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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
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
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Disappear into ‘Eleanor Rigby’

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
Daniela Riojas’ Photographic Studies in Self-discovery

Daniela Riojas’ Photographic Studies in Self-discovery

Arts & Culture: Daniela Riojas explores ideas of the figure in art, Latin American rituals, letting go of the past, and Jungian archetypes in... By Tom Turner 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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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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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
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
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
  • Groups Launch Latino Voter Engagement Coalition

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:04:57 +0000

    A coalition of Latino advocacy and civic organizations are coming together this election season to mobilize the Latino electorate, register tens of thousands of eligible voters and increase turnout among Latinos. “We have one message: to make our voices heard,” said Ben Monterosso, executive director of the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund. Texas Latino voters are often called “a sleeping giant,” he told a small crowd outside San Antonio City Hall Thursday. “That giant is awake and cranky, and we’re ready to go to the ballot box,” he said. Among the groups participating in the citywide Vota San Antonio campaign are Mi Familia Vota; the National Council for La Raza; National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund; Texas Organizing Project; League of Women Voters; League of United Latin American Citizens; MOVE SA (Mobilize, Organize, Vote, Empower San Antonio); and the Cesar Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation. According to Mi Familia Vota, there are more than 4.3 million Latino citizen of voting age in Texas and just under 3 million are registered, making up 23 percent of Texas’ registered voters. “Electing the state governor, lieutenant governor, state legislators and state board of education members—those individuals have a lot of power in Texas,” said Sonia Troche, […]
  • Texas May Toss National History Curriculum

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:40:56 +0000

    In a battle of the boards, the Texas State Board of Education wants to use a state-mandated history curriculum in high schools rather than the national AP History, the Associated Press reported. For those who have forgotten, or don’t know, AP courses in high school look great on college resumes and can even earn students some college credit. But according to the Texas State Board of Education, state curriculum trumps national curriculum. So, this is a battle of state vs. federal rights, or anti-federalism vs. federalism, a concept that is taught in, you guessed it, AP History. Here’s a link to a U.S. History AP test practice question about federalism and anti-federalism, and here’s a link to a U.S. History AP study guide that teaches students about anti-federalism, federalism and the origin of the country’s Constitution. According the Associated Press, the College Board, which is based in New Jersey, recently created a new exam that seeks to “de-emphasize memorization.” We assume that the federalist and anti-federalist debate, which was essential to the nation’s history, made it into the new curriculum. If it isn’t, maybe the state board is on to something. “Conservative activists, though, have decried the new course, the […]
  • A Divine Mission, Terrorists And City Budgeting

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:57:18 +0000

    Members of the fire and police unions on Thursday morning booed just about every person who supported changing uniformed employee health care and pension costs. The City Council unanimously passed a Fiscal Year 2015 budget that limits dollars allotted for police and fire health care to $10,000 per employee. And during the public comment period, the conversation got heated. Both San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Perez, and San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council Chairman Joseph Bray, spoke to council members in front of a sea of firefighters and police to say they both supported reduced health care dollars for uniformed employees. They were met with raucous boos, which Mayor Ivy Taylor said were inappropriate. San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association President Chris Steele told council members and the audience that what the “chamber and business guys are saying is not fair and not accurate.” Perez and Bray said the $10,000 number for health care is in line with Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston. They also said they supported better aligning civilian and uniform health care costs. According to Perez and Bray, these moves will help San Antonio’s long-term financial health. However, Steele was having […]