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Back to School Fair this Saturday, August 6th in San Antonio

August 1, 2016

As in years past, Senator Carlos Uresti, the San Antonio Food Bank, and dozens of community organizations are working with a few generous sponsors to help our children prepare for the important school year that lies ahead.

Senator Uresti participates in Back to School Fairs in communities across Senate District 19. All-in-all, almost 10,000 backpacks with school supplies will be distributed at these events, in addition to providing working families with important information about local community services.

The largest of the events is the San Antonio Back to School Fair, which draws thousands annually. 

What:   San Antonio District 19 Back to School Fair

When:  Saturday, August 6th, from 9am to 1pm

726 is Coming Soon

August 1, 2016

Before you know it, 726 will be arriving in the greater San Antonio area. Despite the way it sounds, 726 is not a model of airplane, or a trendy new restaurant. 726 will soon be an official area code in Bexar, Medina, Atascosa, Comal, and Guadalupe counties.

If you have a 210 area code, you will be able to keep it, but if you seek a new line, eventually the 210 area codes could run out, and 726 may be your only option.

The 210 area code has been with us only since 1992, so there are many who remember the switch over from 512. Of course, with the prevalence of cell phones the area code is not necessarily limited to a certain geographic boundary; the area code is more of a designation of where the phone number’s user is associated with.

Message from Carlos - August 2016

August 1, 2016

For the last two weeks the focus of our country has been on the political party conventions, who met to formally nominate their candidates for President of the United States. While the conventions will undoubtedly leave their mark on history, given the historic nature of the candidates, a court decision released last week could have a lasting effect for years to come as well.

Texas’ Voter ID law was ruled discriminatory by the 5th circuit court of appeals, one of the most, if not the most, conservative appellate courts in the country. The way the law was passed with no real input from the public, and the manner in which the rules were changed to pass it were not lost on the court.

Oil and Gas Update - August 2016

August 1, 2016

The price of crude oil continued a three-month slide in July as U.S. and worldwide inventories remained stubbornly high. But prices remained above $40 a barrel, encouraging operators to put more drilling rigs back to work.

The number of rigs working in Texas continued to climb, rising from 194 at the end of June to 217 in the Baker Hughes weekly report on July 22. After reaching a 17-year low of 404 in early June, the number of drilling rigs operating in the U.S. had rebounded to 462 in the July 22 report. Texas' share of all the rigs working in the U.S. was 47 percent.

Legislative Budget Board Receives Update from State Comptroller

August 1, 2016

On Monday July 25th, Comptroller Glenn Hegar updated the Legislative Budget Board on Texas’ current financial and economic conditions.

While the downturn in the oil and gas industry is having a measurable effect on Texas’ economy, there are still bright spots throughout our economy. Unlike neighboring energy-dependent states, Texas diversified economy has weathered the downturn.

Unemployment rates have risen slightly since late spring, yet Texas’ unemployment rate is still lower than the nation as a whole. The housing market continues to climb in new homes built, sales price, and existing home sales compared to similar data collected last year.

Message from Carlos - July 2016

July 1, 2016

School's out. The citywide pools are open. The weather is getting hotter and hotter. What will you and your kids be doing this summer?

Thankfully, there are plenty of summer activities in District 19, some mentioned in my newsletter, especially a whole calendar of events at BiblioTech South: summer movies, youth gardens, map making, and more.

Of course, it's always a good time to remind you that District 19 boasts two of the best parks in the nation and world: one cultural, one natural.

Oil and Gas Update - July 2016

July 1, 2016

U.S. inventories of crude oil continued to slide in June, mirroring the slow decline in production as a result of the 2-year pullback in drilling. Most of the reduction in inventory was attributed to an increase in gasoline production due to fuel needs for the traditional summer vacation driving.

Expectations that the drop in inventory would continue drove the price of oil above $50 a barrel for a while in June before Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union put jitters back into the market.

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/

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: