The Edge: August 10

Catch up and get ahead with the Edge for the week of August 10.



Speak Up. Be Heard. What do you think about the city budget?

SASpeakUp

San Antonio wants your ideas about the city budget, and we’ve collected all the tools you need to speak up, right on this page.

You can do it in person, in an online input box, on a video or on Twitter or Facebook. (links to all the options are on this page.)

Even cooler, you can join us live online as NOWCastSA webcasts five budget Open House events.  Ask your councilperson and city staff questions live, straight from your computer or mobile! (Go to this page to join us live or later.)

There's only one wrong answer: Your silence.

Now it's your turn: SpeakUp SA!

Community Conversation about Confederate history, symbols and race

NEISD August Board Meeting

More than 40 people spoke at the August NEISD school board meeting in response to Kayla Wilson’s petition to rename Robert E. Lee High School. (Here's her story)

Kayla has gained support from current and former San Antonio councilmen, a Bexar County Commissioner, the San Antonio NAACP and Congressman Joaquin Castro. (here's a link to Castro's letter of support)

Those speaking against her proposal included many alumni of the school that was built in 1958.

Despite everyone’s call for action, NEISD Trustees declined to add the matter to their next agenda.

Stay tuned to NOWCastSA, where we’re continuing to have a community conversation about Confederate history, slavery and race.

GoogleFiber’s coming, Lyft’s coming back, on what terms?

Google Fiber pana

San Antonio welcomed Google Fiber, with its 4,000 miles of gigabit fiber optic cable, and proposed a framework to return the ride-booking company, Lyft.

But neither company is getting a free ride.

In this story and video, Mayor Ivy Taylor and Google Fiber promised not to ignore the poor - the 40 percent of people in San Antonio who can’t afford even slow Internet.

And in this exclusive interview with NOWCastSA, Councilman Roberto Treviño said the deal with Lyft will show customers right in the app whether a driver has passed a fingerprint background check. Police say the fingerprint check catches identity thieves and dangerous criminals often missed in the company screening.

City Council still needs to approve the agreement with Lyft, and Mayor Taylor says the community still needs a plan to  tackle the digital divide.

Share life saving information with your neighbors

Summer Free Kids Meals Map

August’s scorching heat can be deadly for our most vulnerable neighbors. 

You can make a difference by sharing our mobile-friendly maps:

Empower someone with information - you’ll be glad you did!