Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mission's mayor Salinas and city council endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative D36

For Immediate Release:
Friday, January 29, 2010

Mission Mayor Salinas and City Council endorse Sergio Muñoz, Jr. for state representative

(MISSION) - Sergio Muñoz, Jr., who has made job creation, more health care, better access to education, and improved public safety – including cracking down of sexual predators – the foundation of his campaign, on Thursday, January 28, was endorsed for State Representative, House District 36, by the mayor and city council of his hometown of Mission.

House District 36 includes Granjeno, Hidalgo, southern McAllen, most of Mission, Palmview, Peñitas, and Pharr.

Muñoz, who currently serves as Palmview Municipal Court Judge, is a successful attorney who earned his law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston and his business degree the University of Texas at Austin.

Muñoz has the skills, ideas and energy needed to succeed in the high-stakes world of the Texas Legislature, said Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas.

"Mission and House District 36 have been leaders in economic development, international trade, and business growth for many years, not only in South Texas, but in the entire state," said Salinas. "Sergio Muñoz, Jr. will deliver on his vision, which will result in the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs for our entire region."

Among Muñoz legislative proposals are:

• Securing state funding for the planned University of Texas Health Science Center - South Texas, which will include a medical school for the region;

• Working with the governor on a plan that would tap into two existing state programs – the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund - to help pay for the construction of a Veterans Affairs Hospital in the Valley; and,

• Seeking major state pay raises for educators in order to keep and attract the best teachers in the Valley and state's public schools.

Summarizing his legislative goals, Muñoz proclaimed, "It's time for everyone to have the education they want, the health care they need, and the jobs they deserve."

Councilmember Norie González Garza said Muñoz has the proven abilities to work with people from all walks of life.

"Sergio Muñoz, Jr. knows that any leader, like a great society, is ultimately judged by how we treat the weakest, the neediest, the most vulnerable among us," she said. "His main priority will be to help those in the greatest need. That's one of the main reasons he returned home to the Valley because he has never forgotten his roots."

Defender of the People

During his campaign kick-off last fall, Muñoz offered his reasons for seeking public office.

"I am running because I believe that my years in professional and community services, and my experience as a defender of the people, combined with my vision and commitment for all of us to have a better life, are positive qualifications to serve the good people of District 36," he said.

"We all want what's best for our families," Muñoz added. "Working as an attorney in this region, I know what it takes to fight for people every day."

Equally important, in presenting his candidacy to voters, Muñoz is holding himself up to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct.

"It's about having strong core values that matter: leadership, integrity, compassion, hard work and faith," he told voters. "I won't forget where I came from and who I serve."

He said his decision to run "is not one that I take lightly. I don't want anything just given to me. I would rather have life provide me with an opportunity and then earn it."

New Generation of Leadership

Muñoz said he would continue the Valley legislative delegation's strategies of always rallying behind the major issues of the day.

"If we want more jobs, more resources, and more funding for our community, we all need to work together, cooperatively, both here locally, and in Austin," said Muñoz. "As long as we can work together, plan together and agree on the right projects that help our community, we can attract the right funding and resources we need to have a better education system, a healthier and safer community, and to have the jobs of which we can be proud."

He said he would be accessible to all constituents, both during the campaign and as an elected official. "Over the next several months, I intend to walk our neighborhoods, knock on doors, and visit as many people as possible. You deserve this," Muñoz said.

"Call me and let's visit. I hope that you and your family will vote for me on March 2," Muñoz concluded his campaign speech. "Thank you for being here. May God bless our families, our troops, and our great community!"

Other legislative goals

Muñoz' legislative plans also include the following measures:

• Spark economic development and jobs creation through legislative and state agency policies that result in the recruitment of new, and expansion of existing, large and small businesses in deep South Texas through state tax incentives, with improvements of the state highway and roadway systems;

• Pass legislation that promotes the development of small businesses in the Valley – "the backbone of our local economy," as he characterized them – while opposing a state personal income tax, which he said would hurt both employers and employees;

• Promote reforms in the state's legal and tax systems that will help homeowners better protect their most valuable investment, while making it more affordable for Texans to buy and hold on to their homes;

• Expand the academic programs at The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College;

• Boost public safety with a strong border security system in partnership with local, state and federal agencies, and pass laws that protect crime victims while cracking down on violent criminals and sex offenders;

• Protecting the pensions and health insurance coverage for retired educators and state professionals; and,

• Expand health care coverage for South Texans by making it easier for thousands of Valley families and individuals to protect their families by expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and improving access to Medicaid – advances that would result in millions of additional federal matching dollars coming into the South Texas economies.

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission:

Texas families with uninsured children may be able to get health insurance through Children's Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Both programs offer health care benefits, including regular checkups and dental care; and,

Medicaid in Texas is a program to provide health insurance coverage to low income families, disabled persons, and poverty level seniors. It is a joint program of the federal government and the state (Texas), where the federal government provides most of funding and sets the eligibility standards, and the Texas government provides the specific care to all eligible persons and families. Medicaid covers hospital stays, doctor visits, emergency room visits, prenatal care, prescription drugs, and other treatments.


Political announcement paid for by Sergio Muñoz, Jr., – Oscar Elizondo, Jr., Treasurer – 1110 South Closner Boulevard, Edinburg, Texas 78539.

NOTE: RGV Life does not receive compensation from the campaign. 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Vantage Ribbon Cutting The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon Cutting
Sunday, January 31st
9:30 AM 
813 Travis St.
Mission, TX
Come join us!
The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce | 202 W. Tom Landry | Mission | TX | 78572

Texas Citrus Fiesta 2010

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January 16,2010  2PM  
Mission Community Center   
1420 E. Kika De La Garza
$5.00 per person
January  23,2010 7PM to 12AM
Mission Community Center
1420 E. Kika De La Garza 
$150.00 per person
January 28,2010  7PM   
Mission Neuhaus Center
1802 Cleo Dawson
$3.00 Gen Seating $ 5.00 Reserved Seating 
January 30,2010 4PM
Line-up begins at 12PM to 2PM, starting at 2 Mile Line and Conway.
Parade Will Run North to South on Conway starting on FM 495 South to 4th St.
Entries  $30.00         Commercial $ 250.00
January 30,2010  10AM  to 10PM
Arts & Crafts
Free Admission
January 30,2010 
495 & Conway
$200.00 Per Team 
Start at $50.00                                     
Fruit sale throughout the day
495 & Conway
Winners announced at 4PM 
Call 956-580-8760 Mission Parks & Recreation 
Fiesta Display 900 Doherty                           
January  2010 495 & Conway
For INFORMATION CALL (956) 585-9724 or  log on to:
The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce | 202 W. Tom Landry | Mission | TX | 78572

Thursday, January 28, 2010

United Brownsville kicks-off with signing ceremony

BROWNSVILLE, TX- JANUARY 21, 2010- The wheels of change kept their momentum today as The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College and six other entities launched United Brownsville with a signing ceremony at City Hall.


Starting where Imagine Brownsville left off, the newly formed United Brownsville will have an organizational structure designed to provide a sustainable mechanism for cooperation to leverage institutional resources for the implementation and tracking of the initiatives in the Imagine Brownsville plan.  


"We must again come together," said UTB/TSC President and a United Brownsville Board Co-chair Dr. Juliet V. Garcia. "Any one of us alone can achieve small things, but it takes a community to come together to achieve bigger things."


UTB/TSC was asked to collaborate as a full partner with the community around the implementing the key investments and strategies identified in Imagine Brownsville as a member of the United Brownsville Plan Coordinating Board. 


The board represents a new approach to create a more sustainable, competitive regional community.  The University joins with city of Brownsville, the Port of Brownsville Independent School District, the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board and the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation on the board. 


"What's more exciting is we are taking the next step in moving forward with the notion of a plan to a movement of making things happen," said UTB/TSC Vice President for Economic Development and Community Services and a board Co-Chair board member, Irv Downing. "All this is beyond just one institution and only when we leverage our resources can Brownsville really meet the challenges."


The Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan provided the foundation for guiding the future growth of the Brownsville Borderplex that is consistent with the vision and goals of the community. The development of the plan involved the participation of hundreds of residents and institutions throughout the process.


"When we agreed to lead Imagine Brownsville, it was never meant to be a plan that would sit on the shelf when it was completed," said President and CEO of International Bank of Commerce and board Co-Chair Fred Rusteberg. "Plans demand action, and that's what United Brownsville is about. We are excited to begin the implementation phase of the plan. This is a truly an historic occasion."


The plan outlines the key private and public sector strategies needed to create a more sustainable competitive community in order to attract the capital and resources needed to improve the economic development and quality of life of the Brownsville area.


For more information about United Brownsville, please go


Hub City Toastmasters Charter Presentation Open to the Public

The HUB City Toastmasters Club of Pharr will receive its Charter

from Toastmasters International at a celebration on Wednesday, February 3,
at the Pharr Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Park.  The club charter
and charter member certificates will be presented by Toastmasters Division
Governor Gerry Wyant of Victoria, TX.  There will also be an "Official
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony."


Members of the community are invited to attend and learn about

the Toastmasters organization.  Social time and refreshments start at 11:30 a.m.

and the one hour program begins at 12 Noon.  


HUB City Toastmaster Club meets each Wednesday noon at the

Pharr Chamber of Commerce.  Toastmasters clubs provide a

mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member

has the opportunity to develop public speaking and leadership skills.




Friday: Honk Against Health Care

Honk Against Health Care!
Friday, Jan. 28th, 12:00 to 12:30 PM at Congressmen
Hinojosa's and Cuellar's offices!
Dear Shaine,
This Friday - January 29 - help us make a difference and save this country from an administration that seeks to cripple our economy by pushing through Socialized Healthcare via corrupt back-room deals.

Join AFP-Texas and many others across the state as we protest the Healthcare Bill by hopping in our cars, circling targeted district offices and "Honk Against the Healthcare Takeover!"

We are also encouraging that everyone to shoe-polish their vehicles with "Honk No" or "Honk No Against Healthcare Takeover" even if they can't attend.


