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Why Blue Cure? Here are the facts:

One out of two men in America will be diagnosed with cancer. One out of three women in America will be diagnosed with cancer. One out of four Americans will lose their lives to cancer.

This year, more than four decades since America launched its “war on cancer,” more than 580,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease. That’s almost 1,600 moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons – who die— per day. Clearly, that 40-year war on cancer is far from complete. The National Cancer Institute has invested more than $90 billion on research and treatment. The spending on cancer drugs continues to soar, and is estimated to reach $173 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, millions keep dying — why? FACT: Many don’t have to die. In fact, they shouldn’t even get Gabe Canales cancer in the first place. More than Founder half of all cancers

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Prostate Cancer: Not Just An Old Man’s Cancer

Gabe Canales was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 35. He hadn’t given any thought to prostate cancer nor did he have any knowledge about prostate cancer before his diagnosis. He was not educated on the role of the prostate, prostate health, prostate cancer and prostate cancer prevention. He soon found the same ignorance among his male friends in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Gabe had no family history of prostate cancer or any other cancer, but at the time of his diagnosis, Gabe had high cholesterol, high blood pressure and a high body fat percentage, as well as a strong family history of chronic health diseases like heart disease, diabetes and stroke. What was the connection? Once Gabe was diagnosed, he didn’t know where to turn to for resources or support. After meeting with doctors and plunging into research, Gabe started getting educated on the carcinogens (cancer causing agents) all around us in everyday life. He also began questioning the role of chemicals and agents in our foods, such as hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and larvicides. He grew leery of genetically modified foods, the pollution in our air, household contaminants, body care products, the chemicals in our water, dry cleaning, sofas, mattresses and the chemicals all around us. All these unnatural causes with clear preventions underscored the catastrophic neglect involved in one out of two American men and one out of three American women being diagnosed with cancer — cancer from which one in four will die. This must stop — and this can stop. We’ve allowed cancer to become our “new normal” – the winner- for far too long by continuing to place focus on treatment and cures, with little regard for steps that can be taken and proven prevention.

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There’s a huge difference between creating awareness and changing the way people think. Many cancer nonprofits have awareness campaigns, but we’re already well aware of the word “cancer,” and many men have heard the words “prostate cancer.” The urgent need isn’t for such awareness but for changing the way people <em >think about prostate cancer. We must educate to save lives. America has to buy into a preventative mindset. The Need to Educate, for Prevention Research, for Blue Cure

If we apply and utilize the knowledge or information we know right now, more than half of all cancers can be prevented. Blue Cure’s mission is to provide such education toward prostate cancer prevention — prevention which also can be proactive in reducing risks of other cancers, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. What we know right now isn’t enough. We must advocate for more research on prevention so we may have definitive answers on causes of cancers, as well as what we add or subtract to diet and lifestyle to reduce cancers and enhance outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer. That’s why Blue Cure advocates increased funding for prevention research in the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget. In view of America’s dramatic rise in obesity, the enormous spike in youths’ chronic health woes and the shameful reduced funding for physical education in schools, Blue Cure aims to reach younger men with an urgent message of prevention. To do so, Blue Cure will partner with city leaders, school districts and colleges across the country. Blue Cure also can help people learn how to live with prostate cancer diagnoses by adopting an integrative approach combining holistic therapies with conventional medicine. Blue Cure can provide support for those on the prostate cancer journey just as other cancer survivors have received from diagnosed men to caregivers and loved ones.

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Mayor Annise Parker, Currently Only the Second Woman to serve as Houston’s Chief Executive takes a Moment to Share Her Thoughts on The Importance of Voting

“I remember voting as a kid with my parents. That was back in the days when you walked into a voting booth, pulled a red curtain behind you, picked your candidates and pulled a lever to cast your ballot. My parents took me every November, and I’ve gone every year as an adult. It’s important to vote for many reasons, but I’ll focus on three.

1) It’s the only opportunity we have, as citizens, to hold our elected officials accountable to the promises they make to us when they’re running for office. I’ve been elected eight times now, so I know that when I make a promise on the campaign trail, voters are listening, and voters will remind me of my promises when I come back in two years.

2) Someone said to me recently – if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Elected officials make very important decisions about how your money is spent and what limits are placed on your life. It’s important that your elected officials know that you care about your rights and your money – and the best way to show them that you care is to vote.

3) And finally, 150 years ago, voting was reserved for a privileged few. African Americans and women risked their lives fighting for the right to vote. They won in 1870 and 1920, respectively. That isn’t very long ago, and every election I am proud to honor those brave civil rights activists by heading to the polls and casting a ballot.”

Sincerely,

Annise Parker The 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas


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Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her second term as the mayor of Houston. She will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.


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Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green Shares His Thoughts on the Importance of Participating in Local Elections

“In times like these it is important that all who can vote should exercise their right to. Not at any moment in our time has our country been so politically polarized, we have gun law bills, budget and deficit issues, the issues that are currently being discussed in Washington have a trickle-down effect to cities and local municipalities. It is important that we have the right leadership in place so that our city is ready to handle those problems. Locally, our economy, public project initiatives and quality of life all depend on the representation YOU the citizen vote for. The City of Houston’s leadership helps in making decisions that make sure that the aforementioned are available to you. That is why it is important for you to participate in local elections. In no other elections, state or nationally, can you personally hold your elected official accountable for the well being of the city that you live in. You want and need responsible men and women to make sure that your taxes are being put to good use, whether you are Republican or Democrat. We need YOU to help Houston thrive as a city, we need YOU to ensure Houston has the quality of life for families and visitors to enjoy and prosper in. Your vote helps in achieving those goals.” Sincerely,

Ronald C. Green Houston City Controller


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Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green is currently serving his second term as Houston’s Controller. He will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.


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City of Houston Mayor Pro-Tem, District H Council Member Ed Gonzalez Shares His Thoughts on Why Voting Matters

“Voting is a fundamental right granted to us by our forefathers, it is a right that sets our nation apart from many in the world, and it is a right that I encourage all citizens to exercise. Elections impact who represents us at every level of government, those representatives are the individuals that advocate for the needs of our communities, of our families, and of our future generations. Electing a representative ensures that your voice is heard at City Hall, at the State Capitol, and in Washington D.C. As a local elected official, I take pride in fighting for the needs of the District H constituents that I represent. Keeping our neighborhoods safe, ensuring that our roads are in good condition, increasing the amount of greenspace in the community, and encouraging economic development are some of my main priorities. I know that I was elected to serve my community and I strive to listen to its needs each and every single day. I sincerely hope that all voters will take time to cast a ballot, particularly during a local election. Our government is only as good as the people that we send to represent us. Make sure that you head to the voting booth and continue to make your voice heard.” Sincerely, Sincerely,

Ed Gonzalez Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Houston

Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks Shares His Thoughts On The Importance of Participating In Local Elections

Houston City Council Member Ed Gonzalez is currently serving his second term in office. He will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District H representative on the November 2013 ballot.

“Exercising your right to vote in local elections gives you a powerful voice in the issues that directly impact our family. When we think about the political decisions that make the greatest differences in our lives, we often think about Washington, D.C. But the truth is that some of the decisions that have the largest impact on us are made at City Hall.

The brave police officers and fire fighters keeping us safe depend upon responsible local elected officials to ensure they are effective. The roads we drive on, the water we drink, and the parks and libraries our families use are all maintained by your local elected officials.

The services we use most are local. That is why it is important to participate in local elections. When you have a concern, it is your locally elected officials who are the most responsive. As members of the community, mayors and council members are more in touch with the everyday needs of our neighbors. As a voter, you want to ensure that the services impacting you the most are in the hands of someone you can trust and who understands your needs.

Your vote makes its biggest difference in local elections. Low turnout in local races means your voice is louder and stronger. Your participation ensures your needs are represented and that our city will remain a great place to call home for generations to come.”

Andrew C. Burks

Sincerely,

Andrew C. Burks Jr. Houston City Council At-Large Position 2

Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 representative and will be up for reelection on the November 2013 Election ballot.


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Houston City Council District C Representative Ellen Cohen Takes A Moment to Share Her Thoughts On The Importance of Voting

“Democracy is the cornerstone of our country from the federal level down to the local level. I was raised to believe that democracy means “one person, one vote,” and that exercising your vote is a responsibility as well as a right. In a politically polarized nation, making your voice heard from the ballot box becomes even more urgent.

In Houston, though voter turnout in our last national election (2012) was above 60%, unfortunately, in our last local election (2011) turnout was less than 15%. This is particularly regrettable because all politics is local. Local government is responsible for the most immediate concerns of our citizens’ daily lives. From streets to parks to libraries to water, your local government officials make or influence the policy decisions that impact our lives. Consequently, holding elected officials accountable for their decisions is vital to a well-functioning city, state, or nation.

Furthermore, particularly in a local election, every vote is critical. Elections that are determined by 10, 100, or 500 votes are more common than many citizens are aware. Since a small voting pool magnifies the effect of a singular vote, participating in a local election can have a great impact on your life. Enfranchisement for all has been hard-won in America, and we owe it to our forebears to honor their sacrifices by exercising the right and responsibility to vote.”

Sincerely,

Ellen Cohen Houston City Council District C

Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen is currently serving her first term as the Houston City Council District C representative and will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.

Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams Shares Her Thoughts on The Importance of Participating in Our Local Elections

“Many times, local elections do not receive a high voter turnout rate because individuals feel that those elections are not as important as voting for national elected officials. Voting in local elections is actually more important because it is the best way to have your voice heard immediately. Local elected officials are the individuals who carry-out fiscal mandates, laws, and actions that are created on a national and state level. Citizens should see their local officials working in their communities by the projects that are being completed in their neighborhoods. The Mayor and City Council choose city department leaders who make decisions regarding infrastructure repair, water services, health services, solid waste services, libraries, parks, and many other services that affect everyone living in the city. These elected officials are the public servants that you should see physically working in the community and working for the community. They have vested interests that are parallel to their constituents because they drive your streets daily, visit the parks with their loved ones, receive city services, and live in your neighborhoods. Local officials know your concerns because they share them. If someone isn’t voting in local elections, they are saying that they are not concerned with the issues that matter most – the issues that affect home.”

Sincerely,

Wanda Adams Houston City Council – District D

Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council District D representative. The District D Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in November. This race will have several candidates.


