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Monday, November 30, 2015

"Just a Thought" Column continues in La Prensa of SA, 11-29

Just a Thought: Pearl Habor Day
By Steve Walker

Next week we celebrate the 74rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, also referred to as a “Day That Will Live in Infamy.” On that day 74 years ago at approximately 8 a.m. in the morning, December 7th, 1941, the Japanese attempted to destroy the Pacific Fleet at the American Naval Base near Honolulu.

Planes flew over Pearl Harbor raining down bombs and bullets onto the vessels moored below. At 8:10 a.m., a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine.

The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship USS Oklahoma.  With 400 sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater.

By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor-- the Arizona, the Oklahoma, California, West Virginia, Utah, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Nevada had sustained significant damage. (All but the Arizona and Utah were eventually salvaged and repaired)

In all, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor crippled or destroyed 18 American ships and nearly 300 airplanes. Dry docks and airfields were likewise destroyed. Most importantly, almost 2,500 men were killed and another 1,000 were wounded.

Rudy Martinez, a Mexican American young sailor had just left his family in San Diego for Pearl Harbor officially became the first Hispanic to be killed in World War II. Martinez was awarded the Purple Heart and World II Victory Medals posthumously.

That morning, the 21-year-old Navy Electrician's mate 3rd class was aboard the USS Utah battleship when the vessel was suddenly and deliberately struck by two Japanese torpedoes in the attack.

Within minutes of being struck, the USS Utah sank, trapping Martinez, six officers, and 52 other men, who went down with the ship.

Martinez was a high school wrestling champion and became a featherweight boxer. Since then the American Legion Post 624 in Mansfield, Texas has been renamed The Rudolph M. Martinez Post. 

Martinez's death marked the beginning of the Latino impact on World War II. 
About half a million Latinos served during the war. Gen. Douglas MacArthur called the Arizona National Guard's 158th Infantry Regiment "Bushmasters”, "One of the greatest fighting combat teams ever deployed for battle." The regiment was comprised of many Latino Soldiers.

In the years since, Latinos in the United States have increasingly become a part of the history and fabric of the strongest military the world has ever known.
The history of Latinos in the Army spans from the War of 1812, when Latinos played their first major role in what some term "America's second war of independence," to the most recent Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To date 61 Latinos have received the highest military decoration the Congressional Medal of Honor, to include Cleto Rodriguez, the grandfather and namesake of News 4 WOAI Reporter Cleto Rodriguez. The elder Rodriguez also served in World War II.

On the anniversary of “The Day that will live in Infamy,” we remember all our men and women who have served in uniform to include those Hispanics who have given their lives for this county as well.

As Always, I write just a thought.

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

John Daniels, former Bex. Democratic Party Chair funeral, 12-1

John A. Daniels, former Bexar County Democratic Party Chair passed away last Friday at the age of 92.
After serving two terms on the San Antonio City Council in the late 1950's alongside future U.S. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, Daniels was elected Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman in 1962, 1964, and 1966.

As Bexar County Democratic Party Chair, he was present at Brooks AFB on November 21, 1963 for President John F. Kennedy's last official speech. 
John was inducted to the Bexar County Democratic Party Hall of Fame in 1987. 
You can learn more about John Daniels' life in this San Antonio Express-News article that was published this weekend. 
John A. Daniels funeral services
St. Anthony of Padua Church
102 Lorenz Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78209
Tuesday December 1st, 2 p.m.  
Reception will immediately follow the funeral services.

La Prensa Foundation Civic Awards Gala honoring 7 locals, 1-20

Even though daddy's memory may not be as stellar as it once was, there is one thing he asks me about on a daily basis, the La Prensa Foundation gala.
To date the foundation my parents created has raised over $2.3 million for students in San Antonio to attain a higher education.

On January 20th, 2016 we are resurrecting the gala by honoring 7 amazing individuals who have elevated our city and given so much to our community @ 800 Quintanilla Road from 6-8 p.m.

We only have 18 tables left and if you would like to be a part of this amazing event, please message me. 

Nina Duran

Bexar County Young Democrats endorse Tomas Uresti-St. Rep. 118

Our leadership voted to fully support and endorsed Mr. Tomas Uresti, running to represent the hardworking families of HD118. We know he will be a fighter in the Texas Legislature for our community. 

Bexar County Tejano Democrats endorse Judge Ron Rangel-379th

A couple of weeks ago in our 'Nachos con Tejanos' event our organization's leadership, the Bexar County Tejano and Young Tejano Democrats, voted to support and fully endorse two public servants that are making a difference in the community. 

