Friday, September 23, 2016

How election laws require some logistic gymnastics

At least twice a decade I’m glad I’m not Jackie Callenen.

This year, I’m particularly glad.

Callenen is in charge of running the November election, in which more than half a million citizens of Bexar County will help elect a president, five members of the House of Representatives, 11 members of the Texas Legislature, 14 judges, a sheriff and a few other officials.

I am not foolish enough to predict who will win all these offices, but I will predict this:

The mechanics of the election will not go perfectly.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gated community planned in historic neighborhood

First let me admit my bias. I consider the term “gated community” to be suspect from the start. Sort of like “gentlemen’s club.”

I don’t think establishments where men pay to watch women take off their clothes, gyrate around poles and perhaps give lap dances cater exclusively or even mainly to gentlemen.

And while there may be a few gated real estate developments that actually develop into communities, I think the basic form constitutes an assault on communities.

Monday, September 12, 2016

After two years of often bitter negotiations and a court fight, San Antonio’s police union has overwhelmingly ratified a new contract. City Council will vote on that contract next week, but not without controversy. City Manager Sheryl Sculley, who set a goal to reign in inflationary healthcare costs, joins us to discuss the contract and related issues.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mexican-American scholars in uproar over textbook

Two years ago, Mexican American educators, activists and officials persuaded the Texas State School Board to seek submissions for a textbook on Mexican American history.

They couldn’t have imagined that this Tuesday they would be traveling to Austin for a hearing on the sole submission, a 507-page tome titled “Mexican American Heritage.”

Or that they would be asking the state board to toss it in the trash bin.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bexar County DA attacks vaccinations

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood stunned many San Antonians this week by appearing in a video asserting forcefully that vaccinations cause children — including his son — to contract autism.

The video was produced by an anti-vaccination group. In this program, we hear responses from two San Antonio epidemiologists.