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Everything but the Bowie in \'David Bowie Is\'

Everything but the Bowie in 'David Bowie Is'

Screens: People love David Bowie more than you are capable of loving your family. But that’s OK—people love Bowie to an extent that your family would quite frankly... By Jeremy Martin 9/17/2014
Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Music: Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... By J.D. Swerzenski 9/17/2014
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
Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

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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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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Mayoral Horse Race

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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Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

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

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
Mayoral Horse Race

Mayoral Horse Race

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
Glitter Political: Would-be Judge Edna Elizondo’s all-American story

Glitter Political: Would-be Judge Edna Elizondo’s all-American story

News: When she’s recalling her childhood as the daughter of migrant workers or displaying her legal and bilingual prowess with palabras de... By Jade Esteban Estrada 9/10/2014
SA’s Payday Lending Ordinance Still Short on Change

SA’s Payday Lending Ordinance Still Short on Change

News: This month marks two years since San Antonio passed its payday and auto-title lending ordinance. While elected officials and... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/10/2014
Mayoral Horse Race

Mayoral Horse Race

News: District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is just one of an ever-growing group of local politicians whose names are swirling in mayoral speculation... By Mark Reagan 9/10/2014
Coming Out in College, A Survival Guide

Coming Out in College, A Survival Guide

News: Ah, college! Whether you’re new to a local campus this semester or you’ve been before, there’s something about the teeming... By Richard Farias 9/3/2014
The NDO at One Year: A struggle to enforce

The NDO at One Year: A struggle to enforce

News: 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... By Mark Reagan 9/3/2014
Mayoral Horserace

Mayoral Horserace

News: After receiving smaller donations from individuals at house parties and cozier gatherings over the last several months, lone mayoral candidate... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/3/2014
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... 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
  • 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 […]
  • Is SA Late to the MLS Race?

    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:46:45 +0000

    As Major League Soccer executives visit Sacramento this week, Governance Committee members will consider whether to identify financial options to lure the last, planned expansion team to San Antonio. And “league insiders” tell the Sacramento Bee, that it is on stronger footing than its southern neighbor Elk Grove, another city competing for the last planned MLS expansion team. “The city that’s considered Sacramento’s strongest competition? Minneapolis, a metropolitan area of 3.5 million people with a vast corporate base and rich history in professional sports,” according to a Sunday edition story in the Sacramento Bee. “Two competing deep-pocketed groups in that region are pushing bids for an expansion team and already have met privately with top league executives.” The newspaper reports that MLS executives are in Sacramento for a two-day visit to assess whether a team in California’s state capital would succeed. San Antonio got a mention in the story, namely, the recently announced expansion of Toyota Field, where the minor league San Antonio Scorpions play. But that’s it, other than a website poll where San Antonio scored 5 percent of more than 1,500 online votes for where the last expansion team should land. District 10 Mike Gallagher submitted the council […]
  • Planning Around SA’s Broadband Blues

    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:20:15 +0000

    Is efficient access to the internet a luxury or a utility? District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg argues it’s a necessary utility for workforce and economic development; and the City of San Antonio needs a comprehensive strategy on how to accelerate deployment of information technology and infrastructure. On Wednesday, during a Governance Committee meeting, committee members will consider a request from Nirenberg to direct staff to assemble and publish a comprehensive-broadband plan. If it the committee approves the idea, staff would “assemble and publish a comprehensive, unified digital communication strategy that will enable acceleration of equitable deployment of information technology infrastructure and service, including broadband and mobile data, throughout the city.” More specifically, the plan would: Modify City policy to help private service providers build infrastructure and provide high-speed broadband access equity, particularly in historically underserved areas; Examine zoning, development and land use policies that affect the private sector’s ability to provide sufficient citywide broadband and mobile data service; Provide context for role and management of a municipally operated fiber network within a citywide broadband strategy; and Prioritize state and federal legislation that would help San Antonio deploy universal broadband and mobile access, but retain local authority over land use policy […]