City Council

Air Quality
4:06 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Getting State Help With Air Quality Plan

Credit City of San Antonio

The state of Texas will be helping San Antonio meet air quality standards. During a city council committee meeting Wednesday, San Antonio's intergovernmental relations director, Jeff Coyle, told members that a plan will be drafted by the state to allow local leaders to choose how to best solve the region's air quality needs.

The state has agreed to do a draft a study for San Antonio to identify air quality solutions that local leaders can implement.

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City Government
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

San Antonio Residents Take Part In Next Round Of Budget Workshops

Chris Callanen, assistant to the city council, writes down ideas from residents at Monday's budget workshop.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Residents gathered on the Southeast Side Monday night to give their ideas to city leaders on the budget.

City employees like Animal Care Services director Kathy Davis led the table discussions on what people believe to be important to them and how they feel the budget could be better. One resident at a table, Sandra, said she thinks the city could make better use of funds by selling office and other items not being used anymore.

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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. 

Guest:

  • Ryan Loyd, TPR's city hall reporter
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City Ordinances
3:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

No Clear Way Forward For Ride-Share Services In San Antonio

A city council public safety meeting in May to discuss the ride-share issue.
Credit Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Iowa is now the 20th state to issue a warning to its residents about ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber, cautioning of hidden risks such as devastating financial losses due to non-covered claims.

While Texas has not done so, cities like San Antonio are still trying to move forward with integration of the transportation companies. So far it has been slow going.

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City Government
2:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Taylor Makes History As First African American Mayor Of San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor addresses the media after the council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When voting finally got underway Tuesday in a packed city council chamber, the top two candidates out of the four vying for the interim mayor position became clear: Ivy Taylor from District 2 and Ray Lopez from District 6, who secured all of the votes.

District 5 councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, both of whom are rookie council members, did not receive any votes.

In the initial round of voting, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez's two. The second round tilted Taylor's direction even more, this time with a vote split of 5-3.

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The Source - July 22, 2014
10:26 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Source: Will New Mayor Mean New Priorities?

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Updated 12:10 PM: 

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

After a multiple rounds of voting by council members had whittled the field to Lopez and Taylor, a 5-3 vote brought Taylor within one. At this point Lopez withdrew his name, saying it was time to unify around a candidate and move forward.

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The Source - July 16, 2014
10:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Source: Wanted: New Mayor, Apply Within

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Outgoing Mayor Julián Castro leaves some pretty big shoes to fill. The popular mayor was known nationwide and whether you liked him or not he brought a spotlight to San Antonio. As Castro prepares to leave for a cabinet job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, several potential heirs on city council jockey for position.

What do you want from your next mayor? Do you want someone to continue the "decade of downtown" proposals of Castro or someone who wants to refocus on other areas? 

What will next year's race look like?

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City Government
4:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Dist. 9 Councilman Krier Takes Name Out Of Consideration For Interim Mayor

Joe Krier issued a statement saying he does not want to be considered for the job of interim mayor.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

As many members of the city council submit their letters of interest to the city clerk to be interim mayor, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier released a letter stating he does not want to be considered for the job.

"Having just been elected May 10, I have made a commitment to the residents of District 9 to serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's term," he said in his statement.

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City Government
2:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

City NDO Complaint Website Still In The Works, Rollout Expected In August

Credit City of San Antonio

For people in the Alamo City waiting for a one-stop place to file a complaint relating to the revised non-discrimination ordinance, the wait will be just a little longer.

San Antonio city attorneys are continuing to work on the website's content and forms, and had hoped to have it online by July. Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche is now aiming for August.

Asked Tuesday where the site is in its completion phase, Zertuche said it is three-quarters of the way finished.

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City Government
5:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Anonymous Email Makes Allegations Against Councilman Cris Medina

An anonymous email released Thursday alleges Medina misused office, staff member time, and funds.
Credit City of San Antonio

A lengthy and highly charged email went out to members of the media Thursday, alleging misconduct, illegal use of campaign funds and city office time, and the suspicious firing of several staffers from Councilman Cris Medina's office.

Medina told TPR during a phone conversation following the release of the email that he's looking into pressing criminal charges against the still-unknown writer of that email for impersonating him because it appeared to originate from the councilman himself.

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