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Preocupado por pagar el alquiler este verano? Esto es lo que puede hacer

By Por El San Antonio Board of Realtors Con el desempleo aumentando a niveles históricos, muchos resi- dentes del Condado de Bexar están preocupados por su capacidad de pagar el alquiler y por las conse- cuencias de no pagar. Estas preocupaciones no han pasado desapercibidas ya que la ciudad y el condado han ofrecido recursos rápidamente para ayudar. Hasta la fecha, más de 10,000 familias han solicitado apoyo para cumplir con el alquiler o la hipo- teca a Programa de Asistencia de Vivienda de Emergencia Medida de través del y la Asistencia de Alquiler Temporal del Condado de Bexar (TRAM) . La ciudad también aprobó recientemente unos $28 millones en fondos adicionales para asistencia de alquiler e hipoteca a través del Plan de Recuperación y Restauración para la actual pan- demia de COVID-19. Mientras que muchos ciudada- nos han recibido asesoramiento y asistencia financiera, otros todavía se encuentran buscando ayuda o enfrentando nuevas dificultades financieras. Nosotros estamos contigo. Evaluamos algunas de las pre- guntas más comunes recibidas sobre las moratorias de desalojos  y ejecuciones hipotecarias debido a la pandemia. Nuestros expertos nos presentan su opinion: P: Soy un inquilino. ¿Puedo ser desalojado por no pagar el alquiler durante este tiempo? R: Depende de muchos factores. Según la Ley CARES, el gobierno federal imple- mentó una moratoria de 120 días sobre los desalojos de cualquier propiedad residencial que reciba fondos federales para vivienda, tenga un préstamo hipotecario re- spaldado por el gobierno federal o sea vivienda pública o vivienda de ingresos mixtos. Para obtener una lista completa de las propiedades cubiertas por la Ley CARES, haga clic aquí. Una vez...

Cornyn’s Record of Failure: Siding with Big Pharma over Texans

For Immediate Release July 23, 2020 Contact: Billy Begala, (703) 919-9350, press@txdemocrats.org Cornyn’s Record of Failure: Siding with Big Pharma over Texans Austin, TX — Over his 18 years in the Senate, Cornyn has, time and again, sided with his big pharmaceutical donors over the best interests of Texans. Cornyn has gutted and attacked bipartisan legislation to reduce drug prices — jeopardizing the health of Texans so his special interest allies can make a buck. Cornyn Has Taken Over $1.4 Million from the Pharmaceutical Industry While in the Senate 2015-Present: Cornyn Accepted $648,591 From The Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industry. 2009-2014: Cornyn Accepted $518,800 From The Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industry. 2003-2008: Cornyn Accepted $241,096 From The Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industry. Cornyn Voted At Least Five Times Against Allowing Medicare To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices. From 2005 to 2007, Cornyn voted at least five times against allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. In 2019, Cornyn attacked a bill that would have allowed Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and would have achieved an estimated $345 billion in Medicare savings. Cornyn Repeatedly Voted Against Cracking Down On “Pay-For-Delay” Deals That Let Big Pharma Companies Pay Generic Producers To Delay Cheaper Versions Of Drugs From Being Sold To Consumers. Cornyn Changed His Vote Last-Minute To Oppose A Bill Increasing Generic Drug Competition And Lowering Prescription Drug Prices In 2018, Cornyn changed his vote at the last minute to oppose the CREATES Act, a bill that would have allowed generic drug manufacturers to compete against big pharmaceutical companies, lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Cornyn flipped his vote after offering a failed amendment that created loopholes...

Over 500 Small Businesses Served by the Westside Development Corporation During COVID Pandemic So Far

Contact: Vincent Estrada (210) 347-3297 vincent@aguillon-associates.com July 20, 2020 San Antonio, TX – The Westside Development Corporation (WDC), an economic development nonprofit for the westside of San Antonio, has helped more than 500 local small businesses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are just getting started. “Our small and micro businesses are the backbone of the westside economy. Many of our residents are employed by these businesses and rely on them for their livelihood. We’re committed to doing everything we can and connect them to every available resource to give them the best chance of weathering this tough situation” said Ramiro Gonzales, Interim President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation since February. “They need a partner in all this and we are happy to be that partner for them.” WDC was one of the first organizations to pivot their offerings to respond to the immediate disaster needs of small businesses. Their usual small business loan program was converted into smaller COVID relief forgivable loans so as to serve more businesses without requiring repayment. Additional assistance provided by WDC has included outreach to the 400 businesses in their database to assess their needs and connect them with federal and local programs such as the Payroll Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and providing application assistance with the recently completed Bexar County Small Business Relief Grant, and the recently launched City of San Antonio Small Business Relief Grant. This is all in addition to the day-to-day consulting and technical assistance services that are offered in helping businesses solve everyday problems like real estate issues, back office...

