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* Breakfast at Villa Adora, Friday, July 23, 2010, 7:30 am-9 am, 10534 Beechnut Street, 77072 (west of Sam Houston Parkway S. before Wilcrest), 281-495-7568. Find out what CONTI Real Estate Investments is doing to improve the quality, service and security of Villa Adora (formerly known as Lenox Apartments). Meet Steward Hsu, one of the company owners, who will share their vision and commitment to the community through Villa Adora. This may be a great place to live for some of your constituents. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a tour of the property. Online reservations www.asianchamber-hou.org or call Faye at 713-782-7222 before noon on Thursday, 7/22.
* Up Close and Personal Series! Meet Ms. Waynette Chan, Chief of Staff for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Arco Seafood Restaurant, 9896 Bellaire Blvd. , Ste. #K 77036 (in the Golden Food Mkt. Center ). Learn more about the person who works closest with the Mayor of Houston. Enjoy a multi-course Asian meal for $20 per person inclusive for members and $25 for nonmembers. RSVP on-line at www.asianchamber-hou.org or call Faye at 713-782-7222 by noon on Wednesday, 7/28. Limited seating.
Ms. Chan assists the Mayor in the management of Houston ; she develops, advises on, and implements policy. Additionally, Ms. Chan participates in the preparation of Houston ’s budget, guides and monitors city services, and advises on items for the council agenda. She has direct oversight of 10 departments: Health and Human Services, Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, Houston Public Library, the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Engineering, and Solid Waste Management. These departments have over 19,000 full time equivalent employees and are allocated over $2.8 billion of the $4.1 billion City of Houston budget.