City Representative Cassandra Hernandez, District 3

City Representative Cassandra Hernandez, District 3 Representing Central - East El Paso Residents as City Representative of District 3.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY Cassandra was born and raised in El Paso Lower Valley. She is a graduate of Bel Air High School in 2005 and attended the Riverside Vocational program. Cassandra is the middle child of five children. Cassandra’s mother is Norma Alvarado Chavez and Step Father Ricardo Chavez. Cassandra has two children Weylin Brown and Betty Brown. Cassandra is a proud Home Owner in the Rosedale Neighborhood area. Cassandra served as the President and Vice President of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association from 2014 to 2017. BACKGROUND Cassandra was elected as the District 3 Representative in June 2017 and will serve a four-year term. Cassandra has dedicated her work experience to public service. Cassandra is the former Deputy Director at Dynamic Workforce Solutions (DWFS) for the non-profit Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB), an organization dedicated to helping El Paso job seekers and military veterans find gainful employment. Cassandra served as the Director of Policy and Programs for Education and Workforce Development at the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. She also served as support staff in City Council from February 2011 to July 2013 for Susie Byrd (District 2), and Steve Ortega (District 7). As a testament to her dedication to service, Cassandra gained this valuable experience at City Hall while simultaneously working towards completing her graduate degree and working part-time at another job to make ends meet. EDUCATION Cassandra Hernandez obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2010. Later, she obtained her Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Public Policy and Management in 2013, also from UTEP. As a graduate student, Cassandra helped re-establish the Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA) and served as president of MPASA for approximately 2 years.

Operating as usual

09/21/2020
Official El Paso Independent School District

72% done. Go Mustangs!

The $58-million modernization of Burges High School completed some key projects recently and instructional spaces are ready to welcome students once in-person instruction resumes. Check out some of the completed work!

The project is 72 percent done and should be fully completed next fall. For more info visit www.episd.org/Page/955. #IamEPISD #EPISDProud

09/17/2020
Please get tested
09/17/2020

Please get tested

The State testing sites within the City and County of El Paso have extended their operations through September 30, 2020. No appointments are needed and testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

Two sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

• Nations Tobin Recreation Center; 8831 Railroad Dr.
• El Paso Community College Valle Verde Campus, 919 Hunter Dr.

The testing site located at Socorro Independent School District’s Student Activities Complex, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd., is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Saturday.

Additionally, the Texas Military Department Mobile Testing Team (TMD-MTT) is conducting additional testing in the El Paso County’s rural communities. Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

September 14
• Clint Fire Station #1; 708 FM 1110

September 15, 24 & 29
• Horizon First Baptist Church; 17018 Darrington Rd.

September 16 & 25
• West Valley Fire Department; 510 Vinton Rd.

September 18 & 28
• El Paso County ESD #2 Fire Station; 11440 N. Loop

September 21 & 30
• El Paso County ESD #2 HQ, 16001 Socorro Rd.

September 23
• Montana Vista Fire Station #2; 5411 Paso View Dr.

For more information about alternative testing locations EPStrong.org

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
09/16/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

The City of El Paso has partnered with the YWCA to provide free childcare for children 0-12 years of age whose families have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The YWCA will utilize CARES funds for the provision of childcare services, after-school services, and other eligible expenses from September through December as stipulated specifically in the contract.

Childcare services and after-school services will be provided to eligible families, essential employees and stressed families, with priority given to the City of El Paso employees. All beneficiaries must reside within the city limits of the City of El Paso.

The YWCA will also provide transportation, personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning/ disinfecting supplies to ensure that all sites where services are provided will maintain strict health and safety standards.

Children participating in this free childcare service will receive academic enrichment while parents return to their current jobs, pursue new employment or attend school.

For more information, please contact the YWCA Childcare Service at (915) 519-0000 and visit the Department of Community and Human Development website (https://www.elpasotexas.gov/community-and-human-development/covid-19-community-assistance-programs) for a list of additional COVID assistance.

September is National Library Card Sign-up month! Even though, in-person library services are currently limited, with a ...
09/15/2020

September is National Library Card Sign-up month!

Even though, in-person library services are currently limited, with a library card, you can access digital services such as audio books, music, movies, online education services such as research articles and practice exams (ACT, SAT, or ASVAAB, Civil Service tests). In addition, MANGO Languages is now being offered. It's a learning service that offers more than 70 different online language courses.

Library cards are available to all El Paso residents free of charge. Sign up for one and learn about services here:
http://www.elpasolibrary.org/using-the-library/corona-virus-borrowing-measures

New Wifi Centers! Free internet access provided by Parks and Recreation Department.
09/11/2020

New Wifi Centers! Free internet access provided by Parks and Recreation Department.

Never Forget.
09/11/2020

Never Forget.

If none of us helped, thousands of people would go hungry in the Borderland. Each one of us can do something, take actio...
09/10/2020

If none of us helped, thousands of people would go hungry in the Borderland. Each one of us can do something, take action, and together we can end hunger one helping at a time. You can make a difference this #HungerActionMonth, #FeedingElPaso. elpasoansfightinghunger.org

The Valley View Neighborhood Association petitioned the city to rename Robert E Lee. To Buffalo Solider Rd. It was appro...
09/10/2020

The Valley View Neighborhood Association petitioned the city to rename Robert E Lee. To Buffalo Solider Rd. It was approved unanimously by City Council. Thank you to State Board of Education Member Georgina Perez @ginatxsboe1 for your kind donation and to other leaders who have chipped in to make this change possible! @carlos.gallinar @stacosta_ @epc_foundation @joanne.bernal.146

This weekend is grandparents day and we are especially grateful to my children’s grandmother for all the time and love s...
09/10/2020

This weekend is grandparents day and we are especially grateful to my children’s grandmother for all the time and love she gives our children.
Have a wonderful grandparents week! This is a photo of Betty and her grandmother Norma.

Join us!! Today at 2 pm we will host our virtual community meeting with our guest speaker Jessica Herrera, Director of E...
09/09/2020

Join us!! Today at 2 pm we will host our virtual community meeting with our guest speaker Jessica Herrera, Director of Economic and International Department.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83342302302

Today I went for an early morning walk with President of the Thomas Manor Neighborhood association, Juan Mendoza. For th...
09/08/2020

Today I went for an early morning walk with President of the Thomas Manor Neighborhood association, Juan Mendoza. For those of you who know him, you will recognize the projects he has championed for his neighborhood. To include the street beautification along Knights Road and the newly remolded Thomas Manor park. When I was an intern for City Council years ago, I met Juan and he has always dreamed of a beautiful and improved park. And today, we reflected on all of those dreams come to fruition. Thank you Mr. Mendoza for challenging city leaders to build a park we can all be proud of. Join a Neighborhood Association to make a difference in your community.

Happy Labor Day! Friendly reminder that the City of El Paso Administrative Offices will be closed today.
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day!
Friendly reminder that the City of El Paso Administrative Offices will be closed today.

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
09/05/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

Remember to take advantage of free COVID-19 testing by the State through September 15. No appointments are needed as testing is open to everyone and tests are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To find additional testing sites near you, visit EPstrong.org

Congratulations to El Paso's infections disease expert, Dr. Alozie, on the front page of Texas Medicine publication.  Yo...
09/04/2020

Congratulations to El Paso's infections disease expert, Dr. Alozie, on the front page of Texas Medicine publication. You have stepped up for El Paso with your guidance and expertise, we are grateful for your service.

"Like many physicians, the El Paso infectious disease specialist – who sits on the Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force – sees disturbing parallels between COVID-19 and the HIV/AIDS pandemic that started in the early 1980s.

HIV began as a disease affecting mostly white people but settled over time into a much larger threat for Blacks and other people of color, he says. And many of the factors behind HIV’s persistence in those communities have likewise fueled the rise of COVID-19 in the U.S.

