County Attorney Press Releases

Organizaciones Se Unen Para Ofrecer Asistencia Gratuita En La Elaboracion De Testamentos Médicos

 La Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal, el Centro Médico Universitario (UMC), y Autoridad de la Vivienda Pública de El Paso (HACEP) han unido esfuerzos para concientizar a la comunidad, y en particular a los beneficiarios del programa de vivienda pública de El Paso, sobre la importancia de utilizar los testamentos médicos y las cartas poder para asuntos de salud. 

Como parte de la campaña para promover el uso de los testamentos médicos, abogados de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado y del Centro Médico Universitario ofrecerán asistencia legal gratuita al público en general para obtener testamentos vitales y cartas poder para el cuidado médico el Martes 19 de Agosto del 2014, de las 2:00 a las 4:00 p.m. en el complejo de vivienda Sun Plaza, ubicado en el número 1221 de la calle San Antonio.

Las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas son documentos legales que las personas utilizan para expresar sus deseos con respecto al cuidado médico que deben recibir en caso de quedar incapacitados para comunicar sus deseos personalmente, como después de quedar en estado de coma, o paralizados. A través de las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas las personas pueden:

  • Solicitar que se les someta a algún tratamiento o procedimiento médico en particular, como la alimentación por máquinas o el uso de pulmones artificiales.
  • Solicitar que los doctores se abstengan de someterlo a algún procedimiento médico ó tratamiento en particular.

La Carta Poder para Asuntos Médicos permite al individuo designar a alguna persona como su agente legal para que se encargue de tomar las decisiones sobre su cuidado medico que sean necesarias. Estas decisiones pueden incluir la donación de órganos o partes del cuerpo.

A través de los años, pocas personas en El Paso han tomado ventaja de las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas, y los especialistas en el tema indican que los grupos minoritarios, especialmente los hispanos, se rehúsan a utilizar este tipo de herramientas legales debido a sus ideas y tradiciones con respecto a la vejez y la muerte.

Como parte de la campaña las organizaciones participantes realizarán eventos similares cada mes en diferentes áreas del condado, en complejos de vivienda de HACEP. Los eventos serán abiertos al publico en general y completamente gratuitos.    

17 de Septiembre, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hervey Community

4949 Alps

El Paso, TX 79904

16 de Octubre, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Pinto

1001 S. Ochoa St.

El Paso, TX 79901

13 de Noviembre, 2014

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Alamito Terrace Community

509 St. Vrain

El Paso, TX 79901

6 de Diciembre, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Baines Community

10661 Vista Del Sol

El Paso, TX 79935

20 de Enero, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907     

4 de Febrero, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

13 de Marzo, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

7 de Abril, 2015         

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community    

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Las personas interesadas pueden obtener los formularios de los Testamentos Médicos y de las Cartas Poder para el Cuidado Médico en español en la página de Internet de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal, en la dirección: www.epcounty.com/ca.

QUIÉN:              Voluntarios de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado y del Centro Médico Universitario

QUÉ:                  Asistencia legal gratuita para obtener los Testamentos Médicos

CUÁNDO:         Martes 19 de Agosto, 2014 de 2:00 a 4:00 p.m.

DÓNDE:             Complejo de Vivienda Sun Plaza

1221 San Antonio.

Boletín Campaña 2014 Testamentos Medicos 4.pdf 

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Local Organizations Unite To Offer Free Assistance To Execute “Medical Wills”
El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso are partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to promote the use of Advance Medical Directives (“medical wills”) in the community, particularly among the beneficiaries of public housing programs in El Paso County. The pilot program was created to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. As part of the campaign to promote the use of the “living wills,” attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office, and volunteers from the University Medical Center will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms on Tuesday August 19, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Sun Plaza Complex, 1221 San Antonio. All residents of El Paso County are encouraged to come and get assistance drafting their advance directives forms.

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on. 

A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

A Medical Power of Attorney allows individuals to designate someone they trust to make health decisions if they are unable to do so.

            As part of the program, the participating organizations will host similar events every month at different HACEP locations around El Paso. The events are open to the general public.





