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ALL RED, WHITE AND BLUE FOR THE INDEPENDENCE DAY. Fred and Leslie Gegen of 3110 Robinson Road are winners of Quail Valley Yard of the Month. The Gegens are part of a growing number of recent residents who are remodeling homes and gardens. Fred and Leslie wanted a unique home with established trees and to make the garden low maintenance. They used custom-welded trellises free standing from the front of the house combined with lower growing perennials, ornamental grasses, and shrubs that don’t require much trimming. A retaining wall enhances their drive and mailbox area with low-care flowers such as Freeway Daisies. It includes a water feature. But you’ll want to drive by to see the clever Uncle Sam welcoming visitors. The Gegens received a Certificate of Appreciation from Quail Valley Garden Club and a plant from Flowers by Adela.

Senators kill unnecessary flood insurance mandate A bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators defeated a proposal to mandate flood insurance for individuals who live behind healthy levees and other flood control structures. The proposal, originally included in the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization bill, would require families to purchase flood insurance simply because they live behind a levee, dam or other flood control structure. The senators argued that homeowners and businesses behind flood control structures already pay local and federal taxes for flood protection through infrastructure. A mandatory one-size-fits-all requirement would ignore these taxpayer investments and compel responsible communities to pay multiple times for flood protection. After a week of fighting against the insurance requirement, the provision was removed from the underlying transportation package. “This mandate would have unfairly forced many Americans to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars each year on insurance premiums even though their communities have already invested in sound flood

control protection. Removing this double whammy from the highway bill is a huge win for Pennsylvania and the millions of Americans across the country who would have been impacted,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said. “It was apparent to me from early on in this process that the Banking Committee’s troublesome treatment of levees had to be modified. I am pleased that we’ve reached an agreement that allows FEMA to continue its ongoing analysis of how risk areas behind levees should be treated under the National Flood Insurance Program,” said Sen.Thad Cochran, (R-Miss.) “Without removing residual risk, we would essentially be penalizing communities that made the responsible decision to invest in flood protection. By striking this provision, we recognize the significant investments some communities have already made to reduce their flood risk and we encourage continued investment in these types of projects,” said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) After a tenacious and intensive information program, Fort Bend County dodged the economy killing bullet of man-

datory land use restrictions and mandatory flood insurance. County Judge Bob Hebert said “I am very pleased with the final result. As late as 10 days ago we still had the onerous, mandatory provisions.” “In the final bill, even land use restrictions were removed and we had a pretty good bill,” Hebert said. A lot of folks from the levee districts, the EDC and the community worked hard in letting the Congress know about their concerns and U.S. Rep. Pete Olson and Sen. John Cornyn did a good job in help shaping the outcome, he said. “It was in a midnight compromise that the provisions of Section 107 that we refer to as the “Death Star” were removed. Mind you, we recommend people that live in flood prone areas like Fort Bend purchase Flood insurance, but do it voluntarily and at the affordable level that the old and new law provide, said Andre McDonald, chairman of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District # 2 and president of Fort Bend Flood Management Association. “There are many people in the County to congratulate for their efforts both in the long

The George Foundation has pledged a $1 million challenge grant to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center: A Very Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston. The museum plans to open a year-round location at the historic Imperial Development in the summer of 2015. To meet the George Foundation’s challenge, the museum must raise a matching $1 million by October 2013 from Fort Bend-based donors. The Discovery Center will occupy a 10,000 square foot restored building; it will house six exhibits with an additional outdoor space, and will give the museum the opportunity to enrich the educational lives of Fort Bend’s children by expanding cultural and educational family-focused opportunities prevalent in Houston. The total fundraising goal of the entire project is $3.65 million. “The facility will be a wonderful addition to Sugar Land and most certainly will enhance Imperial’s appeal as Fort Bend’s premier destination,” notes Imperial Sugar Land Genera Manager Shay Shafie. “All of us at the Children’s run and in the last minute phone calling that tipped the scales and got the onerous provision removed. But this wasn’t done in Fort Bend County alone. “Our friends and allies on this issue from around the country helped by doing their share with their Senators. It took us years to build the contacts we have to stand up an effort of this size. It helps greatly when we can say we have abided by not only the letter of the law but the spirit of the law as well. “The Levee protection rules call for three feet of additional protection on top of our levees, but in Fort Bend County we have the “Fort Bend Foot”. We raised all of our levees an additional foot of elevation to account for any near term changes. Climate change may or may not happen, but in Fort Bend we are prepared. When the National Academy of Science Committee on Levees came to Fort Bend County they remarked that our levees are in the top 1% in the Nation and should be used as a goal for other levee districts,” McDonald said. County Judge Bob Hebert’s efforts in 2008 stopped a simi See FLOOD, Page 3

The Fort Bend Children’s Museum will be located within the Imperial Historic District. On the aerial photo, it’s the two story red warehouse between the silos and the three-bay warehouse. Museum are honored to receive Bend citizens asked the musethis challenge from the George um to consider opening a satFoundation for the Fort Bend ellite location in the area. The Children’s Discovery Center,” two following years, the musesaid Children’s Museum of um conducted summer venues Houston Executive Director at available retail spaces within Town Square in Sugar Land, Tammie Kahn. “The additional outpouring each for six weeks. Those sumof positive support from the mer efforts were well received Fort Bend community for this with 21,000 visitors each year. “I am excited so many more project has been overwhelming. We are already hard at children, parents and teachers work bringing to life the ideas will have the opportunity to that will make the Fort Bend experience the wonder of our Children’s Discovery Center Children’s Museum of Housa true landmark for all of Fort ton,” said CMH board member, Sugar Land resident, and Bend’s families,” said Kahn. In 2006, a group of Fort See MUSEUM, Page 3 Sugar Land Town Square’s Paradise on the Plaza featured music by Cas Haley, a Texan singer/songwriter, who entertained the crowd with a mix of soul, blues, pop and reggae beats. Eli and Tong Wang enjoy the summer surfing atmosphere at Sugar Land Town Square’s Paradise on the Plaza. For more information on free events at Town Square, visit www.SugarLandTownSquare. com.