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Houston City Council Member Mike Laster Shares his thoughts on the importance of voting in local Elections

“Local elections are important because local government is the foundation of democracy. Your voice is heard the most at the local level and local officials are some of the most accessible and responsive to the voting public. Your daily life is directly affected by local government – from trash pick-up to pot holes to police and fire services to building permits. All of us are called upon to build up our communities and participation in local elections is the most effective way to do that.”

Mike Laster

Sincerely,

Mike Laster Houston City Council District J

Shared Thoughts from Houston City Council District K Council Member Larry V. Green on Why it’s Important for Voters to Participate in Local City-Wide Elections

“It is important for voters to participate in local city-wide elections because elected officials can help determine the economic, educational and social well-being of entire communities. For example, two very important tasks of city council members include making laws and allocating money. Elected officials are the gatekeepers for millions of dollars in tax revenue—that is, money paid by anyone in the public old enough to purchase taxable merchandise, own property, or earn a paycheck. Elected officials control which individuals, groups, communities, businesses, and institutions receive taxpayer dollars, how much they receive, and the purpose for which they can use the money.

Houston City Council Member Mike Laster is currently serving his first-term as the Houston City Council District J representative and will be up for re-election in on the November 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

Local elected officials are public servants who serve at the pleasure of ordinary citizens—like you and me. For example, in city elections in Houston, every two years voters go to the polls to decide whether their elected officials deserve another term in office. Ultimately, elected officials, including me, are judged by the quality of our leadership. Are we accessible to the public? Do we represent all demographics, rich, poor, everyone? Do we bring money or other resources back to our Districts? Do our decisions or voting record reflect the priorities we promised when asking for your vote?

The policies generated from your participation in local city-wide elections shape almost every aspect of our lives. It is important that voters do not take a back seat in the political decisions that result in these policies. Let your voice be heard by voting in all local citywide elections.”

Larry Green

Sincerely,

Larry V. Green, Esq. Houston City Council District K

Houston City Council Member Larry Green is currently serving his first-term as the Houston City Council District K representative and will be up for re-election on November 2013 Mayor Election ballot.


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Letter from Georgia D. Provost, Candidate for Houston City Council District D

Election Day for the 2013 Mayoral Election is Tuesday, Nov.,5th Dear Citizens-District D:

I am Georgia Provost, a candidate for City Council District D. I am a mother, a proud graduate of historic “TSU” Texas Southern University and a business owner in the City of Houston. I want to be your “SERVANT” at City Hall. I will prayerfully listen to your concerns and issues, and together, we will find solutions and move forward with a “YES WE CAN ATTITUDE”. I believe the citizens in District D are productive, resourceful and responsible. Therefore: We will tackle crime together. We will improve the growth of of small business and create avenues for future business and employment.

We will improve the quality of life in our neighboroods by reducing blight and substandard living conditions. We will improve the relationship with law enforcement and Citizens of District D. We will make sure our Civic Clubs and neighborhood associations continue to have a voice at City Hall. I pledge to be accessible to constituents through an open-door policy and community outreach meetings throughout the district. I am making only one promise. “TO WORK FOR YOU AND WITH YOU!” I am Georgia D. Provost, a candidate and servant for City Council District D and I am ask-

Georgia

ing for your VOTE on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Love You!

Sincerely,

Georgia D. Provost 3821 N. MacGregor Way Houston, Texas 77004 (713)942-7374 I (281)704-6655 Email: gdprovost@hotmail.com

PAID POL. AD. BY THE GEORGIA D. PROVOST FOR HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D CAMPAIGN, ALAN HELFMAN, TREASURER


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Mayor Annise Parker Recently Kicked Off Local No Texting While Driving Campaign in Houston, Texas

Mayor Parker’s It Can Wait, Houston campaign is an extension of AT&T’s national Texting and Driving-It Can Wait movement. The local effort will be guided by a task force consisting of representatives of law enforcement, government, education, corporate, medical, professional and faith-based organizations. The task force members have agreed to not only help get the word out, but also consider developing company or institutional policies that prohibit texting while driving, if such policies don’t already exist. Several entities, including the Houston Texans, Dynamo, Rockets, Comcast and AT&T Uverse have agreed to broadcast a public service announcement featuring Mayor Parker and rapper Bun B.

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ayor Annise Parker utilized campaign is an extension of AT&T’s nathe start of (April) National tional Texting and Driving-It Can Wait Distracted Driving Awareness movement. The local effort will be guided Month to kick off It Can Wait, by a task force consisting of representatives Houston, a local anti-texting of law enforcement, government, education, while driving public awarecorporate, medical, professional ness campaign. The mayor’s and faith-based organizations. campaign will utilize social The task force members have media, broad-based commuagreed to not only help get the nity activism and broadcast word out, but also consider demedia to get its message out. veloping company or institutional “Not only can we compolicies that prohibit texting mit to putting the phone while driving, if such policies down while we drive, we can don’t already exist. Several entiencourage everybody around ties, including the Houston Texus to do the same,” said ans, Dynamo, Rockets, Comcast Mayor Parker. “I refuse to and AT&T Uverse have agreed to put my life and the lives of broadcast a public service anothers at risk. Please join me nouncement featuring Mayor PARKER in taking the It Can Wait Parker and rapper Bun B. pledge and make a lifelong commitment to In addition, the Mayor’s Youth Council never text while driving.” is working on a competitive video project to In 2011, 13 percent of the over 3,000 get the message to young Houston area drivtraffic fatalities in Texas were due to texting ers. A joint team from the Houston Fire and while driving. Without a change in the trend, Police Departments are already conducting there will be roughly 1.3 million traffic acci- workshops in high schools to change the dents due to texting while driving this year. culture of distracted driving among teens. New research released just last week by The state legislature is currently considAT&T indicates that 43 percent of comering a bill that would ban texting and drivmuters admit to a “habit” of texting while ing statewide. Mayor Parker fully supports driving, even though they are aware of the this legislation, which won approval two risks. The main risk is that those who text years ago but was subsequently vetoed by while driving are 23 times more likely to be Governor Rick Perry. The mayor urged in a crash. Houstonians to utilize Twitter and Facebook Mayor Parker’s It Can Wait, Houston to voice their support for It Can Wait, Hous-

ton and for a different outcome in Austin this year. Use the hash tag #itcanwaithou. If the effort to enact a statewide law fails again, Mayor Parker will move to put in place a local ban on texting while driving. “We have a unique opportunity to change the culture in Houston,” said Mayor Parker. “Driving is perilous enough. Texting and driving are a lethal combination. It Can Wait, Houston.” Houston is believed to be the first city in the nation to take this issue on in such a big way.

Confirmed Task Force Members:

· Mayor Annise Parker · Council Member Jerry Davis, District B · Council Member Jack Christie, At-Large Position #5 · HISD - Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent · Aldine ISD - Dr. Wanda Bamberg, Superintendent · Spring Branch ISD - Dr. Duncan Klussman, Superintendent · Clear Creek ISD - Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent · Katy ISD - Alton Frailey, Superintendent · Galena Park ISD - Angi Williams, Superintendent · Deer Park ISD - Dr. Arnold Adair, Superintendent

· Alief ISD - H.D. Chambers, Superintendent · Sheriff Adrian Garcia · AT&T - Alice Aanstoos · Comcast - Ray Purser · HAR - Dana Kervin · TSU - Dr. Rudley, President · St. Thomas - Dr. Ivany, President · Rice - Dr. Leebron, President · Texas Medical Center - Dr. Robbins, President · Interfaith Ministries - Elliot Gershenson, CEO · GHP - Arthur Brand · Univision - Grace Olivares · CenterPoint - Mark Kollmorgen · Public Safety Advisory Committee Dr. Vern Swisher, Chair · Houston Contractors Association Richard Peltier, President · AFL-CIO - Richard Shaw · METRO - Russ Frank · HLS&R - Steve Stevens, Chair · Houston Rockets · Houston Dynamo · Houston Texans · Police Chief Charles McClelland · Fire Chief Terry Garrison · Clyde Peterson · TXU Energy - Colette Vallot · Lone Start College - Dr. Melissa Gonzalez


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Drug Testing for Unemployment: Texas State Senator Tommy Williams Testifies before U.S. House Ways and Means Panel Williams joins Congressman Brady in support of drug screening as condition for unemployment compensation

Washington, D.C. – Texas State Senator Tommy Williams, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, recently testified at a House Ways & Means Human Resources Subcommittee hearing in support of allowing states to require drug screening as a condition for receiving unemployment benefits. U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, who helped successfully remove a 40-year federal ban on drug screening and testing unemployBRADY ment recipients and allow for the first ever pro-work program waivers during last year’snegotiations on extending federal unemployment benefits, will join Williams at the hearing. Senator Williams has moved bipartisan legislation through the State Senate in Austin, which would require drug screening for some individuals receiving unemployment benefits – a move that Brady strongly supports. “Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize drug use. If you’re on drugs, you’re not job ready,” said Brady, who leads the Health Subcommittee in Congress. “I applaud the leadership of Senator Williams, and we will continue to push the White House to follow the law and issue regulations on drug testing so that states like Texas can implement the law.” Brady is also a strong advocate of the waiver policy and encouraged Texas state officials to apply for one of ten federal waivers under the pilot program. Subsequently, their initial application was denied by the Department of Labor (DOL), citing a lack of guidelines at the time. Today’s ap-

pearance by Brady at the hearing will be his second. Last year, after DOL finally issued application guidelines, he appeared to question DOL’s Assistant Secretary Jane Oates about the lengthy requirements included in the guidelines, which have since completely stifled all interest in the waiver policy. When questioned last year about what would happen if no state applied for a waiver, DOL’s responded by saying that “after a few months” they would “go back to the drawing board” if the program did not move forward. Brady claims the agency continues to needlessly stall. “Texas has already been recognized by the White House for their innovative ways to get Texans back to work. But again, the White House needs to apply the law and allow states like Texas to continue that innovation when it comes to getting the unemployed back to work making good wages rather than collecting benefit checks.”

