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.
Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan hopes to become the consistent leadership District 2 needs
It's early evening when Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan and I connect by phone. Andrews-Sullivan's bid to win a second term on San Antonio City Council has gained citywide attention. If she prevails, she would become the first District 2 council member to win re-election in eight years. READ MORE: Catching up with District 2 Council candidate Jalen McKee-Rodriguez"We always ask, 'Why do the other districts have more than District 2?' I ask Andrews-Sullivan, who sits next to him on the dais, if there is any bad blood there.mysanantonio.com
Climate expert Mario Bravo turns up the heat in the District 1 Council Runoff
It’s a cloudy Monday morning when District 1 candidate Mario Bravo, 45, connects to our Zoom call from his backyard. Bravo was one of six candidates who ran for the District 1 seat on San Antonio City Council. On Election Day, a total of 12,569 votes were cast in the downtown district. READ MORE: District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño fights for a fourth termThis is Bravo’s second run for public office. Though Bravo came in third in the Democratic primary, he says the experience helped refine the way he communicates with the voters.mysanantonio.com
District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño fights for a fourth term
It’s an early Wednesday afternoon and I’m speaking with Roberto Treviño, one of San Antonio’s boldest progressives currently in elected office, about the final stretch of his District 1 council runoff against environmental activist Mario Bravo. “They are compassion, equity, and simply being thoughtful about everyone,” he says via phone with a warm, raspy voice. As an outspoken housing advocate, Treviño has fought for initiatives like the Under 1 Roof program and the City’s emergency housing assistance program. Regardless of the electoral outcome, Treviño believes he’s made a difference in the way local government operates. “A fourth term is very important to me because of all these programs that I’ve started that I want to see through,” he says.mysanantonio.com
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.”