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Will defend ‘Unalienable Gold refinery opens in Sugar Land rights of citizens,’ says sheriff By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls has joined several of his counterparts across the country who have vowed not to implement any executive order on gun control signed by President Barack Obama. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has received several requests for a statement in response to attention and federal executive orders relating to the right to keep and bear arms. Nehls issued the following statement in his personal capacity and in his capacity as the Sheriff of Fort Bend County. “I have spent my career serving in law enforcement and with the United States Armed Forces for the purpose of protecting the liberties and freedoms we enjoy in our great land. With respect to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, my position is that the right to self-defense is an unalienable right and it includes the right to possess firearms, a position confirmed by the United States Supreme Court in 2008. “Please note that the duties of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office include preserving the peace and fairly enforcing the laws of the State of Texas. Executive orders from the President of the United States directed to members of the federal executive branch are not applicable to a Texas official. “May God bless and protect you, the State of Texas, and the United States of America.” Opinion is divided on the issue if a sheriff can defy the
Quail Valley Yard of the Month for February is the garden of Darwin and Joyce Twedt of 2907 Del Monte Court. For year round color in the garden, the Twedts use accent colors in a disappearing water feature as well as the front entry. For winter the red Holly berries provide color and attract birds. The dwarf Bottle Brushes are just starting to bloom with the budding begonias and window box. Yellow Bulbine will be in full flourish when the violet Loropetalum blossom in the spring. Drive by to experience how the color stimulates the eye to travel and provides texture in this garden. The Twedts received a plant from Flowers by Adela as well as a Certificate from the Quail Valley Garden Club. The public is invited to our February 14 program on Potpourri. Contact Sharon Wright at 281 438-3653 or visit http:// traction.typepad.com/qvgc for details.
Nehls federal law and the question is if the executive order is tantamount to federal law. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reportedly told a Utah sheriff that if Barack Obama issues an executive order, that order is the law and the sheriff must obey. Some experts disagree. A president can issue executive orders only to employees of the federal government— and only regarding implementing federal laws or programs. A governor can likewise issue executive orders to employees of his state government regarding the laws or programs of that state.
Every sheriff is a county officer, elected by the voters of that county. The Supreme Court held in Printz v. U.S. in 1997 that the Tenth Amendment forbids the federal government from ever ordering any state or local official to carry out a federal program. In this case involving a sheriff—Jay Printz of Montana—and a federal gun control law, the court held that the court deemed unconstitutional a provision in the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that would have required local authorities to conduct background checks for handgun purchases pending the establishment of a national checking system. A sheriff should always perform his or her duties in accordance with the Constitution of the United States as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, according to the National Sheriff’s Association. Often, when it comes to immigration laws, local law enforcements officials refuse to enforce those laws saying it is the federal government’s job.
KK&B Gold & Silver Refinery, the only gold refinery approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the greater Houston area, is now open for business at 3599 Highway 6 in Sugar Land in the Kroger shopping center, between Settlers Way Blvd. and Williams Trace. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was organized by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce last week and Sugar Land’s Mayor ProTem Don Smithers attended the ceremony. KK&B has imported from Europe the latest gold refining equipment, which chemically dissolves the solid and separates pure gold and silver. Owner David Huynh says the refining equipment is only one of its kind in Texas, and maybe, even in the country. The refinery can extract 20 kg of gold over 8 hours. KK&B Refinery directly melts the gold, silver and copper scrap and since no middleman is involved, it offers the highest price of up to 98 percent of the value of gold. Above, Fayth Burgin, left, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Jia Li, director of marketing, KK&B Refinery, Victor Tran of KK& B, David Huynh, owner, KK&B, Mayor ProTem Don Smithers, Merle Smithers, and Denise Monroe; Rear, Doug Earle of First Colony Community Association and Mindy Jeong of KK&B Refinery.
Missouri City allows apartments near Fort Bend Parkway By BARBARA FULENWIDER Missouri City City Council has approved apartments and commercial development at its Jan. 22 meeting while rezoning 432.87 acres from retail to multi-use. The Fort Bend Parkway Planned Development District is located to the east and west of the Fort Bend Parkway, south of Lake Olympia Parkway and north of Trammel Fresno Road.
The new development is to consist of retail and commercial uses, office and warehouses and multi-family units, which would be on approximately 43 acres of land, located southeast of the Lake Olympia entrance ramp onto Fort Bend Parkway. Because the rezoning to allow apartments was not consistent with recommendations in the city’s Future Land Use and Character plan, council
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had to vote to amend that before approving the rezoning of the parkway acreage. The city’s comprehensive plan provides for “minor” amendments regarding particular rezoning requests, according to background information provided to councilmen. Councilman Jerry Wyatt voted no to amend Missouri City’s land use plan and no on the planned development because each would allow more apartments in Missouri City. Background information to council stated that requirements for multi-family development must include a greenbelt, public and/or private parkland and follow proposed design standards, which “would make any multi-fam-
ily development more consistent with the suburban character.” Wyatt asked about plans to extend Hurricane Lane and Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer told council that the two-lane extension will be north from Trammel-Fresno Road to Lake Olympia Parkway. Funding will be provided from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and be an 80/20 match with the city’s portion being 20 percent of the $8 million the extension will cost. Property owners have told the city they will donate the right of way for Hurricane Lane, and TxDOT will build the extension, Elmer said. The two-lane extension is expected to help spur development
within the business park area of the development. If Hurricane Lane is extended within two to four years, development of the northwest and northeast commercial tracts and the multifamily housing are expected to start during that time frame. Within four to six years site development is expected to continue within the northwest, northeast, southeast and southwest commercial tracts and the business park east. Within six years the multifamily district is expected to be built out and development will continue within the commercial districts up to eight years. The entire planned development is expected to be completed within 12 years.
