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07-24-2009:  BP agent killed, 287 G update, & Houston joins in..

  • Border Patrol Agent Gunned Down in Desolate Area Near Mexico (online article or PDF version)

  • Copy of the New Standardized 287 G MOU that was created on 07-10-2009 was not supposed to be made public.

  • In a previous 287g update on 07-13-2009, I mentioned that 11 new agencies joined the 287g program.  The latest city in Texas that joined was Houston.  After having an image of being a Sanctuary City due to a policy of not questioning the legal status of a suspect or doing anything about their illegal alien population, they want to change that image. 
        OR, just maybe, it is because they have had 3 police officers shot or killed by illegal aliens, and one still in the hospital (partially paralyzed and lost an eye).

  • Here are some other Houston related articles:

07-20-2009:  Federal Contractor rule delayed until September 8, 2009
     The effective date of the final rule requiring certain federal contractors and subcontractors to use E-Verify has been delayed until September 8, 2009.  Click here for more...

E-Verify Legislative Summary updated - Click here for chart.

07-15-2009:  POLICE RELATED TOPICS - You may also be interested in the City Of Lewisville weekly Police Chief's report.

  • Lewisville's New Crime Tip Line Number - The police department has a new number for its Tip Line. The new number is 972-219-8477 (TIPS). The old tip line number has been linked to the new number. The number was changed to be more consistent with the trend to have the last four numbers read TIPS.

  • Here is a link to frequent... - Who's in Jail?  So the person you are looking for hasn't called.  You checked with the local hospital and they have not seen him/her.  Have you checked the local jail?

  • Citizen Police Academy:  Registration is now open for the Citizen Police Academy. The free 3-month 14-session weekly program starts Sept. 10, 2009.  See the LCPA FAQ and have all your questions answered. 
         Maria and I went through the class two years ago and then joined the Alumni Association where we volunteer do a lot of fun things for the City (Police related).  Here are just a few things that you can do after going through the class with a little bit more of training.

    • Occupy that sky watch tower  you see in parking lots (yes, there usually is a person in it).

    • Patrol in the Citizens On Patrol car.

    • Ride with police officers when they patrol - as an observer.

    • Help at the front desk when needed.

    • Call those that have warrants so that they can come in and pay their tickets before they get arrested.

    • Child ID booth at community events (photo ID card).

    • Battle of the badge event..

    • and more....

  • Travel Trailer Thefts - Looking at the City Of Lewisville weekly Police Chief's report, I see an opportunity for someone to help stop a thief!  He might just live near you...   Detectives are attempting to identify a suspect who stole a travel trailer from a storage facility on McGee Lane on July 4, 2009.
         Video surveillance captures the travel trailer being removed from the property by a white GMC or Chevrolet pick-up truck. The suspect is a white male that is believed to be in his thirties with brown hair. The suspect may have also been accompanied by a white female.
         Police believe the same suspects are responsible for a similar theft from the 1500 block of North Mill Street on April 30, 2009.
         Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-8477 (TIPS) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-8477 (TIPS). See photos below.  CAPTURED




287g UPDATE – New Standardized MOU:(07-10-2009) : Basically, the Law has not changed but the 287g program has been modified. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano (appointed by Obama), is suspending all current Memos Of Understanding (MOU)...  Click here to read more...


Public invited to participate in Trails Master Plan: Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services is conducting a trails master plan study, and will accept public input during the Park Board meeting on July 8, 2009. Trails and greenways positively impact individuals and improve communities by providing not only recreation and transportation opportunities, but also by influencing economic and community development. Goals of the public meeting are to identify trail user types and use patterns, identify potential routes and access points, learn user preferences on width and material of trails, and identify connections with adjacent cities. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Glenmore Savage Community Room at the Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main Street. For information on the meeting, please call 9672.219.3550. Contact: Parks and Leisure Services Director Bob Monaghan, 972.219.3552

Personal note: I went to the Denton County Appraisal District today to ask them to lower my overly appraised home value. In short, I got it lowered about $11K. The tax rate on the City Of Lewisville Website is 2.05598%. Basically, I spent about 6 hours of my time plus the time spent by my realtor friend who did an analysis and I will save about $226 this next year until they raise it again the following year. BTW, they did not like the numbers that came from my realtor friend. They basically did not use it but it did help me to see how my property was rated.
     Getting things together, reading everything, sending the letter with information, and other was about 3 hours. Travel and wait time today was about 3 hours. I have flex time where I can schedule stuff around my business meetings. Most people cannot get off of work to do this. It is almost the cost of the pay lost. I wish that they would error in the side of the home owner. Appraise it at a fair market value. Also, most of the people that talked to me today mentioned that they got it lowered about +20K as they were leaving. I felt kind of ripped off but she would not lower.

