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.
SA approves major Hemisfair project amendment with Zachry, greenlighting hotel and residential units
The San Antonio City Council approved a contract amendment with Zachry Hospitality on a major project at Hemsfair, greenlighting the process for a hotel and more residential units at the former World’s Fair site.
City Council approves $300K settlement in Texas’ sanctuary cities lawsuit against McManus
San Antonio city council on Thursday is scheduled to vote on a $300,000 settlement for a 2018 lawsuit that accused SAPD Chief William McManus of flouting a state law that requires local governments to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
San Antonio limits construction noise with ‘goodnight, goodnight construction site’ ordinance
The San Antonio City Council amended the city’s noise ordinances on Thursday to limit the hours during which construction crews can do any exterior building construction work, including demolition and excavation. The council also approved more stringent penalties for violations.
San Antonio’s 5-year, $1.2 billion bond program goes to the voters
City council approved the final, $1.2 billion list of bond projects Thursday, including: money for affordable housing, expanding the city’s greenway trail system, repairing failed streets, and building fire and police stations. It now goes to voters for approval during the May 7 election.
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.
Top CPS Energy leadership taking pay cut would show solidarity with customers, says San Antonio professor
As a proposed CPS Energy rate increase heads to the San Antonio City Council for a vote this week, some customers are saying not so fast. Many who left in the dark during last year’s winter storm are asking why utility leaders aren’t taking a pay cut instead.
$25M request down to $5M: Brackenridge Park Conservancy wants council to increase bond money for Sunken Garden Theater
The conservancy is pushing for a $62 million overhaul of the 1930s-era, city-owned theater, located next to the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park. Plans include new facilities, professional lighting and sound systems, and a sweeping roof that covers the stage and expanded seating area.
City sets 10-year goal of producing, preserving 28,049 affordable housing units
The Strategic Housing Implementation Plan - or SHIP - was approved unanimously with one abstention and a second councilwoman away from the dais. At its core, the SHIP is about helping 95,000 Bexar County households who are most at risk of housing instability.
San Antonians say mental health, housing, and infrastructure among best ways to spend pandemic relief money
In a Thursday presentation to council members, city staff showed the results of the various surveys, town hall meetings, and meetings with the Small Business Advocacy Commission from the previous months.
New, 20-year plan for San Antonio International Airport ‘clear for takeoff’
The “SDP,” as officials refer to it, provides a vision for the airport into 2040 that will accommodate expected growth. It calls for unifying the airport terminals, including a brand-new, third terminal; adding more gates; extending the largest runway to accommodate longer international flights; re-routing vehicle traffic; central passenger screening; and more parking.
San Antonio City Council considers international airport expansion plan for ‘world-class’ facility
The city’s director of airports presented city council members with a a new Strategic Development Plan to expand the San Antonio International Airport’s capacity and turn it into a “world-class” facility.
City Council shifts bond money to fund drainage, streets; several members want further cuts to trail system
San Antonio City Council members agreed Wednesday to tweak the city’s upcoming $1.2 billion bond program to send more money to basic infrastructure needs, though nearly half the council members still don’t think it’s enough.
City of San Antonio considers giving $30 million to thousands of CPS Energy, SAWS customers behind on their bills
The City of San Antonio is considering using a $30 million chunk of the federal money it received from the American Rescue Plan Act to help pay off or pay down the overdue utility bills of struggling San Antonio residents.
San Antonio City Council adopts $3.1 billion budget
The City Council on Thursday adopted a $3.1 billion budget for the 2022 fiscal year that restores many cuts made over the past two years, focuses on critical community needs, responds to crises differently and makes investments to become a more resilient city.
Council member closely monitoring new flooding concerns from District 6 homeowners
San Antonio District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda is asking that those communities that experienced significant new flooding to reach out to her office. She wants to form a plan of action and budget for a fix.
San Antonio City Council floats big ideas for American Rescue Plan funds
From developing a coordinated system for addressing homelessness to updating city-owned facilities, San Antonio City Council members had numerous ideas Wednesday for how to use the hundreds of millions of dollars the city will receive through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Developers taking city incentives will have to take housing vouchers, too
Landlords don’t generally have to accept housing vouchers, and the people who receive them often spend months trying to find a place that will take them. But the San Antonio City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday that bans property owners who receive city incentives from refusing to rent to someone who wants to use a housing voucher or other federal housing assistance to help pay their rent.