- Strongest advocate for investment at Ascarate Park, achieving levels not seen in more than a decade.
- This year alone, we are investing 1.8 million dollars in the park for maintenance and upgrades. We’ll be spending an additional 400k to repair bathrooms that have not been working since before I was in office.
- We have renovated the pool, purchased more pumps and aerators, purchased new golf carts for the golf course, and are purchasing a boat to dredge and clean the lake and we are stocking it with more fish.
- We created a policy that makes sure every dollar that is spent at the park is directly reinvested there.
- We are attracting more and more events, especially big money makers such as the Sun City Music Festival and the Sun City Fair.
- And we have been working with other entities, such as UTEP to address issues such as ponding, water quality and ADA compliance.
- We were approached by the Border Network for Human Rights in my first year and asked to lead the charge for this initiative.
- There are numerous benefits to bringing immigrants out of the shadows and integrating them further into our community by giving them identification cards, not just for them, but for all of us.
- This is a project that would increase public safety
- People would not have to fear reporting crime and they would have access to services they cannot attain without an ID
- Not to mention the economic stimulus that would be created when 50 to 60 thousand people have access to banking services.
- It is a project that would incur a minimal cost up front, and that would, within a few years, become an enterprise fund, making money for the County.
- I was successful last year in convincing the Court to set aside half of the start up costs, with the hope the City would partner with us and pay for the 2nd half.
When the absurd idea that we should restrict transgender people from using the bathroom they choose somehow became a priority in the state legislature, my office decided to look into our own County Policies to make sure we were not discriminating against the LGBTQ community. We found that within our EEO policy, there were not protections for them, so we asked the commissioners court to make the change, and we did. Even though it may not have been a big change, I am proud of my office and my team for looking into the issue and discovering it was needed.