City of Houston Approves Agreement For Dynamo Soccer Stadium
February 2, 2011


On Wednesday, Mayor Annise Parker and city council approved an ordinance authorizing the Economic Development Agreement between the city and Dynamo Stadium, LLC for the development, construction operations and maintenance of a multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility.

The stadium will be constructed on the east side of Highway 59 across from Minute Maid Park. 

Council Member James Rodriguez has been an enthusiastic supporter of this project.

After the vote clearing they way for the Dynamo Stadium he issued a statement saying, ” I am pleased to announce that the Houston City Council today approved Agenda Items 24 and 25, clearing the way for the construction of the new East Downtown Soccer Stadium.  See the items below: 

24.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Economic Development Agreement between the City of Houston, Texas, and DYNAMO STADIUM, LLC for the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of a Multi-Purpose Sports and Entertainment Facility in the City 

25. ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Interlocal Agreement between the City of Houston, Texas, Harris County, Reinvestment Zone Number Fifteen, City of Houston, Texas (East Downtown Zone) and the EAST DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY relating to the participation of Harris County in the Reinvestment Zone 

I look forward to the ground breaking for the new East Downtown Soccer Stadium, a project that was a collaborative effort involving the city, county, and Houston Dynamo.”

Council Member James Rodriguez Seeks Support For Crime Victims
May 6, 2010

 Council Member James Rodriguez will seek legislative support for additional funds for the Crime Victims Assistance Fund


HOUSTON – In the early morning hours of this past Sunday, May 2, The Correra-Sedillo Family was awakened by a drunk driver who had crashed into their modest home, striking and leaving their 4-month-old girl brain dead. Their baby would later die the next day, Monday, May 3, after being on life support. The actions of this drunk driver not only took away a life but it also destroyed their home, making it uninhabitable and forcing the Correa-Sedillo couple to stay with extended family. “When I read this HPD report, it hit close to home because my wife and I have an 8-month-old son,” said City of Houston Council Member James Rodriguez.  “I felt compelled to see if there was anything I could do.” 

Currently there is aid for victims of crime through the Crime Victims Compensation Fund which is administered through the Texas Attorney General’s office. The fund collects revenue through criminal court costs, fees and fines and it is used as a secondary source if the victims of crimes do not have the means to help pay the expenses the crime created. This fund has been extended to help pay for the relocation of certain crime victims but it has to be under special circumstances.   “I believe the Texas Legislature should expand the circumstances in which we can assist in the relocation of victims. Currently, the Correra-Sedillo family does not qualify to receive this kind of aid and I’d like to see this changed,” said Council Member Rodriguez.  “I plan to work with the Mayor’s Crime Victims Assistance Office, Attorney Generals Office and reach out to our State Elected Officers of the  Harris County Delegation to create legislation that would increase the services we can provide to those victims who need  to use the Crime Victims Assistance Fund,” stated Council Member Rodriguez.

Council Member James Rodriguez Endorses Locke For Mayor
December 8, 2009

 Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez  has officially endorsed Gene Locke in the runoff race for Mayor of  Houston.

 This critical campaign endorsement  took place on the last day of early voting in front of  the  Houston Community College Southeast campus, which also serves as a polling location.

State Representative Carol Alvarado, State Rep. Doro Olivo, County Attorney Vince Ryan and Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino attended the announcement.

Rodriguez said he chose the location as a backdrop for the endorsement  because Locke’s name is  listed with others on the building cornerstone.

He was chairman of the HCC board at the time the campus was constructed.

Locke said he supported putting the building at the location to help serve the growing Hispanic community.

With such a close election,  the Locke campaign hopes the Rodriguez endorsement  will convince more Hispanic voters to support him over Controller Annise Parker.

Their turnout was light in the general election and in early voting for the  runoff,  but Hispanic voters could help decide whether Locke or Parker is  Houston’s next mayor. 

I truly believe in Gene Locke,” said Rodriguez, who represents  district I in Houston’s East End.  “We need projects like this (HCC campus and education initiatives) and we need someone who understands public safety.”

Locke said he was honored to receive the backing of the first term city council member and members of the Latino community.

“We will have to govern a city where the Latino presence is growing. That needs to be honored, respected and incorporated into daily decisions,” said Locke.