City of San Antonio

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Early Voting continues in San Antonio's municipal elections. In addition to 10 council jobs and a Mayor's chair, a charter amendment was proposed to raise the pay for those elected city officials to a salary level. 

San Antonio is the only large city in Texas to not pay a full-time salary to its elected city leaders. Under the current system Council Members are paid $20 per meeting and the Mayor is paid a stipend of $4,040.

San Antonio has a big population and a large footprint. The next Mayor of the city will have to deal with impending issues like urban redevelopment, gentrification, water conservation, growing industry, and a myriad of transportation issues.

Where the city goes can be directed by a Mayor's vision. We invited four of the leading candidate in next month's city election to discover their visions for San Antonio. We invite your calls (210-614-8980) and emails (thesource [at] tpr.org).

Guests:

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Will the Austin-San Antonio area become the new Dallas-Ft. Worth? New census data shows that Hays and Comal Counties are among the fastest growing in the country. Both grew by around four percent last year, which has some mayors and city planners considering the possibility of a new mega-region.

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The City of San Antonio’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has begun the evaluation process of limited purpose annexation for five priority areas.

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Julián Castro has been running the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development for nine months. In that time he has shepherded millions of dollars to communities for a variety of issues. One of the biggest issues in the nation he says is the tightening of credit standards for people seeking home loans as well as access to affordable housing.

How can communities improve the inner city while maintaining the character and longtime residents of neighborhoods?

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