September 17, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hervey Community

4949 Alps

El Paso, TX 79904

October 16, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Pinto

1001 S. Ochoa St.

El Paso, TX 79901

November 13, 2014

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Alamito Terrace Community

509 St. Vrain

El Paso, TX 79901

December 6, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Baines Community

10661 Vista Del Sol

El Paso, TX 79935

January 20, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907                               

February 4, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

March 13, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

April 7, 2015                    

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community         

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney’s web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

 

WHO:       Volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office and UMC

WHAT:     Free Assistance in drafting “Living Wills”

WHEN:     Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Sun Plaza Complex, 1221 San Antonio

 

 2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 4.pdf

Inscripciones Anticipadas Para El Evento Ciclista “Cycle For Change 2014” Inician Este Fin De Semana

Descuento de $5 por inscribirse el sábado durante la apertura de la nueva tienda "Crazy Cat Cyclery"

            La Procuradora del Condado de El Paso, Jo Anne Bernal anunció hoy que la edición 2014 del evento ciclista "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving" se realizará el Domingo 26 de Octubre.

            El evento ciclista "Cycle for Change" fue creado el año pasado por la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso y el refugio para mujeres sin hogar "Villa Maria," con la idea de cambiar el enfoque de los esfuerzos contra la violencia doméstica; de romper el círculo de la violencia al de transformar la mentalidad de las víctimas una vez que la violencia ha cesado.

            El propósito del evento es recaudar fondos para costear oportunidades educativas y servicios terapéuticos para sobrevivientes locales de la violencia doméstica. El evento inaugural se realizó en Octubre del 2013 y contó con la participación de más de 300 ciclistas, con lo que se lograron recaudar más de $5,000 para el fondo de becas. El dinero fue entregado a sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica en una ceremonia realizada a principios de Julio.

            Este año la oficina de la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso se complace en anunciar que la prestigiada tienda de artículos de ciclismo "Crazy Cat Cyclery" se une a la lista de organizaciones comunitarias que apoyan este noble e innovador proyecto.

            "Crazy Cat Cyclery" llevará a cabo inscripciones anticipadas para "Cycle for Change 2014" mañana sábado 2 de Agosto, 2014, de 12:00 a 5:00 p.m, durante la gran apertura de su nueva tienda ubicada en el 2800 de la calle N. Stanton. La ceremonia de corte de listón de la tienda se realizará a la 1:00 p.m.

            Solamente durante este sábado, las personas interesadas se pueden inscribir para el evento ciclista en la tienda "Crazy Cat Cyclery" pagando un precio especial de $20. Después del sábado, el costo de la inscripción anticipada subirá a $25.

 QUIÉN:              Linda Velarde, directora del refugio "Villa María"

QUÉ:                  Inscripciones anticipadas para el evento ciclista "Cycle for Change 2014"

CUÁNDO:         Sábado 2 de Agosto, 2014, de 12:00 a 5:00 p.m.

                        (Corte de listón de la nueva tienda a la 1:00 p.m.)

DÓNDE:            Nueva tienda "Crazy Cat Cyclery," 2800 N. Stanton, El Paso, TX 79901

Boletín Inscripciones Anticipadas 2014 Cycle for Change.pdf 

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Early Registration For The 2014 “Cycle For Change” Cycling Event To Begin This Weekend

Save $5 by registering Saturday at the grand opening of the new Crazy Cat Cyclery

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal today announced that this year's "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving" will take place on Sunday October 26, 2014.

The cycling event entitled "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving" was created last year by the County Attorney's Office in collaboration with Villa Maria, a local shelter for homeless women, to shift the focus from breaking the cycle of violence, to changing the victim's mindset once the cycle is broken. 

The purpose behind the event is to raise monies for local survivors of domestic violence for educational opportunities and therapeutic services. Last year, the inaugural event saw almost 300 cyclists and was able to raise more than $5,000 in scholarship monies, which were distributed to survivors of domestic violence earlier this month.

This year, the County Attorney's Office is excited to welcome Crazy Cat Cyclery to the list of community organizations that support this innovative and worthwhile cause.

Crazy Cat Cyclery will host early registration for the 2014 "Cycle for Change" at the grand opening of its new store located at 2800 N. Stanton, this Saturday, August 2nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m.  The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

This Saturday only, participants can register at Crazy Cat Cyclery for a reduced rate of $20. Thereafter, early registration cost will jump to $25.

