PUBLIC NOTICE

 

is hereby given by the CITY OF LAREDO of meetings to be held during the

 

2009 AUSTIN LEGISLATIVE TRIP.

 

Written notice is also hereby given that the following public officials will be traveling to Austin, Texas, on Sunday, January 25, 2009, in order to attend the various meetings that will be scheduled with state legislative officials and agencies: Mayor Raul G. Salinas, Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr., Council Member Hector Garcia, Council Member Michael Landeck, Council Member Johnny Narvaez, Council Member Johnny Rendon, Council Member Gene Belmares, and Council Member Cindy Liendo Espinoza. Their scheduled date of return is Thursday, January 29, 2009.

 

Dates of events and meetings: Sunday, January 25, 2009 through Thursday, January 29, 2009.

 

Time of meetings: As attached in schedule. All meeting times, dates, and locations are subject to change depending upon the schedule of state officials and agency contacts.  Please contact the Public Information Office at (956) 791-7391 to obtain information regarding schedule of meetings.  In addition to the meetings, the following group events have been scheduled:

 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Delegation Dinner

                        Roaring Fork Restaurant

                        701 Congress Avenue

                        Austin, Texas 78701

                        6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

                        Monday, January 26, 2009

House Floor Recognition

Capitol Building, 1W.04.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

                        Elected Officials Luncheon

                        McCormick & Schmick’s

                        401 Congress Avenue

                        Austin, Texas 78701

                        12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mariachi Presentation

Capitol Rotunda, 1st floor.

                        Austin, Texas 78701

                        12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

                        Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Senate Floor Recognition

Senate Chamber

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

WBCA Reception

Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room, 2E.16

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Photo Opportunity with Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

2nd floor in front of the staircase in front of the Senate Chamber

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Laredo Day in Austin Reception

Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Capital Ballroom

701 Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Location of meetings: State Capitol offices for the state legislative officials and state agency offices, located at various locations in Austin, Texas.

 

Meetings will be held with, but not limited to, the following:

 

·         Governor Perry’s Chief of Staff Jay Kimbrough and Governor’s Legislative Director Sen. Ken Armbrister.

  • Texas Director of Homeland Security Steve McCraw

·         Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo

  • Health and Human Services Commissioner Albert Hawkins

·         Texas Water Development Board Members, including:  Executive Administrator J. Kevin Ward, Deputy Executive Administrator Greg Kuchy, Associate Deputy Executive Administrator Project Finance & Construction Assistance Amanda Lavin, Regional Water Planning Manager Dave Meesey, Director of Governmental Relations Wendy Foster, Governmental Relations Liaison Robert Ruiz

  • Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City
  • Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey
  • Rep.  James “Jim” Keffer, R-Eastland
  • Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville
  • Pedro Garza, Austin Regional Director for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, and Legislative Director Barbara Salyers
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Executive Director Mark Vickery, Deputy Executive Director Carlos Rubenstein
  • Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville
  • Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade

·         Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio

  • Rep. Phillips, R-Sherman

·         Rep. Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock

  • Amadeo Saenz, Executive Director of TxDOT

 

Issues to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

 

Environmental

Fund Tire Remediation Program

Health

Designate a Texas-Mexico Border Public Health Region

Funding for Indigent Health Care

Funding for Public Health Preparedness

Funding for the Obesity Reduction and Diabetes (Bienestar) Program

Support Core Public Health Services

Homeland Security

Change Threat vs. Population Based On Funding Formulas

Funding for Emerging Technology Training for First Responders

Funding for Radio Communications and Interoperability

Funding for Regional Emergency Operations Center

Homeland Security Funding

River Jurisdiction Status

Local Government

Changing General Election Date

Coin Operated Machine Businesses

Support for Delayed School Start Date

Parks & Leisure

Provide Recreational Facilities and Workforce Opportunities for People with Special Needs

Tax

Local Option Residence Homestead Exemption

Periodic Reappraisal of Real and Personal Property

Transit

Bus and Facility Capital Funding

Eliminate State Sales Tax Cap for Transit

Transportation

Cuatro Vientos Roadway Project

Dedicate Aviation Sales Tax for Airport Development

Railroad Noise Abatement Program

Support for Transportation Corridor Projects that Positively Impact the Port of Laredo

Utility

Amend Utilities Code Regarding Telecommunication Providers and a Municipality

Communications Between Municipalities Regarding Water Resources

 

This notice was posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at the municipal government offices located at 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times.

