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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fundraiser event for judicial candidate Angelica Jimenez, 9-14

Our next fundraising event is just around the corner and I hope you're planning to attend. Campaigns are costly and although it’s difficult for me to ask for help, I have to do it if I want to run a successful race and communicate my message across Bexar County. 

When you make a contribution, you are helping to pay for political signs, ads, direct mail, mailing lists, postage, graphic design and printing. The list goes on and on, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the costs but we can make it all happen with your support.
We will be hosting our next event at an exciting new location and we don't want you to miss out on great food and conversation. Thank you for your continued support!
Wednesday, September 14th
5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m.

Edera Osteria-Enoteca
1903 San Pedro Avenue
(Modern Italian Cuisine)
Host Levels:
$5,000  -  $2,500  -  $1,000
Contriburions Levels:
$500  -  $250  -  $100
For more information email:

Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition, petition drive

Sign the Petition and help us fight a proposed textbook with factual errors and offensive content about Texas History and Mexican Americans! 

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is part of a broad coalition of organizations and scholars from across Texas is calling on the State Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that promotes offensive cultural stereotypes, distorts history and is plagued by more than 100 factual errors.
To sign the petition and see the list of coalition partners, click here


Mexican American Heritage is the only textbook proposed by a publisher for consideration by the State Board of Education. The state board will likely hold public hearings on the textbook at its September 13-16 and November 15-18 meetings in Austin. A final vote on adoption is scheduled for the November meeting.
Scholars from across Texas and outside the state have been reviewing the textbook. If approved, the textbook will bring great harm and further divide our educational community. This is bad for Texas business and for our children's future. 

San Antonio City Council to cast critical votes over next three weeks

Greetings neighbors:

Over the next three weeks, City Council will cast critical votes on items that will impact San Antonio's long term community health: a settlement of the police union collective bargaining contract this week, an aggressive annexation program next week and the FY2017 budget on September 15.

As we consider all of these issues, I encourage you to make your voice heard by sending me an e-mail, calling our office or attending any of the public meetings. During each of these votes, I will be asking the same three questions I ask for every issue:
  1. Is it fiscally responsible?
  2. Is it fair and ethical?
  3. Have we done our homework?
On Thursday, I will be voting against the police union settlement because it fails the fiscal responsibility test.

Two years ago, I joined my Council colleagues in outlining an acceptable resolution to the collective bargaining agreement — one that would help us stay within our budget while providing the kind of benefits and accountability that our public safety and residents  deserve.  

Chiefly, we sought a contract that would keep costs from further climbing past 66 percent of the general fund budget, while significantly reducing the 'evergreen clause' that hindered active bargaining and achieving a fair share of health care costs. Mayor Taylor's deal accomplishes none of that, exceeding our established budget guidelines by year four of the contract. By year five, we are $20 million over budget.

That's a fact.

This isn't a good deal for citizens or law enforcement. In wanting a better vision for San Antonio, I'll be opposing this agreement. 

Thank you for the privilege of serving you

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Little League World Series Champions are from Helotes!!!

Little League World Series Champions are  the Greater Helotes Little League Team posing with Congressman Will Hurd

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just a Thought: SA Hispanic Journalists Gala, in La Prensa, 8-28

Just a Thought: SA Hispanic Journalists Gala
by Steve Walker

A few weeks ago I wrote about the upcoming SA Association of Hispanic Journalists 18th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala at the Grand Hyatt, August 19th. Now that the event is history, I can report that the gala was a huge success with over 600 in attendance.

I informed the readership in that column that the organization attempts to promote the next generation of young aspiring journalists and the opportunity as an organization to honor its own.

I am personally proud to have been an active member for a number of years.  I will continue to be an active member in good standing as long as I am able.

Composed of local Hispanic, African-American, and Anglo journalists, public relations professionals and students interested in communications or the public relations industry, our chapter is thriving.

This year we honored entertainer Joe Hernandez (a.k.a. Little Joe Y La Familia) with the Corazon de Oro award. He has been called many things: Tejano Legend, the King of Brown Sound, Grammy Award winning musician and one of the most recognizable members of the Mexican American musical community. His hit song, “Las Nubes” has served as an anthem for generations of Mexican-Americans. He has released over 50 albums in his lifetime. I have covered him many times over the past few years when he is in town.

