Government

Downtown Tuesday
5:16 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Downtown Tuesday One Year And 34,000 Vehicles Later

Mayor Julián Castro and Councilman Diego Bernal Join City Manager Sheryl Sculley at Hotel Havana.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

It was one year ago this week that the city began offering free parking on Tuesdays in city garages. While the city may be losing a small amount of revenue, officials believe the economic impact has offset any losses.

"It’s really for the residents and the small businesses," said District one City Councilman Diego Bernal, whose district encompasses much of downtown. "This is a way for us to help return the city to the residents of San Antonio so they can share it equally with tourists."

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City Government
2:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Richard Cardenas Challenging For City Council District 5

Richard Cardenas announced his candidacy for City Council Dist. 5 at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center Thursday
South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board member Richard Cardenas has announced his bid for City Council District 5.

The San Antonio native officially announced his bid for the seat Thursday at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center on the city’s near West Side. Closing his remarks before supporters, Cardenas said, “Let’s revive district 5,” which will be his main battle cry.

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City Utilities
11:14 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Staffing Issues At CPS Energy Partly To Blame For High January Bills

CPS Energy

Although it may be a mild winter -- even by San Antonio standards -- customers of CPS Energy, the city’s electric company, are experiencing huge spikes in their bills, specifically January.

CPS Energy confirmed staffing of meter readers has dropped, which contributed to increased estimated meter reads. The utility's Christine Patmon said staff members who are retiring are not being replaced, and the it recently finished negotiating contracts for meter readers.

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U.S. Postal Service
10:04 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mixed Feelings On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Post Office at S. Alamo and Interstate 35
Joey Palacios TPR

The United States Postal Service has long been recognized under an unofficial motto of ‘neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night’ shall keep them from their appointed route, but come this summer, mail carriers will take the day off on Saturday.

The Postal Service will end the Saturday delivery of regular mail beginning this August.

At a post office on S. Alamo Street, San Antonio residents have mixed feelings on the change. Victora Orta said it’s bad for business and seniors could be left without their check.

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The Source
3:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The Source: Carlton Soules, The Voice Of Caution On City Council

District 10 City Councilman Carlton Soules is consistently an opposing voice in the council chamber.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There are aggressive programs underway in San Antonio to redevelop downtown, push education opportunities, improve transportation, deal with water issues, be on the cutting edge of green initiatives and attract job providers.

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City Council Elections
2:34 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Saldaña Seeking Two More Years On City Council

Rey Saldaña, seen here running with Mayor Castro to promote Pre-K 4 SA, will seek a second term on city council.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña will soon officially announce his bid for re-election to city council.

The 26 year old is finishing his freshman term on the council, having worked toward increased police presence, supported the city’s Pre-K 4 SA measure and pushed for the 500-acre renovation of a former landfill -- now the Pearsall Park -- in southwest San Antonio.

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Government
9:49 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Castro Annouces Re-Election: "I'm Not Going Anywhere"

Mayor Julián Castro formally announces his third re-election campaign and tells supporters he's "not going anywhere" in regards to seeking higher office.
David Martin Davies TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced he’ll be seeking a third term leading city hall, and just like his keynote at the DNC, Castro was introduced by his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro.

“You know, over the last four years I have watched my brother do every single thing that he can to make San Antonio the greatest American city we can possibly be," said Joaquín. "Whether it’s confronting our challenges to bringing more jobs to San Antonio, education – with Pre-K 4 SA, healthcare with combating childhood obesity.”  

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Texas Legislature
8:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed SB313 would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.

"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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Political Polling
7:34 am
Mon February 4, 2013

And The 2016 Presidential Winner In Texas Is... Hillary Clinton

South Facade of the White House
CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

There is still speculation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016, but if she does decide to pursue the White House, a new poll finds that she would win in Texas.

No Democrat has been able to claim the electoral votes of Texas since Jimmy Carter squeaked out a victory over Gerald Ford in 1976, but according to the data gathered by Public Policy Polling, Hillary Clinton would win in Texas if that election was held today.

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Government
4:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Cornyn And Doggett Embody Opposing Views Of Immigration Reform

Undocumented immigrants are rounded up at a car wash in Maricopa Couty, Ariz.
Jose Munoz

On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.

This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:

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