WHO:       Villa Maria Executive Director Linda Velarde

WHAT:     Early registration for the 2014 "Cycle for Change" cycling event

WHEN:     Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.     (Store ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m.)

WHERE:  New "Crazy Cat Cyclery" store, 2800 Stanton, El Paso, Texas 79901

2014 Cycle for Change Early Registration Press Release.pdf

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Condado de El Paso Realizará Audiencia Pública Sobre Extensión de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera
Proyecto conectará Puente Internacional Tornillo-Guadalupe con autopista I-10

El martes 29 de Julio, 2014, el Condado de El Paso, junto con el Departamento de Transporte de Texas, y la Autoridad de Movilidad Regional Camino Real, realizarán una audiencia pública sobre la construcción de la Fase II de la Carretera Rural 3380 (FM 3380) también conocida como Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera.

El proyecto consiste de una extensión vial de 3.8 millas de 4 carriles que conectará la actual carretera Manuel F. Aguilera de SH 20 (Alameda) a la carretera I-10. El plan incluye la construcción de un puente elevado sobre la Avenida Alameda y sobre el adyacente derecho de paso del tren de Union Pacific. El proyecto requerirá de casi 202 acres de terreno, y será sometido a concurso en las próximas semanas. La construcción de esta extensión vial será financiada con un cobro especial de $10 dolares que se agrega a la tenencia vehicular y que fue aprobado el año pasado por el gobierno del Condado de El Paso. Se espera que el proyecto carretero esté completo para el otoño del año 2016.

La audiencia pública se realizará en el edificio Rogelio Sánchez del Departamento de Puentes y Caminos del Condado, ubicado en el 1331 de la calle Norte Fabens Rd., en Fabens Texas 79838. La audiencia consistirá de una jornada de puertas abiertas que iniciará a las 6:00 p.m., en el que las personas pueden hacer preguntas y ver documentos sobre el proyecto; y de una presentación formal que iniciará a las 7:00 p.m., seguida de una sesión de comentarios del público.

Recientemente el Condado de El Paso finalizó la construcción de la Fase I de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera que conecta el nuevo Cruce Internacional Tornillo-Guadalupe con la carretera SH 20 (Alameda Ave.), la cual tuvo un costo de 16.3 millones de dólares.

Mapas, maquetas de diseño, estudios ambientales, calendarios de construcción, y otros documentos relativos al proyecto están disponibles para consulta del público en la Oficina del Departamento de Caminos y Puentes del Condado de El Paso, ubicada en la dirección 800 E. Overland, Suite 2407, El Paso, Tx 79901. Información adicional está disponible por internet en la página www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf 

Comentarios verbales o por escrito serán aceptados en la audiencia pública. Los interesados también pueden proporcionar comentarios por escrito hasta el viernes 8 de Agosto, 2014.

Los comentarios deben ser dirigidos a Sam Blanco, por fax al (210) 699-6426, via correo electrónico al sblanco@rkci.com, o enviados por correo a la dirección 12821 West Golden Lane, San Antonio, Texas, 78249.

Para más información, comuníquese con Ernesto Carrizal al teléfono 915-546-2015.

QUÉ:                  Audiencia Pública sobre extensión de la Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera

CUÁNDO:         Martes 29 de Julio, 2014

                        6:00 p.m. Sesión de Puertas Abiertas

                        7:00 p.m. Presentación Formal

DÓNDE:            Edificio Rogelio Sánchez del Depto. de Caminos y Puentes del Condado, 1331 N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas, 79838

Boletín Audiencia Publica Carretera Manuel F. Aguilera.pdf 

 

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El Paso County To Conduct Public Hearing Regarding Extension Of Manuel F. Aguilera Highway
Project will connect the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry to I-10

On Tuesday July 29, 2014, the County of El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority will conduct a public hearing regarding the construction of phase II of FM 3380 (Manuel F. Aguilera Highway).

