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AN ESSENTIAL NOTE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • George Boehme is the publisher of Essentials Magazines and InstantNewsNetwork.com. He has lived in West University Place for more than 25 years with his wife, Elizabeth, and their 18-year-old twins. PagPea g5 e| 5W WESETS UT UE SESSESNETNITAILASLS The new blood on the city council wants new blood transfused into the 82 volunteer positions on seven West University Place boards and commissions. They want you. Read about those bodies and their responsibilities ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ interests and skills. Don’t sell these jobs short: City boards and commissions make real ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� policy-making in a city manager form of government. Almost all policy ideas and decisions start on one of these boards and commissions. And they are a great opportunity for residents who don’t want to ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ University Place in a meaningful way. Almost all of the boards and commissions are appointed in September, so contact West University Place City Secretary Thelma Gilliam at tgilliam@westutx.gov soon to get an application. There’s an old saying that “no person’s life, liberty or livestock are safe while the Texas Legislature is in session.” The Texas Legislature meets every odd-numbered year. And for more than 25 years, Texas Monthly has selected its best and worst legislators. This year they selected 10 — two senators (out of 31) and eight house members (out of 150). So understand how unusual it is that both of West U’s legislative ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� made Texas Monthly’s Best Legislators of 2017 list. Read about them on page 12. We have a new City Council — younger and more diverse. Take the time to come see them in action. The West University Place City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Municipal Building at 3800 University Blvd. You can keep tabs on the council on the city website and sign up for alerts to receive council agendas, or contact Ms. Gilliam at 713-662- 5813 for more information. Enjoy the magazine. And please consider serving on one of the seven West University Place boards and commissions. You won’t regret it.


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