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Photo: Kevin Femmel, License: N/A The oldest elementary school in Bexar County is set to close for the 2016-2017 school year... (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Last week, District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales got one step closer to kicking off her West Commerce Economic Corridor project, which she’s named the... (read more)
Photo: , License: N/A According to a memo obtained by the Current dated Sept 19 and addressed to council members and staff, Mayor Ivy Taylor, who has said she won’t be seeking the... (read more)
Photo: Julian P. Ledezma, License: N/A In late 2013, Ernesto Olivo, a local artist and art educator who just happens to be gay, had an idea: a holiday market for and by... (read more)
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Photo: , License: N/A During the September 18 city council meeting, before the $2.4 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget was approved, Mayor Ivy Taylor received thunderous applause from... (read more)
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Photo: , License: N/A Support is dwindling for San Antonio Police Chief William McManus’ proposal to ticket those of us who want to give change or food to a homeless person... (read more)
Photo: , License: N/A The annual City budget is a dense and often arcane thing, filled with “mandates,” “restricted funds,” and “special funds.” It isn’t the lightest reading... (read more)
Photo: Courtesy photos, License: N/A A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... (read more)
Photo: Courtesy of The Edwards Aquifer Authority, License: N/A In just 14 years, the City of San Antonio has purchased 125,712 conservation acres over the Edwards Aquifer... (read more)
Photo: , License: N/A Tommy Adkisson, who ends his 16-year career as Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4 this November, is another of a handful of local officials mulling... (read more)
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Photo: , License: N/A This month marks two years since San Antonio passed its payday and auto-title lending ordinance. While elected officials and... (read more)
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Photo: , License: N/A This week marks a year since the San Antonio City Council amended its 20-year-old non-discrimination ordinance to include gender identity, gender orientation... (read more)
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  • Hey, SAPD: Aransas Pass PD Loves Body Cameras

    Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:50:17 +0000

    Police body cameras in the Coastal Bend city of Aransas Pass helped heal strained relations between the public and the police department. “Well, the police department was kind of struggling. The old administration didn’t communicate with the public and with the media, and when you don’t communicate, everybody thinks the worst,” Aransas Pass police chief Eric Blanchard said. As soon as he came on board as the department’s new chief in 2012, body cameras became policy. Since then, frivolous complaints against the police department have gone out the door and officers stay in check because they know a supervisor will review body camera video. According to Blanchard, the cameras are a great way to protect police officers and the public. And Wednesday morning, San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus will present the results of a six-month body camera pilot program to the Public Safety Committee. “If you have the ability to use them and choose not to, you are not doing what’s in the best interest for the community and for your staff,” Blanchard said. McManus admitted earlier this year in a budget meeting that nationally, police departments were trending toward the use of body cameras. However, before jumping […]
  • Leticia Van de Putte and Dan Patrick Spar in First and Only Lt Gov Debate

    Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:29:02 +0000

    State Sens. Leticia Van de Putte and Dan Patrick squared off Monday night during their first and only debate as candidates for Texas Lieutenant Governor, sparring over issues like public education funding, the Texas DREAM Act, immigration, women’s health, and marriage equality, to name a few. While not as stiff as the first debate between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican nominee state Attorney General Greg Abbott, the exchange was tightly structured, with each senator given two minutes to respond to a question, and then 90 seconds for rebuttal. Van de Putte played close to the center, channeling her tough but assertive tone when addressing her opponent, while Patrick brought back some of his Republican primary-style rhetoric, laced with just enough condescension to make your skin crawl and just enough liberal-bashing to make his base go wild. After going around a few times on property and sales tax, the two squared off on the Texas DREAM Act, which allows undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition at Texas public universities and has historically had bipartisan support. Patrick, who referenced his debate earlier this year with former Mayor Julian Castro, seemed to forget what the law actually does and instead […]
  • SAPD Video: Donate to Charities, Not Directly To Panhandlers

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:06:11 +0000

    The San Antonio Police Department posted a nine-minute video today entitled “Change that Makes a Difference,” featuring interviews with panhandlers to show that our donations don’t in fact help them, but are rather used for drugs. The video pivots quickly to highlighting the benefits of Haven for Hope, which offers a wide variety of resources to homeless San Antonians, and encourages donating to charitable organizations rather than directly to individuals on the streets. The video is part of a campaign, according to SAPD’s Facebook page, that “encourages those who want to donate to the homeless and needy to do so with ease and safety. Street corner donations to panhandlers don’t always have the desired effect. In fact, it may hurt more than help.”  While most of the video broadly states that donations go toward alcohol or drugs, it does point out, thankfully, that’s not the case in every situation. The SAPD will distribute cards that read “Many times the spare change you give is used for drugs or alcohol. There’s a better way: giving to an organization ensures that people get the help they need.” Since first proposing to ticket those of us who donate to panhandlers, Police Chief William McManus has repeatedly said […]