Monday, July 28, 2014

WS Chamber Small Business Relations event @ Pico de Gallo, 7-31

Pat Maloney Sr. Dinner honoring Judge Nelson Wolff, 8-7

Northwest Democrats' Pat Maloney, Sr., Dinner
Honoring County Judge Nelson Wolff @ 
Omni Colonnade Hotel
Thursday, August 7th  6-9 p.m.
  Individual Tickets $50

    Check:  Mail to Northwest Democrats, PO Box 681811 78268            Credit/Debit Card:  PayPal at 

NW Democrats new Campaign Offices on Babcock opening, 9-2

Come and see it
New Offices for New & Grander Campaign Work
 and bring your shower offerings  to keep the volunteers busy
Suggestions for supplies needed to keep us working:

Paper, Office Depot Gift Cards, Scotch Tape, & Dispensers,
Toner HP 05X, Eraser Boards, Office Max gift cards,
bottled water, roll of stamps, 5x8 legal pads,
Staple gift cards, HEB gift cards, pencils, dry eraser cleaners
Northwest Democrats Campaign Office
5809 Babcock (at Huebner)
Between LaFitness & Dollar Store
Saturday, August 2  2-4 p.m. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reception with Alamo Chamber honoring Ivy Taylor, 7-31

Ivy Taylor, Newly appointed Mayor for City of San Antonio
AAACC is excited to co-host this FREE Welcome Reception with Alamo City chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honoring our new Mayor, Ivy Taylor.
This event is opened to our MEMBERS and it will be a great opportunity to meet Mayor Taylor in an intimate setting and have an informative dialogue discussing her vision about City of San Antonio and the Asian Community! RSVP is required to 

Please identify yourself as a member of AAACC. Membership renewal is available through our website or on the day of the event.   
VIP reception prior to general reception is restricted to Sponsors Only.  

"Just a Thought" Column continues in La Prensa of SA, 7-27

Just a Thought: Mayor-HUD Secretary
By Steve Walker

It is now official by a Senate vote of 71-26 that Mayor Julian Castro is now the newest Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary to serve in the Obama Administration.

Following in the footsteps of Henry Cisneros, the first modern day Hispanic San Antonio Mayor, he will be in charge of revitalizing many public housing developments and continue the trend set before him to achieve the nation’s highest rate of home ownership to date.

If he follows HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros lead, he will work in more than two hundred cities spread over the fifty states to achieve that goal. With nearly two and a half years left in Obama’s Administration, many believe he will match Cisneros’ accomplishments to move this country forward. It is also rumored he may be considered for the Vice Presidential ticket in 2016. If that happens it is a story for another column.

Both Castro and Cisneros have much in common with their Westside roots. Mayor Cisneros and wife former Councilwoman Mary Alice not only continue to live in the Westside, but headquarter their non-profit “American Sunrise” from that side of town.

Mayor Castro and his wife, Erica, and daughter, Carina live in the Westside as does his mother, Rosie.

When it comes to leadership, many in San Antonio tend to miss the great success stories from the West Side that contribute to our fair city.  Castro is a Jefferson High School graduate while Cisneros is a Central Catholic graduate. As one who taught on the Westside to include Memorial High School and St. Mary’s University, I know the great potential that emanates from there.

As Mayor, Cisneros worked to rebuild the city's economic base, recruited convention business, attracted high tech industries, increased the level of tourism, and worked to bring more jobs to San Antonio.

Mayor Castro has done the same on his Mayor’s watch addressing the economy, increasing tourism and the like to include his initiative to fund a program for Pre-K students which is in full swing and jump started his 2020 program in 2010 a community wide visioning effort.

It generated a list of goals created by the people of San Antonio based on their collective vision for San Antonio in the year 2020. SA2020 then became a nonprofit organization tasked with turning that vision into a reality
While Cisneros served three terms as Mayor from 1975-1981, and HUD Secretary from 1993-1997 under President Bill Clinton, Castro is in his 3rd term which he will not complete, 10 months shy of the term due to his promotion to HUD Secretary. Both previously served on the city council for a number of terms before becoming Mayor. Castro was elected to the council at age 26 while Cisneros was elected at the age of 27. Up until then Cisneros was the youngest Councilman elected.

Castro also gained national attention in 2012 when he was the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

One other similarity between the two Mayors is that Mayor Castro, along with his twin brother Congressman Joaquin Castro attended Harvard Law School while Mayor Cisneros attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Mayor Cisneros was 46 when he became HUD Secretary while Mayor Castro will be a month shy of 40 when he takes office. San Antonio can be proud of both our native sons who serve to make not only the country proud but San Antonio as well.

Always, I write “Just a Thought.”

Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran, former Journalist and Justice of the Peace.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

108 year old WWII Vetran Lucy coffee @ War Memorial, 7-26

L-R:108 year old WWII Vet and San Antonio resident Lucy Coffee, US Public Health Service Choir, crowd,  WWII Vet former Senator Bob Dole, Selective Service Director & San Antonian Larry Romo, photos by Larry Romo earlier today

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrate with NSide as we honor Inspire Award Winners, 7-30

SAAHJ presents Scholarship & Awards Gala @ Marriott, 8-8

Friday, August 8th @ Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street @ 7 p.m. with MC ABC News Reporter Jim Avila, honoring ABC Correspondent John Quinones, former Mayor Henry Cisneros & Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

The best news of all is that your $125 ticket will help fund SAAHJ's plan to award $30,000 in scholarships that night.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Few more pix from election of Ivy Taylor as Mayor fo SA, 7-22

Mayor Ivy Taylor taking oath from City Clerk Leticia Vacek,  Gracie Acuna & JoAnn Ramon, former SAISD Board Member Mary Esther Bernal & Chris Alderete, Councilman Rey Saldana with City Mgr. Sheryl Sculley, former Mayor Julian Castro with City Mgr. Sheryl Sculley, Hispanic chamber CEO Ramiro Cavazos  with Louie Barrios, former Democratic Party Chair Choco Meza with her granddaughter, Emma, Gerald Lee with former Councilman Chip Haass

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Final post on 1st African American Mayor of SA Ivy Taylor, 7-22

L-R: Mayor Ivy Taylor and friend, Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker with News 4 WOAI Reporter Kristina Deleon, City Clerk Leticia Vacek, former Mayor Julian Castro, Councilman Ray Lopez with Firefighter's Union Legis. Dir. Nathan Alonzo, attendees, Councilman Cris Medina with Fred Rangel & former SAISD Board President Dr. William Elizondo and wife