One of San Antonio’s big citywide celebrations has been getting an overhaul: It’s Luminaria, the light-centered, art-focused springtime celebration that has thrilled San Antonians at Hemisfair for the last several years. But not anymore.
“We like to move kind of with how the city is moving. And that area with the Tobin Center coming up, and the Southwest Center’s already there, just seemed like a really good palate to stage Luminaria this year," said Luminaria Board President Liz Tullis on moving the celebration from Hemisfair to River North.
Fronteras: More cities, including Austin, are considering municipal ID cards — partly with undocumented immigrants in mind. New Haven, Connecticut, was a leader when it issued resident cards years ago. We speak to the former mayor there to see what impact these city-issued IDs have had. Two University of North Texas professors are developing a drone that can help during emergencies. Also, a San Antonio artist is delving into public art for the first time. We look at Vincent Valdez's first public installation.
The city has initiated a push today to microchip pets.
It is the equivalent of a dog’s wallet or a cat’s purse. The microchip technology identifies each animal with its name, pet owner, address and phone number so it can be returned in case its gets lost in the future.
Each season, the San Antonio Symphony welcomes a handful of new musicians to its ranks…and this season, the orchestra welcomes a new assistant concertmaster. Violinist Sarah Silver is a Pittsburgh native whose father is a long time violist in the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her mother is a music teacher and orchestra director in the public school system. It’s not too surprising that Sarah ended up falling in love with music at a very young age.
Patrick Sparks is the president of Texas Dance Hall Preservation - you can find them online at TexasDanceHall.org. They have information about where the dance halls are and what events are coming up at them.
"It's a kind of magic; people who have never been to a real Texas dance hall go to one, it's a real experience for them. So there's a huge feeling in the state and elsewhere for the halls and how important they are."
Since a federal block grant to create an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely, lawmakers are considering what other options may be available in 2015 in order to cover that portion of Texas’ uninsured population.
Construction workers hurried up and down the halls this week, carrying drills and popping in and out of classrooms. They are on a deadline of the year to finish up the final two Pre-K 4 SA centers in the program.
The East and West education centers are expected to welcome 350 students each this year. In all, the four education centers -- two of which opened last year on the north and south sides of town -- will greet 1,500 students.
Lyft drivers across the city are picking up riders and dropping them off. The mobile app is one indication of the company still operating illegally in San Antonio, where a cease-and-desist order remains in place.
This week, the city council's public safety committee upheld the city's stance on the company and decided to form a task force that will make recommendations on how to implement Transportation Network Companies (TNC) so they will fit into the current Chapter 33 vehicle-for-hire ordinance.