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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
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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

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Mayoral Horse Race: Interim mayor selection starts soon

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  • A streetcar not desired, without a vote

    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:18:31 +0000

    Due to a lack of community consensus (San Antonio’s words), plans for a Downtown streetcar were sidelined Monday. After a special meeting called to review a petition brought by opponents to the streetcar project that sought to bring the project to a vote, Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor announced the city would withdraw its support ($32 million) of the estimated $280 million plan and draft an ordinance that would redirect that money to other development in Downtown San Antonio. Both San Antonio and Bexar County will ask VIA Metropolitan Transit to develop a new proposal that could be taken to the voters in the future. “We hear and understand the concerns of our community and agree to discontinue our involvement in the streetcar project. We wish to give San Antonio residents the opportunity to provide input on a new proposal which could culminate with a community-wide vote,” Taylor said in a news release. “The public’s support and participation in deciding on public transit services is important to the City. It is also consistent with the City’s current effort to update the San Antonio Comprehensive Master Plan and Transportation Plan.” The news came on City Clerk Leticia Vacek’s deadline to verify some […]
  • SAPOA: City manager portrays us as “greedy bastards”

    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:38:25 +0000

    A new video released by the San Antonio Police Officers Association says negotiating with the Alamo City over a health care plan has been a slap in the face, so the SAPOA is raising dues to build a war chest. Oh, and they’ll never trust anyone on city council — ever again. “We will never rely on a council member again to carry our message. We will be involved in every single council and mayoral race going forward,” SAPOA President Michael Helle said in a video posted to the association’s Facebook page on Thursday. The City of San Antonio and the SAPOA have an ongoing collective bargaining fight, and have been unable to come to any agreements with both sides claiming they’ve put reasonable offers on the table. “As for current negotiations, we believe we have put real solutions and proposals on the table and the city leadership has flat out rejected it, not once but twice,” Helle said. “They city’s two lead negotiators have threatened to sue our families and force us on to the civilian health care plan. We will not negotiate with a gun to our head and give up pay and benefits.” Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor […]
  • HB2: New study shows abortions decreased 13 percent in Texas

    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:31:41 +0000

    A study released by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project determined that there was a 13-percent decline in the Texas abortion rate after the passing of House Bill 2, which restricts medical abortion, bans abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization and requires physicians to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals, went into effect in November 2013. [Texas Abortion Providers Fear They May Not Survive New Regulations] The study, which was accepted by the reproductive health journal Contraception, aimed to assess the change in abortion services since the first three provisions of HB2 went into affect. Additionally, by September 2014, all abortion facilities must meet ambulatory surgical center requirements. According to the abstract published at Contraception, 41 facilities provided abortion services in Texas in May 2013, but that decreased to 22 in November 2013. There are no longer any clinics in the Rio Grande Valley and one left in West Texas. When researchers looked at November 2012 to April 2013 and compared it to the same timeframe in 2013 to 2014, they determined the abortion rate dropped to 11.2 abortions per 1,000 women (aged 15 to 44) from 12.9 per 1,000 women, a 13 percent decrease. Researchers also determined that medical abortion decreased 70 […]