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Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

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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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Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Disappear into ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Screens: “If you’re going to start, you might as well start big,” an ambitious person once said. Ned Benson must have been paying attention, because for his first... By Cameron Meier 9/17/2014
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2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

News In just 14 years, the City of San Antonio has purchased 125,712 conservation acres over the Edwards Aquifer... By Mark Reagan | 9/17/2014
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Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host

News 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... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 9/17/2014
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Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

News 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... By Heywood Sanders | 9/17/2014
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News 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... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 9/17/2014
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2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

News: In just 14 years, the City of San Antonio has purchased 125,712 conservation acres over the Edwards Aquifer... By Mark Reagan 9/17/2014
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Voters will decide who replaces Mike Villarreal at the Capitol

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Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

Mayoral Horserace: Lone candidate continues raising cash

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  • SAPD, FBI Investigating Councilman Cris Medina for Corruption

    Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:32:45 +0000

    District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the subject of a FBI and San Antonio Police Department probe, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The law enforcement agencies are investigating public corruption allegations that stemmed from an anonymous email that began circulating among the media and city officials last July. When the email was released, Medina told Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Loyd that he was looking into pressing criminal charges against the anonymous author. It’s unclear at this time whether Medina will be facing charges of his own. Among the allegations, the email claims Medina failed to disclose funds on his campaign finance report that he used to pay for personal expenses and he routinely accepted illegal contributions for his campaign. SAPD Chief William McManus confirmed to the Express-News’ Josh Baugh that they have been investigating Medina for the past two months. “I’ve done nothing wrong, and I’m confident that the findings of the investigation will determine that as well,” Medina told the Express-News in an interview yesterday. The councilman is currently on a leave of absence from his District 7 seat as he participates in training with the Air Force Reserve in Maryland. Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez currently occupies his position on […]
  • Rick Perry Has A New Pen Pal

    Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:06:49 +0000

    After Mexico’s president said Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border was unpleasant and reprehensible, the governor wrote him a letter. “Our challenges today are partly a consequence of the failure of the Mexican government to secure its southern border from illegal immigration by unaccompanied children and other individuals from Central America, or to deploy adequate resources to control the criminal element in Mexico,” Perry wrote to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Perry ordered the National Guard to the Rio Grande Valley in July as a wave of immigrants from Central America, a record number of which were children, began arriving in the Valley and turning themselves in to Border Patrol. Before calling in the National Guard, Perry also ordered more Department of Public Safety assets to the Rio Grande Valley. The combined cost is $17 to $18 million per month, according to a Legislative Budget Board overview. But back to the President of Mexico’s dislike of having the National Guard on the Rio Grande. “I believe strongly that our continued prosperity depends on a partnership that works collaboratively to address our shared border security challenges, rather than marginalizing the legitimate views of one […]
  • La Villita Proposal Deadline Extended

    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:48:30 +0000

    Proposal submission deadlines for vendors and restaurants applying to rent space in La Villita have been extended, and the criteria for retail submissions has been slightly broadened. The new deadline for retail submissions is Wednesday, November 12 at 2 p.m. and the new deadline for restaurant submissions is Friday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Originally, retail vendors were instructed to submit proposals to fulfill one of three categorizes mandated by the city Department of Culture and Creative Development (which oversees the historical village): Working Artist Studio Galleries, Galleries, and Retail Shops. The city has repurposed the buildings, and in the original instruction designated nine spaces for working artist galleries, eight for galleries, and five spaces for retail shops, and applicants were instructed to apply for a specific one. Now, with the change, the department says each building is “recommended” to serve as its originally-designated purpose and that applicants “are not prohibited” from applying for one of the other two designated purposes. Felix Padron with the DCCD said the changes come after hearing feedback from various stakeholders. “The decision comes after we closely looked at the RFP and after having more conversations with current tenants and other stakeholders,” he said. “We’re still embracing the cluster […]