Ryan Loyd http://tpr.org en Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act http://tpr.org/post/under-new-epa-standard-san-antonio-may-fall-non-attainment-clean-air-act <p>The race is on for this area to stay in compliance with federal guidelines on air quality but local leaders are being pushed up against huge obstacles.</p><p>The biggest hurdle may be complying with a lower Environmental Protection Agency standard, currently set at 75 parts per billion. San Antonio is just outside that number, while technically still in attainment of the Clean Air Act.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:13:39 +0000 Ryan Loyd 30077 at http://tpr.org Under New EPA Standard, San Antonio May Fall Into "Non-Attainment" With Clean Air Act Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies http://tpr.org/post/houston-judge-hear-taxi-drivers-case-against-ride-sharing-companies <p>A U.S. District Judge in Houston has been assigned the case of cab drivers against two so-called ride sharing programs. The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf taxi drivers in San Antonio and Houston earlier in the week.</p><p>The Houston attorney representing the taxi drivers, Martyn Hill, who practices corporate law, said Thursday he would like to hear the companies, Lyft and Uber, tell the court what he said their services really are: vehicles for hire.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:18:53 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29897 at http://tpr.org Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order http://tpr.org/post/lyft-drivers-still-operating-despite-cease-and-desist-order <p>San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.</p><p>But that hasn't stopped them, and instead they are rolling forward full throttle. For passengers, taking a Lyft is easy. A rider must download the app to their smartphone, enter their credit card information and phone number, and request the ride. A driver, whose car is marked with a pink mustache, will typically pull up to the rider's location within 15 minutes, and off they go.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:12:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29623 at http://tpr.org Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors http://tpr.org/post/pre-k-4-sa-welcomes-new-center-directors <p>As the city prepares for the second year of Pre-K 4 SA, its early childhood measure, two more centers will be opening.</p><p>Christina Reck-Guerra (West Side) and Janice Hammonds (East Side) will guide the new education centers as Pre-K 4 SA expands, bringing the total number of centers to the program's maximum of four.</p><p>Hammonds comes from the Austin Independent School District where's she has served 27 years, most recently as the principal of an early childhood education center.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:44:43 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29460 at http://tpr.org Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors Childsafe's Child Abuse Awareness Campaign Kicks Off Citywide With "Cardboard Kids" http://tpr.org/post/childsafes-child-abuse-awareness-campaign-kicks-citywide-cardboard-kids <p>Child advocacy group ChildSafe reports that in 2013 Bexar County had 5,846 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.</p><p>ChildSafe CEO Kim Abernethy said the county dropped from the first place position in that category, but knows that number is still too high.</p><p>"That's not a statistic that we tout when we tout all of our other great statistics," Abernethy said. "This year we were second in the state, thank goodness, but the last four or five years before that we've been the first in confirmed cases of abuse."</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:51:18 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29437 at http://tpr.org Childsafe's Child Abuse Awareness Campaign Kicks Off Citywide With "Cardboard Kids" City Planning Future Of Plaza De Armas, While Preserving Its Past http://tpr.org/post/city-planning-future-plaza-de-armas-while-preserving-its-past <p>Once a military training ground, the Plaza de Armas building near City Hall is entering a new phase of its historic life.</p><p>On Thursday, city council members approved an amendment to the design-and-build contract, increasing the project's cost by $1.4 million for a total of $11 million. The council also voted<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in favor of Executive Chef Chuck Hernandez's restaurant, </span>O'liva<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, being located within the complex of Plaza de </span>Armas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:13:40 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28672 at http://tpr.org City Planning Future Of Plaza De Armas, While Preserving Its Past Council Committee Hears Arguments On Both Sides Of La Villita Lease Proposals http://tpr.org/post/council-committee-hears-arguments-both-sides-la-villita-lease-proposals <p>As the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development presented its side of the argument in the ongoing discussion about La Villita Tuesday, tenants in the historic arts district sighed and shook their heads.</p><p>They are angry about a proposal by San Antonio city staff to change the structure of the village, which would call for evicting most of the businesses currently located on the city-owned grounds of La Villita.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:11:04 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28532 at http://tpr.org Council Committee Hears Arguments On Both Sides Of La Villita Lease Proposals City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban http://tpr.org/post/city-staff-will-propose-options-possible-plastic-bag-ban <p>City leaders are in the middle of talks about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags in the Alamo City. While the debate lingers on, city staff members have come up with several options they will present a council committee with in April.</p><p>Among the choices are:</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:07:03 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28486 at http://tpr.org City Staff Will Propose Options For Possible Plastic Bag Ban Leases In La Villita Could Be Pulled To Revitalize Arts Village http://tpr.org/post/leases-la-villita-could-be-pulled-revitalize-arts-village <p>La Villita is a historic arts village in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Hemisfair Park. But the city wants to update the look and feel of La Villita with a plan that would totally overhaul the current village.</p><p>A recommendation by city staff includes asking tenants in La Villita, some who have been there for three decades or more, to reapply for a space within the village next year.</p><p>The conversation is very early, though, and artists like woodworker Wendell Fuqua keeps his schedule as usual.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:37:40 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28460 at http://tpr.org Leases In La Villita Could Be Pulled To Revitalize Arts Village Braesview Road Improvements Approved By San Antonio City Council http://tpr.org/post/braesview-road-improvements-approved-san-antonio-city-council <p>The San Antonio City Council has approved upgrades to a roadway where a nine year old girl was struck and killed on her way to school.</p><p>The upgrades to the road include new school zone signs, overhead flashing beacons and pavement improvements in the crosswalks. Councilman Joe Krier requested the city look at improvements after a driver struck and killed Tatyana Babineaux on Braesview as she walked to school in January.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:00:31 +0000 Ryan Loyd 28243 at http://tpr.org Braesview Road Improvements Approved By San Antonio City Council