Our first endorsement announcement of the evening was for Judge Ron Rangel. Judge Rangel is a proven and dedicated public servant that is an asset for our community and the Bexar County Courthouse. We fully endorse him on his re-election for the 379th Criminal District Court.

2015 Fabulous Holiday Lunch GED Scholarship @ Omni, 12-12

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Javier Salazar's birthday fundraiser for Bexar County Sheriff, 12-11

Javier Salazar is a 22-year veteran law enforcement officer. He has served in various roles to include Internal Affairs and most recently as police officer spokesperson. Javier is a native of Bexar County.

Both he and his wife, Sarah, were raised in military familes. Together they have two beautiful daughters. Come out and celebrate Javier's birthday and learn more about why this public servant is dedicated to making Bexar County a much safer and united community for all of us!

Estela's Mexican Restaurant, 2200 W Martin St. 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 11th.

State Senator Jose Menendez Open House @ Mall, 12-7

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Republican candidate filing has begun @ Bexar Republican Hqs.

Candidate Filing Has Begun!
The filing period for candidates to apply for a place on the 2016 Republican primary ballot opened Saturday, November 14th and closes at 6 p/m/ on Monday, December 14th.  The Republican Party of Bexar County will be available the following dates and times to accept ballot applications: 
Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, November 17th and 19th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 1st through December 10th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, December 14th,  – noon- 6 p.m.; Note: 6 p.m. is hard deadline; postmarks are insufficient.
Candidates can apply in person at 909 NE Loop 410, Suite 514; San Antonio, Texas 78209.  Applications received after December 14th, at 6 p.m., will be rejected.  Date of receipt is not determined by postmark, but by actual receipt of items.
To request a ballot application and list of filing fees or to learn qualifications for office, please e-mail our Primary Administrator, Devora Griggs,

Friday, November 27, 2015

Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner from downtown, 11-26

Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner downtown, Selfie of Anthony Tobias, Leon Valley Councilman Ricardo Ruiz & USMVPA President Delia 

Photos by Delia Guajardo

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, 11-26

Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone in Bexar County, 11-26

Senate District 26 Senator Jose Menendez & family

Happy 94th Birthday Mom from your oldest son Steve, RIP

Eileen Diehl Walker: Born November 26th, 1921, died November 5th, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving Day from Congressman Joaquin Castro, 11-26

Happy Thanksgiving from Congressman Joaquin Castro

Happy Thanksgiving Day from Governor Greg Abbott, 11-26

This past year has given Cecilia and I so much to be thankful for - nothing more so than our daughter Audrey, who started college this year.
I am thankful that the people of Texas elected me to lead this great state, and for their continued support. And I am thankful for Texas' legislators, who have worked tirelessly this year to accomplish our common goal of providing an even better future for Texas.
As we celebrate with loved ones, be ever-thankful for the brave men and women who wear the uniform of our country. So many of them spend the holidays away from their family and friends.
From my family to yours, have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Greg Abbott

Happy Thanksgiving Day from San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, 11-26

Dear friends, 

I want to let you know that every day I am grateful for the chance to work alongside you for the betterment of our city. 
Whether you are traveling to see family, hosting dinner, or just spending the day with loved ones, I wish each of you a safe Thanksgiving filled with love and memories! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

District 6 Holiday Open House @ SA Event Center, 12-22

Happy 40th Birthday Weston Martinez from all his friends

Weston & wife

Javier Salazar for Bexar. County Sheriff B-Day, 12-11

St. Rep. Dist.120 candidate Mario Salas files for office

Mario Marcel Salas's photo.

Being sworn in as a candidate and a real Democrat for the State Representative District 120 race. Mario Salas, wife Edwina Salas, Joe Webb-Campaign Manager, Howard Anderson-Treasurer and Democratic Party Chair Manuel Medina at Democratic Party Headquarters filing for office in the State Representative race in District 120.

Experience: Former City Councilman District 2, Former Vice-President Judson School Board, Certified Teacher, Retired Professor, President KROV Radio, Co-Founder Barbara Jordan Center.

"I pledge to provide the District with the best service in terms of representing the positive changes that need to be addressed: Support for Ruth McClendon's initiatives, ending nursing home abuse, providing high quality care for our seniors, fighting for the expansion of Medicaid under Obama Care, increasing teacher salaries, ending standardized testing, support for women's rights, controlling gentrification, support for an increase in the minimum wage, protecting voting rights, rolling back taxes for our seniors, support for all-day schooling in all school districts, economic development that brings jobs into the district, and other issues as well."