A MUST SEE: I went to a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting today for The Actors Conservatory Theater and a few of these Kid actors gave us a preview. The female lead sang without music background and she was fantastic. The cast is all kids and one adult. It’s going to be a great show and the price - Tickets for “The King and I” will be on sale at the box office a half hour before each show and are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $7 for children under 10 and $7 each for groups of 15 or more. Hope you can make it.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s - The King and I
The ACT's 10th Annual Children's Summer Musical
Performances will be July 10-12, and July 17-19, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and also at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
More info at: 
In the Lewisville Leader


Michael Burgess Hosting Energy Summit
2009 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Summit & Fair
Saturday, July 11, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Killough Lewisville High School North
1301 Summit Avenue , Lewisville , TX 75077


City of Lewisville upcoming meetings and notes:

  • July 4, 2009 (Saturday): Fireworks Display.  Southside of Vista Ridge Mall.  9:30 PM

  • July 6, 2009 (Monday):  Lewisville City Council. (meets usually the 1st and 3rd Mondays)  Workshop at 6:00 PM and the regular meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  See the Council Agenda Page.

  • July 7, 2009 (Tuesday):  Planning and Zoning (meets usually the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays) . See the Agenda

  • July 8, 2009 (Wednesday):  Park Board meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at Community Room; 1197 W. Main Lewisville, Texas 75067,  7:00 p.m.

    • Lewisville Trails Master Plan Public Meeting


City Council Position : The Number one question that I am asked is, “What’s different now that you are on the Council?” At this point I see a change in my seating position at the council meetings and I will be able to go to the Closed meetings. My First Council meeting will be July 6, 2009. After my orientation a week ago, I am trying to play catch up on all the manuals and stuff that was given to me to read. Also, I have to finish some paperwork next week. Last week, I went to a breakfast meeting at CCA and at the Regional Water District which took a few hours of time each morning – these were voluntary meetings but very interesting. The rest of my time is just trying to play catch up on work. I was up until 3:00 AM last night working on a website and I am sure that I will be working this weekend also. Sometimes I wish I had an 8 to 5 job but then again, working for myself does give me some advantages like....  working every day ;-). I am not complaining.  I think that a regular job that is a little flexible might make it a little easier.  I guess I could win the lotto if I ever start buying lotto tickets.

Interested in running for Office: I have received about 10 calls from people wanting to run for office since my election on June 13, 2009. Here are some things to consider in no particular order…

  • Do not listen to the Nay-Sayers. If you think you can do what is right then run. Do it for the right reasons.

  • Be active. Go to all the meetings that you can - not just the meetings concerning the position that you are interested. Go to workshops, meetings, committees – all of them. Read the Extended agenda and be prepared in case you are asked a question. Chances are they won’t but you might just be motivated to speak up in the open forum. Again, do it for the right reasons. Who knows, you might be able to have enough influence that you do not have to run to make a difference. You can support those who are doing the right thing.

  • Fill out an application to be on a board or committee.

  • Do not expect to not have any involvement and then run for office and win. Be active. The time is now, yesterday, last week/month/qtr….

  • Do not expect to win but be grateful if you do. There is a lot of work to be done.

  • Pray! Make room for God in your life. If you are full of yourself, then there is no room for God.

  • Look at all the problems that you have with all levels of Government. My problem is the decisions that many of them are making – at all levels of government.

  • Do your part and encourage others to do theirs.

