City Council

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
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is asking for a comprehensive water plan through the year 2050.

The plan would include how city growth patterns will impact the Edwards Aquifer and San Antonio Water System. Nirenberg said the number one threat to the state's economy and future prosperity is water scarcity.

In a request to the city staff, he outlined a compilation of all city policies, procedures, standards and regulations into one place so that council members can easily understand the water situation now and for the future.

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City Government
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Council Committees Weigh Privacy Issues With Police Body Cameras

Cameras are already mounted on patrol cars, but San Antonio is one of several cities currently exploring the possibility of officers wearing cameras as part of their uniform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council's Public Safety Committee had the chance Monday to hear more about the San Antonio Police Department proposal for police body cameras.

Police Chief William McManus appeared before Mayor Julián Castro and the Governance Committee in January and told them the body camera pilot program would last about nine months beginning in March. The cameras would cost $100,000 for the test period but city leaders are trying to work out a deal to loan the cameras for free.

But there are still big concerns about the technology. One of them is privacy.

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Government
12:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

City Partners With UHS In Teen Pregnancy Reduction Effort

Mike Gallagher, the newly appointed member to District 10, opposed the birth control agreement between the city and University Health System.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The City of San Antonio and the University Health System are partnering to target teen pregnancy.

A few years ago, San Antonio residents identified teen pregnancy as the biggest problem the city faces. While leaders with the SA2020 initiative say teen pregnancy is down, Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker said the rate is still far above the national average at 40 percent.

To further reduce the pregnancy rate, the city reached an agreement with University Health to provide about 250 girls with the contraceptive each year for three years.

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City Government
11:55 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Update: Special Election For District 9 & 10 Council Seats Is May 10

The city council is expected to officially call for a special election May 10 to fill former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's District 9, and former Councilman Carlton Soules' District 10.
City of San Antonio

Update (2/7): City council voted Thursday to call a special election for May 10 to fill the unexpired terms of former District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and former District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules.

Applicants who wish to run in the special election may file for a place on the ballot beginning Feb. 10. The filing deadline is March 10.

According to the Bexar County Elections Office, the city's special election will be held in conjunction with Bexar County's joint general and special election.

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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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City Government
9:44 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Residents Recommend Mike Gallagher To Replace Soules In District 10

Mike Gallagher addressed the gathered crowd of North Side neighborhood groups.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Through a series of meetings and interviews, neighborhood leaders in the city's North Side District 10 have come to a conclusion on who they want to replace outgoing Councilman Carlton Soules. 

Soules, in his second term on the city council, will step down Thursday to focus on his campaign for Bexar County judge in the Republican primaries.

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City Government
1:29 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

District 10 Interim Candidates Make Their Case For Appointment

Current city council districts.
City of San Antonio

Members of the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance are in the middle of interviewing the candidates seeking an appointment to the San Antonio City Council District 10 seat that's being vacated by Carlton Soules.

The councilman, who is in his second term, decided to leave and focus his attention on a run for Bexar County Judge.

Their interviews began this weekend and will conclude before the group's meeting next week, where the candidates will participate in a forum to meet people from the community and answer questions about their vision for the district.

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City Government
9:42 am
Thu January 9, 2014

District 9 Interim Councilman Krier Considering Election Run

Joe Krier was appointed to the City Council's District 9 seat in November. He is now considering running in the special election in May for the remainder of the term.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Two months after being appointed to the City Council District 9 seat to "fill in" until a special election can be held, Joe Krier said he's considering a run for the seat in May.

The former Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce executive said he was careful with his words during his November interview, telling the council he did not anticipate to seek the seat beyond six months.

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City Government
1:46 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Preliminary Numbers Show City Is $13M Ahead This Year

City of San Antonio

San Antonio's end-of-year check on its financial status indicates the city is $13.6 million ahead.

The added revenue from property taxes, sales tax, CPS Energy, and licenses, permits and user fees brought in the extra money that city leaders hadn't planned on.

That revenue brings the city's reserve balance to $21.2 million to help balance fiscal year 2015.

The city adopted the 2014 budget in September. At that time, the city faced a budget gap and predicted another one for 2015 to the tune of $30 million.

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