Monday, December 16, 2013
The March primary election is less than 81 days away, and this week we learned exactly who will be running. Our two regular political experts, Kelton Morgan and Christian Archer, will tell us about these races and more.
Friday, December 13, 2013
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro appears to have brazenly violated the City Charter last week. As did Mayor Phil Hardberger before him. And almost certainly several mayors before them.
And I don’t have a problem with that. It’s the Charter I have a problem with.
The provision of the City Charter they violated is Section 47.
Monday, December 9, 2013
As 2013 comes to an end, we here at Texas Week are in a mood to celebrate San Antonio as a news town. We were, for example, at the center of a national scandal on sexual misconduct in the military -- and whacky stories as well. It is the job of Express-News Metro columnists Brian Chasnoff and Gilbert Garcia to chronicle both kinds of stories, so they join us to review the year.
Posted by Patrick at 5:29 PM
Friday, December 6, 2013
San Antonio lost a giant last week.
Ted Fehrenbach was internationally known as a writer, a thinker and most notably as the author of "Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans."
His panoramic account of our state remains the most enduring book on Texas history 45 years after its publication.
Fehrenbach has justifiably been celebrated in death as he was in life.
But San Antonio lost a lesser-known treasure last week, a newspaper editor.
Ben Siegal was not Ben Bradlee.
He didn’t hang out with presidents, or supervise reporters who helped bring presidents down.
Of course, the San Antonio Light, where SIegal spent decades as a reporter, city editor and head of the copy desk, wasn’t the Washington Post.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Four San Antonio women, sent to prison in the 1990s following their convictions on aggravated sexual assault of two young girls, are out on bond this week based on a new law passed by the Texas Legislature last spring. The law allows judges to reopen cases in which scientific analysis presented at trial is later determined to be wrong.
Posted by Patrick at 5:28 PM
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michael Morton spent 25 years in state prison for murdering his wife before DNA evidence proved him innocent.
Ken Anderson, the district attorney who got Morton convicted, spent less than five days in jail last week after a judge ruled that he hid evidence of Morton’s innocence from Morton, his attorneys and the trial judge.
There is no neat scale for measuring the price paid by Anderson for his actions against the price paid by Morton for them.
Morton’s 25 years versus Anderson’s five days doesn’t do justice to the disparities.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The building that once held the studios of the first Spanish language television station in the country is now rubble. It was razed over protests of Hispanic activists and conservation leaders. But buildings aren't the only way to remember history. We'll hear from two San Antonians well versed on the issue.
Posted by Patrick at 5:25 PM
Friday, November 15, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Mayor Julian Castro continues his goal of revitalizing downtown San Antonio by 2020. He appeared at a press conference with leaders of a new organization backed by major businesses. Rick Casey is joined by the executive director of the organization, and by an urban planner who has been working on development in and around downtown for decades, to discuss serious challenges and how they plan to address them.
Posted by Patrick at 3:39 PM
Friday, November 8, 2013
This week Texans showed themselves overwhelmingly willing to raid our state’s “Rainy Day Fund” to the tune of $2 billion to slake our thirst.
Two things contributed to the landslide passage of Proposition 6.
First, we need to tap the Rainy Day Fund because it hasn’t rained for years.
At least not enough.
Despite some recent precipitation, we’re still in the nastiest drought since the 1950s.