Mario Salas
St. Rep. District 120 candidade

Elf Louise Christmas Project Warehouse now @ Port San Antonio

Upon learning that The Elf Louise Christmas Project (ELCP) had an urgent need in 2014 for space to fulfill its charitable mission, Port San Antonio offered a 50,000-square-foot warehouse at no cost, including utilities. This holiday season, ELCP is returning to the Port to continue its mission.

The facility will be used during the holiday season by the nonprofit to store and wrap thousands of gifts purchased thanks to generous donations from area residents. The gifts, which include toys and games, will then be distributed to families throughout the community. 

In particular, ELCP focuses on supporting children who might otherwise be forgotten. Volunteers will occupy the space from early November to mid-January. 

Elf Louise’s home for the 2015 holiday season will be located at at 201 N. Frank Luke Dr. @ Port San Antonio.

People interested in volunteering or donating to ELCP can visit, calling (210) 224-1843 or emailing

Judge David Canales invites you to a Socks & Ties fundraiser, 12-2

Dear Friend,
The Holiday Season is upon us!  It's time to get into the spirit of the season and here's where you can start:

Show off your Christmas socks & ties at a fundraiser honoring Judge David Canales!
Wednesday, December 2nd, 5:30-7 p.m.
Paesanos Italian Restaurant Lincoln Heights
555 E. Basse Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209

In this season of giving, Judge Canales asks that you please consider bringing a small unwrapped toy to benefit Elf Louise or a healthy, non-perishable food item for the San Antonio Food Bank.
Not able to join us? You can still show your support to Judge Canales' re-election bid by making a contribution online today. Chip in $25 or more today so that we can raise the funds we need to run a successful campaign.

Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Team @ Aguillon & Associates

Melissa Aguillon
Aguillon & Associates is thankful for our clients, vendors, supporters, 
family and friends. 
It is a pleasure to work with each of you in various capacities, 
and we consider you familia. 

We appreciate your business, your guidance, your referrals and the work we do together, and look forward to our continued relationships for years to come.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving from the Team 
at Aguillon & Associates!

Holiday Greetings (Happy Thanksgiving) from Texas

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,
Our entire organization joins in sending you holiday greetings! Texas will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Also, please note our annual closure will begin on Thursday, December 17th and we will be ready to serve you on Monday, January 4th, 2016.
Best Wishes for the New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving from State Rep.District 123 Diego Bernal

Our community is made great through all of your daily contributions. I am grateful to have the privilege to serve this district of residents, students, educators, innovators, caregivers, protectors, artists, employees and business-owners. Thank you for all that you do.
I wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. 
Also, we all have an opportunity to support our local businesses during Small Business Saturday, a more thoughtful alternative to Black Friday. I encourage you to shop small for the holidays this year.
More soon,
Diego M. Bernal
State Representative
Texas House District 123

Holiday Fundraiser for Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, 12-7

@ Mi Tierra Restaurant, 218 Produce Row from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. RSVP: 273-8783.

HD 125 Holiday Party with St. Rep. Justin Rodriguez, 12-15

Dear Friend,

Thanksgiving week is one of my favorite times of the year. It's a time we can take a pause from our hectic schedules and enjoy a little food, football, and family. As we count our blessings, I want to thank you for your friendship, support, and for entrusting me to represent you and your family in the Texas House of Representatives. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.

This week also unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday season. Soon your schedule will be filled with different celebrations. Be sure to mark your calendar for the HD 125 Holiday Party on December 15.

This annual event is our way to give thanks to our community and to bring them together for food, fun, and music. As always, admission is free but we are collecting toys for military families temporarily residing at the Fisher House. You can either bring the toy with you to the party, or drop it off at our district office.

I hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
P.S. The 2016 Texas House Calendars have arrived. If you would like one, please send your name and address to my chief of staff at

Monday, November 23, 2015

Senator Jose Menendez at various recent Democratic events

Senator Jose Mendenez with Walker Report Editor  & JP2 candidate & former Judge Steve Walker, with Jaime Martinez, with Pastor Rosa Wilson and family, with St. Rep. candidate Tomas Uresti, with Ernest Martinez, with Robert Vargas, with Constabe Pct. 1 Ruben Tejeda,with Taj. Mathews, with Louie Barrios, St. Rep. Ina Manjarez, with little girl, with Rep. Ina Manjarez & supporters

Photos by Jessica Barraza

Javier Salazar for Bx. County Sheriff @ Democratic event recently

Sheriff candidate Javier Salazar @ recent Democratic Rally with wife & parents & friends and supporters

Photos by Efrain Guterriez