City council passes resolution supporting abortion access
San Antonio’s resolution does not legalize or decriminalize abortion in San Antonio. However, it does make a policy recommendation against spending city money -- outside of what is “clearly required” by state and federal law -- to catalog, collect or share with other government agencies information on instances of abortion strictly to pursue criminal investigations.
City Council to take up resolution supporting abortion access
The proposed resolution would make a policy recommendation to not use city funds -- outside of what is “clearly required” by state and federal law -- to catalog, collect, or share with other government agencies information on instances of abortion strictly to pursue criminal investigations.
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.
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.
San Antonio displaces families, demolishes homes more than other major Texas cities combined, report says
San Antonio is more aggressive than all of the major Texas cities combined when it comes to displacing families and demolishing their homes due to code violations, according to a new report from the University of Texas Austin School of Law.
First draft of 2022 bond program heavy on basics: streets, sidewalks, bridges, drainage
The first version of San Antonio’s record $1.2 billion 2022 bond program contains big investments on basic infrastructure, money to build out the city’s greenway trails system, and an allotment for a new area - housing.
Business community watchful of new progressive City Council members' stance on development Business community watchful of new progressive City Council members' stance on development
As young progressives Jalen McKee-Rodriguez and Teri Castillo join the San Antonio City Council, business leaders are watching.sanantonioreport.org
Castillo, Lopez in runoff to be new face of District 5 in San Antonio
Current Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is completing her final, fourth term in office, leaving her seat open. Teri Castillo and Rudy Lopez finished at the head of an 11-way race to replace Gonzales in the May 6 municipal election with 2,077 and 991 votes, respectively.
Progressive Teri Castillo offers a new direction for District 5
After advancing to the June 5 runoff in the District 5 race for San Antonio City Council, Teri Castillo felt inspired to make a life change. The progressive candidate captured 2,073 votes (30.6 percent) of the 6,764 ballots cast in the West Side district. Like fellow progressive Jalen McKee-Rodriguez’s council run in District 2, Castillo’s first-time campaign is being spurred by the winds of social change. Castillo, an educator and urban policy historian, believes that the pathway to neighborhood stabilization is through the further investment of existing home rehabilitation programs. “We can have neighborhood stabilization and economic development that benefits the established communities, but it takes prioritizing neighborhoods and stabilization [first],” she says.mysanantonio.com
Glitter Political: Council Candidate Teri Castillo believes in the cultural interconnectedness of District 5
click to enlarge Jade Esteban EstradaTeri Castillo is facing 10 other candidates in the race to represent San Antonio’s District 5 on city council. And helping run that particular biz in the hood helped her hone her math skills.“We always had the best nachos,” she recalls. We hooked it up.”She says it felt good to see so many customers happy to see the truck arrive. I think that’s why transparency is important, right? She lives two houses away from her tío, and her tío lives two houses away from her tía.“[It’s] just like the...interconnectedness,” Castillo says.sacurrent.com