County Attorney Press Releases

December Event to Provide Free Assistance in Obtaining Living 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 Wednesday December 10, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Baines Community, 10661 Vista del Sol. 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.

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: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Baines Community, 10661 Vista del Sol.

2nd Annual Cycling Tour To Benefit Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Route will take cyclists through the historical Juan De Oñate Trail and beautiful green fields and pecan farms in New Mexico

El Paso County Attorney’s Office will host its 2nd annual cycling tour “Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving” on Sunday October 26, 2014, at Gallegos Park (7361 Bosque Rd., Canutillo, TX).

The purpose of the event is dual: to bring awareness about the recovery phase of the survivors of domestic violence and to raise funds to provide scholarships for educational opportunities and therapeutic services for survivors of domestic violence.

“The first cycling event held last year was a great success, and thanks to the support of the community, nine survivors of domestic violence received funds to pursue educational opportunities,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

“Once victims finally escape the hold abusers have on their mind and body, they get a whole new outlook on life. There is an overwhelming sense of freedom they get while finding themselves once again. There is also a sense of fear in undertaking a new path in their lives. They want to do things they have not been able to do. Escaping domestic violence provides a whole new perspective for former victims. That’s where the Cycle for Change Scholarship comes in to assist and empower the survivor to soar to new heights while breaking the cycle of violence they have endured,” Bernal added.

“Our shelter was created out of a desire to help homeless women who might be struggling to recover from an abusive relationship and who might have substance abuse problems or mental health issues,” said El Paso Villa Maria director Linda Velarde.

Sponsors of this year’s event include the NM State Police, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office, and more than 16 local businesses.

The cost to register for the cycling event online is $35 for adults or $15 for children under 17 and active duty military. Online registration will end on Wednesday October 22, 2014. There will be on-site registration the day of the event starting at 7:00 a.m.

Participants will be able to choose from 3 different courses:

· 20 Mile course: (Description)

· 30 Mile course: (Description)

· 50 Mile course: (Description).

We will give out t-shirts to the first 250 registered participants. There will be cash prizes to the top 3 finishers in the 50 mile ride, and gift cards to the top finishers in the 20 and 30 mile courses.

This year, individuals who want to support the scholarship fund but are unable to attend the event can register as “Sleep-in for a Change,” paying $20.

WHO: El Paso County Attorney’s Office/ Villa Maria Shelter

WHAT: 2nd Annual Cycling Tour “Cycle for Change”

WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Gallegos Park, 7361 Bosque Rd., Canutillo, TX

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2014 Cycle for Change Press Release.pdf

Local Organizations Unite To Offer Free Assistance To Execute “Medical Wills” in October

 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 Thursday October 16, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Father Pinto Apartments, 1001 S. Ochoa St. 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.

 





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:     Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Father Pinto Apartments, 1001 S. Ochoa St.           

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2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 6.pdf 

Boletín Campaña 2014 Testamentos Medicos 6.pdf 

 

County Attorney Issues Warning To El Paso Residents About Possible Roofing Contractor Scams

Stormy weather as the one El Paso is experiencing now can produce a big demand for roofing contractors. It is also a great breeding ground for “storm chasers,” fly-by-night roofing contractors who sometimes go door-to-door offering their services enticing residents with incredibly low estimates or offering new roofs paid entirely by the insurance company.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal has some recommendations for residents who are having problems with their roofs and are in need of hiring a contractor to fix their leaks:

· Hire only licensed or bonded contractors. They might be more expensive, but are the only ones who can offer you some peace of mind in case you are not happy with the repairs.

· Do not be rushed into signing any contract, especially if the contractor uses high-pressure sales tactics, such as today-only discounts.

· Always sign a detailed contract for the project, and get the terms and any warranties in writing.

· Before deciding to hire a contractor, do your homework. Get more than one estimate; ask for references from the companies, and search online for any complaint filed against the company or the individual, particularly with the El Paso Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/elpaso/). You can also call the El Paso County Attorney’s Office at (915) 546-2050 to find out about any pending or previous criminal cases involving a particular contractor.

· Never make full payment of the project upfront. A reputable legitimate home improvement company will NEVER ask for full payment upfront. However there are times when it’s industry standard for the homeowner to make a 50% deposit depending on the project, price and/or special order of the materials.

· Check with the City of El Paso to determine whether a city permit is needed for the roofing project. If one is required, ask the contractor obtain the permit. This will ensure he is bonded and insured.

“Most established roofing companies are trustworthy and professional. Consumers should be wary of an offer that sounds too good to be true – it probably is,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

Any resident who feels has been the victim of a scam is asked to file a complaint with the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4436 or the El Paso Sheriff’s Office at (915) 546-2280. For more information, please call the Criminal Unit of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office at (915) 546-2050.

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Roofing Contractor Scams Press Release.pdf 

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 Wednesday September 17, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Hervey Community, 4949 Alps. 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.

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: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hervey Community, 4949 Alps

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2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 5.pdf 

TABC seeks to cancel permits at three El Paso Bars following long-term narcotics investigation

El Paso, Texas - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) conducted a long-term investigation as a result of citizen’s complaints of narcotics and human trafficking at several local bars: Golden Nugget Bar (BG615814) located at 5711 Trowbridge, Doll House Bar (BG402932) located at 5715 Trowbridge and George Washington Lounge (BG257713) located at 3900 Montana in El Paso. The long-term investigation indicated that several bar employees known to be associates of the violent Barrio Azteca gang were directly involved in the distribution of cocaine at the bars.

The TABC presented a total of 59 delivery of controlled substance felony cases on 29 suspects to the El Paso District Attorney’s Office. With assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, El Paso Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, El Paso Independent School District, and Horizon City Police Department, TABC conducted a warrant round-up in which 12 of 29 suspects were arrested. At least two of those arrested were confirmed members of the Barrio Azteca gang directly involved in the drug trafficking activities.

In conjunction with the warrant round-up, TABC worked with the El Paso County Attorney's Office to seek temporary restraining orders to immediately close down all three bars. Agents from TABC Special Investigations Unit and Financial Crimes Unit served the managers of the bars respectively with 38 administrative notices that contained 100 various violations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. The permit holders were cited for sale, delivery, and possession of narcotics by the employees, prostitution, solicitation of an alcoholic beverage by employees, and allowing employees to engage in continued and organized criminal activities contrary of the law designed to protect the general welfare, health, peace, morals, and safety of the people and the public sense of decency.

"TABC license holders who fail to legally manage or control their establishments and allow nefarious activities to take place on the premises do not deserve the privilege to operate a bar in Texas," said Assistant Chief Dexter Jones. "TABC will continue to partner with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to eradicate bad business behavior occurring inside of bars and restaurants permitted by the TABC," he added. "License holders have an obligation to comply with the law, and the people of Texas expect them to actively contribute to the overall quality of life and safety of their community," said Jones.

Anyone with information about illegal activity occurring in a TABC licensed location should call their local TABC office by dialing 1-888-THE-TABC. In El Paso, call 915-351-3697.

Contacts:

Assistant Chief Dexter Jones, Audit and Investigations Division, 512-206-3300

Captain Ron Swenson, TABC Special Investigations Unit, 512-206-3300

Carolyn Beck, Director of Communications, 512-206-3347

 TABC Arrests in El Paso Press Release.pdf

Original Application for TRO-Doll House.pdf 

Original Application for TRO-George Washington Lounge.pdf 

Original Application for TRO-Golden Nugget.pdf

Doll House signed TRO.pdf

Golden Nugget signed TRO.pdf 

George Washington Lounge signed TRO.pdf 

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

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