By Cynthia Merla Spielman We sat in our first session, a form-based code “boot camp” in anticipation and some trepidation. When we were to introduce ourselves to a roomful of developers, land use attorneys, elected officials, planning staff, and consultants, I whispered to my seat partner, “Don’t tell them we are neighborhood and housing advocates.”
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Written by Cynthia Spielman on Jun 27 2019 - 12:00pm
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Sep 4 2018 - 12:29pm
Arturo S. Rodríguez recalled what his parish priest at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church told him after joining the first farm workers’ melon strike in Rio Grande City and getting arrested back in 1966.
Written by Cynthia Spielman on May 3 2018 - 1:25pm
By Cynthia Spielman and Cosima Colvin Neighborhood Plans are civic engagement and grassroots democracy at its most local level. They were created by ordinary people who care about their community and were willing to work, to participate and to engage with their neighbors in a real partnership with the city under the 1998 Community Building and Neighborhood Planning Program. We spent hundreds of hours planning, facilitating and attending meetings. We talked to one another, and sometimes struggled with ideas until we finally came to a consensus.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Apr 27 2018 - 2:43pm
Nearly 50 residents gathered to remove and replace the Government Hill Alliance Board of Directors in a meeting at St. Patrick's Catholic Church that was carefully scripted and orderly. Organizers said they were motivated by concern over development in the historic neighborhood and a lack of transparency by the previous board. Watch full video of the meeting here, and scroll down to read more about the meeting.
Written by Karen Ball on Oct 31 2017 - 7:41pm
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 pauliedigi on Apr 10 2017 - 2:33pm
Ideas For CoSA Moderator Paul DiGiovanni sat down at the NOWCastSA studio with Charlotte-Anne Lucas and Kay Richter to discuss the Ideas For CoSA group, journalism, NOWCastSA, upcoming events, and more. Listen to the full podcast below.
Written by JamiAlise on Apr 7 2017 - 3:33pm
"We are hosting a city-wide launch party event and civic engagement symposium in San Antonio to announce our presence and engage students in public affairs dialogue. Our event will feature a dynamic panel on education, civic engagement, and immigration.
Written by JamiAlise on Mar 29 2017 - 5:58pm
On March 25, 2017, thousands of participants came out in San Antonio to walk the two miles honoring and celebrating César E. Chávez. Here's the story of the 21st Anniversary César E. Chávez March for Justice in your own words and pictures. ¡Sí Se Puede!
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Mar 3 2017 - 5:08pm
Replay the video from the March 6, 2017 webcast of Congressman Joaquin Castro’s Town Hall meeting in the cafeteria of Memorial High School in San Antonio. At the free public event, participants were encouraged to discuss federal issues and matters you find important and that impact you and your family.
Written by Edmond Ortiz on Feb 22 2017 - 11:16pm
In a speech laced together with data and lifted by his passionate hope for 53,000 students, Superintendent Pedro Martinez described an arsenal of innovative solutions he is using combat the stubborn reality of poverty in the San Antonio Independent School District.