This week, the San Antonio City Council is set to select its new city attorney. According to the city, 43 applicants submitted their resumes for post, a position which is being vacated by Michael Bernard.
The city narrowed the list down to five potential candidates for the position, with interviews conducted in mid-November.
A small Bexar County community trying to become its own city was denied the area of land it wanted after the San Antonio City Council voted to keep it within the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
The community of Sandy Oaks is neighborhood with about 4,000 people that is located at loop 1604 and I-37. It falls right within the ETJ of San Antonio, which is the area the city can absorb later if it decides to do so.
A new study completed by the city's human resources department shows there is no pay disparity between male and female employees who work for the city. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina requested the city take a look at potential pay disparities.
On Wednesday, Joe Angelo, chief human resources officer, went before the council's governance committee, and said there is no systemic evidence that pay disparities exist within the city.
A bag ban proposal is working its way through City Hall after District 7 Councilman Cris Medina submitted what's called a Council Consideration Request (CCR).
Medina's proposal includes a ban on single-use plastic bags in San Antonio, but included in the request is also a proposal for council meetings to go paperless and also updates to construction standards to build homes in a more energy-efficient manner.
An Ohio Wal-Mart is having a food drive so that needy employees can have a good Thanksgiving. McDonald's has a phone resource line directing its full-time employees to public services like food pantries, SNAP, and heating assistance.
San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.
The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.
The San Antonio City Council approved CPS Energy's proposed rate increase of 4.25 percent. With support from a majority of the city council, the average CPS Energy customer will be paying $4.68 more on their monthly bill.
The utility initially asked for a 4.75 percent increase, but later lowered it after concerns surfaced over the utility's employee incentive program.
CEO Doyle Beneby told the city council he wants to reduce the program even more, with a recommendation of cutting the incentive program's budget by half in 2015 and 2016.