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News Councilman Harish Jajoo launches re-election bid Sugar Land District 4 Councilman, Harish Jajoo has launched his campaign for reelection. In an email to supporters, Jajoo asked for their support in seeking another term to represent District 4 in Sugar Land. Jajoo was first elected to the Sugar Land City Council in 2011, vowing to use his experience in infrastructure and city government to modernize Sugar Land into an economic powerhouse. On the council, Jajoo championed measures to attract Fortune 500 employers to Sugar Land. In addition, the councilman has focused on increased public safety, fiscal responsibility and robust infrastructure as priorities for city government. Jajoo said he was looking forward to “an even brighter future for Sugar Land.” Jajoo officially launches his re-election campaign at the Fort Bend Chamber of Com-
Jajoo merce building this week. Jajoo, an experienced registered professional engineer and urban infrastructure professional, is the current councilman from Sugar Land district 4. He serves on the InterGovernmental Committee, Sugar Land Development Corporation (SLDC), Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) No. 4 and served on the Economic Development
Committee last year. In addition he represents the City of Sugar Land on the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) of the Houston Galveston Area Council. He was elected in 2011 in a three-way race. Before his term as councilman, Jajoo served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustments for the City of Sugar Land. A graduate of the Fort Bend Leadership, he served as chair of Infrastructure Planning Division of Fort Bend Chamber for four years. An active member of Exchange Club of Sugar Land, he has served as a board member and secretary and has CoChaired the Spaghetti Cook Off fundraiser in 2010 and 2011 benefitting Child Abuse Prevention. Jajoo and his wife, Shashi, have two grown children, both graduates of Clements High School.
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CHAUTAUQUA TALK: Sugar Land History Series Come to the historic Sugar Land Auditorium on Tuesday, February 12, from 7:009:00 p.m., for the second in a special series of lectures on the history of Sugar Land. Former Sugar Land Mayor William (Bill) Little will present “Transition From a Company Town to an Incorporated City” as part of the Sugar Land Chautauqua Talks, co-sponsored by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation, open and free of charge to the public. Little will bring a piece of Sugar Land history alive, as he discusses with local historian Bruce Kelly his perspective on the City’s transition from a company town in the 1950’s to a thriving, incorporated municipality. In 1961, Bill was elected the second mayor of the newly incorporated city of Sugar Land, serving in this role until 1964. During this critical time in the City’s growth and formation, Bill held various executive titles with both Sugarland Industries and the Imperial Sugar Company. The Chautauqua Talks, a series of entertaining and educational presentations related to Sugar Land history, is suitable for audiences of all ages. The name for the series (pronounced shə-TAW-kwə),
Bill Little, left, the second Mayor of Sugar Land (1961-1964), will take the stage of the Sugar Land Auditorium with local historian Bruce Kelly to present “Sugar Land: Transition From a Company Town to an Incorporated City”. This history lecture will be presented on Tuesday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Chautauqua Talk series sponsored by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. is based on an adult educa- Come to the historic and tional movement in the late beautifully renovated Sugar 19th and early 20th centu- Land Auditorium to celries, called the Chautauqua ebrate the unique history of Movement, which began in Sugar Land at the ChautauNew York State and spread qua Talk on Tuesday, Febacross rural America to small ruary 12, featuring former towns like Sugar Land. In re- Sugar Land Mayor Bill Little. sponse to the movement, the The auditorium is located at Sugar Land Auditorium was 226 Lakeview Drive on the designed and constructed in Lakeview Elementary School 1918, not only to serve the campus, at the intersection of school, but the entire Sugar Lakeview and Wood Streets. For more information, visit Land community. One of its purposes was to have a place www.slheritage.org or www. to hold the Chautauqua talks. slcaf.org.
Marijuana crop in Sugar Land home Aggie moms are selling tickets for the Fort Bend Aggie Mom’s Club Scholarship Raffle. This year’s Grand Prize is a 2013 CAMARO (Classic Chevrolet & Methodist Sugar Land Hospital) Tickets are $100 each, but 500 tickets will be sold. Second prize is an Offshore Fishing Trip for three people. Third prize is two nights at the Victorian Condos in Galveston, with a rental car. Fourth prize is a 46” LED HDTV. Call Barbara Nachlas at 281-242-7743 or Stephanie Rammrath at 281-265-9026. E-mail: email@example.com. Drawing will be held April 13, 2013 at Texas A&M. www.fortbendmoms.aggienetwork.com Ladies in photo with the car, Suzette Peoples (top left) Barbara Nachlas, Anne Pencak, Maureen Sanders,Krista Smith, Back of the Car: Sally Berlocher, Charla Zerbe Driverside: Stephanie Rammrath (in the car), Debbie Cortez, and Elisa LeDoux.
Missouri City Bond Exploratory Committee holds inaugural meeting Gathered in a popular “Show Me City” amenity that was constructed using bond funds from a 2008 election, homeowners, Council Members and staff recently launched discussions on another referendum set for May, 2014. The Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center was a fitting scene for the Bond Exploratory Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as residents were able to see the success of the first-class facility firsthand: players were in full swing on the tennis courts, a youth volleyball league was practicing in the full-size gymnasium, and dozens of members were exercising in the cardio and weight rooms. Surrounded by sights and sounds of success, the Committee assembled in a multipurpose room and listened to Staff presentations on the bond process and possible projects and shared their “wish lists”, including: *More infrastructure improvements *A major medical facility *A performing arts center *A museum *Expansion of the Trails system *A METRO route *Monument walls citywide *More shopping and recreational opportunities *Career partnerships with Houston Community College *Continued commitment to public safety and fully-staffed Police and Fire Departments
City Council appointed members of the Committee, who represent subdivisions citywide. The homeowners will provide input and feedback on community projects that would be financed through funds approved in the 2014 mandate and determine the amount of money that will be needed. “You will decide over the next month or so what is important to you and prioritize things to include in a bond referendum in May 2014,” Mayor Allen Owen told the group. “I think residents made the best decision three years ago with the bond issue that included the new City Centre at Quail Valley and the new Recreation and Tennis Center.” He added that “their decision has paid off because we are seeing property values all over the City going up.” The primary sources of revenue for Missouri City are property taxes and sales taxes. Citing amenities in other nearby cities, Mayor Owen said: “While we may not have some things other nearby cities do; we have companies with 1,500 jobs that want to be in our City because we take care of our infrastructure.” City Manager Edward Broussard also addressed the Committee and said, “we will be going on a journey and tonight is setting the stage for that process.” He also reviewed the demographics of the City, which reflect a high
level of education and household incomes and a growing, diverse population. Several City staff members guided the group through the initial process with presentations concerning the pertinent aspects of different departments. The goal was to help residents determine the types of projects needed in the City, taking into account zoning ordinances, the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 2009, the land use plan, development capacity, mobility and transportation planning, and a Parks Master Plan that is determined with citizen input. Past bond elections have provided funding for Public Safety Headquarters—3849 Cartwright Rd., additional equipment and training facilities for the Police and Fire departments, Buffalo Run Park, road improvements, Texas Parkway sidewalks, traffic signal upgrades and the City Centre at Quail Valley—2880 La Quinta Dr.—and the Recreation and Tennis Center—2701 Cypress Point Dr. The City’s last bond election was held in 2008 and received support from more than 72 percent of voters citywide. Prior elections were in 2003 and 1995. For updates on the current bond committee’s progress, check the City’s website, www.missouricitytx.gov, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).
