Midway through a news conference where executives were describing hospitals' herculean efforts to cope with a staggering increase in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio and Bexar County, the governor of Texas dropped a proclamation. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texans in most counties to wear face coverings in public and gave mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people. It was what local leaders had been imploring him to do for weeks, as COVID-19 cases spiraled out of control in Texas' urban areas.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jun 26 2020 - 9:10pm
As San Antonio stepped up its battle against COVID-19 by banning gatherings of more than 10 people in city parks or plazas, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said weekend #BlackLivesMatter protesters would be "kindly asked to think about the pandemic we're in, and disperse." The remarks by Nirenberg, who has repeatedly encouraged #BlackLivesMatters protestors to demonstrate and speak out, came during the evening briefing on the virus which threatens to overwhelm the city's hospital capacity.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jan 22 2020 - 6:44pm
Replay video of the 14th annual Blessing of the Peacemakers on Jan. 26, 2020 at the Whitley Center on the campus of Oblate School of Theology. The 2020 Peace Laureates are: Lionel Sosa, Gurvinder Pal "G.P." Singh and Cappy Lawton. The peaceCENTER appointed the Peace Laureates, local voices of wisdom and experience to speak for peace and justice in San Antonio.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jun 21 2019 - 10:55am
The San Antonio City Council voted to return land next to the Hays Street Bridge to the people for a public park during a dramatic meeting that outgoing councilman Rey Saldana termed a day of "atonement.”
Written by Hannah Wolf on Jun 21 2019 - 10:43am
Click on the speaker's name to jump straight to their comments in the video. District 2 Councilman Art Hall
Written by Edmond Ortiz on Apr 18 2019 - 7:19pm
Photo by Marco Verch on Flickr, under a Creative Commons 2.0 license. By Edmond Ortiz for NOWCastSA
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Apr 3 2019 - 12:26pm
A mayoral debate hosted by NOWCastSA and sponsored by AARP covered a myriad of issues including gentrification, transportation, and, yes, the controversial vote to keep Chick-fil-A out of the San Antonio International Airport. The event was a unique opportunity to hear incumbent Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his challenger, District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse, address political issues and quality of life issues on how the city can remain accessible to people of all ages.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Aug 29 2018 - 7:50am
Leaders of the Westside Neighborhood Associations Coalition told the mayor, city council members and state representatives that they are being disrespected and treated like “guinea pigs” in the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan process.
Written by Glenda Wolin on Jun 5 2018 - 8:22pm
By Glenda Wolin Not guilty! That was one of the themes of the rousing keynote speech by Erika Prosper at the San Antonio League’s 2018 Annual Luncheon, held April 19, 2018. Not “not guilty” in the sense of a verdict, but in the sense that as women, we cannot let ourselves feel guilt over not being able to do everything we feel is expected of us, said Prosper, who is married to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
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.