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ANNOUNCEMENT: STEPHANIE BOUTTE-PHILLIPS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT A SPECIAL EVENT IN JUNE 2013

Businesswoman Stephanie Boutte-Phillips to be Recognized for her dedication and Commitment to the Community in June 2013

Stephanie Boutte-Phillips, Executive Director and Founder of HTEC was inspired to create HTEC as a young woman. Part of her motivation was from her experiences as a single, teenage mother who eventually overcame a myriad of obstacles before reaching educational and professional success as a CPA. Ms. Boutte garnered the support of many local citizens to support her vision for an educational institution which serves low-income, “at-risk” students in Harris County. With the support of an outstanding board of directors and a broad range of community support, the school was opened in June of 1995. Each year, the school has experienced unprecedented growth and became accredited by the Council on Educational Occupational Education in 2004. Houston’s Training and Education Center, Inc is located at: 5335 Aldine Bender, Houston, Texas 77032. HTEC has experienced phenomenal growth in the past decade and expanded the course selection available. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HTEC CALL: (281)219-3305 TODAY!


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“City Council has unanimously approved changes to the Missouri City Charter and are offering them to the voters on the ballot in the 2013 General Election. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes. PLEASE SEE PAGE - 16” — Allen Owen, Mayor

Pictured at the Sugar Land Rotary teacher recognition are (from left to right): Ashley Forde, Jennifer Culberson, Margaret Bennett, Kristin McNeely, Lynsey Wallman, and Alonzo Ford.Sugar Land Rotary Honors FBISD 2013 Rookie Teachers

Sugar Land Rotary Honors FBISD 2013 Rookie Teachers

FORT BEND ISD - The Sugar Land Rotary honored Fort Bend ISD’s 2013 Rookie Teachers of the Year during a Teacher Appreciation Day recognition program held at a recent Rotary meeting. The Rotary has recognized exceptional first-year teachers through this recognition program for more than 17 years. Sugar Land Rotarians welcomed the teachers and their campus administrators to the event, expressing their gratitude to these young adults as they begin their education careers. Dr. Phillys Hill, FBISD Assistant Superintendent, introduced each honoree. The rookie teachers then shared why they became a teacher and what they have enjoyed most about their first year of teaching. Honored were: Margaret Bennett, Austin Parkway Elementary; Jennifer Culberson, Highlands Elementary; Ashley Forde, Lakeview Elementary; Kristin McNeely, Baines Middle School; Alonzo Ford, Bowie Middle School; and Lynsey Wallman,

McAuliffe Middle School. They each received a gift card from the Rotary in appreciation of their outstanding efforts as first-year teachers.

Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Texas School Safety Center Board

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Texas School Safety Center Board for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The board promotes safety throughout the state and advises the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos, which provides school safety information and resources for the prevention of youth violence. Barbara Beto of Round Rock is a substitute teacher for the Round Rock Independent School District (ISD). She is a member of the Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Board of Directors and Walsh Middle School and Round Rock High School PTA Site Based Evaluation commit-

tees. She is also a past member of the Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs and Round Rock ISD Citizens Bond Committee. Beto received a bachelor’s degree. Daniel F. Gilliam of Victoria is judge of County Court at Law #2 in Victoria County. He is a former adjunct professor at Victoria College and former assistant criminal district attorney for the Victoria County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas Judicial Section, Victoria County Bar Association and Victoria Rotary Club. PERRY He is also a past member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Gilliam received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He is being reappointed. Carl A. Montoya of Brownsville is superintendent of Brownsville ISD, and a licensed Texas peace officer on reserve with the Brownsville Constable’s Office. He is a member of Texas Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum, and Crime Stoppers of Brownsville. Montoya received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education administration from the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate of education administration from New Mexico State University. He is being reappointed. Adelaida Olivares of Austin is principal of Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop ISD. She is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary Principals and Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Principals Institute, and a past member of the Texas Education Agency Educator Leadership Council. She is also the 2009-2010 recipient of the Milken Educator Award. Olivarez received a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University and a master’s degree in education administration from Texas State University. He is being reappointed. James R. Pendell of Clint is an insurance agent with the Sherry Wegner Agency. He is president of the Clint ISD Board of Trustees,

a member of the Texas Association of School Boards, and a member and past president of the Far West Texas School Board Association. He is a past member of the Texas Tech University (TTU) College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Advisory Board and TTU Chancellor’s Council, National Federation of Independent Business, and Calcot Cotton Growers Association. He is also a member of the Clint High School Future Farmers of America Booster Club and Fabens Masonic Lodge. Pendell received bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in agricultural education from Texas Tech University. He is being reappointed. These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Fort Bend ISD Board unanimously approves Charles Dupre as the new Superintendent of Schools

FORT BEND ISD - The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Charles Dupre as Superintendent of Schools for the state’s seventh largest school district. Dupre will officially assume the duties of Fort Bend ISD Superintendent on Monday, April 29. “On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I want to thank everyone in our community for their patience while we conducted our thorough search. We are delighted that Charles is returning to our school DUPRE district and strongly believe we have made the right choice in asking him to serve as our next superintendent,” said Jim Rice, Fort Bend ISD Board President.

ANNOUNCEMENT: STEPHANIE BOUTTE-PHILLIPS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT A SPECIAL EVENT IN JUNE 2013

Businesswoman Stephanie Boutte-Phillips to be Recognized for her dedication and Commitment to the Community in June 2013

Stephanie Boutte-Phillips, Executive Director and Founder of HTEC was inspired to create HTEC as a young woman. Part of her motivation was from her experiences as a single, teenage mother who eventually overcame a myriad of obstacles before reaching educational and professional success as a CPA. Ms. Boutte garnered the support of many local citizens to support her vision for an educational institution which serves low-income, “at-risk” students in Harris County. With the support of an outstanding board of directors and a broad range of community support, the school was opened in June of 1995. Each year, the school has experienced unprecedented growth and became accredited by the Council on Educational Occupational Education in 2004. Houston’s Training and Education Center, Inc is located at: 5335 Aldine Bender, Houston, Texas 77032. HTEC has experienced phenomenal growth in the past decade and expanded the course selection available. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HTEC CALL: (281)219-3305 TODAY!


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Jillian Hunter, parent and Parks Elementary Parent Center Coordinator, and her daughter Jordyn Hunter is shown with Dynamo Justin Neese.

FBISD Students learn Soccer Moves from Houston Dynamo

FORT BEND ISD - Heritage Rose Elementary School hosted a free soccer clinic with the Houston Dynamo soccer team, welcoming more than 50 Fort Bend ISD students in grades 1-5. The clinic helped promote the Dynamo Youth Programs’ efforts in helping youth lead a more active lifestyle, while teaching students the fundamentals of soccer. Parents watched along the sidelines as students learned how to dribble and drop kick a soccer ball, score a goal, and other techniques of the game. Tyenise Blackmon, HRE Parent Center Coordinator, joined Stephanie Kellam, UnitedHealthcare Student Wellness Coordinator, on providing parents with information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Parents received healthy recipes and material on eating healthy on a budget. Event coordinators also raffled Dynamo game tickets and Kroger gift cards. “This was the first time that the Houston Dynamos have offered something like this in our District,” said Blackmon. “They were very eager to form a more active partnership with us, and we were excited to be allowed this opportunity.”


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“City Council has unanimously approved changes to the Missouri City Charter and are offering them to the voters on the ballot in the 2013 General Election. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes.” — Allen Owen, Mayor

City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 1

Shall Sections 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, and 2.05 of Article II; Sections 6.01, 6.05, and 6.07 of Article VI; Subsection C of Section 9.03 of Article IX; and Section 11.10 of Article XI of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended and Section 6.08 of Article VI of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be deleted in its entirety to conform to requirements and provisions of state law and to remove redundant provisions otherwise provided for in state law?

City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 6

Shall Section 4.02 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to provide that the city attorney appoint one or more assistant city attorneys with the concurrence of the city manager and to provide that the city manager set the compensation of such assistant city attorneys?

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City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 2

Shall Section 2.06 of Article II of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to require that notification of a lawsuit against the city must be provided to the city manager within six months of the date on which the cause of action accrued?

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- Charter Proposition No. 3

Shall Section 3.05 of Article III of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to clarify that the mayor shall sign official plats of city property and to clarify inconsistent language?

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- Charter Proposition No. 4

Shall Section 3.11 of Article III of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to require the City of Missouri City to publish an ordinance imposing a penalty, fine, or forfeiture at any time after the passage of the ordinance to become effective?

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City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 5

Shall Section 4.01 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to provide that the city manager may appoint one or more assistant city managers with the concurrence of the city council, to provide that the city manager set the compensation of such assistant city managers, and to provide that, if designated as the acting city manager, an assistant city manager shall act in the absence or disability of the city manager?

City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 7

Shall Section 4.04 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to provide that the city secretary appoint one or more assistant city secretaries with the concurrence of the city manager, to provide that the city manager set the compensation of such assistant city secretaries, and to change the title of the “assistant city secretary” to the “deputy city secretary?”

ments and provisions of state law and to remove redundant provisions otherwise provided for in state law?

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- Charter Proposition No. 8

Shall Section 4.06 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to update and modernize certain terms, particularly “personnel,” “classified service,” “merit and fitness,” “pension,” and “in-service training program” and to clarify conflicting language?

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- Charter Proposition No. 9

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City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 12

Shall Section 8.02 of Article VIII of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to remove the requirement that the planning commission submit an annual list of recommended capital improvements to the city manager before the beginning of each budget year? rovisions otherwise provided for in sta

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City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 13

Shall Section 8.03 of Article VIII of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be deleted in its entirety to allow the appointment process for the director of planning, currently named the “director of development services,” to be consistent with the appointment process for other city department directors as provided in Section 4.01 of Article IV of the Charter of the City of Missouri City?

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City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 14

Shall Section 5.03 of Article V of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to add state law requirements for an initiative petition?

Shall Section 9.04 of Article IX of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to allow the transfer of unencumbered appropriations among programs within a department, division, or office or, with city council authorization, between departments, divisions, or offices not later than the 60th day after the last day of the fiscal year?

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- Charter Proposition No. 10

Shall Section 7.01 of Article VII of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to more accurately describe the functions of the city’s finance department which administers the assessment and collection of the city’s taxes?

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of Missouri City be amended to clarify the requirements for membership on the planning commission by substituting the term “citizens” with the term “residents” and by removing the requirement that a member of the planning commission must own real property in the City of Missouri City?