“It’s the same set of dynamics that come into play: lack of access to care, lack of prevention, lack of insurance,” said Dr. Alozie, whose practice focuses largely on HIV patients. “It’s an unfortunate legacy that we continue to perpetuate.”

https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=54513

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government
09/04/2020

City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

It’s okay to not be okay. When we shine a light on mental health, we help provide hope for many of those living in silence. If you or someone you know is struggling, know you are not alone.

For a list of resources, visit the ‘Residents’ page at EPstrong.org or call the local crisis hotline at (915) 779-1800.

Yum! @flyelp and @elpasomcad have teamed up for "Food Trucks on the Fly" happening every weekend in September, starting ...
09/03/2020

Yum! @flyelp and @elpasomcad have teamed up for "Food Trucks on the Fly" happening every weekend in September, starting tomorrow!

Please be sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing.

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases rises to 20,686 with 72 new COVID-19 cases and 3 delayed testing results by the S...
09/03/2020

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases rises to 20,686 with 72 new COVID-19 cases and 3 delayed testing results by the State being reported this morning.

Eight additional deaths are also being reported today bringing the total number of deaths to 429.

All 8 patients had underlying health conditions. They include 1 male in his 40s, 1 male in his 60s, 1 male in his 70s, 1 male and 2 females in their 80s, and 2 females in their 90s.

This morning myself and members of the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association had the privilege of honoring @martitaslunch...
09/03/2020

This morning myself and members of the Cielo Vista Neighborhood Association had the privilege of honoring @martitaslunchbox for providing space for the children of their employees attending virtual school. Their kindness and consideration during this difficult time is what makes El Paso Strong. Today we delivered face masks for employees and children and a certificate of appreciation. Also, they're looking for a 4th grade math tutor for one of the children who is struggling. Inbox me if you can help give back. Thank you @martitaslunchbox! https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2020/08/18/martitas-lunch-box-provides-classroom-employees-kids/3386937001/

Join me in congratulating Ben Fyffe, one of our own, and first to lead the Museums and Cultural Affairs Dept. Congratula...
09/03/2020

Join me in congratulating Ben Fyffe, one of our own, and first to lead the Museums and Cultural Affairs Dept. Congratulations! Check out this El Paso Inc. article...

"Born and raised in the Mission Valley and East El Paso, Fyffe is also the first-ever native El Pasoan to run MCAD.

His experience with promoting local culture goes back to middle school, when he led tours of Ysleta Mission. In high school he was in the first class of teen docents at El Paso Museum of Art at the old Turney Mansion.

“I’ve always been interested in how art and culture affect a community,” Fyffe said. “Caring about history and culture is in my DNA.”

After graduating from Cathedral High School, he studied art history on a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, taking time in the summers to be a volunteer intern at El Paso Museum of Art.

His first full-time job was with the education department of the Austin Museum of Art, now known as The Contemporary.

There he developed a new appreciation for modern art, in addition to his passion for Italian and French baroque art and architecture. He also saw the inner workings of museum operations and the importance of public-private partnerships.

When his mother called him in 2001 about a job opening at the art museum in El Paso, he returned, thinking he would stay for two or three years before leaving for an art history graduate program.

Instead he honed his administrative skills in city jobs and earned a master’s degree in public administration at UTEP."

Read more:-->>

http://www.elpasoinc.com/lifestyle/from-docent-to-cultural-affairs-recreation-director/article_5e083d7a-e31c-11ea-a88c-1f28724bab37.html

Thank you to the @elpasofire El Paso Fire Department for rescuing this young girl.
09/02/2020

Thank you to the @elpasofire El Paso Fire Department for rescuing this young girl.

FINAL UPDATE Mountain Rescue at Transmountain complete: Crews successfully rescued a female minor. Patient was transported to the hospital with minor injuries for further evaluation.

Crews also assisted a nurse that, as soon as she noticed the minor falling down, went down the steep slope to assist.

Operations complete. EPFD units preparing to return to station.

El Paso's new cite-and-release program for low-level marijuana possession starts September 1, 2020. The program gives po...
09/01/2020

El Paso's new cite-and-release program for low-level marijuana possession starts September 1, 2020. The program gives police the discretion to issue a ticket instead of making an arrest.

