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Written by Joseph Tucker on Nov 09, 2017
Trinity University Professor Christine Drennon launched the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force by describing the disparities in San Antonio and the legacy of structural inequality. When he created the Task Force, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he wanted the panel to develop a framework for a comprehensive and compassionate housing policy that addresses pressing challenges including availability, affordability, gentrification and displacement.
Written by Texas Tribune on Nov 01, 2017
by Giulia Afiune, The Texas Tribune Update: Rosa Maria Hernandez was released to her parents the afternoon of Nov. 3. More in this story from KSAT-12 news  and this story from Univision.
Written by Karen Ball on Oct 31, 2017
San Antonio kicked off a discussion of Participatory Budgeting (PB) at The Brick at Blue Star on June 6, 2017 in a free community-powered event. The conversation showcased Palo Alto College’s PB process (learn more here), and concluded with residents, elected officials and candidates talking about how PB could work. Watch the video and scroll down for a commentary by participant Karen Ball:
Written by Rogelio Sáenz on Oct 17, 2017
Tragedy struck Sunday, July 23, 2017 when dozens of immigrants were trapped in a semi-trailer truck parked in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio. The men, women, and children put on the rig in Laredo had been promised that their trip would include air conditioning. Not only did they not have air conditioning, but no air to breathe or water to drink as well. It was certainly a horrifying and gruesome end to the lives of 10 people who have died thus far and a horrendous experience to survivors who no doubt contemplated their death over several hours that felt like an eternity.
Written by Ben Olivo on Oct 16, 2017
By Ben Olivo, Folo Media Sometimes at public meetings, when it’s time for citizens to address whatever governmental body is presiding, their questions or concerns aren’t germane to the discussion — they’re off-topic or meant for another body. The first public meeting of Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s housing task force was different. On Tuesday Oct. 3, all of the housing questions that audience members lobbed toward the five-member task force landed. None were off limits. (Watch full video of the meeting here, scroll down to read more)