The project consists of a new 3.8-mile, two-lane extension to the Manuel F. Aguilera Highway, from SH 20 (Alameda Ave.) to I- 10. It includes the construction of an overpass over Alameda Ave. and adjacent Union Pacific Railroad rights-of-way. The project requires a total of 201.97 acres of land, and it will be bid out in the next couple of weeks. The construction of the road extension will be paid from a special vehicle registration fee of $10 adopted last year by the El Paso County.  The County collects the $10 as part of the normal, annual car registration fee. The highway is expected to be ready by Fall 2016.

The public hearing will take place at the Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building located at 1331 N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas, 79838. The hearing will consist of an open house (scheduled at 6:00 p.m.) for questions and review of project exhibit and a formal presentation to start at 7:00 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

The County of El Paso recently completed construction of a $16.3 million county-funded portion of Manuel F. Aguilera Highway (referred to as Phase I), which extends from the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry (POE) to SH 20 (Alameda Ave.).

Maps, design drawings, environmental documents, construction schedules, and other information related to the project are available for review at the El Paso County Road & Bridge Office located at 800 E. Overland Ave. - Suite 407, El Paso, Texas 79901. Additional information is available online at www.epcounty.com/meetings/public/MFAguileraHighway.pdf  

Verbal and/or written comments will be accepted at the public hearing. Written comments may also be submitted on or prior to Friday, August 8, 2014.

Comments can be sent to Sam Blanco via fax to (210) 699-6426, via email to sblanco@rkci.com, or sent by mail to 12821 West Golden Lane, San Antonio, Texas, 78249.

For more information, please contact Ernesto Carrizal at 915-546-2015.        

WHAT:     Public Hearing Extension of Manuel F. Aguilera Highway

WHEN:     Tuesday, July 29, 2014  6:00 p.m. Open House 7:00 p.m. Formal Presentation

WHERE:   Rogelio Sanchez Road and Bridge Building, 1331 N. Fabens Rd., Fabens, Texas, 79838

 

Manuel F. Aguilera Hearing Press Release.pdf 

Map of the Project.pdf 

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Sobrevivientes De La Violencia Doméstica Recibirán Becas ‘Cycle For Change’ En Una Ceremonia Especial

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El año pasado la Procuraduría del Condado en colaboración con Villa Maria, un refugio para mujeres sin hogar de nuestra localidad, iniciaron un proyecto para combatir la violencia domestica a través de un evento ciclista denominado "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thiving." El evento ciclista fue creado para cambiar el enfoque tradicional de ‘romper" el ciclo de la violencia, a uno de "cambiar la actitud mental de las sobrevivientes de la violencia" una vez que rompieron ese ciclo. El propósito principal del evento fue recaudar fondos a beneficio de mujeres sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica, para costearles oportunidades educativas y servicios terapéuticos con la idea de que nunca más vuelvan a caer en las garras de una relación abusiva.

El evento inicial se realizó el 27 de Octubre del 2013 en el Parque Album, y en él participaron más de 300 ciclistas, lográndose recaudar más de $5,000 para el fondo de becas.

El miércoles 2 de julio, 2014, la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal y directivos del refugio Villa Maria entregarán las primeras 9 becas de hasta $500 cada una. Cada mujer galardonada es una sobreviviente de la violencia doméstica que ha demostrado fortaleza para salir adelante y deseos de superación.  

QUIÉN:              Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal y sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica

QUÉ:                  Ceremonia de entrega de becas "Cycle for Change"

CUÁNDO:         Miércoles 2 de julio, 2014, a las 12:00 p.m.

DÓNDE:             Refugio Villa Maria, 920 S. Oregon

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Ceremonia entrega de Becas 'Cycle for Change' Press Advisory.pdf 

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Survivors Of Domestic Violence To Receive First “Cycle For Change” Scholarships In A Special Ceremony
Last year the County Attorney's Office in collaboration with Villa Maria, a local shelter for homeless women, ventured into a new form of advocacy in the realm of domestic violence by creating the cycling event titled "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving." The cycling event was designed to shift the focus from breaking the cycle of violence, to changing the victim's mindset once the cycle was broken.  The purpose behind the event was to raise monies for local survivors of domestic violence so that they could partake in educational opportunities along with therapeutic services with the aspiration that they never again find themselves in the grip of an abusive relationship.

Last year, the inaugural event held on October 27, 2013 at Album Park, saw almost 300 cyclists and was able to raise more than $5,000 in scholarship monies. 

