We have been in Stage 2 drought restrictions for so long it feels normal, but Stage 3 is just around the corner and you will need to adjust your water lifestyle a little more. Though Texas is a solid red state, Democrats have been fighting the good fight for a long time and many feel like a shift in power is on the horizon.
Standing on a stage inside Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center downtown, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro began his annual State of the City address by joking that people should pick up a copy of Vogue.
The mayor and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, are featured in the March edition of the trendy fashion magazine.
Before long Castro was into a list of items he and the city council have taken up over the last year:
Looking to increase trade ties, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. Castro also updated the president on U.S. immigration reform.
Peña Nieto’s presidential term is only several months old and Castro said he’s looking for ways to improve the flow of trade between the two neighbors. Castro said he was in Mexico City looking to promote San Antonio as a major trade hub for Mexico.
With a signature, an oath and a check for $100, Mayor Julián Castro officially became a candidate for mayor.
At his Feb. 2 rally, he told supporters that he recognized he’s the first San Antonio mayor to have the opportunity to run for a third term. Expanded term limits in 2009 now allows Castro and each of the council members to run for four two-year terms.
In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.
The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting. Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.
There are aggressive programs underway in San Antonio to redevelop downtown, push education opportunities, improve transportation, deal with water issues, be on the cutting edge of green initiatives and attract job providers.
During the first hearing on immigration of the 113th Congress, House Republicans honed in on seeking a middle ground between “mass deportation” of undocumented immigrants and providing a path to citizenship.
Since the formation of the SA2020 organization nearly a year ago, workers have been focusing on setting up volunteer areas for the community to help the city achieve major goals.
Under the direction of Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020, 11 categories ranging from education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and neighborhoods were identified as interests to attract volunteers. Partner agencies like Rackspace and AT&T will lead the causes, and currently only half have a lead agency.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced he’ll be seeking a third term leading city hall, and just like his keynote at the DNC, Castro was introduced by his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro.
“You know, over the last four years I have watched my brother do every single thing that he can to make San Antonio the greatest American city we can possibly be," said Joaquín. "Whether it’s confronting our challenges to bringing more jobs to San Antonio, education – with Pre-K 4 SA, healthcare with combating childhood obesity.”