The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force , a Houston HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) initiative composed of local and federal agencies, concluded a narcotics investigation targeting an illegal marijuana growing operation being conducted in Sugar Land. During the past month, Agents conducted the investigation at a residence located in the 3200 block of Summer Bay Drive and then obtained a search warrant issued by Associate District Judge Pedro Ruiz. On Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, the search warrant was executed at the address by Task Force Agents and the Fort Bend County Regional SWAT team. Agents located a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation being conducted in five rooms of the residence. Agents located 206 marijuana plants along with indoor growing lights, scales, water pumps, fans, invertors and assorted equipment used for manufacturing, packaging and selling of marijuana. Dong Tien Nguyen, 40, of Sugar Land, and Duyet Nguyen, 41, of Houston, were arrested and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail on first degree felony charges of Possession of Marijuana (greater than 50 pounds, less than 2,000 pounds). The marijuana seized at the scene had a street value of approximately $824,000. Both men received bonds of $50,000 and both bailed out of the Fort Bend County Jail on Saturday, Jan. 26.
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Opinion Keep the message, change the image More cliffs ahead: Caution advised The Republican Party of Fort Bend County received a booster shot on Friday, Feb. 1 at its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, held at Sugar Land Mariott Town Square. The well-attended event, featured Allen West, erstwhile Congressman from Florida. West is a 22-year U.S. Army veteran, who retired as Lieutenant Colonel, after serving in the combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. West, a black conservative and Tea Party activist, has been targeted by Democrats for his no-holds barred, outspoken views on a range of issues, including terrorism. Contrary to the propaganda by a section of local Democrats and Muslim activists, who asked everyone to boycott West whom they described as “anti-Muslim,” West did not utter a word against Muslims in his speech. For inexplicable reasons, the planned protest by Muslim sympathizers against West did not materialize. Earlier, a “Republican outreach” presentation, featuring several noted Republican activists drawn from several immigrant communities was screened. In the short video, each member from various ethnic groups, explained why he or she was a Republican. The presentation, timely and relevant, was an answer to critics that the GOP is not “inclusive.” And the criticism came both from within and outside the party. Fort Bend GOP chairman Mike Gibson rightly took upon himself to convey the message and he did it effectively. So much so, West, opened his speech with the remarks urging Gibson to “Pack it and
Inside Track By Seshadri Kumar send it to Colin Powell.” Powell, another black, top ranking Republican, and a supporter of President Barack Obama, recently criticized the Republican Party for not being “inclusive” and implied that the party is racist. West said, “We should not be in circular firing squad, shooting ourselves in the foot.” The theme of his speech was that the Republican Party has a good message. There is no need to change the message, but change the image of the party by constantly pounding the message. The party needs bold, strategic leadership and the leadership needs to show a contrast to the liberal philosophy and explain that conservative ideas are a better way to escape from the emerging disaster. “Explain how limited government and fiscal responsibility is better. Everybody knows budget in business, but not in government. We believe in opportunity. Dependency society is destroying our responsibility and accountability and the safety net has become a hammer,” West said. Energy independence is important, he added. Commenting on border security, West said, “Not all those who cross the border
come here to cut grass. Some of them come here to cut the throat.” “We want an America that needs to be respected and if needed, be feared,” he said Compromise in DC means do what the Democrats want and that has to change, West said. Conservatives should not become a lesser version of the other side by compromising their core principle, according to West. He encouraged the grass roots to continue the fight they were engaged in and he cited the example of the Inchon landings in the Korean War, which turned a rout into a strategic victory early in the Korean War. It marked the brutal fighting to relieve the pressure on the allied forces at Pusan where they were bottled up by North Korean forces. West said “failure is not an option” for Conservatives and they should continue the fight, despite the electoral losses. Needville Varsity Treble Choir presented the National Anthem, God Bless America and Texas, our Texas. Fomer Sugar Land Councilman Tom Abraham led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. National Flag and Rosenberg Police Chief Robert Garcia led the pledge to the Texas flag. Three special awards were also presented. The recipients were: Adolphus Award for Volunteer of the year - Todd Schuh Maureen Thode Award for Precinct Chair of the year John Miller Linda Hancock Award for Headquarters Volunteer of the year - Lilly Hargrave
With no time to spare, our elected leaders avoided the fiscal cliff and all is right in the world. Well not exactly, but at least the agreement avoided major tax increases on all taxpayers. Rather dishearteningly, the package did not address the real problem in Washington: spending. Apparently, the spending side will be addressed in the next few months as we bump up against the debt ceiling in March. Keep in mind that if you work, your taxes will go up regardless of the fiscal cliff resolution, because the reduction in the social security tax expired on January 1, 2013. Also, if you make more than $250,000 annually, you will be subject to a range of new taxes from Obamacare. Our main concern regarding the fiscal cliff was an endless debate with no resolution, resulting in a recession. Fortunately, this outcome was avoided. In celebration of the new legislation, markets rallied the last day of 2012 and the first day of this year, and closed out a good year for stocks. In 2012, all of the stock indexes we follow were up by double digits. It was also another good year for bonds. As for the coming years, we continue to forecast low returns for stocks and especially bonds. Future bond returns are tied directly to current yields. With yields at historic lows, returns will be correspondingly low. Immense Federal Reserve purchases and the safe-haven characteristics of the treasuries have resulted in extremely low yields. In fact today, the 10-year treasury yield is 1.87
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percent. With inflation running at 2.5 percent, the yield on the bond is actually less than the inflation rate. With respect to future stock market returns, we expect muted results, especially on larger US stocks. Our view is based on using normalized earnings (or average earnings through the past few years), rather than current earnings. In addition, we are assuming interest rates will rise in the future. At current interest rate levels, stocks are probably fairly valued, but the likelihood of rates remaining at the current low levels is small. As a result of these views, we continue to stress lowerrisk, alternative strategies in portfolios, such as gold, man-
