February Newsletter 2020
MLK DAY! - Habitat for Humanity
This year, I honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on this Day of Service by volunteering alongside Congressman Colin Allred with Habitat for Humanity; to assist in building homes for local veterans. Congressman Allred and I both serve on Veterans Committees and hear the challenges veterans face. By working together, we can ensure that no one who has sacrificed for our freedoms feels as if their voices go unheard.
If you are interested in learning how you can help, please contact our office.
In January, Congressman Allred hosted an Education Roundtable composed of local stakeholders. Being able to openly discuss both federal and local priorities, allowed for a greater understanding of school finance and opportunities our community will face. Though we have made major strides during this recent legislative session, I know there is more work to be done. By continuing to come together, we can harness the knowledge needed to make positive changes. Thank you, Dr. Stone (RISD), University of Texas at Dallas, American Federation of Teachers, and Richland Community College, for your expert knowledge.
Every month the HD 102 Community Engagement Steering Committee gets together with local Precinct Chairs for a day of block walking focused on reminding members of the community about the importance of being registered to vote.
I have had the pleasure of joining them the last few months and have seen the amazing work they do. This month, however, I was not the only one acknowledging their work--someone got wind of these amazing efforts and wrote an article about it! You can read the story here. A huge thank you to all of you that volunteer your time to do such important work.
If you would like to get involved, please email District102.Ramos@house.texas.gov
This January, we hosted our first A.C.T.I.O.N. and Precinct Chair team meeting of 2020. We began with census training focused on getting everyone familiar with the importance of completing and returning the census. By doing so, we get to keep resources in our district for our roads, education system, and our hospitals, just to name a few. We wrapped it up with an open discussion of future events everyday members of our community would like to see. Through direct representation, I hope to set an example for others to follow.
Follow us for updates on future census training we will be hosting.
Garland Retired School Personnel Recognition Meeting
What a great pleasure it was to visit members of the Garland Retired School Personnel. Hearing first-hand how I can help our retirees, grants me a fresh insight on what matters to you all. These individuals made it their mission to foster learning in the hearts of others and for that, I am forever grateful. Thank you, Thomas W. Poore and all the members of Garland Retired School Personnel, for the wonderful recognition.
Meeting with Richardson Police Chief Spivey
With public safety being a priority to me, I was more than pleased to have a meeting with Richardson Police Chief Spivey.
We discussed the crime rate decreases we have seen over the last year and what the potential policies were that lead to them. Touched base on community outreach and possible events to help create an open dialogue between our community and our PD.
Lastly, we touched base on what the future needs are of the department. To ensure that our community continues to remain safe, we need to make sure that they have the resources they need.
Thank you Chief Spivey!
Berkner High School Visit
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Berkner High School, where I was able to openly discuss the needs of our students with Principal Cage and senior student Zoe Barron. These great individuals provided me with insight as to what the future of Berkner HS would be as a STEM Academy. By far, one of the coolest parts of my tour was trying out the flight simulator as student experts guided me. Just like my visit to J.J. Pearce High School, I left with a bag of tools that I will use when advocating for RISD down in Austin. See you next Richardson HS!
Upcoming Community Events
Feb. 5 - Listening Sessions For D.P.D. – 5 Year Strategic Plan Council Member: District #12 – Cara Mendelsohn
Feb. 7 - Hope Summit with Representative Carl Sherman *
Feb. 9 - Cottonwood Neighborhood Gathering *
Feb. 13 - 16 - RISD PTA Used Book Sale
Council Member: District #11 – Lee Kleinman
Feb. 22 - Census Training w/ NALEO & Office of Rep Ramos *
Feb. 23 - Precinct 2041 Get Together *
* = Representative Ramos will be in attendance.
When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. To help with this important matter, our office is working with all of HD102 to ensure a complete count happens right here in our district. For more information, visit U.S. Census Bureau or contact our district office.
"When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” - Benjamin Franklin
In the US, with the turn of a faucet, we are lucky to have access to some of the safest treated water in the world. Due to this we often don't think twice about the future of water. However, as a proud member of the Natural Resources Committee, I make it my job to think about the future, a future with safe water for all.
In early January, I had the pleasure of touring the Water Treatment Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant under the Dallas Water Utilities. What an insightful tour that provided me with an understanding of how the City of Dallas is ahead of the curve in their planning. During this tour, I got to meet some of the hardest working individuals that keep our water safe and running. I am so thankful to you all! I'll be seeing you again soon to visit the remaining 3 facilities.
HD 102 Local Highlight
Parkinson Voice Project
The Parkinson Voice Project is a local non-profit whose mission is to preserve the voices of individuals with Parkinson's and related neurological disorders through intensive speech therapy, follow up support, research, education, and community awareness.The Parkinson Voice Project hosts monthly events, the most prominent being their lecture series, which can be viewed online or in person. If you would like to visit them, they are located at 646 N. Coit Rd #2250, Richardson, TX 75080. To donate or learn more about the amazing work they do, visit their website.