The Corozon de Oro Award is presented to the individual, group or institution whose work has been nationally recognized for excellence. The recipient is publicly acknowledged as an inspiration to those around them. Former recipients include: filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and singer Vikki Carr.

The SAAHJ Community Service Award was presented to former Councilwoman Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, a lifelong community activist and accomplished author. Inspired by Pope John XXIII and his social justice principles and President John F. Kennedy to become politically involved, Berriozabal made history becoming the first Mexican American woman elected by the San Antonio City Council, and serving 10 years.

In the late 90s when Henry B. Gonzalez stepped down as Congressman for health reasons, Maria and I both ran for his seat which was eventually won by his son, Charlie Gonzalez. She made the runoff and I endorsed her at that time. We have been good friends since, along with Charlie Gonzalez. I have written a “Just a Thought” column on her a couple of years ago.

The Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism was presented to Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez Ph.D. A professionally trained journalist, she also honed her teaching skills to teach the craft to generations of Latino journalists.

She is the founder and director of the VOCES Oral History Project at the University of Texas. Earning a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1977 she spent 17 years in the field to include working at WFAA-TV in Dallas and the Dallas Morning News as border bureau chief covering the US-Mexican border from a one person bureau in El Paso. In 1998 she earned her Doctorate in mass communication from the University of North Carolina. Unlike the two other recipients I only met her at the gala.

The 13 scholarship recipients include: Steal Adcock, (St. Mary’s Univ.) Kellie Alcoser, (Texas State Univ.) Jose Arredondo, (Texas A&M Univ. SA) Manuel Figeroa, (Texas A&M Univ. SA)  Jacqueline Gandera-Valderas, (St. Mary’s Univ.) David Garces, (School of Visual Arts, NY) Marco Cadena, (Univ. of the Incarnate Word) Angelica Casas, (Univ. of California, Berkley)  Jared Edman, (Univ. of Texas, SA) Cynthia Herrera, (Texas A&M Univ. SA) Alexandro Luna, (Texas A&M Univ. SA) Pamela Paz (Texas State Univ.) & Francisco Vara-Orta a past president of the SAAHJ. (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia)

Anyway, as always, what I write is “Just a Thought.”

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

Bexar County Sheriff's Debate: includes four party candidates, 9-12

News 4 WOAI and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a Sheriff's Debate between Sheriff Susan Pamerleau (Rep.) & challengers Javier Salazar, (Dem.) Larry Ricketts, (Lib)  & James Dorsey (Green) Monday Sept 12th at 6:30 p.m. @ the Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium CircleFree Event.

Women 4 Javier Salazar for Bexar County Sheriff @ ANARTE, 10-5

You are invited to join the Women for Javier Salazar, as we support our candidate for Bexar County Sheriff. Wednesday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. : ANARTE Gallery, 7959 Broadway St, Ste 404.
Sponsorship Levels:
$100 | $200 | $500 | $1,000

RSVP online at

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Meet/Greet Fundraiser-Tomas Uresti St. Rep. @ Herrera Plaza, 9-7

Bex.County Tejano Democrats & Young Tejanos meet-Estela's, 8-27

Bexar County Tejano Democrats President Peter Valecillo, St. Rep. Dist. 116 Elect Diana Arevelo, Bruno de Leon, brother Young Tejano Democrats President Carlos de Leon, Sister, Silvanna, mother, Irma, Robert Vargas, Tommy Morado, Bexar County Democratic Party Chair Manuel Medina, Gabrriel Rosales, Irma Vargas & sister former Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan, Bexar County Sheriff candidate Javier Salazar & wife, Sarah, Manuel, Leo & Joe Estrada, Sylvia Don. Placido Salazar, Estela's Mexican Restaurant @ Tejano meeting

Veterans & Military Families for Hillary Clinton Rally, 9-2

Friday, September 2nd
4-6 p.m.
1800 West Commerce Street
Come hear Veterans & Family members supporting Hillary Clinton
For information call call 210-274-8783

La Prensa Foundation Mixer Scholarship Fundraiser-Ash Bar, 9-1

Mark your calendars! We're inviting you for a smokin' good time at Ash at St. Paul's Square, San Antonio's newest underground bar. Proceeds from the mixer will benefit the La Prensa Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships to local college students and higher education institutions. Bring your friends for great music, delicious complimentary bites from Smoke the Restaurant, and a silent auction. 

