Government

City Ordinances
9:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Major AT&T Project Could Be In Jeopardy If Company Violated NDO

Dist. 1 Councilman Diego Bernal emphasizes a point during the NDO debate and vote last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Tensions are mounting with the first complaint filed since San Antonio's revised non-discrimination ordinance passed last year.

Previously TPR reported that AT&T contract employee Matt Hileman, a transgender man, found a derogatory note about him at work and overheard co-workers threatening to harm him.

The city is now putting pressure on AT&T to come up with documentation in the case and determine an outcome because the company has an important contract with the city that could be put in jeopardy.

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University of Texas
2:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

UT Chancellor Tells House Committee Powers' Resignation Had Nothing To Do With Hall Impeachment

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told a Texas House committee that the UT Board of Regents relationship with UT at Austin President Bill Powers had become strained and his negotiated resignation had nothing to their impeachment investigation of Regent Wallace Hall. 

The Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in Government Agency Operation asked Cigarroa and the Board Chairman Paul Foster to explain some of the reasoning behind Powers negotiated resignation.

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Castro Says Goodbye At Chambers Of Commerce Celebration

The area chambers of commerce celebrated the man who has led the city for the last five years.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As Mayor Julián Castro prepares to depart San Antonio for our nation's capital, last night the area chambers of commerce hosted a community celebration in his honor.

In San Antonio style, people came to honor the man who has led the city for the last five years. The community, business leaders and city staff members came to hear Castro say goodbye.

Castro said the most special day he has had as mayor was welcoming the kids to Pre-K 4 SA last summer.

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Government
5:50 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Police Chief William McManus To Leave Department, Will Take New Job at CPS Energy

Police Chief William McManus will retire in December after eight and a half years with SAPD.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

One of San Antonio's most familiar faces will be stepping down from his role at this end of this year.

William McManus will resign from his position as police chief in December to take a job with CPS Energy as senior director of security starting in January.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley hired McManus as police chief eight and a half years ago and was one of her first appointments as city manager. Since McManus isn't from the area, Sculley said him wanting to stay local speaks volumes about the Alamo City.

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Texas Politics
2:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps

State House districts used in the last election.
Credit State of Texas District Viewer

The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.

One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.

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City Government
4:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Dist. 9 Councilman Krier Takes Name Out Of Consideration For Interim Mayor

Joe Krier issued a statement saying he does not want to be considered for the job of interim mayor.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

As many members of the city council submit their letters of interest to the city clerk to be interim mayor, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier released a letter stating he does not want to be considered for the job.

"Having just been elected May 10, I have made a commitment to the residents of District 9 to serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's term," he said in his statement.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Davis Outraises In Last Quarter, But Abbott Holds Cash-On-Hand Lead

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign has announced they were able to raise $11.2 million in donations over the last quarter in tandem with Battleground Texas.

With less than four months to go before the general election, Davis' campaign has $13.1 million cash on hand.

In the same time frame, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott raised $11.1 million, giving his campaign a combined total of $35.5 million cash on hand.

City Government
2:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

City NDO Complaint Website Still In The Works, Rollout Expected In August

Credit City of San Antonio

For people in the Alamo City waiting for a one-stop place to file a complaint relating to the revised non-discrimination ordinance, the wait will be just a little longer.

San Antonio city attorneys are continuing to work on the website's content and forms, and had hoped to have it online by July. Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche is now aiming for August.

Asked Tuesday where the site is in its completion phase, Zertuche said it is three-quarters of the way finished.

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Border Security
1:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Abbott Preparing Federal Lawsuit To Recoup State Border Security Expenses

Greg Abbott (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz toured the Lackland facilities holding unaccompanied minors on June 23.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the total bill for state-provided border security could run upwards of $50 million. Abbott is gathering this information for a federal lawsuit to recoup those expenses.

Abbott said $50 million is an early estimate that his office is using to weigh a possible legal challenge against the Obama administration should the president refuse to reimburse Texas.

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Government
12:05 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

City Of Castle Hills Eyes Removing VIA Service

Castle Hills City Hall
Joey Palacios TPR News

The city of Castle Hills is considering removing VIA and VIA Trans service from it’s city boundaries.

If the Castle Hills City Council approves it, the citizens of the small San Antonio suburb will be able to vote on whether or not to remove VIA from the city. Acting Castle Hills Mayor Timothy Howell, who was placed into the position last week, said he’s not taking a side on the issue yet.

“I think it’s very important that we allow the citizens to decide what they want to do moving forward,” Howell said.

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