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  • Preliminary results of a study focusing on environ-mental impacts from a pro-posed minor league baseball stadium were recently pre-sented to Sugar Land City Council.

    The initial fi ndings from an analysis of Federal Avia-tion Administration clearance issues related to the nearby Sugar Land Regional Airport and soil and water studies are not expected to delay a pos-sible stadium opening for the 2012 baseball season.

    A Quality of Life impact analysis of noise, lighting, traffi c and public safety is ex-pected to be presented to City Council on Sept. 7.

    The stadiums proposed location northeast of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A is more than half a mile from the nearest residence.

    The complete report will be available on Sept. 8 at www.sugarlandtx.gov for public re-view and comment.

    Public input will be pre-sented to City Council prior to any action being taken on the fi nal site selection.

    The City is committed to selecting a site that minimizes and/or eliminates any adverse impact to residents, said City Manager Allen Bogard.

    HOAs, service organiza-tions and other interested groups may also schedule a

    speaker and presentation by contacting the Sugar Land Communications Department at 281- 275-2216 or by e-mail at [email protected]

    On May 18, Sugar Land City Council approved an agreement with Opening Day Partners, LLC to bring profes-sional minor league baseball to Sugar Land.

    ODP an experienced community-focused operator that emphasizes year-round community events and activi-ties at their stadiums will own and operate Sugar Lands baseball team.

    ODP will be the owner of the Atlantic League expan-sion team that will take to Sugar Lands new fi eld for its expected Opening Day in April 2012.

    The $30 million stadium will be funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may

    only be used for economic de-velopment purposes. No gen-eral fund tax dollars will be spent on the stadium.

    In addition to the stadi-um serving as a community amenity, a conservative cost-benefi t analysis performed by Conventions, Sports & Lei-sure International shows the project will provide an annual benefi t to the community of conservatively $7.7 million, or a return of $169 million over 30 years, according to city offi cials.

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    P. O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010

    VOL 3 No. 36

    Seshadri KumarPublisher & Editor

    10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Staff ord, TX 77477Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487

    www.fbindependent.com281-980-6745

    Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487.

    Phone: 281-980-6745

    New Homes Summer Special !!Hurry !! Call Chinese Cowboy - Paul

    Offi cial newspaper of Fort Bend County & Sugar Land

    The art of internationally acclaimed Tracy Lee Stum transports visitors to a world where trains and sharks lunge into the sky and tigers fl oat above the ground on towering totems. In early October, this world of grand illusion arrives in Riverstone.

    Considered one of the worlds foremost street art-ists, Stum will create a new 3D masterpiece in a newly completed multi-million dol-lar estate by Sterling Classic Homes in Riverstone, a John-son Development master-planned community in Fort Bend County.

    Stums work will launch a 12-day showcase of the home, with visitors able to watch the artist create her illusion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6-8. Those not able to see the artist in person can still view the artwork as the showcase continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9-17. Tickets for both time periods are $5 each. Bring your cameras.

    Visitors to the event are en-couraged to pose with and take pictures of Stums Riverstone waterfall and cliff creation.

    The fi rst 250 people pur-chasing tickets will be able to attend a VIP event, Artful Liv-ing, 7 p.m. on October 8.

    During the event, fashion and home dcor will be added to the artistic mix, with Nei-man Marcus showcasing sam-ples of the latest design trends. Stum will be present to add

    Tracy Lee Stums 3D masterpiece

    the fi nishing touches to her art-work and mingle with guests. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures and amaze their friends.

    Tickets to this special event are $75 and include a copy of Neimans treasured Book.

    The 3D art showcase and Artful Living party are part of The Grand Soiree, the fi rst-an-nual month-long collection of stylish events hosted through-out Fort Bend and Houston.

    Introduced to street painting while in Europe studying art at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, Stum began her foray into the medium in 1998 after attending the Madonnari Ital-ian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    The Grand Soiree spotlights Houston and Fort Bends fi nest in 10 events hosted from Sept. 25 through Oct. 27.

    For more information, visit www.TheGrandSoiree.com.

    Baseball stadium gets preliminary environmental clearance

    Visit www.namesugar-landsteam.com and fi nd out the fi nal list of the proposed names for the stadium. Join the contest, choose the name and win a prize.

    By SESHADRI KUMARWashington does not listen

    is the most common complaint of people today.

    Before making promises, we are trying to get peoples input, says U.S. Rep. Pete Ol-son, (R-Dist. 22) from Sugar Land.

    People are concerned about the growth in government and lack of transparency.

    If we get a majority in the House, we wont make prom-ises that we cant keep, Olson says.

    Olson acknowledges that many Republican constituents want the healthcare bill re-pealed, but his response is tem-pered with practical wisdom.

    To repeal the healthcare bill, Republicans need a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. Otherwise, Presi-dent Obama will veto the bill, he says.

    We will have the power of the purse. Let us discuss healthcare and de-fund it, he adds.

    Conservatives are not happy with their party leaders because there is no concrete document like the 1992 Contract with America produced by former speaker Newt Gingrich.

    Olson says such a document is in the works and the GOP will release it shortly.

    While the specifi cs of the document are not yet known, Olson believes the message would reinforce fi scal disci-pline and ensure that the gov-ernment spends only what it takes in. An open and transpar-ent administration will be an-other promise.

    Entitlement programs need to be pruned and they are un-sustainable at current level. Ol-

    son says he has an open mind on this issue.

    We cant do earmarks any-more. Those days are gone. I have taken a pledge not to ask for earmarks. It is a good, fi rst step. We have to be creative at all levels to face the fi nancial challenges, Olson says.

    Olson is passionate about protecting the jobs and space programs at the Johnson Space Center.

    His subcommittee on space and the Senate committee have repudiated President Obamas budget and through a bipartisan effort a bill keep-ing as much as $ 9 billion for the Constellation project is making its way.

    On the extension of com-muter rail into Fort Bend County by Houston Metro, be-ing pushed by Olsons Demo-cratic counterpart, Al Green (D- Dist.9), Olson says he has a good working relationship with Green.

    Already, Green had sought Olsons name on a bill seeking funds for space programs just as the administration gave a special favor to Florida to save its space programs.

    Olson says he has an open mind on commuter rail.

    I am talking to the people. If people want it, I will support it, he says.

    Referring to the likely in-vestigations to be launched by the Republicans if they win a majority in November, Olson denies the suggestion that it will be a witch hunt.

    The Obama administration has appointed several Czars at cabinet level positions and the inquiries will reveal to the public what their role has been and the extent of their involve-ment in decision-making. This is part of the promised trans-parency in governing, he says.

    Olson says he has a good relationship with the local Tea Party.

    They are good for America. They are ordinary citizens op-posing the out of control debt and spending, Olson says.

    As a result of the Tea Party more people will vote and it is healthy for the democracy, he says.

    The November election has a special challenge for Texas in the governors race. Rick Perry needs to be re-elected because Republican control of the state is critical for the upcoming re-districting that will yield four more additional Congressional seats for Texas, Olson says.

    Perrys Democratic oppo-nent, former Houston mayor Bill White, is working hard to increase the voter turn out to win the race, Olson says. He needs to turn out voters in large numbers as was done in the last presidential election. If White carries Houston and Harris Country, he may win the governors race, Olson says.

    Wont make promises we cant keep, says Olson

    Olson

    QUILTS BIND BORDERS. The Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild will have its quilt show, Binding Borders Around the World, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, The show will feature hundreds of quilts by local, national and international artisans. Special exhibits will include works by master quilters, Sharon Schamber and Cynthia England. The show will include on-sit

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