Ash @ Sunset Station, 1170 E. Commerce. Thursday Sep. 1st from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

NEBCD Labor Day Picnic Olde Tyme Political Rally-Aggie Park, 9-5

Come celebrate Labor Day with the NEBCD & wish Walker Report Editor & formerJudge Steve Walker a happy 70th birthday!!!

50th Anniversary Celebration for 1966 Farm Workers Strike. 9-5

50th Anniversary Celebration to Commemorate 1966 Starr County Farm Worker Strike and March thru San Antonio to Austin.

San Antonio Schedule for Monday. Labor Day, Sept. 5th. 9:30 a.m. gather for the 10 am Mass at San Fernando Cathedral. 11 a.m.- March from Cathedral to Milam Park. Noon -Rally and Program at the Kiosk. Milam Park.

50 years ago in 1966, farm workers in Starr County led a strike against the melon growers because they were being paid 40 cents an hour. At the end of the melon season, they started a 400 mile march to the state capitol in Austin. They came through San Antonio and were joined by hundreds of people as they arrived. 

At San Fernando Cathedral, Archbishop Lucey held a mass and supported their cause. On the road to Austin, Governor John Connally met them near New Braunfels and told them not to continue because he would not be in Austin, and he would not consider passing a Texas Minimum Wage law of $1.25 an hour.

When they arrived in Austin on Labor Day in 1966, 10,000 people joined them and walked the last 4 miles with them. This strike and march by farm workers was the beginning of the Chicano movement in Texas

We're hiring! Diversity in Public Safety, 9-3

Are you or someone you know interested in a career in Public Safety? The San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio Fire Department and Texas Border Patrol are HIRING!!! At this event, you can speak one on one with these offices to get real world answers on day to day life of each of these careers. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton with Gloria Uribe in SA, 8-25

Former President Bill Clinton with Gloria Uribe @ the home of Henry Munoz for a fundraiser as well as Kennedy Hatfield

San Antonio Friendraiser Luncheon @ Sunset Station, 8-31

Learn about the incredible things SJRC Texas does to support our community's abused and abandoned children at their 2016 San Antonio Friendraiser Luncheon this Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset Station. Keynote speakers include District Attorney Nico Lahood and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau. RSVP through Eventbrite to receive complimentary lunch. This event is Free and open to everyone in the community.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

National Taxpayer Advocate Public Forums-hear from you, 8-30

Save the Date for candidate Angelica Jimenez for Judge, 9-24

Please mark your calendar and save September 14th for Angelica's next fundraising event. We will be hosting this event at an exciting new location and we don't want you to miss out on great food and conversation. We hope you will make plans to attend. Stay tuned for more information soon. 
    Wednesday, September 14th
 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Edera Osteria-Enoteca
1903 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
(Modern Italian Cuisine)
Host Levels:
$5,000  -  $2,500  -  $1,000

Contrbution Levels
$500  -  $250  -  $100

Save the Dates: Class of 1976 Roosevelt High School, 8-30, 9-1/2

40th Reunion of Theodore  Roosevelt High School, September 30th, October 1st & 2nd. Friday night (9-30)at the Time Machine, 7-11 p.m, Saturday (10-1) at the Quarry Restaurant 6-11 p.m.

English/Speech teacher there that year.
Walker Report Editor 
& former JP Steve Walker

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good time at Ash @ Sunset Station benefitting La Prensa, 9-1

Mark your calendars! We're inviting you for a smokin' good time at Ash at St. Paul's Square, San Antonio's newest underground bar. Proceeds from the mixer will benefit the La Prensa Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships to local college students and higher education institutions. Bring your friends for great music, delicious complimentary bites from Smoke the Restaurant, and a silent auction. 

Ash @ Sunset Station, 1170 E. Commerce. Thursday Sep. 1st from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Donald Trump visits Austin at town hall with Sean Hannity, 8-23

 Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity with Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Alamo Republican Women President Freida Wright with friends, Crowd turnout for Donald Trump in Austin

Photos by Freida Wright

NEBCD Labor Day Picnic Olde Tyme Political Rally, Aggie Park, 9-5

Come celebrate Labor Day with the NEBCD & wish Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker a happy 70th birthday!!!

Community Open House Speak Up, City proposed budget, 8-23

Greetings neighbors:

The budget process is in full swing and we hope you'll make your voices heard at the community open house tonight. Remember, this is your city and we need your input! So stop by to learn more about the proposed budget. If you can't make it out, you can also  share your thoughts here.

Thanks for the privilege of serving you,