Sul Ross Friends of Rodeo Fundraising Luncheon
Thursday, May 3
12:00 pm

Double Tree Hotel
San Antonio Airport
NE Loop 410 at McCullogh
San Antonio, TX

Opening of Community Health Development Inc. Medical Facility
Saturday, May 5
10:00 am

Center for Community Wellness
908 S. Evans
Uvalde, TX

60th annual Volunteer Fire Department Hobo Fest Parade
Saturday, May 5
9:00 am

Kirby, TX

45th Annual Cornyval Parade
Saturday, May 5
Helotes, TX

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meeting
May 8-9
State Capitol
Austin, TX

CineMarfa Film Festival
May 16-20
Crowley Theater
111 S. Austin St.
Marfa, TX

First Meeting of the Joint Committee on Public School Finance
Thursday, May 17
9:00 am

State Capitol
House Appropriations Room (E1.030)
Austin, TX

Annual Police Memorial by the San Antonio Police Department
Friday, May 18
San Antonio Police Training Academy
12200 S.E. Loop 410
San Antonio, TX

Armed Forces Day Fly In
Saturday, May 19
Hondo Army Airfield
Hondo, TX

United Way Women's Leadership Council Legislative Lunch
Tuesday, May 22
12:00 pm

AT&T Conference Room
811 Coker Loop Rd.
San Antonio, TX

State of the District Address to the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, May 23
11:00 am

Sunset Station
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
May 2012 - Message from Carlos
Time for some shout outs to all the organizations and volunteers who helped make Child Abuse Prevention Month so successful again this year.

"April Madness" featured a number of events, including CPS' Protected and Connected Festival, the Human Blue Ribbon at Forester Elementary, Children's Picnic in Milam Park, Blue Ribbon Task Force block walk, Kids Day in the Park, and ChildSafe's 8th Annual Child Abuse Conference.

These and other events were designed to raise public awareness about child abuse and neglect, stress the importance of prevention, let working families know about the community programs available to help, and ease the risk on kids.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is important because we can't sustain the devastating pace of abuse that Texas children suffered last year: 231 dead (20 in Bexar County), 65,948 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect (average of 181 per day); 17,108 children removed from their homes.

So, as we look forward to next year, let's take our hats off to those who helped make a difference this year: The Blue Ribbon Task Force, United Way, ChildSafe, CASA, Any Baby Can, KLRN, Center for Miracles, St. PJ's Children's Home, Voices for Children, Battered Women's and Children's Shelter, Child Protective Services, San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children, Women's Leadership Council, San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, Community Initiatives, Early On, St. Philip's College, TexProtects, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz, and other community leaders and volunteers who got mad and got involved during Child Abuse Prevention month.

Semper Fi!

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TxDOT identifies money for battered county roads

Atascosa and Dimmit are among 15 counties in the Barnett and Eagle Ford shale areas that will share almost $40 million to repair county roads.

After touring a rig in the Eagle Ford formation in March, Sen. Uresti asked TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson to provide some state funds to help repair county roads damaged by heavy truck traffic associated with the shale play.

"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," Uresti said in a letter to Wilson. "Although some communities have benefitted from increases in local tax revenues, others are seeing increased truck traffic and wear on roadways without any corresponding increase in revenues or the ability to address roadway deterioration."

Wilson and the department identified almost $40 million to help counties with road repairs, along with some innovative ways to help reduce truck traffic on roads that were not designed for such heavy loads.

Atascosa County will receive $2.6 million for repairs, while Dimmit County will share $10.3 million with LaSalle County.

Uresti praised TxDOT for its quick action, but noted that one-time fixes won't be enough.

"Production of the Eagle Ford Shale will continue for years to come, so the state's commitment to county roads must be ongoing," Uresti said.

Select Committee on School Finance Meets

Sen. Uresti will be in Austin on May 17 for the inaugural meeting of the Joint Interim Committee on Public School Finance.

Appointed to the committee by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Uresti said the panel of 22 Senate and House members provides an opportunity for lawmakers to explore meaningful reform in the way public education is funded in Texas.

The committee will have to address a number of issues, including the so-called "structural deficit" in school funding caused by a 2006 law that reduced property taxes and shifted more of the burden to a business margins tax.

"Funding public schools is the most important thing that state government does, so it is imperative that we have a system in place that makes sure every child receives a first-rate education," he said.

Holt Cat breaks ground for new ProTech facility

Holt CAT, which has had a presence in South San Antonio since the 1930s, broke ground last month for its new ProTech facility at the company campus on South W.W. White Road.

The new 10,651-square-foot facility will enhance ProTech Trainings’ ability to deliver hands-on technical training with four teaching bays and a 2,100-square-foot engine troubleshooting lab.

Holt ProTech is the technical training arm of Holt CAT and is a Caterpillar Regional Dealer Learning Center for natural gas engine and electric power generation training.

In addition to training Holt personnel, Holt ProTech is expected to train more than 1,600 Caterpillar dealer technicians this year.

Uresti, who participated in the ground-breaking ceremony, acknowledged Holt Cat's long history on the South Side and praised the company for its record of corporate citizenship.

District 19 Attraction of the Month - Devils River State Natural Area

Located in Val Verde County north of Del Rio, the Devils River State Natural Area covers almost 20,000 acres and features a scenic river corridor that offers a rugged river experience to rafters and campers. The canyons along the river are famous for their rock art, with archeological evidence suggesting that cultural influences from the west and east met at Devils River.

Access to the river, nine-tenths of a mile from the parking area, is by hiking, biking or pre-arranged tour only; no public vehicle access permitted. Contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for more information about taking a trip on the Devils River.

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