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We have been following the Hurricane closely as I am sure you have. Please stay in your homes and avoid travel. The roads are extremely dangerous and life-threatening. EMERGENCY NUMBERS People should call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies ONLY. Please do NOT call 9-1-1 for non-life-threatening issues, we need those in life- threatening situations to be able to get through to 9-1-1 dispatch as quickly as possible. People with non-life-threatening emergencies and other issues/questions should refer to these numbers instead: Harris County Emergency Management: 713-881-3100City of Houston Information Line: 3-1-1Office of Emergency Management: 713-884-4500Harris County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency: 713-221-6000City of Pasadena: 713-447-1221Evacuation Assistance: 2-1-1 Write all of these numbers down to have them ready. Sign up for emergency alerts from Harris County:www.ReadyHarris.org the City of Houston:http://houstontx.gov/…/news/2016/12/15-Emergency-Alerts.html www.harriscountyfws.org/Alerts IF YOUR HOUSE IS FLOODING If you are in imminent danger: Call 9-1-1 and ...

This is a historic day for the Latino community and for Houston. After confirmation of the Mayor’s appointments by Houston City Council and the swearing in of Harris County Elected Officials in January, the Houston Police and Fire Departments and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will have Latinos at the helm. Latinos in the top three public safety jobs show that qualified Latinos are ready to lead in all sectors. I look forward to working with them and Mayor Turner to make our city a safer place.”

"Today we applaud that the State Board of Education voted down the proposed textbook 15-0. It took grassroots leaders, elected officials, and academic experts rallying together to send a clear message that we will not tolerate factually inaccurate and misleading textbooks for our children. We need academically sound instructional materials for rigorous ethnic studies education in Texas. I will continue to work with colleagues in the legislature and with the State Board of Education to create opportunities for all students," said Senator Sylvia Garcia.

"It's disappointing that Texas leaders are trying to copy Republicans in Congress. Their attempt to defund Planned Parenthood for political gain will only endanger the lives of the 11,000 Medicaid patients Planned Parenthood serves annually in our state. In areas like my district where there are medical professional shortages, we need more options, not fewer. In Texas, the rate of pregnancy related deaths has nearly doubled since 2010. That's the same year Texas enacted stringent funding cuts for women’s health care and began the process of defunding Planned Parenthood. Yesterday's actions will only put Texas women's health in danger even more," stated Senator Garcia

"It's disappointing that Texas leaders are trying to copy Republicans in Congress. Their attempt to defund Planned Parenthood for political gain will only endanger the lives of the 11,000 Medicaid patients Planned Parenthood serves annually in our state. In areas like my district where there are medical professional shortages, we need more options, not fewer. In Texas, the rate of pregnancy related deaths has nearly doubled since 2010. That's the same year Texas enacted stringent funding cuts for women’s health care and began the process of defunding Planned Parenthood. Yesterday's actions will only put Texas women's health in danger even more," stated Senator Garcia

"As an attorney and former judge, I'm dismayed at the undue influence and interference on the independence of the judiciary in this case. The fact that officials of both the legislative and executive branch successfully lobbied for this reversal is disturbing. It's sad that a court which is designed to be independent of politics has chosen to bend to the political will of some of activists and politicians. This case will once again waste resources only to prove a political point that will not withstand constitutional scrutiny. I hope the court will eventually rule with the City of Houston and side with their right to decide what benefits they will offer their employees and their families."

"Just as when the Fifth Circuit ruled in July that the 'Voter ID' law is discriminatory, the United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the case because the justices know the law violates the Voting Rights Act. While I hope the Supreme Court's rejection puts this bad idea to rest, we must continue our work to ensure that not one more citizen will be denied their right to vote. I will keep fighting in the Legislature for laws that treat all Texans equally, not more discriminatory laws like the one rejected again today."