City Council

City Government
12:57 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mixed Review For Anti-Discrimination Proposal

The council's governance committee met in the main chamber halls because many people on both sides of the anti-discrimination issue showed up to hear the discussion.
Ryan Loyd TPR

When it comes to city hiring practices or contracts the council awards, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal believes everyone should be included in protections against discrimination, which is why he’s suggesting an update to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies to include gender identity, sexual orientation, and veterans.

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City Government
4:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bernal Gets Support, Backlash On Anti-Discrimination Expansion Proposal

District 1's Diego Bernal says the city is lagging on anti-discrimination policies and has proposed an expansion to include such groups as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

The San Antonio City Council could soon take up an anti-discrimination ordinance to include additional groups.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal proposed a policy that would also be consolidated with other anti-discrimination regulations that he said are scattered about in a constellation of codes and ordinances.

City staffers are researching how to go about consolidating the policies. The council’s governance committee will meet Tuesday and decide whether to advance the issue to the full city council.

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City Government
2:36 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

With Only 7 Percent Voter Turnout In May Election, City Policies Roll On

Current San Antonio City Council Districts.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Voters cast their ballots over the weekend and now that the city elections are over - except for two June runoffs in Districts 5 and 8 - the direction of policies in San Antonio will largely continue uninterrupted.

This is mostly to do with the fact that voters chose candidates like Mayor Julián Castro, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, who all support progressive issues.

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City Council Elections
11:12 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Rebecca Viagran Unseats Ozuna With Ease In District 3

Rebecca Viagran talks to supporters on election night after she handily won the District 3 seat.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio's South Side has a new councilwoman to represent them at City Hall. Rebecca Viagran clinched 51 percent of the vote, surging far above Leticia Ozuna’s 38 percent.

Ozuna, although not truly an incumbent because she was appointed to the seat a year and a half ago to fill Jennifer Ramos’ unexpired term, was running her first race and expected to win the seat.

She cited experience and her work on technology issues for the city as reasons she should come back for a full term. Mayor Julián Castro also endorsed her.

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City Council
2:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Following Recent Ethics Questions, City Council Votes To Raise Standards

Councilwoman Elisa Chan came under fire for not disclosing that her North Side business bordered the site for a proposed branch library.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

New ethics standards are on their way to San Antonio City Hall as the city council voted to add changes to the ethics code after several recent incidents cast a shadow of doubt on city leaders.

The most recent incident was over the vote for a new District 9 library, which was located next to Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s North Side business.

At the time, city staffers working on the project knew the library and Chan’s business, Unitech, were bordering each other, but said nothing to the city council on the matter.

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The Source - May 9, 2013
10:25 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Source: Election Round-Up And VIA Streetcars

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

With several competitive races this election cycle, the city council may see a change in composition next session.

Join Gilbert Garcia from the San Antonio Express-News, Callie Enlow, editor of the the San Antonio Current, and Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd as they parse the data and the candidates.

In the second segment:

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Land Rights
2:38 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Helotes-San Antonio Land Dispute Coming To A Resolution

City of Helotes sits on the northwest side of San Antonio

The cities of Helotes and San Antonio may be close to a resolution on a land deal that would allow the landlocked smaller town to gain additional territory.

A negotiated deal is on the San Antonio City Council agenda next week.

For years, Helotes and its city leaders have been in discussions with San Antonio to acquire 6.7 square miles as part of that town’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). San Antonio offered a smaller piece, but Helotes Mayor Tom Schoolcraft rejected the offer.

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Land Rights
10:04 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Land Battle Tests Usually Friendly Helotes-San Antonio Relationship

Floore's Country Store in Helotes.
Flickr user LadyJaneGrey (Sarah Martin) cc

The 2013 land grab is underway between the cities of San Antonio and Helotes. Helotes city leaders are taking on San Antonio with legislation for a few square miles that San Antonio doesn’t want to let go of.

Helotes and residents of the San Antonio Ranch subdivision want the town to scoop up a swath of land that’s in San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The City of Helotes is asking for San Antonio to release a 6.7 square mile parcel of land that is outside of San Antonio’s city limits.

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The Source - April 16, 2013
6:19 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Source: Ethics In Every Decision At City Hall

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In The First Segment:

Art Downey, chairman of the Ethics Review Board, and Brian Chasnoff, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, join us to talk about the continuing role of ethics in decisions made at City Hall.

After the latest incident, this one involving District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, San Antonio residents want to know what the city plans to do about the culture at City Hall.

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City Council Elections
10:39 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Redistricting Forces Candidates Into New District Race

Dist. 10 Councilman Carlton Soules speaks to residents during a town hall forum.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arthur Thomas, 34, and Celeste Montez-Tidwell, 45, thought they’d be running in District 9 when they decided to make a run for the San Antonio City Council.

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