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To: District A Constituents From: Council Member Helena Brown Date: April 25, 2012 Subject: Recent District A Staff Changes Two of my top staffers have left to pursue other opportunities. On March 8th, Rasuali Bray asked and was granted my blessing to run for State Senate District 6 on the Republican ticket while remaining on staff. On Monday, April 23th, 2012 Rasuali Bray resigned stating that his “campaign for State Senate has become demanding and paramount” and “I must respectfully pull my attention away from serving District A, to commit my efforts to serving Senate District 6.” I gladly accepted his resignation and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors. Also on Monday, Leticia Ablaza, Chief of Staff, submitted her resignation. On several occasions over the past months Leticia approached me about dedicating more time to her children in addition to pursuing other opportunities. Apart from helping the community fight a city ordinance that affected her community and recently running for City Council, prior to working for my office, Leticia had dedicated all of her time to being a full-time mom, a high and noble calling for a mother. Our office wishes the best in her endeavors. While we currently have two members absent from our team, our staff remains well qualified to cover the various duties of the office. Our staff is dedicated to providing outstanding service to our District A constituents and working on the many important issues before Council. This office is a place of opportunity for those with a mind for dedicated constituent service and responsible government and a stepping stone to greater opportunities. We have and will continue to benefit from paid and volunteer Council Interns who desire to be a part of this team. In February and March we had the privilege of having on our team, Marni Rainey, a graphic artist who needed temporary employment until she recently found her dream job. Her caring heart and artistic talents contributed greatly to our busy office. Billy Anderson, a High School senior who has been with us from the start, works 15 hr weeks and will work during the summer with increased hours until he leaves our office for University studies early in August. For over a month, law student Janna Jeffers blessed our office with her hard working spirit, dedication, and in-depth research as a volunteer Council Intern. The newest volunteer Council Intern is Makenzie Maupin who came to us following the public discussion on the Charitable Feeding Ordinance. I am so proud of my staff and interns who have been responsive to the needs of the community. Many constituent calls and emails come in every day requiring much dedicated time, for speedy and satisfactory resolution. We attend neighborhood meetings, visit with constituents and organizations, promote neighborhood improvements, do in-depth research on the 30-50 agenda items that come before Council every week, address fiscal concerns, and respond to new ordinance proposals that affect Houston businesses, neighborhoods, and taxpayers! Our priorities remain 1.) Standing up for residents, businesses, and what is right and just, 2.) Timely constituent response, and 3.) Responsible city spending! This office means business! To this end, we will maintain a dedicated, focused staff!