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FILM REVIEW : Madea’s Witness Protection Tyler Perry’s Madea is back on the screen with her raunchy, in-your-face humor and wisdom. After about five installments (who really knows these things), Madea and Joe Simmons (also played by Perry) take in a white family from New York. Eugene Levy plays George Needleman, the hapless CFO for a mob-backed company that launders money and runs a Ponzi scheme. Needleman was groomed by his bosses to be the fall guy when the game played out and the Feds closed in to arrest the guilty. But Needleman claims he is innocent and Brian (Perry part three) the prosecutor believes him and is willing to protect Needleman and his ungrateful, dysfunctional family of five by stashing them in his Aunt Madea’s house. For those of us who know Madea and have

been fans of Tyler Perry, we know that the Needlemans will need protection from the mob and Madea. Other than those few twists, the formula of Madea saying and doing outrageous, embarrassing things while dressed in a huge wig and enormous fake breasts that bounce all over the place, not much has changed from the previous movies. And my audience didn’t care and they laughed heartily throughout the entire movie. Lesson: if you’ve seen and enjoyed previous Tyler Perry movies, then Witness Protection is for you; otherwise, let it go. I could have seen “Magic Mike” but I chose Madea. What does that make me? I’m not sure; still searching my Inner-Larry H. In this search, I spoke to “Dutch” the General Manager of AMC First

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News Stafford public weigh in on smoking ban By BARBARA FULENWIDER To allow or not allow smoking in Stafford’s public places and businesses drew a good sized audience to Stafford’s civic center last Wednesday where the public hearing on it lasted four hours. Twenty audience members stepped to the microphone to tell city council members their thinking on the subject and overwhelmingly the majority favored a city ordinance. Of the people who spoke, 16 supported a no-smoking ordinance and four opposed it. Mayor Leonard Scarcella opened the meeting by saying, “This is an emotional issue with strong feelings on both sides.” He said his comment was based on the communications council members have received from the public and added that “The ultimate decision will have ramifications, which extend far beyond the simple facts.” If council decides to pass a no-smoking ordinance, Scarcella said, “Most places (in the city) will be up for consideration.” He went on to say that council knows “that smoking is an insidious and dangerous habit to ones health. “What we are confronted with is a desire by some, and potentially the majority, to impose strict sanctions on all business owners for failing to prevent smoking in their businesses. Claiming it would have no negative impact on the city’s economy is grossly inaccurate and naïve. “Such a ban would force some of our businesses to close. With that comes the issue of lost jobs and that should be unthinkable in view of our current circumstances. It can also reduce the resources of this city and impede reducing the education of Stafford children,” the mayor said. Councilman Robert Sorbet said his concerns about a proposed ordinance to prohibit smoking in Stafford are public health, the property rights of individual business owners and workers’ safety. “Each one has implications and there’s no clear cut answer to any one,” he said. Even though Councilman Cecil Willis told the audience that’s he “growing more and more frustrated with government telling me what to do, when to do it and how to do it…here is an example of where people are asking government to intrude into their lives.” Most members of the public who spoke talked about the health issues caused by smoking and how smoke negatively affects them. One of those was Mary Louise Court who said she lives with asthasma and COPD. She said, “The public health to me is a right. To me it’s not government intrusion. I think the work place should be absolutely smoke free.” At the same time she said, “I don’t want to step on anyone’s businesses. I am totally against government intrusion. I’d like to see all restaurants smoke free.” Business owner and Stafford native, Frank Cash, opposes a no-smoking ordinance because he said he believes it’s a property rights issue. “I don’t smoke and I’ve got a no smoking sign on my building and that’s my right to do that. I don’t see that the government needs to intrude on property rights any more. “If business people think more people will come in if they put up a no smoking sign, leave it up to them. It’s not city council’s business. We don’t need any more government at the state, city level or big boy level,” Cash said. Larry Forehand, who identified himself as having more than 62 restaurants throughout Texas including one in Stafford, said he favors the smoking ban. In the restaurants he has that don’t allow smoking, he said, “We’ve seen no economic impact whatsoever. “I owed a restaurant in the Bear Creek/ Copperfield area and we made the decision to not allow smoking. Sales dropped five percent and now we’re showing a five or six percent increase in sales,” he told council. After the audience members had their say, council members weighed in. Felicia Evans-Smith said she favors passing an ordinance but Sorbet, Willis, Ken Matthew and Wen Guerra all said it warrants more discussion. Willis said, “We know smoking is not good. We’re beyond that point. Where do you go from here to satisfy businesses and their customers?” The mayor concluded the meeting by saying the city operates on its economy and “anybody who doesn’t realize that has blinders on. I went to the businesses in Stafford. Virtually every business owner said, ‘We’d prefer to have it (smoking) but we’ll do whatever the ordinance says.” The mayor also pointed out that enforcement will be a ”big aspect” and cost money. “Anytime you pass an ordinance it will be costly. I want to know all the intricacies. This will get a full look,” he concluded.

Flood From Page 1 lar bill from becoming law and he continued to throw his weight behind this issue, by visiting lawmakers in the Capitol. Since that 2008 scare this issue has received a lot more attention and tracking. In addition to the County’s Federal lobbyist, Fort Bend Flood Management Association, a group of officials that govern Levee owning agencies hired a legislative action consultant to help

Museum From Page 1 Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair Charlene Pate. “The Fort Bend community values education, and there is no place more exciting to learn than in our Museum,” said Pate. “The George Foundation Trustees are very interested in fostering the development of Fort Bend’s children. They also know many parents wish to provide access to as many learning experiences as possible for their children,” said

Spirit of Freedom Republican Women hosts Kevin Jackson The Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club will host national speaker, radio host, author and comedian Kevin Jackson on Tuesday July 10 at 7 p.m. at Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel,13213 SW Freeway. For those that didn’t pre-purchase tickets, they will be available at the door which opens at 6:45. For more information contact the event chair at 281-543-3195 or email info@ spiritoffreedomwomen.com. Kevin Jackson is a father of four sons, and an unlikely success story, given his background. He is a former management consultant having some of the world’s largest companies as his former clients. Interaction with prominent business leaders, as well as being a business leader himself has provided Jackson real world perspective to politics. “What you learn about America is people are a lot less interested in race than they are in character.” Jackson believes that em-

powerment comes when you know who you are and what you stand for. Jackson is a national speaker, a radio show host on Salem Communications out of Tampa, FL, and he is a frequent guest on a variety of other national radio shows. In addition to his Amazon best-selling The BIG Black Lie, Jackson has released his sophomore offering, Sexy Brilliance and Other Political Lies. If you think you recognize Jackson, it is likely from his numerous TV appearances on the Glenn Beck Show, The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, and MSNBC to name a few. Jackson writes his almost daily blog, and is a syndicated writer for TakiMag.com. He contributes to Breitbart’s Big Government, as well as Human Events and American Thinker. His work has been featured in Townhall magazine, and about all other national print media. Along with being a Fellow at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in