 

 

 

 

________________________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

City Secretary

 

Monday, January 26th

 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

 

·         Meeting with Governor Perry’s Chief of Staff Jay Kimbrough and Governor’s Legislative Director

Sen. Ken Armbrister.

                Location:  Office of the Governor, State Capitol, 2nd Floor, Rm 2S.1. 

 

  • Meeting with Texas Director of Homeland Security Steve McCraw.          

Location:  State Insurance Bldg at 1100 San Jacinto Blvd. Sign in at the security desk on the 2nd floor.

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

·         Meeting with the Representative Richard Raymond.

Location: Capitol Building, 1W.04.

 

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

  • Meeting with Health and Human Services Commissioner Albert Hawkins

Location: 4900 N. Lamar, Brown-Heatly Building, Park in the garage beyond 1st level, check-in with security guard.

 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

·         Meeting with Texas Water Development Board Members, including:  Executive Administrator J. Kevin Ward, Deputy Executive Administrator Greg Kuchy, Associate Deputy Executive Administrator Project Finance & Construction Assistance Amanda Lavin, Regional Water Planning Manager Dave Meesey, Director of Governmental Relations Wendy Foster, Governmental Relations Liaison Robert Ruiz.

                Location: Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 N. Congress Ave., Rm. 513F

 

  • Meeting with Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City

Current House Committee Membership: Appropriations – Vice Chair; Calendars; Natural Resources.

Location: Capitol Building, Room: E2.020

 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

 

  • Meeting with Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey.

Location:  DSHS Moreton Building, 1100 W. 49th St. Sign in on first floor then they will direct you up to 7th floor.

 

  • Meeting with Rep.  James “Jim” Keffer, R-Eastland.

Current House Committee Membership: Ways & Means – Chair; Pensions & Investments.

Location: Capitol. E2.418

 

Tuesday, January 27

 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

 

  • Meeting with Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville.

Senate Committee Membership: International Relations & Trade – Chair; Business & Commerce, Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies & Economic Development; Finance; State Affairs.

Location: Capitol Building, 3E.18.

 

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Meeting with Pedro Garza, Austin Regional Director for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce

                Location:  EDA Office, 504 Lavaca Street, Suite 1100.

 

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

 

  • Meeting with Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, and Legislative Director Barbara Salyers.

Senate Committee Membership: Transportation & Homeland Security – Chair; Criminal Justice; Jurisprudence; State Affairs.

Location: Capitol Building, 4E.2.

 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

 

  • Meeting with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Executive Director Mark Vickery, Deputy Executive Director Carlos Rubenstein.

Location:  TCEQ, 12100 Park Thirty-Five Circle, Bldg F, last building south in complex,

4th floor,  Suite 4208.

 

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

  • Meeting with Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville.

Current House Committee Membership: Border & International Affairs – Chair; Environmental Regulation.

Location:  Capitol Building, E1.304

 

  • Meeting with Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade.

                Location:  Capitol Building, East Wing, main floor, 1E.8.

 

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM

 

·         Meeting with Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.

Location: Speaker’s Office, 2W.13.

 

 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

 

  • Meeting with Rep. Phillips, R-Sherman.

Current House Committee Membership: General Investigating Ethics – Chair; Transportation – Vice Chair; Culture, Recreation & Tourism.

Location: Capitol Building, E2.604

 

·         Meeting with Rep. Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock.

Current House Committee Membership: N/A

Location: Capitol Building, E2.802.

 

Wednesday, January 28th

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

 

  • Meeting with Amadeo Saenz, Executive Director of TxDOT

Location: Conference Room on 1st floor, Dewitt Greer Building, 125 E. 11th Street