Government

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

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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.
4:27 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Has The Oil And Gas Industry Outgrown Regulation In Texas?

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The natural gas boom in the Eagle Ford Shale and the subsequent growing pains have brought this issue to the forefront of the energy conversation in Texas.
When the Texas Legislature starts its new session next month, lawmakers will be taking a close look at the state's booming oil and gas industry. Some believe the industry has grown far faster than the state's ability to regulate it. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found that while past efforts to improve oversight have failed, this time may be different.
Latinos In Politics
1:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Castro Twins Talk Gun Control With PBS's Charlie Rose

From left to right: Congressman-elect Joaquín Castro, Charlie Rose, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Charlie Rose Show

San Antonio’s political power twins Julián and Joaquín Castro continue to attract the spotlight of the national media. Yesterday the brothers were guests on the PBS Charlie Rose program. 

Joaquín is just days away from being sworn in as a congressman and Julián is moving forward with implementing the recently passed Pre-K for SA program.

The two sat down with PBS interviewer Rose, who quizzed the two with questions about their lives, ambitions and policy views - particularly about gun control.

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1:03 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Guns Up For Debate In Next Texas Legislative Session

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Will the Newtown, Conn. shooting spark Texas gun control reform? Given the state's unwavering support of gun rights in the past, it is very unlikely, but the next legislative session is just around the corner. Right now there are five bills dealing with gun control in the queue, only one of which, from Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingland, seeks to expand gun carrying privileges.
December 17, 2012 4:50 pm by: Ben Philpott The 2013 Legislature will address at least five bills on guns. Photo by Liang Shi/KUT News In the wake of last week's school shooting in Connecticut, many states including Texas are examining their gun laws.
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Bexar County
9:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Announces Appointments To Management Team

The Bexar County Jail, where Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau will take office January 1
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau is using the final days of December to gather her executive team so they can hit the ground running on new year's day.

On Monday, at her second press conference since the election, Pamerleau announced she would retain Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria.

"He provides great continuity," she said. "Besides that, he’s a man of integrity, he cares about the officers, he cares about this community. He’s got the right sight picture and I know that already he and I are working great together."

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City Council
10:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

City Council Developing Diversity Action Plan For Contracts

The City of San Antonio has been working on a diversity action plan when concerns arose at previous city council meetings that leaders were not selecting enough African-American or other minority firms for contracting jobs.

The jobs are for upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure that voters approved in the 2012-2017 city bond program; 140 projects worth $596 million. Members of the community stepped forward to ask why minority candidates seemed to have been passed over, and Mayor Julián Castro has requested an action plan.

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City Ordinances
9:16 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Boarding Home Tragedy Strengthens City Code

City of San Antonio

City leaders began working on updating city code following the Aug. 15 fire that claimed the lives of four men at a boarding home located at 309 W. Norwood Ct.

On Thursday, city council members approved the ordinance that establishes a yearly boarding home registration and inspection program for the safety of residents.

Often times residents in boarding homes are elderly or disabled. City leaders believe new regulations will increase their quality of life and survivability in worst-case scenarios.

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