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Hill Country prophylactic

Attendants of a Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance meeting Saturday discussed planned toll roads that will affect Helotes, from Cross Mountain Road to the city limits. Participants focused on water and septic infrastructure, particularly how citizens can mobilize to protect the Trinity Aquifer from more development. The GEAA agreed that the immediate goals are to create a master plan to put on file in order to preserve the remaining scenic byway, and to support officials who represent the community’s concerns. Participants also discussed creating a candidate forum.

Francesca Camillo

Sore Losers

The Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County held a press conference January 24 to express its displeasure with the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court, which has yet to recognize DSABC as the sole legal agent for collective bargaining on behalf of Bexar County sheriff’s deputies.

Last February, the union, which previously represented detention officers at the jail, gained the right to represent all deputies, defeating its rival group, the Bexar County Sheriffs Officers Union, comprised primarily of law enforcement officers.

At a January 12 Bexar County Commissioner’s Court Work Session, the defeated union met with County Judge Nelson Wolff and Commissioners to protest its loss. Wolff suggested that LEO bring a “friendly lawsuit” against DSABC to negotiate new collective-bargaining rights. DSABC feels that this would be a violation of the law and their good-faith efforts to represent all Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies.

University Preschool

The San Antonio Independent School District and the University of Texas at San Antonio are opening an early-childhood-development center that will offer innovative teaching practices for children ages 3 and 4 with limited English skills, who are income-eligible, or are in a homeless situation.

Located at 623 S. Pecos, the center also will serve as a downtown laboratory for UTSA students to observe early-childhood education classrooms and as a community center with a reading laboratory for children with limited language development. The community center also will offer classes in parenting, home ownership, and small-business development.

Registration for preschool students is ongoing until the 60 openings are filled. To register, parents must bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, updated immunization record, and proof of residency. For more information, call 354-0920.

- Corinne Welder

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