Best Hookah Bar

Best Hookah Bar

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
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
Best Karaoke Night

Best Karaoke Night

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
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
10 Incredible Destinations to Consider for a Semester Abroad

10 Incredible Destinations to Consider for a Semester Abroad

College Issue 2014: Madrid. The capital of Spain, Madrid is the perfect combination of metropolitan lifestyle and Spanish tradition. Home to the royal family, the famous... By Briana Denham 8/18/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email


Newsmonger: CNN's solar hit job, 'Gloves are off' in judge race

Photo: , License: N/A

Julián "The Real Deal" Castro was a subject of the stellar journalism (and fact-checking) of CNN.

Photo: N/A, License: N/A

CNN, Castillo said, was most fixated with Castro's travel months before the OCI deal announcement. On October 11, 2011 Castro traveled to South Korea for the Urban Environmental Accords summit on green cities, a trip that had been scheduled in advance that April, Castillo said. Castro cut the trip short to attend a White House dinner honoring the South Korean president on October 13, 2011. Castro had turned down a state dinner invitation from the White House the year prior, Castillo said. "That's why he left South Korea early. … You don't turn down a state dinner twice."

Castillo met with CNN's Rowlands at a Houston Street Starbucks recently to discuss the issue and to show CNN details of Castro's travel itinerary from 2011, Castillo said. "That's when it hit me. [CNN] had the impression [Castro] was invited to these secret meetings or something" with OCI, Castillo said, insisting Castro never met with OCI officials until after the firm had already been recommended by CPS following its selection process.

Nonetheless, CNN's Rowland's insinuated, without any sources, that the trips and OCI deal were linked. CNN also flashed a mugshot of the wrong Castro (using Joaquin instead of Julián) across the screen. "[CNN] said the Mayor was too busy to meet with them. That pissed me off somewhat," Castillo said. "He wasn't too busy. I freakin' kept him away from them."

Solar San Antonio executive director Lanny Sinkin says he was interviewed at length by Rowlands in the weeks before CNN aired its piece, though the network included none of it in the final segment. "During the interview I talked about the 800 jobs, the $100 million investment, bringing manufacturing to San Antonio, all those things. [CNN] wanted none of it," Sinkin said. "I kept hearing two things from [Rowlands]. One, 'How come Korea companies won and not U.S. companies?' And two, 'What about the mayor's trip to Korea and the trip to the White House?'"

Sinkin now calls the CNN piece "deliberately irresponsible. "[Rowlands] was even willing to imply that there was some kind of under-the-table deal between the Mayor, OCI, the president of Korea, and Obama, with absolutely no evidence," Sinkin said. "This was a political hit piece."

'Gloves are off' in judge race

With Election Day in less than two weeks, we're getting some frank talk out of Kevin O'Connell, who's fighting to de-bench longtime District Judge Mary Roman.

O'Connell, a Republican and the first real challenge Roman has faced in her 20 years presiding over Bexar County's 175th State District Court, says he and the judge gave short pitches before a North Side homeowners association last Tuesday. Roman was brutal. "She went off, cherry picking cases I've worked, calling me a 'yes man' for the defense bar," said O'Connell, a veteran prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. "She said I'm bought and paid for by the defense bar. … [DA Susan Reed] would have fired me a long time ago if that was true."

Recently in News
  • Texas Law Leaves Abortion Out of Reach for Many Women Texas’ sweeping abortion law has already eliminated all abortion clinics south of San Antonio, and the last clinic west of the city... | 8/27/2014
  • Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor “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... | 8/27/2014
  • Mayoral Horserace Once elected next spring, San Antonio’s new mayor will have just a few months to prepare for the 2016 budget... | 8/27/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus