Wild Cave Tour
Saturday, Jan. 7
1:30 pm

Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Bracketville, TX

Pecos County Livestock Show
Jan. 12-14
Pecos County Coliseum
Fort Stockton, TX

Culberson County Stock Show
Friday, Jan. 13
Rodeo Arena & Community Center
Van Horn, TX

Western Heritage Art Show
Friday, Jan. 20
Pearl Brewery Studio
San Antonio, TX

Upper Seminole Canyon Tour
Sunday, Jan. 22
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
Comstock, TX

Maverick County Junior Livestock Show
Jan. 24-28
Maverick County Lake
Eagle Pass, TX

Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show and Sale
Thursday, Jan. 26
Uvalde Fairgrounds
Uvalde, TX

23rd Annual Winter Bazaar
Jan. 28-29
Del Rio Civic Center
Del Rio, 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
January 2012 - Message from Carlos
A series of mistakes in the redistricting process — stretching all the way back to the legislative session earlier this year — is keeping a lot of lawyers and judges busy these days. But Texas voters, particularly Hispanics, have been left out in the cold.

The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to rectify some of the problems, but the attorney general's mishandling of the case has already caused the March 6 primary to be delayed by almost a month and injected plenty of confusion into the primary election process — both for voters and potential candidates.

The missteps began during the legislative session, when the Legislature approved state legislative and congressional redistricting plans that a panel of federal judges later tossed out for violating the Voting Rights Act.

Map makers ignored the results of the 2010 Census, which showed a dramatic increase in the number of Hispanics in Texas. According to the Census, the percentage of Latinos rose from 32 percent to 38 percent from 2000 to 2010, and 89 percent of the nearly 4.3 million new Texans were non-Anglo.

The increased population, driven by Latinos, gave Texas four additional congressional seats — at least three of which should have been drawn for Hispanics. Yet the congressional map actually reduced the number of districts where minority voters had an opportunity to elect their candidate of choice.

Three federal judges in San Antonio found fault not only with the congressional map, but the new political boundaries for the Texas House and Senate as well. The panel provided its own plans, which created additional opportunities for Latino voters, but the attorney general sought and won a stay from the Supreme Court. Oral arguments are scheduled for Jan. 9.

Let's hope that the nation's highest court will recognize that Latinos in Texas were shortchanged in the redistricting process and that justice will prevail.

Semper Fi!

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Senator Santa, District 19 constituents spread Christmas cheer

He may not have had the benefit of a sleigh and reindeer, but Senator Santa managed to spread a lot of Christmas cheer this year.

Aided by his helpers and a U-Haul truck, Senator Santa, a.k.a. Sen. Uresti, handed out toys to more than 500 children in Lytle, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Uvalde, ranging in age from infants to age 12. The gifts were collected Dec. 9 at Sen. Uresti's 15th Annual District Christmas Party and Toy Drive at VFW Post 9186 in San Antonio, which attracted some 900 people.

"Being Senator Santa is the best part of representing District 19 in the Texas Senate," Uresti said.

"When someone asks me what I got for Christmas this year, I can say '500 smiles.'"

"Time Out" not just for kids

For many working families, the holidays are not a time of joy and good cheer. The stress and frustration that comes from joblessness, underemployment, debt and other family problems are often magnified during the holiday season, and that increases the risk of child abuse and neglect.

In an effort to curb that risk, Sen. Uresti joined with San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and officials from the Center for Miracles at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital to raise public awareness prior to the holiday season.

Dr. Nancy Kellogg, a pediatrician at the Center for Miracles and head of the child abuse division at the UT Health Science Center, urged parents who feel they're losing control to "take a timeout."

“Don't take that frustration out on your child," she said. "Place the child in a safe area and walk away for a few minutes. Gather your thoughts and then go deal with the situation.”

Uresti noted that it has been eight years since 4-year-old Jovonie Ochoa was found starved to death in his grandmother's home on Christmas morning.

“We need to take a time out to remember Jovonie and all the other kids who are abused and neglected,” Uresti said.

For more information on how to handle stress in the home, go to www.centerformiracles.org or call 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

District 19 Attraction of the Month - Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Formerly known as Seargeant Ranch, Kickapoo Cavern State Park is located about 22 miles north of Brackettville on the Kinney/Edwards county line. Comprising almost 6,370 acres, the park offers picnic sites, camping, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and evening bat flight viewing during the season, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

There are 20 campsites, most with water or water nearby, in addition to restrooms and showers. The park abounds with wildlife, including song birds, armadillos, turkey, ringtails, bobcats, deer, Mexican free-tailed bats in season, and many other species.

Last year, a new three-quarter mile trail was opened and dedicated as the Seargeant Memorial Trail in honor of Tommy Seargeant, who sold the land to TPWD and was a strong supporter of developing the park.

The park is home to 20 known caves, including the 1,400-foot-long Kickapoo Cavern, which boasts some impressive formations. Tours are offered on Saturdays by reservation. Stuart Bat Cave serves as a migratory stopover for large numbers of bats from mid-March to about the end of October. For more information on the park go to: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/kickapoo_cavern

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