual salaries for the film, Schwarzenegger and DeVito agreed to take 20 percent of the film’s box office returns. The film was a huge commercial success, grossing $216 million worldwide. Schwarzenegger and DeVito received the biggest paychecks of their movie careers. “Hud,” played by Paul Newman as a thoroughly despicable character, didn’t hit audiences that way. Newman said, “We thought [the] last thing people would do was accept Hud as a heroic character ... His amorality just went over [the audience’s] head; all they saw was this western, heroic individual.” Yes, the Lone Star State has been the backdrop for many a good flick: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Urban Cowboy,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Bernie,” “Boyhood,” (which all the critics raved about, but I thought was pointless.) “No Country for Old Men,” “Tender Mercies,” “Red River,” and, of course, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Incidentally, Oscar was a Texan. In 1931, a librarian at the motion picture academy, Margaret Herrick, upon seeing the little statue, said, “It looks just like my Uncle Oscar.” Oscar Pierce of Texas. And the first award for Best Movie was given in 1927. It was “Wings,” made in San Antonio. Turning to TV, as a novel, “Lonesome Dove” won Larry McMurtry the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was intended to be a movie, starring Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, but John Ford advised Wayne against it. The television miniseries in 1989 drew an estimated 26 million homes. At the 1989 Emmy Awards, the miniseries had 18 nominations and seven wins. “Lonesome Dove” also won two Golden Globes. (Years ago I had an idea for a movie about a West Texas high school football team. Then came “Friday Night Lights,” the book, the movie, the TV series. It will probably become a Broadway musical.) “Dallas” debuted in 1978, as a five-part miniseries on CBS. However, due to the show’s popularity, it was subsequently turned into a regular

expansion. Sure, these are the same people who want a more walkable and bike-able city, but the consequences are forcing them to oppose the solution. So I’m not really sure what we want. When 610 was built 65 years ago, homes and businesses were moved. Any time any major transportation artery is changed, homes and businesses stand in the way, and no matter what plan TxDOT presents, there will be casualties (hopefully not in the mortal manner). To me, it seems like the only option is to scrap the whole thing. Let’s just allow Greater Houston to continue on its path of having urban centers further and further away. Let’s build a downtown in Katy and Sugar Land and The Woodlands (they nearly have one already). Then, let’s move east and turn Dayton into the next metropolis. We can’t have it both ways in this argument, and while it would be nice – and we should – mitigate the damage done to homes and businesses, there isn’t going to be a perfect solution. And besides, by the time TxDOT finishes the project, maybe in 2035, the expansion won’t be big enough anyway, and we’ll have to start all over. Email jonathan@mcelvymedia.com


The Lone Star of movies and TV THE TV – I’m watching a new show, “9-1-1 Lone Star,” with Rob Lowe. A New York City fireman takes a job in Austin, with culture change and the old fish-out of-water plot. In the first show, (entitled “Yee-Haw,” no kidding), on the way to his new job, the firefighter drives from Manhattan to Austin across the desert and the tumbleweeds with country and western music in the background and… huh? The desert? Tumbleweeds? He must have been terribly lost. Yes, once again Texas is portrayed by Hollywood and TV as what we are not, but it makes for interesting stories -- hundreds of them. Many programs were Westerns, set in Texas, or at least partially. “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” begins in Fort Griffin, Texas, so I guess it qualifies. We have gangsters, “Bonnie and Clyde,” astronauts in “Apollo 13” and films about ordinary folks, as in “Terms of Endearment,” set in Houston, which won five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. So let’s look at few movies and TV shows that depicted our state. New York Times columnist David Brooks, who usually writes about politics, once observed he thought “The Searchers” was the best movie ever made. It was a John Wayne and John Ford Western. New York magazine called it the most influential movie in American history. The film, supposedly showing West Texas, was actually filmed in Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Sort of like the tumbleweeds outside Austin. Films about the Alamo began with “Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo.” It was a 1926 six-reel silent film, the only film to depict Crockett as a slave owner. Slave owner? John Wayne wanted to play Crockett in the 1960 version, and bankrolled the project himself. “The Alamo” was a critical and financial flop. In that version of the story, Crockett went down fighting. In the 2004 version, Tommy Lee Jones, as Crockett, is captured and about to be executed, telling Santa Anna, “I’m a screamer.” “Giant” was a 1956 movie based on Edna Ferber’s novel. The book, which dealt with – among other things, AngloHispanic tensions -- didn’t set well with some Texans. The joke was, Ferber was flying over Texas and told the pilot to fly lower. “I want to do more research.” “Giant” was the last of James Dean’s three films as a leading actor, and earned him his second Academy Award nomination -- he was killed in a car accident before the film was released. Another actor was called in to do some voice dubbing for Dean’s role. Dimitri Tiomkin wrote the music both for “Giant” and the 1956 “The Alamo,” great stuff. Fast forward to “Brewster McCloud,” director Robert Altman’s next movie after his huge hit, “M*A*S*H.” Filmed in Houston, mostly at the

