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SAHCC VOICES Podcast Episode 2

  Our latest SAHCC VOICES episode takes listeners on a personal journey with cultural restaurant icon and world-famous Chef Johnny Hernandez as he discusses small business resiliency during COVID-19 and shares some valuable insights and business understandings during this pandemic. Listen to Johnny talk about how his company was able to pivot during the economic disruption and how his community and professional network helped him find answers. From his early beginnings and finding success across the U.S., Johnny gives a comprehensive insight into the inner workings of his leadership style and experience with the Hispanic Chamber’s Senior Vice President...

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Patricia Vonne Rodriguez, Mexican-American Singer, Actress, and San Antonio Native Will Co-Host and Perform on the Next Episode of Artist, David Blanca’s, Virtual Program

PRESS RELEASE                                                        Contact: Vincent Estrada FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    (210) 347-3297                                                                                San Antonio, TX, May 19th, 2020 – Mexican-American singer, songwriter, filmmaker, actress and San Antonio native, Patricia Vonne Rodriguez, will co-host and perform live this Friday, May...

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Compassionate Cultivation continues to deliver needed medication to patients across the state safely and effectively during this time of crisis By Heather Wagner Reed Compassionate Cultivation, Texas’ leading medical cannabis provider, maintains its ongoing dedication to its patients statewide by providing them with needed medication during the current pandemic. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Compassionate Cultivation has been deemed an essential business by the State of Texas, and as Texas’ shelter in place ordinance went into effect at the end of March, the company implemented every possible measure to safely supply patients with their treatments, serving families in need and...

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Councilwoman Sandoval’s Statement on Right to Cure Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Matteo Treviño, 210-323-2835 SAN ANTONIO (May 14) — Councilwoman Ana Sandoval voted in favor of a Right to Cure ordinance that would have granted renters a 30 day period to pay outstanding rent before their landlord could file for eviction if they applied for rental assistance from the City. Her statement follows: “I voted for what I felt would have helped renters without leaving landlords with an unfunded mandate. The amendments offered today addressed each of the concerns that landlords and property managers brought to our attention.” “There are many responsible and compassionate landlords...

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Texicana Mamas Bring “Esperanza” (Hope) on Mother’s Day in Support of BorderAid

Nashville, TN – May 8, 2020 — The Texicana Mamas are set to premiere a lyric video for their latest song, “Esperanza,” to be released this coming Mother’s Day, May 10, in support of BorderAid. The newly-formed Latina supergroup includes Tish Hinojosa, Stephanie Urbina Jones, and Patricia Vonne. All San Antonio natives with deep roots in the Latino/Anglo culture of South Texas, the Texicana Mamas are on a mission of genre melding and bridge building—their musical influences range from singer songwriter, folk, conjunto, Americana, flamenco, country, Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll, the Texas singer-songwriter tradition, mariachi, corrido and norteño traditions of the border, and Lone Star country-rock. “Esperanza” (Stephanie Urbina Jones / Mark Marchetti / Jack Williams ) is a powerful song that tells the story of a young mother’s hope and desire to provide for her children through a harrowing border crossing. Not only is Esperanza the name of the song’s central character, but it is also the Spanish word for “hope.”  The accompanying lyric video illustrates the heroism and love of a mother carrying her baby “Esperanza” as she makes the journey across the southern border of the United States and the Rio Grande River. “I wrote ‘Esperanza’ over 15 years ago after having my own daughter,” says Jones. “Like every mother, as I held her in my arms, I was overwhelmed with a love I had never known. I knew then and there that no matter what, I would do...

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Happy Mother’s Day Amelia J. Duran

Feliz Dia de Todas las Madres La Prensa Texas would like to share a special message of love and gratitude to the mother of our publication, Amelia “Millie” Duran. Thank you for your support and inspiration. You always remind us of our mission to preserve the legacy of your family. We would like to extend a message of love and gratitude to all the mothers of our city: To all the mamas, abuelas, tias and sisters who support our lives and provide us with so much love, guidance and warmth. Thank you for being there and taking care. This...

