120-day moratorium on RV parks approved

Members of the Pleasanton City Council voted 6-1 to adopt the ordinance to impose a 120-day moratorium (in accordance with state law) on accepting, processing or issuing permits, authorizations or approvals necessary for the creation of development plats and the construction of facilities related to RV parks. The decision was part of the regular meeting on July 5. Councilwoman Jeanne […]

The Way I See It

A sigh of relief

A ttending the Pleasanton City Council meeting last Thursday had me nervous with anticipation. And, after almost an hour in executive session so the council could consult with City Attorney Bobby Maldonado, the nerves were still there. But after agenda item 17 was read by the council’s newest member and former City Manager, Kathy Coronado, and the motion was made […]

Political Cartoon

State Capital Highlights

Texas voter ID law on D.C. Circuit docket

July 9 was the date set for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit to begin hearing arguments over the new Texas voter identification law, so far prevented from taking effect by various legal actions. Stakes are high and the hearing could take a week of the court’s time. A ruling is expected by Aug. 31. Plaintiffs have […]

Texas Politics

Handful of voters will pick Texas’ next U.S. Senator

Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is retiring in January, after almost 20 years in the United States Senate from Texas. But a relative handful of Texans will vote in runoffs July 31 to choose her probable successor. In the first primaries on May 29, also voting for presidential nominees, just over 1.4 million voted in the Republican senate contest. […]

Writer’s Roost

Drinking courage is wrong headed bravery

Recently, I read a thought-provoking column by one of my favorite newspaper writers, Leonard Pitts. Actually, that’s redundant because every column Pitts writes provokes thought. In his column he refers to what he calls “internet courage.” He is, of course, referring to the anonymity of many email authors. They hide behind the invisibility and protection of a “no physical location” […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The skunk blind

One of the jobs of a Dad is to protect his family from invaders. It explains his membership in the NRA and his tendency to look longingly at the .357 magnum in the glass case. He’s never had to shoot a grizzly bear or rabid rhino, but he has imagined it; saving the family then striking a pose like Thor […]

Senator Zaffirini wins four awards from National Federation of Press Women

(AUSTIN) – Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, won top honors at the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) 2012 Communication Contest for her work published in 2011, the organization has announced. Winning first place awards were a feature press release marking Senator Zaffirini’s 47,550th consecutive vote in the Texas Senate and a pair of news releases regarding outcomes-based funding in higher […]

A flashback, do you remember when?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Gee, I wonder what happened this week 50 years ago in our hometown?” Well, wonder no more. Introducing Flash Back, a new Pleasanton Express weekly column that will explore what took place during each week 50 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago and five years ago. Before I tell you the irony that […]


American Pride Day festivities were enjoyed by all at the July 4, celebration at the Jourdanton City Park. We hope to see you there next year.

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