Mayor Castro's remarks put his own personal story about his family’s sacrifice in the spotlight, while at the same time remaining focused on a clear message that separated the Democratic party's views from those of the GOP.
Castro told the story of his late grandmother’s journey from Mexico to San Antonio nearly 100 years ago, and how she had to drop out of school to work to help take care of the family. But he also spent some time defining the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - presumably with some encouragement by the Obama campaign.
In the shadows of the big bank buildings on College Street in Uptown Charlotte, protestors danced in the street, waved signs and played instruments.
Charlotte is known as "Wall Street South" because of its huge financial centers. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators want the money taken out of politics, some are against the war, and others want to preserve a woman’s right to choose.
This coalition, including 20-year-old Sebastian Feculak, believes elected leaders need to know what they think.
“I’m excited and of course a little bit nervous, and I know that it’s a very important moment,” said Mayor Julián Castro, who will deliver the keynote address tonight and tell how far his family has come in his American story.
“It’s a 'made in America' story that is so common throughout the generations, no matter where folks have come from,” said Castro.
Speaking at the Latino Leaders Lunch as chairman of the Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he doesn’t cry much, but he did when President Barack Obama instituted deferred deportation of young Americans brought into the country by their undocumented parents.
“Because," said Villaraigosa, "these people are not only our future, they’re the best and brightest; they’re the strongest!”
“People are trying to make ends meet and CPS energy is issuing out these types of bonuses; very surprising," said Medina. "And certainly the comments I’ve gotten from my constituents are that they’re excessive.”
The histories of San Antonio, and those of Texas, are illuminated in stories contained in legal documents of county courthouses around the state.
Bexar County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff is working to preserve aging, fragile documents found in the Bexar County Courthouse, and to retrieve about 70,000 documents dating back to 1717, which were given to the University of Texas by a Bexar County Commissioners Court over 100 years ago.