- Charter Proposition No. 11

Shall Section 8.01 of Article VIII of the Charter of the City

City of Missouri City Special Election

- Charter Proposition No. 15

Shall Sections 10.02, 10.04, and 10.05 of Article X of the Charter of the City of Missouri City be amended to add language to clarify that the City of Missouri City may take action regarding franchises only to the fullest extent authorized by law?

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ELECTION DAY IS SAT., MAY 11, 2013

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MISSOURI CITY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN WANT’S YOU TO VOTE FOR ALL OF THE 2013 PROPOSITIONS “The City had the Charter Review Commission look at changes that needed to be made and updated to the Charter which we are required to do periodically. In their review some minor changes need to be made and it takes voter approval to change the Charter. City Council unanimously approved the changes and are offering them to the voters on the ballot on Saturday, May 11, 2013. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes.” — Allen Owen, Mayor of Missouri City, TX

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Bobby Marshall Seeking To Continue Service As Our Missouri City Council District A Councilman

Bobby Marshall, Missouri City Councilmember representing District A is running for re-election to the Missouri City Council. “I want to thank the residents of District A for the opportunity to serve them and the citizens of Missouri City. It has been an extreme pleasure and rewarding experience representing the District on the Missouri City Council for the past 4 years. I have enjoyed working hard, serving the citizens, fighting for our neighborhoods and the fundamental principles of fiscal responsibility and open governance.” “Missouri City is consistently being ranked as one of the Safest Cities and Best Places to Live. I want my constituents to continue to have that high quality of life, with good neighborhoods, excellent Police and Fire Protection, exceptional Parks and dependable Water systems. Our completion of the new Recreation and Tennis Center and our new City Centre at Quail Valley greatly increases our City’s amenities to serve our citizens. Our recently completed Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant will ensure the highest level of drinking water for our citizens for decades to come, while our newly expanded Wastewater Treatment Plant at Steep Bank continues to keep capacity ahead of demand. Our Police and Fire Departments are sec-

ond to none, and based on their quality of service, continue to keep our citizen’s insurance rates low.” Marshall states “Missouri City is

“Missouri City has been my home for 21 years and is a wonderful city to live and work in. There are great opportunities ahead for this city

I Promise to continue:

• To support an expanded tax base by encouraging smart development within Missouri City • To be fiscally responsible • To maintain the highest level of City Services • To prioritize Public Safety for all citizens • To ALWAYS listen and respond to you

Service to our Community

• Councilmember (Incumbent) - Missouri City Council, 4 years • Commissioner - MC Planning & Zoning Commission, 4 years • Chair - MC Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee • Vice Chair - Community Development Block Grant Committee • Treasurer - Missouri City Police / Fire Auxiliary • Boardmember - Houston / Galveston Area Council (HGAC) • President & Treasurer - Colony Crossing HOA - 20 years • Little League volunteer umpire - 38 years not unlike the rest of the country and is faced with many challenges, especially economic challenges. Fortunately the city has been fiscally conservative with its tax dollars and has maintained a high bond rating. This accountability of all tax dollars is a continued goal of mine.”

to thrive and prosper. I want to continue to contribute to that future when I am re-elected to City Council. I believe my experience and record of service to this community will be invaluable to my continued service to the citizens of Missouri City.”

Mr. Marshall served on the Missouri City (MC) Planning and Zoning for 4 years. While on Council, Marshall has served on numerous Boards and Committees and is the MC Representative on the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Board of Directors. Marshall also regularly attends the monthly and Annual meetings of the HOA’s in his District, as well as the Fort Bend Mayors and Council Asso., and TML Region and State meetings and education seminars as a Regional Vice President. “My primary goal is to continue to learn and listen to my constituents and try my best to remedy their concerns. Some of my continued overall goals mirror those of the city: Maintain existing property values and do as much as we can to increase commercial development. This will not only spread the citizen’s tax burden to more entities, but it will give our citizens more opportunity to do business here and keep our tax dollars within the City. I want to improve the development process to make the move to Missouri City a pleasant one for prospective businesses. Excellent companies are moving in to the Industrial areas of my District at a rapid rate. This will not only increase the area’s attraction to other companies as a place to locate, but it will bring in much needed jobs to the area for our

citizens to fill.” Mr. Marshall has served in many voluntary, appointed and elected public service positions. He was Chair of the MC Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. Treasurer of the MC Police and Fire Auxiliary; Member of the MC Quail Valley Acquisition Feasibility Committee; Harris County Precinct Alt. Election Judge and Member of 2008 and 2010 Harris County Grand Jury and Harris County MUD 122 Board. Mr. Marshall is Treasurer of the Colony Crossing Homeowners Association. He has been President or Treasurer of that organization for the past 20 years. Mr. Marshall is an Asst. District Administrator for Little League Baseball. He has been a dedicated volunteer with LL for 38 years. He was honored in being selected to Umpire in the 2005 Little League World Series, and travels at his expense to umpire the European Championships each July in Kutno, Poland. Bobby and his wife Vanessa have been married for 30 years and have a daughter, a Sophomore at Tarleton State University and a son, a Senior at the University of Houston. For more information, contact BobbyMarshall@comcast.net.


BOBBY MARSHALL for City Council District A Re-Elect

MISSOURI CITY

Dear Neighbor, Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the citizens of District A on the Missouri City Council. Since I began serving in 2009, I have thoroughly enjoyed working hard as your Council Member, fighting for our neighborhoods and fundamental principals of fiscal responsibility and open governance. Over the last four years I have worked hard to increase staffing and improve Public Safety, encourage HOA interaction, increase mobility, and improve the quality of life in Missouri City. I have supported expanding our tax base by encouraging smart development within Missouri City. I have passed budgets to maintain the highest level of City Services, and look forward to bringing continued fiscal discipline to the budget as we weather the challenges of the current economy. I have tried to be available for any residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns and am proud to have brought the residents of District A the kind of responsive, proactive service they deserve. To some of you, who are reading this message, this is the first election, following redistricting, that I have had the privilege of serving as your District Councilman on City Council. It is an honor to represent you. With your support, I hope to continue to work for you. The work has been exhilarating, and it is hard to believe we are again in an election year. Election Day is Saturday, May 11th. Early voting is April 29 - May 7. I need your help to win again this year and continue to serve you on the Missouri City Council.

Sincerely,

Bobby Marshall Bobby Marshall, Missouri City Council District A Member

Bobby Marshall is Endorsed and Supported by: United States Congressman Pete Olson Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar Missouri City, Mayor Allen Owen Councilman Floyd Emery Fmr. Councilmember Eunice Reiter Fmr. Councilmember Buddy Jimerson Fmr. Councilmember Brett Kolaja Fmr. Councilmember Barbara Gibson Fmr. Councilmember Carl Bowles Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls Harris County Judge Ed Emmett Harris Co. Constable Phil Camus Parks Board Chair Llarence Turner P&Z Chair Ron Lee

Missouri City Police Officers Association Missouri City Firefighters Association Missouri City Police / Fire Auxiliary Yvonne Allen, Pres.- Quail Green West HOA JoAnn Miller, Pres.-Fonmeadow HOA Janet Alvarez, Pres.-Glen Park HOA Gene Rasbury, Hunters Glen Crime Watch Jeff Gaspar, Pres.- Colony Crossing HOA Llarence Turner, Pres.-Hunters Park HOA Roger Morris, Pres.-Fondren Park HOA Arnold Richards, Pres.-Hunters Green HOA Monica Rasmus, Pres.-Hunters Point Est. HOA Jennifer Williams, Pct 2081 Chair Vote for Bobby Marshall During Early Voting

The Early Voting Period is: Monday, April 29th - Tuesday, May 7th

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A message from your Missouri City Councilmember DANNY NGUYEN, CCIM CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE POSITION II

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR

CELL: 713.478.2972

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Dear fellow Missouri City Residents/Constituents:

I appreciate you for having given me the opportunity to serve your for the past three years. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continue working together to make our beloved city: A safe place to live A desireable place to play, shop, and enjoy life A place where there are opportunities for employment and business prosperity A place you can be proud to call HOME

PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW WE CAN SERVE YOU BETTER!

Danny Nguyen

Economic development effort with County Judge Hebert

Appreciation of our Safety with Constable Ruben Davis

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CONGRATULATIONS

“Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper would like to congratulate Cathy Haney the Director of Municipal Court in Missouri City, Texas. Haney has served with the City of Missouri since 2000 and was Court Administrator prior to serving in her current role as Director of Municipal Court Services. She has also served as Court Administrator with the City of Friendswood. Her accomplishments include her being one of 40 Level III Certified Municipal Court Clerks in the State of Texas and her certification as a Court Manager through the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management, according to the Missouri City website. But the intent of this announcement is to commend Haney, Mayor Allen Owen, and the entire Governing body in Missouri City for raising more than $70,965 for the city. Check out the information below.” – Aubrey R. Taylor, Publisher

CATHY HANEY: “This is our sixth year participating in the initiative and our successful Warrant Roundup program was a team endeavor,” said Cathy Haney, Director of Municipal Court Services. “It showed us what can be done with a collective approach on the part of the Police Department, Court staff, 911 Dispatch, Communications and Public Works Departments working together to make the effort a success.”

Missouri City Recently Netted More Than $70,965 in Warrant Roundup Says Cathy Haney

Missouri City recently cleared 325 warrants and netted $70,965 during the Great Texas Warrant Roundup from Feb. 16 through March 10. The collections include monies paid for fines, court costs and cash bonds. With the amount of jail time served, known as face value, the City’s roundup effort totaled more than $115,569. “This is our sixth year participating in the initiative and our successful Warrant Roundup program was a team endeavor,” said Cathy Haney, Director of Municipal Court Services. “It showed us what can be done with a collective approach on the part of the Police Department, Court staff, 911 Dispatch, Communications and Public Works Departments working together to make the effort a success.”

