Blue Ribbon Task Force News Conference
Monday, April 2
11:30 am

Bexar County Courthouse
South Steps
San Antonio, TX

Child Protective Services 5th Annual Protected and Connected Festival
Wednesday, April 4
3:30 - 6:30 pm

DFPS Parking Lot
3635 S.E. Military
San Antonio, TX

Victim Services Balloon Release
Monday, April 9
10:00 am

San Fernando Cathedral
San Antonio, TX

Go Blue Day!
Wednesday, April 11
Everyone is encouraged to wear blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Poteet Strawberry Festival
April 13-15
Strawberry Festival Grounds
9199 Highway 16
Poteet, TX

Blue Ribbon Task Force Block Walk
Saturday, April 14
St. Philips College
San Antonio, TX

Kids Day in the Park
Saturday, April 21
San Pedro Springs Park
San Antonio, TX

ChildSafe’s 8th Annual Child Abuse Conference
Thursday, April 26
Crowne Plaza
San Antonio, TX

Family Fun Fest
April 28-29
Freeman Expo Hall
3201 E. Houston
San Antonio, TX

Kids Day Out
Saturday, April 28
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Maverick County Lake Park
Eagle Pass, TX

San Jose MissionFest
Sunday, April 29
Mission San Jose
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
April 2012 - Message from Carlos
The first full month of spring, April is traditionally seen as a time of renewal and rejuvenation. And that's why it's fitting that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to rededicate ourselves to the endless battle of protecting children.

As part of that effort this year, I'm declaring this month as "April Madness" — an opportunity to get angry about the mistreatment of children and do something about it.

Where ever you live — whether in a large city or a small town — children are suffering from physical violence, mental abuse, sexual molestation, hunger and neglect.

In 2004 I formed the Bexar County Blue Ribbon Task Force, an organization of community leaders, volunteers and child advocates dedicated to the idea that every child should get a fair chance at life, free of abuse and neglect.

The primary mission of the task force is prevention, based on the simple fact that knowledge is power. On April 14, I will lead task force volunteers into high-risk neighborhoods and talk to people about all the community programs available to working families. These neighborhoods face numerous challenges, many of which can be met and overcome just by knowing about these resources.

There will be a number of events in San Antonio and other communities across Senate District 19 marking Child Abuse Prevention Month, beginning with my news conference on Monday, April 2, at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio. The message: Don't let this month pass by without doing something. Get mad and get involved.

Semper Fi!

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Help for tornado victims

Sen. Uresti is encouraging citizens of Senate District 19 to help tornado victims in Medina County.

The severe weather on March 19 damaged 58 homes and caused almost $5 million in damage in three counties, with Medina being the hardest hit. County officials said 40 structures were damaged, including 18 that were destroyed.

Uresti urged donors to make contributions through the Devine Ministerial Fellowship, P.O. Box 216, Devine, TX 78016.

BexarMet conversion to SAWS proceeding on pace

Former customers of BexarMet got some good news from the oversight committee when it met last month for the first time since November's dissolution election.

The integration of BexarMet into the San Antonio Water System is proceeding smoothly, and SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente announced that former BexarMet customers will not see a rate hike this year.

The former BexarMet is now called a District Special Project, or DSP, of SAWS. Puente also said that employee morale is high among DSP employees, who will be getting a 2.5 percent pay raise, and the bond rating outlook For DSP has improved due to SAWS management.

Uresti, who co-chairs the oversight committee and authored the legislative providing for the dissolution vote, said he would continue to make sure that former BexarMet customers get what they were promised in the dissolution election campaign.

Uresti urges TXDoT to spend some of its new-found money on rural roads

While the Eagle Ford shale boom is boosting the state and local economies in South Texas, rural roadways are suffering quite a beating. Trucks hauling rigs, oil field equipment, and water are tearing up roads that were built for cars, tractors and pickups.

Sen. Uresti, who toured a Chesapeake Energy drilling site last month, is urging the Texas Department of Transportation to help Eagle Ford shale counties with their infrastructure needs. TXDoT announced recently that it had found an extra $2 billion for road projects, part of which should be spent on rural roads.

"As you look for ways to utilize these funds, I urge you to give strong consideration to projects to maintain or improve roadways in areas affected by the development of the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas deposits," Uresti wrote in a letter to TXDoT Executive Director Phil Wilson. "The Eagle Ford Shale is proving to be a tremendous boon to the economy of the state and many local governments, but without continued attention to maintaining transportation infrastructure, development of the resource could slow, and the quality of life for many Texans could deteriorate."

Garner Field named Airport of the Year

Garner Field Airport in Uvalde received the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) 2012 Airport of the Year honor at an agency awards banquet held at the 30th annual Texas Aviation Convention.

The award recognizes the airport as one of the state’s best managed general aviation facilities, citing high operational standards, a pleasing appearance and quality customer service. The Uvalde airport was recognized specifically for its quality of service and its ability to maintain operational integrity while balancing public and private sector operations.

In addition to serving several private sector businesses, the airport is home to the United States Customs and Border Protection Air-Ops and houses Texas Forestry Service aircraft used during drought seasons for firefighting and surveillance. Garner Field is also one of the premier soaring sites in the world and will host the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique International) Pre-World Forbes 2012 hang gliding championships with 130 pilots representing 25 countries.

TxDOT has provided about $2.5 million in grants for capital improvement projects for the general aviation airport. The City of Uvalde has contributed more than $2 million in the last year with private tenants investing about $1 million in hanger expansion alone.

The airport partners with TxDOT to maintain pavements and advance runway and taxiway extension projects and repairs and lighting and drainage improvements.

Garner Field is a city-owned, public-use airport just east of Uvalde. The facility, opened in 1941, is named for John Nance Garner, 32nd vice president of the United States and was used initially to train US Army Air Corp flying cadets.

District 19 Attraction of the Month - Big Bend National Park is big for the economy

A new National Park Service reports says 366,269 people spent more than $16 million in Big Bend National Park and nearby communities in 2010, supporting 241 local jobs.

"The people and business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value, park Superintendent Bill Wellman said in a release. "Big Bend National Park is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."

Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent), followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).

According to the study by Michigan State University, there was $12 billion in direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities in 2010. All in all, local visitor spending by national park visitors added $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs.

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