Wednesday, November 22, 2017

You are invited to join St.Rep. Diana Arevelo's Holiday Party, 12-7

St. Luke's Parish Hall, 4603 Manitou Dr. @ 6 p.m.

Holiday Party & Announcement with Trey Martinez Fischer, 12-2

Holiday Party & Announcement with Trey Martinez Fischer, @ Deco Pizzeria, 1815 Fredricksburg Road

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pictures from 7th Annual Thanksgiving in the Barrio, 11-20

Ernest Martinez & firefighters, hall, musician, Delia Guajardo, Joyce & Ernest Martinez & Sheriff Javier Salazar, Ernest Martinez interviewing with reporter, former Councilwoman & President of SAISD School Board  Patti Radle with Ernest Martinez, Radle, Martinez & Ramon Chapa, Martinez with Councilman Rey Saldana, Martinez & Esmareldo Pruneda, Councilman Rey Saldana with Delia Guajardo, Guajardo dancing with DA Nico LaHood

Photos submitted by Ernest Martinez

Monday, November 20, 2017

BC Young Democrats endorse Larry Romo 4 District Clerk

Republican Bexar County candidates already filed 4 primary

State Rep. D.122 Lyle Larson Judges Cathleen Stryker, Jefferson Moore, Lori Rummel, Richard Price, Melisa Skinner, Walden Shelton,  Karen Crouch, Celeste Brown, Genie Wright, Lisa Jarrett, & Richard Price, District Clerk Donna McKinney 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Just a Thought: Passing of Icon Alice Guerra in La Prensa, 11-19

Just a Thought: Passing of Icon Alice Guerra
by Steve Walker

It is with sadness and great shock to my wife Linda and me, to hear that our longtime friend, Alice Guerra has passed away on Veterans Day, a day after she came home from the hospital. Unbelievable!

Having known her for well over 25 years, she apparently succumbed to her illness with her kidney failure which she suffered from for a number of years. When I talked to her months ago, she was very upbeat and alert. I had called her four or five times since but she was unable to talk on the phone.

She went to dialysis three times a week. When I did talk to her she would ask how I was doing and she would pray for me. She was that kind of Christian who was more worried about me than herself.

Besides working for her two different times at her agency, GTO Advertising on Mulberry to utilize my journalistic credentials, she was a great boss. She also taught me a lot about advertising.

We started the day with prayer which I never experienced in any other job! When I eventually ran for my first run for Justice of the Peace, she worked on my campaign as well getting me well connected with those who could make a difference in my run. She was able to get my fundraiser hosted at the home of Frank Herrera. That was awesome. Alice worked with Linda to “get it done.” Obviously that happened in 2008.

Later Linda and I participated in a Bible study conducted in that same office. As many as ten participants once a week, attended including her husband, Andrew, son Mark Trevino and his daughter Marcie.

Linda says, “Alice was a true friend and amazing Latina trailblazer. She overcame obstacles that might have caused other people to quit before they even started. I am proud to call this fantastic businesswoman my friend, and it is an honor to have had her in my life.”

In the 80s at North Star Mall, she booked Rock & Roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis. I watched from the 2nd floor looking down as he played the piano and singing his hit “Great Balls of Fire.” That is when I met her daughter Michelle Reynolds, who is very much like her mother, Alice.

Her children wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our spiritual leader and matriarch, Mary Alice Treviño Guerra. Mom was a devout Christian and warrior for the Lord, who was filled with the Holy Spirit at her church services every Sunday at Cornerstone.

She will be missed by all her friends and family. “

Verna Blackwell-Hilario: “As I remember all the things that Alice and I shared I came across this card that she made and designed for my family. She made my Christmas Open house invitations, she made my Birthday Invitations, she created so many cards for me but most of all she won the best campaign of her life.....She brought me to accept the Lord as my savior. She changed my life.”

Lenny Flynn: “I had the pleasure one day to chaperone Alice Guerra home. We had great conversation. As I escorted Alice to her front door I kept complimenting her front door because that this is exactly how I envisioned and wanted for my front door. She had a Red Door with a big Spurs wreath. May you, rest in peace, sweet Alice.”

Gabe Quintanilla Lenny’s brother noted: “It is with profound sadness that I share this news. Alice Guerra was a dear friend to me and to my entire family. She used to come over to my house and pray for my mother. I am in mourning today over her death. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.” Rest in Peace, San Antonio’s own, Alice Guerra.

Louis Escareno posted: “Alice was a life-long Democratic Party Activist and was a very successful businesswoman. She was a force of nature and the brains behind many successful political and advertising campaigns. My prayers for God’s peace and comfort are with Alice and for her wonderful family and her many, many, friends.”

Jorge Herrera:San Antonio lost a legend. Alice Guerra broke barriers as a leading Latina businesswoman with her marketing power. Alice created our firm's motto of Winning Isn't Luck. It is Knowing How to Fight. In the later years she was an integral part of our Toyota business ventures in her research and design work. Alice was a genius, friend, and mentor. You will forever be missed.”

Thank you for being a true friend Alice, from all your supporters.

As always what I write is “Just a Thought.”

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

Funeral for Mary Alice Trevino Guerra @ Cornerstone, 11-30

Local Icon Alice Guerra passes away on Veterans Day, 11-11

Trevino/Guerra family photo, Alice Guerra with Barbie Scharf Zeldes, Jo Ann Ramon & youngster, with son Mark Trevino, with Dan Barrett,Dan Barrett, withLouis Escareno,with Judge Peter Sakai, with boxer Jesse James Leija, with granddaughter Marci, former Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros, husbandAndrew, with daughter Michelle Reynolds, with actress Willow Shields, with husband Andrew, husband Andrew with former St. Rep. Ruth Jones McClendonposter with President Barack Obama

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Memorial-Mary Alice Trevino Guerra @ Cornerstone Church, 11-30


May 18th, 1938 - November 11th, 2017 
Mary Alice Trevino Guerra, 79, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, mentor and friend was called home by her Lord and Savior on November 11, 2017.