Civic Engagement Group Launches Major Campaign to Register the Rising American Electorate in Texas

COVID-19 Pandemic Increases Need for Mail-based Voter Registration Programs By Lala Kumakura The Voter Participation Center (VPC) and its partner group the Center for Voter Information (CVI), are mailing 373,518 voter registration applications to people in Texas this month as part of their largest-ever campaign to register voters ahead of the historic 2020 election. More than 6.7 million people who can vote in Texas are not yet registered, according to the “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2018” supplement to the U.S. Census, and 83% of them are members of the Rising American Electorate: young people, people of color and unmarried women. People in this group often move between elections and register and vote at lower rates than the rest of the population. As states implement stay-at- home or shelter-in-place orders and millions of Americans self- isolate because of the coronavi- rus pandemic, mail-based voter registration efforts have never been more important. VPC and CVI run the nation’s largest mail- based voter registration program, and their work is crucial today. VPC and CVI are significantly increasing their efforts during the coronavirus crisis, to ensure that historically disadvantaged communities can exercise their democracy by registering to vote by mail and requesting vote-by- mail ballots online. “With COVID-19 impacting elections, we cannot take any citizen for granted and must do all we can to increase turnout in this uncertain time. The future of our democracy is at stake,” said Page Gardner, the groups’ Founder and Board Chair. “We have a major opportunity to close the gap on voter registration and make sure the electorate is as representative as the...

Fabricado para Resolver Bien Todo, Ford Revela el F-150 Más Resistente y Productivo de la Historia y el Más Potente de Su Clase

Por Dawn McKenzie El totalmente nuevo Ford F-150 lleva la cami- oneta elegida de Estados Unidos para el trabajo y la recreación al siguiente nivel, con el objetivo de ofrecer la máxima capacidad de remolque, carga útil, torque y potencia de cualquier camioneta liviana de tamaño completo, con características ingeniosas que hacen clientes aún más producti- vos y nuevas tecnologías, como actualizaciones inalámbricas y SYNC® 4 El nuevo diseño exterior tiene un aspecto más audaz e incluso más resistente, y un interior completamente nuevo ofrece más comodidad, tecnología y funcionalidad para los clientes de camionetas, junto con materiales mejorados, nuevas opciones de color y más almacenamiento La nueva Superficie de Trabajo del Portón disponible aumenta la productividad en la parte trasera del camión, mientras que la nueva Superfi- cie de Trabajo Interior opcional hace que usar una computadora portátil o comer sea más cómodo; los Asientos Reclinables Max disponibles con casi 180 grados de reclinación ayudan a los clientes a descansar entre trabajos Pro Power Onboard™ disponible significa que los clientes pueden dejar el generador en casa y liberar espacio de carga; hay suficiente energía para alimentar 28 refrigeradores promedio, cargar una cama llena de motocicletas de motocross eléctricas o funcionar herramientas para todo el lugar de trabajo El exclusivo motor híbrido completo Power- Boost™ de 3.5 litros ofrece la capacidad Built Ford Tough incorporada: está diseñado para tener la mayor torsión y potencia de cualquier camio- neta de tamaño completo de servicio liviano, al menos 12,000 libras de capacidad máxima de remolque disponibleᶧ y destinado a un alcance especifico estimado EPA de aproximadamente 700 millas en un solo...

Black Lives Matter….

By Manuel C. Ortiz Jr. As I rarely write any post or give my opinion on such matters I do believe this is a great opportunity to share my experience as a minority in a profession that doesn’t employee a lot of minorities in our positions because of what I consider the point of the following short story. “Opportunities “ I come from a migrant family who naturalized Legally here in the USA in the mid 1900’s. My mom and dad do not have a college education but still found a way to successfully manage there own restaurant for now 28+ years and put me through college to achieve a first step for our family to have an educated generation. The question is how does a minority choose his or her path of profession and find that it is a job that is not a job but a hobby because you can wake up and love what you do every single day. Well growing up we do hear a lot about becoming a professional athlete, singer, military, or restaurant owner. However I went into a field where until 1961 it removed its Caucasian-only clause. So my first opportunity was when my dad learned to play golf from his white friend who in turn encouraged my dad to teach me golf at 3 years  of age. So I went on to learn the game and played in my first tournaments wearing baseball shoes as golf shoes and a set of clubs from KMART branded Northwestern. I won my first tournament and didn’t really know what I did to do that....

The Pop Up Returns to St. Paul Square This Summer

By Erica Garcia Starting July 17th The Pop Up market will return to St. Paul Square - with the first market as an evening market from 6PM-9PM. The market will continue monthly on the following dates: Friday, August 14th, 6-9PM Sunday, September 13th, 11AM-3PM This market will now be strictly outside and we will be distancing vendors in accordance with CDC guidelines, so spots are limited. All vendors must wear a mask when interacting with guests and all guests will be required to do the same. To apply please visit egcollaborations.com/thepopup and fill out the form. The Pop-Up is egCollaborations' Artisanal Market that launched at Historic St. Paul Square in October of 2019. Now it returns with social distancing in 2020! This egCollaborations brainchild combines a sampling of our past hosted event vendors, and other local goods vendors in one spot and is open to the public! The Pop-Up is a market like no other in San Antonio. It is an open-air market that "pops up"  featuring street food, unique artisans, handmade goods, and one-of-a-kind thrifts! ​Whether you are a shopper, the foodie, or looking for unique local items, there's something for YOU. ​Vendor fees range between $20 - $30. Food and market vendors are encouraged to apply below! ​You can follow The Pop-Up on Instagram...