Missouri City man gets life sentence for aggravated sexual assault The 240th District Court Judge Thomas R. Culver, sentenced Wilburt Dwaine Cash to life in prison during a punishment hearing on June 27. Cash pled guilty last month to aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and witness tampering but demanded a trial on an aggravated sexual assault charge. After a two-day trial, Culver found Cash guilty of that charge too. Sentencing was reset to last week. According to Assistant District Attorney Chad Bridges, the crime occurred at a residence in Missouri City on March 6, 2011. The 30 year-old Missouri City man was charged after kidnapping and torturing a woman for several hours. After he was arrested, Cash attempted to contact his victim and force her to drop the charges. “The defendant committed horrific crimes and we couldn’t agree more with Judge Culver’s reasoning and sentence,” said Bridges. Cash was sentenced to the maximum two years in a state jail facility on each of two counts of witness tampering for his attempts to coerce his victim into dropping charges. He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison on each of three counts of aggravated assault and another 15 years on one charge of aggravated kidnapping. The life sentence

them understand the process and advise them on the actions to take to make known one size does not fit all,” McDonald said. “Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District # 2, Sienna Levee Improvement District, First Colony LID and other smaller LID Districts hired a Federal lobbyist to aid in the effort. I was fortunate to have the time, interest and wherewithal to assist in coordinating the effort. “ I have to keep in mind that this is just a 5 year extension and

the folks that want us to have mandatory insurance and land use restrictions behind healthy levees are still dedicated to that purpose and will be doubling their efforts to see that it will happen in the next go round. “We have to make sure we provide the protection we do to the best of our abilities and that we are informed of the latest methods and technologies that can help us do that job. FBCLID2.com) tells how and what we are doing,” according to McDonald.

George Foundation Grant Officer Dee Koch. “Having the Children’s Discovery Center in Fort Bend County will give more parents the ability to enrich their children’s lives right in their own backyard. The Children’s Discovery Center will not only be an asset today but for years to come for thousands of Fort Bend County families,” said Koch. Leading Discovery Center fundraising will be Fort Bend resident and campaign manager, Mandi Bronsell, who has 15 years of experience in fun-

Bronsell has lived in Fort Bend her entire life and is now raising her three children in Richmond. “There’s no place like the Children’s Museum anywhere in the Fort Bend area,” said Bronsell. “Families in Fort Bend will be enthusiastic about the project and will embrace it with open arms once they realize the potential it has in creating learning opportunities for their children.” For giving opportunities, contact campaign manager Mandi Bronsell at (281) 282-7476 or mbronsell@cm-

was imposed on the aggravated sexual assault charge alone. “This is one of the worst aggravated sexual assault cases I have ever seen in all my years as a District Judge,” Culver said. “The victim was sexually and physically tortured with pliers and burned with a hot clothes iron and a homemade ‘blow torch’. The punishment I assessed ensures this will never happen again.” “Justice sometimes demands the maximum punishment our law allows,” said prosecutor Elan Levy, “and lifetime sentences are meant for people like Wilburt Cash.” The sentences will run concurrently, but Cash will not be eligible for parole for at least 30 years. Assistant District Attorneys Chad Bridges and Elan Levy prosecuted the case. Attorney Kennitra Foote represented the defendant.

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land

Absolutely not a tax By RUSSELL JONES On September 20, 2009, in the midst of the national debate over ObamaCare, the President was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos, previously a Clinton administration functionary not known as a leader of conservative causes. In an amazingly candid moment, Stephanopoulos asked Obama about the individual mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act then pending before Congress: “Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax? . . . it’s . . . a tax increase.” Obama repeatedly denied it. “No. That’s not true, George. . . . you can’t just make up that language and decide that’s called a tax increase. . . . “ Stephanopoulos held his ground. “Webster’s Dictionary [defines a tax as ] a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes. . . . But you reject that it’s a tax increase?” Obama would not budge. “ I absolutely reject that notion.” When a majority of states later challenged the mandate as stretching the commerce clause of the Constitution beyond its limit, the administration changed its public tune in its arguments before the lower courts. Well, they said, if ObamaCare is not valid under the commerce clause, it must be valid as a tax. Whoa! Obama declared that it was not a tax, but here was the solicitor general arguing the opposite of his boss’s public position. As the case wound its way up through the court system, the tax argument continued to be made, if not fully relied upon, by Obama’s own lawyers. When

Jones arguments were finally made before the Supreme Court, the mandate’s validity as a tax was opined again, but most court observers ignored it as a minor supplement to the administration’s primary claim of validity under the commerce code. No one seemed to take the argument seriously. No one, that is, but Roberts. The Chief Justice took it upon himself to write the court’s opinion and to rewrite Obamacare based entirely upon the validity of the mandate as a tax. To his credit, Roberts’ opinion does seem to circumscribe future expansion of the commerce clause. Somehow, that just does not seem to make up for handing the best medical care system in the world over to the federal government. The court’s decision, taken with the reelection of Obama in November, will result in a fundamental departure of the character of the American Republic from that which existed as recently as the administration of Bush 43. For the past 100 years, so-called progressivism, renamed American liberalism, has slowly but inexorably advanced its cause. The

ultimate goal is the destruction of capitalism and the adoption of European style redistribution of wealth from the producers in the economy to those who would live off the labor of others. The nation may have reached its tipping point with last week’s decision, and may well surpass it if Obama is elected again. Michael Carvin, the attorney who argued the case against Obamacare before the court, best summarized what happened. “What the administration … thought they were doing was completely unconstitutional . . . . They got away with bait-and-switch. A fraud has been perpetrated on the American citizenry.” Obama still will not admit that the ACA raises taxes on the middle class. Instead, he insists that it imposes a penalty for failure to comply with the act. Instead of admitting that Roberts gave him, in the final analysis, exactly what he wanted, he knows that the political implications of admitting imposing a new tax could well hurt him among the undecided voters in November. In the meantime, the decision has solidified tea party activists and others opposing the legislation. It was arguably middle-class fury with ObamaCare which led to Obama’s shellacking in the 2010 elections and gave Republicans a majority in the House. The court’s decision may have handed the administration victory in the battle of ObamaCare, but it may have assured his loss of the war next November. Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Green By JANICE SCANLAN Unless you’ve been flooded or there have been recent floods, you likely don’t think about storm sewers or drainage when you’re buying a new home. Most of us expect city codes to include such elements . . . and only think about them when things aren’t working. However, many buyers today seek open spaces and willingly pay more money for amenities such as ponds, trails, trees, and recreation. What if there were methods that shift costs into things that people want that also take care of important things like drainage? Bio-swales are low places, wetlands or depressions between slopes that provide for drainage. They provide detention, cleanse water and support plant life. They can also be channeled into tanks that store water for irrigation and save water and money. A Fort Bend civil engineering firm recently transformed a contender for Ugliest Entrance/Parking Lot in the World with a bio-swale garden. Aguirre & Fields, LP not only wanted to improve the entrance into Sugar Land Conference Center which it owns, but also demonstrate how bio-swales can be used in new construction and redevelopment in an affordable way. It certainly transformed