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, El Paso County Attorney, Jo Anne Bernal, along with representatives from Villa Maria will award the first nine "Cycle for Change" scholarships of up to $500. Each recipient was a victim of domestic violence who has demonstrated the ability to survive and the desire to thrive.

WHO:       County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal and survivors of domestic violence

WHAT:     "Cycle for Change" Scholarship Awards Ceremony

WHEN:     Wednesday July 2, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Villa Maria Shelter, 920 S. Oregon

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Cycle for Change Award Ceremony Press Advisory.pdf 

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Abogados locales ofrecen asistencia gratuita para tramitar las instrucciones medicas anticipadas

Durante 2 días abogados locales ofrecerán asistencia legal gratuita al público

La Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal y el Centro Médico Universitario (UMC), junto con otras organizaciones locales, celebrarán el Día Nacional de las Decisiones Médicas Anticipadas (16 de Abril) con dos eventos públicos para concientizar a la comunidad sobre la importancia de los testamentos médicos y las cartas-poder para asuntos médicos. 

El martes 16 de Abril y el sábado 20 de Abril 2013, voluntarios de las organizaciones participantes ofrecerán información y formularios gratuitos a todas las personas que tengan interés en hablar con sus familiares, amigos y doctores sobre sus deseos con respecto a su cuidado médico futuro. Durante estos eventos, abogados ofrecerán asesoría gratuita sobre cómo llenar los formularios (Cartas-poder para el Cuidado Médico y Testamentos Vitales).

La campana inicia con una conferencia de prensa que se realizará el martes 16 de Abril, 2013 a las 9:30 a.m. en el lobby del Centro Médico Universitario, en el número 4815 de la calle Alameda. Inmediatamente después de la conferencia de prensa, de las 10 a.m. a las 12:30 p.m. abogados voluntarios ofrecerán asesoría gratuita al público para llenar sus formularios de testamentos vitales y cartas-poder para el cuidado médico.

El segundo evento se realizará el sábado 20 de Abril del 2013, de 10:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. en el Centro Comercial Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West. Ese día, durante 8 horas, abogados voluntarios estarán disponibles en el centro comercial para ofrecer asistencia gratuita al público sobre cómo llenar sus formularios.

Las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas son documentos legales que las personas utilizan para expresar sus deseos con respecto al cuidado médico que deben recibir en caso de quedar incapacitados para comunicar sus deseos personalmente, como después de quedar en estado de coma, o paralizados.

Utilizando las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas las personas pueden solicitar o rechazar algún tipo de procedimiento médico en particular, incluyendo:

  • El uso de diálisis o máquinas de respiración artificial.
  • Procedimientos de resucitación si la respiración o el corazón se detienen.
  • Alimentación a través de tubos
  • Donación de órganos o tejidos.
  • Transfusiones de sangre

Las Cartas-poder para el Cuidado Médico son documentos para designar a una persona como agente legal para que se encargue de tomar las decisiones sobre su cuidado médico en caso de que la persona quede incapacitada para hacerlo ella misma.

La Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal explicó que los testamentos vitales y cartas-poder para el cuidado médico son dos herramientas muy importantes que permiten a una persona participar en decisiones médica futuras aún en caso de que la persona quede inconciente.

"Estos documentos legales protegen su derecho como paciente de aceptar o rechazar procedimientos médicos que comunmente se utilizan para salvar vidas. Aunque estos documentos son apropiados para situaciones en las que las personas se encuentran al borde de la muerte, se recomienda que toda persona llene sus testamentos médicos en cuanto lleguen a la mayoria de edad," Bernal dijo.

"Cada año nuestra oficina promueve el uso de las Instrucciones Medicas Anticipadas porque queremos que menos familias sufran al tener que tomar decisiones médicas dificiles en la sala de emergencias, cuando están bajo la tensión emocional de saber que un ser querido se encuentra grave," concluyó Bernal.

Tradicionalmente pocas personas en El Paso utilizan las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas, y especialmente entre los hispanos muchas personas se rehúsan a utilizar este tipo de herramientas legales debido a sus ideas y tradiciones con respecto a la vejez y a la muerte.