***Updated information from the City of El Paso Press Release***:
Beginning today, the El Paso Police Department is implementing the Cite and Release Program. This discretionary program was approved by a May 12th, 2020 City Council Resolution and is offered to offenders who would otherwise be arrested for Class A or B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. The program provides an offender, who meets the criteria, a notice to appear in court at a later date. The offender is issued a citation for the offense and released.

Officers may arrest offenders under the following circumstances:

• Offender refuses to participate in the program or refuses to sign the citation
• Non-residents of El Paso County
• Intoxicated individuals
• Offender has outstanding warrants or other non-related charges
• When some level of force is necessary
• The individual is uncooperative
• Habitual offenders

Eligible individuals include offenders who are 17 years of age or older, possess sufficient identifying information at the time of detention, are residents of EP County and who the officer has reasonable belief will appear in court.

City of El Paso Extends Emergency Ordinance until September 30, 2020
08/31/2020

City of El Paso Extends Emergency Ordinance until September 30, 2020

One death, 108 new COVID-19 cases, and 2 additional delayed testing results by the State are being reported for a cumula...
08/31/2020

One death, 108 new COVID-19 cases, and 2 additional delayed testing results by the State are being reported for a cumulative total of 20,460 cases and 419 deaths.

The patient was a male in his 90s with underlying health conditions.

For more information and other data visit EPstrong.org

This morning, 1 death, 109 new COVID-19 cases, and 24 additional delayed testing results by the State are being reported...
08/30/2020

This morning, 1 death, 109 new COVID-19 cases, and 24 additional delayed testing results by the State are being reported for a cumulative total of 20,350 cases and 418 deaths.

The patient was a female in her 70s with underlying health conditions.

For more information and other data visit EPstrong.org

This morning, 1 death, 109 new COVID-19 cases, and 24 additional delayed testing results by the State are being reported for a cumulative total of 20,350 cases and 418 deaths.

The patient was a female in her 70s with underlying health conditions.

For more information and other data visit EPstrong.org

08/28/2020
epstrong.org

COVID-19 UPDATE

New City Testing Site, Community Strongly Advised to Get Tested
EL PASO, Texas—The City of El Paso will expand its COVID-19 testing options to include a new drive-thru location at the Don Haskins Recreational Facility, 7400 High Ridge Dr., beginning Tuesday September 1, 2020.

The testing is free and will be available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents with or without symptoms will need to schedule an appointment by calling (915) 212-0783 and asked which of the two City testing sites they wish to visit:
• City Testing Eastside Site; 301 George Perry Blvd.
• City Testing Westside Site; 7400 High Ridge Dr.

Test results for the City sites will be provided within 24 to 72 hours. Information on how to obtain results will be provided at the City sites at time of appointment and on www.epstrong.org.
For more information about the various alternative testing sites throughout the community click here or visit www.EPStrong.org.

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases rises to 20,072 with 82 new COVID-19 cases and 65 additional delayed testing resu...
08/28/2020

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases rises to 20,072 with 82 new COVID-19 cases and 65 additional delayed testing results by the State being reported this morning.

Five additional deaths are also being reported today bringing the total number of deaths to 415.

The deaths include 1 male in his 40s, 2 males in their 60s, 1 female in her 70s, and 1 male in his 80s. All patients had underlying health conditions.

For more information and other data visit EPstrong.org

Bi-Weekly Newsletter is here! https://conta.cc/2QB36vb
08/28/2020
COVID-19 Updates & City News

Bi-Weekly Newsletter is here!

https://conta.cc/2QB36vb

Stay Informed and Stay Healthy! DISTRICT 3 NEWSLETTER COVID-19 UPDATES & CITY NEWS August 28, 2020 District 3 Community Meeting Attention Local Businesses! Join us! Our guest speaker will be Jessica H

El Paso Zoo
08/26/2020

El Paso Zoo

Just a reminder that The El Paso Zoo remains closed to the public at this time due to COVID-19. We will post any updates here regarding reopening.

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