Eileen Pace

  Bexar County’s new district attorney has received approval to expand his staff, a million-dollar investment that county commissioners said will save the county money in the long run.

District Attorney Nico LaHood said that when he opened the door to his new position on Jan. 1, he found a backlog and started questioning why so many cases were pending.

“The backlog in the intake section alone was very, very disappointing to say the least. I mean, when it takes two to four years to have your day in court, that’s unacceptable,” he said.

One of the jobs Glen Hegar, Texas’ new Comptroller of Public Accounts, has is to estimate just how much spending money the state’s lawmakers will have over the next two years. This time around, a large unspent surplus from the previous administration has given the comptroller a little more breathing room despite a continued drop in oil prices.

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The Texas Legislature begins its biennial session Tuesday in Austin. 

Tax cuts, school finance, tuition re-regulation, vouchers, all hot-button issues that will break along party lines as much as along the urban vs rural divide.

What do you want from the Texas Legislature this year. What big issues are you hoping are addressed?



Arts San Antonio is bringing a world renowned, well-reviewed cellist to the Alamo City, but her sound isn’t exactly classical.

“Yeah, my name is Maya Beiser, and I play the cello.”

She has many styles, from a tranquil, moody style, all the way to AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black.’ She plays the cello, but she’s not what people think of when they think of a cellist.

“No [I'm not]… I use electronics to create a one-woman orchestra, if you will.”

More on how and why she does what she does, but first, a little backstory.

White House

Few would deny that former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a charismatic and dynamic leader. It was those attributes that allowed him to turn a nearly-unpaid city mayor job, at $3,000 a year, into the cabinet of the most powerful man on the planet, as U.S. Secretary of housing and urban development. 

But as San Antonio reevaluates everything from transportation and public safety, to conservation and urban transformation, has the city seen a slow down or even an outright reversal of the vision for the city?