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History Made and Relived in District 19

June 1, 2016

This month, Garner State Park celebrates its 75th anniversary. Garner State Park is one of the most visited state parks in the state, and is named after Vice President John Nance Garner. Unfortunately, due to weather the anniversary celebration has been postponed. A bit of irony, given that the original date for Garner State Park’s Grand Opening was scheduled for April 29th,1941, but was postponed to June 1st,1941 due to inclement weather.  Senator Uresti, who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, released this statement about the states relationship with Garner State Park:

“We have the opportunity to grow our parks, to protect even more of the beautiful lands of Texas and allow them to be accessible to all her citizens.

Texas: Millions of dollars remain uncollected by crime victims

May 31, 2016

Source: star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article80413862.html

By Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Charlie Geren ordered and paid for a pair of custom-made cowboy boots more than a decade ago.

Weeks and months went by, but the boots never arrived in the mail.

Eventually the Republican state representative found out that the man he and several others, including Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, bought them from never completed the orders. Ultimately, the man stood trial and went to jail.

The man was was ordered to pay restitution. And Geren received an occasional check for $20 or $25.

Sen. Uresti to make child welfare a priority during next legislative session

May 24, 2016

Source: http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/sen-uresti-to-make-child-welfare-a...

SAN ANTONIO - So far in May, there have been more than 100 new cases of child abuse in Bexar County - more than they've seen in recent years.

According to Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA), that's because more people are making reports.

And although CASA believes that is a good thing, there is a need for more Child Protective Services caseworkers.

State Senator Carlos Uresti says he's making child welfare a priority during this legislative session.

Palo Alto College turns 30!

May 1, 2016

Congratulations to Palo Alto College, which celebrated in late April 30 years of educating and engaging the Southside of San Antonio. As you may or may not know, Palo Alto College's roots began at the 1974 convention of Communities Organized for Public Service — also known as COPS — when Fernando Rodriguez Jr. introduced a resolution to work toward procuring a community college for the West Side or Southside of San Antonio. Over the subsequent years, the idea gained steam. And on March 19, 1983, Palo Alto College was chartered by the Texas Legislature. And in 1985, classes began and Palo Alto became the third school in the Alamo Community Colleges District.

Willie Velasquez Day, May 9th

May 1, 2016

May 9 is Willie Velasquez Day — in memory of the founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, and one of the most important civil rights activists of our time. In 2013, I sponsored a bill designating May 9 as Willie Velasquez Day, because I felt it was important to recognize the work Velasquez did to empower the Latino community. And that work is just as important today. There are a few things you can do to honor his legacy: urge students registered to vote to cast their vote in the May 7 election and May 24 run-off elections. Or, you can make a donation to support the Willie Velasquez Monument — an 8-foot bronze statue in Willie's image in the works.

Three generations celebrate scouting in Alamo City

May 1, 2016

By Filipa Ioannou, San Antonio Express-News
Source: http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Three-generations-celebrat...

At least three generations of Boy Scouts turned out Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 100th birthday of Troop 10, the oldest continuously running troop west of the Mississippi.

Scouts, former and current, observed the milestone during a celebration at VFW Post 76 downtown, which, chartered in 1917, is just a year shy of its own centennial.

Oil and Gas Update - May 2015

May 1, 2016

Inventories of crude oil continued to build in April but at a slower rate, causing optimism among traders and sending crude prices to their highest levels since November.

Analysts said production declines and high demand for gasoline are expected to start putting a dent in U.S. supplies that in April hit their highest levels since 1929. But they said an improvement to the $45-a-barrel level is not enough to entice most producers to put idled rigs back to work. The number of working rigs in the United States fell in April to its lowest count since the shale revolution started in 2009. The drop in working rigs continues to cause worker layoffs.

Message from Carlos - May 2016

May 1, 2016

Thank you to all of the volunteers, child advocates, and city and county leaders for helping spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We kicked off the month on April 1 with a highly-successful press conference on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse, where all of the major news outlets in San Antonio covered our important message. A who's-who of San Antonio leaders were there to support the cause, including Mayor Ivy Taylor, Judge Nelson Wolff, District Attorney Nico LaHood, Police Chief William McManus, District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, District Judge Peter Sakai, and Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.

Throughout April, either myself or Team Uresti attended Child Abuse Prevention Month events.

Carrizo Cane Eradication is Safe and Necessary for Border Security

May 1, 2016

Last Spring, I worked to pass Senate Bill 1734, which instructed the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) to eradicate invasive Carrizo Cane along the Rio Grande to aide in border security efforts. The cane grows in thick patches along the water and is not a natural fixture of the river. In fact, Carrizo Cane is native to Europe and was brought to Texas by the Spanish many centuries ago. Since then, the cane has thrived in the delicate Rio Grande ecosystem, growing up to 4 inches a day and often standing over 20 feet tall.

After Child Deaths, Calls To Fix CPS: More Money Or Better Management?

April 20, 2016

By Jack Fink, CBS DFW
Source: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/04/20/after-child-deaths-calls-to-fix-cps-m...

AUSTIN (CBS11) – Urgent calls for changes at Child Protective Services come after four-year-old Leiliana Wright and two-year-old Lyfe Flores died as their families were investigated by CPS.

At a State Senate hearing Wednesday, John Specia, the Commissioner of the Department of Family Protective Services, which oversees CPS, acknowledged in the Dallas area, many caseworkers are leaving because they’re responsible for a very high caseload.