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As for the ride and drive, both are a joy. The ATS has new suspension designs that include advanced damping, steering and braking systems. Adjustable settings for the suspension allow the driver to select different ranges of damping. Safety in the ATS is based on Cadillac’s control and alert strategy that uses radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors to help prevent crashes. Optional advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control; intelligent brake assist, forward collision alert, brake automatic collision preparation, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear vision camera, adaptive front lighting and hill hold/start assist with the manual transmission. The advanced technology safety features complement the ATS’s roster of other safety features, including eight standard air bags (10 with optional features), safety belt pretensioners and load limiters, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel ABS. The Cadillac ATS 2.5 liter luxury collection retails for $37,590. Cadillac has a real winner in the ATS. It rides and drives smoothly yet has plenty of pizzazz and power.
To the Editor: Sugar Land Democrats president, Patterson thinks we should read the ‘Mother Jones’ report to learn that Col. West, “left the Army on not such good terms.” I admit, that publication is not on my list of information sources, but surely they were not so irresponsible as to leave the reader completely void of facts. Perhaps Mr. Patterson was too busy to bother with facts. If he truly wants everyone to know who, Col. West really is, maybe he could bother with an explanation. Col. West was intent on foiling a planned ambush on his command while serving in Iraq. A suspected collaborator was being interrogated to no avail, so Col. West took the matter in his own hands. He made the detainee fear for his life by discharging his sidearm near his head which resulted in information that led to the arrest of a suspected terrorist. The ambush attempt was foiled and the lives of soldiers in his command were possibly saved. He took the action he did knowing full well that it violated Army interrogation procedure and would place his military career in jeopardy but protecting his soldiers was more important to him. This is who Col. West is, as I understand events, and in my book he is a hero. Mr. Patterson would serve the members of the Sugar Land Democrats well by inviting Col. West to speak to his group while he is in town. Then we would all know who Col. West really is. Richard Avery Stafford Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital presents the Fort Bend Cares Road Trip to the Orient Dinner and Dance on Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 from 7 - 11 p.m. Fort Bend Cares is a charitable foundation that cares for disadvantaged children and youth in need all over the county. Tickets are $75 each and sponsorships are still available. Visit www.fortbendcares.org to purchase tickets.
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Opinion Why am I a Republican? Following are excerpts from a video presentation made at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner of the Republican party of Fort Bend County on Feb. 1. The speakers are of ChineseAmerican, Indian-American, Hispanic-American, AfricanAmerican and Jewish-American communities.
Daniel Wong: I was born in China and became a naturalized citizen of this great country in 1996. I served as an at-large City Councilman in Sugar Land for six years. Currently my political involvement is a board member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Tonight I am going to talk about why Chinese Americans are natural Republicans but why they voted Democrat overwhelmingly in the last election. I am hopeful that you and I can collectively find a way to help them understand that the Republican Party is their natural home. Chinese Americans are natural Republicans because after 5000 years of absolute power of the ruling class in Chinese history, they truly appreciate a limited government and understand the danger of an expanding government role in people’s life. They are natural Republicans because the Chinese culture is very much self-reliant and they do not believe in government handouts. There are many stories of folks working multiple jobs to make ends meet rather than losing the dignity of seeking government help. Chinese Americans are natural Republicans because the Chinese culture is very much family oriented: husband, wife and children. Gay relationships and abortion are not glorified and acceptable social norms. Then why did Chinese Americans vote democrat in last November? Currently many voting Chinese Americans in this country are immigrants. Most have a misconception that the Republican Party is anti-immigrant. We have to make sure our message is anti-illegal immigration and not anti-immigrant. Many Chinese Americans are middle class and they have a misconception that the Republican party is only for the wealthy. Our party needs to show that we are for equal opportunity and prosperity but not the protector of the rich. Chinese Americans are socially conservative but also socially tolerant. Our Republican message should stay firm to oppose gay marriage and abortion, but not become a projection of hate and prejudice. In this wonderful night of Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner, let us work together to bring many Chinese Americans
who are natural Republicans to join our match to a freer society of small government and big Republican ideals. Thank you and God bless you.
Sanjay Rao: I came to this country thirty years ago with a dream and fifty dollars. My core values of hard work and integrity with a strong belief in myself has enabled me to achieve my goals. I am a Republican because I believe a person should take responsibility for his own success and failure and not be dependent on others for their personal outcomes. Having worked two jobs, going to school and managing a family at the same time I empathize with people who are working hard to advance their careers and handling family responsibilities. I am a Republican because I believe in each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and desire to succeed in life. A strong belief in the free enterprise system and innovation has provided me some measure of success and the opportunity for significant personal growth. I am a Republican because I believe individual initiative and business friendly governmental policies over the years have been the engine of our nation’s growth. Having started several small businesses I believe in the “little guy”. I want to see small business people succeed in their ventures. I am a Republican because I believe small businesses are the backbone of our country and low taxes and a low inflation economy with a balanced budget will help stimulate growth in small businesses. I believe in an effective government that rewards its citizens for their hard work and success. I am a Republican because I believe in a small government with just laws.