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Westside Development Corporation (WDC) teams up with Centro SA and SAGE to launch #SmallBizBingoSA to help support local, small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

#SmallBizBingoSA encourages San Antonians to support small local businesses while practicing social distancing San Antonio, TX – The Westside Development Corporation (WDC), in partnership with Centro San Antonio and San Antonio Growth for the Eastside (SAGE), has launched #SmallBizBingoSA, designed to encourage San Antonians to support locally owned, small businesses that have been among the hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together in a fun way to support our local small businesses – and, c’mon, who doesn’t love BINGO?! It’s also an opportunity for us as nonprofits to partner and cross-promote the incredible businesses our respective neighborhoods have to offer,” says Ramiro Gonzales, Interim CEO of WDC, whose goal is to expand the program to include more and additional types of businesses. Players can get a BINGO by supporting five participating businesses in a row and submitting their receipts via email to for a chance to win a $25 gift card to one of the participating businesses.  Each Bingo round runs for two weeks, where five lucky winners will be selected at random and announced on the Facebook page.   After every drawing, a new round of Bingo cards with new businesses will be provided and the game starts all over again. “A healthy business ecosystem includes main street businesses, “mom-and-pop” shops, legacy and micro-businesses. They are essential to the San...

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Bexar County Invites Local Businesses to a 2020 Disparity Webinar

Bexar County is committed to making sure that small, minority, women, disadvantaged, disabled, veteran, and LGBTE owned businesses have an equitable opportunity to participate in the County’s procurement process. To this end, Bexar County has contracted with Griffin & Strong, P.C. (GSPC), a law and public policy consulting firm to conduct a disparity study. The study will gather information necessary to determine whether all qualified firms have an equal opportunity to compete for and participate in Bexar County’s procurement of prime contracts and associated subcontracts. On April 29 and April 30, Griffin & Strong, P.C. will kick off the...

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Covid And Climate

Welcome to La Prensa’s new column about San Antonio, the environment and you. My name is DeeDee Belmares and I’m Public Citizen’s climate justice organizer in San Antonio. Public Citizen is a Washington-based non-profit organization whose mission is to protect Americans from corporate and government abuses. In San Antonio, it’s my job to raise awareness of environmental threats and to push decision-makers to protect all neighborhoods in town. I was born and raised in San Antonio. I grew up on the south side in a working class family. Conservation of natural resources and protecting the planet came naturally to our family, as my father insisted that we not waste water or electricity, and that we reuse as many household items as possible. I think my family was like many throughout San Antonio – common-sense, resourceful and protective of each other. In fact, protecting our children and families is the cornerstone of Latino life. Unfortunately, it seems it’s getting more difficult to keep our families safe from environmental degradation. We hear on the news of so many different threats facing our communities. One of the most urgent is climate change and its dramatic impact on the world we live in.  We see raging wildfires in California and Australia, massive flooding in the Midwest and devastating droughts and hurricanes right here in Texas. In Texas, Latinos bear a disproportionate burden of...

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PARK CLOSURES FOR EASTER WEEKEND To Help Slow Down Spread of COVID-19 By Gloria R. Carmona The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) announced today that it is taking additional safety measures to reduce crowds and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) during Easter Weekend. The River Authority has already closed access to some park amenities such as pavilions, basketball courts, and playgrounds, which will remain closed until further notice. Now, however, the River Authority is joining with other local governments in closing areas where larger groups gather in parks for picnicking during Easter, which is a holiday...

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VIA Se muda a los horarios del ‘Sábado’, extiende el período de alivio de tarifas

Los ajustes de servicio temporales comienzan el 6 de abril Por Lorraine Pulido, Ph.D. A medida que más residentes de San Antonio y vecinos en nuestra región permanezcan en sus hogares bajo órdenes de refugio en el lugar, VIA planea implementar ajustes de servicio temporales que reflejen la demanda actual de pasajeros para el servicio de autobús. Si bien la cantidad de pasajeros de VIA ha disminuido durante las últimas semanas, seguimos comprometidos a proporcionar un servicio esencial para los pasajeros que dependen del transporte público para llegar al trabajo, obtener alimentos y suministros o ayudar a cuidar a...

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By Oriana Piña Nation’s Oldest & Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Demands that Federal Legislators Include Protections for All Workers, Including Immigrant Communities. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is urging Members of Congress to include protections and relief for immigrant communities in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Congressional Republicans failed to include full access to testing and treatment for Dreamers, TPS-holders, and mixed-status families. LULAC will continue to push for an end to deportations, the release of all detainees from immigration detention centers, expedited visa processing for vital immigrant workers, and for all workers to receive...

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