Ivy Taylor

3:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Mayor Taylor Proposes Truce To City Unions; They Believe It Isn’t Enough

Mayor Ivy Taylor called for a "cooling off" period between the city and public safety unions.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has said that name-calling would get the city and public safety unions nowhere in the ongoing negotiations for uniform healthcare and benefits.

Taylor, though, has offered an olive branch of sorts, in the hope of reaching a compromise with the unions. She called for a cooling off period — a holiday truce — from the widespread attack ads and harsh rhetoric that have marked the negotiations with city unions over healthcare and other benefits.

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The Source - October 27, 2014
9:37 am
Tue October 28, 2014

The Source: Taylor Doesn't Rule Out Run For Mayor In May

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On July 22 the members of the San Antonio City Council held a special election to fill the vacant position for Mayor. After council members Ivy Taylor and Ray Lopez split the vote 5-3 in favor of Taylor, Lopez withdrew from consideration, and Taylor was elected with a 9-0 vote. The term runs to May when city elections will be held - that's about six months from now.

And starting Oct 28 at 5 pm Mayor Taylor will kick off a listening tour of San Antonio at the Mission Trails library.

Or you could say she's kicking it off here on The Source.

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Charter Amendment
4:36 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Streetcar Charter Amendment Heads To Full Council

A draft of the charter amendment approved without changes.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

An amendment to the city charter regarding a public vote for future streetcar and lightrail funding is heading to the city council.

A governance committee comprised of Mayor Ivy Taylor and four council members voted to approve the one sentence amendment. The first step of putting the streetcar amendment on the ballot has passed.

Abbreviated, it states that any grant of permission to alter or damage any public way for streetcar or lightrail tracks or any funds or bonds appropriated for such projects must be approved by a majority of voters.

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The Source - August 11, 2014
10:42 am
Mon August 11, 2014

The Source: New Mayor, New Agenda

Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

When Ivy Taylor took the reins as mayor many thought it would be business as usual, and the 10-month term was a placeholder intended to increase the council member's credibility and visibility for a future run in another body.

Now, less than two weeks into her term, Mayor Taylor has pulled the plug on streetcar. She says she wants a delay to commercial storm water drainage fees, and she is squaring off for another round of tough negotiations with police and fire over health care and pension costs. 

What will the legacy be of Mayor Taylor?


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City Government
5:43 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Mayor Taylor Unveils 300-Day Plan For San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor takes questions from the media following Tuesday's luncheon.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has unveiled her vision for the city at a North San Antonio Chamber luncheon after being on the job for two weeks.

“In those two weeks I’ve had to address streetcars, charter changes, storm water fees, and continuing negotiations on police and fire contracts,” Taylor told an audience of high-ranking officials. “It seems a lot longer than two weeks.”

The chamber luncheon is the first time she has had the chance to present her vision for San Antonio while she is in office over the next 300 days.

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City Government
11:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Streetcar Future Uncertain As City Takes Unexpected Turn

City council members are requesting an ordinance to withdraw the city's $32 million contribution to VIA's streetcar project. Image URL: http://bit.ly/1oBFHos
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San Antonio's streetcar project hit a major hurdle Monday when city council asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would withdraw the city's $32 million contribution from the project.

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City Government
2:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Taylor Makes History As First African American Mayor Of San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor addresses the media after the council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When voting finally got underway Tuesday in a packed city council chamber, the top two candidates out of the four vying for the interim mayor position became clear: Ivy Taylor from District 2 and Ray Lopez from District 6, who secured all of the votes.

District 5 councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, both of whom are rookie council members, did not receive any votes.

In the initial round of voting, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez's two. The second round tilted Taylor's direction even more, this time with a vote split of 5-3.

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The Source - July 22, 2014
10:26 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Source: Will New Mayor Mean New Priorities?

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Updated 12:10 PM: 

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

After a multiple rounds of voting by council members had whittled the field to Lopez and Taylor, a 5-3 vote brought Taylor within one. At this point Lopez withdrew his name, saying it was time to unify around a candidate and move forward.

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Eastside Revitalization
10:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

San Antonio One Of Five Cities To Earn Presidential Promise Zone Designation

District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor will learn more about the promise zone designation during a White House announcement Thursday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Thursday President Barack Obama will announce that San Antonio is one of five promise zones that will receive additional tools to help revive struggling and impoverished neighborhoods.

The other promise zone's are: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The announcement by the White House means that the zones will get tax incentives and grants to help places like San Antonio's Eastside build better neighborhoods, residential areas and businesses.

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Craft Beer
4:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Alamo Brewing Breaks Ground At Hays Street Bridge Location

State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio (left) and Eugene Simor, founder of Alamo Brewing, drink the signature Alamo Golden Ale at the brewery's groundbreaking Friday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Alamo Golden Ale's motto is "Brewed with a fiercely independent spirit," and that's what it took, almost literally, for Eugene Simor to see the groundbreaking on his near-Eastside brewery.

The location is symbolic. Alamo Golden Ale, along with German lagers and seasonal selections, will be brewed about 12 minutes from the site of the sacred grounds of the Alamo.

"For the last 10 years I've brewed just one single product, which is Alamo Golden Ale," Simor said. "So considering that I just have one beer, we've actually done pretty good with our sales."

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