San Antonio’s East Side has long been in the spotlight for gun violence and concerns over safety. In late 2011, a series of shootings sparked community meetings, and in response District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor dedicated time for community forums.
Residents like Jessica Evans called for increased police presence.
Challenging the incumbent to the East Side city council seat are four opponents who say they want to address the issues facing District 2: Antonio Diaz, Hector Medina, and Norris Tyrone Darden.
Darden praises current Councilwoman Ivy Taylor for the job she’s done, but is careful in using words that give her too much credit. The long-time resident of the district said Taylor, an outsider who is not originally from San Antonio, is not addressing what really needs to be addressed.
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.
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An apartment building in the Wheatley Courts complex. Reconstruction will likely start next year.
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.
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.