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11:12 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Lyft Drivers Still Operating, Despite Cease-And-Desist Order

Lyft driver Terri Richardson sports the company's signature pink mustache on the front of her car during a recent shift.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Police have issued a cease-and-desist order for drivers of a so-called ride sharing program called Lyft.

But that hasn't stopped them, and instead they are rolling forward full throttle. For passengers, taking a Lyft is easy. A rider must download the app to their smartphone, enter their credit card information and phone number, and request the ride. A driver, whose car is marked with a pink mustache, will typically pull up to the rider's location within 15 minutes, and off they go.

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City Government/ Employee Benefits
9:17 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums

Ryan Loyd TPR News

With the ongoing debate between the city and the police and firefighter unions over benefits and healthcare premiums showing no signs of concluding anytime soon, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce commissioned a telephone survey on the issue. 

The survey, conducted for the chamber by a third party, used voter registration information for 501 random phone calls. Participants were asked if they would favor firefighters and police paying for a portion of their healthcare.

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City Ordinances
11:14 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Targeted By SAPD, Lyft Ride Service Will Still Be Seen Around San Antonio

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Flickr user Garrett Heath of SA Flavor cc

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced Wednesday that drivers for the company Lyft were breaking a city ordinance and would be arrested if caught.

The taxi-like program works by matching drivers to people needing rides through their app. It launched in San Antonio less than a week ago.

The city outlined their concerns in a recent email to TPR:

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City Government
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations

Members from the police and fire departments lined the plaza outside City Hall to let council members know how they feel about their benefits.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.

That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.

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The Source - February 18, 2014
9:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

The Source: Smart Highways | SAPD & SAFD On The City Budget

Studio Roosegaarde, a Danish design firm, has posited several smart-highway designs both low and high tech. Here is one such concept with lights illuminating only the car's path and an electric grid under the pavement.
Studio Roosegaard cc

In the first segment:

The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them. 

In 2011 congestion alone cost Americans $121 billion in lost time and gas, according to the most recent Urban Mobility Study.

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The Source - February 16, 2014
9:40 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The Source: Allies Face-Off For County Judge | City Looks To Cut Police/Fire Benefits

Bexar County Commissioner's Court.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

As early voting begins tomorrow for primary races across the state we highlight the race for the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Judge. Longtime District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is challenging sitting Judge, Nelson Wolff.

Both men have served over a decade at the county level. Adkisson was elected in 1998 and Wolff appointed as judge in 2001. 

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City Government
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Council Committees Weigh Privacy Issues With Police Body Cameras

Cameras are already mounted on patrol cars, but San Antonio is one of several cities currently exploring the possibility of officers wearing cameras as part of their uniform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council's Public Safety Committee had the chance Monday to hear more about the San Antonio Police Department proposal for police body cameras.

Police Chief William McManus appeared before Mayor Julián Castro and the Governance Committee in January and told them the body camera pilot program would last about nine months beginning in March. The cameras would cost $100,000 for the test period but city leaders are trying to work out a deal to loan the cameras for free.

But there are still big concerns about the technology. One of them is privacy.

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City Government
12:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force

Ryan Loyd TPR News

In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.

The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.

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The Source - February 4, 2014
12:51 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Source: A Looming Budget Battle | The Legacy Of Bill Sinkin

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

A budget and contract battle looms as the city task force in charge of evaluating future finances takes a hard look at the pension and health benefits of city fire and police forces. The task force finished its work yesterday and is scheduled to be presented to council on February 19.

The terms of these benefits, which are far more generous than other municipal workers, were agreed to more than 20 years ago.

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Community Safety
11:22 am
Thu January 30, 2014

SAPD Says Leon Creek Greenway Attack Was A Hoax

A stretch of the Leon Creek Greenway.
City of San Antonio

Frustrating and thoughtless is how San Antonio Police Chief William McManus describes a recent alleged attack that turns out to have never happened.

The woman claimed to have been assaulted Jan. 17 on the trails at the Leon Creek Greenway by a man with a neck tattoo wearing a ski mask. But according to Police Chief William McManus, detectives had information that led them to believe the attack never happened, and they quickly discovered the alleged victim in the case made the whole thing up.

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