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Want to complain about how the city spends your tax dollars? The second public hearing on the City budget takes place at City Council Chambers, Main and Commerce streets, Tuesday, September 6 at 6 p.m. One way the City might spend your money is by hiring a new city manager, namely Phoenix Assistant City Manager Sheryl Sculley, who withdrew her application after a stormy courtship with the old San Antonio mayor/council last April. Word has it she's relenting on her annual salary requirements; in April, she asked for $265,000, which would have made her the highest-paid city manager in the U.S. The newly elected council is now professing their undying love for Sculley, including District 9's Kevin Wolff, who released a statement saying the problem in the spring was "the process became politicized."

Speaking of politics, local Democrats are hosting a Labor Day picnic at Brackenridge Park's Cypress Pavilion, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Young Republicans of Bexar County hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Mamacita's, 8030 I-10 W. And if neither of those political sizes fits, the Bexar County Green Party meets Sunday, September 4 at 2 p.m. at Picante Grill 3810 Broadway.

No fake Rolex for you

The Bexar County Sheriff's Special Crimes department served warrants to two booths in the Eisenhauer Flea Market, 3903 Eisenhauer, on August 25. Sgt. E.M. Conger said the department received a complaint about the booths selling counterfeit items, and after a two-week investigation found vendors allegedly violating trademark laws. The items in question were knock-offs of brand-name handbags and watches. Conger said the District Attorney's office will decide whether to pursue the matter. All merchandise from the booths was impounded as evidence; if the vendors are found guilty, the goods will be destroyed. Two years ago, during a similar investigation police shut down six booths for selling pirated DVDs and CDs.

By Nicole Chavez

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