Notes & Noticias: A Great Week


This has been an exciting week for Texas Democrats. Yesterday, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was confirmed by the US Senate as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In astatement released upon the confirmation, President Obama said that Castro will work to “rebuild our housing market, reduce homelessness among veterans, and connect neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed.”

Speaking of President Obama, it was great to have him back in Austin for a second time this year. (He loves our city so much, I’ve lost count of his visits since taking office.) His speech focused on the economy and included calls for Congress to help him increase the minimum wage and to defend equal pay legislation.

Mr. President — we are going to need Julián back here in Texas very soon!

Maha Loop Extension Project

I am excited about the groundbreaking of a new transportation initiative spearheaded by Commissioner Margaret Gómez in Del Valle. A new, two-mile, three-lane rural road with a continuous center turn lane will extend from Pearce Lane to State Highway 71.

This project will expand access to crucial services and roadways for local residents and small businesses. It is great to see local government entities working together in an area that has so much potential for growth. The road is scheduled to open for traffic next Spring.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

On a personal note, thank you all for the thoughtful birthday wishes last week. I spent the day resting with my family.