Daryl Segura: I am a Republican and I believe in the Republican Philosophy of strong family values, for all, limited government, and liberty. Family is of the utmost importance to me and I will instill the importance of strong family values in my children as my father and mother have instilled in me. Having strong family values builds respectable citizens and neighbors which strengthens our communities. I am a Republican because I believe each American has the right to defend themselves and their families, just as I have been protecting people’s lives, property and freedom for over twenty years as a Police Officer. I am a Republican because I believe in equal rights for all citizens and oppose discrimination against any citizen in any form because of race, reli-
gion, gender, age or disability. I am a Republican because I believe in and support a limited Government. I believe a limited Government which practices fiscal responsibility, allows citizens to keep more of their hard earned money in their pockets, which in turn will stimulate economic growth. I am a Republican because I believe in Liberty and that each responsible citizen that works hard for what they want can achieve the American dream with no limitations to succeed in our Country. In conclusion, I am a lifelong resident of Fort Bend County, who has witnessed Fort Bend County and the Republican Party grow tremendously. I believe the Fort Bend County Republican Party will unite as one and continue to grow stronger by welcoming and informing our ethnically diverse growing population of our Republican Party philosophies and beliefs.
Henry Dibrell: I believe in smaller government and local control. That’s why I’m a Republican. Whenever there is a strong federal government it takes away from the local government, it diminishes the individual. I serve on the School Board of the Katy Independent School District. One of the things I’ve found is that when the public asks a govt agency to do something it will cost the public one of two things – or both. It will either cost you your money or it will cost you your freedom. The more we ask of the govt, the more of our money and our freedom it will cost us. I believe in a weak federal govt and a strong local govt so that we the people truly have a voice. When we center the power of this great nation in one spot, we the people have no voice I am a Republican because I believe in life. I also believe in choice. I want to give that precious unborn baby a choice, a choice of where to live, a choice of what school to go to, whom to marry, what career path to take. A choice to live. I’m a Republican because I believe in a safety net… not a safety hammock. What we have today in our country is a hammock and there is a huge difference between the two. A safety net is there to protect you when you are out trying and working hard but for some reason you stumble. But a hammock is a place where you go to take a nap. Ninetynine weeks of unemployment is not a safety net; it’s a hammock. It doesn’t encourage anyone to get up and get a job and to provide for themselves. Finally I’m a Republican because of policies that communicate to a poor black child in south Louisiana, “if you work hard, you too can live the American dream.” I’m a Republican because
of policies that encourage innovation, creativity and hard work. I’m a Republican because I want my children to live in a nation where they can create their own piece of the pie and not have to share in a piece of someone else’s pie. Our economy is ever expanding. There is no end to the amount of pie that we can create when we encourage policies that will create wealth and prosperity, that foster creativity, and encourage taking risks and innovation. That’s the nation that I want to leave to my children; and that’s why I’m a Republican.
Jackie Rosenthal, 14, student: We, as Republicans differ from democrats because we believe in being able to reap the benefits of hard work and success. In America, all citizens are born equal; everyone is guaranteed the same rights and benefits. This is why the United States has so many immigrants. However, in modern day society, many people mistake this idea for a European value in which people are born equal and also end up equal. But, in America, where one ends up depends on their success and perseverance during his or her life. The constitution and declaration both enable every citizen to have success. But Republicans believe that one’s final success depends on the individual, and our rights to earn that success come from God. However, the current government is trying to change that. By taking the hardearned salaries of the highly successful and distributing them amongst the poor, through destructive government programs, the government is acting like RobinHood. I recently read about a professor whose classroom was full of students, all of whom supported Obama’s big government wealth redistribution plan. This professor, wise and conservative, put on a great experiment to see what the result of socialism and redistribution policies are like. As you know, socialism is a big equalizer in which no one is poor, but no one is wealthy. So, substituting grades for dollars, next semester’s students would have no A’s, but also no failures. On the first test, the grades were averaged together and everyone received a B. The students who studied really hard were upset, but the students who usually did average or poor, were very happy. When the next test came, the hard-studying students studied less because they wanted a free ride also, and the students who studied little studied even less. That test average was a D. And no one was satisfied with that. The next test average was an F, which brought much blame and many quar-
True the Vote files lawsuit in Florida
Houston-based True the Vote announced on Feb. 4 that it filed a lawsuit against the St. Lucie County, Florida Supervisor of Elections, to enforce record inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Florida Constitution. True the Vote demands that all records pertaining to the recent 18th Congressional District election and subsequent recounts between Rep. Allen West and Patrick Murphy be reviewed in order to perform a comprehensive third-party audit . True the Vote seeks to compel St. Lucie County election authorities to grant complete inspection rights to all election
records pertaining to the 18th District race and voter registration records under federal and state law. In addition, True the Vote demands that the court order the Supervisor of Elections to preserve all records. “This dramatic recount was an extraordinary example of how our elections can suffer systematic failure,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. On Nov. 6, St. Lucie County election administrators admitted that ballot tabulation machines suffered a malfunction, preventing early vote totals from being properly counted. County workers were forced to hand-feed ballots into tabulation machines as a result.
