Happy New Year!
Tuesday, Jan. 1

Army All-American Bowl
Saturday, Jan. 5
San Antonio, TX

Resolution Run
Saturday, Jan. 5
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Monahans, TX

Sam Rayburn Day
Sunday, Jan. 6

83rd Texas Legislature Convenes
Tuesday, Jan. 8
State Capitol
Austin, TX

Pecos County Livestock Show
Jan. 11-13
Pecos County Coliseum
Fort Stockton, TX

Reeves County Junior Livestock Show
Jan. 18-19
Buck Jackson Arena
Reeves County Civic Center
Pecos, TX

Alpine Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
Saturday, Jan. 19
6:00 pm

Granada Theater
Alpine, TX

Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally
Monday, Jan. 21
10:00 am

1101 Iowa
San Antonio, TX

Maverick County Junior Livestock Show
Jan. 22-26
Maverick County Lake
Eagle Pass, TX

Kid Fish Celebration
Saturday, Jan. 26
Landmark Inn State Historic Site
Castroville, 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 2013 - Message from Carlos
Perhaps we should call it a rebuilding year. Sports analogies aside, that really is the best way to describe the task ahead for the 83rd Texas Legislature.

Lawmakers will face numerous challenges when we gather Jan. 8 in Austin, but there are four fundamental issues that will define this session — all of which have been neglected.

First and foremost, we must restore the funds that were slashed two years ago from public education. The more than $5 billion in budget cuts forced teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and other staff and program reductions in our schools, making it tougher for kids to learn.

Texans know that good schools are the key to their children's success and vital to the future of our economy. That's why the value of public education must be reflected in the state budget.

The next Legislature must also invest in the State Water Plan. A growing bipartisan chorus is calling for an infusion of resources for water infrastructure projects, such as new reservoirs and catchments. This financial commitment should be accompanied by the implementation of wise water use policies that focus on conservation, water quality, and the preservation of local standards.

A third fundamental need is infrastructure. Our mobile economy demands durable, long-lasting bridges, state highways, and county roads that are safe and reliable. The roads in and adjacent to energy-producing counties in particular are taking a heavy beating, and the state is obliged to help them with maintenance and repairs.

Finally, the state must renew its commitment to public health, particularly programs that care for the elderly and protect children. We must not pass another budget that shortchanges the most vulnerable among us.

To me, the mission is clear. The success of the next session will be judged by the advancements we make on these issues. If we can accomplish these four tasks, Texas and its people will be champions — even in a rebuilding year.

Semper Fi!

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District 19 residents invited to session's opening day

Senator Uresti is inviting District 19 residents to visit his Capitol office on Jan. 8 and be a part of the 83rd Session's opening day. The Senator and his staff will greet visitors at his office in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.804. Drinks and snacks will be provided, so stop by and say hello. Senator Uresti and other Senate and House members will be sworn in after the Legislature convenes at 12 p.m.

Senator Santa delivers Christmas cheer

Christmas came a little early for some Senate District 19 residents this year. And if not for Senator Santa — a.k.a. Senator Uresti — for some of these people Christmas would not have come at all.

Aided by his band of helpers and a U-Haul truck, Senator Santa traveled some 450 miles to hand out toys, calendars, and coffee mugs to hundreds of kids and seniors in Lytle, Carrizo Springs, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, and Uvalde. The gifts, for children ranging in age from infants to 12, were collected Dec. 7 at Sen. Uresti's 16th Annual District Christmas Party and Toy Drive at VFW Post 9186 in San Antonio.

"Being Senator Santa has reinforced the lesson I learned as a child, that giving renews the spirit of both the giver and the receiver," Uresti said. "And the smiles I get in return are a gift as well. There is nothing I do as a senator that gives me more satisfaction."

AACOG recognizes community project, installs new officers

The Alamo Area Council of Governments has named the Medina Lake Preservation Society and Medina Lake Dam Centennial Celebration as 2012 Regional Award Winners for Community Project of the Year. AACOG said the Centennial Celebration contributed to the advancement of education, arts, civics, and history through a poster contest involving some 500 middle and high school students from Bandera, Castroville, and Hondo ISDs. The project required applicants to research the history of the dam, which celebrated its 100th anniversary, and visit the area to learn about the various cultures involved in its construction.

Meanwhile, the 2013 board and vice chair were selected at AACOG's winter semiannual meeting of the Board of Directors and Area Council, held on December 5. Karnes City Mayor Don Tymrak will serve as board chair, while Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff will serve as vice chair. They begin their tenure on Jan. 1.

DNA Database helping to solve crimes

The Texas Department of Public Safety's Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS program, recently passed a new milestone — the 10,000th offender cold hit from an unexpected DNA match. Since 1998, the DPS CODIS Lab has helped solve 644 homicides, 3,399 sexual assaults, 4,273 burglaries, 556 robberies, and hundreds of other miscellaneous crimes in Texas and other states, according to the agency.

“It would be difficult to overstate the impact of CODIS in law enforcement. Along with advancements in DNA technology, it has revolutionized crime fighting, helping solve countless crimes and providing invaluable assistance to our law enforcement partners,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Many of these crimes may never have been solved if not for this database. In addition, CODIS can actually vindicate or exclude a suspect in a case, which is another valuable tool for investigators.”

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