something of a flippant response to the controversy surrounding the issue, but consider the paradox in this entire project. The reason we want improvements to I-45 is because so many cars are coming to downtown Houston, and that number isn’t going to get smaller. By 2030, estimates are that Greater Houston’s population will be 8.4 million. In 20 years, projections are that we reach 9.6 million. It seems logical that we do something to improve traffic flow. There are other reasons we want to improve I-45. We say we want more people visiting downtown, and we need to make it easier to get here. We also want to make this a more walkable and bike-friendly city, especially inside the 610 Loop. Those are all wonderful plans, but there’s no way that will happen unless we make it easier for the millions of people who want to drive to the center of the city. And there are tax advantages, too. The more we get money back into the city limits, the more revenue our city has to increase services or, cough, pay firefighters. But there’s such great irony in what we want, because an enormous faction of people in the city – starting from the administration on down – don’t want there to be any impact on the homes and businesses that would be removed in order to make room for the

series and broadcast for 13 full seasons. The program drew an estimated 26 million homes. In the UK, the show drew audiences of over 20 million. Everyone went around asking, “Who shot J.R.?” At the 1989 Emmy Awards, the miniseries had 18 nominations and seven wins. “Lone Star” was a stupid show about a Texas con man who secretly had two families, one in Houston and one in Midland. It was cancelled after only two episodes, and none too soon. “Walker, Texas Ranger” with Chuck Norris ran for nine seasons. It had a great theme song. Don’t forget to watch “9-11 Lone Star.” The first episode includes cowboys line dancing in a honky-tonk. See if there are any longhorns wandering on Congress or show-down gun fights in the Texas Capitol. Lynn Ashby rides at ashby2@comcast.net

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Dear Editor: As the March primary election approaches, I encourage voters in the 18th Congressional District to consider all of the candidates currently challenging Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. It is time for a change. Congresswoman Lee’s tenure as representative of the 18th District for the past 24 years has been an abysmal failure. Her public positions and voting record conflict with the values and wishes of the members of this district. Ms. Lee opposed the tax relief act that has allowed the taxpayers of her district to keep more of their paychecks and demonstrably benefited the entire country. She supports Houston as a sanctuary city. Houston cannot afford the problems that accompany such a position. Her recent scandals have resulted in the loss of her committee chairmanship in the House of Representatives and her position as Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. With the loss of her positions, and her credibility, Ms. Lee can no longer represent the 18th District. We must make a change. We are in desperate need of new blood, untainted by her scandals and unhindered by her incompetence. We need someone who will listen to the voters and who will represent the interests of all her constituents; not just a chosen few. As you prepare to go to the polls, please do not casually pull the

lever for the familiar name; for the incumbent. Inform yourself. Study both Ms. Lee’s record and her positions. Take a fresh look at her competitors. Then ask yourself: What has Sheila Jackson Lee done for me? What has she done for this district? If you do that, I believe you will come to the same conclusion I have. We cannot afford Sheila Jackson Lee any longer. We deserve better, and we can do better. Jeff Przybyla and David Ross

City moving forward with 11th Street road diet

Dear Editor: This is ridiculous. P&D engaged the community and the community used common sense and overwhelmingly rejected reducing the busiest east-west thoroughfare through the Heights to two lanes. However, P&D decided that it knows best and unilaterally went through with its original plans regardless of the feedback it gathered. The original concern was to make the Nicholson and 11th St intersection safer and everyone supports that, but somehow that turned into an opportunity to make all of 11th St more bike friendly. Currently during rush hour, traffic westbound at Shepherd often backs up to Herkimer and this is just going to make things so much worse. Dave on 10th St.