Nov. 10 County “unofficially certified” the vote count for CD18 and publicly acknowledged “uncertainty” over the early vote totals. St. Lucie County called an emergency meeting to “recount all ballots cast during early voting.” The county later reversed itself, only performing a partial retabulation. After the partial retabulation, the lead for Patrick Murphy decreased. On Nov. 13, Defendant Gertrude Walker held a press conference admitting that her staff acted with “haste” and that “mistakes were made” throughout the tabulation and partial recount process. Florida Division of Elections auditors were dispatched to investigate how 799 votes disappeared or
changed hands during the partial recount. On Nov. 16, Defendant Walker claimed to find 306 early votes in a box at her office that had not been counted. The St. Lucie County Canvassing Board ordered a recount of all early votes, with a deadline set for noon on Nov. 18. On Nov. 17, the full recount operation was relocated to a privatelyowned property. County workers were evicted from the premises late at night, suspending the recount until the next morning. On Nov. 18, County workers failed to meet the deadline, instead certifying the original Nov. 10 tabulation, which officials claimed “uncertainty” over the accuracy of the results.
rels. No one should have to study for the benefit of others. They all failed the semester, and the professor explained that socialism would miserably fail as well. The rewards of success can be great, but when the rewards are taken away by the government, no one will want or try to succeed. The government can’t make the poor rich by making the rich poor. What one person gets without working for, another person has to work without receiving. Republicans understand that no one can ever receive something without it being taken from someone else. It’s not fair when one’s wealth is divided to make others wealth equal. Unfortunately, these thoughts dominate the modern day Democratic Party. To me, being a Republican means believing in the freedom to be a responsible individual, with limited government interference. LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. CDs are available in the Purchasing Agent’s Office. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. BID 13-038 – AIRPORT AVENUE ROAD EXTENSION TO FM 2218 A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM (CST). The prebid conference will be held at Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Southwest, Section 37, Section 55, Section 56 and Section 58, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. 1. BID 13-029 – BOTTLED DRINKING WATER; 2. BID 13-030 – AMMUNITION 3. BID 13-031 – RENTAL OF HEAVY ; 4. BID 13-032 – THERMOPLASTIC TRAFFIC COATING; 5. BID 13-033 – CULVERTS; 6. BID 13-034 – BRIDGE MATERIALS; 7. BID 13-035 – PURCHASE AND HAULING EARTHEN TYPE ROAD MATERIALS; 8. BID 13-036 – PURCHASE AND HAULING CHEMICAL TYPE ROAD MATERIALS. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. RFP 13-037 – DISPLAYS FOR ALTERNATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP #088-13 JANITORIAL SERVICES The City of Missouri City requests proposals from interested parties for the furnishing of janitorial services for various City buildings It is the intent of the City of Missouri City to contract with one (1) vendor. Vendors are requested to submit a proposal that meets all requirements contained herein. Proposals submitted shall be complete and include all costs associated with the proposal and shall be subject to negotiation by the City. All costs involved with preparing a proposal for submittal, including interview travel expenses, are the responsibility of the proposal respondent. A mandatory pre-proposal conference to be held February 15, 2013 at 9 AM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1522 Texas Parkway in Missouri City. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time February 25, 2013 and then opened. RFP packages are available by contacting the DemandStar bid service at (800) 711-1712 and requesting the bid name above for the City of Missouri City, Texas. Proposals must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Proposals must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Proposal packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Proposals are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas FORT BEND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FY 2013 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL ACTION PLAN NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING To build and strengthen new partnerships with State and local governments and the private sector, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires a single consolidated submission for the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. Fort Bend County is in the process of developing its FY 2013 Consolidated Annual Plan. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at the William B. Travis Building, 301 Jackson, 1st Floor Meeting Room, Richmond, Texas to receive comments from the public regarding the housing and community development needs of low- and moderate-income persons such as homeless individuals and families; persons with special needs (the elderly, frail elderly, severely mentally ill, developmentally disabled, physically disabled, persons with alcohol/other drug addictions, and persons with HIV/AIDS); the housing needs of renters and owners; community needs such as anti-crime, economic development, infrastructure, planning and administration, public facilities, public services, senior programs, youth programs; and other nonhousing community development needs. The public is encouraged to attend and to submit comments to Marilynn Kindell, Community Development Director, 301 Jackson, Suite 602, Richmond, Texas 77469. Comments will be incorporated into the draft FY 2013 Consolidated Annual Plan, as appropriate. Persons with vision or hearing impairments or other individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids and services may contact the department at (281) 341-4410 regarding reasonable accommodations for the meeting. The Fort Bend County CDBG and ESG Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be available on Friday, February 8, 2013. Due to a decrease in HOME Program funding the County will not issue an RFP for the HOME Program. An information session for CDBG and ESG Program applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the William B. Travis Building 301 Jackson, 1st Floor Meeting Room, Richmond, Texas. Questions from applicants will be answered at this meeting. Proposals must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013. For more information, please call Carol Borrego at (281) 341-4410.
Page 6 • INDEPENDENT • FEBRUARY 6, 2013 LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. 1. RFP 13-026 – FOAM TRAILER FOR OEM; 2. RFP 13-027 – BLAST FILM PROTECTION WINDOW COVERING FOR JANE LONG ANNEX Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. BID 13-028 – SEPTIC SYSTEM FOR KITTY HOLLOW PARK Lump sum pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for the City of Sugar Land and Unincorporated Areas of Fort Bend County, Texas, and Case No. 12-06-3366P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) solicits technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for your community. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).
