C O R P O R A T E K U D O S
Former Times reporter
De La Garza is TxDOT’s new information officer
Staff reports Laredo Morning Times where De La Garza informed and
she worked as the education educated citizens regarding
Diana C. De La Garza has reporter. As a reporter, De La We are excited to programs, activities and
assumed the duties and Garza was responsible for services provided by the
responsibilities of Public attending and writing about have Ms. De La Texas Workforce Center by
Information Officer for the board meetings and school Garza on our team. managing media relations and
TxDOT Laredo District related events and activities. De La Garza’s writing press releases. De La
according to Texas During her tenure as an experience with the Garza also designed and
Department of Transportation education reporter, De La wrote a bi-monthly news-
Laredo District Engineer Luis Garza was inducted into the local media will prove letter, brochures, flyers and
A. Ramirez . Texas Association of School to be a great asset for other marketing materials.
“We are excited to have Ms. Boards Media Honor Roll by TxDOT. De La Garza earned a
De La Garza on our team,” the Laredo Independent Bachelor of Arts degree in
Ramirez said. “De La Garza’s School District. LUIS A. RAMIREZ Communications with a minor
experience with the local After working as a reporter Texas Department of in English from Texas A&M
media will prove to be a great for three years, De La Garza Transportation Laredo International University in
asset for TxDOT.” was promoted to On Campus District Engineer 2002.
As the Laredo District PIO, editor. As editor of the youth TxDOT’s mission is to
De La Garza will serve as the tabloid, De La Garza was provide for the safe, effective
spokesperson for the district Diana De La Garza responsible for the design, and efficient movement of
and will be a liaison to the content and publication of the people and goods. The
print/broadcast media as well programs and items of interest weekly tabloid, as well as for Laredo District Office
as the general public. regarding the department and overseeing 11 student worked as the Public oversees the eight counties
De La Garza will also be its employees for distribution reporters and providing Relations/Marketing Specialist including Dimmit, Duval,
responsible for writing news to the media. guidance in their writing. for the South Texas Workforce Kinney, La Salle, Maverick,
releases regarding con- De La Garza began her After leaving the Laredo Development Board. Val Verde, Webb and Zavala.
struction projects, special journalism career at the Morning Times, De La Garza As public relations specialist,
B O R D E R B R I E F S
New pay rules may affect new rules are intended to reduce dead man’s family. mental anguish he suffered before his
overtime employers’ costs by cutting the The jury also found that Mendoza, death. (Aug. 24, 1A)
number of workers who are eligible the ranch hand who actually shot
BY LEIGH STROPE for overtime pay. Jesus Barrera Vasquez in what he LISD lowers tax rate by
AP Labor Writer Estimates of how many workers will claimed was a hunting accident,
lose their overtime eligibility range contributed 25 percent to the almost three cents
WASHINGTON — Paychecks could from 107,000 to 6 million. Workers negligence that caused Barrera’s
surge or shrink for a few or for millions who could become newly eligible death, and Hurd Ranch Company BY TRICIA CORTEZ
of workers across the country starting range from very few to 1.3 million. contributed 75 percent. Times staff writer
Monday, when sweeping changes to (Aug. 23. 1A) Jurors also decided that Barrera’s
the nation’s overtime pay rules take death was the result of malice, which Laredo Independent School District
effect. Jury awards $20 million means the family is entitled to punitive trustees lowered the proposed tax
There is little agreement by the Bush to illegal immigrant’s family damages. A hearing will be held today rate by almost three cents at a special
administration, employer groups, to determine the amount. called Monday meeting.
labor experts and others on how BY LAUREL ALMADA The attorneys representing Rather than charge taxpayers a
many workers will gain or lose the Times staff writer Barrera’s family – Rene Barrientos, $1.50 per $100 in assessed property
right to overtime pay under the new Carlos Soltero and Stephanie Kaiser value, board members opted to levy a
rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act. After four hours of deliberation – declined to comment until the case total tax rate of $1.47, effective Sept.
“To be candid, no one knows,” said Monday, jurors awarded $20 million to being heard in the 341St District Court 1.
Jerry Hunter, a labor lawyer at Bryan the family of an illegal immigrant killed is completed. LISD currently has a tax rate of
Cave LLP in St. Louis and former on the Hurd-Villegas Ranch last year. Barrera’s wife, Maria Azucena $1.50.
general counsel of the National Labor The verdict followed two weeks of Arredondo Olmos, was awarded $3 However, because its property
Relations Board during the first Bush testimony in the wrongful death case million; children Laura Yoana values increased by $188 million this
administration. filed against Juan Garza Mendoza, Vasquez Arredondo and Fernando past year, as set by the Webb County
Employers have sought changes for John R. Hurd, Hurd Ranch Company Jose Vasquez Arredondo were Appraisal District, the district’s total
decades, complaining the regulations Ltd. and Hurdco Inc. awarded $7 million each; parents property value jumped from $1.49
were ambiguous and out of date, and Although the figure was well above Pablo Vasquez Ramirez and Maria
billion to $1.68 billion.
questioning why highly paid the $1 to $2 million the defendants’ Dolores Barrera de Vasquez were
professionals should get overtime attorneys suggested, it was a bit shy awarded $1 million; and Barrera was
awarded $2 million for the pain and (Read the whole story at the
pay. Labor unions, however, say the of the $25 million requested by the
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