Scanlan the parking lot and entrance to the conference center. Grasses could have been used. However, by using more expensive plantings of low maintenance native plants and flowers, interesting rocks and trees and a dry creek bed, the conference center now is made interesting and attractive. Truthfully, I couldn’t imagine attempting to enter the conference center during a hard rain with water downspouts piping more water into the parking lot near the entry. Now roof drainage is channeled immediately into the garden. Does this really work? In a fifteen minute, 1.1 inch rain the bio-swale detained and channeled the water and filled the underground tank. It decreased run off 97%. Aguirre & Fields estimates a 50% irrigation cost savings in a normal rain year. They plan to measure and compare water quality between the bio-swale in back and run off in front of the building.

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Controlled projects in other cities have already proven these methods. For example, a low income neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio, had suffered basement flooding for years, which was causing sanitary sewer backup and raw sewage spilling into a lake. New storm sewers had been considered too costly to build. However, a bioswale proved to be economically feasible and solved the flooding and sewage backup problems. All city codes have drainage requirements. Many require landscaping plans and have water release fees. Aguirre & Fields’ Steve Albert explains, “Incorporating landscape into the storm water management system using bio-swales and wetland ponds allows for cost savings with fewer storm sewer pipes and smaller detention ponds. This shift in investment results in a more attractive site at lower cost both initially and over the life of the project. “The quality of storm water runoff is improved by slowing down rainwater runoff and using the water on the site to irrigate the landscape. Widespread adoption of these methods would reduce our community’s costs for storm sewer systems and clean up our streams and lakes.” Taxpayers will be happy to know that Fort Bend County and city leaders are taking notice of these methods. While the Toledo project used inexpensive plantings, London, known for the beauty of its parks and open spaces, has built a bio-swale at Olympic Park. My blog will have pictures and links so that you can see the wide variety of projects that save money and the environment. Visit http://traction.typepad. com/musings

Letter Where is my Voter Registration Card? To the Editor: Where is my Voter Registration Card? Do I need my VRC to vote? Are these two separate questions with differing answers or are they the same question simply restated? Based upon conversations with friends and neighbors, they are the same, but I beg to differ. My VRC did not arrive by April 14th, the deadline recommended by the Fort Bend Elections office. I called and asked for a replacement card. It was not a problem with failure to issue a card, so it has been presumed the card is lost in the mail. I assumed I was in the minority; that most voters received their VRC. However, I may be wrong because friends that worked as poll workers in the two May elections told me that numerous voters informed the poll workers that they had not received their VRCs. No effort was made to tabulate or somehow keep records of the number of voters that did not receive their VRC, even when one of my friends volunteered to do so. The apathy by friends, neighbors and elected officials toward this issue troubles me greatly. Can you vote without your VRC? Yes, bring a picture i.d. to the polling station. I think the more important question is: Can someone else vote using my VRC?

The significance of my opening question should now be apparent! Would you be concerned if you ordered a box of checks for your bank account and it was “lost in the mail”? What about your social security card? Why is there such apathy toward VRCs in this key election year? The only way the Fort Bend Elections office will know the magnitude of lost VRCs is if everyone affected calls them to request a replacement. 281341-8670. Tomalea Bench Richmond Fort Bend County Election Administrator John Oldham responds: Between March 30 and April 5, our office had mailed approximately 280,000 Voter Registration certificates to active voters in Fort Bend County. Aside from those that were returned by the Postal Service as undeliverable, it is our belief that most voters received their cards in a timely manner. However, it is likely that a significant number of voters in two zip codes did not receive their certificates. We have no reason to doubt that these cards were not delivered to the Post Office for mailing, and over the past six weeks we have had ongoing conversations with representatives of the Houston Post Office where the cards were

mailed, the North Houston Sorting Center, The Richmond Post Office and the Katy branch office that would have been responsible for the cards delivery. Although we initially received some conflicting information from one of our local offices, all centers have assured us that they have searched, and continue to search, their facilities and have found no trays of cards awaiting delivery. We are grateful that we have citizens in our county who recognize the importance of conducting fair and honest elections. We are also grateful to voters who are conscientious enough to ask for a replacement voter certificate. However, the fact that we do not know what happened to these cards does not constitute apathy on the part of the Election Office. The fact that there is no way to know exactly how many cards in these two zip codes were delivered, nor how many were not delivered, does not constitute apathy. What is significant is that since these cards were mailed, our office has conducted elections on May 12 and May 29 in which 58,738 registered voters cast ballots. In neither of these elections is there any reason to believe that anyone voted fraudulently using another voters certificate.

Who Can I Trust? Trust is defined as “being able to place confidence; to do something without fear or misgivings.” The most critical element of the proper functioning of our financial markets is trust in the system, belief in the information we rely upon to make decisions and being assured that those giving the advice operate without conflicts of interest. Numerous recent activities within the financial markets and corporate America have raised fears that the information and recommendations we rely upon to make financial investment decisions have been compromised by the actions of some people in the financial business and corporate America. Does this mean all advice and those in corporate America are dishonest? Absolutely not, but without the ingredient of trust and integrity being present we are always at risk of making decisions based on information that has not been given absent conflicts of interest. Information or recommendations can be faulty due to bad research or faulty conclusions but given in good faith. These situations happen all the time. No one is infallible in the financial business. This has nothing to do with not being trustful or being without integrity. It has another label. The question then remains who can I trust? The decision on who you trust with your finances, your retirement assets, your investments cer-

