San Antonio and Bexar County First Responders Associations Endorse Judge Antonia Arteaga

FEBRUARY 2016, San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association (SAPFFA), San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County (DSABC) have announced their endorsements of Judge Antonia Arteaga, Bexar County 57th District Court.

All three groups take great care when making their endorsements, requiring thorough interviews as well as a hard look at the history and role each candidate has played in the community. After these extensive evaluations and interviews, the SAPFFA, SAPOA and DSABC have announced Judge Arteaga as their pick for 57th Civil District Court Judge.

“I am humbled,” said Judge Arteaga, “by the trust these first responders have put in me through their endorsements. They are all extremely important to upholding the justice and public safety of our community.”

National Campaign to Stop Violence Nominates Judge Arteaga as San Antonio Chairperson

JUNE 2015, San Antonio, TX – Judge Antonia “Toni” Arteaga has been named the Bexar County Chairperson for the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV).

NCSV is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with the mission to reduce violence and the impact it has in the lives of youth. The organization focuses on bringing the community together to foster conversations and awareness about violence.

“I am honored to be named the Bexar County Chair for the National Campaign to Stop Violence,” said Judge Arteaga. “This is an amazing program which has a continuing positive impact on the youth in our communities through its mission for violence prevention.”

NCSV’s primary initiative is the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” (DtWT) – a program designed to engage middle school students in verbal and written discussions about the impact and causes for violence.

“We ask students to evaluate the violence they have encountered and how they have coped,” said Arteaga. “If they were the adult, how would they prevent violence or solve the existing violence in their lives?”

Each paper is read by community volunteers who select the writers of the most thought provoking essays from each school to attend the DtWT Recognition Ceremony. Every student who submits a completed essay is recognized with a Certificate of Recognition.

The top two finalists, one boy and one girl, will become Bexar County’s National Ambassadors. They will represent Bexar County during the NCSV’s Recognition Week in Washington, D.C., where they will have the opportunity to visit the U.S. Supreme Court and read excerpts of their essays in the presence of representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Education. Their essays will be included in a book along with all other national finalists from all over the country. This book will also be submitted into The Library of Congress.
The Challenge teaches children to deal with conflicts in a constructive way and helps them think through possible real life solutions to the violence that may surround them.

Winners will be announced at the recognition ceremony in April 2016.

Visit: Do the Write Thing San Antonio

FEBRUARY 2016 – Update

“Today, we have over 4400 students who have chosen to participate in the DtWT Challenge. It is very exciting to have narrowed our finalist to 24 students,” said Judge Arteaga. “In April, two well-deserving students from Bexar County will earn the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Washington, D.C and represent our community.

“That moment will be so fulfilling for my DtWT team and me. We have worked for the better part of the year to provide this amazing opportunity to two well-deserving students. It will be wonderful when the fruits of our labor become reality. We look forward to having Bexar County represented in Washington, D.C.”

