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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
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 is expected to close... 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
Oaxaca’s Lila Downs Bends Gender, Politics and World Music

Oaxaca’s Lila Downs Bends Gender, Politics and World Music

Music: Swaying side to side with a child in his arms, Texas Rep. Mike Villarreal nodded politely in my direction before returning his captive attention to the... By Jade Esteban Estrada 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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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
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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 is expected to close... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 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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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
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 is expected to close... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 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
How Weed Advocates Hope to Spark Legalization in Texas

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
254 Ways to Defend Poor People in Texas

254 Ways to Defend Poor People in Texas

News: Nationally, about 80 percent of state criminal defendants are too poor to afford to hire a lawyer, yet they’re entitled to legal representation under the... By Callie Enlow 8/6/2014
The Mayoral Horserace Leads with Dollars and Sense

The Mayoral Horserace Leads with Dollars and Sense

News: Running for mayor of San Antonio is expensive. And according to Christian Archer, a political consultant with Adelante Strategy... By Mark Reagan 8/6/2014
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

News: Last year at this time, I began writing this monthly column with the intent of showcasing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in... By Richard Farias 8/6/2014
Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

Legal Limbo: Nonprofit Concludes Screening Children at Lackland

News: A nonprofit that provides legal support to undocumented immigrants has finished screening approximately 1,200 unaccompanied children at Lackland Air... By Mark Reagan 8/6/2014
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

News: With former District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor selected as interim mayor, potential candidates are weighing whether to run for San Antonio’s... By Mark Reagan 7/30/2014
Temps wanted for new City Council spots

Temps wanted for new City Council spots

News: San Antonio’s city council will have two new members soon. The departure of District 7 Councilman Cris Medina to Fort Meade... By Mark Reagan 7/30/2014
  • Planning Diego Bernal’s SA-centric Nuptials

    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:18:09 +0000

    It’s not that we’re wedding-obsessed here at the Current…but after District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal shared the  news of his engagement to Elyse Alaniz, his girlfriend of approximately two years, on social media…well, we got a little carried away thinking of the possibilities. The following Pinterest board contains some muy San Anto inspiration for the ceremony and reception, but we won’t be entirely offended if they do their own thing or whatever. #BodaBernal #BernalNuptials Follow San Antonio Current’s board Wedding Bells for Diego Bernal on Pinterest. Congrats to the happy couple!  
  • RUI: Nonprofit nears third anniversary, gets robbed

    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:40:14 +0000

      A local nonprofit that’s given rides home to nearly 1,750 weekend warriors could use a morale boost. RUI, an organization that will drive an intoxicated weekend reveler (and their vehicle) home from bars on Friday and Saturday was burglarized a little more than one week before its third anniversary, which lands on Labor Day. According to Carly McClellan, RUI’s volunteer and event coordinator, the organization’s office at 1515 W. Martin St. was targeted sometime early Saturday morning on August 23. “I didn’t leave till probably 3:30 in the morning. So somewhere between then and maybe 11, someone came in,” she said. “The weird thing is there was no forced entry. So the cops think somebody picked the locks.” Not only that, the thief was kind of polite. “The thief was selective and took their time. They un-mounted the flat screens and they even pushed the chairs back in,” McClellan said. Beside a couple stolen flat screen TVs, the thief took RUI cellphones and chargers, but not the dispatch phone. “It was just really weird and random,” she said. And to be sure, the burglary affected morale at RUI, which has been struggling to operate as their volunteer base has […]
  • Wendy Davis’ Ambitious Education Plan Sounds Expensive

    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:17:55 +0000

    Today, Wendy Davis, a Democratic senator from Fort Worth who is running for Texas governor, unveiled her education plan, which includes doubling dual credit options for high school students, boosting technical and vocational training, making college affordable by enhancing financial aid and exempting college textbooks from the sales tax. Davis said she wants to strengthen opportunities for all Texas students from early education through college, especially those students “who work hard but fall through the cracks just because of what they look like or where they came from. “Educating our children is about creating jobs of tomorrow and strengthening our economy for decades to come,” she said in San Antonio today, surrounded by area college students at Palo Alto College. Davis’ plan also calls for full-day prekindergarten for all of Texas’ little ones and better training, recruitment and retention of public school teachers. As far as higher education goes, Davis wants to create what she called a “Career-Technical Coordinating Board” to connect local industries, community and technical colleges, and public high schools to give students a chance to move into vocational jobs. She also wants to open the B-On-Time loan, which incentives timely college completion by forgiving the loan amount […]