Terlingua International Chili Championship
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Rancho de los CASI on FM 170
Terlingua, TX

Bandera, Hunters' Barbecue and Outdoor Expo
Friday, Nov. 4
Mansfield Park Show Barn

Bandera, TX

First Annual Emilio Aguilar Alzheimer's Foundation Golf Tournament
Saturday, Nov. 5
Pecan Valley Golf Club
San Antonio, TX

Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday, Nov. 5
Town Square
Utopia, TX

Election Day
Tuesday, Nov. 8

Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 11

Alpine's Art Walk
Nov. 18-19
Fifth Street and Local Art Galleries
Alpine, TX

Mission Trail Art Market
Sunday, Nov. 20
9:00 am

Veterans Memorial Plaza
San Elizario, TX

City of Lights Holiday Arts and Crafts
Nov. 25-26
U.S. 90 at U.S. 83
Uvalde, 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
November 2011 - Message from Carlos
Every two years Texans get an opportunity to have a direct voice in public policy initiatives proposed by the Legislature. Unfortunately, most voters usually let this opportunity pass.

Don't let that happen this year. Early voting for the Nov. 8 Constitutional Amendment election ends on Nov. 4. There are 10 amendments on the ballot, and each one deserves your attention.

Four years ago Texans approved an amendment that granted a full property tax exemption to veterans who are 100 percent disabled from their military service. Proposition 1 on this year's ballot will extend that exemption to the veteran's surviving spouse.

This amendment acknowledges the sacrifices made not just by our brave veterans, but their families as well. Its passage just three days before Veterans Day would be a wonderful gesture on the part of grateful Texans.

Proposition 2 would increase the bonding authority of the Texas Water Development Board, to a maximum of $6 billion. As the ongoing drought clearly shows, Texas must plan ahead for its water future, and this added bonding authority would allow for critical infrastructure upgrades.

Proposition 3 would expand access to fixed interest rate loans for Texas college students. Since 1965, the Hinson-Hazlewood College Access Loan Program has provided low-interest loans to more than 340,000 students. Approval of Proposition 3 would allow even more students to fulfill the dream of going to college.

Proposition 6 would allow more revenues from the Permanent School Fund to be spent on public education without harming the endowment's principal. Money for this fund comes from state land and mineral rights, and it is used to fund classroom instructional materials and technology to school districts on a per-student basis. Approval would help Texas schools cope with Legislature's $4 billion cut to public education.

For more information on all 10 proposed amendments, visit: www.carlosuresti.com/news/condensed-analyses-proposed-constitutional-amendments.

These amendments are important to you and your family. Don't let them be decided without your vote.

Semper Fi!

Uresti honored for child protection efforts in the Legislature

The Child Protection Roundtable named Sen. Uresti the Senate's Legislator of the Year for his leadership role on children's issues in the 82nd Texas Legislature.

Scott McCown, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, presented the award on behalf of Madeline McClure of Texas Protects. McCown said Uresti has been fighting for Texas Children over the course of his entire legislative career.

"He has taken on the epidemic of child maltreatment," McCown said. "He is a legislative leader in finding solutions, including his creation of the local and Statewide Blue Ribbon Task Force."

The Child Protection Roundtable was initiated by TexProtects to bring together research experts, advocates and program providers in the field of child protection in order to develop a legislative policy agenda and advocate for child protection with one voice.

Uresti was recognized for fighting against proposed budget cuts for Child Protective Services in the last session and for sponsoring legislation designed to treat and protect children from abuse and neglect.

Uresti named Friend to County Government

The Texas Association of Counties bestowed its Friend of County Government Award on Sen. Uresti for his work during the 82nd Legislative Session.

Uresti was recognized for his leadership in passing SB 1505/HB 889, which corrected oil and gas property under valuations that were causing a loss of revenue to local governments.

“Given the size and diversity of his senatorial district, Senator Uresti understands the differences between Texas counties and knows that one size does not fit all. He knows local leaders are best prepared to make decisions affecting their own communities,” said TAC Legislative Director Paul Sugg. “All county officials thank the senator for his invaluable work over the last several years on fixing how we tax oil and gas properties.”

The award was presented to Uresti by County Judge Nelson Wolff at a meeting of the Bexar County Commissioner's Court.

Veterans Reception

November is a special month for veterans, and a very special month for Marines.

Sen. Uresti invites veterans from all branches of the service to attend a reception in his Senate District Office to celebrate Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the district office at 2530 S.W. Military Dr., Suite 103. Just look for the Falcon Bank Building on S.W. Military, just west of Zarzamora.

Join Sen. Uresti and your fellow veterans for an evening of refreshments, friendship and camaraderie.

District 19 Attraction of the Month — Big Bend ceremony marks continuing U.S., Mexico preservation effort

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada have announced the next steps in a coordinated plan to protect and preserve the transnational Big Bend/Rio Bravo region.

In an Oct. 24 ceremony at Big Bend National Park, the two officials helped release 267,000 Rio Grande Silvery Minnows as part of an ongoing recovery project for the endangered species and outlined the next phase of the Cooperative Action for Conservation in the Big Bend/Rio Bravo Region.

“As neighbors and partners in conservation, the United States and Mexico share more than just a border,” Salazar said at the ceremony. “We share a commitment toward fulfilling a conservation vision President Roosevelt and President Camacho proposed over 60 years ago. With the support of Secretary Elvira and our counterparts in Mexico, today’s announcement marks a major step in turning this vision into a reality.”

Home to 446 species of birds, 3,600 species of insects, more than 1,500 plants, and 75 species of mammals, the Big Bend region of Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila provide a unique opportunity for scientists, natural resource managers, and park staff to collaborate in areas that will benefit the people, the landscapes, and the wildlife on both sides of the border.

Click the links below to learn more about Senator Carlos Uresti and how the community has rewarded his hard work.

Awards and Recognitions    •    2010 Campaign Endorsements

Visit Senator Uresti's News page and Calendar
to keep up to date with Senate District 19.

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