A budget and contract battle looms as the city task force in charge of evaluating future finances takes a hard look at the pension and health benefits of city fire and police forces. The task force finished its work yesterday and is scheduled to be presented to council on February 19.
The terms of these benefits, which are far more generous than other municipal workers, were agreed to more than 20 years ago.
The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on Saturday and I was lucky enough to get a preview. Workmen were still hanging and lighting the paintings as I sat down with the new Curator of American Art William Keyse Rudolph.
San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tunes of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends.
His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.
In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall Crapemyrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.
H-E-B plans to tear down its oldest continuously operating store to make way for a 21st century, high-tech supermarket. The nearly 70-year-old store on Nogalitos Street just north of Hwy. 90 was called “the store of tomorrow” when it opened to crowds and fanfare in 1945.
H-E-B spokeswoman Dya Campos said the mid-century grocery store employed all the latest innovations and advantages of the day. But the new supermarket will occupy two levels of retail space, with escalators to carry customers and their shopping carts up and down and to a parking area below.
Lee HS Principal Rick Canales; SA Public Library Foundation President Tracey Bennett; NESA 9th grader and winner Rhyanne Saul with her family; and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey
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San Antonio Book Festival winner and eleventh grader Jessica Redmon, Sam Houston High School Principal Darnell Maurice White, San Antonio Public Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey.
There’s something amazingly optimistic about seeing young people attaining goals. Yesterday I saw a pair doing just that. The San Antonio Book Festival had asked local high school students to write an essay with the theme: A river runs through it.
I went along as winners were informed.
"Oh, I won?" said Jessica Redmon, the 11th grade winner, shocked to see a TV camera, her grandmother and a dozen people invade her classroom. Jessica wrote about the summer her sister and she experienced, but she started the project by doing this.
The Texas State Board of Education has revamped how they select people to review school textbooks prior to their adoption. Some on the board were critical of how panelists were selected during the adoption of this year’s science textbook.
During the last round of book reviews it was revealed that some of those selected to review textbooks did not have a background in biology and were supporting teaching creationism, attempting to skew how books explained the Theory of Evolution.
Guitar fans and music lovers, there’s a program this Sunday you’ll want to know about. On Sunday, February 9, the UTSA Recital Hall hosts the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
The Quartet has been together for 33 years and have accumulated multiple awards, including a Grammy. The music they play runs the gamut from bluegrass to Bach to jazz, according to UTSA Music Professor and guitarist, Matt Dunne.
The last presidential election showed the kind of clout that Latino voters have. With President Barack Obama gaining a of the demographic the question has been: What will the GOP do to gain traction with Latinos?
Has the Democratic party just done a better job of welcoming Latinos?
Texas has a better record for the Grand Old Party with several Latino legislators in Austin and a comfortable 38 percent of the Latino vote going to Gov. Rick Perry in 2010, but also has an extremely low turnout of Latino voters.
State sen. Leticia Van De Putte and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both candidates in the lieutenant governor's race, traded barbs at the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. The friction continued to come from statements made by Dewhurst about the importance of certain Senate committees.
A few months ago, Dewhurst, when asked why he appointed so many Democrats to head up Senate committees, said he only appointed them to non-important groups -- that includes the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Military Installations.
The Texas State Board of Education was expected to vote Friday on the requirement for Algebra II to graduate high school. But the board might also consider adding Mexican-American studies as a course option.
There are five million students in Texas and 51 percent are Hispanic, but there has never been an official Mexican-American studies course in Texas public schools.
Activist Tony Diaz wants to change that.
“Because they shouldn’t deny the history that Tejanos have made in shaping the state as well as the country," Diaz said.