Haney also added that “our collection vendor, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, did an outstanding job notifying defendants in warrant of the statewide action.” The program lasted two weeks and targeted individuals across Texas who have outstanding warrants for their arrest based upon the defendants’ failure to pay fines for traffic tickets and other misdemeanor crimes. Citizens with outstanding warrants had the opportunity to pay their fines or risk being arrested. Missouri City Municipal Court staff is always looking for innovate ways to help citizens avoid serving jail time. One successful example involves a long-time Court volunteer. Filmore Cohen has worked with the Court for more than 10 years, making friendly phone calls to people, reminding them of their outstanding fines. “He comes to the court office on Fridays and calls defendants who have missed their court date that week,” Haney said. “Once he starts calling, our phones ring off the walls.” About 30 percent of people he speaks with end up contacting the court, she added. Among the payments received this year was for a defendant whose case dated back to 1991 and included charges for failure to appear, no license plate and failure to maintain financial responsibility (no insurance). Overall, the warrant roundup program has been successful in the “Show Me City”. In 2012, Missouri City cleared 400 bonds and netted $81,121 in cash and cash bonds during the Statewide Warrant Roundup, Haney said. With the amount of jail time served, known as face value, the City’s roundup effort totaled more than $163,603. Among the payments received was one for a case dating back to 1988. In 2011, the City cleared 381 warrants and netted $86,749, Haney said. The collections include monies paid for fines, court costs and bonds. With the amount of jail time served, the City’s roundup effort totaled more than $141,000. Most of the 381 warrants that were resolved involved traffic cases. One notable offense, an alcohol-related case dating back to 1998, was among those cleared. In 2010, the City cleared 281 warrants and netted $63,000, Haney said. Most of the warrants resolved involved traffic offenses, city code violations and school truancies. In addition, several older cases were cleared off the books, allowing the Municipal Court staff to concentrate on newer warrants.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

“Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper would like to take this moment to announce the opening of two new facilities in Missouri City, Texas. One of the new openings is the City Center at Quail Valley, and the other is the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center. Bond funds and a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Association played key roles in funding these two projects. The input of citizens and their feedback also played a key role in the development of these two new fine facilities. Congratulations to Mayor Allen Owen and everyone else who played a role in getting this done.” — Aubrey R. Taylor, Publisher

The City of Missouri City Recently Announced Update on City the Centre at Quail Valley and Recreation and Tennis Center

CONGRATULATIONS: “The City Centre at Quail Valley, located at 2880 La Quinta Dr., hosts weddings, business and community meetings, tournaments, birthday parties and festive occasions. It is also home to The Grille, a casual dining restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Recreation and Tennis Center, located at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., has a full-size gymnasium, a Kid Zone, multi-purpose rooms, tennis courts, batting cages, the latest cardio and weight equipment, an outdoor walking trail and tennis clinics.

In 2008, an overwhelming 72 percent of Missouri City residents voted to approve a $17.5 million bond referendum to fund two essential parks projects—the Quail Valley Golf Course, which includes the City Centre at Quail Valley, and the Recreation and Tennis Center. In addition to the bond funds, the City received a $950,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Association for the Recreation and Tennis Center project. We are pleased to report that both new facilities are operational and have received rave reviews from residents and visitors. Citizen input and feedback was integral to the development of the projects.

Here are highlights to date: Quail Valley Golf Course Project

The City took possession of the property in 2008 through eminent domain due to the former owners’ extreme neglect of the property, the concern of its possible sale to developers, the negative effect on property values, and the loss of green space and recreational opportunities. The decline of the maintenance and operation of the property posed detrimental effects on surrounding subdivisions and the City as a whole. Subsequently, there has been a complete renovation of the El Dorado Golf Course, upgrades to the La Quinta Golf Course, repairs of several bridges that were considered safety hazards, the mowing of high grass/removal of weeds/landscaping, and the construction of the City Centre at Quail Valley. All repairs, upgrades, improvements and construction were essential to the operations of the Course. Funding of the project includes $3.1 million to take possession of QVGC through eminent domain, $7.2 million for the complete redesign/construction of the El Dorado course (design, construction - SEE PAGE - 22 management services, materials


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testing, site preparation, con-

ices fees, some improvements to the La Quinta course and miscellaneous expenses) $7.4 million for the City’s negotiated settlement offer for the purchase of the property (the initial $3.1 million paid is included in this amount), $9.7 million for construction of the City Centre at Quail Valley, and $1.1 million for a new cart barn. Recreation and Tennis Center Project

Funding of the project includes $1 million for land acquisition, $5.8 million for construction of the center and $51,866 for improvements to MacNaughton Park. To date, both centers are progressing well: in 2011, QVGC hosted 56,082 rounds of play and in 2012, the course hosted 58,100 rounds—a marked increase. The Recreation and Tennis Center currently has 823 members and in the tennis programs, there are 55 participants in the junior program, 28 leagues, totaling 358 participants, and 53 players taking private lessons. Missouri City’s new first-class facilities are regarded as two of Fort Bend County’s premier venues. The City Centre at Quail Valley, located at 2880 La Quinta Dr., hosts weddings, business and community meetings, tournaments, birthday parties and festive occasions. It is also home to The Grille, a casual dining restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The Recreation and Tennis Center, located at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., has a full-size gymnasium, a Kid Zone, multi-purpose rooms, tennis courts, batting cages, the latest cardio and weight equipment, an outdoor walking trail and tennis clinics. Overall, these parks projects have helped extend the City’s brand and reach across the nation. We look forward to their continued success in the future. For additional information on both facilities, visit the City’s website, www.missouricitytx.gov. And, for updates, watch the City’s website, and Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse.

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Only 33 Votes Decided this Key Race The Last Time Marshall and Griffin Faced Off in 2011

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OPEN THOUGHT

Election Day Is Saturday, May 11th Dear Missouri City voters,

Although I am running unopposed for Missouri City Council District D the upcoming general election on May 11th is very important to me and to our City. Our City Charter Review Committee recommended 15 modifications to our City Charter. By a unanimous vote the City Council embraced their recommendations which now requires the approval of our citizens on May 11th. Apathy (lack of concern or interest) and complacency (my one vote won’t make a difference) are enemies of an election which can reEMERY sult in low voter turnout and in some cases may produce results contrary to ones position. I encourage you to be involved and vote FOR these changes in addition for your candidate in the important local races. Sincerely,

Floyd Emery Missouri City Council District D

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Bobby Marshall, Rodney Griffin, and Yolanda Ford Set To Face Off on Saturday, May 11th

A LOOK BACK AT THE 2011 GENERAL ELECTION: Bobby Marshall only defeated Rodney L. Griffin by 33 votes in the 2011 General Election. Griffin led Marshall after Early Voting by gaining 56.76% or 100 votes to Marshall’s 43.24% or 80 votes. However, Election Day voting is where Marshall proved too much for Griffin to handle in 2011. On Election Day, Marshall garnered 58.79% or 194 votes to Griffin’s 41.21% or 136 votes to win the election. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communication. Call 832.212.8735 to report any errors or concerns associated with this chart.


VOTE FOR RODNEY GRIFFIN ON SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013: Griffin served our community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently he serves Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin.

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WHAT RODNEY GRIFFIN PLANS TO DO FOR OUR DISTRICT - I want to repeal the CNN dubbed “Crash Tax” in Missouri City - I want to deal with the Uneven Code Enforcement in Missouri City - I want to see the revitalization of Texas Parkway in Missouri City - I want to see the equalization of our “Tax Revenues” - I want to increase “Diversity” on all Missouri City Commissions, Boards and Committees - I want to increase “Diversity” in rewarding “City Contracts”

“I’m Asking for Your Vote On Saturday, May 11th!”

Paid for by the Rodney Griffin Campaign for Missouri City Council District A, Jan West Treasurer

“I was the first State(Texas) party official to endorse then candidate Obama for president(Feb, 22, 2007).” -- Candidate Rodney Griffin

- Tideland Central Labor Council - AFL-CIO

President Obama and Rodney Griffin


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“City Council has unanimously approved changes to the Missouri City Charter and are offering them to the voters on the ballot in the 2013 General Election. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes. PLEASE SEE PAGE - 16” — Allen Owen, Mayor

Deirdre Holloway and Vonda Washington named FBISD Principals of the Year for 2013

FORT BEND ISD - Fort Bend ISD has named its 2013 Principals of the Year. Deirdre Holloway, principal of Blue Ridge Elementary (BRE), is the Elementary Principal of the Year, and Vonda Washington, principal of Christa McAuliffe Middle School (CMMS) is Secondary Principal of the Year. Each year, District principals select an elementary and secondary honoree based on their leadership, service and dedication to students, faculty and staff.

In her six years as BRE principal, Holloway has improved test scores, state rankings and overall student achievement, and she commends her staff for going the “extra mile” for their students. Holloway comes from a family of educators and grew up learning the importance of education. This is her second time to be named FBISD’s Principal of the Year. “I became a principal because I love working with teachers and students,” Holloway said. “I greet students every morning as they walk in the building and visit classrooms weekly, often asking students to explain what they are learning. I also try to build positive relationships with parents that visit the school.” Washington has been the principal at CMMS for three years and strives each day to ensure all of her teachers, students and community stakeholders know that she has a genuine concern for them. Washington will finish her doctorate degree in educational leadership in May. “I make a conscious effort to always be a model for anyone I come in contact with, and I expect my students and teachers to do the same,” said Washington. “As the principal of McAuliffe, I commit to implementing the change necessary for building critical thinkers and problem solvers.”

Austin High School’s Matt Wilson named Houston Rockets Teacher of the Game

Wilson is shown with Houston Rockets Cheerleaders at halftime during the March 3 game.

one has a calling to make the world a better place and FORT BEND ISD - Matt Wilson, a physics do God’s will in some manner. For some, that means teacher at Austin High School, has been named a winner in the Houston Rockets and Devon “Everyone has a calling to make the world a better place and Energy Teacher of the Game. He is do God’s will in some manner.” MATT WILSON among 15 teachers in the Greater Houston area to receive the award during the 2012-2013 volunteering at an animal shelter or donating to a charseason. As a finalist, Wilson received a $100 gift cerity. Some work to help the environment; others strive to tificate for classroom supplies, a pair of Rockets tickachieve justice and peace. Personally, I try to help make ets, a Teacher of the Game t-shirt and tote bag. He was the world a better place by making physics fun. It also presented with a commemorative award at halfmight sound silly, but I truly feel teaching is my calltime during the Rockets’ March 3rd game against the ing.” Dallas Mavericks and will be recognized on the RockThe Houston Rockets and Devon Energy Corporaets’ website atwww.rockets.com. tion acknowledge that America’s future depends on “It is such an honor that Devon Energy and the teachers educating our children and applaud the excepHouston Rockets take time to recognize teachers in the tional teachers in the Houston area. These teachers are community for the work we do,” said Wilson. “Everyat the foundation of educational excellence.

