City Council

Environment
5:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

SARA General Manager Says City Not Ready For Ban On Plastic Bags - Yet

Plastic bags are a significant problem for trash along the San Antonio River. This pictures illustrates a portion of trash at Blue Wing Road near the Salado Creek confluence.
San Antonio River Authority

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.

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The Source - November 19, 2013
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Source: Raising The Minimum Wage | City Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Flickr user Trisha Weir cc

In the first segment:

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.  

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Fiesta 2014
4:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

2014 Fiesta Gets An Extra Week, For Religious Reasons

The Fiesta 2014 poster by Marcelino Villanueva has been unveiled!
Fiesta Commission

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.

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City Government
2:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Starting In February, The Average CPS Energy Customer Will Pay $4.68 More

CPS Energy

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.

City Government
1:40 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Krier Tapped To Fill District 9 Council Seat

Joe Krier, the former head of the Greater Chamber of Commerce, joins Downey in his intent not to run for the seat in the special election. Paula McGee also said while she doesn't intend on running, she is not ruling it out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Update (1:40 p.m.): Joe Krier has been named the interim representative for District 9 on the San Antonio City Council.

Mayor Julián Castro kicked off the support for Krier, citing his experience, community leadership and understanding of the district and people in District 9 as reasons for choosing him.

Art Downey, another of the three finalists and chair of the city's Ethics Review Board, received two votes. Paula McGee, another finalists, did not receive any votes.

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City Government
11:11 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Meet the 9 Applicants (So Far) For San Antonio City Council District 9

Art Downey chairs the city's Ethics Review Board. He is one of the interested candidates to fill the vacant District 9 seat until a special election is held next May.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nine candidates from a wide range of backgrounds have applied to to fill Elisa Chan's District 9 seat for six months until the position can be voted on in May 2014.

Chan vacated the seat in order to run for Texas Senate District 25, where she will face incumbent Donna Campbell, who won in the November 2012 general election.

Here are the nine applicants so far:

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The Source - October 29, 2013
3:04 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Source: Streamlining Health Information | H-E-B Downtown

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In the first segment:

Having all your health information at the fingertips of your doctors is more than just a useful desire, according to several recent studies it is an endeavor that would save time, millions of dollars per year to consumers as well as improve health outcomes.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and healthcare providers are required to implement a lot of changes in the way that medical records are accessible. Health information exchanges are being built throughout the country in counties and cities.

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The Source - October 23, 2013
12:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Source: Ethical Ruses In Texas | How The NSA's Spying Has Impacted Diplomacy

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

The backlash from the non-discrimination ordinance continues to play out here in San Antonio. While anti-NDO advocates were unable to force a citywide vote for the policy -- failing to garner even half the required signatures -- recall efforts for the mayor and several council members who voted for the policy continue.  

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The Source - October 21, 2013
12:06 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

The Source: City Councilor Wanted | The New Middle East

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

Today the city begins taking applications for the position of District 9 city council member. Elisa Chan attended her final city council meeting as a member last Thursday.  

Does the district need another pro-business, social conservative with a style that some have described as confrontational? Or would they rather have someone a little more mild mannered?  

We talk with San Antonio Express-News columnist Gilbert Garcia about who the current front runners are and what they represent.

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City Council
1:00 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Gonzales First Elected Leader To Give Birth While A Council Member

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday to Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales has given birth to a baby boy.

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, weighing 4 pounds 9 ounces and is 19 inches long.

Mayor Julián Castro and City Clerk Leticia Vacek offered a congratulations to Gonzales and her husband, Kevin, at Thursday's council meeting.

In a statement, Castro said:

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