Friday, September 4, 2015

A police union benefit that led to prison time

It looks like City Hall and San Antonio’s police union may be, at long last, close to reaching a deal.

According to the Express-News, the city’s latest offer includes dropping a relatively minor benefit left over from the infamous 1988 contract won by legendary union leader Sgt. Harold Flammia.

It’s a benefit Flammia probably wishes he had never put in the contract.

Because of it he went from being one of the most powerful men in San Antonio to spending four and a half years in a federal prison.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Officials ask why passengers avoid airport

With mounting criticism that San Antonio International Airport lags behind Austin and other major Texas cities, City Manager Sheryl Sculley on Tuesday called for a review of airport projects and replaced the airport manager. According to recent reports, a net of 300,000 passengers who used to fly out of San Antonio now drive to Austin for cheaper tickets and better options on nonstop flights.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Leaders eye neighborhood revitalization

More than one million people are expected to move into Bexar County in the next 25 years. That begs the question: where are they going to live? The distance between income and the cost of housing in San Antonio is growing. That’s creating an urgent problem. A Bexar County commissioner, with the help of a City Council member, may have a plan to help even things out.

Monday, August 10, 2015

San Antonio eyed for speedy fiber-optic cable

Google has announced its next expansion city for Google Fiber: San Antonio. This is the first announcement since the end of January, when Google announced it would bring fiber-optic networks to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham. What does this mean for techies, businesses and residential customers?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fired health director speaks up | July 31, 2015

On July 22, the city of San Antonio fired its Health Director with a terse, one-sentence termination letter. The stated reason? A “personnel matter.” But the now-former director says it has more to do with his strong stance against the influence of soft-drink companies on public-health policies. City officials say his claim is false.