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Shown are Deirdre Holloway (left) and Vonda Washington (right).


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DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FORT BEND ISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE RACES VOTE FOR CYNTHIA LENTON-GARY

If you planned on running for a position on the Board of Trustees for the Fort Bend County ISD School Board the Friday, March 1, 2013 deadline has already come and gone. But all is not lost. You can still vote in the Saturday, May 11, 2013 General Election if you’re registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the Saturday, May 11, General Election is Thursday, April 11, 2013. Voters in Fort Bend ISD will go to the polls on Saturday, May 11, if they plan to vote on Election Day. The Early Voting period for the General Election is Monday, April 29th through Tuesday, May 7th. Voters living in Fort Bend ISD will be able to vote for the candidates of their choice in both contested Fort Bend County ISD School Board races in the 2013 General Election The two positions that will be on the ballot are:

FOR POSITION 3: Fort Bend County voters must make a choice between Jim Rice and Vanesia R. Johnson in this Fort Bend County ISD School Board Trustee race on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

FOR POSITION 7: Fort Bend County voters must make a choice between Dave Rosenthal, Cynthia Lenton Gary, Rodrigo Carreon, and Kiciena Enaohwo in this Fort Bend County ISD School Board Trustee race.

CYNTHIA LENTON-GARY IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE

Cynthia Lenton-Gary is seeking your vote of approval in the 2013 Fort Bend ISD School Board Position 7 Trustee race. Cynthia is urging you to cast your ballot for her during the early voting period which starts on Monday, April 29, 2013 and ends on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. If you can’t vote during the early voting period she would be very appreciative if you could cast your vote for her on Election Day – Saturday, May 11, 2013. Cynthia was appointed by the FBISD School Board back in 2010 to serve out the remainder of former trustee Jim Babb’s term. She is now seeking to win voter approval through the election process on Saturday, May 11th.

According to Cynthia Lenton-Gary, she brings experienced, leadership, a listening ear to all FBISD residents, and innovative policies and programs that she believes will assist FBISD in becoming the best school district in America. Don’t forget to vote! Cynthia also believes the key to moving Fort Bend County, the state of Texas, and America forward will largely depend on the strength of our educational system. Cynthia Lenton-Gary is a strong advocate for parental involvement, and administrative accountability. She’s a civic leader, educator, law enforcement professional, and community advocate. She’s also the soul mate to Everette Gary; and the mother of three wonderful sons.

VOTE EARLY FOR CYNTHIA

Don’t forget to cast your vote for Cynthia Lenton-Gary in the 2013 General Election race for Fort Bend County ISD School Board Trustee for Position 7 on Saturday, May 11th.


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VOTE FOR JIM RICE

FORT BEND COUNTY TRUSTEE JIM RICE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE IN THE FBISD POSITION #3 RACE ON THE SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013 GENERAL ELECTION IN FORT BEND COUNTY. EARLY VOTING BEGINS ON MONDAY, APRIL 29TH AND ENDS ON TUESDAY, MAY 7TH.

Jim Rice is currently serving as President of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. He was elected to Position 3 in 2010 and has previously served as Board Secretary. Jim has worked with the Board of Trustees and the administration to accomplish the following:

Have been a staunch supporter of being fully transparent with the voting public and being receptive to the input and concerns of the community.

Mayor Allen Owen, Danny Nguyen, Jim Rice, Cynthia Lenton Gary, Bobby Marshall, and Rodney Griffin Are All Urging Fort Bend County Registered Voters to Vote Early in 2013

By Aubrey R. Taylor President of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications The Publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper

Make FBISD a better steward of the taxpayer’s money by facilitation of energy use and cost savings by over $3 million.

Have been essential with other board members in cutting waste out of our maintenance program and establishing viable maintenance schedules’ for all FBISD buildings. Seek common sense solutions to the challenges before the school district and have the ability to “think outside the box”.

About Jim Rice

Supported raises for our teachers and other employees to help retain and support current FBISD employees.

Have worked diligently with the administration to find and reduce waste to reduce spending and make necessary budget cuts to put more money in the classrooms, not the boardroom.

Jim is the president of Rice & Gardner Consultants, a mechanical engineering and program management firm. In addition, Jim has served on the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently serving a fourth term as Vice Chair of the Chamber’s Education Division. Jim is also a 2005 graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber’s Leadership Forum Class. He is currently serving as the Region 4 Director of the Texas Association of School Boards. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County; and is co-founder and a current member of the Board of Directors of Fort Bend Cares - a 501 c(3) charitable foundation. Jim has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for 18 years and has extensive experience working directly with youth in the Boy Scouts and church, and all three of his sons are Eagle Scouts. Jim has been a resident of Sugar Land since 1981 Jim and his wife Mary have raised three sons who graduated from Fort Bend ISD schools.

------------------------------------------------------------------------Don’t forget to vote for Jim Rice on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Recently Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper was asked by Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen, Missouri City Council Member Danny Nguyen, FBISD Trustee Jim Rice, Former FBISD Trustee Cynthia Lenton-Gary, Missouri City Council Member Bobby Marshall, and 2013 Candidate for Missouri City Council Rodney L. Griffin to inform you that they’re asking for your support and vote in the upcoming Saturday, May 11, 2013 General Election to be held in Fort Bend County. With the exception of Mayor Allen Owen, and Councilman Danny Nguyen, all these individuals will be on the ballot this year.

PLEASE CONSIDER THESE REQUESTS

These individuals are not connected or associated with one another unless otherwise noted. However, each has supported our effort to inform, inspire, encourage, and uplift people throughout the region in one way or another. (1). Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen is urging you to vote in 2013 General Election for all 15 Charter Propositions on the ballot. (2). Missouri City At-Large Position 2 Council Member Danny Nguyen is urging all Missouri City voters to exercise their privilege to vote. (3). FBISD Trustee, Jim Rice, is asking Fort Bend County voters to vote for him in the upcoming election. (4). Former FBISD Trustee, Cynthia Lenton Gary is asking for Fort Bend County voters to help her unseat Dave Rosenthal (the current FBISD Trustee for Position 7) in the upcoming election. (5). Missouri City Council Member Bobby Marshall is asking for all Missouri City Council District A voters to vote to re-elect him in the upcoming election. (6). And finally, Rodney L. Griffin, the candidate who came within 33 votes of unseating Councilman Bobby Marshall in the 2011 General Election in Missouri City, is asking all Missouri City District A voters to help him unseat Bobby Marshall in the 2013 General Election.

VOTE EARLY IN THE 2013 GENERAL ELECTION

Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper is urging all Fort Bend County voters to vote early at one of the locations listed on the next page:


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“City Council has unanimously approved changes to the Missouri City Charter and are offering them to the voters on the ballot in the 2013 General Election. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes. PLEASE SEE PAGE - 16” — Allen Owen, Mayor Beasley City Hall

Irene Stern Community Center

Stafford MSD Administration Building

Address: 319 S 3rd Street Beasly, TX 77417 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday — April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Address: 6920 Katy Fulshear Rd, Fulshear, TX 77441 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Address: 1625 Staffordshire, Stafford, TX 77477 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

First Colony Conference Center

Lost Creek Park

Sugar Land Branch Library

Address: 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday — April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Address: 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Fort Bend County Road & Bridge Needville

Meadows Place City Hall

Address: 3743 School Street, Needville, TX 77461 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex Building

Address: 4520 Reading Rd, Rosenberg, TX 77469 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Fort Bend ISD Administration Building

Address: 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Hightower High School

Address: 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 - CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Holley Elementary School

Address: 16655 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77083 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Address: One Troyan Dr — Meadows Place, TX 77477 Precinct (s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Missouri City Old Municipal Court

Address: 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Pecan Grove Baptist Church

Address: 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 - 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sugar Land City Hall

Address: 2700 Town Center North, Sugar Land, TX 77479 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 —10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday — May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Willowridge High School

Address: 16301 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX 77053 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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THE NEXT GENERATION

Address: 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77469 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Richmond Water Facility Building

Address: 110 N. 8th St, Richmond, TX 77469 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 —8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Stafford City Hall

Address: 2610 Main Street, Stafford, TX 77477 Precinct(s): All Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 — 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - May 4, 2013 — CLOSED Sunday - May 5, 2013 — CLOSED Monday - Tuesday — May 6 - 7, 2013 — 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Pictured representing their school’s Student Council are (from left) students Claire Swonke, Max Danna, and Kayla Moya. Photo submitted by Highlands Elementary School.

Highlands Elementary Students “Lend a Paw” in Providing for Sheltered Animals

FORT BEND ISD - The Highlands Elementary School Student Council recently conducted a “Lend a Paw” donation drive to help the City of Sugar Land Animal Services provide for the needs of animals in their care. The students collected animal food, beds, blankets, toys and other items to help Animal Services protect the health and safety of animals.


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The State of Missouri City Texas by Rodney Griffin, A 2013 Candidate for Missouri City Council -- District A

Candidate Rodney Griffin (right) continues to be a supporter of President Barack Obama (left). Rodney Griffin was the first State (Texas) party official to endorse then candidate Obama for president (Feb, 22, 2007). — The 2013 General Election Day is Saturday, May 11th.