Centro Cultural Aztlan presents El Gran Mes de Los Artistas to celebrate our 43rd Anniversary every Friday at 7:00pm during the month of June!

By Ruth Guajardo For over a decade, this neighborhood-based community festival, presented in collaboration with the Jefferson/Woodlawn Lake Community Development Corporation, highlights the immense artistic talent of the city’s historic Deco District. COVID-19 has greatly impacted the work we do here at Centro Cultural Aztlan, and we have had to adapt quickly! We are excited and proud to present 4 unique artists, highlighting theatre, film, visual arts, and music during EL GRAN MES DE LOS ARTISTAS. Centro Cultural Aztlan was founded in 1977 with a vision to build upon the traditions of Chicano/a, Latino/a, and indigenous peoples by creating cultural programs that involve local artists and increase public awareness of their work. We continue to serve this mission today through our commitment to preserving and promoting Chicano/a, Latino/a, and indigenous arts and culture, and through our commitment to diversity, education, and promotion of local artists. We invite you to help us celebrate over four decades of Cultivando Cultura. El Gran Mes de Los Artistas is a month long, free community celebration that promises to be an explosion of creativity in the Deco District showcasing teatro, film, visual arts, and live music! 6/5/2020: Carmen from Mexico is a solo multimedia play that pushes back against the racist, divisive narratives that have become so common in our country these last few years.  It is based on De Luna’s mother’s childhood immigrant experience and shares her harrowing yet sometimes comical struggles in adapting to her new life in Texas. Anna De Luna is an actor, writer and HIV prevention activist.  She received her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in...

La Oficina del Censo entregará cuestionarios del censo 2020 en el condado de Bexar este mes

Por Ximena V. Alvarez La Oficina del Censo de los EE. UU., En coordinación con los funcionarios de salud federales, estatales y locales, abrirá sus Oficinas del Censo del Área y reanudará las operaciones el 1 de junio, para sus ubicaciones en San Antonio. Las oficinas continuarán con sus operaciones de actualización y entrega de cuestionarios a los hogares que correspondan. Esto se hace en áreas donde la mayoría de los hogares no reciben correo en su dirección física. La Oficina del Censo comenzó a entregar materiales del censo en mano el 15 de marzo, pero suspendió todo el trabajo de campo para esta operación el 18 de marzo debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. El personal de campo temporal ha sido entrenado para observar todos los protocolos de distanciamiento social y usará equipo de protección personal oficial provisto por el gobierno para su seguridad y la seguridad del público. Esta operación no tiene contacto y sigue las pautas federales de salud y seguridad más actuales.  La salud y seguridad del personal de la Oficina del Censo y del público es siempre una prioridad. La Oficina del Censo entregará invitaciones del Censo 2020 y cuestionarios en papel en las puertas principales de aproximadamente 5.1 millones de hogares en los Estados Unidos. Esta operación es crucial para asegurar un conteo completo y preciso de todas las comunidades, lo que ayuda a guiar cientos de miles de millones de dólares en gastos del sector público y privado por año. Se recomienda encarecidamente a las personas que respondan rápidamente al Censo 2020 utilizando el número de identificación incluido en el paquete del...

TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR’S OFFICE OPENS LOBBIES

By Lisa Anderson During his nearly eight years in office, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti has always taken precautions to protect his citizens and employees at all Tax Office locations.  The Bexar County Tax Office continued to operate every day during the state and local “Shelter-In-Place” and “Stay-At-Home” orders and is happy to announce that all Tax Office lobbies will be officially re-opened to the public at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 5th. “We have used innovative and alternative means during this pandemic to continue providing all our services, and I am happy to inform our citizens that our lobbies have now reopened to the public.  Your safety is my priority, so before you enter our lobbies, you will have your temperature taken, asked some COVID-19 screening questions, and be asked to wear a facial covering to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Albert Uresti, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector. While the lobbies were closed, Uresti continued his efforts to ensure safety by installing plexiglas walls wherever customers are serviced directly.  An additional cleaning crew has been added and dedicated to providing continuous disinfection services to all common areas.  Hand sanitizer, wipes, and tissues are also readily available. “Despite the pandemic, my Office has remained open and continued to dedicate itself to providing our citizens the best customer service possible, while maintaining a high level of safety for our citizens and employees. We utilized our new drive-thru to its fullest capacity and adjusted operations as needed to meet the changing requirements caused by COVID-19,” said Albert Uresti, Tax Assessor-Collector. In addition to visiting the office in person, taxpayers may drop off...

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