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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
New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

Music: Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges... By Matt Stieb 7/22/2014
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

7 Public Art Projects Worth Searching For

Arts & Culture: You’re likely familiar with the high-profile works of public art on view around downtown San Antonio: the gigantic, red swoop of... By Sarah Fisch 7/23/2014
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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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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
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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
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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
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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

News: In an op-ed in the last issue of the Current, Frederick Williams noted that District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, who is being... By Mark Reagan and Callie Enlow 7/9/2014
The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas Reconnects Tejano Roots

The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas Reconnects Tejano Roots

News: Texans have no shortage of pride when it comes to our history, which is filled with stories of the Alamo, Sam Houston and the Texas Rangers. For... By Eric Moreno 7/9/2014
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
Cityscrapes: Why smart San Antonians keep moving to Austin

Cityscrapes: Why smart San Antonians keep moving to Austin

News: Last week, a longtime University of Texas—San Antonio tech staffer stopped by my classroom to say goodbye. She announced that she was leaving UTSA for a... By Heywood Sanders 7/2/2014
Mayoral Horse Race: Villarreal makes it official, but can he campaign?

Mayoral Horse Race: Villarreal makes it official, but can he campaign?

News: With Mayor Julian Castro enjoying relatively smooth sailing toward his Senate confirmation for the HUD Secretary gig, some mayoral hopefuls are... By Callie Enlow 7/2/2014
The Mayoral Horse Race: Slow going for the ponies

The Mayoral Horse Race: Slow going for the ponies

News: Maybe it’s the calm before the storm, but about the only movement in the race for mayor... By Randy Bear 6/25/2014
Glitter Political: For 45th District Judge Candidate John Bustamante, politics is in the blood

Glitter Political: For 45th District Judge Candidate John Bustamante, politics is in the blood

News: In a cozy but over-sunlit corner of Local Coffee at the Pearl Brewery, John Marcus Bustamante, candidate for Bexar County’s 45th District Court Judge, sits... By Jade Esteban Estrada 6/25/2014
Will Google Fiber Bridge San Antonio\'s Digital Divide?

Will Google Fiber Bridge San Antonio's Digital Divide?

News: In February, Mayor Julián Castro, flanked by a handful of council members, the city manager and a former state representative, delivered an... By Mary Tuma 6/18/2014
  • Here’s a look at campaign contributions to the interim mayoral candidates

    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:15:27 +0000

    San Antonio has a new mayor in former District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, who was voted into office by the city council after District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew on Tuesday during a special meeting to select an interim mayor. Taylor will take the helm for 10 months. Then, in May 2015, San Antonio residents will vote on who they want the new mayor to be. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at city council semi-annual campaign finance reports for January 1 until June 30 to see what kind of campaign contribution money the council members who filed letters with the city clerk seeking the interim spot have on hand. Leading the way is District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, who has maintained nearly $48,000 and received a little more than $34,000 in campaign contributions for the six-month reporting period. Nirenberg has raised twice as much as anyone else and shed just under $8,400 in political expenditures. During the July 22 special council meeting to select the interim mayor, he received no council votes. Following the District 8 councilman is Lopez, who has a little more than $23,000 in maintained political contributions and has spent nearly $12,000 […]
  • Conflicting Opinions: Health care law may head back to the Supreme Court

    Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:36 +0000

    On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld President Barack Obama’s landmark, but controversial, legislation: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The decision seemingly put a loud and angry debate between conservative republicans and democrats to rest. But on Tuesday, the contentious legislation meant to extend affordable health care to millions of Americans, again raised its head after two appeal courts issued conflicting rulings on whether the Obama administration wrongly extended financial assistance to people who bought insurance via healthcare.gov. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling that federal subsidies granted to people in states (including Texas) that haven’t set up health care exchanges should not have been released. You can read the ruling here. And when you strip this health care debate down to its bare bones, the diagnosis is clear: it’s all about semantics. Within the ACA, there is language that states the Internal Revenue Service may issue subsidies to people who apply for insurance through state exchanges. The language doesn’t include the word “federal.” In another part of the ACA, the wording states that the federal government may run exchanges in states that do not set […]
  • San Antonio has a new mayor, for now

    Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:51:54 +0000

    As all eyes were on the city council Tuesday, District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his letter of interest for interim mayor and paved the way for District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor to take the Alamo City’s helm to become the first female African American to hold San Antonio’s highest office. Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and as of noon Tuesday, the former mayor of San Antonio, told a packed city council chambers the council was moving into uncharted territory with rules governing how to pick the interim mayor. After Castro was nominated to President Barack Obama’s cabinet earlier this year, the city council passed rules governing how it would pick Castro’s interim successor. And after just two rounds of voting, Taylor was picked. Lopez, after gaining three votes to Taylor’s five in the second round, said the city council must be unified if it was going to continue to tackle issues meaningful to San Antonio and its future. And with that, Lopez withdrew. In the first round, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez’s two. No one voted for District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg or for District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. In the second round, […]