Del Rio Back-to-School Event
Friday, August 6th
12 pm - 4 pm

1915 Veterans Blvd
Del Rio, Texas 78840

San Antonio Back-to-School Event
Saturday, August 7th
8 am - 3 pm

Palo Alto College Gymnasium

Uvalde Back-to-School Event
Friday, August 13th
4 pm - 7 pm

Location TBD

Brackettville Back-to-School Event
Wednesday, August 18th
2 pm - 6 pm

Brackettville High School

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
210.932.2568
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
830.758.0294
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
432.447.0270
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
512.463.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
August 2010 - Message from Carlos...
The poet T.S. Eliot called April the cruelest month. Apparently, he never spent an August in Texas. August begins in the height of summer, the hottest part of the year, and barely relents in the long slog to September. Yet it taunts us with its proximity to the cooler days of autumn and all that follows — football, the World Series, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.

So a better way to think of August is the month of great anticipation, for it also brings a change in another kind of season. Yes, kids and parents. I'm talking about school!

By the end of the month, classes will be underway and the lazy vacation days of summer will be a memory. It's time to get excited about the new school year, and I'm getting ready to do my part. On Saturday, Aug. 7, I'll be hosting my annual Back-to-School event and health fair for the kids of South San Antonio, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Palo Alto College gymnasium.

We'll have plenty of food, music and other entertainment, and I'll be giving a backpack to every student. For parents, a number of government and non-profit organizations will be on hand with information about the wealth of community resources available to working families.

Similar Back-to-School events will be held in Del Rio, Uvalde and Brackettville. For details, see this month's schedule of events.

Like last year, there will be just one rule — everyone must have fun! See you there,

Semper Fi!

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Happy Birthday DPS

At 75, the Texas Department of Public Safety has never looked better.

DPS regions across the state will mark the agency's 75th anniversary during the first week of August, culminating in the main celebration on Friday, Aug. 6 at DPS Headquarters in Austin. The event will feature static dis plays on the agency’s his tory, demonstrations by DPS SWAT, Avia tion, K-9s and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers; tours of the headquarters, and a special film about DPS history. And what would a Texas celebration be without barbecue?

The celebration for Region 6, headquartered in San Antonio, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, featuring an honor guard and memorial program, a Dive Team display, the agency's Command One trailer and a helicopter on dis play.

Staffed by courageous men and women who put their lives on the line every day, the DPS has a long, proud history of keeping Texans safe, and the people of Texas should take part in this anniversary celebration.

For more information go to:
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DiamondJubilee/index.htm.

Lawmakers must keep partisan distractions at bay in upcoming legislative session

Don't look now, but 2010 is more than half over. That means the next session of the Texas Legislature is only about five months away, and it's coming at us faster than the last seven months flew by.

The 82nd Texas Legislature will be the most important session of the budding young century, and it has the potential to be one of the most contentious. That's why I'm laying the groundwork now for my legislative agenda, and why it's not too early for the public to start paying attention.

The table is already being set in Austin — a budget shortfall of some $18 billion, redistricting, Voter ID, unauthorized immigration, national health care reform implementation, sales tax reform, gambling, and Sunset bills for the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Department of Insurance and a number of other important agencies.

Somewhere among all these challenges we must pass a balanced budget that maintains our commitment to public schools and higher education, public safety, public health, veterans, the elderly and child abuse treatment and prevention.

It's not going to be easy. The partisan pitfalls that dragged down the 2009 session are still lurking. That means everyone must go to Austin in January ready to work together in a spirit of compromise and willing to remain civil and respectful when difficult issues keep us divided.

The next session will be dominated by two issues — the state budget and redistricting. The Legislature has a Herculean task ahead. We must set spending priorities that will require some painful cuts, some help from the Rainy Day Fund and new sources of revenue.

No one wants to raise tax rates, but there are some other things we can do to help secure the state budget, both now and in the future.

Lawmakers will be obliged to take a hard look at the many exemptions that exist under the state sales tax. There is more money in the exemptions that the amount collected through the tax, and many of those exemptions just don't make sense, particularly in view of our current budget situation.

For example, can we justify cutting money for public education or Child Protective Services or law enforcement just to save a few bucks on a tattoo or a tan?

Tax reform should be on the legislative agenda, not just to help shore up the budget, but as a matter of fairness and shared responsibility.

The time has also come for the Legislature to at least consider the expansion of gambling. Texas gamers have been going to casinos in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Oklahoma for years, taking billions of dollars with them.

Why shouldn't gambling revenues pay for much-needed programs for the people of Texas?

While the U.S. Census Bureau won't officially deliver its 2010 population count until next April, we already have a good idea of where the growth areas are in Texas. Maps of new political boundaries are already beginning to take shape, and Texas will likely increase its number of congressional seats by four.

We will also be drawing new lines for the Texas House and Senate and State Board of Education.

This decennial redistricting process is perhaps the most partisan task the Legislature ever undertakes. It is vitally important not only for the fortunes of both political parties, but it will set the tone for the legislative process for the next ten years.

Redistricting will demand a lot of the Legislature's energy and attention, but we must not let it interfere with our duty to address the concerns and desires of Texans who care more about schools, jobs, and strong families than they do about politics and election campaigns.

The list of important issues that will need to be addressed seems to go on and on. With so much at stake, the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker and every member of the Legislature must bring the spirit of bipartisanship and compromise to the 2011 session.

We must start preparing now for the challenges it will bring. First and foremost, lawmakers must come to Austin with a determination to avoid the partisan disputes that distract us from the people's business.

District 19 Attraction of the Month: Guadalupe Peak

It is fitting that Senate District 19, by far the largest legislative district in Texas, is home to the tallest mountain in the Lone Star State. At 8,749 feet, Guadalupe Peak is one of seven peaks higher than 8,000 feet in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in northwest Culberson and northeast Hudspeth counties.

Visitors can hike to the summit all year round, though lingering snow in the winter months can make the ascent more difficult. But it's worth it. The summit offers a view of salt flats, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the cliffs of Guadalupe's companion peak, El Capitan. On clear days, climbers can catch a glimpse of the 12,000 feet Sierra Blanca, more than 100 miles away in New Mexico. The view is also known for its spectacular sunsets.

There is a steel pyramid on the peak built by American Airlines in 1958 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Butterfield Overland Mail, a stagecoach route that passed south of Guadalupe Peak. When they reach the top, visitors can sign a summit register stored in an ammunition box at the base of the pyramid.

The climb is a relatively easy 4.25 mile (one way) trip from the Guadalupe Mountains National Park visitor center on a maintained stony trail. The trail zigzags through cactus and shrubs as hikers climb to the foot of a steep cliff ridge, traverses diagonally across the ridge, then passes through an enclosed, wooded area. A series of switchbacks offer views of the desert, steadily climbing towards the peak.

Some of the dangers of the climb include excessive winds — up to 100 mph — mountain lions, and rattlesnakes.

The entry fee for Guadalupe Mountains National Park is $5 for individuals over age 16, and it's good for seven days. There are a variety of camping options for those who want to stay and explore the area around Guadalupe Peak.

More information about camping in the park can be found at:

National Park Service

Other useful sites:

The American Southwest - Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Summit Post - Guadalupe Peak

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