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Telling Your Family Story with Tropy Saturday, Mar. 7 10 a.m. – noon Bayland Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Genealogical research is bursting with digital images that fill hard drives with rich but difficult to access information. At the Houston Genealogical Forum meeting, Emily Vinson will introduce Tropy, a free open-source software that can transform an overwhelming digital accumulation of photos and documents into a sortable, searchable collection. Visitors are welcome. Visit www.hgftx.org for information.

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welcomed. Email Kvanderpol@ swbell.net for more information. Chili Supper Wednesday, Feb. 19 5 – 7 p.m. Zion Lutheran – 3606 Beauchamp Zion Lutheran’s Men in Mission are hosting their Annual Chili Supper in Zion’s Great Room. This is their annual fundraiser for their Seminary Scholarship Program. The mean will be for a free will offering and there will also be quarts to go for $10. The public is invited to attend. Call 713-8691493 for more information. Men’s Scripture Sharing Group Thursday, Feb. 20 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. YMCA –1234 W. 34th St. The Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets every Thursday at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA. There will be music, Bible study and fellowship. Guests and new members are welcome to attend this non-denominational Bible study. Email scripturesharing@ earthlink.net for information.

The Farm Stand at Petrol Station Saturday, Feb. 15 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 948 Wakefield Dr. The Farm Stand at Petrol Station features goods from local vendors. Heights Morning Market Sunday, Feb. 16 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3106 White Oak Dr. Heights Morning Market gathers local talented artisans, farmers, and entrepreneurs to bring you closer to the goods you need. Stop by to shop and stay to brunch, drink mimosas, and listen to live music at Onion Creek.

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The Chocoholic Feast Friday, Feb. 21 7 – 10 p.m. St. Rose – 3600 Brinkman St. The St. Rose of Lima Altar Guild is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Chocoholic Feast. This evening of games, a light dinner and desserts will be held on Friday, Feb. in the St. Rose East and West. Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door and include a Silent Auction and an evening of all-you-can-eat food and fun. Reserve a table or purchase individual tickets on the parish website, www.stroselima. org, or in person at the parish and school offices. For additional information, call 713-692-9123.

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(PDVSA), a state-run oil and gas company. Family members of the six executives say they were called to Venezuela for a meeting shortly before Thanksgiving in 2017 and then arrested. Their relatives say the men, five of whom are dual citizens, have been accused of trying to make decisions that would financially inhibit Citgo’s parent company and by extension the Venezuelan government. They have yet to stand trial, although Anez said one is scheduled to begin Feb. 19. “I, of course, expect the trail to be fake and my stepdad and the others to be convicted,� Anez said. “If this case had truly been about the law, the men wouldn’t have spent very long behind bars.� After spending more

ters Kathryn (Bruce) Wright and Rosanna (Mark) Svobody, grandchildren Micah & Mason, brother-in-law Will (Dodie) Curtis, and scores of nieces & nephews. John Patterson Rohrer, 76, born Nov. 5, died on Feb. 4.

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been making daily posts on Twitter that illustrate how long the men have been detained -- more than 800 days. In a statement, Citgo said it prays for the men’s safety and believes their detention is violation of human rights. The company also said it support the U.S. government’s efforts to secure their release. “I am in communication with the (U.S.) State Department regarding recent developments with the Citgo 6 in Venezuela,� Olson said in a Feb. 6 statement. “Their health and safety is a top priority. I will continue to do all I can to help reunite these men with their families in the United States.�

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than two years in jail, the men were granted house arrest in December. Anez said Toledo was taken from his Venezuelan home during dinnertime Feb. 5 under the premise that we would be undergoing a medical evaluation and then returning home. On Feb. 6, Anez said the families were told they could have food, water, medicine and personal hygiene items delivered once a day to the men. “They may be stuck at the SEBIN for a while,� Anez said. “Their house arrest order was never revoked by the courts and there is no record of an order for this transfer. It all seems arbitrary.� U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who represents some of the men, has been lobbying for their release and return to their families in the U.S. Olson has

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Art Valet: It’s never too late to get creative Mitch Cohen Art Columnist

