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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.