Mayor Nirenberg picks up 1,000 lunch tabs for residents on Saturday
Mayor Nirenberg spoke at a press conference Saturday morning, urging the public to donate blood, if able, despite the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is partnering with Eatmigos and other restaurants around town to provide free tacos for residents. The mayor made the announcement on social media on Saturday, and said he is offering to pick up 1,000 lunch tabs. I've partnered with Eatmigos and restaurants around town to pick up 1,000 lunch tabs today (Saturday, Feb. 20). RELATED: Here are the water, food distribution centers open in the San Antonio area
One year later: Mayor Nirenberg, Judge Wolff reflect on anniversary of evacuees arriving in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – It’s an anniversary that won’t soon be forgotten for San Antonio and Bexar County. That is the day the first group of evacuees was flown into San Antonio by the military in an effort to quarantine those who were living in the epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he remembers where he was when he first got the news. The fear that the coronavirus would eventually put us all at risk was realized weeks later, when the quarantine broke. Managing what the public needed to know was confusing with conflicting laws, dueling news conferences, and social media panics.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg says he’s running for re-election
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is officially running for re-election. San Antonio Express-News reporter Gilbert Garcia reported in December that Brockhouse will challenge Nirenberg again in May. Denise Gutierrez-Homer also announced her campaign Friday to run for San Antonio mayor this year as well. She also ran for San Antonio City Council’s District 2 seat in 2019. Read also:Mayor Ron Nirenberg delivers impassioned speech to protestersRon Nirenberg elected mayor of San Antonio
Mayor Nirenberg joins other Texas mayors in requesting more COVID-19 vaccines from Biden administration
SAN ANTONIO – With President-elect Joe Biden taking office in less than a week, mayors across the U.S. are already requesting more COVID-19 vaccines from his administration. Mayor Ron Nirenberg and several other mayors across the nation, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, penned a letter to Biden’s administration requesting the ability to bypass the state and get a direct line of vaccines to their communities. “I’m proud to join my mayoral colleagues in requesting that the Biden Administration prioritize a direct line of vaccines to our communities,” Mayor Nirenberg said on social media Thursday. Biden’s plan so far is to spend $25 billion on vaccine production and disbursement, NPR reports. Mayors said in the letter that they hope to develop a plan with the Biden administration on day one that will help residents to get their COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible.
‘We’re starting to reach a turning point,’: Mayor Nirenberg says on area COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations
SAN ANTONIO – Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are continuing to surge in San Antonio following recent holiday celebrations. “Well, the situation with the pandemic in San Antonio is still very difficult and dangerous. As more coronavirus cases are reported in the Alamo City, more patients are seeking treatment in area hospitals. Although the case and hospitalization numbers are reaching record highs for COVID-19 in San Antonio, Nirenberg said this peak is different in terms of severity. As coronavirus cases are spiking in the area, the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are still being distributed to those who are eligible.
‘We’re anxiously awaiting for it,’: Mayor Nirenberg says SA could see coronavirus vaccine in 4 to 6 weeks
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Leading SA on Sunday to discuss the timetable of when a vaccine could become available and what the local distribution plan looks like. “I’m told that, you know, within the next four to six weeks, perhaps we could see some of those initial groups have the vaccine available. “Our hospitals are our providers to go over a distribution plan once that vaccine comes in so we are locked and loaded in terms of being able to distribute the vaccine,” Nirenberg said. However, the issue right now is that the Alamo City is seeing a significant spike in coronavirus cases. On Friday, city leaders reported 936 new coronavirus cases, and on Saturday, there were 492 more cases.
