Diego Bernal http://tpr.org en Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen http://tpr.org/post/bernal-focus-most-aggressive-vacant-building-plan-city-has-seen <p>District 1 City Councilman Diego Bernal said soon the city will look at the most aggressive policy it has ever seen on empty buildings. On Friday he outlined that promise at his second State of the Center City address.</p><p>As <a href="http://tpr.org/post/downtown-building-vacancy-rate-too-high-leaders-push-make-progress" target="_blank">TPR has reported</a>, San Antonio has a downtown vacancy rate of 29 percent. That figure is 19 percent citywide, which is why Bernal said he will be introducing a bold measure to take care of empty buildings.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:24:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 27892 at http://tpr.org Bernal To Focus On Most Aggressive Vacant Building Plan The City Has Seen Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents http://tpr.org/post/bernal-looking-revitalize-neighborhoods-without-losing-long-time-residents <p>In a city like San Antonio, the question has become: Is the city growing in a way that is pushing long-time residents out of neighborhoods as it transforms?</p><p>Seeing examples from across the country of growth that completely takes over a town and forces generations of families out of their homes due to wealthier people infiltrating areas, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal thinks it's time to study how San Antonio grows.</p><p>It may not ever be a problem, he said, but he doesn't want to be caught off guard.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:56:20 +0000 Ryan Loyd 26481 at http://tpr.org Bernal Looking To Revitalize Neighborhoods Without Losing Long-Time Residents 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 With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress http://tpr.org/post/downtown-building-vacancy-rate-too-high-leaders-push-make-progress <p>San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is too high. The statement didn't meet with any arguments during a recent interview with Pat DiGiovanni, the former executive who worked as deputy San Antonio city manager and is now the president and CEO of Centro San Antonio.</p><p>In his new role, DiGiovanni leads the collaboration of initiatives aimed at making downtown San Antonio and the central business district more desirable, active and filled with people.</p><p>He said there is a 29 percent downtown building vacancy rate, and the challenge remains clear.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:28:54 +0000 Ryan Loyd 25589 at http://tpr.org With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress Re-Imagining Payday Lending In San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/re-imagining-payday-lending-san-antonio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Faith-based organization Together for the City is about to launch a new alternative to&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">payday lending&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that the group hopes will help financially-strapped families get back on their feet. The one-year-old group also plans to carve out a variety ways to serve the community.</span></p><p>At Tuesday&rsquo;s meeting, Linda Hardberger asked the group to help Green Spaces Alliance promote and build more community gardens throughout the city.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:34:58 +0000 Eileen Pace 19078 at http://tpr.org Re-Imagining Payday Lending In San Antonio Opponents Of NDO Lodge Ethics Complaints Against Bernal http://tpr.org/post/opponents-ndo-lodge-ethics-complaints-against-bernal <p>The non-discrimination ordinance has passed, but opponents are not giving up their fight.</p><p>Opponents of the ordinance are retaliating against Mayor Julián Castro and each of the eight council members who voted to pass the measure -- they are gathering signatures for recall petitions.</p><p>On Aug. 10, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was holding his regular Coffee with the Councilman event at Linda’s Mexican Restaurant #2.</p><p>But this time the room was populated with opponents of the LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:35:00 +0000 Ryan Loyd 18187 at http://tpr.org Opponents Of NDO Lodge Ethics Complaints Against Bernal Packed Council Chamber For Late Night Non-Discrimination Ordinance Discussion http://tpr.org/post/packed-council-chamber-late-night-non-discrimination-ordinance-discussion <p>The San Antonio City Council dissected the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance during a marathon B session Wednesday before turning the microphone over to nearly 500 people who signed up to speak during the citizens to be heard portion of the meeting.</p><p>City Attorney Michael Bernard defined the ordinance for the council during a brief presentation. Mayor Julián Castro then went back over many of the definitions and used examples to spell out for the audience what the proposal would do if passed.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:49:39 +0000 Ryan Loyd 17556 at http://tpr.org Packed Council Chamber For Late Night Non-Discrimination Ordinance Discussion Petitioners Hit The Streets To Oust Bernal http://tpr.org/post/petitioners-hit-streets-oust-bernal <p>Opponents of the city council's anti-discrimination ordinance are trying to get the author of the ordinance, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, out of office.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteers like Cynthia </span>Serna and other members of the Bexar County Conservative Coalition are going door to door to collect signatures<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- they need </span>6,000 to recall the councilman.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:16:15 +0000 Ryan Loyd 17378 at http://tpr.org Petitioners Hit The Streets To Oust Bernal San Antonio Getting Outside Backlash For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-getting-outside-backlash-anti-discrimination-ordinance <p>San Antonio city staffers say letters are rolling into city hall by the dozens from people who are angry about the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.</p><p>The ordinance being considered by the San Antonio City Council would prohibit discrimination within the city’s hiring practices and anyone who contracts a job with the city.</p><p>Although the ordinance maintains anti-discrimination policies for race, color, religion, age and disability, the proposal would add veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the list. The latter two are why most people are angered.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Ryan Loyd 16245 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Getting Outside Backlash For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Community Events Could Be On Chopping Block As City Looks At Budget Cuts http://tpr.org/post/community-events-could-be-chopping-block-city-looks-budget-cuts <p>Ahead of the start of classes on Aug. 26, San Antonio City Council members are hosting community-wide back-to-school fairs in each of their districts.</p><p>At the same time, the city's budget is closing in on adoption and deep cuts will have to be made. Mayor Julián Castro is recommending a cut to member discretionary funds, which are known as City Council Project Funds and are used for community events like the back-to-school fairs.</p><p>Currently each district gets more than $61,000.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:08:21 +0000 Ryan Loyd 16187 at http://tpr.org Community Events Could Be On Chopping Block As City Looks At Budget Cuts