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New grant money Elder justice

We need this in San Antonio...and I wouldn't cost the city anything http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-and-corporation-national-and-community-service-expand-their-partnership Justice Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service Expand Their Partnership to Provide Legal Aid to Victims of Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Today, the Department of Justice, through its Elder Justice ...more »

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VIA Metropolitan Transit: #SimplifyFares.

VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) plans to change fares in 2016, including reducing the cost of a full fare day pass from $4 to $2.75 ($1.35 discounted) but raising the cost of other fares and passes. See: http://www.viainfo.net/Communication/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2589 Unlike increasing fares, reducing VIA fares is not governed by any rules. VIA picking $2.75 ($1.35 discounted) for a day pass is an odd choice for ...more »

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VIA Metropolitan Transit: #ElectricBuses

Media reports suggest that San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) is considering upgrading its 40-foot bus fleet to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles -- to be fueled by CPS Energy natural gas infrastructure, including a proposed new pipeline from the Eagle Ford. See http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/eagle-ford-shale-insight/2015/10/via-transitto-take-first-step-in-switching-out.html Natural gas pipelines ...more »

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MyCommunity MyHome

Aging in Place. San Antonio is home to many seniors and retirees and over 50% of them still own their own home. But for many of them, their children are grown and moved away or they have lost their partners and now they are alone in a big house. I want to provide a home sharing program in Bexar County where we match Home Providers with potential Home Renters which would be more affordable than regular renting or assisted ...more »

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What is the city's next Pearl?

I think there are three main areas where this could happen.

I think there are three main areas where this could happen. 1. Near Alamo Brewery, there is already so much work being put into that side of town and there is so much room for improvement. Since there is nothing else really happening on the east side and property values are low it make sense for this to happen here. Plus there are plenty of existing retail spaces that are move in ready. 2. Hemisfair could be another ...more »

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Lower voting age to 16 for municipal elections

San Antonio - like the state of Texas - has a persistent and dire low voter turnout problem.. Specifically, a low youth voter turnout problem (most voters in San Antonio are over 50). Roughly 24% of all San Antonio residents are under 18 years old. Voter turnout for municipal elections in San Antonio has remained below 18% since 1997 - dropping to 7% in 2011. To help address low overall and youth voter turnout and encourage ...more »

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Mayoral Campaign

Any thoughts on the race? Adkisson seems like a long shot. Taylor, Van De Putte, and Villarreal - in my opinion - are the candidates with a best shot. I'm voting Villarreal. Haven't really seen anything form Taylor as interim-mayor to make me believe in her. She was pretty ineffective as a council member and hasn't actually done much as interim-mayor. I don't like Van De Putte deciding to jump into the campaign after ...more »

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PROBATE PIRATES

Why, in a city the size of San Antonio, do we only have 2 official Probate Courts? Accidents happen. Everyone gets old. Everyone dies. Probate court is the court that most of use will have to deal with at some point in our lives. Currently we have 3 "visiting judges" taking up the slack. 3 judges that were not elected by the public yet hold awesome power over the lives of your elderly, incapacitated and estates. There ...more »

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Require Drivers to Turn On Headlights When Raining

This may be better dealt with at the state level, but I believe all drivers should turn on their headlights when it is raining outside. Rainy conditions can be dangerous and visibility is often poor. More importantly, your headlights help other drivers see you better. A law may not be necessary but education from the city or state would certainly encourage drivers to turn the headlights on and make the roads safer for ...more »

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Complete Planned (2013-14) Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail Ring

COSA, SARA and downtown boosters appear to have lost sight of the plan for a connected ring of multi-use (hike and bike) trail throughout much of San Antonio and linking with downtown along several routes including the Westside Creeks Alazan and Martinez - with planned trail extensions and connections promoted in local media as well as at various meetings and conferences and supported by Bexar County voters (as sales ...more »

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Let's not replicate the Pearl

I'll start with this - I personally enjoy the Pearl; I am there almost daily because the Local Coffee is the nearest coffee shop to my eastside office. I go to Cured for dinner, browse the Twig on weekends, drink like I'm still an undergrad at La Gloria, I love the Granary, and I'm counting down to Southerleigh's opening. But I don't think that the Pearl redevelopment is something that the city should seek to replicate. ...more »

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required vehicular emissions testing in Bexar County

It has come to my attention that Bexar county does not require vehicular emissions testing. I also see that diesel vehicles are exempt from testing even in those relatively few counties in Texas that require emissions testing. How might we encourage cleaner vehicles? Lung issues and asthma are a major health issue in San Antonio, in part because of the cedar and oak pollens, but also because the particulate matter and ...more »

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