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Attention Texas Veterans

July 1, 2016

Applications for the first Texas Veterans + Family Alliance grant program is a month away.

Through this program, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will award up to $10 million in grants to local Texas communities to address mental health needs of veterans and their families. A Request for Applications for the second phase of the program is underway. Visit Electronic State Business Daily to find the applications. http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/

Senator Uresti to Continue Mobile Office Hours

July 1, 2016

Senate District 19 covers a vast area of 35,000 square miles, which is larger than 12 states and 82 countries. While Senator Uresti has 4 offices to accommodate constituent inquires, many constituents prefer to meet with staff in person to discuss their issues, concerns, and ideas regarding our state government. Traveling to one of the district offices in Pecos, Eagle Pass, or San Antonio may not be logistically feasible, and Senator Uresti strives to provide convenient alternative options.

Senator Uresti will be hosting preset and recurring “Mobile Office Hours” throughout the Southwestern portion of Senate District 19. All are encouraged to attend.

The locations and times are:

Our Missions and Summertime Fun at BiblioTech

July 1, 2016

If you're looking for a place for the kids to spend their summer days, BiblioTech on the South and West sides has your family covered.

The electronic library and community center is offering "Reading & Raspas," a smorgasbord of special events for kids and families.

For starters, BiblioTech is giving away free raspas 1-2 p.m. daily while supplies last.

Activities include Bug Camp and Youth Gardens presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Map Making presented by Artpace San Antonio, and Science Mill Camp: Titans of Tech.

BiblioTech South is located at 3505 Pleasanton Road, (210) 631-0180, and BiblioTech West is located at 2003 S. Zarzamora St., (210) 631-0190.

Senator Uresti to Continue Mobile Office Hours

July 1, 2016

Senate District 19 covers a vast area of 35,000 square miles, which is larger than 12 states and 82 countries. While Senator Uresti has 4 offices to accommodate constituent inquires, many constituents prefer to meet with staff in person to discuss their issues, concerns, and ideas regarding our state government. Traveling to one of the district offices in Pecos, Eagle Pass, or San Antonio may not be logistically feasible, and Senator Uresti strives to provide convenient alternative options.

Senator Uresti will be hosting preset and recurring “Mobile Office Hours” throughout the Southwestern portion of Senate District 19. All are encouraged to attend.

The locations and times are:

Uresti Congratulates Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies

June 1, 2016

Senator Uresti was honored to give two commencement speeches in May — one at Southwest Texas Junior College's graduation ceremony at Honey Bowl Stadium in Uvalde and the other at Palo Alto College's ceremony at Freeman Coliseum.  The ceremonies were emotional as the graduates entered the ceremony to "Pomp and Circumstance" march playing on the loudspeaker, as family members shout from the stands to get their attention. There was pride beaming from all who attended.

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.

Message from Carlos - June 2016

June 1, 2016

I hope everyone had a chance to relax over the Memorial Day weekend and take a moment to honor the men and women who made the greatest sacrifice while serving the United States military. As a Marine, I think about these men and women often. We have our freedom because of them — from those who served and died in our most modern conflicts to those who helped birth our nation 240 years ago.

For many kids, this also is the last week of school. Soon that means trips to the neighborhood pool or nearby watering hole, playing in summer rec leagues, claiming your spot for family barbecues at your favorite park, and road trips. Luckily for you, District 19 offers plenty summer activities.

Oil and Gas Update - June 2015

June 1, 2016

Declining world and U.S. production coupled with strong demand for gasoline began to put a dent in historically high crude oil inventories last month, contributing to a rise in the price of a barrel of oil to the $49 range. The price exceeded $50 a barrel at one point in late May for the first time since October.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that as of the week ending May 20 crude oil inventories decreased by 4.2 million barrels from the previous week. The agency reported that at 537.1 million barrels, U.S. inventories remain high after breaking a 77-year-old record in April.

Senate Committee Receives Update on Zika Virus Response

June 1, 2016

On May 17th, 2016, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard from state health leaders and experts on the recent emergence of the Zika virus. The virus, which has not yet been transmitted by any local mosquitos, is expected to arrive sometime this summer.

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.