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Do you have a good idea to improve San Antonio? 

Oftentimes the filter of public policy is government elites, Chambers of Commerce, and sometimes even developers or others who benefit monetarily from a policy or project coming to fruition in the city. 

Today on the program we talked about democratizing that process, and bringing it down to the people who live here.  

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  The San Antonio City Council unanimously passed a mammoth $2.5 billion budget today; the largest in the city’s history.

 Among some of the new initiatives included are a gunshot detection system and 1300 body cameras for police officers. The budget was passed amid ongoing police and fire department negotiations over healthcare and wage contracts which City Manager Sheryl Sculley says continue to outgrow the city’s capacity to fund it.

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Potholes are a persistent problem all around San Antonio. City council is hoping to make a dent in repairs by city increasing the number of crews on the streets. The proposed city budget that begins in October could fund an expanded effort to patch the missing pieces of the roads.

 

For drivers in San Antonio, many, like Hector Garza can’t go a day without seeing a pothole.

 

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San Antonio’s City Manager has some welcome news for property owners whose tax assessments have skyrocketed.  Sheryl Sculley said the proposed budget for next year may call for a lower property tax rate. Sculley talked about the tax rate and the city’s bond rating during a Thursday morning press conference.

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Limited Purpose Annexation – What is it?  That’s the title of three open houses scheduled in the coming days.  The City of San Antonio’s Department of Planning and Community Development wants to provide residents with information.

Staff will be available to answer questions about the City’s Limited Purpose Annexation Plan.

The approved areas are US 281 North, IH-10 East and IH-10 West.  The sessions will feature information specific to each area.

The first will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frank Tejeda Middle School at 2909 Evans Road.

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Job seekers interested in working for the City of San Antonio can get some help from employment workshops being put on by the Human Resources Department.

The first one is taking place Wednesday, July 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Claude Black Community Center at 2805 East Commerce.

Session 1 is: Skills for your job search.

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San Antonio has pedestrian death rate 3 times the safest in the country, which includes New York City. 

Broad streets? Poor city planning? a culture of reckless driving? Where does the blame lie?

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San Antonio's San Pedro Springs Park, the second oldest city park in the United States, is getting some needed updates.

The city is spending $1.8 million to create a perimeter trail with LED lighting, additional signage and monument walls.  The improvements were identified by residents in the 2013 Master Plan update.

City Archeologist Kay Hines says the changes will make the park more inviting.

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As the city of San Antonio examines whether or not to annex the largest swath of land in decades, many are pushing back against the city practice. Several bills have been filed in the 84th Legislature to make it more difficult to grab up unincorporated areas.

The bills have failed to muster much support with nearly all of them dying in committee, but the number of bills filed gives an indication of how unpopular annexation is to several Texas communities.

Big changes may be coming to downtown. The first skyscraper in 25 years, a new high-end development that would remove the blighted Solo Serve building, and a Houston Street that is making a comeback are all bringing life to an area that has served as a thoroughfare for tourists heading from San Fernando Cathedral to the Alamo. 

Will San Antonio see the downtown renewal that is has dreamed about for so long?

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