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Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Hands Free Ordinance" Keep ''em on the wheel, San Antonio, 1-15

San Antonio City Council has passed a "Hands Free" Ordinance.  Starting January 1, 2015, it will be illegal to drive while using any hand held mobile device to talk or text.  SAPD will spend the next several weeks getting information out to the public via social and mainstream media.  Please be aware of this and start getting into the habit now.  

Keep 'em on the wheel, San Antonio!

Winter Fest Helotes on Corynval Grounds @Leslie Road, 12-6

Save the Date: Free Community Health Fair @ Center, 12-18

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Elvira Cisneros, 90 year old mother of Henry passes away

 Elvira Cisneros, a longtime San Antonio community leader who raised a family on the West Side that included future mayor Henry Cisneros, died early Saturday after a long illness. She was 90.

Elvira Cisneros' life story reflected a generation of Mexican immigrants who fled a country caught up in revolution, chaos and violence. She was 2 when her parents, Romulo Munguia and Carolina Malpica Munguia, moved to San Antonio and planted deep roots in the Prospect Hill neighborhood.

They became business and community leaders, planting seeds of political activism and civic duty that would bloom for generations.

Henry Cisneros said his mother never lost the high standards she learned from her parents, including personal courtesy and a deep sense of obligation to her community.

"She expected dignity in discourse and fairness from community institutions," he said. "She was big on fairness and hated discrimination, hated prejudice. She thought the white-only fountains (downtown) were an abomination. She thought they were sinful."

"She set an example for many young women of the old-school ways. She never baked a cake out of a box and made my sisters' dresses and said that they were better than the ones at Frost Bros," he added, referring to a local high-end department store.

Elvira had graduated from Jefferson High School and had attended the University of Texas at Austin — pioneering for a Mexican-American woman at the time — but left school to work in the family business while her three brothers served during the war.

She met her future husband George Cisneros at Randolph Field during World War II when her brother was serving there. Family lore has it that her father, a printer and founder of Munguia Printers, gave his blessing for her to marry only if George Cisneros agreed to never take her away from San Antonio.

The couple had five children — Henry, Pauline, George Jr., Tim and Christina. Elvira Cisneros devoted her life to them, serving as a PTA president and scout den mother and leader. She shuttled them to sports activities and their service as altar boys, band members, choral singers, ROTC cadets and class officers.

Henry Cisneros was Mayor of San Antonio from 1981 to 1989 and later served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration.

Elvira Cisneros' community leadership included roles in the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the Avenida Guadalupe Association, AVANCE and Project Learn to Read. WellMed's Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center on the South Side was named for her.

Ultimately, her role as a family caretaker would mark her life. Early on, she helped care for her youngest brother, Henry, who died of Hodgkin's disease in 1943, and her youngest sister, Stella, who had polio. And she cared for her husband, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, after he suffered a stroke in 1976. He died in 2006.

The family never expected him to live that long but credited his longevity to her devotion, even after he lived in a nursing home.

A devout Catholic, she was a lifelong parishioner at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, where she was married and her children were baptized.

In July 2014, she celebrated her 90th birthday atop the Tower of the Americas.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Twitter: @ElaineAyala

"Just aThought"Column continues in LaPrensa of SA, 11-23

Just a Thought: Raul Jimenez Dinner
By Steve Walker

It is that time again for the Raul Jimenez Dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

Now in its 35th year, the once a year event continues to provide a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings to senior citizens, homeless and the less fortunate from all over the city.

Traditionally the dinner is served at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. Besides seniors and the less fortunate, airmen and soldiers stationed in San Antonio who are unable to go home for the holiday are bussed from the numerous Air Force bases and Ft. Sam Houston for the annual gathering. Busses also bring in seniors from the various senior centers around town.

The mission of the dinner is to invite seniors and others to dine at a “community dinner table”, celebrate the holiday with their peers, and even enjoy live music and entertainment.

As one who has participated in the gathering in various capacities over the years, I find it to be a rewarding experience. The time spent at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day with fellow seniors, military members, homeless and the less fortunate is really hard to put into words.

