2nd Annual Harlandale Education Foundation Scholarship Gala
Thursday, Feb. 2
6:00 pm

Pearl Stable
312 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
38th Annual Gala

Saturday, Feb. 4
7:00 pm

Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa
San Antonio, TX

Cowboy Mardi Gras
Feb. 10-12
Downtown Bandera
Bandera, TX

Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce 85th Annual Banquet
Friday, Feb. 10
7:00 pm

International Trade Center
3295 Bob Rogers Dr.
Eagle Pass, TX

Big Bend Stillwell Ranch Trail Ride and Wagon Train
Feb. 11-16
Marathon, TX

Sahawe Indian Dancers Ceremonials
Feb. 24-25
First United Methodist Church
301 N. High St.
Uvalde, TX

Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce
3rd Annual Cowboy Country Round Up

Saturday, Feb. 25
Medina County Fair Grounds
Hondo, TX

Salt Basin Dunes Tour
Monday, Feb. 27
4:00 pm

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Salt Flat, 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
February 2012 - Message from Carlos
Finally, BexarMet is no more.

The last Friday in January became the last day for BexarMet's existence when the U.S. Department of Justice cleared the results of November's dissolution election, ending a legislative effort that began more than three years ago.

The next day, BexarMet's signs came down, and the keys to the troubled utility's front doors were handed over to the San Antonio Water System.

Giving ratepayers the opportunity to vote on BexarMet's future was not merely an exercise in efficiency or a move toward smaller government, though both of those goals are laudable. It was more about making government accountable to the people it serves and giving them the ability to decide their own future.

Efforts to reform BexarMet go back much further than the effort to shut it down. Last November, the utility's ratepayers voted for dissolution by a margin of 74 to 26 percent because BexarMet managers could never fulfill their promises to do at better job. Mismanagement, water quality problems and poor customer service continued to be the norm.

Now that the Justice Department has approved the election results, the utility's transition into SAWS can proceed with full speed. And it's up to SAWS to fulfill its obligations as the water supplier for BexarMet's customers.

As that transition continues, voters everywhere — not just BexarMet ratepayers — should take heart that we have a fair and free election process in America, and that it can be used to solve problems.

And with another election cycle well underway, I hope voters across District 19 will learn from BexarMet's customers and use the power and responsibility they have at the ballot box in the primary and again in November. Because much more than water is at stake.

Semper Fi!

Booming Pecos

Pecos is undergoing a significant growth spurt, and none other than Forbes Magazine has taken notice.

In Forbes' Jan. 23 issue focusing on America's Fastest Growing Small Towns, Pecos comes in at No. 2 on the list with a 23.2% increase in population, to 13,783.

While the magazine notes that not all residents are voluntary — the MSA includes inmates in the privately operated Reeves County Detention Complex — it attributes much of the growth to West Texas' oil and gas drilling boom.

“We’ve had 39 drilling rigs running at a time in the county, with motels running at 100% occupancy — and four new hotels built in three years,” Bill Ogelsby, head of the Pecos Economic Development Corporation, told the magazine.

He said temporary residents who come for work sometimes bunk at hotels for months at a time, which may have contributed to higher population counts.

As the senator for District 19, I have long known the economic importance of Pecos, and have enjoyed its hospitality and charm. It's nice to see the community acknowledged in the national media. Congratulations, Pecos.

Hats off to Presidio ISD

Students from the Presidio Independent School District made a big impression at the STEM conference in Galveston. In fact, Steve Deleon, a board member and co-founder of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), said Presidio "stole the show."

In a letter to Presidio Superintendent Dennis McEntire, Deleon had high praise for the district, saying, "Presidio ISD was the talk of the conference, with standing room only presentations at the conference after the public announcement of one of your Physics teachers, Ms. Shella Condino, winning the prestigious DiscoverE National teacher Award, the only teacher from Texas to win the award. It was an honor for TAME, Lockheed Martin, and myself to submit her nomination."

The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., on February 22, with a TAME representative at the event.

Congratulations to Ms. Condino and the district. You represented your city and District 19 well!

Take a hike at Government Canyon State Natural Area

If you are over 14 years old, in good shape and enjoy hiking, here's one you don't want to miss. The Government Canyon Trail Patrol and other volunteers will lead a hike into the park's Protected Habitat Area on Feb. 26. You must be able to hike 12 to 13 miles over broken, rocky terrain, with a good portion of elevation gain and loss. Be sure to dress in layers, and take at least three liters of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, and raingear, with sturdy, well-broken-in hiking shoes or boots. Meet at the visitors' center no later than 7:45 a.m., and be sure to register by noon on Feb. 25 at reservations@friendsofgc.org. Government Canyon State Natural Area is near San Antonio, in northwest Bexar County.

Click the links below to learn more about Senator Carlos Uresti and how the community has rewarded his hard work.

Awards and Recognitions    •    2010 Campaign Endorsements

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