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Posts published in “Day: April 8, 2021

ELECTION CANCELLED: Jacinto City’s Mayor & Council Unopposed

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – March 11, 2021 at the city council meeting the council approved the second and final reading of the ordinance declaring that the May 1, 2021 city election is cancelled. The position of mayor held by Mayor Ana Diaz in her 9th year and council position #4 held by Carmela Garcia (Water, Sewer & Sanitation) in her 9th year and position #5 held by Mario Gonzales (Streets & Drainage) in his 11th year went unopposed with no one filing against them, they’ll retain their positions for another two years.

The next city election will be May 7, 2022 for three council seats, Position #1 currently held by Jimmy (JJ) Rivas (Parks & Recreation), Position #2 Gregg Robinson (City Finances & City Hall) and Position #3 Allen Lee ( Police & Fire).

GP Yellowjackets Soccer Team wins Bi-District State Championship contest 2 – 1 over Lamar Mustangs

2021 GALENA PARK YELLOWJACKETS BI-DISTRICT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER TEAM
#1. Front row L-R: Ernesto Villareal, Devin Stockton, Luis Guerrero, Alex Grimaldo.
#2. Middle row L-R: Ricardo Hernandez, Leo Flores, Ricardo Ferral, Martin Lopez, Tony Zamora, Nathan Vasquez, Orlando Flores, Nathan Macias, Jesus Valdez, Fernando Mendoza, Leo Castro, Esteban Gomora, Jorge Cortez, Deziree Propes.
#3. Back row L-R: Anthony Mata, Mikayla Sanchez, Galilea Flores, Head Coach Shannon W. Summers, Aidan Garcia, Bernardo Vazquez, Damian Rodriguez, Steven Botello, Paul Stockton, Isaias Quiroz, Juan Flores, Abdiel Lopez, Dalton Strouse.
(Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Pearland, TX – On Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, at Pearland Stadium, the Galena Park Varsity Soccer Yellowjackets won the 2021 Boys Soccer 5A Regions 3 & 4 Bi-District State Championship, 2-1 over Fort Bend Lamar Consolidated Mustangs.

The Jackets bowed out of the playoffs against the Friendswood Mustangs 2 – 0 on Thursday, April 1st at the neutral site LaPorte, Tx. stadium. Friendswood scored 2 points in the 1st half, and the Jackets were shut out by the awesome Mustangs defense.

Garcia’s motion will bring $3 million to fight violent crime

HARRIS COUNTY – By a vote of 5-0, Harris County Commissioners Court approved an item presented by Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia which adds $3 million to the Sheriff Department’s budget to fight specific aspects of violent crime. Remaining Federal CARES Act money is being used to fund this initiative. The funds will be used to protect victims and reduce violent crime, stemming from the pandemic.

The additional $3 million will be restricted to the following areas of investigation:

Murder
Sexual Assault
Aggravated Robbery
Child Abuse
Domestic Violence
Warrants

“While others’ rhetoric on crime usually focuses on making political statements solely to sell fear, I’d rather my office concentrate on action. All too often, the loudest voices you hear on TV would prefer to see themselves acting tough on the 10 o’clock news, rather than do the hard work that actually might make a difference,” said Commissioner Adrian Garcia. “I choose to invest in programs that will actually keep people safe and hold evil-doers accountable. This is a smart use of these funds and even though the full extent of this plan can’t be captured with three words on a posterboard, I’m glad to have sponsored the item.”

Sen. Alvarado sponsors Casino legislation

STATE SENATOR CAROL ALVARADO

By Jada Mier

AUSTIN – New, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House, HJR 133 by Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin. In the Senate, SJR 49 was introduced by Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston. Both bills seek to legalize casino gambling and sports betting in the Lone Star State through a constitutional amendment.

The bills by state Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, and Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, would allow four casino resorts to be built in Austin, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Houston and San Antonio and would also legalize sports wagering. The state’s three federally-recognized Indian tribes would also be able to expand full-fledged gambling, including slot machines, on their land, a right the state has long denied them.

“Now is the time to let voters decide on legalizing casino gaming across Texas,” Alvarado said in a statement. “Texas loses billions of dollars a year to our neighboring states that allow gaming and this measure would bring that revenue back to Texas, create tens of thousands of jobs and cut down on illegal gambling.”