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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is asking for a comprehensive water plan through the year 2050.

The plan would include how city growth patterns will impact the Edwards Aquifer and San Antonio Water System. Nirenberg said the number one threat to the state's economy and future prosperity is water scarcity.

In a request to the city staff, he outlined a compilation of all city policies, procedures, standards and regulations into one place so that council members can easily understand the water situation now and for the future.

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Texas Politics
3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Castro And Patrick Trying To Work Out Date For Immigration Debate

Mayor Julián Castro speaks with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at Rackspace last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has offered Dan Patrick, one of the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor, several dates for debate on the topic of immigration. The debate was spurred by a Twitter exchange between the two men in January.

Castro said he had grown sick of the rhetoric regarding the topic of immigration and singled out Patrick as being "anti-immigrant."

"Dan Patrick is scapegoating immigrants and using fear as a means to try to win votes and try and get elected lieutenant governor," Castro said.

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Texas Voter ID
12:47 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Voter ID Trial Remains On Track Despite Federal Attempt To Postpone

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is a plaintiff in the voter ID lawsuit.
Trey Martinez Fischer

Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law applauded a Corpus Christi federal judge’s vigilance to retain a September trial date -- the U.S. Department of Justice is now hoping to postpone the case because of logistics issues.

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Water Resources
11:35 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Dozens Testify At TCEQ Hearing For LCRA Highland Lakes Water Request

LDuring a November hearing, the LCRA voted to raise the lake level threshold for the Highland Lakes.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Commissioners with the Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality spent nearly six hours hearing testimony from those that would be affected by a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority to stop the flow of water coming from the Highland Lakes.

A crowd of about 250 farmers, water planners and state and local officials shared their thoughts with TCEQ about a request from the LCRA to stop the flow of water from the Highland Lakes unless the lakes had a combined storage of 1.1 million acre feet -- more than half full. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Couple Reflects On Love, Says Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Have Changed

Eliza McAdams (right) and Christina Parker embrace after Parker's proposal.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments challenging the Texas constitutional amendment defining marriage a union between "one man and one woman."

But whatever the judge rules, the issue will likely remain unsettled, leaving same-sex couples in Texas to wonder what their future holds.

Just ask Eliza McAdams and Christina Parker. They're a same-sex couple who always felt one day they would be legally married.

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Gun Rights
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Davis Clarifies Position On Open Carry, Says Cities Should Decide

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Likely Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis is retaining her support for the open-carry issue despite some rumblings within her own party but emphasized this week that that position comes with caveats -- Davis would make sure city governments retained a local control of the issue.

Davis said her position on open carry remains consistent with her position on the guns on campus issue -- she voted against guns on campus but offered an amendment that would allow individual college campuses to decide the issue.

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Texas Water
3:21 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

TCEQ Still Mulling Decision To Stop Flow Of Water From Highland Lakes

Water from the Highland Lakes ends up at the coast in Matagorda Bay.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hear public testimony Wednesday on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s emergency request to stop the flow of water heading downstream to Texas rice farmers.

Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said they are especially concerned with this year’s emergency order because of the number involved.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Takes Comfort In Attorney General Holder's Support

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The federal government is throwing its weight behind efforts to ensure same-sex couples have equal treatment under the law. The attorney who represents two couples who are challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage in court this week said that declaration only helps their case.

Speaking at a human rights event, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder directed the Department of Justice to give same-sex couples full and equal recognition to the greatest extent under the law. 

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City Government
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Council Committees Weigh Privacy Issues With Police Body Cameras

Cameras are already mounted on patrol cars, but San Antonio is one of several cities currently exploring the possibility of officers wearing cameras as part of their uniform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council's Public Safety Committee had the chance Monday to hear more about the San Antonio Police Department proposal for police body cameras.

Police Chief William McManus appeared before Mayor Julián Castro and the Governance Committee in January and told them the body camera pilot program would last about nine months beginning in March. The cameras would cost $100,000 for the test period but city leaders are trying to work out a deal to loan the cameras for free.

But there are still big concerns about the technology. One of them is privacy.

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City Government
9:56 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents

Councilman Diego Bernal is working with Trinity Univ. professor, Dr. Christine Drennon, to figure out how San Antonio is growing.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

In a city like San Antonio, the question has become: Is the city growing in a way that is pushing long-time residents out of neighborhoods as it transforms?

Seeing examples from across the country of growth that completely takes over a town and forces generations of families out of their homes due to wealthier people infiltrating areas, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal thinks it's time to study how San Antonio grows.

It may not ever be a problem, he said, but he doesn't want to be caught off guard.

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