To Missouri City District A:

“I believe, the more things change, the more they are the same. Taxes are higher, vacancies along the Texas Parkway and Cartwright corridors continue to exist. The newly passed “crash tax” as dubbed by CNN, has made our great city, arguably the laughing stock of the world. The esplanades along Texas Parkway, are perceived as turning the parkway into contraflow lanes for the convenience of Highway 6 commuters, and many believe, at the expense of communities of color. This has to stop! No longer take seriously, those who lurk in the shadows of governance, representing no one, but themselves, and who are merely stooges for the rich and powerful! Change comes from the bottom up, never from the top down ( i.e. the Arab Spring, , closer to home, The Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care)). Having a mathematics degree from the University of Texas at Austin, working at a senior level in a council manager form of government, and running my own business for years makes me uniquely qualified to serve Missouri City and District A.I am a

problem solver. I understand keeping our community moving in the right direction, having lived here for 33 years. I am the husband of Jan West, graduate of Rice University. I am the father of four, Elizabeth Bert, a University of Texas at Austin alum, William, a Harvard Law Alum, Omari, a father of three, and Brook a Columbia U alum. I am

the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin. Here I was the first State (Texas) party official to endorse then candidate Obama for president (Feb, 22, 2007). During the de centennial census, I made sure that every person in our community was counted. Texas Parkway is the gateway to Missouri City. How it looks determines what

“I continue to campaign tirelessly for the revitalization of Texas Parkway. I have served our community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently I serve Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin. And I need your support on Sat.,, May 11th” -- RODNEY GRIFFIN

the grandfather of seven: Jamal, Jawan, Jasmine, Chase, Rose, Amaria, Khyla. I continue to campaign tirelessly for the revitalization of Texas Parkway. I have served our community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently I serve Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on

businesses move here. On Texas Parkway there are more nail shops, chicken joints, liquor stores and now, dollar stores per square mile than anywhere else in the city. I believe city boards and commissions should reflect the 60% citizens of color, 41% African American, 14% Latino, and 5%

Asian. I believe those who do business with the city should look like the ethnic diversity of the city. This does not mean, the politically, or well connected should get the lion share of the contracts, regardless of color! Hire those who can and will do the job. They are out there. Affirmatively, seek them! I am a retired businessman, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, BA mathematics. I am a graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber Leadership Forum (1996), Organization for Action, and National African American Leaders (Black Americans for Obama) Election 2012.”

Rodney Sincerely,

Rodney Griffin 2013 Candidate for Missouri City Council District A


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The 13th Annual MLK Battle of The Bands Competition Houston will Take Place On Sat., January 18, 2014

Visit: http://www.mlkgrandeparade.org for more information. The MLK Battle Of The Bands CompetitionHouston Is One Of The Largest High School Show Band Competitions In The U.S. That Features Sixteen (16) Nationally Acclaimed And Award Winning Marching Bands From Across The Nation. The 2014 Event Will Be Held On Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ Houston’s Joe Kelly Butler Stadium And Will Begin @ 4:00 PM. This Is A Must See Family Event That You Don’t Want To Miss. To learn more about the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration call: 713-953-1633 today!

8th Annual MLK Youth Parade

Date: January 18, 2014 @ Time: 12:00 PM -- Check-In Time: 10:00 AM Check-In Point: Near Houston Community College Central Campus Parade Route: Originate In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St. & Elgin N/B On San Jacinto St To Webster St -- Length Of Parade Route: 0.7 Mi -- Duration Of Parade: 1.5 Hrs

13th Annual Battle of the Bands Competition

Date: January 18, 2014@ Time: 4:00 PM -- Venue: Joe Kelly Butler Stadium Location: 13755 South Main Street-Houston, Texas-77035 -- Check-In Time: 2:00 PM Check-Point: Butler Stadium(Visitors Parking Lot On The Eastside Of Stadium) Lunch Time: 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM -- March Into Stadium: 3:45 PM

20th Annual MLK Grande Parade & PreEvent Activities

Date: January 20, 2014 @Time: 10:00 AM -- Check-In Time: 8:00 AM Check-In Point: Near Houston Community College Central Campus Parade Route: Originate In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B On San Jacinto To Webster St Length of Parade Route: 1.0 Mi -- Duration of Parade: 2.0 Hrs

Special “Thank You” from U.S. Congressman Al Green

“I am proud that we Houstonians have once again shown our admiration for the many accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King as well as our dedication to celebrating his legacy. Thank you for your commitment to making the 2013 MLK Grande Parade such a success. I trust that we will continue using this holiday as an opportunity for us to reflect on the story and the numerous contributions of Dr. King. Let us also continue to remember the many other unsung heroes and heroines who sacrificed while seeking positive societal change. ‘Keep the Dream Alive.’” -- CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN

Special “Thank You” from Harris County Constable May Walker

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of participants and partners that made the 19th Annual MLK Grande Parade the best it can be. Houstonians have once again, demonstrated the importance of reflecting on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a legacy that has impacted the whole of humanity. His efforts and sacrifices has touched lives across all ethnic, cultural, and spiritual beliefs; and indeed His dream has become a reality.” -- CONSTABLE MAY WALKER


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Pres. Obama Speaks on the Explosions in Boston

In his statement, President explained that he had been briefed by his Homeland Security team, who are continuing to monitor the situation as it unfolds, and had “directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.” “The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” he said. “And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.” We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full OBAMA weight of justice. Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way. You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. We’re still in the investigation stage at this point. But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.

What is the Dollar in your Cash Register Worth? To The American People:

JERVEY

Darnyelle A. Jervey

“So sad to hear about the senseless tragedy in Boston. I am sending prayers, love and light to all affected and their families. Dear God - bless, strengthen, comfort, heal. Amen.”

SPILLER-COLEMAN

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BOSTON BOMBINGS: “We can try and wear blinders when it comes to evil around us but God knows how to remove the blinders, bring us together to call on Him in times like these!”

“When it comes to jobs, America’s economic “growth gap” has economists fearing our nation has fallen into a new substandard economic norm and Main Street wondering just how much those dollars in the cash register are worth today. In the weakest economic recovery since World War II, businesses and workers need to know that every hard-earned dollar received this week is worth the same as it was last week. For America to be the strongest economy in the world throughout the 21st Century, Americans need to be involved in the process at all levels – from their local city councils, to their state houses, to Congress. And because it affects our economy from Main Street to Wall Street, Washington needs to get the role of the Federal Reserve right. I have filed two pieces of legislation that protect our dollar and I’m pleased that dozens of my colleagues have signed on in support. The Sound Dollar Act reforms the Federal Reserve and the Centennial Monetary Commission Act analyzes the Fed’s first 100 years. I believe we must reign the Fed back to a single mandate of price stability and open the door for the regional Fed offices – like Texas’ – to have as much say as Washington and Wall Street. All voices of the U.S. economy must be heard and Americans must be confident the Fed is operating in the best interests of the nation. There’s a lot we need to get right – government spending, tax BRADY codes and regulations. Not to mention the need to ensure that essential programs like Social Security and Medicare are solvent for future generations. Protecting our dollar is equally important. The bottom line - we need a strong foundation that creates jobs and grows an economy built to last. That’s what we get with a sound dollar and stable prices.”

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Mayor Allen Owen is Missouri City’s 10th mayor since the city’s incorporation in 1956. Mayor Owen and his family have lived in Missouri City more than 36 years. Mayor Owen continues to dedicate much of his time and expertise towards the development of a community where he and his wife of 46 years, Jane, raised their three children. Owen has served as mayor since his election to that position in 1994. Prior to that time he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years and a City Council member for eight years, including serving as mayor pro-tem. Mayor Owen earned degrees from Southern Methodist University’s Graduate School of Finance and Banking and from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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“The City had the Charter Review Commission look at changes that needed to be made and updated to the Charter which we are required to do periodically. In their review some minor changes need to be made and it takes voter approval to change the Charter. City Council unanimously approved the changes and are offering them to the voters on the ballot on Saturday, May 11, 2013. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes.” — Allen Owen, Mayor of Missouri City, Texas About The Mayor of Missouri City

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From the beginning of Mayor Owen’s association with Missouri City, he has been highly visible in the community that now has grown to 68,000 residents and numerous businesses. He continues to play a major role in building a strong economy evidenced by Missouri City’s attraction of quality residential and commercial development. Mayor Owen combines his former position, before retiring as senior vice president and Texas government liaison for Wells Fargo Bank of Texas with assuring he is available to hear and work with the City’s residents on their needs. He actively participates in numerous community activities, including tireless volunteer hours with the YMCA, United Way, March of Dimes, and many other organizations.

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He serves on the boards for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Literacy Council, and the Fort Bend Community Justice Council. Mayor Owen is also a lifetime vice president and director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a lifetime member of the Fort Bend Fair, past president of the Texas 4H Foundation, and president of the Asian American Family Counseling Center.

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mand for choices in housing continues to grow, Houston is helping to lead the nation in new apartment construction and related jobs. This growth may not have been possible without a positive regulatory environment, a prudent fiscal approach to governance and leadership from Mayor Parker. “Communities across the country are starting to realize what Houston has known for years – that people want to live in the home that is right for them,” Hunt continued. “For the more than one million Houstonians who rent their housing, that home is often an apartment. Mayor Parker ensures that renters, and the more than 38,000 apartment industry professionals who serve them, have a voice at City Hall. The Mayor’s commitment to safe, affordable housing options for Houstonians has provided the necessary climate for growth as our community attracts industry and jobs.” “I thank the Houston Apartment Association and the Better Government Fund for this endorsement,” said Mayor Parker. “As Houston continues to be the job creation capital of the country, the need for housing will continue to grow and I know the members of the Apartment Association will continue to be our good partners in providing safe, affordable housing options.” The Houston Apartment Association is a professional trade association that serves individuals and businesses involved in the ownership, construction, management, maintenance and operation of apartments and other rental dwellings in the Houston area. The HAA Better Government Fund is the political action committee of HAA. See www.haaonline.org for more information.

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Mayor Annise Parker Receives Endorsement From Houston Apartment Association PAC Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received the endorsement of the Houston Apartment Association’s Better Government Fund Political Action Committee.

“The Houston apartment industry is proud to support Annise Parker for another term as mayor of Houston,” said Stacy Hunt, Executive Director for Greystar and Treasurer of the Houston Apartment Association Better Government Fund. “Mayor Parker recognizes the need for a balanced housing policy that helps our industry meet the demands of our growing work force. As de-

Annie’s List Endorses Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Annie’s List is proud to announce its endorsement of Mayor Annise Parker as she seeks re-election to her third term as the Mayor of the fourth largest city in the nation.

One of the first candidates endorsed in Annie’s List history, Mayor Parker has

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demonstrated a commitment to upholding our progressive values, and her successful re-election is a top priority for Annie’s List in 2013. “Annise Parker has a stellar record of fighting for the things that matter most to Annie’s List supporters, and we feel confident that she can continue to make Houston a better place for women and their families,” said Executive Director Grace Garcia. “Strong women leaders like Mayor Parker working to make a difference in Texas are truly our mission in action.” Annie’s List first endorsed Mayor Parker in her race for Houston City Controller in 2004. When she was ready to run for Mayor in 2009, Annie’s List was honored to be there from the moment she announced through her victorious re-election in 2011. “I’ve been proud to be both a strong supporter and an endorsed candidate of Annie’s List since its inception,” said Mayor Parker. “Every day, Texas comes closer to living up to its promise because of your work. I am grateful we can continue to work together to keep Houston the best place in America to live, work and raise a family.” -----------------------------------------------------

EMILY’s List Endorses Mayor Annise Parker

“With Annise Parker at the helm, Houston has roared back from the recession and is leading the nation in job creation.”

