Government

City Government
10:42 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Castro Installs LGBT Liaison At City Hall

Adam Greenup, the Mayor's Senior Policy Advisor, has been appointed to be the point of contact for the gay community.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julián Castro has appointed an LGBT Liaison as a way to reach out to San Antonio’s gay, lesbian and transgendered community on social issues when city council and government is concerned.

Many major cities in the U.S. like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have a liaison to the gay and lesbian community installed in either their local government or police departments.

The San Antonio Police Department already has a LGBT liaison, and now there is one in City Hall.

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Flood Control
3:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

HALT! Before Driving Through Low-Water Crossings

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff introduces HALT system on Shepherd Rd. in S. Bexar Co.

Bexar County has unveiled a new electronic warning system for flash flood protection on rural roads.  The new High-water Alert Lifesaving Technology (HALT) crossing guard system will protect drivers at 52 low-water crossings.

HALT is Bexar County’s latest investment to protect drivers from drowning.

Shepherd Road is a dark, two-lane passage that transports thousands more drivers than it was built to accommodate. It passes over creekbeds more than once, and during a hard rain the straight, fast road has been deadly.

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City Government
9:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Texas Civil Rights Project Taking Banning Case

Michael Cuellar in the TPR studios to talk about his ban from city buildings.
Chris Eudaily TPR

The City of San Antonio’s banning of two residents from city hall and the city council chambers are going to be challenged in court.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has decided to take the case of Michael Cuellar, who was banned from City Hall and city council meetings by SAPD and City Attorney Michael Bernard.

Cuellar and John Foddrill, who was also banned from city buildings, are at the center of a debate about first amendment rights to petition the government.

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City Utilities
7:25 am
Thu January 17, 2013

SAWS Lowers Proposed Rate Increase

SAWS

Leaders of the San Antonio Water System now have lowered its rate increase projection for customers. Instead of a 9.9 percent jump, the utility is now proposing a 7 percent rise in monthly bills.

City council members have been struggling with the inevitable rising water rates, especially District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who agrees that infrastructure needs to be improved and updated.

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City Government
5:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ethics Board Rules On DiGiovanni Case, Issues Admonition Letter

Rey Rocha addresses Ethics Review Board concerning his complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board met Tuesday night, more than a week after it attempted to settle an ongoing citizen complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

The problem for the board was that  it did not have a quorum, an issue that chair Arthur Downey said hadn’t happened in more than a decade, in his experience.

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Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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The Source
3:25 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Banned From City Hall: The City Responds And The ACLU Reacts

John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar are major players in a case involving the first amendment.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A follow-up on last week’s program about being banned from city hall. First an extended interview with City Attorney Michael Bernard and then the ACLU sounds off on the right to petition the government. Finally, Evita Mendiola, the spokesperson for Haven for Hope talks about how the cold weather affects the homeless in San Antonio.

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City Government
3:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

City Council Considers Dissolving Commission For Children And Families

Melody Woosley, interim director of the Human Services Department, speaks to council members about the dissolution of the Commission for Children and Families.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services has recommended to council members that a commission dealing with children and families be dissolved.

Formed in the 1980's, the Commission for Children and Families was created to address the needs of parents and their children.

At that time, the city wanted to identify opportunities for learning and growing, making neighborhoods safe, and improving lifestyles and financial fitness.

But times have changed.

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Government
9:03 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Latino Activists Call for Three Secretary Posts in Obama’s Second Term

As President Barack Obama enters into his second term, he’s building a new cabinet. Latino political activists are watching the process closely and waiting to see if Hispanics are going to be well represented - while also reminding the White House that Latinos are now powerful voting bloc. 

In the first Obama administration two cabinet posts were filed by Latinos – Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Also former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was nominated to be Commerce Secretary but was forced to withdraw.

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City Government
10:53 am
Fri January 11, 2013

City Attorney Michael Bernard Defends Practice Of City Hall Bans

Does assisting the city in accomplishing its goals mean keeping citizens out of public buildings like City Hall?
Office of the City Attorney

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard is standing by the ban he’s placed on John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar. The two are not allowed to go to City Hall or attend city council meetings. 

Foddrill and Cuellar are two former San Antonio city employees who were both fired from their posts; both men claim they have found evidence of waste in the city government.

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