Uvalde City Cleanup
Saturday, June 4
7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Collection sites at Uvalde Honey Bowl, Willie DeLeon Civic Center
Uvalde, TX

Pipe Creek Scavenger Hunt & Scenic Trail Ride
Sunday, June 5
791 Backhaus Rd
Pipe Creek, TX 78063

Cowboy Capital Opry
Tuesday, June 7
7:00 pm

Silver Sage Corral
Bandera, TX

Fiesta del Sol
June 17-18
Fifth Street at Holland Avenue
Alpine, TX

Gypsum Dunes Night Walk
Friday, June 17
5:00 pm

Gypsum Dunes Salt Flat Visitors' Center
Dell City, TX

Juneteenth Celebrations
Friday, June 17
Comanche Park and other locations
San Antonio, TX

West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade
Wednesday, June 22
10:00 am

Pecos, TX

St. John's Church Celebration
Sunday, June 26
City Park No. 1
Hondo, 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
June 2011 - Message from Carlos
Despite partisan fights over the budget, Voter ID, redistricting, and sanctuary cities, lawmakers from both parties managed to find common ground on a number of issues in the 82nd Texas Legislature that ended on Memorial Day.

In fact, the pursuit of bipartisanship allowed me to have a successful session. Most of the 5,795 bills filed in the House and Senate did not even make it out of committee. A good number of mine made it all the way to the governor's desk.

Gov. Perry has already signed Senate Bill 1505, which establishes a new method for the valuation of oil and gas properties in Texas. This concerns you because the current method undervalues such minerals, costing public schools about $1 billion over the last three years. The new method will restore certainty and stability to the valuation process and try to ensure that everyone bears their fair share of the tax burden.

Awaiting the governor's pen is Senate Bill 341, which will finally give the long-suffering customers of BexarMet a vote on dissolving the troubled water utility. The election will occur after the bill is pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, perhaps as soon as November.

The Kristy Appleby bill will amend the state's dating violence law by allowing for third party protective orders in abusive relationships. Kristy was denied a protect order against her killer, the former wife of man she had dated, because the two women weren't involved in a relationship. That won't happen again.

Senate Bill 1154 will continue the work of my Statewide Blue Ribbon Task Force in its quest to develop new child abuse prevention strategies. Senate Bill 1490 will make it a felony to provide a Texas court with false statements regarding a child custody determination made in a foreign country, discouraging parental abductions like that of a 11-year-old San Antonio boy.

My agenda also looked to the stars. Senate Bill 115 will provide the burgeoning private space flight industry in West Texas with important liability protections, and House Bill 2857 regulates outdoor lighting in the Davis Mountains area to ensure dark skies for scientists studying the heavens at the McDonald Observatory.

Closer to the ground, House Bill 1788 reverses a law against capturing reptiles and amphibians by nonlethal means along Texas roadways. Restoring this right will attract collectors from across the country, boosting the West Texas economy.

My Democratic colleagues and I made no secret of our disdain for the 2012-13 state budget that reduces education spending by $4 billion, limits loans for college students, cuts basic health and human programs and slashes funding for family planning. We stood strong against the budget bill because it doesn't meet Texas needs, particularly for education, and we'll go to a special session to try to get it right.

But as the success of my legislative agenda shows, a lot can get done when people put their differences aside and find common ground.

Semper Fi!

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H-E-B honors Harlandale ISD, Del Rio teacher for excellence

Acknowledging a dramatic turnaround to become one of the top school districts in Texas, H-E-B awarded San Antonio's Harlandale Independent School District the top prize in the company's Excellence in Education awards.

One of five finalists in the large-district category, Harlandale received $100,000 with the award. District Superintendent Robert Jaklich said the honor represented "a landmark moment in the history of Harlandale ISD. This award exemplifies everything we believe in...it shows the commitment of the community.”

The number of Harlandale schools rated as recognized or exemplary has risen to 18 out of 19 campuses since 2008. The district first achieved recognized status in 2010. With an enrollment of 14,000 students, Harlandale now ranks No. 1 in San Antonio and seventh in the state, based on an index of academic performance and spending.

Yolanda Fernandez, an English teacher at Del Rio High School, was the grand prize winner for H-E-B's Excellence in Education Lifetime Achievement award, which recognizes teachers with 20 or more years in the classroom.

The award came with $25,000 for Fernandez and a $25,000 cash grant for her school.

Legislature honors the late Gov. Dolph Briscoe

The Texas House and Senate honored the memory and legacy of Gov. Dolph Briscoe, who passed away at age 87 in June of last year.

In his remarks on the Senate floor, Sen. Uresti said Governor Briscoe compiled a professional and personal resume that "places him in the pantheon of Texas giants."

"His accomplishments helped shape Texas and the lives of its people," Uresti said. "He never stopped loving Texas, and he boasted of it, proudly and often, until the end of his days."

Briscoe became the 40th governor of Texas in 1972. During his tenure he signed into law a series of ethics reform measures, the Open Records Act, and legislation creating the Public Utility Commission. As a state legislator, he co-authored the Colson-Briscoe Act of 1949, which helped revolutionize the Texas farm economy, and helped create the state's Farm to Market road system.

A rancher and businessman from Uvalde, Briscoe was also known for his generosity, giving to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, the Witte Museum, St. Mary's University and the Dolph and Janey Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Briscoe's daughters, Janey Briscoe Marmion and Cele Briscoe Carpenter, attended the ceremony.

Uresti, Staples laud volunteer firefighters

Sen. Uresti joined Land Commissioner Todd Staples and several state legislators at a Capitol news conference to praise volunteer firefighters across Texas and urge the public to contribute to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund.

According to the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas, the state is facing the worst wildfire conditions in history. So far in this fire season, 8,472 blazes have burned more than 2.5 million acres, destroyed 1,116 structures and killed a number of wild and domesticated animals.

Uresti noted that in Senate District 19, the Rock House Fire in April consumed some 315,000 acres of land and dozens of homes in Presidio and Jeff Davis counties. Uresti described the state's volunteer firefighters as heroes.

"No Marine that I ever served with was braver, more courageous or self-sacrificing than these volunteer firefighters," Uresti said. "For two months, they've been on the front lines of these fires, fighting not only for their own homes and neighbors, but helping other communities fight their fires as well.

Staples noted that many volunteer firefighters help fund their own units and warned that more fires are likely as conditions continue to worsen.

Uresti and Staples urged Texans to donate to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund, which will provide funds for fire retardant clothing. To contribute go to www.txwildfirerelief.org.

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