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Bill & Jared Jameson tainly is dependent on the ability and investment prowess of the individual, however without trust and integrity the relationship will not be in an individual’s best interests. Warren Buffet’s very impressive sidekick Charlie Munger uses the term “incentive-caused bias” to refer to the very human trait that leads people to develop a bias towards things that are in their personal best interest. It is essential that investors make sure that those who they rely on for information and advice are not beholden to others. And when they get information or advice from others, if the source is subject to incentive-caused bias, they must factor that in. This incentive-caused bias is the reason I believe the fee-only advisor is the person you should trust. The fee-only advisor’s incentive is clearly aligned with their clients. He has no conflicts of interests that will lead him

to favor one investment over another. The fee-only advisor’s challenge is to be disciplined in sticking to his investment approach and maintain his intellectual integrity by making sure that his investment decisions are based on thorough research and sound judgments, as opposed to shaky information provided by a third party with an unhealthy level of incentivecaused bias. Find the advisor who has competence, commitment, will take personal responsibility for his actions, exhibits consistency and integrity and keeps open communication at all times. You can place your trust with this person. WJ Interests is a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm in Sugar Land. For more information, please contact us at wj@wjinterests.com or 281634-9400.


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Texas doctors will be “lean and mean” to stay in “business” By JOANNIE & THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. Our current healthcare system is so broken that it has been gradually imploding on itself for the past several years. The recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ie: the ACA or Obamacare) is probably going to accelerate this process. Unfortunately, neither the system that existed before, nor the system President Obama and the Democrats put into law, is going to be the solution to our current healthcare mess. The heart of the problem is that we no longer have any idea what the true Fair Market Value is regarding any medical treatment or surgical procedure in the United States. This is what happens when any government tries to “control” any section of the economy, and America’s doctors have now been under Federal price controls for 20 years. More to the point, insurance companies and our local, state, and federal governments have created a healthcare market where the person who is “selling” the goods and services has no control over the price he or she is charging, and the person who is “buying” that good or service has no control over what will be paid. Outside third parties negotiate among themselves, cutting deals that benefit the third parties at the expense of the real buyers and sellers. We know we cannot have a vibrant economy if our food, housing, and gasoline were managed this way, so it should be no surprise that it did not work in healthcare! Obamacare only makes this situation worse by creating a committee to set all prices related to your personal healthcare. This committee of bureaucrats will be appointed by the President and will function completely beyond the reach of Congress. All healthcare providers in the U.S. will be forced to accept this extremely low level of compensation or eventually to withdraw from the government controlled system altogether. Furthermore, healthcare has never been considered a

taxable commodity until the passage of Obamacare, where items such as implants were declared taxable, and now with the blessing of the Supreme Court, the entire payment system is defined as taxable. In the midst of this chaos, entrepreneurs in the health care industry will gradually lead us to a new system which will be more rational and functional. Meanwhile we - including you the patients - are going to encounter some real problems in our healthcare system. But we are Texans, and we prefer to tackle our problems with great zeal. We are already in the midst of a great upheaval in Texas medicine. It is still going to take a number of years for us to see ourselves arising again as the phoenix of excellence in healthcare, but we will. We will gradually figure this out. Lean and mean The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has documented in surveys of its members that Texas’ physicians have reached the point where they are having to learn how to become “lean and mean” in the way they practice medicine, or quit. None of us is happy about the options, and each of us is individually making practice changes in hopes of being able to continue doing what we have dedicated our lives to accomplish. But any way you look it is, these changes will create disappointing situations for some of our current and future patients, forcing them to have to make difficult choices as well. Businesses are always dropping low profit products from their inventory, and doctors now must also start doing so. This is not what we wanted to do when we chose medical school over MBA school, but it is the reality of where we are. We are being forced to learn how to operate a business in order to survive. This past week, an excellent primary care physician told us that she would no longer be able to accept any new Medicare patients. If a patient is already established with her before turning 65, she will allow

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that patient to remain in the practice under Medicare. But she explained that the regulations, the hassles, the threats, and the unreasonably low compensation involving Medicare were no longer worth the risks. Also this past week, a patient was wanting recommendations for a different primary care physician because her current doctor was going to a Concierge or boutique type of medical practice. She thought it was unreasonable for him to charge her more than what Medicare was willing to pay. Our staff was unable to help her understand that her doctor was losing money every time he saw her, nor was she willing to understand that the additional fee was intended to include services Medicare would not cover. She could not believe this annual fee was perhaps the best way he was going to be able to keep patient wait times reasonable and still have enough time during her office visits for her doctor to pay full attention to her needs. As another example of change, we recently told one insurance company, with which we are not currently a provider, that if it would offer us a more reasonable rate of compensation, we would be happy to drop our lowest paying insurance plan and give their insureds that space in our appointment schedule instead. We love our patients, and we want to take care of all of them. However, there are only so many hours in a day and our landlord and our employees like to be paid. Government managed healthcare is not a new concept. It has existed in other countries for decades, and

therefore has already proven to create healthcare delivery problems we consider unacceptable in the U.S. But because politicians are unable or unwilling to tell their constituents that their promise of “free” healthcare to all was fundamentally flawed from the get-go, this is where we are. In all of these other countries, government managed healthcare has always resulted in a two-tiered system--a government system and a private system--whether legally or not. The government run system always ends up providing a lower standard of care than the private system. This is because the government’s onesize-fits-all concept does not apply well to individuals and their unique healthcare needs. Haves and have-nots The two-tiered systems also create two different classes of citizens, the “haves” and the “have-nots.” While this is acceptable in some societies and in some cultures, it is not our American way. Liberal politicians believe that the ACA will prevent this from happening in America, and there are many who believe Obamacare was designed to evolve into a onetiered Universal Healthcare system for America. Interestingly, trying to move all Americans onto Universal Healthcare shows an amazing lack of understanding regarding so many Americans’ belief in individual rights, and therefore, it will not work out as the liberals intend. Short of making it illegal on a national level for any physician licensed in any of the 50 states to provide private healthcare, we will be able to maintain a legal two-tiered system. And because of the Supreme Court’s decision involving the Federal government’s dictation of Medicaid standards to the States, the Federal Government is also unable to dictate to States what their licensed physicians will be permitted to do inside their respective States. Thus, it is safe to assume that Texas will never tell its physicians that we cannot have private-pay patients. Our challenge, as physicians, is trying to find an appropriate balance between the tier-one and tier-two levels of practice, taking into consider-

Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists performs first custom knee replacement in county Dr. Christopher Smith, Orthopedic Surgeon at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST), was the first in Fort Bend County to perform a custom partial knee replacement. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of knee arthritis, affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. It is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. The breakdown and wearing of cartilage causes the bones to rub together, resulting in extreme pain. The most common signs of osteoarthritis are pain with activities, stiffness of the knee, swelling, limited range of motion and tenderness along the joint. “If you experience any symptoms of knee arthritis, you need to make an appointment for a thorough examination to determine the source of your symptoms and to discuss if you would be a candidate for partial or total knee replacement,” states Dr. Smith. Knee replacements have been available for years, helping those with problems maintain mobility and live without pain. A new form of custom knee replacement is changing the way doctors and patients look at knee replacement surgery. The Conformis custom knee replacement implant is specifically designed for each patient based on his/her individual anatomy. A custom knee replacement offers unique advantages versus a

Christopher Smith, M.D. and patient, Daniel Gaugh traditional knee replacement. age of the knee, used to design “Custom knee replacement the implant to fit the unique provides superior fit specific contours of the patient’s knee. to each patient,” explains Dr. “Once Dr. Smith and I decidSmith. Customized implants ed to move forward with the mirror the surface contours customized partial knee imof your knee to help provide plant, he gave me a script for greater coverage and implant a CT scan. The surgery date fit. Also, the implant is able was set, and I began preparato restore your knee’s normal tions for surgery and beyond,” motion through preserving said Daniel Gaugh. “I felt significant pain relief healthy cartilage, bone and ligaments; your knee is able within weeks and was very to retain more of its natural impressed with how quickly I was able to get back to my function. Customized instrumenta- daily activities. I would hightion is built to match your ly recommend the custom knee, reduce the amount of knee replacement with Dr. bone preparation and simplify Smith. It feels like I have my your procedure which allows old knee back that I had befor a less traumatic process. fore my injury.” For an appointment with “One remarkable advantage of the custom knee replace- Dr. Smith, or one of the ment surgery is that my pa- MOST physicians, call 281tients are often able to walk, 494-MOST (6678). To learn more about Methas tolerated, a few hours after odist Orthopaedic Specialists surgery,” says Dr. Smith. A CT scan provides the ini- of Texas or for more informatial diagnosis as well as a de- tion visit MethodistOrthopetailed three-dimensional im- dics.com.

ation our patients’ needs and the corresponding levels of compensation. It is a balance we have never before been forced to do to this extent, and it definitely will be a learning process for us in practice management. The truth is there is no way Americans with either access or enough money are going to accept being denied healthcare, even if it means traveling elsewhere to get it. As a result, we have already had a new travel industry, called Medical Travel. We even have International Medical Insurance available to those who want to buy it. The original purpose of this insurance was to cover emergency health care needs while traveling overseas or while living outside the United States; however, if the demand for healthcare outside the U.S. grows, it will be available. Perhaps our biggest concern long-term about the Federal government’s micromanagement of our healthcare system is the potential for America losing its standing in the world for excellence in medical advancement. Even with all of the flaws of the system, the medical system we had during the past 15 to 20 years enabled United States scientists to be the established leader in medical innovation and technology. In October, 2006, the “New York Times” reported that “when it comes to medical innovation, the United States is the world leader. In the last 10 years, for instance, 12 Nobel Prizes in medicine have gone to American-born scientists working in the United States, 3 have gone to foreign-born scientists working in the United States, and just 7 have gone to researchers outside the country.” As Federal regulation further inhibits medical researchers and clinicians in their creative efforts, we are substantially risking the discouragement of further advancements. Our Federal government is perhaps forcing medical research to move outside the U.S. where pharmaceuticals and medical devices can be developed, researched, and brought to market sooner and at less cost. Personal responsibility If you have been following our articles over the past couple of years, you already know we believe patients are going to have to assume more personal responsibility for their own health and their own quality of life. It is now extremely important to do all you can to take care of yourself and your family, and to encourage your friends to do the same. Failure to do so could put you in a situation where you simply will not be able to have access

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to treatment you might otherwise be able to receive. The government financed healthcare tier, operated by bureaucrats, will increasingly be looking for ways to “save money” (which is really rationing). Rules are already in effect that will allow medical treatment only after certain “conservative” steps have been done and have failed. Eventually, those who can not or will not stop smoking, lose weight, control their diabetes and blood pressure, and exercise regularly, will go to the end of the medical care line, and may be denied care entirely for elective medical treatment. Frighteningly, many of the “experts” who hope to comprise these ACO-mandated medical determination panels have written in the past that medical care is too costly to be offered to all, and that availability should be based on one’s age and future life expectancy. You should establish a personal diary to show dedicated effort and progress. The medical record documentation is already burdensome and will only become more so. You need to understand that without sufficient documentation, your physician will not be able to obtain permission from the government, from the insurance companies, or from the hospitals to go forward with treatment. This problem already exists for total joint replacement and spine surgeries, as well as for implanting heart pacemakers and defibrillators. The penalties already in effect for hospitals and doctors who could possibly “appear” to be trying to circumvent these bureaucratic rules are so draconian that we are already having problems being paid for some of the healthcare provided. The reality is that under any government managed healthcare program, these penalties will only get worse. (NOTE: Our previous articles can be found online at www.fbindependent.com under Opinions or on our website at www.tomparrmd.net ) Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111. Dr. Parr and his wife, Joannie, have been a team for well over 45 years. She has a BS Degree in Business and Finance and a Masters Degree in Federal Tax Law and has worked in the Medical accounting industry for more than 25 years. Visit www.tomparrmd.net for more information.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REQUEST FOR VARIANCE 1222 CARDINAL AVENUE REQUEST FOR A VARIANCE TO THE 25-FOOT PRINCIPAL BUILDING SETBACK FROM THE WATER’S EDGE REQUIREMENT, 1222 CARDINAL AVENUE, LOT 24, BLOCK 2, SUGAR LAKES SECTION TWO (RECORDED IN BOOK 25, PAGE 1, F.B.C.P.R.), IN THE STANDARD SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) DISTRICT

National Democratic Platform town hall meetings Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chairman, Steve Brown, will host a series of Town Hall meetings this month to get input on national Democratic Platform issues. Brown was recently appointed to the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee. There, he will help shape and approve the Democratic Party’s platform at their national convention this September in Charlotte, NC. “In order for me to properly represent the interests of local Democrats in Charlotte, I think it only makes sense that I ask for their input,” stated Brown. “I want to hear directly from local residents on the issues they feel should be our

priorities- not only for the Democratic Party but our state and nation as well,” he concluded. The tour schedule is listed below: July 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sienna Branch Library 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. Missouri City

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Southwest Section 35, Precinct 3.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for LJ Parkway Street Dedication Phase III, Orchard at Riverstone, Section 1 and Creekstone Village at Riverstone, Section 6 Phase I, Precinct 4. 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

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.

