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The Source - February 26, 2014
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The Source: Defense Budget Cuts

The Pentagon
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Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, outlined his vision for the future of the Defense Department Monday in a speech to the press. A very different military is coming down the line. A different world requiring different objectives, and a different set of budget realities, have led to the proposal.

Cuts to troops, vehicles, and benefits for soldiers are all part of the outlined packaged. Several media outlets have talked about pre-1940 levels, but is there any truth to it?

Guests:

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City Government
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations

Members from the police and fire departments lined the plaza outside City Hall to let council members know how they feel about their benefits.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.

That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.

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The Source - February 18, 2014
9:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

The Source: Smart Highways | SAPD & SAFD On The City Budget

Studio Roosegaarde, a Danish design firm, has posited several smart-highway designs both low and high tech. Here is one such concept with lights illuminating only the car's path and an electric grid under the pavement.
Studio Roosegaard cc

In the first segment:

The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them. 

In 2011 congestion alone cost Americans $121 billion in lost time and gas, according to the most recent Urban Mobility Study.

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The Source - February 16, 2014
9:40 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The Source: Allies Face-Off For County Judge | City Looks To Cut Police/Fire Benefits

Bexar County Commissioner's Court.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

As early voting begins tomorrow for primary races across the state we highlight the race for the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Judge. Longtime District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is challenging sitting Judge, Nelson Wolff.

Both men have served over a decade at the county level. Adkisson was elected in 1998 and Wolff appointed as judge in 2001. 

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City Government
12:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.

The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.

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The Source - February 4, 2014
12:51 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Source: A Looming Budget Battle | The Legacy Of Bill Sinkin

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

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.

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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The Source - September 17, 2013
11:28 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Source: A City Budget | Raising Kids To Compete

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

As city leaders looked at a $50 million shortfall the City of San Antonio's draft budget, cuts to library hours and park maintenance were on the table. The ad valorem tax on property, where the city raises much of its funds, has remained flat since 2009 while property valuations have resulted in more money for city coffers.

Community organizations protested and city councilors responded.

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Hemisfair Park
4:44 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Budget More Than Doubles Money For Hemisfair Park Redevelopment

The Civic Park area on this map will revitalised into the 'door step' of Hemisfair Park.
Hemisfair PARC

As ideas continue to be generated for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park, city council has approved additional funding to the agency planning the future of the previous World’s Fair site. The corporation is also seeking public input on what the park should look like.

In it’s 2014 budget city council has approved $1.15 million to the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation. Omar Gonzalez, Hemisfair’s planning and operations director, said that’s more than double what the organization has received before.

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Delegate Agencies Deal With City Budget Cuts

For Child Abuse Awareness month in April, 6,205 pinwheels for each child in Bexar County who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.

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