20 Events That Mattered in 2015

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Joan Cheever receiving a ticket from SAPD sparked a conversation about how San Antonio treats its homeless. - CARLOS SANCHEZ
Carlos Sanchez
Joan Cheever receiving a ticket from SAPD sparked a conversation about how San Antonio treats its homeless.

Chew on This • Joan Cheever didn’t mean to start a debate — she just wanted to feed the hungry. But when San Antonio police issued her a $2,000 ticket on April 7 for operating a food truck without a permit in Maverick Park, that changed. The city eventually dismissed the ticket, and Cheever sparked a debate about hunger and homelessness in San Antonio. Now city decision-makers are expected to consider changing the ordinance this week to make it easier for charitable feeders to help the hungry.

Spurs Bounced • In the Duncan-Popovich Era, the Spurs have typically won tight series. But that wasn’t the case this spring when hopes of a title defense faded after the Clippers’ Chris Paul lofted a bank shot over Danny Green in Game 7 of their first round series, which was a classic — perhaps the best-ever first round matchup. But that was little consolation to a Spurs team that won 55 games and hoped to repeat as NBA champions.

Historic Mayoral Race • On June 13, Ivy Taylor beat former state Senator and one-time Lt. Governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte by a little more than 3,000 votes in a runoff to become San Antonio’s first African-American mayor and the second woman to hold the position.

Her success was bolstered by largely conservative North Side voters who disapproved of Van de Putte, fearing another Julián Castro-style administration. Initially, Taylor was appointed mayor after Castro left to work for President Barack Obama’s administration.

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