Many people rediscover their creative sides after a lifetime of living, working and pushing aside their early creative endeavors. Perhaps they needed that time to realize their true potential. I recently met a man who has rediscovered his passion for life. Prabir K Das, known as PK, is living his passion again, finally. PK is the founder of Aseity Creations, a creative space for all persuasions to gather, learn and create at 1907 Sabine St., Suite 1107. PK’s bold vision includes instruction for all levels of experience with an emphasis on realizing one’s true identity as a creative. Big ideas sometimes take a lifetime to realize or in PK’s case, recognize. One benefit of a lifetime of hindsight is taking massive, immediate action without looking back, taking no for an answer and seeing your way around “obstacles.” In India where PK grew up, he started his creative career as a photographer, first as a still photographer in commercial productions and then print and magazines. At age 21 he published a book of short stories, and by 23 he wrote, directed and produced his first short film. At 28, PK moved to the U.S. and studied English Literature. And when bills started to pile up, life took over. Fast forward 22 years and PK left the corporate world “with the determination to return to my core,” he told me. With a friend they launched a successful international magazine. He later organized the South Asian Theater Festival and wrote his first two stage plays in English (the first 12 were in his native language) with much success and professional accolades. In 2017, PK visited Houston on a tour with his book, “The Fourth Child: Glimpses of Twentieth Century Bengali Poetry,” and moved to Houston. Art Valet: Why did you move here? PK: “My conviction in bringing the creative space to a larger and diverse population brought me to Houston, which is by far the best (American) city I ever lived in.” AV: Why did you found Aseity Creations? PK: “Since 2012, I have been wanting to develop a center where I can extend support and assistance to creative individuals so that they can advance in their life as a creative individual. I do not want any other individual to lose the precious time of their life trying to survive through other means when they truly crave to pursue creative works

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(whatever field it maybe). Houston gave me that opportunity. Now, I am as energized and as vigorous as I was in my 20s.” AV: Describe Aseity Creations. PK: “Aseity Creations extends a wholesome experience for its participants. We operate through three distinct wings. “(Imagenuine) is our studio and gallery wing. Anyone can rent our studio floor to develop their body of work. This is where we hold a monthly speaker series given by distinguished personalities in various creative streams. We also hold exhibitions of 2D medium artworks and offer equipment rental for a very nominal charge to those who need it. “(Second Identity First) is our academy wing. As the name says, we intend to convert our second identity of being an artist (or creative) to make it the first identity. This is where we want to introduce ideas, skills, strategies of remaining true to the self by upholding the only identity of a creative individual. “(Houston Artists’ Commune) is our member wing. Advanced individuals can join here to prepare themselves for the larger world of art entrepreneurship. We will provide all the support necessary to get them ready for the real world.” AV: What artists and creatives are on board now? PK: “Following moving to Sabine Street Studios (Sawyer Yards), I extensively roamed around the city to identify the real talents. I attended art markets (such as First Saturday Arts Market), art shows, studios, galleries and talked with hundreds of creative people. Following an in-depth review and interview, I hand-picked several creative individuals to become our instructors. Cur-

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rently, we have 14 instructors. And we are still adding. We are still interviewing. Qualified artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers are welcome to inquire about our openings for the position of instructor. And yes, it is a paid position.” AV: What is your big wild dream for Aseity Creations? PK: “I dream often that some of my students and members have made it big in their creative world. If I can have just a few people materializing their dream in this creative world, I will know my endeavor has been successful. I wake up every morning knowing I have reached another step closer to make the dreams of many people (regardless of their age bracket)

come true soon. “I love to meet people, I love to bounce off ideas, I aspire to share your dream. Let’s meet. Let’s make it happen.” Aseity Creations’ full website, www.imagenuine.com, is set to launch within the next week. Classes will be limited and are open to members and non-members. Membership discounts will be offered. PK encourages those interested to contact them in advance to secure a spot via email at aseitycreations@gmail.com or by phone at 281-703-5670.