Born in San Antonio on May 18, 1938 to Frank Ortiz and Esleta Vasquez, Alice was later adopted by relatives Leonardo and Rita Mungia of Floresville. She graduated from St. Teresa's Academy and San Antonio College with a degree in Criminal Justice. 

In the early 60’s, John F. Kennedy would awaken and inspire her political activism. It wasn’t long before Alice was a tireless advocate for the Democratic party. She was a vital member of the inner circle team to elect Henry Cisneros, the first Hispanic Mayor of San Antonio. In 1980, she served as a national delegate at the Democratic Convention endorsing Ted Kennedy. 

After honing her innate public relations and political skills, Alice entered the advertising world forming GTO Advertising with her three children Michelle, Mark and Joseph in 1989. As CEO and Creative Director, she broke barriers as a leading Latina businesswoman with her marketing savvy. GTO excelled in legal advertising creating award winning television commercials as well as the famous tagline, "Winning isn't luck, it's knowing how to fight!" for prominent attorney and longtime client, Frank Herrera. 

One of the many benefits Alice brought to her clients was her extensive background in community leadership. As a sought after political and communications consultant she directed and delivered impressive wins for elected officials in both parties. Locally, her advertising campaigns and political strategies helped elect many Democratic judges to office including close friends Judge Peter Sakai and Judge Larry Noll.

Alice was a gifted counselor, providing clients with keen acuity and a blueprint for success in variant sectors: business, political, governmental, private, and grassroots. She has been integral to shaping community and business development programs, and has guided professionals on the local, regional, national, and international levels of leadership. Her national and international press experience includes political and business press conferences in Zurich, Brussels, Munich, Paris, Mexico City, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.

Alice also served as Founding Executive Director of the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner for 19 years. The dinner which began serving 5,000 quickly grew to become a community-wide favorite serving over 25,000 senior citizens and homeless each year. 

Alice served on the Board of Directors of the Westside Chamber of Commerce, Steering Committee of American Sunrise, Secretary of Daily Bread Ministries, a Christian food bank and community relations liaison to Judge Peter Sakai's work on behalf of children and families fighting child abuse and neglect and the family drug courts.

Alice was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business; received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Business by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Outstanding Women in Media by La Prensa Foundation Gala.

Alice was a woman of style with an enormous heart, vivacious personality and always bursting with creative ideas in business and life. As a pioneer, a visionary, and a leader, Alice saw opportunity where others didn’t. She had the courage to follow her dreams and ignore those who said it couldn't be done. Her fierce determination was legend. If told something couldn't be done, Alice found a unique way to accomplish it leaving others in awe of her creative genius, a trademark gift that served her well throughout her life. 

In 2014, she retired from advertising yet remained active in the Democratic party and non-profit initiatives dear to her heart.

 Passionate about helping others and serving the Lord, she and her husband Andrew lead a cell ministry through the Cornerstone Church Government of 12 Program, tribe of Zebulen and were members of Christians United for Israel. She was a devout Christian often using her Facebook page to minister to friends worldwide leading them to Christ via private chat messages.

An avid San Antonio Spurs fan, patron of the arts, collector of angels of every shape and size and bling jewelry were her signature passions. She also loved music. From Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli to Flaco Jimenez, to Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, Micheal Jackson, Elvis, Willie Nelson to Bruno Mars. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her growing family especially her adorable great grandchildren.

She jumped at every chance to spend a weekend in Port Aransas where she often spent summers fishing and swimming on camping trips with family while growing up. She treasured trips to visit her daughter Michelle and son-in-law Martin in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. She longed to return this year for one more white Christmas. Alice loved life and it loved her right back. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Well done, good and faithful servant. You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Rose Gonzalez and Grace De Braska; grandson, Chance Guerra. She is survived by her husband of 31 years,Andrew Guerra; children, Michelle Reynolds (Martin), Jeff D. Treviño, Mark T. Treviño and Joseph A. Treviño (Julie A.); sister, Rosie Vines; grandchildren, John E. Treviño, Marcie Treviño Ripper (Phillip), Ashley Murillo (David), Jacob A. Treviño, Andrew J. Guerra, Leticia Mueller (Trey), Christina Rocco, Cody Guerra, Courtney Guerra, Camille Guerra and Curstin Guerra; great-grandchildren, Lincoln Thomas Ripper, David Woodrow Murillo, Dillon Murillo, Lilyanna Rivera, Patrick Jones, Elliot Snyder; and great-grandchild to be, Austen Alicia Ripper.

A viewing will begin on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cornerstone Chapel. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, December 1st, at 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Chapel. Interment following at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m., Shelter No. 2. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request a memorial donation be made to Daily Bread Ministries,

BC Young Dems, present 2018 Primary Endorsement Forum, 11-18

Candidate for County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark with Democratic Party Chair Manuel Medina, Judge candidates Milton Fagin, Joel Perez, Jerry Kagan, Cesar Garcia, & Melissa Vara, District Clerk candidate Larry Romo, St. Reps Diana Arevelo & Barbara Gervin Hawkins, Congressional candidate Derrick Crowe, Young Democrats President Gabrien Gregory,Randi Berkovsky, St. Rep. candidate John Rogers, Adrian Flores, Katherine Scheidel, attendees, Texas A&M University San Antonio