April 23


Weekly Roundup: May 6-12, 2012

Elaine Wolff reported on the potential demise of CPS Energy's solar rebate program and the fallout for local panel installers. She wrote about the potential reformation of the way poor defendants get legal representation and the inaugural HemisFair photo contest.

Greg Jefferson walked readers through a few little known facts about the City's debt load. He also broke the news of CPS' decision to not hit up the City Council for a rate increase this year.

Jefferson wrote about the all too familiar rivalries in Precinct 1's Democratic primary.

Brian Collister reported on state Rep. Jose Menendez's drive to make charitable bingo more charitable, and bond opponents' last-minute sort of offensive.

Jade Esteban Estrada toured the 5th annual Luminaria arts festival.

Sarah McClung dropped in on the 10th Special Projects Social and the 15th annual 800 lb. Film Festival for students.

Jacob Muncy reviewed Trinity professor Arturo Madrid's new memoir, In the Country of Empty Crosses.

Top chisme included Councilman Rey Saldana's designs on the A&M campus, the latest news on Museo Imposible, the last-stage infusion of pro-bond money, and the political implications of Canseco's pat-down.

Weekly Roundup: April 29-May 5, 2012

Ron Bechtol writes that these days Texas stills are turning out a much higher quality product than moonshine.

Elaine Wolff concluded that the City won permission, not forgiveness, when the 4th Court of Appeals lifted the injunction on the controversial Broadway-Hildebrand drainage project. Wolff also cataloged the taxpayer-funded travels of Alamo Colleges Trustee Roberto Zarate.

Greg Jefferson shed light on the City's unwillingness to publicly talk about about streetcars ahead of the May 12 bond election. Reasoning: It's a mood killer for voters. Jefferson also reported on goodies to be handed out to developers at the first meeting of the River North TIRZ in more than a year and a half.

He brought you up to date on progress made (almost none) toward a compromise over the closed Pecan Valley Golf Course on the Southeast Side.

Gilbert Garcia described new lows in the battle between State Senator Jeff Wentworth and former Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones. Garcia also reported on attorney Tina Torres' shrinking financial edge in the tough Democratic primary in Texas House District 117.

Brian Collister told you about Constable Mark Vojvodich's big tax problem and CPS Energy Trustee Homer Guevara's ethics problems at his day job, teaching economics at Northwest Vista College.

Top Chisme included Charles Butt's offer of financial help in hiring a new SAISD super, great hotel rooms and a new hire for CPS CEO Doyle Beneby, engineer and political player Rolando Briones likely to run in District 8, and Twitter satirist Urban Robert is on the scene.

Weekly Roundup: April 22-28

Greg Jefferson wrote about State Representative Lyle Larson pushing big ideas in Texas water development that'll cost a bundle – just as Governor Rick Perry rolls out his no-taxing, no-spending Texas Budget Compact.

Jefferson also reported on the end of the controversial Uvalde-to-SA water pipeline (for now), and Councilwoman Elisa Chan's Walmart balancing act.

Gilbert Garcia highlighted Manuel Medina's desire to turn the chairmanship of the local Democratic Party into a bully pulpit. Garcia also wrote about Robert Stovall's underdog campaign against former Councilman John Clamp in the GOP primary for tax assessor-collector.

Jade Esteban Estrada recreated a South Side moment with JP candidate Tomas Uresti, and reported that, for better or worse, handlebar mustaches are back.

Top Chisme includes Congressman Quico Canseco's frisk aversion, the treasurer of a pro-BexarMet PAC charged with hot-check writing, and ambivalence about the Institute of Texan Cultures' brutalism.

Weekly Roundup: April 15-21, 2012

Gilbert Garcia dropped in on financial preacher Dave Ramsey’s SRO stop in San Antonio.

Greg Jefferson did the math on SAWS’ real balance sheet and explained the challenges – leaky infrastructure, employee benefits, etc. – that will push future rate hikes.

Garcia reported on the South Texas Obamatinos, who are gearing up to play their long-promised pivotal role in elections.

Elaine Wolff questioned the City’s plan to keep historic Miraflores Park out of the new river trail system.

Wolff updated the continuing saga of the San Antonio Opera, in which the musicians are forced to sue the company for lost wages.

Wolff also explained why some of the HemisFair ’68 buildings might not make the final HPARC cut, despite the Conservation Society’s new interest in Mid-Century Modernism.

Garcia tried not to laugh out loud at the “battle of the ages” between Congressional candidate Sylvia Romo and opponent Lloyd Doggett’s hometown paper.

Brian Collister reported on County Clerk Gerry Rickoff’s new program that posts the names of DWI and family-violence fugitives online.

Top Chisme included updates on the fight over a housing development in Hidden Canyon, and news that KLRN is developing a new profile/interview program with former E-N Editor Bob Rivard.

Weekly Roundup: April 8-14

Greg Jefferson profiled Sandy Oaks, an exurb with 5,000-plus residents in Southeast Bexar County that wants to become a city – and that's highlighting the hazards of sprawl combined with an economic boom.

Jefferson also wrote about the collapse of wildly controversial plans for a pipeline that would've moved water from Uvalde to SA, and he revealed that – surprise! – architects, engineers, and builders are once again bankrolling a major pro-bond campaign.

Elaine Wolff detailed the Hard(berger) sell for private donations to the fledgling Opera Theater San Antonio and its prospects for City funding and reported on Dayna de Hoyos' decision to move the Stella Haus gallery out of Blue Star.

Wolff also detailed a City plan to give full-time muni employees $10,000 forgivable loans to move into inner city neighborhoods.

Gilbert Garcia checked in with the three contenders for the GOP nomination for sheriff – a retired Air Force major general, a retired G-man, and a candidate who actually has experience in the Sheriff's Office. Garcia also broke the news that JP Monica Caballero won her court fight to get on the Democratic-primary ballot.

Jade Esteban Estrada sat down with Magik Theatre's Richard Rosen.

In Shelf Life, a new monthly book feature, Jacob Muncy considers AKIRA, a series of graphic novels from Japan.

Top Chisme included: plans for a gigantic observation wheel near Maverick Park, word of a City giveaway for the already struggling San Antonio Talons, and poll results for next month's City bond election.

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