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Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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I hope everybody’s having a great week. This weekend we had our first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration. It was a free event sponsored by the city. The event consisted of music, dancing, contests and vendors. We had about 62 vendors attend. Twentyfour of those were food vendors and of that group 10 of them were food trucks. Yes, it was […]

An update from the historical commission

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Every now and again I take a hiatus from historic topics and give the readers an update of sorts. So, I will update you on what’s going on with the Historical Commission at the moment. We have been busy and that’s good for historical preservation and recognition. It is marker season, which means that the period for the Texas Historical […]

That one’s mine

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Mother’s Day, and a song by Rodney Atkins, reminded me how proud I am of all my kids, whether I gave birth to them or not, and how I will always claim them— no matter what they do. I’m always happy to claim my children when they go above and beyond to help a stranger. Who wouldn’t be, right? The […]

Voters back property tax amendments

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State Capital Highlights

Texas voters overwhelmingly approved two proposed amendments on Saturday that will provide property tax relief to homeowners. According to the Austin American- Statesman, nearly 85% of voters supported Proposition 2, which raises the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000 starting this year. That will save the average homeowner about $175 in school property taxes. Another proposition that easily passed corrects […]

National Police Week

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If the 2020s have taught us anything, it is that fortunes can change and change quickly. After the George Floyd incident, a very vocal part of the American population made their voices heard. The occupation of a law enforcement officer, one that had traditionally been held in high regard … now wasn’t. In many places, lack of support from political […]

State Capital Highlights

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First state case of avian influenza in wild bird confirmed The first case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild bird in Texas has been confirmed. A great horned owl at a rehabilitation facility in Wichita County was confirmed to have the virus by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which notified the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The […]

Shop Local. Love Local

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Local Matters

I do not always agree with the Gov. of Texas but on this one I do. Governor Greg Abbott invited all Texans to celebrate the important role small businesses play in job creation in communities throughout the state as he issued a proclamation officially designating May 2-6, 2022 as Small Business Week in Texas. “An amazing 99.8% of businesses in […]

Call your Mama

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you haven’t sent Mom a card yet, don’t worry, there is still time to mail that card. In my case, I’ll be sending a card and giving my Mom a call on Sunday. It won’t be the first time I’ve called her over Mother’s Day weekend. There are many sports traditions. From singing “Deep […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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A s I mentioned previously, the city manager, EMC consulting and I all went to Washington D.C. this past week. The visit was to look at grants and loans from different government agencies. It was a very successful trip. The city will be saving millions of dollars due to our close relationship to our congressman. Some of the agencies we […]

The pop culture progression

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Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and I seriously contemplated covering that topic this week. However, I assume everyone knows about the holiday and that Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. If it’s Mexican independence you want, this isn’t it and if you can’t speak, read and write Mexican Spanish, you missed the point. This week I will cover […]


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