Las personas interesadas pueden obtener los formularios en español para los Testamentos Médicos y para las Cartas-poder para el Cuidado Médico en la página de Internet de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal, en la dirección: www.epcounty.com/ca.

Para mayor información sobre el Día Nacional de las Decisiones Médicas Anticipadas visite la página de Internet www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

¿QUIÉN?           Sub-Procurador del Condado Edward Sosa

¿QUÉ?               Conferencia de Prensa para Promover el Uso de los Testamentos Médicos

¿CUÁNDO?      Martes 16 de Abril, 2013 a las 9:30 a.m.

¿DÓNDE?         Centro Médico Universitario (UMC), 4815 Alameda

Boletín Campaña 2013 Testamentos Medicos.pdf

Directivas Medicas Por Anticipado.pdf

Local Attorneys Offer Free Assistance To Execute Advance Healthcare Directives (Medical Wills)

El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso, along with other community organizations, will celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16) with two public events highlighting the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.

On Tuesday April 16 and on Saturday April 20, 2013, volunteers from our organizations will be providing information and forms to individuals interested in talking to family, friends, and healthcare providers, about their medical wishes. During the events licensed attorneys will provide free assistance on how to execute advance directives (Medical Power of Attorney and Medical or "living" Wills). 

The kick-off event is scheduled for Tuesday April 16, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the University Medical Center, at 4815 Alameda. Following the kick-off, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., local attorneys will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms.

The second event will be held on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.at Bassett Place Mall, 6101 Gateway Blvd. West. Again, local attorneys will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms.  

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

A Medical Power of Attorney is a document that names your health care proxy. Your proxy is someone you trust to make health decisions if you are unable to do so.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal explained that living wills and medical powers of attorney are two very important tools that allow an individual to participate in future medical care decisions even if they become incapacitated.

"These legal documents protect your right as a patient to accept or decline life-saving medical care even when you cannot speak for yourself. Although these documents are appropriate for end-of-life scenarios, we recommend that every adult have an advanced directive," Bernal said.

"Every year our office promotes the use of advance directives because we want fewer families struggling with making difficult medical decisions in the emergency room when they are suffering from the emotional stress of someone's illness," Bernal concluded.

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney's web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit http://www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org/.

WHO:       Assistant County Attorney Edward Sosa

WHAT:     2013 National Healthcare Decisions Day Press Conference

WHEN:     Tuesday April 16, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:  University Medical Center, 4815 Alameda

2013 NHDD Press Release.pdf

Advance Directives English.pdf

Socorro Resident Arrested For Allegedly Dumping Solid Waste On Neighbor’s Property

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal today announced the arrest of a Socorro resident who has been charged with violating the Texas Health and Safety Code by illegally dumping solid waste in Socorro, Texas.

According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, 58 year-old Victor Manuel Villanueva is charged with two counts of illegal dumping of more than 500 but less than 1,000 pounds, in violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code § 365.012. The offense is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

"The illegal dumping of solid waste and household trash continues to be a serious problem in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County," said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

"Besides affecting the health, safety and quality of life of the families, illegal dumping costs taxpayers thousands of dollars every year in investigation, prosecution, and clean-up costs," Bernal concluded.

The penalty for individuals found guilty of illegal dumping ranges from a fine of up to $10,000, to up to 2 years in jail, or both.

To report illegal dumping or other environmental crimes call your local law enforcement agency:  911 if you see it happening; the Environmental Hotline at 1-888-6EL-PASO, El Paso Police Dept. at 832-4400, or El Paso Sheriff's Dept. at 546-2280.

The El Paso City's Citizen Collection Stations operate Tuesday - Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Users are required to show a copy of the most recent water bill and an identification. The collection stations accept household hazardous waste, but not construction and demolition debris. The sites are located at:

  • Northeast: 4501 Hondo Pass
  • Westside: 121 Atlantic at Doniphan
  • Central: 2492 Harrison at Alabama
  • South: 4200 Delta
  • Lower Valley 9000 Escobar at Zaragoza

For more information contact El Paso County Attorney's Environmental Prosecutor Patsy López at (915) 546-2050.

Villanueva Arrest Press Release.pdf

Remodeler Sentenced To Jail For Engaging In Deceptive Business Practices

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal today announced the sentencing of a 48-year-old East El Paso resident accused of engaging in Deceptive Business Practices.

