East Side

The Source - July 17, 2013
11:29 am
Wed July 17, 2013

The Source: Graffiti In San Antonio | Investing In The Eastside

Graffiti in San Antonio
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Graffiti costs Americans $8 billion a year. The city of San Antonio estimates the cost at over $1 million  and is considering beefing up the ordinance.  

Michael Shannon with the city's graffiti abatement program joins us along with Deputy Janae Florance of the San Antonio Police Department to talk about what the city is doing to clean up this blight.

You can contact the City's graffiti initiative at 210-207-BUFF (2833)

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Summer Break
5:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SAISD Launches Book Mobile To Help Encourage Summer Reading

David Cortez picks a book out of one of the boxes
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Elementary students on the near Eastside are getting access to free books during summer vacation thanks to a roaming book mobile.

In the lobby of Herff Elementary -- a dual-language school -- sit 1,500 books in different boxes marked by grade level and language. Principal Tracy Smith is trying an experiment to get these books in the hands children in the neighborhood over the summer.

"This is the maiden voyage – maiden voyage of the Herff Book Mobile," Smith said.

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NBA Finals
10:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Spurs Stars Dedicate New Learning Center At Wheatley Middle School

Matt Bonner reads to children at the new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Spurs are holding a one-game advantage in their showdown with the Miami Heat for the NBA Finals, and despite the pressure, the team took time Wednesday to dedicate a new learning center at Wheatley Middle School.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said this is the 811th NBA live, learn and play center of its kind. Teams who make the finals are given an NBA grant to give back to their communities.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pre-K Board Seeking Developers For Remaining Learning Centers

Area on Lord Road where the Eastside model education center is proposed.
Google Street View

Although Pre-K 4 SA's first two model education centers aren't yet open, the board of directors is now submitting a request for proposals from developers to begin looking at two additional sites on the east and west sides of town.

The remaining education centers will fulfill the requirements of the eight-year Pre-K 4 SA program, which is expected to see 22,400 students over the initial life of the program.

This August the first two centers, one on the Northwest Side and the other on the Southeast Side, will open.

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Urban Revitalization
2:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Quarterly Grant Helps Nonprofit Assist Low-Income Families

A project of Merced Housing Texas under construction on the West Side of San Antonio, Casitas de Villa Corona is an apartment community for low-income seniors.
Merced Housing Texas

San Antonio nonprofit Merced Housing Texas has received a $200,000 grant to help low-income families in its housing developments and throughout the city.

For the next two years the group will receive $25,000 every quarter to help facilitate its programs. Merced operates nearly 1,700 units for low income people across the state in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, San Antonio and other cities but are based here.

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Community
9:46 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Federal Officials Make Recommendations For East Side Improvements

An apartment building in the Wheatley Courts complex.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Federal officials visited San Antonio's East Side this week to guage how reinvestment dollars are shaping housing and education needs.

The city received federal funding in the form of two grants: the Choice Neighborhood Grant, awarded in 2012, which targets housing, and the Promise Neighborhood Grant, awarded in 2011, which focuses on education.

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San Antonio Arson Bureau
10:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

500 Fires Investigated By Arson Bureau Last Year, 260 Set Intentionally

Captain Chris Casals, head of SAFD's Arson Bureau, speaks to the media on the role of the department.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Fire Department held an open house to the media this week to detail what it does to determine whether or not a fire is considered an act of arson.

The fire department has 17 arson investigators, who the past two years have been called out to more than 1,200 fires.  Captain Chris Casals, with the San Antonio Fire Department's Arson Bureau, said his division exists to determine the cause and origin of a fire.

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Choice Neighborhood Grant
12:46 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Housing Authority Awarded $29 Million HUD Grant For Eastside Development

SAPD Chief William McManus (Left), Congressman Lloyd Doggett, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, SAHA President/CEO Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, and SAHA Board Chair Ramiro Cavasos hold the 'mega-check' presented.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant will help revitalize the 71-year-old Wheatley Courts housing complex on the Eastside.  248 families call the courts home, where the average income is only $7,500 per year.

San Antonio Housing Authority President Lourdes Castro-Ramirez said the complex will be completely rebuilt.

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East Side Redevelopment
3:52 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

New Housing Development Another Piece of East Side Redevelopment

The Park at Sutton Oaks will open in the spring of 2013 and is an energy leader among multi-family, mixed income developments.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Phase two of a $29.4 million mixed-income housing development will be constructed on the East Side off I-35 and Walters, near Woodard Park.

The money, coming from the City of San Antonio, the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development and the San Antonio Housing Authority, will build 208 units in total: 49 public housing units, 113 affordable units, and 46 market rate units.

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Community
12:30 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wheatley Sports Complex Needs Teams to Use Facilities

The Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, which opened earlier this year, is ready for rentals by leagues and non-athletic events
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Wheatley Heights Sports Complex opened up on San Antonio's East Side at the beginning of the year. Bexar County, the city and the Eastside Christian Action Group partnered to offer a place where teams can come play ball.

“It’s a wonderful amateur sports facility right in the heart of the East Side that provides a wonderful place for recreation for our youth,” said District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

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