Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fire Union Announces Plans to Negotiate at Virtually the Same Time Council Approves a New City Manager

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 4:54 PM

How about that timing, folks? As council confirmed Erik Walsh this morning as San Antonio's next city manager, the firefighters' union held a near-simultaneous presser at its hall announcing it wants to get back to the negotiating table. The firefighters and the city have been locked in a bitter,...

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Archdiocese of San Antonio Report Names Nearly 60 Priests Accused of Sexual Assault Since 1940s

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio today released a report naming clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse, something the Catholic church has historically been reluctant to acknowledge. In an effort to address the accused crimes of dozens of clergy tied to San Antonio, García-Siller said it is "truly right and...

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Texas Regulators Turn a Blind Eye to Air Polluters, According to New Report

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 3:47 PM

San Antonio-area industrial plants spewed nearly 133,000 pounds of pollution into the air in 2017 without regulatory approval, according to a new research report by Environment Texas. The Austin-based watchdog group this week issued a 43-page report on Texas' air quality, urging the Legislature to crack down on violators...

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San Antonio City Council Unanimously Approves Erik Walsh as City Manager

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 11:34 AM

City council this morning unanimously approved Erik Walsh as San Antonio's new city manager, replacing outgoing Sheryl Sculley, the longest-tenured and perhaps most powerful executive to serve in that position. "This is a weighty moment for the city of San Antonio," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. "We haven't done this...

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Man Arrested for Allegedly Vandalizing San Antonio Police Headquarters

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 10:58 AM

A man has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing the San Antonio Police Department headquarters over the weekend. On Wednesday, authorities arrested Bruce Jones, who is accused of spray-painting "RARIST OF VET FAMILY" on a building at the downtown headquarters on Sunday. Jones, 49, had an active warrant for a...

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Justin Rodriguez Is Back and Ready to Focus on Ideas, Not Ideology

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Editor's Note: Jade Esteban Estrada is the writer of Glitter Political, a series of articles detailing San Antonio's political scene. On January 12, a carefully curated tableau vivant sat behind former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro when he announced his candidacy for U.S. president at the West Side’s Plaza...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

San Antonio's Joaquin Castro Files Bill that Would Ban Intelligence Officials from Lobbying for Foreign Governments

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Congressman Joaquin Castro today filed legislation that would prevent top officials in U.S. intelligence agencies from lobbying for foreign governments. The San Antonio Democrat's move appears to key in on relationships that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the Trump administration's sacked national security adviser, had with the governments of Turkey...

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Environmental Groups Blast CPS Energy Over Its Latest Board Appointment

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Members of local environmental groups have taken aim at CPS Energy's appointment of tech CEO Janie Gonzalez to serve on its board, saying the city-owned utility is "self-selecting" to eliminate diversity of option. In an open letter to Mayor Ron Nirenberg and city council, Climate Action SA warned that business...

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Ask An Outsider: Are San Antonio Allergies Actually the Worst?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 3:05 PM

Every year my noses closes up for a few months in the January-March range, and I start to assume I am dying. Is this normal? Are allergies this bad everywhere? -Mike A., Medical Center area When I first moved to San Antonio a year and a half ago, someone...

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Easy Target?: November’s Charter Vote Could Spell Trouble for Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s Reelection — Assuming He Has a Real Challenger

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The following is City Current, a column of opinion and analysis. San Antonio voters’ November approval of propositions B and C, two of the punitive charter changes put forth by the city’s fire union, is the kind of rebuke no mayor wants — especially not six months before...

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