Shirley Gonzales

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As city council members push for redevelopment across town, one member in particular is doing that with her personal business.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales dedicated her family's pawn shop business along West Commerce, encouraging other business leaders to do the same to revitalize the area.

Gonzales said it's been a long time in the making. Since 2009, Gonzales said she's worked toward opening the new Bill's Pawn and Jewelry, adjacent from the old location.

Now the 10,000 square foot building is a reality.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales has given birth to a baby boy.

Ian Andrew Barton was born at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, weighing 4 pounds 9 ounces and is 19 inches long.

Mayor Julián Castro and City Clerk Leticia Vacek offered a congratulations to Gonzales and her husband, Kevin, at Thursday's council meeting.

In a statement, Castro said:

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The San Antonio City Council took the oath of office in a swearing in ceremony inside the chambers of City Hall, preparing for what is ahead for the body over the next two years.

Mayor Julián Castro said the mission of the council is a double-edged sword because each member is looking out for the interests of their own district, but he told his colleagues they also have to do what’s best for the city as a whole.

"The challenge that all of us face is to balance the everyday needs of our constituents with a long-term grand vision for our city's future," he said on the dais.

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The good news hasn’t stopped for newly-elected District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

During her runoff election night watch party at her west side campaign headquarters, Gonzales announced she is expecting a baby. By the end of the night, she’d won the election against her opponent, incumbent David Medina. The events mean two big jobs are ahead for Gonzales, who in her free time is also an Ironman competitor.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

In the first segment:

District 5 candidates join us to talk about their bids for the council seat. Incumbent Councilman David Medina and council hopeful Shirley Gonzales square off and take your calls.

In the second segment:

After repeated attempts to accommodate district 8 candidate Rolando Briones, we were rebuffed, being told that the candidate was too busy any of the days between the original election and the runoff. We speak with his opponent, Ron Nirenberg.

In in the third segment:

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