City Council

EPA Regulations
12:58 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

EPA Pushing Compliance With Clean Water Act - SAWS May Increase Rates

SAWS

San Antonio Water System customers could be facing a rate increase of nearly 10 percent in 2013. An aging infrastructure is one reason, but another is pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency.

SAWS spokesperson Anne Hayden said each year the EPA targets cities to reduce sewage overflows. San Antonio treats more than 250 million gallons of sewage each day. Hayden said 99.9 percent of that sewage never escapes the system, but the EPA wants even better numbers for compliance with the Clean Water Act.

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City Ordinances
3:15 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Councilman Lopez Proposing Ordinance To Tighten Rules On Sexually-Oriented Businesses

City Council passed an ordinance in 2005 seeking to regulate sexually-oriented businesses, but an injunction fell into place that prevented the city from enforcing the new rules. The injunction was lifted in 2010, but sexually-oriented businesses have continued to operate with very few regulations being enforced.

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez is looking to change all that with his ordinance that strengthens the language as to what constitutes a sexually-oriented business.

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SAPD Spending
9:21 am
Fri October 26, 2012

City Council Will Vote to Replace SAPD Fleet With SUVs

One of the 134 Chevy Tahoes currently in use by SAPD.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Following a transition to the new Public Safety Headquarters – the new home of the San Antonio Police Department – Police Chief William McManus is pushing for a change that will change the look of the department to the public.

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Hays Street Bridge
9:37 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group Demands Public Vote for Land Use

Graciela Sanchez of the Esparanza Peace and Justice Center and Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group protests the use of the land as an area to be developed.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Members of the Hays Street Bridge Restoration Group lined the steps of San Antonio City Hall Monday to demand a public vote on the use of the vacant land adjacent to the historic bridge. The group wants a park in the open space, not a brewery. 

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San Antonio Police Department
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

SAPD Ride-Along Offers New Perspective of Community in San Antonio

Dozens of officers and firefighters responded to a scene on Frio City Rd. for a call of a man atop a freight train.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nearly 2,300 police officers patrol the streets of San Antonio, and Councilman Rey Saldaña said the issues are about the same as other cities of a similar size, but here in the Alamo City, the policing is different.

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City Hall
2:15 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

San Antonio City Council Votes on Key Issues

City council voted to approve the convention center expansion and the new council district map, and also ruled to approve the payday loan ordinance championed by District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal.

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City Council Redistricting
4:06 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

City Council to Take Up Approval of New District Lines

Austin attorney David Mendez shows the revised illustrative map he drew after gathering input from the community on new council district boundary lines.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

“Simplistically said, San Antonio’s population growth during the decade is Hispanic, very much Hispanic," said David Mendez, who has been drawing redistricting maps for more than 30 years.

He said San Antonio is straightforward when it comes to redrawing city council district lines, but what was different for the Alamo City during this census round is where the growth was reported, and who was moving there.

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2013 City Budget
3:49 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

San Antonio City Council Adopts $2.3 Billion Budget for 2013

City of San Antonio

District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor said she wants to remain committed to code enforcement, as many residents had expressed during ten city-wide meetings to identify priorities in the budget.

However, during the voting process Taylor caused a little confusion when she motioned to adopt the budget, with the exception of the line item for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

"She was just recently elected to the board," said City Clerk Leticia Vacek, "after this is voted upon we will have another motion voting for that particular funding."

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City Council Debate
3:39 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Capital Improvements Expansion Goes Forward Despite Chan Opposition

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan looks frustrated at a city meeting discussing the proposed CIMS expansion.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Capital Improvements Management Services Department (CIMS) could grow by eight project management positions under a plan devised by the city council.  

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