Monday, April 18, 2016

It appears city could lose clean-air status



San Antonio is growing — and proud of it. But a side effect is that it appears we are about to lose our standing as one of the largest cities that doesn’t violate federal clean air standards. We’ll hear about the implications from an air-quality expert with the Alamo Council on Governments and the San Antonio Express-News’s environmental reporter.

Friday, April 15, 2016

If city wants a baseball stadium, let's put it to a vote



A few years ago I visited Parque Central, a plaza in Old Havana.

The square is rimmed with scores of booksellers sitting by their folding tables and portable bookcases.

Offerings range widely: fiction, politics, history, art.

It is a cultural marvel, a gem of civilization.

But on one corner was a group of men disturbing the peace.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

COPS/Metro is still kicking and growing



COPS/Metro, a community organization once considered radical, turns 40 this year. By the time the legendary Good Government League from decades ago was half that old, it was dead. The death of COPS/Metro has frequently been forecast, but leaders say they are not only still kicking, but are growing. Hear from the group’s lead organizer and a key leader.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Court rules unanimously on "one person one vote"


It was refreshing this week to see the frequently divided United States Supreme Court rule unanimously on a political issue — and one that involved Texas.

The lawsuit was brought by Sue Evenwel of Titus County in Northeast Texas and Edward Pfenninger of Montgomery County, just north of Houston.

But the suit was backed by conservative groups who feel big cities, which tend to be liberal and Democrat, are favored in the current system over less-populated areas that tend to be conservative and Republican.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Can city prepare for 1 million more people?



With San Antonio expected to grow by a million people over the next few decades, can we prepare for it? Mayor Ivy Taylor, a city planner by training, is very much in favor of preparing for it. As part of that effort, a Sustainability Plan has just been completed and is being rolled out for public comment. Just what is a sustainability plan? The city’s Chief Sustainability Officer joins us.