New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Other issues to be discussed at meeting
to fill Limmer’s unexpired term.
Although he has not been able to vote on matters before council, Valentine has participated in several important meetings since he was declared the official winner Oct. 8, including a council goal-setting workshop and presentations from city manager search firm Ralph Andersen and Associates.
Valentine also held a town hall meeting last week to discuss the Walnut Avenue widening project and ask his constituents how they would like him to spend the district’s $100,000 discretionary fund.
China orders drinking water restored
HARBIN, China (AP) — Visiting Premier Wen Jiabao ordered local leaders to clean up toxic benzene by Sunday night from the river that provides water for this northeast city, where residents spent a fourth day Saturday without supplies in freezing weather.
The foreign minister, meanwhile, delivered an unusual public apology to Moscow for possible damage from the spill on the Songhua River, which is flowing toward a city in the Russian Far East.
Beijing’s show of care and contrition was almost unprecedented and represented an effort to restore its damaged standing with both China’s public and Moscow, a key diplomatic partner.
The government said benzene levels in the Songhua near I larbin were dropping. But it said running water would not resdtne until 11 p.m. Sunday, a full day after originally planned when the shutdown occurred because of a chemical plant explosion, setting off panic-buying of bottled water in this city of 3.8 million people.
In other business Monday, city council will:
■ Hear the second reading of an ordinance designating a no-parking zone along Walnut Avenue;
■ Hear the second reading of amendments to the drainage ordinance that will modify stormwater development fees for commercial property. If approved, the new fees will be set at
14 cents per square feet of impervious cover for non-resi-dential construction and residential construction larger than two units;
■ Hear the first reading of an ordinance requiring Centerpoint Energy to cease and desist from charging illegal gas
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After 22 years as a federal and state court trial attorney, I am pleased to announce my decision to run for Judge of Comal County Court at Law No. 1.
Our current Judge, Honorable Brenda Chapman, has said she will not seek re-election. This opportunity has renewed my heartfelt calling to serve this community as Judge by applying my legal skills, experience and leadership to the pursuit of justice.
The demands of this Court have dramatically increased with Comal County’s growth. The administration of justice and the efficient disposition of Court cases can be further improved. I will focus County resources to ensure that the Court's docket is accelerated, while safeguarding the fair treatment of al parties and fitigants.
This Court handles civil fixation, criminal misdemeanors, family law, probate and guardianship, and juvenile cases. Since my move to Comal County in 1992,1 have processed hundreds of these cases, and that experience and acquired wisdom wil guide me in serving Comal County.
My 25 years of legal experience, training, and learned techniques show my extensive qualifications for this bench. I have been an effective leader in New Braunfels and Comal County. I spearheaded the effort in 1992 to bring the first computer to the County Law Library. Since 1997,1 have served as Board Member and President of Communities in Schools, which helps children stay in school and succeed at life.
I have chaired the National Resources Committee, and Festtage (“Holiday”) Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, and served as Director of Gruene Music Fest from 1996-2000 which raised money for United Way. I served on the Chamber Master Plan Committee 1997-1999, and as a member of the city Tree Ordinance Committee in 1998. I graduated from the Citizen's Police Academy in 1998, and am a member of the Leadership New Braunfels Class of 1994.
I am thrlled to announce my campaign for Judge, County Court at Law No. 1. However, this judicial race is a team effort. Please join me as I kick off my campaign with a social on Tuesday, November 29,2005, from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at Landa Haus, Landa Park, New Braunfels, Texas.
Remember, in Comal County, Bt das leben schon. The Republican Primary is March 7,2006. I APPRECIATE TORR VOTE, TINE, AND COMTRMTIORS TOWARD A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN.
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