National Night Out
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Check local listings for events in your neighborhood.

Reeves County Fall Fair and Livestock Show
Oct. 4-5
Reeves County Civic Center
Pecos, TX

Atascosa County Fair
Oct. 5-6
Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds
Poteet, TX

Stargazing Party
Friday, Oct. 11
7:15 pm

Fort Inge Park
Uvalde, TX

Fiesta de Amistad
Oct. 19-20
Del Rio, TX

The Briscoe Western Art Museum Grand Opening
Oct. 26-27
11 am - 5 pm

210 W. Market St.
San Antonio, TX

SAGE Music Festival
Saturday, Oct. 26
3 pm - 12 am

The AT&T Center Courtyard
1 AT&T Center Parkway
San Antonio, TX

Uvalde County Market Days
Oct. 26-27
Downtown Uvalde
Uvalde, TX

Marathon 2 Marathon
Saturday, Oct. 26
Marathon, TX

Mother Goose and Friends Parade and Halloween in the Park
Saturday, Oct. 26
Sixth and Oak Streets
Pecos, TX

More Delightful Than Frightful
Thursday, Oct. 31
Morgan's Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Dr.
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
210.932.2568
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
830.758.0294
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
432.447.0270
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
512.463.0119
Fax 512.463.1017
October 2013 - Message from Carlos
Texas voters will get an opportunity next month to help secure the state's future water supply, and while turnout is traditionally low for constitutional amendment elections, no one should sit this one out.

Proposition 6 on the Nov. 5 ballot would provide $2 billion from the rainy day fund to the State Water Plan. Voter approval would represent a historic first step toward meeting Texas' long-term water infrastructure needs.

Wherever you live in Texas, particularly in Senate District 19, those needs are clear.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, almost 94 percent of the state is abnormally dry, with more than 48 percent experiencing severe drought conditions. An even more drastic category, extreme drought, is gripping more than 9 percent of the state, including parts of Frio, Medina, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala counties.

The water plan would create a low-interest loan program to finance some 560 water supply projects on a revolving basis over the next 50 years. This effort is critical to the long-term economic security of our state, which continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

From now until Election Day you will hear plenty more about Proposition 6 from Water Texas, a political action committee that recognizes the crucial importance of the amendment. Business and environmental groups also know these projects are needed for Texas and will be a part of the campaign as well.

But don't hesitate to educate yourself. Look at your own lawn, the shriveled fields, dry rivers, and low lakes across Texas. Study the U.S. Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_south.htm, click on Texas, and see the colors of deep drought.

Then you'll know how to vote on Election Day — for Texas' future.

Semper Fi!

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Sen. Uresti's Facebook page and Twitter feed are both great ways to keep up with current events, find out what the Senator is up to, and to let him know what you think about issues facing Texans.

Voter ID in effect for Nov. 5 election

For the first time, Texas voters will have to show a photo ID to cast a ballot in next month's constitutional amendment election.

The Voter ID law, which was revived earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court, allows for seven forms of ID: a Texas driver's license, military identification card with photograph, U.S. citizenship certificate with photo, U.S. passport, a Texas concealed handgun license, or a personal identification card or Election Identification Certificate issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

It is also necessary that the name on the ID matches the name on your voter registration card. If the names don't match, be sure to change the name on your voter registration to match your ID. Such a change must be made by Oct. 7, the last day to register for the Nov. 5 election.

If you do not have any of the seven valid forms of ID, take the time to get one now. Election Identification Certificates can be obtained at your local Department of Public Safety Driver's Licenses Office. The following Bexar County DL offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Election Day for those who can't make it during the week:
  • Leon Valley Mega Center, 7410 Huebner Road, Leon Valley 78240; 210-531-1000
  • San Antonio-Babcock Office, 1258 Babcock Rd., San Antonio 78201; 210-737-1191
  • San Antonio-General McMullen Office, 1803 South General McMullen, San Antonio, 78226; 210-436-6611
  • San Antonio Southeast Office, 6502 South New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, 78223; 210-531-2240
  • San Antonio-Pat Booker Office, 1633 Pat Booker Rd., Universal City 78148: 210-945-1900
Election Identification Certificates will also be available at 25 mobile stations across the state, beginning Oct. 1. The mobile stations will be deployed to various locations determined by the Secretary of State’s Office. To view the current schedule of EIC mobile locations and for updates to the schedule, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.

Don't put your right to vote in jeopardy for lack of a photo ID!

Affordable Health Care Act Alert!


Texas consumers will be able to choose from dozens of qualified health plans under the Affordable Health Care Act, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. To get help navigating the insurance marketplace, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

Uresti appointed to panel on transportation funding

Sen. Uresti has been appointed to the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Funding, whichwill oversee highway infrastructure improvements across the state.

Already a member of the Senate standing Committee on Transportation, Uresti said his new assignment is good news for Senate District 19, which is facing road-funding challenges in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin regions.

Uresti, who has been working with TxDOT, fellow legislators, local elected officials, and other stakeholders on the agency's controversial plan to convert paved roads in high impact oil and gas production areas to gravel roads, noted that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst directed the committee to address the issue in its first meeting.

"We have a great opportunity here to help TxDOT develop sound, workable alternatives to gravel road conversion," Uresti said. "I know we can do better."

The committee will also play a role in identifying statewide transportation projects to be funded by a constitutional amendment, pending voter approval in November 2014. The amendment would provide an additional $1.2 billion for new highway construction and maintenance.

District 19 pet store highlights pet adoption

Sen. Uresti applauds Polly’s Pet Shop in Universal City for its new policy aimed at increasing adoptions of homeless pets. At its recent grand opening, Polly’s began a puppy- and dog adoptions-only business model, joining more than 2,100 other pet stores in signing The Humane Society of the United States’ Puppy Friendly Pet Stores pledge.

Most puppies currently sold in pet stores come from large-scale commercial puppy mills. Instead of selling puppies, Polly's sells pet supplies and showcases adoptable pets from San Antonio Animal Care Services in the store to help find them homes.

This partnership is another way in which the City of San Antonio is trying to improve its adoption rate. With the adoptions through Polly’s, an estimated 300 more animals will find a home each year.

The Humane Society estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppies sold in the U.S. every year come from large-scale inhumane breeding facilities. These puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in about the same number of pets euthanized at shelters every year.

Attention District 19 city and county offices: grant writing opportunity available

The Austin Fire Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Austin, October 17-18, for grant seekers across all disciplines. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county, and state agencies, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend and learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

The $425 tuition includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. For more information contact the Client Services Team at Grant Writing USA, 1-800-814-8191, cs@grantwritingusa.com; or Kathy Burke at the Austin Fire Department, 512-974-4129, kathy.burke@austintexas.gov.
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