Government

Texas Legislature
7:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lawmakers Begin 83rd Legislature Mindful Of Last Session

Wikipedia Commons

Lawmakers are back under the dome of the Texas Capitol for a new session for a new age in politics, with the reminder of what happened two years ago in the back of their minds.

Two years ago, education funding was slashed by $5.4 billion, the use of the state’s emergency "rainy day" fund was frowned upon, and a controversial Voter ID bill got through both chambers but was found unconstitutional against minority voters by the court system.

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State Budget
3:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Combs Estimates $100 Billion In Revenue For 2014-2015 Budget

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs
State of Texas

According to State Comptroller Susan Combs, Texas lawmakers will have will have $101.4 billion to work with during the next legislative session. Combs said the estimated $96 billion in revenue from taxes, fees and other sources is up nearly $20 billion from previous years.

"General revenue collections in 2008 and 2009 -- leading into the [legislative] session -- totaled $79.6 billion," Combs said.  "In 2010 - 2011, as we hit bottom and began to climb out the revenues were $4.5 billion less."

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SAPD Officer Arrested
2:28 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

SAPD Officer Facing 20 Years In Prison On Federal Charges

SAPD Officer Curtis Lundy is 36 years old and has been on the force for 4 years.
SAPD

San Antonio Police Department has arrested one of their own after an FBI investigation led to federal charges.

SAPD Chief William McManus said he’s disgusted at the alleged actions of SAPD officer Curtis Lundy.

"There are few things in public service that are worse than a bad cop," said McManus. "As the highest ranking official in the San Antonio Police Department, I do not, and will not ever, tolerate a crime committed by any public official; especially one of my officers."

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Bexar County Sheriff
12:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau Sworn In - First Woman Elected To Post

Susan Pamerleau sworn in by former County Judge Cyndi Krier with Pamerleau's father holding the Bible
Javier Salazar

The first woman elected to serve as Bexar County’s Sheriff was sworn in at one minute past midnight on the first day of the new year.

The day after her successful bid to defeat incumbent Amadeo Ortiz, Susan Pamerleau said she got busy, building relationships with county officials, assembling her administrative team, and taking a look at the $105 million budget she will manage.

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The Source
11:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez On The Fiscal Cliff

Outgoing San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez in his 2012 congressional portrait.
U.S. Congress

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is ending a 14-year career in the U.S. House, and he's going out as things are heating up -- the august body is still dealing with the political crisis known as the fiscal cliff. Gonzalez explains why he’s leaving Congress and what his successor, Joaquín Castro, needs to know to deal with the pressures of Washington D.C.

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Criminal Justice
10:31 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Bexar County Joins Other Metros To Reform State Criminal Justice System

Bexar County

A coalition of the state’s major metro counties has an agenda to convince legislators that a sea-change is needed in rehabilitating jail and prison inmates.

The Offender Re-entry Council has been working to lower costs of criminal justice, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety, but in the early- to mid-90s, the talk around Texas was of jail overcrowding and building more prisons.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Eastbound & Westbound 1604 Connectors Now Open To 281 South

The northbound 281 to 1604 East and West connectors were opened in Nov.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

On Friday, motorists in the Loop 1604 and Hwy. 281 corridors received an early Christmas gift in the form highway connectors. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has opened the last two connectors for the first phase of the project; westbound and eastbound 1604 onto 281 south both opened to traffic at noon.

Michelle Martinez with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said the contractors were able to complete the connectors a little ahead of schedule.

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City Services
9:19 am
Sat December 22, 2012

It's Christmas Time In The City: Holiday Schedules & Tree Recycling

Christmas tree recycling locations.
City of San Antonio

You may be trying to catch up on a few last minute things this weekend and not had time to check, so here is a list of city services that will have alternate schedules for the holidays. City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. but emergency services like SAPD and SAFD will be open.

Trash Collection:

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Government
6:41 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Two SAPD Sergeants

A current and former San Antonio Police Department sergeant have been indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on charges involving misappropriation of funds and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a call last February for an individual causing a disturbance -- the individual turned out to be Sgt. Joseph Myers. He is alleged to have crashed a city-owned truck into the barrier of Hwy 281 between Josephine and Mulberry Streets and leaving the scene.

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4:56 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kay Bailey Hutchison Says Goodbye To Senate

Lead in text: 
The U.S. senator from Dallas heads out as Tea Party star Ted Cruz gets ready to take the office on January 1. Hutchison was elected to the senate in 1993 via a special election and is the only woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Bids Farewell December 19, 2012 In her farewell address on the Senate floor this morning, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison touched on the deep partisan divide among lawmakers today. "Congress suffers a great deal of criticism for partisan acrimony.

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