July 24, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. University Branch Library 14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77479 July 31, 6:30 p.m. - 8p.m. Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd. Katy, Texas 77494 For more information or to RSVP contact Steve Brown directly at steve@fbcdp.org.

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.

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Pine Mill Ranch, Section 6, Section 12 and Section 13, Precinct 3.

The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Winfield Lakes, Section 15, Precinct 2.

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.

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

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Long Meadow Farms, Section 18, Section 20 and Section 28, Precinct 4. 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.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Southwest Section 46 and Cinco Ranch Southwest Section 46 Partial Replat No. 1, 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

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., JULY 18, 2012

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 US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

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NOTICE OF FOUND PROPERTY

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION 3002 SILENT SPRING DRIVE

ON MARCH 7, 2012, AN ITEM OF PERSONAL PROPERTY WAS FOUND ON THE NORTH BOUND FEEDER ROAD OF U.S. HIGHWAY 59 NEAR WILLIAMS TRACE BOULEVARD, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77478. IF YOU ARE THE TRUE OWNER OF THIS PROPERTY, PLEASE CONTACT SGT. O’DONNELL AT (281) 275-2588 TO IDENTIFY AND CLAIM IT.

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT, 3002 SILENT SPRING DRIVE, LOT 14, BLOCK 1, COLONY CREEK SECTION ONE (RECORDED IN INSTRUMENT NUMBER 1172498, F.B.C.P.R.), IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) DISTRICT NOTICE TO BIDDERS PURPOSE:

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.

WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., JULY 18, 2012

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:

Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, for: UPS INSTALLATION Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: BID NO. 2012-32 UPS INSTALLATION BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed bids shall be delivered to the Office of City Secretary, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within thirty (30) days following the date for opening of bids.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Sienna Village of Anderson Springs Section 22, Precinct 2. 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 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 for Lakes of Williams Ranch Section 1 Partial Replat No. 2, Precinct 1. 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 Brian Nawara with Texas Engineering and Mapping at 281-4912525 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Notice of Public Hearing July 2, 2012 Notice is hereby given for a Public Hearing to take place at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Missouri City to be held on Monday, July 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at: City Hall-Council Chambers, Second Floor, south doors, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489 for the purpose of considering whether the building or structure located at 3202 Confederate Dr., Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas, is substandard. The property is owned in fee by Alejandro Zuniga, 211 Taranto Ln., Houston, Texas 77015. The property is more particularly described as follows: LOT SEVEN (7), BLOCK FOUR (4), REPLAT OF VICKSBURG: VILLAGE OF SHILOH SECTION ONE (1 ), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 843/A, MAP AND/OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. This structure is observed to be severely damaged by fire. The roof is non-existent with no permanent supporting members, providing no permanent coverage. The interior of the structure is severely burnt, lending it unfit for human habitation. The structure cannot be expected to withstand storms or hurricanes and is not currently secured from unauthorized entry. The extensive damage to this structure renders it a potential hazard to surrounding properties during a windstorm or other natural disasters. Therefore, the subject structure is deemed by city officials as meeting substandard structure criteria. City officials recommend immediate demolition and removal of all damaged buildings and accessory structures including the concrete slab foundation located at 3202 Confederate Dr., Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas. The owner of this property is to appear at this public hearing and show cause why such building or structure located at 3202 Confederate Dr., Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas, should not be declared to be a substandard building or structure and why the owner should not be ordered to repair, vacate, or demolish and remove the building or structure including the concrete slab foundation. Additionally the owner will be required to submit at the hearing proof of the scope of any work that may be required to comply with Article XI, Substandard Structures of Chapter 14 of the Missouri City Code of Ordinances and the time it will take to reasonably perform the work. Any lienholders or mortgagees may appear at the public hearing and make comments. Submitted by: Dale Wells Building Official, Missouri City, Texas

Notice of Public Hearing

June 29, 2012 Notice is hereby given for a Public Hearing to take place at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Missouri City to be held on Monday, July 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at: City Hall-Council Chambers, Second Floor, south doors, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489 for the purpose of considering whether the building or structure located at 11710 North Evelyn Circle, Missouri City, Harris County, Texas is substandard. The property is owned in fee by Hector M. Zavala and Irma A. Zavala, 10301 Sandpiper #166, Houston, Texas 77096. The property is more particularly described as follows: LOT THREE (3), IN BLOCK ONE (1), OF FONDREN PARK, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP AND/OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 105, PAGE 44, OF THE MAP AND/OR PLAT RECORDS OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS. The structure, garage roof and interior are observed to be severely damaged by fire. The roof above the garage is open with some permanent supporting members missing, providing no permanent coverage. The interior of the structure is severely smoke, water damaged or burnt, lending it unfit for human habitation. The structure is currently secured from unauthorized entry by plywood. The extensive damage to the structure renders it a potential hazard to surrounding properties and the property is not properly maintained. Therefore, the subject structure is deemed by city officials as meeting substandard structure criteria. City officials recommend immediate demolition and removal of all damaged buildings and accessory structures including the concrete slab foundation located at 11710 North Evelyn Circle, Missouri City, Harris County Texas. The owner of this property is to appear at this public hearing and show cause why such building or structure located at 11710 North Evelyn Circle, Missouri City, Harris County, Texas should not be declared to be a substandard building or structure and why the owner should not be ordered to repair, vacate, or demolish and remove the building or structure including the concrete slab foundation. Additionally the owner will be required to submit at the hearing proof of the scope of any work that may be required to comply with Article XI, Substandard Structures of Chapter 14 of the Missouri City Code of Ordinances and the time it will take to reasonably perform the work. According to the real property records of Harris County, you own the real property described in this notice. If you no longer own the property, you must execute an affidavit stating that you no longer own the property and stating the name and last known address of the person who acquired the property from you. The affidavit must be delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to this office not later than the 20th day after the date you receive this notice. If you do not send the affidavit, it will be presumed that you own the property described in this notice, even if you do not. Any lienholders or mortgagees may appear at the public hearing and make comments. Submitted by: Dale Wells Building Official, Missouri City, Texas

The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of bids. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date.

cc: Hector M. Zavala and Irma A. Zavala 10301 Sandpiper #166 Houston, Texas 77096

The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder.