  • If there are more than two running, consider pulling out and supporting the better candidate. If you can avoid a run off, you can save everyone time and money. I have personal experience with this one… ;-)

TEA PARTY – July 4, 2009: If you want to hang out with about 30 to 50,000 of your closest friends…
Admission is FREE! But $10 per car to park.
3:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at Southfork Ranch
3700 Hogge Rd., Parker TX 75002
Interested in supporting the Dallas Tea Party? E-mail to find out how!
Visit for more information.
Stand Up for Liberty!
Join Tens of Thousands of Liberty-Loving Americans
for AMERICA'S TEA PARTY at Southfork Ranch on July 4th!
FOX News Personality and best-selling author MICHELLE MALKIN
American hero and author CAPT. SCOTT O’GRADY
Special musical guest MICKEY DOLENZ of THE MONKEES
Comedian and commentator STEVEN CROWDER
Americans for Prosperity’s PEGGY VENABLE
Former INS Special Agent MICHAEL CUTLER
Award-winning writer MICHAEL JOHNS

06-26-2009: Cap and Trade (H.R. 2454)...  I cannot believe this passed the House of representatives today.  I am glad that the two representatives for the Lewisville area (Kenny Marchant, R-24 AND Michael Burgess, R-26 did not vote for it.  Please thank them.  From what I can tell on the Thomas Library for H.R. 2454, is that it still needs to go to the Senate.  This bill must be stopped!

  What is cap and trade?  Basically, it is another tax...  An artificially created tax.  It deals with carbon emissions and the amount that you are allowed to use.  If you are in an industry that produces carbon emissions (like breathing), you will pay another tax or buy credits from someone who does not use theirs, etc...  I expect more American jobs to go to other countries that do not have this tax and I expect everything we buy to get more expensive. - that is the way I see it - John Gorena

06-24-2009:  Huffines Plaza area update....  I have received quite a few calls about what is going on at Huffines Plaza since June 16, 2009.   Callers have reported that the police are stopping those that are seeking day laborers at this location.  {Note: Since I was elected on the Council on 6-13-2009, I have been trying to relay information more than blogging my commentary.}  Here is some information:  The City is working with the land owner at Huffines to enforce trespassing violations.  The illegal aliens (my opinion but you can refer to them as Day Laborers if you wish) have moved to the 7-11 at  Hwy 121 and S. Mill Street.  Another group is by the St. Charles Place Apartments on the north side of the Huffines plaza.  The City is trying to contact 7-11 corporate office to work on this issue as the local manager likes their business.  I personally will not be going to that store (yes, my commentary - I said I have been trying).

ACTION ITEM:  Please contact the City and let them know that you like what they are doing (they are doing a great job).  Please call the City (972-219-3400): Police Department and City Manager's office, etc...   Also, take a few minutes and Fill out the City Survey (leave them your contact information also - it means a lot).

PICTURES: Our Police Department at work... No day laborers in the parking lot.  Results of the property owner working with the City.

8:00 AM, 06-24-2009:

10:15 AM, 06-24-2009 - Police stopped someone.

10:15 AM, 06-24-2009 - at the 7-11 (there were a lot more at 8:00 AM)


06-23-2009:  The American Form of Government explained in about 10 minutes.  This is worth your time to watch.  We are a Republic not a Democracy.  Refresh your memory on the difference. Click here to view...

06-19-2009:  2009 Battle of the Badge

  • WHAT:
    2009 Battle of the Badge
    - Police and Fire department teams will battle it out in a full day (softball tournament). The day ends with the top two winning teams playing for the trophy.
    - Games for kids
    - Bounce Houses
    - Presented by the Lewisville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (
    - Proceeds benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Watch the quick Video at

  • WHEN:
    June 20, 2009
    9:00 am - ? (about 3 or 4)

  • WHERE:
    Lewisville Lake Park - Fields 9 & 10
    Just East of the N. Mill St. and Lake Park Rd. intersection

  • COST: Is a $5 donation/person to the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County.

  • Come buy a hotdog, see vendors, enjoy the game.

06-18-2009:  Swearing in was nice. Thank you to ALL the folks that were there. It was more than I expected. THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!

  • Newspaper Lewisville Leader 06-18-2009: Gorena takes oath after quorum appears

    • Watch the Video online and choose VIDEO for the date of June 18, 2009 (23m). Then, below the video, use JUMP TO item B (about 19 minutes into the recording).

06-13-2009:  We Won the Election.  I am now Councilman Elect until I get sworn in on 06-18-2009.  It looks like my first meeting will be July 6, 2009.


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