Endorsements

Pat Maloney, Jr. • Tom Rhodes • Frank Herrera • Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma Lopez• Tommy Adkisson • Nico LaHood • Rep. Ina Minjarez • Martin Phipps • Fidel Rodriguez • Tim Maloney & Colleen Casey • Catherine Stone • Miguel Chapa • Michel Rowland • Kim Keller • Scott Westlund • Bill Ford • Clem Lyons • George Spencer • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez • Richard Orsinger • Margaret Mireles • Thomas J. Henry • Al Alonso & Maria Elena Torralva • Angela Davis • Jorge Herrera & Victoria Moreno•Herrera • Randy Pulman • Elliott Cappuccio • Alex & Shirley Katzman • Christine Reinhard • Joyce Dorycott • Larry Macon • Dan Sciano • Trey Adami • Laura Tamez • Wayne Shuffeld • John Tyler • Robert Scheihing • Liz Provencio • Michelle Maloney • Annalyn Smith • Dennis Peery • Buck Benson • Joel Pullen • Raul Rios • Roberto & Lorena Rios • Shannon Schmoyer • Javier Espinoza • Manuel G. Escobar, Jr. • Buck Benson • Emerson Banack • Dave Angulo • Pat Sheehan • Tom Crosley • Gladys DelFierro & Dan Vela • Charles Hornberger • Sam Bashara • Javier & Katie Herrera • Ed Snyder • Rep. Diego Bernal • Patrick & Elisa Bernal • Desi Martinez • Ernest Acevedo, III • David Leibowitz • Harry Bates • Alex Begum • Javier Villarreall • Jo Chris Lopez • Sonia Rodriguez • Jane Freeman Deyeso • Charles Hardy • H.E. Mendez • James Hall • James Branton • Lori Massey • Deanna Whitley • Beth Janicek • David Lopez • Shellie Reyes • Drew Fuller • Henry B. Gonzalez, III • Steve Chiscano • Richard Kasson • Frank Avery • Steve Benke • Roger Kirstein • Damond Garza • Rick B. Rodriguez • Jonathan Ashton • Christina Molitor • Lamont Jefferson • James Shaw • Biff Pennypacker • Lisa Vance • Cheryl Wilson • Gerald Drought • Jennifer Durbin • Heather Tessmer •Priscilla Camacho • Sam Druggan • Jesse Castillo • Jason & Tara Zehner • Herman Segovia • Jean & Allen Brown • Ann Buonocore • Patricia Wueste • Robert Allen • Mark Stein • Charla Davies • Richard Karam • Ernest Karam • Joseph Casseb • Russell Amsberry • Arthur Troilo • Sylvia Cardona • David Evans • Emma Cano • Adam Poncio • Alex Aguirre • Alfred Ramirez • Andrew Kerr • Leigh Cutter & Andrew Skemp • Ben Wallis, Jr. • Ben Wallis, III • David Prichard • Harold & Sharon Lotz • Jana Olson Baker • Patricia Oviatt • Jason Thompson • Bart Brzozowki • Kevin Young • Barry Snell • David Snell • Mark Murray • Bill Oliver • Bryan & Tina Kost • C.A. Rubiola, Jr. • Chris Negem • Christopher McKinney • Clint Lawson • Dan Vana • Daniel Kustoff • Melanie Phipps • Daniela Gonzales Adape • Dennis Drake • Donald Philibin • Dr. Wade Wilson • Ethan Tepperman • Frank Rivas • Jessica Brown • Jim Drought • Joe Gamez • Julia W. Mann • Kyle Watson • Amy Geistweidt • Lawrence L. Garcia • Stephanie Bandoske • Tiffanie Clausewitz • Rick Reed • Ron Salazar • Tim Daniels • Matthew Pearson • Marc E. Gravely • Maria Enedelia “Nena” Gutierrez • James Hidgon • Matthew Wymer • Kay Martinez • Vanessa Valdez • Rachel Reuter • Cyrus Rea III • Ernest Valdez • David T. Emory • Daniel P. O’Conner • Veronica Legarreta • Amy E. Owen • George W. Mauze • Chase & Ashley Butler • Robert Vargas • Isabel del la Rivas • Mark LaHood • Neil Calfas • Paul Curl • Bennett L. Stahl • Diana M. Geis • Brittany M. Weil • Herbert Hill • Pamela Thompson • Ivan Friedman • Diane Rivera • Aric Garza • Stacy Goodbread • Jason Bashara • Brad Howell • Kate Soulsby • Rosa Marie Gonzalez • Lisa Duke • Gerald Kosoglow • Larry Goldman • Doug Pennebaker • Toni Delgado • Savita Rai • Tina Torres • Sue Hall • Roger Perez • George Salinas • Bill Piatt • Kristine Arlitt • Stephanie Macchia • Ivan Friedman • Pamela Julian

Judge Helps Bring Kidnapped Kids Home

[Originally Published on September 30, 2009]

San Antonio, Texas, September 2009 – Fast action on the part of presiding Judge Antonia Arteaga helped bring four kidnapped children home.

Mr. Alphonse Harris of Pontiac, Michigan abducted his 13-year-old daughter and three grandchildren (ages 5, 6 and 9) from their San Antonio home this past August after the untimely death of his ex-wife, Alice Harris. Mr. Harris allegedly used the late woman’s van to transport himself and the four children back to Pontiac without notifying authorities or Ms. Harris’s relatives in the San Antonio area.

Briana Harris, the Harris’ 13-year-old daughter, was quick to realize what was happening and took the first opportunity to send a text to her aunt, Denise Thomas. Briana’s fast thinking had authorities registering an Amber Alert for the missing children.

However, despite Mr. Harris’s arrest a mere two days after arriving in Pontiac, the children remained states away. Rather than contact relatives in San Antonio, Michigan CPS had handed them over to Alphonse’s sister, with whom he was residing. Stuck in a web of red tape, the children remained in Michigan awaiting a resolution, hopeful for a return to San Antonio.

Denise Thomas was worried for the safety of the children. Fortunately, she found Attorney Ben Wallis who recognized the urgency of the situation and took the case immediately. Mr. Wallis brought the issue to court where Judge Antonia Arteaga was presiding.

After hearing the details of the case, Judge Arteaga not only signed the orders for the children’s return but contacted the presiding judge in Michigan herself to begin coordinating the children’s safe return. “One judge speaking to another judge got the ball rolling,” said Judge Arteaga.

The children are now safely back in San Antonio.

“The situation could have been a disaster,” commented Mr. Wallis. “I thought it was unusual for a judge to go to those lengths. Too often judges just do their jobs and nothing more.”

Denise Thomas seems to agree, “If it wasn’t for Judge Arteaga we wouldn’t have the kids back.”

For her part, Judge Arteaga just seems happy to have been able to help. “They came to see me, actually,” she said. “When the children returned I was so excited to meet them and see that they were back and safe.” When asked how she felt about the day she made the important call to Michigan she simply said, “It was a good day to be a judge.”