Citifinancial, Inc. 4600 Fuller Drive, Suite 101 Irving, TX 75038

ITB documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land; Office of City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering with https://www.bidsync.com, registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted on the site.

Citifinancial, Inc. 12778 Fountain Lake Circle Stafford, TX 77477

Questions regarding the bid must be received by the City of Sugar Land Purchasing Office no later than 3:00 P.M., Thursday, July 12, 2012. Questions will not be accepted after this time. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager, telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email jposcovsky@sugarlandtx. gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

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, JULY 19, 2012 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 12-058 – PRINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM (CST). The mandatory pre-bid 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 required to attend in order to participate. 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

Citifinancial, Inc. c/o CT Corporation System 350 N. St. Paul St., Ste 2900 Dallas, TX 75201 Denise Hunt, Trustee Citifinancial, Inc. 12778 Fountain Lake Circle Stafford, TX 774 77


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Skeeters League Standings(as of 7/1/12)

SPORTS: Skeeters’ Corner SKEETERS PLAYER STATISTICS Batting Stats Player

P

x VanOstrand, J

AVG IF

.368

G

AB 27

95

R

H 14

2B

3B

35

8

HR

1

RBI

BB

3

20

HBP

15

SO

1

9

SF 3

SH

SB

0

CS

0

DP

0

4

E 2

x Botts, J

OF

.348

39

155

27

54

14

2

9

33

16

1

40

0

0

2

0

3

4

Negron, M

OF

.340

16

53

13

18

5

0

0

5

13

0

8

1

0

2

2

0

0

Lane, J

OF

.327

16

55

10

18

8

0

3

15

11

0

10

1

0

0

0

3

0

Martinez, O

C

.309

47

162

17

50

8

0

0

14

7

7

12

1

2

1

0

3

7

Castro, O

IF

.306

48

173

27

53

10

2

2

23

25

2

21

2

0

1

1

10

5

Johnson, K

C

.300

4

10

3

3

0

0

1

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Mejia, M

C

.295

22

78

5

23

0

1

1

4

9

2

17

0

0

0

0

4

0

x Locke, D

OF

.285

40

165

28

47

6

1

4

24

12

2

29

1

1

4

1

4

1

Bell, B

OF

.285

54

228

29

65

19

3

1

21

14

0

33

1

1

6

1

7

0

x Harrison, B

OF

.282

29

103

24

29

5

0

8

19

15

1

23

0

0

3

0

2

0

x Morton, C

C

.250

6

16

2

4

2

0

1

2

3

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pressley, J

IF

.249

58

209

24

52

9

0

7

35

25

4

40

4

0

0

0

10

6

Ramos, D

IF

.243

36

136

19

33

7

2

5

11

8

1

33

1

3

3

0

2

3

Hagen, M

IF

.241

27

87

9

21

8

0

3

9

7

0

22

0

0

1

0

4

2

x Gutierrez, V

IF

.219

8

32

4

7

2

0

0

4

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

1

2

Suarez, I

IF

.214

42

140

19

30

8

0

1

12

15

0

37

0

2

1

2

2

9

Moss, S

0

OF

.186

13

43

5

8

2

0

2

9

5

1

17

2

0

1

0

2

x Cintron, A

IF

.167

7

30

3

5

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

1

1

x Benitez, D

IF

.139

11

36

2

5

0

0

0

3

1

0

11

1

0

0

0

4

3

Figueroa, L

IF

.107

9

28

2

3

0

0

0

4

4

0

5

2

0

0

1

0

0

Rodriguez, R

OF

.094

21

64

6

6

1

0

0

2

3

1

9

0

1

0

0

3

0

x Cabral, M

IF

.087

8

23

1

2

0

0

0

0

3

2

4

0

0

0

0

2

2

Gordon, D

P

.000

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

x Allen, J

C

.000

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Richardson, D

P

.000

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.269

63

2122

293

571

122

12

51

274

211

27

394

20

10

25

9

72

48

Totals

Pitching Stats Player

G

GS

CG

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

W

L

SV

2B

3B

ERA

Parcell, G

2

0

0

2.2

1

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

1

0

Hagen, M

1

0

0

1.1

3

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

x Startup, W

15

0

0

21.0

11

4

3

6

16

3

1

0

3

1

1.29

Majewski, G

22

0

0

30.0

22

10

7

9

21

2

1

8

6

0

2.10

8

8

0

49.0

38

13

12

9

47

2

0

0

6

3

2.20

Liriano, P

13

4

0

41.2

36

14

12

16

25

3

3

0

7

0

2.59

Richardson, D

6

2

0

15.2

13

5

5

6

15

1

0

0

0

0

2.87

Krebs, E

19

0

0

24.0

18

9

8

8

26

1

1

0

2

2

3.00

Lane, J

4

3

0

19.2

17

9

8

5

16

1

2

0

3

0

3.66

Phillips, H

15

8

0

44.0

58

25

19

15

23

1

4

0

8

1

3.89

Livingston, B

12

12

0

70.1

67

34

33

23

44

7

2

0

12

3

4.22

x Rackel, T

6

0

0

10.1

9

5

5

3

5

0

0

0

3

0

4.36

Morgan, S

18

0

0

26.2

29

19

13

12

14

0

0

0

8

2

4.39

McKeller, R

14

8

0

47.1

49

28

26

28

24

1

4

0

9

4

4.94

Gordon, D

12

8

1

54.1

62

41

39

20

40

1

4

0

15

3

6.46

x Flores, D

5

1

0

10.2

13

8

8

7

7

1

1

0

1

1

6.75

Villa, K

11

0

0

14.1

17

11

11

6

7

0

2

0

4

0

6.91

Nix, M

18

4

0

38.1

42

35

33

18

32

1

7

1

10

2

7.75

x Houston, R

13

1

0

9.2

14

16

14

14

9

1

2

1

2

1

13.03

x Ketchner, R

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2L 1L

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L 24 30 33 37

PCT 0.619 0.524 0.476 0.413

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STREAK 2W 2L 1W 4L

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x Wright, M

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20

22

20

7

9

0

3

0

4

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540

539

309

276

216

385

26

37

10

104

24

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