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OCTOBER NEWS 2007
OUR NEXT COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB MEETING
Nov. 20, 2007
Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Place: Corpus Christi Central Library, LaRatama Room
COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB - October 2007 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met from 11:30 am until 1:20 pm at the Central Library,
. After calling the meeting to order and reminding members that
805 Comanche Street
the minutes of Septembers meeting are posted on our web site, Chairperson Pat Suter
distributed a copy of the treasurers report for Treasurer Teresa Carrillo, who could not
be present. Expenses paid during the past month totaled $767.37 and we have $681.48
in the checking account. Additionally, we have three CDs which mature at different times.
The first maturity date is February 23, 2008 and the last maturity date is February 23, 2010.
Chairperson Suter also announced that Teresa Carrillo has just been selected by the
Executive Committee of Lone Star Sierra to fill the unexpired term of a recent Ex Com member
who resigned when he moved out of the state. Members expressed their appreciation and
extended their congratulations to Teresa upon receiving news of her appointment.
Members were heartened to learn that Kathy Griffith has agreed to once again serve as Membership
Chairperson and expressed their gratitude that Kathy is willing to accept that responsibility.
Hal Suter, Representative from Coastal Bend Sierra on the Lone Star Executive Committee
and Coastal Bend Sierra Political Chair, gave an update on the proposed massive border
fence which will separate
Mexicofrom the . A U.S. District Court judge, in a United States
ruling on October 10, 2007, temporarily delayed construction of a 1.5-mile section of the
fence that the Homeland Security Department is building in an
natural conservation Arizona
area. According to an October 11, 2007, Associated Press report, the judge ruled that the
federal government rushed its environmental study ,which was written in three weeks and
did not take a comprehensive look at how that fencing might affect other parts of the border.
Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club had petitioned for the delay.
Executive Committee member Hal Suter also reported that the Texas General Land Office
Commissioner Jerry Patterson is pressing to sell the
Christmas Mountainland in West Texas
. This land presently belongs to the state and was donated by the Big Bend National Park
Mellon Foundation for public use.
Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich provided an update on recent uranium activities in
Mina reported that she had had recent e-mail exchanges with Teresa Carrillo over their concern of
rapid developments in uranium mining in the vicinity of Benavides, Hebbronville, and
. San Diego
Since Teresa has recently moved to
and has been in touch with Lone Star Sierras Duval County
Cyrus Reed about permit and amendment applications by mining companies in that area, Mina is
hopeful that some public comment can be made by concerned citizens before the deadline passes
for public input.
Venice Scheurich gave a brief summary of the press conference in
on September 26, Goliad County
2007. Extensive reporting followed in the Victoria Advocate, the
San AntonioExpress-News, and
Current. Additionally, the Associated Press story ran in several large city newspapers San Antonio
and on several
and out-of-state television stations. Texas credited two Coastal Bend Sierra Club Venice
members from GoliadGinger Cook and Raulie Irwinfor working hard and effectively with Lone Stars
Donna Hoffman in staging the press conference.
Candice Mottet, who is an Animal Attendant at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)
Universityof TexasInstitute in Port Aransas, gave a report on the
s work with sea turtles, raptors, and ARK
shore birds. At present, the
ARKhas in rehab four of the five species which are found in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to the Kemps ridleys--13 hatchlings and two juveniles-- there are seven loggerheads, five greens,
and two hawksbills. There are also
tortoises, ornate box turtles, and a red-eared slider in residence, Texas
along with cotton-tailed bunnies and a juvenile gray fox. The
cares for all species of birds, most reptiles, ARK
and most small mammals (excluding raccoons).
Lois Huff, Executive Director of the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, reminded members of the awards banquet
, which will be held November 14, 2007. Tables start at $750; individual tickets are $50 each. Ortiz Center
Members decided that Coastal Bend Sierra would buy at least one $750 table. Speaker for the evening will be
Jeff Smoller, President of Multi State Environmental Performance. His topic will be Thinking Ecologically and
Acting Economically. Lois and Candice also presented members with Bays Foundation bookmarks and 2008
calendars and reminded them that Earth Day/Bay Day will once again be held in April.