NOTICE TO BIDDERS SIDEWALK REHABILITATION The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:
Sidewalk Rehabilitation TR1301 Various Locations Throughout the City of Sugar Land
Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained for free at the following: By Registering with Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com Or Plans are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding this bid must be received by Thursday, February 14, 2013 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager – email@example.com, (281) 275-2302 The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Robin Hicks Acting City Secretary
CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE The State of Texas TO: Jose Porfirio Zamora UNKNOWN ADDRESS and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE of MARIA DEL ROSARIO ZAMORA, was filed in the 387th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, ON THIS THE 24TH DAY OF AUGUST, 2012 against JOSE PORFIRIO ZAMORA, being numbered 12-DCV-200419 and entitled IN THE MATTER OF THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA DEL ROSARIO ZAMORA AND JOSE PORFIRIO ZAMORA AND IN THE INTEREST OF CHRISTOPHER JOSE ZAMORA, A CHILD. The suit requests THAT THE BONDS OF MATRIMONY BE DISSOLVED. The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you. The Court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding upon you, including the termination of the parentchild relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 28th day of January, 2013. Petitioner’s Attorney: MARIO CABALLERO CABALLERO LAW OFFICE 10109 HAMMERLY DRIVE HOUSTON TX 77080 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk Herlinda Nanez Telephone: 281-633-7626
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 for Autumn Leaves Cinco Ranch Subdivision, being a replat of a portion of Restricted Reserve “A”, Block 1 of Redeemer Community Church, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Jerry Scott with Terra Surveying Company Inc. at 713-993-0327 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. 1. BID 13-024 – TERM CONTRACT FOR MOWING PATHWAYS AND TREE TRIMMING FOR CINCO RANCH TRAIL SYSTEM; 2. BID 13-025 - VEHICLES Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. No bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
NOTICE TO PROPOSERS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013, for:
PERMANENT ZONING 20.348 ACRES BETWEEN US 59 AND TELFAIR AVENUE WEST OF UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD
PURCHASE OF ATTACK PUMPER NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: REQUEST FOR VARIANCE 915 ANNABELLA PLACE REQUEST FOR A VARIANCE TO THE 15-FOOT REAR YARD SETBACK IN THE STANDARD SINGE-FAMILY (R-1) DISTRICT, 915 ANNABELLA PLACE, LOT 54, BLOCK 1, TELFAIR SECTION 18 IN THE STANDARD SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) DISTRICT. PURPOSE:
ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED VARIANCE SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.
CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH
ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 20, 2013
DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED VARIANCE MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:
RFP NO. 2013-09 PURCHASE OF ATTACK PUMPER BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE. Respondent shall sign and date the proposal. Proposals that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the Office of the City Secretary, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013, City of Sugar Land, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date for the opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposal and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP.
PERMANENT ZONING OF 20.348 ACRES TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT (FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, TELFAIR BUSINESS DISTRICT PHASE I) FOR COMMERCIAL USES, LOCATED BETWEEN US 59 AND TELFAIR AVENUE, WEST OF UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD WITHIN THE M.M. BATTLE LEAGUE, A-9, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. PURPOSE:
ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.
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PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 6:30 P.M., FEBRUARY 12, 2013
DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED PD DISTRICT MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:
Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at www.publicpurchase.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. Questions regarding this request for proposal must be received by Thursday, February 14, 2013 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at jposcovsky@ sugarlandtx.gov . Robin Hicks, Acting City Secretary
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION 35 DARTMOOR STREET REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENTS, 35 DARTMOOR STREET, LOT 20, BLOCK 4, SWEETWATER SECTION TWELVE IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) DISTRICT
NOTICE TO BIDDERS U.S. HIGHWAY 59 WATER LINE REPLACEMENT AT DAIRY ASHFORD ROAD / SUGAR CREEK BOULEVARD The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:
U.S. Highway 59 Water Line Replacement at Dairy Ashford Road / Sugar Creek Boulevard WA1206 U.S. Highway 59 at Dairy Ashford Road and Sugar Creek Boulevard
Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at following offices and location with payment of $75.00:
ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.
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ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 20, 2013
DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:
NOTICE TO BIDDERS WAYFINDING SIGN SYSTEM The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:
Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at following offices and location with payment of $75.00: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 12012 Wickchester Lane, Suite 500 Houston, TX 77079 (281) 597-9300
Van De Wiele @ Vogler, Inc. 2925 Briarpark, Suite 275 Houston, TX 77042 (713) 782-0042 Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 7, 2013, Brazos Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Questions regarding this bid must be received by Friday, February 8, 2013 on or before 5:00 P.M. Please contact Michael Martin, P. E. (713) 782-0042. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Robin Hicks Acting City Secretary
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Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 7, 2013, Public Works Conference Room, 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Questions regarding this bid must be received by Friday, February 8, 2013 on or before 10:00 A.M. Please contact Manu Isaac, P. E. - manu.isaac@kimley-horn. com, (281) 597-9300. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Robin Hicks Acting City Secretary
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FILM REVIEW: Stand Up Guys
Let me give you a hint about this movie. I saw it at 1:00 p.m. on opening day Friday and there were about 30 in attendance in Theatre #20 at AMC First Colony. By my calculations, there was only one person that had not filed for Medicare: that would be me. We were a lovely crowd; not too robust and no loud snoring. Very polite and cleaned up our areas when the movie was over. Only one guy was on oxygen. The movie is about three old semi-retired geezers who are pleasantly past their prime and luckily lived to old age in spite of their vast criminal careers and prison time. But fate has thrown them together to deal with one more matter that could force one (Christopher Walken) of them to murder his old buddy (Al Pacino) to square up a long-standing revenge debt owed to the big boss man. The script is cleverly written by allowing the audience to intimately know these two characters and they reminisce and have one last party prior to the projected end of Paci-
no’s character. The time span of the film is one night. These two ole criminal buds do not want to go out (die) without going to see the other part of the old gang – played by Alan Arkin who is living in a depressing retirement home and sucking on oxygen. That is, until Walken and Pacino spring him from the old folks home. Arkin was the wheelman of the former gang, so he takes over driving a souped-up Dodge Charger SRT sports car that the boys stole earlier in the night. I don’t know if they are “Stand Up Guys” but they are Fun Guys. There are very few big laughs in this film, but a lot of mellow humor and camaraderie among some of the movie greats of the last forty years, Let’s review the resume of these three: Christopher Walken won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1978 for “The Deer Hunter” when he played Nick who was unafraid to play Russian Roulette. Al Pacino won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1993 for
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“Scent of a Woman” and Alan Arkin won his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) when he played Grandpa Hoover. These three were born in 1943 (Walken), 1940 (Pacino) and Arkin in 1934. I could write a script for these three. Oh yeah, don’t forget that Alan Arkin is up for another Best Supporting Oscar this year for his role in “Argo. But writer Noah Haidle and Director Fisher Stevens deserved props for keeping these three under control and allowing them to perform like the great actors they are. There are far too many Oscar-worthy movies in theatres now to put this flick on the top of your movie list, but you’ll see this movie some day and you will enjoy it. It is fun and entertaining and that is all we care about when choosing a movie. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 88. Larry H. firstname.lastname@example.org
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News Miss Annie celebrates her 100th birthday
Sandra Matthews, Mary Slater, Vita Goodell, Dian Lewis, Leah Doyle, Rebecca Maitlan, Manuela Arroyos, Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, the birthday girl Annie Steinocher, with Susan Whitacre. The rain was pouring outside, however, inside Fort Bend Gardens, a senior apartment complex, it was sunny and happy, as Miss Annie Steinocher celebrated her 100th Birthday among friends and neighbors, along with Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers, Fort Bend Garden staff, Mayor Vincent Morales, and others who came to sing and celebrate with one very special lady. “There were friends, flowers, cake and ice cream, gifts and a fancy tiara for Miss Annie to help her celebrate this special occasion. There was also a special Proclamation from Rosenberg’s Mayor Morales,” said Susan Whitacre, director, Volunteers, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.
