Bexar County

Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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Bexar County Sheriff
12:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau Sworn In - First Woman Elected To Post

Susan Pamerleau sworn in by former County Judge Cyndi Krier with Pamerleau's father holding the Bible
Javier Salazar

The first woman elected to serve as Bexar County’s Sheriff was sworn in at one minute past midnight on the first day of the new year.

The day after her successful bid to defeat incumbent Amadeo Ortiz, Susan Pamerleau said she got busy, building relationships with county officials, assembling her administrative team, and taking a look at the $105 million budget she will manage.

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Criminal Justice
10:31 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Bexar County Joins Other Metros To Reform State Criminal Justice System

Bexar County

A coalition of the state’s major metro counties has an agenda to convince legislators that a sea-change is needed in rehabilitating jail and prison inmates.

The Offender Re-entry Council has been working to lower costs of criminal justice, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety, but in the early- to mid-90s, the talk around Texas was of jail overcrowding and building more prisons.

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Local Cultural Figures
9:39 am
Fri December 21, 2012

County Commissioner Paul Elizondo Added To Iconic Mi Tierra Mural

Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo takes the microphone at the unveiling of his addition to the Mi Tierra mural.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It wouldn’t be El Mercado without Mi Tierra Café and Panadería. The iconic restaurant has served presidents, ambassadors, celebrities, local leaders and generations of families who established the area in the 19th Century.

On Thursday, the famous restaurant honored another key figure in the development of local culture, Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo.

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Bexar County
9:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Announces Appointments To Management Team

The Bexar County Jail, where Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau will take office January 1
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau is using the final days of December to gather her executive team so they can hit the ground running on new year's day.

On Monday, at her second press conference since the election, Pamerleau announced she would retain Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria.

"He provides great continuity," she said. "Besides that, he’s a man of integrity, he cares about the officers, he cares about this community. He’s got the right sight picture and I know that already he and I are working great together."

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Education Achievement
2:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Local School Districts Vs. The World

Screen shot of the interactive graphic. Once you get to the report card page click on the "Begin your search" button in the upper left to start.
George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Global Report Card compares school district performance in the United States to international students from other developed countries around the world. The tool also allows you to see demographic information that helps tell a more complete story of each district.

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Construction
4:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bexar County Offering Free Construction Bonding Classes For Minority-Owned Businesses

Bexar County

Bexar County is offering classes to help certain small construction businesses get a leg up in securing contracts for new business or increasing their business.

The program is being offered to help the small construction industry business learn about the bonding process for contractors. The information offered can help businesses overcome industry challenges to help them gain surety bonds or increase their current bonding capacities.

The program is free to owners of construction-related businesses that meet minimum size, sales, and activity criteria.

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County Charter Bill
9:52 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Could The City Of San Antonio And Bexar County Become One Governing Body?

Screen cap of the Texas Legislature's District viewer showing Bexar County and San Antonio. A bill, if passed and approved by voters, would merge the governments of the two.
Texas Legislature

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County could have a unified government if a bill in the legislature giving voters the option to create a county charter is made law.

Like all counties in Texas, Bexar County has a Commissioner’s Court and its municipalities have independent mayor/council governments. A bill filed in the House by State Representative Lyle Larson would merge the two for a metro-government.

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Bexar County
9:25 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Bexar County Court Records Now Available Online

Bexar County

Bexar County employees have completed the first phase of uploading court records to the Internet. The county's database is now available for anyone to search for court documents filed with the district clerk or the county clerk’s offices.

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2012 Election
2:02 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Taking A Look At Bexar County Election Results

Bexar County

Generally speaking, Texas is a Red state - the Romney/Ryan ticket landed 57 percent of the vote to the Obama/Biden 41 percent, which failed to reach the 44 percent they got in 2008 - but the vote counts in metropolitan areas show strong pockets of Democratic support.

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