Plan to expand city non-discrimination ordinance scaled back
Nearly a full year after Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez proposed expanding the city's NDO to include private employers and increasing penalties for violations, the measures are conspicuously absent from city staff recommendations for updating the ordinance.
City council still divided on how to spend $50M of CPS windfall
The hot temperatures and higher natural gas costs have been pushing up power bills, which increases CPS Energy revenues in turn and the amount the utility passes on to the city. While city staff has proposed giving $50 million back to CPS customers - mostly through bill credits averaging $31 for residential customers- city council members haven’t all signed on to the idea..
SAPD wants to add up to 50 more officers; East and West Side council members against it
Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez and Councilwoman Teri Castillo were the only dissenting council members in a 7-2 vote on whether to pursue a grant of up to $6.25 million through the U.S. Department of Justice, which would help pay for up to 50 new police officer positions. The pair of freshman council members, who represent the East and West Sides respectively, raised concerns about whether adding officers would help reduce crime and about the increase to SAPD’s budget that would results from it.
District 2 councilman wants his half of ‘Brack’ back in redistricting plan
Brackenridge Park is currently split between District 1 and District 2 along East Mulberry Avenue, but the proposed map would place it entirely within District 1 by removing the only two precincts in the district that are fully to the west of Broadway Avenue.
After retreating from the bond process, Texas Biomed gets $10 million for infrastructure through ARPA
Despite vocal opposition from animal rights activists and others, city council voted Thursday to give $10 million to Texas Biomedical Research Institute for infrastructure improvements at its campus.
Council member, advocates clash over cite-and-release expectations Council member, advocates clash over cite-and-release expectations
A request filed by Councilman Manny Pelaez (D8) for city staff to consider a cite-and-release program for marijuana possession did not satisfy some advocates who seek to include other misdemeanors.sanantonioreport.org
‘Don’t want to give the Dist. 2 Councilman what he wants’: Business groups oppose expanding non-discrimination ordinance
Though they’re avoiding an all-out offensive, San Antonio business groups are resisting the idea of expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance commonly referred to simply as the NDO.
City Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez seeks expansion of San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance
The ordinance amended sections of the city code that cover public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, city contracts and appointments to city boards and commissions. The proposal would require a majority vote by the City Council to pass. According to a report by KSAT-TV, “At least six San Antonio city council members say it’s time to expand the city’s non-discrimination ordinance . .”McKee-Rodriguez’s expansion would explore penalties for private businesses found to be in violation of the non-discrimination ordinance and consider finding non-profit legal support for those filing a complaint. I applaud Councilman McKee-Rodriguez for introducing a new ordinance to build on our city’s non-discrimination policy.”outinsa.com
SA City Council approves $17M in tax rebates for Spurs training facility and larger ‘Human Performance Campus’
The City of San Antonio is officially kicking in public dollars towards the Spurs Sports & Entertainment-led $510.8 million “Human Performance Campus” near La Cantera, bringing the total of local, public incentives up to $32 million.
District 2 runoff election heating up with endorsements, alleged homophobia
Jalen McKee-Rodriguez tweeted on Tuesday that, “There are pastors and church leaders telling their congregants that a vote for me is a sin... and the Councilwoman is enabling that rhetoric and behavior because she benefits from it.”