City Council

The Source - February 26, 2014
10:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Is A Bag Ban On The Horizon For San Antonio?

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

The city's governance committee will soon be considering a ban on single-use plastic bags -- bags you would use at the grocery store, take-out bags and bags at several retailers. 

According to District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, the city spends $1.3 million cleaning up discarded bags. The threat to the environment from the bags, which you currently cannot recycle anywhere but at retail-based bins, was the main concern of city leaders and one community advisory board.

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Community Safety
2:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

City Increasing Pedestrian Safety In Area Where Girl Was Killed By Speeding Driver

City of San Antonio

One of District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier's goals has been safer streets and he recently announced several initiatives to increase driver and pedestrian awareness following the death of a nine-year-old girl.

Tatyana Babineaux was struck on Jan. 15 walking by herself on the way to school when a driver hit her, then fled the scene, in the 1700 block of Braesview.

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City Government
2:57 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Considers Brodcasting B Sessions For Better Public Access

City of San Antonio

Most people who work are unable to make the trek to City Hall to watch city council in action for themselves.

That's why the council's main Thursday A sessions, where votes take place, can be seen on TVSA online or on certain cable providers, including Time Warner channel 21, Grande channel 20, and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

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City Government
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations

Members from the police and fire departments lined the plaza outside City Hall to let council members know how they feel about their benefits.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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City Government
1:32 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Bag Ban Removed From Council Agenda For More Input, Pushed To March

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

This week the San Antonio City Council Governance Committee was to discuss a potential single-use plastic bag ban but the item was pulled from the agenda.

In an effort to get community input on a possible plastic bag ban in San Antonio, District 7 Councilman Cris Medina last week convened a group of people from the retail industry, the city and others to talk about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

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City Government
12:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Nirenberg Outlines Goals In Inaugural State Of District 8 Address

District 8 residents collaborated on goals they'd like to accomplish. They participated in round table discussions before Councilman Nirenberg delivered his inaugural State of District 8 speech.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Residents in San Antonio City Council District 8 on the Northwest Side gathered Saturday evening to hear their councilman, Ron Nirenberg, outline his vision for the future.

It was Nirenberg's first State of District 8 address. But residents in attendance didn't just listen. Every table full of involved citizens got the chance to put their heads together to come up with ideas for their district. They collaborated on various topics and they shared their ideas with others. One table thought about how to make downtown attractive.

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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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