Is San Antonio the next space hub? Mayor Nirenberg to meet with Pentagon officials on Wednesday
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is head to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of the Alamo City becoming the U.S. next space site. The city is on a short list of potential locations to host the U.S. Space Command Headquarters. WATCH: Mayor Ron Nirenberg joins KSAT Q&A ahead of trip to Washington“San Antonio, in addition to having the largest ever military medical assets outside of D.C., also has the largest number and density of cybersecurity assets outside of D.C.," Nirenberg said. "So, everything we do here, from an economic and medical and community perspective, works symbiotically with our military and that’s where we’re going.”Additionally, Nirenberg plans on discussing bringing the 2022 Warrior Games to Military City USA. Related: Mayor Ron Nirenberg stresses safety precautions as schools, bars reopen
‘It’s going to be a slow recovery,’: Mayor Nirenberg says of San Antonio’s coronavirus-stricken economy
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined us Sunday on Leading SA to discuss what the road to recovery from COVID-19 looks like for San Antonio. And we know that in particular, food and beverage restaurants in particular are going to get hit very hard. So we’re going to be working with our state and federal legislators to try to get more relief to them,” Nirenberg said. The city’s hospitality and tourism industries have been hit hard during this pandemic, which are some of the biggest drivers of San Antonio’s economy. Every county judge now is having to go through the decision-making process as to when and how to open.
Mayor Nirenberg distributes free PPE to San Antonio businesses
SAN ANTONIO San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenbergs office is helping local businesses be better equipped to keep safe during the pandemic. As part of the event, hundreds of business owners lined up at the Alamodome parking lot to receive free personal protective equipment. I just want to thank everybody here today for volunteering their time and helping businesses get right back on track, Paradus said. More than 400 business owners pre-registered to receive a free PPE kit. Mayor Ron Nirenberg distributes free PPE to local businesses Saturday morning.
‘It became a very deadly two months for us,‘: Mayor Nirenberg says on June, July COVID-19 surge
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County is seeing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, compared to the surge in June and July. Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Leading SA on Sunday and said the last two months have been deadly for San Antonio with the sudden uptick in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations. And, it became a very deadly two months for us,” Mayor Nirenberg said. But it ties that timeline to a set of warning indicators that people could see on the website,” Mayor Nirenberg said. The full interview with Mayor Nirenberg can be viewed in the video player above.
Mayor Nirenberg says another Stay Home, Work Safe order isnt out of the realm of possibility if COVID-19 surge continues
That, you know, protect yourself, protect your family, make sure that were not complicating the medical system and we can get through this together, Mayor Nirenberg said. We asked Mayor Nirenberg if there was a chance the city could have another Stay Home, Work Safe, order if the upward trend of cases and hospitalizations continue. So what we can do here locally is make sure that people are are exhibiting those behaviors and know the best guidance from the public health professionals, Mayor Nirenberg said. Mayor Nirenberg said he is continuing to work with state leadership in keeping Texans safe through the pandemic. RELATED: COVID-19 cases surpass 14,500 in San Antonio, Bexar County
Meet the activist working with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg to help stop racial injustices
SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This video was created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. But a man with a plan stepped up to the microphone, calmed the crowd and got Mayor Ron Nirenberg to listen. Speakers urge San Antonio City Council to ‘defund the police’ during budget discussionsClark wrote a list of 10 requests that he believes would push San Antonio in the right direction towards ending police brutality and racial injustices. Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks to community on Day 6 of George Floyd protests in San AntonioAfter presenting his petition, Clark met with Mayor Ron Nirenberg and walked him down to the downtown rally. Nirenberg said he and Clark will meet daily to try and tackle Clark and the community’s list.