The Dinner currently serves over 25,000 senior and needy citizens from Bexar County and the surrounding areas and has grown to be one of the largest Thanksgiving benefits in the country.

Back in the 80s, I contributed my time to doing numerous tasks. One year my brother Jeff and I went downtown days before the dinner and spent nearly a full day shucking the turkeys. I remember we were given plastic gloves and extremely sharp knives to skin what seemed like a never ending stack of turkeys. I came away with a few minor cuts on my hands for my efforts.

That particular year Thanksgiving happened to be my mother’s birthday which is why we participated earlier in the week so we could be home with her on that day.

Another year I bussed tables for the workers eating area as well as the tables in the main makeshift dining room. That was really rewarding as many of the seniors graciously thanked me for my efforts as I roamed the hall for empty plates and such.

One year I served plates of food to the tables for those waiting for a meal as a Balcones Heights Councilman along with other elected officials and community VIPS.

In 2006, when I started the Walker Report photoblog, I began covering the event for the blog and from that point on covered the dinner in photos. Even as a Judge I continued to cover the event.

Currently over 4,000 volunteers work to make this annual event possible. Volunteer committees assist with the coordination of transportation, food preparation and service, beverages, decorations, event-day volunteers, entertainment, security, and finally, clean-up.

Numerous community and corporate volunteers assist with food preparation event week to include shucking those turkeys like I did many years ago.

Area school districts are also an active part of the dinner as they contribute student-made table decorations and hundreds of students who volunteer to decorate the convention center. On Thanksgiving Day, the volunteers gather to greet dinner guests, prepare and serve the meals, and clean up.

The City of San Antonio, a sponsor of 34 years, contributes the use of the Convention Center exhibit halls and kitchen facilities needed to host the event. Along with numerous sponsors, the dinner is a city-wide team effort to feed those who otherwise wouldn’t have a meal for Thanksgiving.

To those who volunteer and give of their time for those less fortunate, “Happy Thanksgiving.”

As Always, I write just a thought.

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

LULAC Nat'l Ed. Service Centers-7th Annual Education Gala, 12-4

Keynote Speaker Diego Bernal
LULAC National Education Service Centers, Inc. cordially invites you to  celebrate the accomplishments of our Honorees  at the 7th Annual Education Awards Gala, Tursday, December 4th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. @ the Weston Riverwalk, 420 W. Market St. with  reception @ 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. dinner.

Honorees include: 
Sammy Nieto
Valero Energy
Dr. Irene Chapa
University Health Science Center
Jimmy Green
J. Green Jewelry/Rey Feo Scholarship
Dr. Yolanda Rodriguez Escobar
Our Lady of the lake University

Friday, November 21, 2014

Annual Thanksgiving Mass & Open House @ Incarnate Word, 12-5

Together we give thanks to the Lord whose great love is without end.

Please join Residents, Family and Friends for our
Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Open House

Sunday, November 23rd
1 p.m. Mass
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Open House
The Village at Incarnate Word
4707 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas

Senator Carlos Uresti's 18th Annual XMas Party & Toy Drive, 12-5

San Antonio Mayor's Race is on with Mike Villarreal's campaign

The San Antonio Mayor's race is on.

Here's why we will win. This mayor's race is about electing someone who respects the past but sees the future. It is about electing someone who can offer nonpartisan leadership so that we put San Antonio first. Finally, it is about electing someone who can and will make SA Strong in infrastructure and workforce development.

Please join me in carrying this message to your friends, family and neighbors.

Go to mikevillarreal.com to connect with our campaign, sign up to volunteer or make a donation.

Campaign Kick Off: SA STRONG

I want to share my sincere thanks to the hundreds of folks who came out on Sunday afternoon, in spite of the cold and rain, for our campaign kick off. Click Here to see a slideshow courtesy of SouthSaToday.com

Now that the campaign is kicking into high gear, I'm really going to need your help in the days and weeks ahead. If you're interested to host a house party, donate time or money, or distribute yard signs to your neighbor, please visit our website: http://mikevillarreal.com/volunteer/.

Thank you for your support!

- Mike

District 6 Holiday Open House with CC Ray Lopez, 12-22