The Source - August 7, 2014
6:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: City Says No Streetcar Vote In 2014

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Streetcar opposition did not have enough signatures to force a vote on a charter amendment this November, according to San Antonio's City Clerk, Leticia Vacek. The decision mirrors the legal opinion given by City Attorney Robbie Greenblum.

Greenblum's opinion was to disqualify more than 7,000 names from pages without circulator signatures, which is the signature of the person explaining and soliciting the petition. 


  • Ryan Loyd, TPR's city hall reporter
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The Source - August 6, 2014
6:23 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: State Contractor Pulls Out Of Foster Care Pilot

Credit State of Texas

Last week Providence Service Corporation of Texas pulled out of a 5 year contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services after only 18 months. The contractor was part of a reform effort to consolidate kids under one service provider in a geographic area. Providence, which was covering areas of west Texas including Odessa and Wichita Falls, had recently been criticized for running millions over budget.

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The Source - August 6, 2014
2:49 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: Historic Neighborhood Status Prompts Questions

A group of people opposing the historic designation for the Mahncke Park neighborhood rallied in late July.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The dust up in Mahncke Park over a historic neighborhood designation divided the community, with some wanting to avoid the added restriction on construction but others striving to protect their neighborhood from rapid development.

Lots of buzz and media attention were on the neighbors, but now those petitioning the city have seen support drop to a level that makes the current proposal untenable, according to the Office of Historic Preservation.

The neighborhood was the first to try to attain the status since the process was reformed. 

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2014 Election
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Van De Putte Announces Education Plan With Full-Day Pre-K

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced the "Texas First" education plan that she says she will implement if she is elected to the lieutenant governor's seat in November
Credit Eileen Pace

  Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte Tuesday unveiled her plan for a statewide education policy for pre-K through high school.

It's a comprehensive plan that promises to expand access to broadband for students, increase parent access to school board members, and restore school funding reduced by the last Legislature.

Van de Putte’s education plan is formed on the pillars of early childhood education programs, adequate funding for local schools, and getting rid of or cutting back on standardized testing.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Texas Moving Forward With Border Troop Surge

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

State lawmakers on the Texas House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security seem to be committed to “more boots on ground” when comes to the state-led border security operation.

Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw told lawmakers that since the surge began they have been able to decrease the amount of crime happening at the border by 56%. But he said at some point he would like DPS to get out of the border business.

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2015 Legislative Session
10:01 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Legislature Considering Changes To Texas Driver Responsibility Program

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The Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety is considering legislation for the 2015 session that would completely revamp the Texas Driver Responsibility Program.  

The program allows the Department of Public Safety to assess surcharges on traffic tickets on top of the fine and court cost. DPS notifies the drivers via mail through a private contractor, the Municipal Service Bureau or MSB.

Lawmakers have expressed concern about the interface between the DPS and MSB and local law enforcement.

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Arts & Culture
7:03 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Modern Art Meets Nature at the SA Botanical Center

Richard Hunt Sculpture
San Antonio Botanical Garden

It’s the program that takes modern art and puts it in a place you might not expect it. The program is at the San Antonio Botancial Center, and is called Art in the Garden.

"Art in the Garden is a wonderful collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary," says Bob Brackman, Executive Directs the Botanical Center. “It’s our way of showcasing wonderful contemporary Art in the canvas of the garden.”

It may at first glance seem an odd combination—modern art with nature—but not so says Brackman.

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The Source - August 5, 2014
6:40 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The Source: Collaborative Divorce

Border & Immigration
6:09 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Texas Education Agency Not Sure What To Do With Immigrant Children

Credit Texas Education Agency

Following a surge of Central American minors crossing  into the United States illegally, the state of Texas is attempting to figure out what to do about their education. 

A 1982 Supreme Court ruing mandated that all states would be required to provide an education to migrant children regardless of legal status. With the recent increase of Central American children, the  Texas Education Agency is not sure what to do.

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City Government
5:43 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Mayor Taylor Unveils 300-Day Plan For San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor takes questions from the media following Tuesday's luncheon.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has unveiled her vision for the city at a North San Antonio Chamber luncheon after being on the job for two weeks.

“In those two weeks I’ve had to address streetcars, charter changes, storm water fees, and continuing negotiations on police and fire contracts,” Taylor told an audience of high-ranking officials. “It seems a lot longer than two weeks.”

The chamber luncheon is the first time she has had the chance to present her vision for San Antonio while she is in office over the next 300 days.

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