Shirley Gonzales

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This week on Fronteras:

  • “Promotoras” initiative to help some San Antonio families on the west side reduce incidents of child abuse.
  • New Mexico aims to get more students of color into nursing programs (8:19).
  • A modern day vigilante stands guard on his property along the U.S./Mexico border (12:08).
  • A Dallas artist takes a whack at gentrification with a Latin party favor (16:14).


Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

Incidents of child abuse in one San Antonio district are decidedly higher than in other parts of the city. In 2016, roughly 179 children, who were victims of abuse in District 5, were removed from their households. That’s an increase of 58 cases from the year before. A majority of those cases come from the 78207, a west side zip code.

Now a pilot program has been created to help reverse that trend by using members of the community to reach out to at-risk families. The Promotoras Child Abuse Prevention Initiative will employ the use of nonprofessional, trained community members known as “promotoras,” who provide basic health care education to the community.


Ryan Loyd / TPR News

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:

Ryan Loyd / TPR

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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