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced its endorsement of Mayor Annise Parker for a third term as Houston’s mayor. “Mayor Annise Parker has a vision for Houston as the best place in America to live, work and raise a family – and, more importantly, she has the leadership skills and experience to make it happen,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “With Annise Parker at the helm, Houston has roared back from the recession

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ABOUT MAYOR PARKER: A businesswoman, community leader and mother, Annise Parker is completing her second term as Mayor of Houston – with a strong focus on growing our local economy, keeping Houston safe and improving the quality of life for every Houstonian. Annise has also served for six years as a city councilmember and six years as controller. She worked for 20 years in Houston’s oil and gas industry after graduating from Rice University and served in a variety of community leadership roles before her election to public office. Mayor Annise Parker and her life partner Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 20 years and are advocates for adoption, with two adopted daughters and a son. and is leading the nation in job creation. It’s no wonder that Forbes recently named Houston ‘America’s Coolest City.’ We’re proud to endorse Annise Parker for mayor.” “What an honor to be in the company of qualified women leaders who have earned the support of EMILY’s List! We are leading our country forward in communities across America,” said Mayor Parker. “And with the help of EMILY’s List and its two million members, I’ve been able to win my elections and keep working to bring jobs and a higher quality of life to my city.” With a laser focus on jobs and the economy, Mayor Annise Parker pioneered the Hire Houston First program to encourage the use of local companies and workers on taxpayer-funded projects. In the first year of the program, more than $139 million of city business had been awarded to certified Hire Houston First firms, sustaining more than 6,000 jobs. At Annise’s direction, Houston’s city government is doing more projects on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than incurring debt. Annise helped to create a dedicated fund for street repairs and flood prevention, secure funding for new libraries and lay the foundation for a parks and trails system about which most cities can only dream. Crime is down and the city is demolishing dangerous abandoned buildings and modernizing police and fire stations. A businesswoman, community leader and mother, Annise Parker is completing her second term as Mayor of Houston. She has also served for six

years as a city councilmember and six years as controller. Annise worked for 20 years in Houston’s oil and gas industry after graduating from Rice University and served in a variety of community leadership roles before her election to public office. Learn more at www.AnniseParker.com. ---------------------------------------------------

PPGC Action Fund Endorses Mayor Annise Parker

Recently the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast ACTION FUND Inc, (PPGCAF) voted to endorse Mayor Annise Parker for Mayor in the November City Election. Mayor Parker has demonstrated a strong commitment to the health and well being of Texas women and families. “Mayor Parker is a lifelong supporter of Planned Parenthood’s mission

of ensuring women and men have access to preventive, reproductive health care and accurate sexual health information,” said Melaney A. Linton, President of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast ACTION FUND. “She is also a tireless advocate for the women, men and families of Houston and we are proud to once again endorse her to lead our city as Mayor. We know that her continued leadership will make Houston a healthier place.” PPGCAF encourages all Houston registered voters to cast their ballot for candidates who support women’s health education, information and services. The PPGC ACTION FUND is a 501c4 organization and is the political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. The ACTION FUND and PPGCAF PAC, its associated political action committee, were established in 1992 to engage in educational and electoral activity in sup-

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port of candidates that support medically-accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education, access to affordable reproductive health care, and safe, confidential abortion services. The mission of PPGC ACTION FUND is to foster and preserve a social and political climate favorable to helping women and men manage their sexual and reproductive health. The ACTION FUND conducts public education, voter mobilization, legislative activity and other political activities that are permissible for a tax exempt social welfare organization. ****The PPGC ACTION FUND, Inc is a separately incorporated non-partisan, non-profit organization engaged in a variety of activities that inform and mobilize pro-choice advocates and voters. ------------------------------------------------------------

desirable cities for Americans to live in, and she has done all of this with a commitment to fairness and equality for everyone.” “I am proud to have been elected mayor by Houstonians who believe the strongest qualification for public office is what you do, not who you are,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “And I am honored to stand side-by-side with the members of the Human Rights Campaign as we strive to make that most essential American value—equality—a reality for everyone.” Annise Parker has the public- and private-sector experience necessary to serve the 2.1 million people who call Houston home. Before being elected mayor, Parker spent 20 years in Houston’s oil and gas industry before serving six years as a city councilmember and six years as city controller. Parker heads the largest city in America ever to be governed by an openly gay person. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. ---------------------------------------------------

HRC Endorses Mayor Annise Parker for Re-Election as Houston Mayor HRC Points to Longtime Equality Champion’s Record of Leading Houston into a fiscal boom Recently the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced its endorsement of Annise Parker for re-election as Mayor of Houston. As Mayor of the country’s fourth-largest city, Parker has worked tirelessly and effectively to improve Houston’s economy and provide stellar living conditions for all Houstonians. HRC pointed to Forbes Magazine naming Houston number one on its list of America’s Coolest Cities to live in and number two on its list of Fastest Growing American Cities. “As mayor, Annise Parker has presided over an economic boom that has improved the lives of millions and put Houston on the cutting edge of urban renewal,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Under her leadership, Houston has become one of the most

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Mayor Annise Parker Receives Endorsement of Houston Contractors Association

“The city remains safe and well protected while other major cities struggle to deal with a soaring crime rate,” continued Nielsen, “and the mayor has done all this without putting the city financially in the red or raising the property tax rate. We think that Mayor Parker has earned herself another term.” “My sincere thanks to the Houston Contractors Association for their endorsement and their continuing support of our city,” said Mayor Parker. “In my administration, I have focused on the need to upgrade our infrastructure to support the continued growth of our city and the new businesses that are moving here, making Houston the job-creation capitol of the country. “The HCA was the original partner in the city’s Demolition Day,” added Parker. “Each year their members donate their services to demolish dangerous and abandoned buildings that provide havens for criminals and lower property values.” Formed in 1956 by a small group of local contractors, the Houston Contractors Association (HCA) has grown into the preeminent organization representing civil construction companies in the greater Houston area. Its members represent the finest that this industry has to offer, not only in the quality of their service, but also the character of their person. HCA has over 400 members that perform over $2 billion worth of work and services annually and form the backbone of the civil construction industry in this region. HCA works closely with the State of Texas, Harris County, the City of Houston, METRO, the Port of Houston Authority, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Flood Control and every other County and municipality in the greater eight county region. Its members have done the majority of private work in the area as well. Working closely with private developers and Municipal Utility Districts (MUD’s), its work has allowed the new home industry in Houston to flourish over the last several decades. --------------------------------------------------

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received the endorsement of the Houston Contractors Association for her re-election to a third term. “The Houston Contractors Association is proud to endorse and support Mayor Parker in her race for a third term in office,” said Executive Vice President Jeffrey Nielsen. “The Mayor has successfully led the City of Houston through the most challenging financial times this city has faced in the last 30 years. She has been a strong advocate for improving this city’s basic infrastructure, such as water and sewer service, drainage and street repair.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) Political Action Committee. HPOU officials praised Parker’s commitment to public safety. “Mayor Parker inherited a budget with a significant shortfall and she also inherited a bad economy,” said Ray Hunt, HPOU President. “Yet she promised the Houston Police Department would not lose officers and she has kept her word. Hiring has kept up with attrition and the Mayor exceeded her promise.” In addition, Hunt praised Mayor Parker for choosing a capable chief, Charles McClelland, from within the department. “Our Chief’s door and the Mayor’s door have always been open for HPOU to talk about issues,” said Hunt. The Mayor commended Houston police officers for their hard work making the city safe. “Houston is moving in the right direction — and our men and women in blue are a big part of the reason why,” said Parker. “That’s why I am so honored to have the support of the Houston Police Officers Union.” “Public safety is the foundation of our strong economy and our high quality of life,” the Mayor continued. “We’ve made great strides working hand-inhand with our police officers and civilian safety employees to keep our city safe.” Among the accomplishments cited by Parker that have resulted from their work together are:

• A decrease in Houston’s crime rate • Maintaining police force levels during the recession to keep Houston safe • A plan to send current and backlogged sexual assault kits to outside labs to bring testing up to date, which will allow the Crime Lab to focus on DNA tests in other crimes • Working with other city departments to help identify and demolish dangerous abandoned buildings that serve as havens for criminals and participating in the new Make Safe Saturdays program, which is targeting blighted properties in neighborhoods • Reaching a contract with Police officers until 2015 and with the police pension system until 2023 ---------------------------------------------------

Mayor Annise Parker Receives Houston Police Officers’ Union Endorsement

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City of Missouri City - Purchasing Invitation for Bid IFB-117-13-0-2013/CO 2013 Charles Oberrender Construction of Standby Genera tor Improvements for Animal Shel ter and Traffic Management Facility Active None 4/29/2013 2:00 PM Central 4/3/2013 5%

Bid Status Bid Status Text Due Date/Time Broadcast Date Bid Bond Project Estimated Budget $100,000.00 Plan (blueprint) Distribution Options Electronic plan documents Distribution Method Download and Mail Distributed By Onvia DemandStar Distribution Notes None Scope of Work The City of Missouri City will accept bids for and intends to award a contract for all materials, labor, tools, equipment and facilities required to complete turnkey construction of a standby generator for use by the City’s new Animal Shelter and Traffic Management Facility. The project site is at 1919 Scanlin Road in Missouri City. This project includes, but is not limited to, the following:

The scope of work includes replacement of the existing electrical service and electrical panels to convert the building from 120/240V, 3 phase delta hi-leg to a balanced 120/208V, 3 phase electrical service. Also includes providing a new diesel engine standby generator and associated concrete house-keeping pad and automatic transfer switch to provide standby power to the entire building service. In addition, the scope includes construction of a small closet with lighting and exhaust to house the existing UPS.

All construction shall be in conformance with project plans, specifications, City of Missouri City standards, ordinances and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements where applicable. Bid shall include any freight, fuel surcharge or other miscellaneous charges. The bid shall be lump sum

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