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Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

News: Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 8/27/2014
How Rebates Have the Texas Film Industry Playing Catch Up To its Neighbors

How Rebates Have the Texas Film Industry Playing Catch Up To its Neighbors

Screens: See if you can spot the common thread that is pulling at the seams of the Texas film industry. On NBC’s The Night Shift, a stock-written staff... By Matt Stieb 8/27/2014
Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

News: “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... By Heywood Sanders 8/27/2014
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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

News Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 8/27/2014
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Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

News “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... By Heywood Sanders | 8/27/2014
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News Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... By Mark Reagan | 8/27/2014
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Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

News Stephani Walsh has read Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind near a dozen times. And each time she gets to the scene where the manipulative... By Jade Esteban Estrada | 8/20/2014
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Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women

News: Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 8/27/2014
Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

News: “Conventions go to the city which exerts the greatest efforts to secure them. San Antonio can get any convention that it goes after.” That was the position... By Heywood Sanders 8/27/2014
Mayoral Horserace

Mayoral Horserace

News: Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... By Mark Reagan 8/27/2014
Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

Glitter Political: Frankly, My Dears, Stephani Walsh Gives a Damn

News: Stephani Walsh has read Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel Gone with the Wind near a dozen times. And each time she gets to the scene where the manipulative... By Jade Esteban Estrada 8/20/2014
Voters will decide who replaces Mike Villarreal at the Capitol

Voters will decide who replaces Mike Villarreal at the Capitol

News: Earlier this month, mayoral front-runner Mike Villarreal clarified that he would not resign from his House District 123 seat before the November 4... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 8/20/2014
SAPD warms to ride-sharing

SAPD warms to ride-sharing

News: From sinister public-safety threat to an it-can-work attitude, the San Antonio Police Department has changed its tune on ride-sharing companies... By Mark Reagan 8/20/2014
Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

News: Last week District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg was sworn in as mayor pro-tem. So when Mayor Ivy Taylor isn’t around, Nirenberg will play the... By Mark Reagan 8/20/2014
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How Weed Advocates Hope to Spark Legalization in Texas

News: Less than a mile from the Whatcom County Courthouse and even closer to Bellingham High School sits Top Shelf Cannabis, the first store to open and operate after... By Mark Reagan 8/13/2014
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254 Ways to Defend Poor People in Texas

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The Mayoral Horserace Leads with Dollars and Sense

The Mayoral Horserace Leads with Dollars and Sense

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Cityscrapes: Streetcars, debt and us

Cityscrapes: Streetcars, debt and us

News: The big local news, beyond the change in the mayor’s office, is the city’s turnaround on the proposed VIA Downtown streetcar. Faced with a flood of... By Heywood Sanders 8/6/2014
Just Happens to be LGBT: Transcending the LGBT label in politics and beyond

Just Happens to be LGBT: Transcending the LGBT label in politics and beyond

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Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

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Glitter Political: The picturesque life of Karen Crouch

Glitter Political: The picturesque life of Karen Crouch

News: Kith and kin of the cosmopolitan Karen Crouch know that it’s rare to find the former judge at home on her birthday. And as she sits before me in her... By Jade Esteban Estrada 7/30/2014
The Mayoral Horserace Returns with a Bang

The Mayoral Horserace Returns with a Bang

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Temps wanted for new City Council spots

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  • COSA Will Unveil NDO Website, Advisory Board

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:42:15 +0000

    In an effort to streamline the process behind the non-discrimination ordinance, the City of San Antonio is creating a website to help residents navigate the ordinance. Furthermore, sources confirmed for the Current that COSA is creating a NDO advisory board. Robert Salcido, San Antonio field organizer for Equality Texas, said he was asked to sit on the advisory board and also had a chance to test the website out. “I actually contacted the mayor’s office today and spoke with Chief of Staff Jill De Young and she referred me over to the acting liaison for the NDO, which is Chief of Policy Leilah Powell, and they are in the process of forming an advisory board for all things NDO,” Salcido said. “They asked me if I could serve on that board as well. We are scheduled to meet in September and get the framework for it and talk about the processes, not only reporting, but updating it. That is definitely in the works.” And on Tuesday, Salcido said staff with the city attorney’s office let him play around on the NDO website, which, according to interim Mayor Ivy Taylor’s communications director, Cary Clack, will go live on Sept. 4—a day […]
  • Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional. Again.

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:51:11 +0000

    On Thursday, State District Judge John Dietz in Austin ruled for the second time that Texas’ school finance system is unconstitutional, almost 18 months since he made his first unconstitutional ruling against the system. Nearly three years ago, more than 600 school districts sued the state after the 2011 Texas Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the public education budget. Those cuts led to overcrowded classrooms and a reduction in number of teachers statewide. In 2013, the Legislature restored $3.4 billion in funding. In his ruling this week, Dietz wrote that “the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas schoolchildren. Further, the school finance system is constitutionally inadequate because it cannot accomplish, and has not accomplished, a general diffusion of knowledge because all Texas students do not have substantially equal access to the educational funds necessary to accomplish a general diffusion of knowledge.” Read the full opinion here. Dietz first ruled the system unconstitutional in early 2013, and the case was then reopened after the 2013 Texas Legislature restored some funding, which advocates say still isn’t enough. According […]
  • Tour ‘Dinosaur Highway’ at Government Canyon

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:18:35 +0000

    “I bring the scientists, you bring the rockstar.” The late Richard Attenborough’s classic quote from the 1993 film Jurassic Park rings true for a new partnership between the Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) and Witte Museum. The two organizations have teamed up to document and research the only known dinosaur footprints on public property in Bexar County. The prehistoric footprints can be found at Government Canyon State Natural Area off Galm Road on the far-northwest side. Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum, told me this was “the dream partnership”. “The partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife helps the Witte with its mission to promote lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history.” [Photos: 10 Tracks from the "Dinosaur Highway"] Something tells me both Attenborough and his fictional Jurassic Park character, John Hammond, would have passed on the River Walk to spend a day checking out what Thomas Adams, Ph. D., Curator of Paleontology and Geology for the Witte, calls a “dinosaur highway.” As I took the 2.5-mile trek through the park on a rocky trail on a blistering, 100-degree summer day, I began to worry. What if the footprints are disappointing? Will I even […]