Ivy Taylor

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Tuesday at the newly expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor gave her "State of the City" speech. She praised colleagues, city leaders, and described the state of the San Antonio as "strong." 

We talk with San Antonio Express-News Columnist Gilbert Garcia for his reaction and analysis to Mayor Taylor's second time at this podium.


  • Gilbert Garcia, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio Water System

Update: SAWS released the following statement at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday:

The Vista Ridge Water Supply Project has new leadership. Garney Construction has concluded an agreement with Spanish firm Abengoa S.A. to assume the lead role in the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Vista Ridge pipeline project. Garney will acquire an 80 percent equity stake and take over control of the project.

Original Story

Financially troubled Abengoa is taking steps to sell its majority stake in the $844 million Vista Ridge water pipeline.  Mayor Ivy Taylor made the announcement at her State of the City address Tuesday.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Last Week, Mayor Ivy Taylor was granted a waiver for any ethics complaints, past or future, over a conflict of interest that existed last year. The conflict, Taylor - as Mayor - was a board member of the San Antonio Housing Authority, while her husband collected housing vouchers from SAHA for low-income tenants.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio council members will consider action Thursday that would absolve Mayor Ivy Taylor from a perceived conflict that arose during her political campaign. 

From Texas Standard:

In 2013, when Ivy Taylor – now the mayor of San Antonio – told council members she would oppose a sweeping non-discrimination ordinance there, the self-described Democrat was roundly criticized by many on the left.

Her response was telling: "I will not sacrifice my core values and beliefs for political gain," she said. "And if that was the expectation for me as a black woman... you've got the wrong sister in this seat."