Edith Cosgrove and Joyce Jarmon, our representatives on the communitys Long Term Health Care
Committee, and on industrys Community Advisory Council, reported that thanks to monitors which are
strategically placed in the city and to regular reports that industry officials have committed to make to the
community members, local air quality has improved. Edie and Joyce recently participated in some of the
workplace tours of refineries sponsored by Citgo, Flint Hills, and Valero.
Catherine Carroll reported that she had contacted Sierra members in
on the topic of outings and hiking. Austin
They will have training for hiking leaders in
in January. Catherine has been in touch with Naomi Linzer, Austin
and the two of them are considering attending the
training session. Austin
In the last item of business, members decided that the best date for the holiday party would be Friday,
December 14. We hope to once again have it at the Blucher House, headquarters for the local Nature
Conservancy Group. Pat Suter agreed to contact the director of the Conservancy to make arrangements.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich
STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES 2007 SESSION TENTATIVE (Adopted 7/2006)
Reduction of toxic and other harmful emissions from industrial plants and electric power
generating plants and prevention of air quality teterioration by a proliferation of new
coal-fired power plants.
* through enactment of legislation to tighten the review and regulation of the health impacts
of air pollution sources and to respond more effectively to the continuing problem of
"upset" air emissions; and
* through a moratorium on permitting of new coal-fired power plants in Texas to allow
a thorough review of the proposed plant technologies and the cumulative air quality
impacts of those plants
Environmental Flow Protection
Preservation and provision of instream flows and freshwater inflows to bays and
estuaries necessary to maintain healthy fish and wildlife populations.
* through enactment of legislation establishing a process to determine and to meet
environmental flow needs necessary to maintain a sound ecological environment
in Texas coastal bays & associated river basins
Smart Energy Solutions
More efficient use of energy and increased reliance on renewable energy sources
* through standards for greater energy efficiency for appliances sold in Texas and new buildings
and homes built in Texas; and
* an increase in the renewable standard portfolio of electric power utility providers
State & Local Parks Funding
A dependable source of funding for acquisition, maintenance, and management of
Texas state & local parks to meet growing habitat preservation and outdoor recreation needs
* through raising or eliminating the cap on the revenue from the sporting goods tax that is
allocated to state & local parks, supplementing sporting goods tax revenue with other
fee revenue, and/or pursuing voter approval of bonds adequate to meet park repair and
acquisition needs over the next decade
More efficient use of water by Texas consumers, agricultural producers, businesses,
and institutions through conservation
* through enactment of the legislative recommendations of the Texas Water Conservation
Implementation Task Force, including expansion of existing conservation planning
requirements to a larger number or retail water suppliers
COASTAL BEND GROUP
Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer Venice Scheurich 241-4289 Secretary Hal Suter 852-7938 Lone Star Ch. Rep. COMMITTEE CHAIRS Recycling 993-3737 Kenn Jobe Venice Scheurich 241-4289 Conservation Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Membership/Publicity Hal Suter and Mina
852-7938 Political Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks Hal Suter
852-7938 Rep. to Lone Star Ch. Kathy Griffith 578-5291 Field Trips Teresa Carrillo 882-3439 Field Trips Cheryl McGrath Webmaster
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CORPUS CHRISTI MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Henry Garrett District 1 Bill Kelly
Business: 826-3100 Business: 888-6600
Mobile: 850-3113 Mobile: 815-7314
email: Lindale@cctexas.com email: BILL@BILLKELLYONLINE.COM
District 2 John Marez
District 3 Pricilla Leal District 4 Mike McCutchon
Home: 853-1748 Business: 883-6211
Mobile:537-1746 Mobile: 853-4745
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District 5 Larry Elizondo At Large: Nelda Martinez
Home: 844-5259 Business: 779-7938
Mobile: 991-2680 Mobile (city) 826-3105
email: LRElizondoSr@Hotmail.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Large: Melody Cooper
At Large: Mike Hummell
STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS ADDRESSES
Hon. Solomon Ortiz State Rep. ____
House Office Bldg. P.O. Box 2910
Washington, D.C. 20515-4315 Austin, TX 78768-2910
Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison Sen. John Cornyn
Senate Office Building Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa Commissioner Jerry Patterson
P.O. Box 12068 GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78711-2068 Austin, Texas 78701
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711
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