On March 13, 2013, Adrian Zamarripa, owner of “A to Z Remodeling”, pled guilty in three Deceptive Business Practice cases before County Court at Law #4 Judge Alex Gonzalez. Zamarripa was sentenced to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The first case involved a victim who paid the Defendant over $100,000 in advance to remodel his home, but the work was never finished. Since some services were delivered, it was determined that the amount of restitution due was just over $75,000. The Defendant repaid the victim $20,500, but thereafter failed to make any additional payments. After pleading guilty in this case, Zamarripa was sentenced to 365 days in jail and a $4,000 fine.

In the second case, the victim paid Zamarripa more than $18,000 to remodel her home; however, the job was never completed. In this case Judge Gonzalez sentenced Zamarripa to 365 days in jail and a $4,000 fine.

In the third case, the victim paid the Defendant $5,000 to remodel her home and, again, failed to do so. In this case Zamarripa was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Zamarripa won’t begin serving this sentence until he completes the first two sentences.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal expressed her satisfaction on the outcome of the case. “As a prosecutor, one of my priorities has always been to obtain as much restitution as possible for the victims of deceptive merchants. However, this is not always possible. The victims in these cases will never recover in full their hard-earned money, but at least they got some justice through the court system,” Bernal said. Bernal explained that this case illustrates how difficult it is to recover money for victims of unscrupulous merchants.  “Consumers interested in remodeling their homes need to investigate the reputation of the contractors and be very cautious when paying money up front. We recommend the public not pay the complete amount of the contract until after the job is finished, and the homeowner is satisfied with the quality of the work,” Bernal concluded.   In addition to the Better Business Bureau, residents interested in investigating the background of a prospective contractor can look up their criminal and civil case histories by visiting the County’s website at www.epcounty.com/records.  

Residents who might have fallen victims of fraud or deceptive business practices are asked to contact the Criminal Section of the County Attorney's Office at 546-2050.

Zamarripa Remodeler Sentenced Press Release.pdf

Unscrupulous Remodeler Receives Time In Jail For Engaging In Deceptive Practices

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal today announced the sentencing of an El Paso resident accused of engaging in Deceptive Business Practices.

On February 26, 2013, 35-year-old Jesus Cruz pled guilty to one count of committing a Deceptive Business Practice, a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000. In addition, Cruz admitted to violating the terms of probation in another Deceptive Business Practice case.  

In the new case, the victim paid Cruz $4,000 in advance to remodel his home. The State alleged that the repairs were never delivered. In the older case, Cruz was placed on probation and ordered to pay the homeowner more than $800, but even then failed to do so. In both cases, the Court sentenced the Defendant to 300 days in jail. 

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal expressed her satisfaction on the outcome of the case.

"My office tries to protect El Paso consumers from unscrupulous contractors and con-artists. This case is another example of a legal resource available to bring justice to the victims of El Paso County," Bernal said. 

The El Paso County Attorney's Office recommends residents who are planning on doing renovations or improvements to their homes, to do some homework before hiring anyone. It is highly recommended to first check the contractor's references and business record with the Better Business Bureau and with our office.

Homeowners can also look up the criminal and civil case histories of prospective contractors on the County's website at www.epcounty.com/records.

The El Paso County Attorney's Office warns consumers against paying out large down payments and only if necessary, scheduling ‘progress payments'- periodic payments made only after designated portions of work have been successfully completed.

"Consumers must be very cautious when paying money up front. Once the consumer has given money to an unscrupulous contractor, it is very difficult for us to get the money back even after the Defendant has pled guilty and been placed on probation," Bernal said.

"We recommend the public not pay the complete amount of the contract until after the job is finished, and the homeowner is satisfied with the quality of the work," Bernal concluded. 

Residents who might have fallen victims of fraud or deceptive business practices are asked to contact the Criminal Section of the County Attorney's Office at 546-2050.

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Cruz Remodeler Sentenced Press Release.pdf

El Paso County Unveils Residential Construction Inspection Program For Unincorporated Areas Of The County

Program will promote safer and better built houses

El Paso County Judge Verónica Escobar and State Representative Marisa Márquez today announced the implementation of a Residential Construction Inspection program in the unincorporated areas of the County. The main purpose of the program is to provide residents with information regarding the quality of residential construction prior to making a purchase by requiring builders to have the homes inspected.