olanda “Yola” MaciasHeiney, 60, of Houston, Texas, passed away on January 31, 2020 after a courageous three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Yola was born in Houston on April 30th to Jesse Macias and Yolanda Macias. She enjoyed travel, reading, West Virginia basketball, and being with her family. She is preceded in death by both her parents. She is survived by her husband Steve E. Heiney and her son Andrew S. Heiney; her siblings Mike Macias, Irene Vasquez, Roland Macias, and Hector Macias; and her nieces Jessica Walker, Rachelle Vasquez, and Neomi Macias. A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 AM at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3600 Brinkman St., Houston, Texas 77018. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Precinct 1, from P. 1A District 18 and Republican Dan Crenshaw in District 2. The Texas state representative seats in District 139 and District 148 – held by Anna Eastman and fellow Democrat Jarvis Johnson – are up for grabs as well. Early voting for the primaries is scheduled for Feb. 18-28, when 52 polling locations across Harris County will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. every day except Feb. 23, when polls will be open from 1-6 p.m. The office of Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced Wednesday that it will utilize a “multilingual virtual poll worker” to assist voters who speak languages other than English, including American Sign Language. Like much of Houston, the area served by the Precinct 1 constable is culturally diverse. One of Rosen’s challengers, Reyna, said he can better serve predominantly Hispanic communities such as the Northside. Reyna said Rosen’s office has neglected that part of its constituency in comparison to others. The 69-year-old Reyna, who has worked at both the Precinct 1 and Precinct 6 constable’s offices along with the county sheriff ’s office, said he also would increase the amount of officers on patrol to better combat crime in the area. Reyna said he wants to be especially mindful of shootings at schools and churches and wants to bolster patrols in those places as well. He said his son, Juan Gilberto Reyna, was shot and killed at Katy Mayde Creek High School in 2012 at the age of

16. “I’ve been telling those people (in the community), anything can be done,” Reyna said. “I can do better than what they’re doing now.” Rosen challenged the notion that he has neglected some of the communities he has been charged with serving and also said he has been a champion of diversity. He recently swore in Harris County’s first Sikh deputy constable, Amrit Singh, who is allowed to wear a turban while on duty as part of the office’s “articles of faith” policy. Rosen also said he is an established leader when it comes to combatting crimes such as human trafficking, child abuse, illegal dumping, animal cruelty and scams against senior citizens. He said his office has been awarded as the regional law enforcement agency of the year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Rosen said he prides himself on connecting with the communities he serves and gives back through events such as annual toy drives and a charity basketball tournament. “Anytime you’re running for office, you’re asking voters to look at your record, look at who you are and what you’ve done and if you’ve done a good job and met or exceeded the expectations of the people you work for,” Rosen said. “I work for the people. I don’t work for the county. I work for the Harris County taxpayers in Precinct 1. That’s who I focus on and how I measure myself.”

Collier, a 47-year-old Acres Home resident who has worked for the sheriff ’s office for more than two decades, said he has become wiser since his previous primary bid. Since that time he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of HoustonDowntown and graduated from the FBI National Academy. Collier said he’s now working on a master’s degree at Sam Houston State University. He also is a deacon at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church Collier, who in his current role works with traffic and flooding issues, said he would focus on mental health initiatives if elected. “I think that issue crosses all boundaries of law enforcement and all agencies,” Collier said. “It’s something that no one really wants to tackle head on. But I think Precinct 1 is the mental health conservator of the county, and I think that’s a good starting platform to launch something that would be recognized nationwide.” Before they can start implementing their ideas, Collier, Reyna and Wesley, who could not be reached for comment, must win the primary against Rosen. Collier said he respects and gets along with the incumbent, who does not shy away from being challenged. Rosen said he’s continually fielding questions and asking questions, and continually learning, in an attempt to improve his office. “We’re always trying to get better,” he said, “and always trying to do more.”

In The Running The following is a list of primary election candidates in races important to Northwest Houston voters. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot. Incumbents are denoted with asterisks. Complete sample ballots are available at harrisvotes.com.

U.S. SENATOR Democrats Mary “MJ” Hegar Royce West D.R. Hunter Michael Cooper Adrian Ocegueda Sema Hernandez Annie “Mama” Garcia Chris Bell Amanda K. Edwards Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez Victor Hugo Harris Jack Daniel Foster Jr. Republicans Mark Yancey Dwayne Stovall Virgil Bierschwale *John Cornyn John Anthony Castro

Audia Jones Carvana Cloud *Kim Ogg Republicans Mary Nan Huffman Lori DeAngelo Lloyd Wayne Oliver

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 139 Democrats *Jarvis D. Johnson Angeanette Thibodeaux

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2 Democrats Travis Olsen Sima Ladjevardian Elisa Cardnell Republican *Dan Crenshaw

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 148 Democrats Emily Wolf Anna Eastman Cynthia Reyes-Revilla Penny Morales Shaw Adrian Garcia Republican Lui La Rotta

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 18 Democrats Jerry Ford Sr.


HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF Democrats *Ed Gonzalez Harry Zamora Jerome Moore Republicans Paul Day Randy Rush Joe Danna HARRIS COUNTY COMMISIONER PRECINCT 1 Democrats *Rodney Ellis Maria T. (Terri) Jackson HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 1 Democrats Ced Collier *Alan Rosen Perry D. Wesley Gilberto “Gil” Reyna

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Detention, from P. 1A bad publicity but part of an ongoing, districtwide initiative to improve drainage on HISD campuses. Busby said flood mitigation work was done at 10 schools after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and on three campuses – Durham, Hogg Middle School in the Heights and Wesley Elementary School in Acres Homes – since Imelda. Busby said the projects were funded by HISD’s general fund, with the work at Durham costing more than $500,000. The slow-release detention ponds still need to be connected to the City of Houston’s drainage infrastructure, which Busby said should happen within the next 30 days. “It was several schools that have a history of flooding,” Busby said. “We decided we needed to do something to not only mitigate the flooding that was occurring, but also create drainage relief for those schools.” Two members of Durham’s parent-teacher association said they are glad the flooding problem is being addressed. But PTA president Jane Schiffer said she wishes that campus stakeholders would have been clued in about the work beforehand and given the opportunity to provide input. Flores said she did not know about the project until construction workers began digging up the schoolyard. Schiffer and PTA member Megan Rasmussen did not know about the plan to connect the detention ponds to the city’s storm drains until informed by a reporter on Tuesday. Both Durham parents said the detention ponds, which are near playgrounds and roughly 40 feet long, 15 feet wide and 5 feet deep, contained standing water and were surrounded by

Donovan Benson Marc Flores Stevens Orozco Michael Allen *Sheila Jackson Lee Bimal Patel Republicans Robert M. Cadena Wendell Champion Nathan J. Milliron T.C. Manning Ava Reynero Pate Truly Heiskell

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temporary, flimsy fencing for multiple weeks. After the PTA sent a letter to HISD last Friday, expressing its concerns about the ponds, water was pumped out of them and sturdier, permanent fencing was installed. “That was one of the big concerns,” Rasmussen said of fencing around the ponds. Busby said the detention ponds couldn’t immediately be connected to the city’s drainage infrastructure because it first needed to be determined that the other mitigation work had the desired impact. HISD and Durham officials might not know for sure until the next major flooding event in Houston, but the early indications have been encouraging. The new sod has been laid in large patches throughout the school grounds, and the downspouts from the rooftops now extend beneath the ground level. Flores the drainage pipes in the courtyard at the center of campus, which had been par-

tially clogged by debris such as twigs and leaves, were replaced and appear to be performing more efficiently. “When you walk the exteriors (of the campus), they’re way drier,” Flores said. “We

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Cowboys, from P. 1A dances and spoken-word performances. The Hogg Middle School Choir sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often referred to as the black national anthem. After sixth-grade student Anthony Sadler, the master of ceremonies, made his closing remarks, the audience was invited to go on their Yeehaw Adventure. This included the Wrangler Posse and Shut ‘Em Down Outlawz Trail Riding groups who came out with their horses to entertain and educate attendees, as well as Crystal Wall, who led line dancing in the gymnasium. Mechanical bull riding and a chili cookoff took place in the school cafeteria and the Black Heritage Society was on hand to share cowboy artifacts. Art teacher Kati Ozanic designed a mural with her students of The Chisholm Kid, the first black cowboy to be featured in a comic strip.

Students painted the mural during the event. Once completed, it will be framed and displayed. “There are so many amazing people who really stepped up to make this event possible,” Hamm said, giving special thanks to parent committee members Wall, Christopher Sola, Erika Donnie, Tamara Harris, Tiko Hausman, Lintell Martin, Martha Martinez and Anthony Sadler. “I’d also like to thank the incredible Hogg staff members that have been great partners in this venture.” Sponsors for the event included Phil Strong Enterprises, Upper Kirby Kitchen, The Breakfast Klub, Wrangler Posse, Black Heritage Society, Prairie View Trail Riders Association, Shut ‘Em Down Outlaws, Plucked and More, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sweet P’s Cupcakes, Bud’s Meat Market, Canes, Chick-fil-A and Wazobia Market.

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