Leading SA: Mayor Nirenberg commends protesters for their calls for reform
Theres been an airing of frustrations nationwide that youve seen and certainly that came to city council last Thursday. You know, thats one of the reasons why theres so much anger out there is that people have been calling for reforms for years and years and years. Its a call for reform and what we need to do is speak directly to it and act upon it, Nirenberg said. And thats a message worth hearing in this city hall, in city halls across the country, Nirenberg said. MORE: City Council passes $191M Recovery and Resiliency plan
San Antonio lifts curfew for downtown business district following peaceful protests
SAN ANTONIO – The temporary curfew in place for the downtown business district has been lifted, according to City of San Antonio officials. City Manager Erik Walsh and the San Antonio Police Department recommended the curfew be lifted following several days of peaceful protests in the Alamo City. Mayor Ron Nirenberg signed a declaration that rescinded the curfew Saturday afternoon, officials said. RELATED: San Antonio mayor issues temporary curfew for downtown business district, Alamo Plaza through Sunday “The event organizers met with me on several occasions in the past week. RELATED: San Antonio police seeking help to find 5 people who allegedly rioted near downtown
City Council approves $191M Recovery & Resiliency Plan to help families impacted by COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio City Council passed a $191 million Recovery and Resiliency Plan Thursday in an effort to help residents struggling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan will use a mix of federal and city dollars for programs such as job training, rent assistance, small business grants and internet access for students. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the plan will serve as an opportunity for the city to move past where it was before the pandemic began. Several organizations, such as the Texas Organizing Project, said there had not been enough opportunity for community input. RELATED: City considers federal money Recovery & Resilience Plan
The protest... is over. This is something different: Mayor Nirenberg on San Antonio protest
SAN ANTONIO Large crowds of protesters took to the streets of downtown San Antonio on Saturday following the death of George Floyd, and parts of the city were damaged in their wake. The protest first began at 5 p.m. Saturday at Travis Park in downtown San Antonio, before moving to the San Antonio Public Safety headquarters and then on to the Alamo. READ MORE: Photos show evolution of San Antonio protest over police brutality, George Floyds killingMayor Nirenberg said he is disappointed in the result of what was once a peaceful protest among San Antonians. I am aware of the situation unfolding in downtown San Antonio. San Antonio grieves alongside all those whove been witness to and have firsthand experienced discriminatory behavior.WATCH LIVE: San Antonians gather for protest in response to George Floyds death
Alamo Plaza, grounds close at 6 p.m. Sunday in effort to prevent more violent protests, vandalism
SAN ANTONIO A temporary curfew went into effect at 10 p.m. Sunday night in the central business district downtown. According to City Manager Erik Walsh, 30 city crews began at 9 a.m. working in the downtown cleanup. Six arrests have been made so far following the protests and McManus said the main agitators involved were a separate group from those that held a peaceful protest at Travis Park. The people arrested were from San Antonio, except one man from Uvalde. This is something different: Mayor Nirenberg on San Antonio protest
Social media videos show damage, people breaking into Whataburger, Shops at Rivercenter after peaceful protests in downtown San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO Videos circulating on social media showed some of the damage and destruction in downtown San Antonio late Saturday night after thousands gathered for a peaceful protest and marched earlier in the day to speak out against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Now the @Whataburger location in Downtown San Antonio has it's windows shattered by the protestors. (Via: @Beer30Tx)WARNING: Strong Language and Violence pic.twitter.com/epg4QW1Vr8 Michael Land (@OfficialMLand) May 31, 2020Other videos showed people break into the Shops at Rivercenter. [Via:@Alamo16KP_2013] pic.twitter.com/NlL6b7YB7F Michael Land (@OfficialMLand) May 31, 2020There are reports now of people damaging property after a relatively peaceful protest earlier today. In response to the damage, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg imposed a curfew for the central district in San Antonio that is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.
State of disaster, public health emergency issued for San Antonio, Bexar County over coronavirus
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Nelson Wolff issued a local state of disaster and public health emergency for San Antonio and Bexar County on Monday. The mayor proclaimed the state of disaster and public health emergency would be in effect for seven days unless continued or renewed by the city council. In addition to San Antonio, the county declaration includes the 26 other communities in Bexar County. City officials released a timeline of the patient’s activity while she was out in the community. Mayor Nirenberg also prohibited any quarantined person, or previously quarantined person, from entering or travelling through San Antonio until further notice.
Mayor returns $6K in campaign contributions as radio contract scandal gains steam
They are also co-owners of Dailey and Wells Communications, which San Angelo LIVE! identified as the company referred to in a federal indictment for the former San Angelo police chief, Timothy Ray Vasquez, 49. identified “Vendor 1” as Dailey and Wells Communications, based off of its previous reporting on the contracts and the dates they were awarded. The company was tapped to install a radio system and provide maintenance and support for 15 years. “The only thing illegal about (the Wells') contributions to date is the $1,000 in over-limit contributions they contributed to former councilman Greg Brockhouse’s mayoral campaign,” Morgan said.