Mayor’s Message



I haven’t reported lately on my Monday afternoon citizens sessions at City Hall. Yes, I continue to meet with any Pleasanton resident on Monday’s from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. No appointment needed and we meet in the conference room which is to the right as you walk into City Hall. Unless I have a doctor’s appointment or it’s a holiday, […]

Pete’s Periódico: Protecting Texas Taxpayers



The final month of the 86th Legislature is here: with an end date of May 27, we have less than three weeks remaining. Property tax reform and school finance remain top topics of discussion, something that is hardly news to loyal readers. I am happy to report these discussions have turned into legislative action. The Senate version of the Texas […]

Mother’s Day memories

The Way I See It

There are days where the sting of losing my mother is stronger than others. The two days that are the worse, without a doubt, are Mother’s Day and Christmas. For many years, Mother’s Day was like most Sundays in our family. My mom would fix lunch for all of us and I would bring the dessert. My brothers’ wives would […]

Property tax reform bill goes to conference committee

State Capital Highlights

The Texas House of Representatives on May 1 passed Senate Bill 2, legislation proposing to bring property tax relief to homeowners, but the lower house slowed the bill’s momentum by tacking on 25 floor amendments. If finally passed in the coming days, the legislation would lower the rollback rate for most local taxing authorities from 8 percent to 3.5 percent […]

An open letter to Gov. Abbott

Your appointee for Education Commissioner, Mike Morath, has consistently failed to perform the duties of his office. In his tenure, ETS has failed to conduct one single STAAR administration without some kind of glitch, problem, or news item. In the latest iteration of this problem, we find out that the 5th grade STAAR test dropped the “F” bomb twice in […]

Remembering my mother



We all have mothers and we have very warm feelings toward them. And we all have stories to tell about them. Those of us who are fortunate enough to still have them around should appreciate them every day, because they—like us—don’t live forever. My Mom, Estelle Stossel Domke, was one of seven children born to a Polish immigrant family that […]

JISD recognizes State UIL winners

Two JHS students were introduced at the Monday, JISD Board meeting who had done well at the State UIL Academic contests. Kelly House, a senior, won second in Persuasive Speaking. Students competing in this category are given a topic and thirty minutes to write a sevenminute speech. Kelly will attend Texas Tech with a Dual Business degree, which encompasses General […]

Timeline for property owners protesting appraisal values

Property owners who disagree with the Atascosa Central Appraisal District’s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s Appraisal Review Board (ARB). A property owner must file a written notice of protest before May 15 or within 30 days after the appraisal district […]

Rodriguez sentenced for DWI



After being found guilty of DWI 3rd or More by an Atascosa County jury on April 4, 2019, Alfredo Moreno Rodriguez was sentenced on April 29 to 6 years in prison by Judge Lynn Ellison. DPS Trooper Jason Sanchez stopped Mr. Rodriguez after the Poteet Strawberry Festival on Highway 16 on April 8, 2017. We commend Trooper Sanchez for taking […]

Commissioners approve ‘No thru truck traffic’ signs on County Roads in Pct. #2

Meeting: Special Called Meeting, Monday, May 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m. Actions:  Assistant County Attorney Siobhan Mullen requested appropriate action concerning permission to post notice pursuant to Transportation Code 251.152 for public hearing regarding posting “No thru truck traffic” signs on the following County Roads located in Precinct #2, Atascosa County, Texas; Sand Branch Road starting at FM 2504 to […]


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