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City of San Antonio expects $326 million from American Rescue Plan

City of San Antonio expects $326 million from American Rescue Plan

, ReporterTags: Sign up for our Newsletters, ReporterTags: San Antonio – The City of San Antonio expects it will receive a sizable slice of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan — enough to replace two years’ worth of lost revenue and then some.Though it hasn’t received an official notification yet, staff estimates the city is due $326 million in local aid under the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill. Bexar County is estimated to get $388 million, and the city believes dedicated funding for specific issues like rental assistance, homelessness assistance, the airport, and childcare will also be...

April 8, 2021
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Skyrocketing price of power could impact CPS Energy bills for a decade or longer

Skyrocketing price of power could impact CPS Energy bills for a decade or longer

Tags: Sign up for our NewslettersTags: San Antonio – Power may have been scarce this week for CPS customers, but it’s likely to also end up being expensive.Now that the , CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams says affordability issues are looming because of the high fuel costs during the cold weather. The utility is still trying to calculate the cost of the event, Gold-Williams said, but “it’s going to be huge,” and they are trying to minimize the impact on customers’ bills by spreading the cost out over a decade or more.“I will say we understand that it would be unacceptable to just have...

February 19, 2021
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County judge asks SA Stock Show & Rodeo to postpone, but organizers say show will go on

County judge asks SA Stock Show & Rodeo to postpone, but organizers say show will go on

Tags: Sign up for our NewslettersTags: SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff wants the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, though it looks unlikely to happen.In a letter to the rodeo board’s chairwoman, Nancy Loeffler, on Monday, Wolff cited the current pandemic conditions in Bexar County and warned that safety protocols would be difficult to enforce. Wolff later confirmed his concerns and request for a delay were centered on the rodeo competitions and concert events that would take place in the Freeman Coliseum and not on the stock show events that...

February 2, 2021
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Bexar County to push for expanded cite-and-release program in Texas Legislature

Bexar County to push for expanded cite-and-release program in Texas Legislature

, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: November 10, 2020, 8:26 pmTags: , , , Sign up for our Newsletters, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: November 10, 2020, 8:26 pmTags: , , , SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County will push the state legislature to allow a broader range of offenses to be eligible for cite-and-release programs, including prostitution, possession of a wider array of drugs, and higher-level criminal mischief charges.Working with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, both San Antonio police officers and Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies can issue citations for certain...

November 11, 2020
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Election Results 2020: San Antonio voters approve Pre-K 4 SA, workforce training propositions and VIA transportation proposal

Election Results 2020: San Antonio voters approve Pre-K 4 SA, workforce training propositions and VIA transportation proposal

, Digital Journalist, Digital Journalist, ReporterPublished: October 30, 2020, 2:29 pmUpdated: November 4, 2020, 12:12 amTags: , , , , Sign up for our Newsletters, Digital Journalist, Digital Journalist, ReporterPublished: October 30, 2020, 2:29 pmUpdated: November 4, 2020, 12:12 amTags: , , , , Get more election results on our and . Be the first to know by or signing up for San Antonio voters have approved all three propositions, according to voting numbers released from the Bexar County Elections Department.Proposition A will continue the funding for Pre-K 4 SA with the renewal of a 1/8...

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October 30, 2020
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San Antonio bans pet store sales of dogs from breeders

San Antonio bans pet store sales of dogs from breeders

, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: October 29, 2020, 6:17 pmUpdated: October 29, 2020, 9:30 pmTags: , Sign up for our Newsletters, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: October 29, 2020, 6:17 pmUpdated: October 29, 2020, 9:30 pmTags: , San Antonio – The San Antonio City Council voted 9-1 on Thursday to ban the sale of dogs from breeders at city pet stores.Beginning Jan. 1, the city will only allow pet stores to sell dogs or cats they obtained from city or county animal shelters, animal control agencies, or animal rescue organizations. At the heart of the issue is a concern over so-called...

October 29, 2020
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Mayor: Gov. Abbott’s office has said there are no plans to send Texas National Guard to San Antonio

Mayor: Gov. Abbott’s office has said there are no plans to send Texas National Guard to San Antonio

, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: October 28, 2020, 6:37 pmTags: , , , Sign up for our Newsletters, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: October 28, 2020, 6:37 pmTags: , , , SAN ANTONIO – Mayor Ron Nirenberg says Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has told his office there are no plans to send Texas National Guardsmen to San Antonio around the time of the Nov. 3 election.The the guard planned to send up to 1,000 troops to five Texas cities in case of post-election disturbances. Nirenberg told reporters on Wednesday his office had not had any discussions -- formal or informal -- about that...

October 28, 2020
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San Antonio City Council passes new plan to fund Edwards Aquifer Protection Program

San Antonio City Council passes new plan to fund Edwards Aquifer Protection Program

, ReporterPublished: September 17, 2020, 8:06 pmUpdated: September 18, 2020, 9:02 amTags: , Sign up for our Newsletters, ReporterPublished: September 17, 2020, 8:06 pmUpdated: September 18, 2020, 9:02 amTags: , SAN ANTONIO – By a 9-2 vote, the San Antonio City Council on Thursday passed a new funding plan to keep a popular Edwards Aquifer Protection Program going after the sales tax that has funded it since 2000 expires.The , which council was , would rely mostly on borrowing money over the course of 10 years, and would begin in FY 2023 after the EAPP uses up the sales tax revenue. The...

September 18, 2020
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City Council considers putting $21.9M more into emergency housing assistance

City Council considers putting $21.9M more into emergency housing assistance

, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: September 15, 2020, 8:19 pmTags: , , Sign up for our Newsletters, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: September 15, 2020, 8:19 pmTags: , , SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council is considering adding another $21.9 million to the city’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program, which helps struggling residents pay their rent, mortgage, and other bills, along with providing some cash.The program’s current funding is expected to run out near the end of the month or at the beginning of October, as it pays out about $400,000 to $500,000 every day....

September 16, 2020
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Proposed SAPD budget increase a ‘slap in the face’ for police reform activists

Proposed SAPD budget increase a ‘slap in the face’ for police reform activists

, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: August 6, 2020, 6:59 pmUpdated: August 6, 2020, 7:59 pmTags: , , Sign up for our Newsletters, Reporter, PhotojournalistPublished: August 6, 2020, 6:59 pmUpdated: August 6, 2020, 7:59 pmTags: , , SAN ANTONIO – After months of activists and demonstrators calling for local governments to “defund the police,” the City of San Antonio’s first draft of a FY 2021 budget goes the other way, and police reform activists are having none of it.City of San Antonio staff presented a to city council members on Thursday. Though it included various spending cuts to...

August 6, 2020
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