Rey Saldaña http://tpr.org en City Offices Flooded With Letters About Proposed Bag Ban, Most Of Them In Support http://tpr.org/post/city-offices-flooded-letters-about-proposed-bag-ban-most-them-support <p>There are strong opinions in the debate over a proposed plastic bag ban. The idea has bounced back and forth between committee meetings so far, and according to staff members it will go before the full San Antonio City Council this month.</p><p>In the meantime, the 10 council members and mayor have received plenty of responses from the public. Their offices report they've received about 1,400 emails and letters, and an overwhelming number have been favorable toward a ban. Only five, they say, were opposed.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:06:28 +0000 Ryan Loyd 32977 at http://tpr.org City Offices Flooded With Letters About Proposed Bag Ban, Most Of Them In Support Citing Lack Of Participation, South San ISD Opts Out Of Pre-K 4 SA's Second Year http://tpr.org/post/citing-lack-participation-south-san-isd-opts-out-pre-k-4-sas-second-year <p>After two hours of debate, board members of the South San Antonio Independent School District rejected joining the city’s Pre-K 4 SA program.</p><p>South San ISD approved last year’s memorandum of understanding with the city on Pre-K 4 SA but declined to do so this year under the direction of newly hired Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. The board voted 6-1, with Rose Marie Martinez the lone dissenting vote.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:06:40 +0000 Joey Palacios 30199 at http://tpr.org Citing Lack Of Participation, South San ISD Opts Out Of Pre-K 4 SA's Second Year The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court http://tpr.org/post/source-truancy-reforms-look-keep-kids-school-out-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of San Antonio kids are ending up in adult courtrooms over "Failure to Attend School" (</span>FTAS<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) violations.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, a third of all class C misdemeanors filed against minors were FTAS in Texas. The state saw 76,000 cases in courts that year, according to <a href="http://www.texasappleseed.net/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=25&amp;Itemid=204" target="_blank">Texas Appleseed</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:36:23 +0000 Paul Flahive 29681 at http://tpr.org The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court District 4 Councilman Saldana Takes Job In Education http://tpr.org/post/district-4-councilman-saldana-takes-job-education <p>While District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña is still on the council, he's got a new position that allows him to work in his background of education. He has been hired by KIPP San Antonio, a network of college preparatory public schools, as the chief of engagement. Saldaña said the position is a first for KIPP.</p><p>The job comes as a big relief for the councilman, who is engaged to be married and currently lives at home with his parents. He has taught at Trinity University and Palo Alto College, but the new job will help him support his new bride and himself.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:18:37 +0000 Ryan Loyd 27494 at http://tpr.org District 4 Councilman Saldana Takes Job In Education SA2020 Asks San Antonio To Make A Resolution http://tpr.org/post/sa2020-asks-san-antonio-make-resolution <p>For the second time leaders with SA2020 are asking San Antonio residents to make resolutions to make the city a greater place to live and work.</p><p>Nineteen local leaders are hopping on the resolution bandwagon with personal resolutions to impact their city. Mayor Julián Castro wants to make a difference with mom and pop restaurants.</p><p>"What I'm going to be doing this year is going to at least 25 new restaurants that I have never eaten at before that are small, locally owned restaurants in our city to try and support small businesses. That's my resolution," he said Tuesday.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:25:51 +0000 Ryan Loyd 25798 at http://tpr.org SA2020 Asks San Antonio To Make A Resolution Saldana Calls On Texas Education Agency To Investigate South San ISD http://tpr.org/post/saldana-calls-texas-education-agency-investigate-south-san-isd <p>San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña has sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency asking it to investigate the South San Independent School District in light of numerous complaints from concerned parents and citizens.</p><p>The district is already on the TEA’s radar, but Saldaña is calling for a full investigation. In a two-page letter, Saldaña cites mismanagement of federal and state money, governance concerns, and the academic performance of students as the reason for his request. Although the city has cannot govern the district, Saldaña wants the state to intervene.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:33:49 +0000 Joey Palacios 24478 at http://tpr.org Saldana Calls On Texas Education Agency To Investigate South San ISD The Source: Bexar County Mental Health | Calls For South San ISD Investigation http://tpr.org/post/source-bexar-county-mental-health-calls-south-san-isd-investigation <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p>One in four adults have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institutes for Mental Health, which is almost 60 million Americans. For the first time, Bexar County created a mental health department, which has a $300,000 budget. The department intends to plug the holes and coordinate the resources&nbsp;here in Bexar County.</p><p>We talk with their first director, Gilbert Gonzales, about what is coming for the county and what they feel they can do with this first step.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:23:39 +0000 Paul Flahive 24355 at http://tpr.org The Source: Bexar County Mental Health | Calls For South San ISD Investigation McAuliffe 8th Graders Take Action To Get Sidewalks For Their School http://tpr.org/post/mcauliffe-8th-graders-take-action-get-sidewalks-their-school <p>If you want something, just ask, and eighth graders at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Southwest ISD are learning that lesson first hand this holiday season.</p><p>They decided to write letters to their city councilman, Rey Saldaña, to ask for sidewalks in front of their school. McAuliffe is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, and does not have sidewalks to let parents and students access the campus safely.</p><p>"They're all really good," said Saldaña as he flipped through the letters inside the city hall chambers.</p><p>He then read them aloud:</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:14:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 24215 at http://tpr.org McAuliffe 8th Graders Take Action To Get Sidewalks For Their School San Antonio In Running For Boeing 777X Airliner Manufacturing Contract http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-running-boeing-777x-airliner-manufacturing-contract <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio is being talked about as one of the cities competing to win the Boeing&nbsp;</span>777X<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;airliner manufacturing contract, but local officials aren’t talking.</span></p><p>In Washington state, the union rejected Boeing’s contract over health care and pension demands, so <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/12/06/boeings-777x-wish-list-revealed/" target="_blank">Boeing is looking for alternative cities</a> to bring the&nbsp;777X.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:29:33 +0000 David Martin Davies 23146 at http://tpr.org San Antonio In Running For Boeing 777X Airliner Manufacturing Contract Saldana Ready For Second Term, Still No Word From Challenger http://tpr.org/post/saldana-ready-second-term-still-no-word-challenger <p>District 4 <a href="https://www.sanantonio.gov/council/d4.aspx" target="_blank">Councilman Rey Saldaña</a> has his eyes set on his second term, and said the future is in the hands of the people of San Antonio.</p><p>"We need to step up to make sure we're controlling the pace of how that happens and the best way is remember that on April 29 we have an opportunity to vote," he said. "Now I'd love it if you voted for me but the one important thing is that you come out and vote."</p><p>He waxed poetic at his recent campaign kick-off in the heart of his district.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:11:48 +0000 Ryan Loyd 8687 at http://tpr.org Saldana Ready For Second Term, Still No Word From Challenger