Texas law does not currently give County governments general authority to implement building codes for private residential structures. As a result, individuals interested in buying homes in the unincorporated areas have been making a decision to purchase their home without really knowing the quality of the construction.

"In the last year we have seen a tremendous growth of residential construction in the unincorporated areas of the County.  Projections indicate that over the next 15 years between 11,000 and 12,000 new single family homes are planned to be developed in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County" said El Paso County Judge Verónica Escobar. "By implementing this inspection program, we are giving residents an important tool that will help them make better decisions about whether to buy a property, and to protect their investment," Escobar concluded.

State Representative Marisa Márquez, who in 2009 was instrumental in getting House Bill 2833 approved in the Texas Legislature, said the implementation of this Texas law will assist county residents in having access to safer and healthier living conditions. "With this inspection registration program, families will have information to know whether or not their new home or construction was inspected for basic building code compliance and whether the home meets the minimum code requirements," Márquez said.

Implementation of the Residential Construction Building Inspection program will begin on January 1, 2012, and will be run by the El Paso County Public Works Department. The program applies to builders of new residential housing (single family homes or duplexes), or builders of an addition to an existing home (if it increases the square footage or value by more than 50%) in unincorporated areas of the County.

The builder/contractor or the owner of the property will be required to provide notice of a construction project prior to beginning the project. The program also requires them to hire a third party inspector to conduct inspections during 3 different stages of the construction:

  • During the foundation stage
  • During the framing and mechanical system stage
  • At the completion of the project.

The builder/contractor will have to submit the results of the inspections to the El Paso Public Works department. Failure to disclose the results of the inspections to El Paso County could result in sanctions, such as referral to a state agency for an enforcement action, filing of a civil lawsuit in state court, or filing of criminal charges (a class "C" misdemeanor).

The complete details of the program and required forms, both in English and Spanish, will be available on the website of the El Paso County's Public Works Department, at http://www.epcounty.com/publicworks. For more information, please call (915) 546-2015.      

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Residential Construction Inspection Press Release.pdf 

Residential Construction Inspection Program Details (Q&A).pdf

Residential Construction Inspection Program Details (Q&A) Spanish.pdf

El Paso Assistant County Attorney Appointed To National Environmental Advisory Committee
The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lisa P. Jackson has appointed El Paso Assistant County Attorney Cristina Viesca-Santos to EPA’s 12-member Governmental Advisory Committee. The committee advices the EPA’s Administrator on a broad range of environmentally related strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory and economic issues to be addressed in the implementation and elaboration of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). Committee members serve two-year terms as representatives of state, local and tribal governments. Ms. Viesca-Santos will be representing local governments in the committee. Assistant County Attorney Viesca-Santos was selected to the board for her knowledge of environmental issues facing local governments along the US-Mexico Border. Since November 2000, Ms. Viesca-Santos has served as the Environmental Prosecutor in El Paso County. Under her leadership, El Paso County created the first Environmental Court in the state of Texas. “I feel very honored and privileged to have been nominated and selected for this important task,” said Viesca-Santos. “I will endeavor to bring to light environmental issues we face in our border region as the Commission for Environmental Cooperation works with Mexican Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources and Canadian Environment Minister who are committed to greening the North American Economy,” Viesca Santos concluded. The appointment period runs from October 22, 2012 to October 2014. 

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About the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC):

As environmental issues continue to be at the forefront of the North American integration process, the U.S. Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) provides a valuable avenue for the public input. Arising from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the GAC is charged with providing advice on a broad range of environmental and economic issues. The committee helps shape U.S. policies that improve the environment and health conditions of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The GAC is composed of 12 members selected from state, local and tribal governments.

Origin:

The U.S. GAC was created in 1994 by executive order, as part of the United States Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). Article 18 of the NAAEC authorizes the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to each convene a national advisory committee. Since its inception, the committee has proven to be a valuable asset in the development of U.S. policies on trade and environment. The committee produces letters of advice and reports on a periodic basis.

On the web:

http://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/gac/

EPA Nomination Press Release.pdf

 

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