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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
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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
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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
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Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

News If a petition meant to derail a $280 million streetcar project in downtown San Antonio isn’t successful, two... By Mark Reagan | 7/23/2014
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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

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
Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

Newsmonger: Creative arguments on both sides of the VIA streetcar debate

News: If a petition meant to derail a $280 million streetcar project in downtown San Antonio isn’t successful, two... By Mark Reagan 7/23/2014
Cityscrapes: Streetcar squawking is nothing new for SA

Cityscrapes: Streetcar squawking is nothing new for SA

News: The increasingly overt and bitter fight over VIA’s proposed downtown modern streetcar should have come as no surprise to anyone knowledgeable about San Antonio... By Heywood Sanders 7/23/2014
Safe Harbor: SA struggles to embrace its current refugee community

Safe Harbor: SA struggles to embrace its current refugee community

News: The refugee camps are packed with tents, bamboo huts and nationless people. There is no electricity to speak of and women, men and children wait in lines... By Bill Conroy 7/16/2014
Mayoral Horse Race: Interim mayor selection starts soon

Mayoral Horse Race: Interim mayor selection starts soon

News: Last week at a Centro San Antonio luncheon, the talk of the town was the future of San Antonio’s urban core and outgoing Mayor Julian Castro, whose... By Mark Reagan 7/16/2014
Newsmonger: Digging into Castro’s Downtown housing claims

Newsmonger: Digging into Castro’s Downtown housing claims

News: During his last speech (we’ll see) as the mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro hailed the “Decade of Downtown” and lauded what he said was a significant... By Mark Reagan 7/16/2014
Glitter Political: The eyes of Gerry Rickhoff are upon you

Glitter Political: The eyes of Gerry Rickhoff are upon you

News: When 61-year-old Gerald C. “Gerry” Rickhoff leads me to his office on the first floor of the Paul Elizondo Tower, he doesn’t appear... By Jade Esteban Estrada 7/9/2014
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Mayoral Horse Race

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The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas Reconnects Tejano Roots

The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas Reconnects Tejano Roots

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Op-Ed: Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’

Op-Ed: Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’

News: The San Antonio City Council may gain a major accomplishment in the city’s already progressive history in race relations. When Julian Castro announced his... By Frederick Williams 7/2/2014
  • State Rep. Villarreal will step down in January

    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:59:04 +0000

    State Rep. Mike Villarreal will stay on the Nov. 4 ballot in order to avoid a party appointment and allow district voters to choose a new representative. Villarreal, who is running uncontested for the House seat, will step down before the 84th Legislature begins in January 2015, prompting a special election for House District 123, according to a news release. Villarreal will run for the San Antonio mayoral spot in May 2015 local election. “I believe that the most democratic and transparent process is to allow all of the voters of District 123 to choose the person to represent them in the Texas Capitol,” Villarreal said. If he resigned by Aug. 21, the Texas democrat precinct chairs in his district would appoint a candidate for the November election. Among the issues Villarreal expects the 84th Legislature to tackle is school finance, a contentious fight that has spiraled into litigation. Recently, a San Antonio judge ruled against Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is defending Texas in the suit, after he filed a motion seeking to recuse the presiding judge in the case, the Houston Chronicle reported. Abbott is running for governor. On the legislative side, Villarreal said the school finance mechanism for […]
  • Streetcar: VIA Metropolitan Transit breaks silence

    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:06:25 +0000

    While shaking off the streetcar blues, VIA Metropolitan Transit will reset and work toward other projects in the existing 2035 Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan. VIA Board of Trustees Chairman Alexander Briseño announced Friday that the transportation agency will put its modern streetcar project on hold. “Although we are disappointed that the value of the modern streetcar was not understood or realized by many, we remain optimistic,” he said. “We are focused and committed to continue the path of this well thought out 2035 Comprehensive Transportation Plan and achieving our mission.” You can read and download that plan here. Funds VIA had earmarked for the streetcar will instead be allocated toward installing more modern bus shelters, expanding the bus rapid transit network, constructing U.S. 281 North Park and Ride and the Brooks Transit Center, and constructing a VIAtrans operations facility. Official action to defer the project will take place during the Aug. 26 meeting of the Board of Trustees where steps will be taken to cancel a $32 million agreement with the City of San Antonio for the modern streetcar project. Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced Monday that the city and county would pull […]
  • Health Department seeks to change food truck regulations

    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:38:38 +0000

    The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District wants to overhaul city code that regulates food trucks. “Basically, much of the reasoning is the face of the mobile vending industry is changing. So we needed to make some changes. So with the influx of larger mobile vending units and some of the smaller units kind of dwindling in numbers, we needed to make some changes to be more efficient,” said SAMHD Sanitarian Services Manager Stephen Barscewski. [Your A-Z Guide to San Antonio Food Trucks] The big changes include a new fee structure, requiring permit applicants to have a government-issued identification, limit criminal background checks to venders who sell ice cream, raspas and snow cones, and change commissary logs to a sheet rather than a time clock, mechanical-type feature. Authorities are also considering allowing food trucks to use RV Parks as service areas, as opposed to being limited to commissaries, which increase service area options for vendors, Barscewski said. With that established, let’s cut right to the money. The proposed changes would set up three fee categories: the fee for prepackaged or unpackaged non-potentially hazardous foods would be $100; the fee for prepackaged potentially hazardous foods would be $200 and the fee for […]