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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Brownsville Attorney Carlos Cisneros Named KUHF/Arte Publico Press Author of the Month

Brownsville attorney and author Carlos Cisneros has been selected as this month's KUHF/Arte Publico Press Author of the Month.

Eric Ladau, with the Houston station, interviewed Cisneros about his book, The Case Runner (Arte Público Press, 2008). According to the Web site, Arte Público Press is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors.

To listen to the Cisneros interview, click here.

Below is the information provided on Cisneros at the KUHF Web site.

Born in 1963 in Brownsville, Texas, Cisneros was raised on the Mexican side of the border by a father who tended the family farm and a mother who ran the once-famous Rancho Grande restaurant. Growing up in Matamoros, young Carlos dreamed of one day running his father’s farm and owning a chain of restaurants. But after Mexico’s peso devaluation wiped out the fortunes of thousands of Mexican citizens, including his family’s, Cisneros left home and started waiting tables to help pay for college, eventually earning a degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. After finishing law school in Houston, he returned to South Texas where he continues to practice law.

Cisneros, having married into a family involved in South Texas politics, has also had an opportunity to become well-acquainted with the inner-workings of the legislative process. Every other year when the Texas legislature convenes, Cisneros works alongside his father-in-law, State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., and his brother-in-law, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, on border issues affecting South Texas.

Carlos Cisneros lives with his wife and their three children in Brownsville. When he’s not working on cases, Cisneros spends time writing his weekly column, Clinica Legal, for a local Spanish newspaper. He writes articles of general interest explaining the latest legal developments in order to educate the Hispanic community.

Cisneros's first book, The Case Runner (Arte Público Press, 2008), features Alejandro “Alex” del Fuerte, fresh out of law school, who is returning home to South Texas to open his solo practice. He has dreams of making his mark in the world and in the courtroom. But when he meets Porfirio “Pilo” Medina, who just crossed the border in search of his wife and son, Alex is suddenly dragged into a world of wrongdoings and political pay-offs rarely covered in law school.

Upcoming Schedule

6/25/08 Book Signing, UTB-TSC, 10:00 a.m. (student session) 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (community event).

6/30/08 TV Interview; Dialogos Sin Fronteras, KMBH Channel 60, 10:00 p.m. with Vicente Morales

7/20/08 Book Signing, Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great story? Mr. Carlos Cisneros keep up the great work. We believe in you.

Herman Otis Powers Jr.

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Property appraisals increase 8 percent

June 14, 2008 - 10:38PM
By Emma Perez-Trevino, The Brownsville Herald

Overall property appraisals in Cameron County increased approximately 8 percent this year, but parts of Brownsville experienced a mix of increases due to construction and decreases resulting from foreclosures.

New appraisal notices were mailed in May, covering 202,000 parcels in the county, Cameron Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Frutoso M. Gomez Jr. said.

Some property owners are not happy with the appraisals.

"We just can't afford it," said concerned taxpayer William Garza, who maintained that he knows of property whose value increased by as much as 35 percent.

"With gas prices the way they are, we can't pay any more," Garza said.

He and other concerned taxpayers called Mayor Pat M. Ahumada Jr., who scheduled a workshop to discuss the new appraisals for Tuesday at City Hall, 1001 E. Elizabeth St. A series of workshops start at 4:20 p.m.

Citing rising fuel and utility costs, a market flooded by houses for sale, lack of financing and a weakened dollar, Ahumada is asking the Cameron Appraisal District to not raise property values.

"People - across the board - are having a tough time because of the recession," said the mayor, who is a certified appraiser.

The Property Tax Code calls for the yearly appraisal of property at market value, which is a value used by all taxing entities.

Ahumada expects the argument that a cap on property values would affect tax revenue income to the city, but he noted that, "we need to hold the line and bite the bullet."

"We have a three-year supply of lots," Ahumada said, pointing to the stagnant real estate market.

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't read the book, but I wish him luck representing Brownsville through his writing skills.

Very interesting interview.

Patricia A.

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

I think I will make this a summer read - I've been reading a lot of short novels of old lately - I think I am ready for something with a new spin.

And as they say all of the cute ones are married.

I hope the book is as interesting as it sounds.

Bobby WC

Monday, June 16, 2008  
Blogger Norma Jean Lasley said...

I'm a Valley girl teaching 4th grade writing in Houston. My students and I listened to Cisneros' interview this morning as we worked on leads to personal narratives. Listening to Cisneros read gave my students an opportunity they would not have had otherwise to listen to authentic writing. Most of my kids, like me, can relate to the theme of immigration. I can't wait to get started on the book.

Thursday, June 19, 2008  

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