Julián Castro

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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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Few would deny that former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was a charismatic and dynamic leader. It was those attributes that allowed him to turn a nearly-unpaid city mayor job, at $3,000 a year, into the cabinet of the most powerful man on the planet, as U.S. Secretary of housing and urban development. 

But as San Antonio reevaluates everything from transportation and public safety, to conservation and urban transformation, has the city seen a slow down or even an outright reversal of the vision for the city?

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On Fronteras: New HUD Secretary Julian Castro says he wants to lower rents and help more people attain the dream of home ownership. The number of babies born with drug addictions has risen over the last decade or so in New Mexico. We look at efforts to encourage pregnant mothers with drug addictions to get help. Senator John Cornyn’s re-election campaign is looking beyond November, to the future of the Republican Party in Texas. Also, Commentator Yvette Benavides weighs in on Mattel’s Mariachi Barbie. The doll has already made waves on social media.

Charlie Rose Show

Fronteras: San Antonio is trying to figure how to regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This week, we look at how Uber is faring in San Diego. Rosie Castro was a trailblazer for Latino politicians, which includes her twin sons, Julián and Joaquín. Rosie will be featured on HBO Latino this fall. She joins us on Fronteras to talk about her early activism days, her sons’ political careers and more.

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Fronteras: The USDA has lifted a ban on inspectors working in Mexico, which could invigorate a cattle trade that has been hurt in both countries. We look at how one border city provides a model for solar power in Texas. State health officials have alerted the CDC about conditions in border facilities where thousands of Central American minors are being detained. Commentator Yvette Benavides takes us inside an immigration court room in San Antonio where these children and teens are making their cases.

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