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Public input on Plaza plan

Sure, San Antonians hate to walk, but would a pedestrian plaza be that offensive? We’ll soon find out, as Mayor Phil Hardberger is asking City Council to extend the public-comment period an additional 60 to 90 days on his plan to transform Main Plaza into a car-free zone. Some downtown residents and business owners, including powerful banker Tom Frost, have opposed the plan. In a prepared statement, Hardberger said his vision for Main Plaza “is to have it be a place that all of the people in San Antonio will use and enjoy, and to make that happen we need a lot of public input.”

Know your housing rights

Have you been screwed on your damage deposit? Denied an apartment because you have children? Learn about your rights as a renter or a home buyer at a Housing Rights Fair, Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m., at the Central Library, 600 Soledad. Raul Treviño from the City’s Community Action Division will discuss these topics and the services offered by the the City’s Fair Housing Program. Free and open to the public.

King George I at Trinity

Conservatives, pucker your lips; liberals, gear up the protest machine: Former President George H.W. Bush is coming to Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. No word on Dubya’s dad’s lecture topic, but we’re suggesting, “What Do You Do With a Kid Like This? Understanding Unusual Behavior.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Library district idea floats again

Last year, local officials proposed a county-wide library district that would help fund the City’s shortchanged library system. On March 14, Mayor Phil Hardberger and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced a commission to study the feasibility of such a district, including financial structure and geographic scope. San Antonio libraries receive $12 per person in annual funding, which comes from the City’s general fund. Austin receives $25; El Paso, $11.

Lisa Sorg


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