As if San Antonio needs another example of the lack of transparency in City government, Councilman Bobby Perez, aka "The Kingmaker" (so named for the way he rules his District 1 fiefdom and knights his political pals) kept the public in the dark when he slipped Hippo on the downtown strip.

The Council allegedly approved the name change according to "protocol" (The City follow protocol? As in the PGA project?), but few people knew of the switcheroo until the blue signs had been posted.

Perez has earned a bad reputation for running roughshod over citizens' wishes, but thankfully he can't run for re-election. His subjects in District 1 can tell you what a long, strange term it's been.

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