In the past 100 years, Miss Annie, as she is known, has seen many changes in the world and in her family. “I grew up in this area, and my son had a shop here in Rosenberg. After my husband died, I moved in with my son. After my son passed away, I moved here to Fort Bend Gardens and went on the Meals on Wheels program. I think it was all of the delicious food from Meals on Wheels that helped me live to be a healthy 100-years old. But most of all, it is the Meals on Wheels volunteers who have been visiting me for years that means so much,” Miss Annie said. Miss Annie made it a point to rise from her chair and stand, something that doesn’t come so easy these days. Yet, she stood and said, “thank you for coming today, thank
you for the gifts, thank you for remembering my birthday, each of you are such a blessing to me. Thank you.” If you would like to become a part of the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Volunteer Team by volunteering one hour, once a week to make a world of difference in an elderly person’s life, please contact Susan Whitacre at Susan@fortbendseniors.org. Also, be sure to ask about the many exciting volunteer opportunities for youth, businesses, civic groups, and individuals. Visit www.fortbendseniors. org to learn more about our homebound meal delivery and Congregate Center programs or email Leah Doyle at Leah@fortbendseniors.org, or call 281-633-7053.
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Fort Bend Symphony presents trio of classical works Following a fall of holidaythemed concerts, the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra welcomes spring with Orchestral Masterworks featuring a trio of works by the great composers Ravel, Sibelius and Elgar. The Feb. 17 performance, under the musical direction of Dr. Héctor Agüero, begins at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd in Stafford. The concert opens with the beautiful Karelia Overture by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This nationalistic piece celebrates the simple but noble spirit of the people of Karelia, a historical province of Finland that is now divided between Finland and Russia. Also featured is Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante defunte, a piece that suggests how a princess would have danced a slow processional in the Spanish courts in earlier times. Both the original piano composition and the orchestral version that followed express the enthusiasm Ravel, a French composer, held for Spanish customs. The first half of the concert concludes with an amazing performance by pianist Christina Strohmann, winner of the 2013 FBSO Young Artist Concerto Competition. The second half of Orchestral Masterworks is devoted to Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, commonly called Enigma Variations. History holds that Mental Health America of Fort Bend County announced a change in chair leadership at its annual meeting. David Armstrong, previous chair, handed over the gavel of leadership to Teresa Cox Reading. Teresa Reading will serve as Chair of the Mental Health America of Fort Bend County for the next thre years. The Board of MHA Fort Bend County Board of Directors consists of Deanna Clapsaddle; Celeste Conlon; Linda Knewtson; Bernadette Onouha; Asma Rahim; Teresa Reading; John Redd; Laura Richard; Raechel Robinson. If anyone is interested in joining the board, contact the Executive Director, Jeanne Wallace at 281-207-2480.
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra musicians Jami Thomson, Sean Huston, Ryan San Miguel and Haley Packer take a break from rehearsals for the Feb. 17 Orchestral Masterworks concert. (Photo by Charles Lin) Elgar began playing a theme our audience to listen to, and on the piano, then altered it enjoy, music they might not slightly to reflect the charac- know. The program will also proteristics of his friends. The resulting composition features vide a great challenge for our 14 people in the variations, players! They have asked for a starting with Elgar’s wife and program like this so I’m excited to finally program for their ending with a self-portrayal. “Although FBSO concerts needs.” Adult tickets are $12 and always include classical music, this is the first one since $17. Discounts are available I became music director in for seniors 55 and over, stu2008 that features all classical dents, military and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are availmusic,” said Agüero. “Orchestral Masterworks is able at fbso.org or by calling a wonderful opportunity for 281-276-9642.
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Safari Texas Ranch hosted the “Retirement Roast”, for former Sheriff Milton Wright on Dec. 29. The “House” was packed with well-wishers from Fort Bend County and the entire state of Texas. After dinner, Master of Ceremonies, Jack Molho, introduced the “roasters”, all close friends and relatives of Milton’s. They each shared funny and endearing stories about him –evidence of their respect and admiration for a job well done both personally and professionally. Marian and Milton Wright
have supported The Arc for many years, working quietly behind the scenes and volunteering at events and in the office. Why The Arc? Because at The Arc, family matters. Monica, their daughter, has been excited about her dad’s retirement plans for over a year. Monica enjoys The Arc’s “Sharks” Special Olympics swim team, The Arc’s Saturday bowling league, and 2 or 3 of The Arc’s Social Recreation program activities each month. Milton and Marian realize how much these pro-
grams mean to Monica. One of the evening’s speakers, Laura LaVigne stated that Milton and Marian generously support many charities throughout Fort Bend County. However, she believes they hold The Arc closest to their hearts and because of this, they chose The Arc as the event’s beneficiary. Over $38,000 was donated to The Arc. This donation will fund all our programs and services, increasing “Quality of Life for All”. Thank you, Marian and Milton – enjoy your retirement!