"Honk Against Healthcare Takeover Rally"

Date: Friday, January 29, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30 p.m.

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Rio Grande Valley Tea Party Association | 5111 N. 10th, #298 | McAllen | TX | 78504

Texas Hospital Association PAC endorses Rep. Veronica Gonzales

AUSTIN (January 20, 2010) – The Texas Hospital Association's state political action committee, HOSPAC, has endorsed Veronica Gonzales (D-McAllen) for Texas House District 41. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state's hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 355,000 health care professionals statewide.  

"Texas hospitals face numerous challenges in delivering care to our diverse, fast-growing population," said Dan Stultz, M.D., FACP, FACHE, president/chief executive officer of the Texas Hospital Association. He noted that Texas continues to have the highest rate of uninsured in the nation, and if federal reform is enacted, Texas will face many infrastructure and budget challenges with its implementation. Some 70 percent of Texas are at or below 400 percent of poverty, and potentially will be eligible for Medicaid or government subsidies. 

"Hospitals are major employers in the state, and workforce needs will grow as demand for services increases among those newly covered," said Stultz. "Sound health care policies will be more important than ever, and Rep. Gonzales has indicated a willingness to work with hospitals to address Texas' health care issues." 

The 33-member HOSPAC board makes endorsements based on a candidate's position on health care issues and input from local hospital representatives. Learn more about HOSPAC at 



      Amanda Engler, APR


About the Texas Hospital Association 
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state's hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members' abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. Learn more at  or follow THA on Twitter at

2010 Onion Fest Theme Contest

Info On The Web
Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce E-News
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It's that time again!  Time for Onion Fest and we need your help!


Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce
301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX  78596
(956) 968-2102 office  (956) 968-6451 fax

Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce | 301 W. Railroad St. | Weslaco | TX | 78596

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Upcoming Weslaco Area Chamber Events

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce E-News
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January is almost over!  The Onion Fest is around the corner.  Between now and then - there is so much going on - we want you informed!  Take a look at the calendar of events below - you won't want to miss any of the action!

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The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce
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on the CHAMBER PAGE - for our members!

 Quarter Page Full-Color Ad:
$250/mo for 12-month program
$300/mo for 6-month program
$350 one-month insertion
For more information and to place your ad please contact the Chamber Advertising Representative Maria Lozano at 969-2543.
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Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce
301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX  78596
(956) 968-2102 office  (956) 968-6451 fax

Monday, January 25, 2010

Museums of Port Isabel Upcoming Events and Info

The Museums of Port Isabel and Laguna Madre Museum Foundation announce Upcoming Events and Projects

·        During the month of January, renovations to the Treasures of the Gulf Museum Gift Shop will begin, making it more efficient for the Museums to operate both gift shop and admission desk. The admissions desk will be moved to the center of the entrance and more space will be added to the gift shop.

·         A new exhibit will open displaying what was referred to as a bathroom on early nautical ships. They were jokingly referred to as Los Jardines or The Gardens. They were known for the unexpected baths provided when the deck was washed by waves. They were also referred to as the head because they were placed at the head of the ship so that the waves could naturally clean the area of the toilet for that 'salty fresh smell.' The term head stuck and spread to not just toilets on ships but toilets in general. The term is still used today by men all around the world. Note: In 1708, Woodes Rogers, an English privateer and Governor of the Bahamas, was the first person to refer to a ships toilet as the head in his book, but the term head can be traced well beyond the 15th century.

·        January 28th, The Museums of Port Isabel will be hosting "Telling Our Stories" program with guest speaker Valerie Bates, Port Isabel Marketing Director and  Texas Tropical Trails board member. She will give a presentation on the Causeway Collapse. There will be a display of 14 of her photographs of the tragedy in the art gallery at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. "Telling Our Stories" begins at 7pm and will be held at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Free admission and refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Gabriel Godines, Curator of Education and Programs at (956) 943-7602.

·        February 12th, The Museums will be hosting its 13th Annual "Essence of the Laguna Madre" fundraiser titled "! Viva La Revolution!" at 7pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.  There will be traditional Mexican  performances from the UTB Mariachi Band and  the Los Fresnos Folklorico  dancers;  great food and drinks; a Mexican Revolution exhibit on display in the Champion Building;  and an exhibition of Mexican Revolution paintings from the Consulate of Mexico in the Treasures of the Gulf art gallery.  The evening will also include a Silent Auction, and an opening of a Mexican Revolution era safe that dates back to the 1920's. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are on sale now. For more information contact Jeannie Aby at  (956)943-7602.

·        February 25th, The Museums of Port Isabel will be hosting "Telling Our Stories" program with guest speaker Rod Bates, owner of Antiques@Tarnava and board member of the Port Isabel Historical Preservation Board and  the South Padre Island Historic Preservation Board.  Mr. Bates will be giving a presentation on the Mexican Revolution. "Telling Our Stories" will be held in the Champion Building at 7pm.  For more information, contact Gabriel Godines, Curator of Education and Programs at (956) 943-7602.

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