Endorsements

Pat Maloney, Jr. • Tom Rhodes • Frank Herrera • Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma Lopez• Tommy Adkisson • Nico LaHood • Rep. Ina Minjarez • Martin Phipps • Fidel Rodriguez • Tim Maloney & Colleen Casey • Catherine Stone • Miguel Chapa • Michel Rowland • Kim Keller • Scott Westlund • Bill Ford • Clem Lyons • George Spencer • Congressman Charlie Gonzalez • Richard Orsinger • Margaret Mireles • Thomas J. Henry • Al Alonso & Maria Elena Torralva • Angela Davis • Jorge Herrera & Victoria Moreno•Herrera • Randy Pulman • Elliott Cappuccio • Alex & Shirley Katzman • Christine Reinhard • Joyce Dorycott • Larry Macon • Dan Sciano • Trey Adami • Laura Tamez • Wayne Shuffeld • John Tyler • Robert Scheihing • Liz Provencio • Michelle Maloney • Annalyn Smith • Dennis Peery • Buck Benson • Joel Pullen • Raul Rios • Roberto & Lorena Rios • Shannon Schmoyer • Javier Espinoza • Manuel G. Escobar, Jr. • Buck Benson • Emerson Banack • Dave Angulo • Pat Sheehan • Tom Crosley • Gladys DelFierro & Dan Vela • Charles Hornberger • Sam Bashara • Javier & Katie Herrera • Ed Snyder • Rep. Diego Bernal • Patrick & Elisa Bernal • Desi Martinez • Ernest Acevedo, III • David Leibowitz • Harry Bates • Alex Begum • Javier Villarreall • Jo Chris Lopez • Sonia Rodriguez • Jane Freeman Deyeso • Charles Hardy • H.E. Mendez • James Hall • James Branton • Lori Massey • Deanna Whitley • Beth Janicek • David Lopez • Shellie Reyes • Drew Fuller • Henry B. Gonzalez, III • Steve Chiscano • Richard Kasson • Frank Avery • Steve Benke • Roger Kirstein • Damond Garza • Rick B. Rodriguez • Jonathan Ashton • Christina Molitor • Lamont Jefferson • James Shaw • Biff Pennypacker • Lisa Vance • Cheryl Wilson • Gerald Drought • Jennifer Durbin • Heather Tessmer •Priscilla Camacho • Sam Druggan • Jesse Castillo • Jason & Tara Zehner • Herman Segovia • Jean & Allen Brown • Ann Buonocore • Patricia Wueste • Robert Allen • Mark Stein • Charla Davies • Richard Karam • Ernest Karam • Joseph Casseb • Russell Amsberry • Arthur Troilo • Sylvia Cardona • David Evans • Emma Cano • Adam Poncio • Alex Aguirre • Alfred Ramirez • Andrew Kerr • Leigh Cutter & Andrew Skemp • Ben Wallis, Jr. • Ben Wallis, III • David Prichard • Harold & Sharon Lotz • Jana Olson Baker • Patricia Oviatt • Jason Thompson • Bart Brzozowki • Kevin Young • Barry Snell • David Snell • Mark Murray • Bill Oliver • Bryan & Tina Kost • C.A. Rubiola, Jr. • Chris Negem • Christopher McKinney • Clint Lawson • Dan Vana • Daniel Kustoff • Melanie Phipps • Daniela Gonzales Adape • Dennis Drake • Donald Philibin • Dr. Wade Wilson • Ethan Tepperman • Frank Rivas • Jessica Brown • Jim Drought • Joe Gamez • Julia W. Mann • Kyle Watson • Amy Geistweidt • Lawrence L. Garcia • Stephanie Bandoske • Tiffanie Clausewitz • Rick Reed • Ron Salazar • Tim Daniels • Matthew Pearson • Marc E. Gravely • Maria Enedelia “Nena” Gutierrez • James Hidgon • Matthew Wymer • Kay Martinez • Vanessa Valdez • Rachel Reuter • Cyrus Rea III • Ernest Valdez • David T. Emory • Daniel P. O’Conner • Veronica Legarreta • Amy E. Owen • George W. Mauze • Chase & Ashley Butler • Robert Vargas • Isabel del la Rivas • Mark LaHood • Neil Calfas • Paul Curl • Bennett L. Stahl • Diana M. Geis • Brittany M. Weil • Herbert Hill • Pamela Thompson • Ivan Friedman • Diane Rivera • Aric Garza • Stacy Goodbread • Jason Bashara • Brad Howell • Kate Soulsby • Rosa Marie Gonzalez • Lisa Duke • Gerald Kosoglow • Larry Goldman • Doug Pennebaker • Toni Delgado • Savita Rai • Tina Torres • Sue Hall • Roger Perez • George Salinas • Bill Piatt • Kristine Arlitt • Stephanie Macchia • Ivan Friedman • Pamela Julian