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Outdoor Issue 2014: Who wouldn’t love to take a long trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Adirondacks, but let’s get real: not all of us have time (or the... By Mark Reagan 9/24/2014
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News: Less than a mile from the Whatcom County Courthouse and even closer to Bellingham High School sits Top Shelf Cannabis, the first store to open and operate after... By Mark Reagan 8/13/2014
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News 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... By Mark Reagan | 9/24/2014
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News After a white police officer shot an unarmed black man in a small St. Louis suburb, a national conversation about race rocketed into a national... By Mark Reagan | 9/24/2014
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Panhandling Proposal Lacks Supporters, and Logic

News 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... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 9/24/2014
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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: 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... By Mark Reagan 9/24/2014
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News: After a white police officer shot an unarmed black man in a small St. Louis suburb, a national conversation about race rocketed into a national... By Mark Reagan 9/24/2014
Panhandling Proposal Lacks Supporters, and Logic

Panhandling Proposal Lacks Supporters, and Logic

News: 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... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/24/2014
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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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  • 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 […]
  • San Antonio: This Week In City Government

    Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:39:25 +0000

    There’s a lot of interesting soon-to-be news happening in the Alamo City this week. In several meetings, council members will discuss everything from a resolution aimed at achieving World Heritage designation for the Spanish Missions to a police presentation summing up the department’s trial run with body cameras. Follow this link to take a look at this week’s meetings and agendas. On Wednesday, the Public Safety Committee will meet at 11 a.m. where San Antonio police chief William McManus will report back to committee members on the department’s six-month body-camera pilot program. During a recent budget meeting, McManus told council members that the pilot program was nearing completion, but didn’t provide any specifics—only saying that nationally, police are trending toward using the cameras, though he still had concerns. Another potential policy change that would affect all San Anto residents is a proposed ban on driving while talking on the phone, which would include a fine of up to 200 smackers. The Public Safety Committee could approve moving the proposed amendment to the full City Council. But perhaps to coolest item council members will consider is an ongoing effort to get the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to designate the […]