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Hardberger gets high marks:

Mayor Phil Hardberger received a 56-percent approval rating in an October survey of 592 respondents conducted by students and faculty at UTSA’s Culture and Policy Institute.

That translates to excellent, or at least good, but nearly one in three said they could not judge the judge, or mayor’s, performance, saying they did not think he had been in office long enough. “On the one hand and in general, area residents view Mayor Hardberger’s job performance favorably,” says Arturo Vega, UTSA associate professor of public administration, in a recent press release. “On the other hand, a good number are unsure about his performance.”

Council eyes Shirane contract:

This week, San Antonio City Council will consider a contract with Japanese trade representative Naoko Shirane that would pay her up to $200,000 per year and provide 1,800-square-feet of office space with one parking spot, in Tokyo. The objective is for Shirane to continue to “promote and maintain San Antonio as a desirable city for Japanese investment and industrial expansion,” according to background reports.

Shirane has worked on a part-time basis for San Antonio since 1985, under mayors Henry Cisneros, Lila Cockrell, Nelson Wolff, Bill Thornton, Howard Peak, Edward Garza, and Phil Hardberger. She is credited with luring more than five major businesses to San Antonio, including Toyota Manufacturing and suppliers in 2003.

Council addresses UDC amendments:

The San Antonio Planning Commission took another swing at the annual amendment phase to the City’s Uniform Development Code, acquiescing to the wishes of its principle clientele, local real-estate developers.

For example, Larry Heimer of the San Antonio Real Estate Council stood during a recent Commish meeting and chided the City’s stance on historic landmarks and archaeological sites outside the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. “San Antonio has no basis for enforcing those standards in the ETJ, it must be granted by statute.”

In other words, yes, that old graveyard in your front yard contains the remains of somebody’s ancestor.

Michael Cary



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