November 27, 2020

Antonio

San Antonians may have the lowest per capita incomes among America’s 10 most populous cities, but its citizens have demonstrated they are among the wisest stewards of taxpayer money.

This week, election officials certified the passage of three ballot measures that will help the nation’s seventh largest city provide cutting-edge job training, public transportation to their new jobs and quality pre-kindergarten programs for their kids.

City and Bexar County leaders pitched the bond package as a COVID-19 relief package, but that’s not quite right. The Greater San Antonio area desperately needed these investments in the future long before the coronavirus struck and will benefit long after the disease lives on only in history books.

If only every city in Texas city would make such investments in its people.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg campaigned hard for the first bond, which will use $154 million to provide job training or college degrees to 40,000 people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The investment cannot come quick enough for those laid off from tourism-related jobs that might not come back for two years or more.

The community has no time to lose. San Antonio’s per capita income was $25,091 in 2018, compared to $31,576 in Houston or $40,391 in Austin.

San Antonio’s public transportation authority, VIA, will receive 1/8 of a cent from existing sales tax revenues. The new revenue stream will help VIA match federal funds to upgrades routes, technology and equipment to help decrease reliance on personal automobiles.

Lastly, San Antonio also voted to continue leading the nation with its innovative early childhood education known as Pre-K 4 SA. Over eight years, the program has proven it can boost test scores, increase teacher training and improve student health.

San Antonians understand that investing in their people and infrastructure is the wisest way to boost the economy. San Antonio’s economy and home prices have all increased as dozens of companies decide to locate in Bexar county.

Moody’s, which rates the creditworthiness of cities, states and counties, approved of the job training program, saying: “Increased employment and higher salaries will boost residents’ purchasing power and ultimately lift sales tax revenue, one of the city’s largest revenue sources.”

Houstonians should take note.

The Legislature passed a law requiring all districts to offer universal access to full-day pre-K by 2023. But lawmakers made state funding for pre-K discretionary, which means they can cut it next year to meet budget goals.

More than 10,000 students still do not have access to pre-K in the Houston Independent School District, and programs remain short of qualified teachers. San Antonio’s dedicated funding sets it apart.

HISD also failed again to put any bond measure on the ballot. The district has not asked voters for infrastructure or technology improvements in eight years. Instead, the HISD school board has spent its time in petty political squabbles or answering federal agents’ questions about corruption.

Earlier this year,

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SAN ANTONIO – It seems there isn’t much folks can agree on in 2020, but a deep hatred of traffic is universal.

While our journalists can’t wave a magic wand to fix congestion on your daily drive, we want to do everything we can to make it a little easier and safer.

Of course, we have live traffic maps with the latest delays and closures on the KSAT traffic page, but we want to go deeper. To do that, we need your help.

What questions do you have about transportation issues around San Antonio and South Texas?

Maybe you’re curious about that seemingly empty park-and-ride in Stone Oak?

What would you like our journalists to dig into, from strange traffic laws to tips and tricks on the road?

How can we make your morning or afternoon commute a little more manageable? Let us know in the prompt below or in the comment section of this story.

Over the next few weeks, KSAT staff will be crawling over your responses to identify and report out issues facing our community, from traffic hacks to major road projects.

These stories will follow the two recent KSAT Explains episodes about San Antonio’s troubled mass transit past and what the future holds for transportation in our city.

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Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was accused last month of destroying a surveillance camera and throwing his bicycle at a security-guard shack at the Hollywood, Fla., gated community where he lives, according to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald.

According to the Herald, local police determined they had probable cause to charge Brown with misdemeanor criminal mischief, but the homeowners association president elected not to press chargers fearing Brown “may retaliate against her employees.”

The alleged incident, which took place Oct. 15, occurred less than two weeks before Brown signed with Tampa Bay. According to the Herald, police said Brown appeared angered when a guest of his was denied access inside the complex.

“Brown then approached the guard shack and began to strike one of the surveillance cameras, causing it to break,” the police report reportedly said. 

The wide receiver reportedly later returned and cursed the gate’s guard and allegedly threw his bike at the security gate arm. 

“It’s not that we’re afraid of him,” Sylvia Berman, the HOA president, told the Herald on Monday. Instead, she said the board thought the incident was too minor to press charges and that the NFL veteran agreed to replace the camera. 

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The Hollywood police department “exceptionally cleared” the case on Nov. 5, according to the Herald. 

A spokesperson for Brown told the newspaper that, “One of the issues involved difficulties that visiting friends and family experienced while attempting to access a visitor gate. That and all other issues have been fully and amicably resolved, and everyone is getting along just fine.” 

The Bucs said in a statement they were “aware of the reported incident involving Antonio Brown prior to his signing.”

“When Antonio joined us, we were clear about what we expected and required of him. Thus far, he has met all the expectations we have in place,” the team added in a statement.

Brown recently finished an eight-game suspension, which the NFL issued this summer after multiple violations of the league’s personal conduct policy. 

Among other previous legal incidents, this past June, Brown, 32, pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges, which stemmed from a January 2020 incident. As part of his no contest, he was ordered to serve two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Last fall, Britney Taylor, Brown’s former trainer, also accused the wide receiver of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit. Sports Illustrated later published a follow-up story, which detailed a second allegation allegation of sexual misconduct by Brown. 

Brown has played in two games with Tampa Bay. He has 10 total catches for 100 yards receiving.

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A San Antonio couple and their 2-month-old son are on the “long road to recovery” after suffering severe injuries when a man being pursued by police struck their vehicle.

Tom and Priscilla Garcia, both 32, and their 2-month-old son Maximiliano were hospitalized after the head-on collision.

Tom, who had a fractured spine and broken clavicle, was released Tuesday, according to a GoFundMe launched by a family member. Priscilla and Max remain in intensive care.

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The pursuit began on Friday evening when the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a red Ford F-250 had been stolen from from a convenience store along Interstate 10 near FM 775, News4SA reported.

Deputies spotted the truck in Marion and gave chase when the driver refused to stop. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to assist in the chase when the pursuit crossed the county line.

The driver of the stolen truck, later identified as David Sauceda, crashed into several vehicles near Interstate 10 and Loop 1604, according to reports.

Sauceda, a 48-year-old Seguin resident, was booked at the Guadalupe County jail on several charges, including evading arrest and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His combined bail was set at $162,000.

The family’s GoFundMe notes that “it is nothing short of a miracle” the parents and child survived the crash.

“Their vehicle was struck head on at full impact and was ripped to pieces according to the detective that’s been assigned to the case,” a post reads.

The fundraiser had reached over $34,000 toward its $100,000 goal on Wednesday. Donations will be used to ease the financial burden of future medical costs and therapies.

An update posted Tuesday concluded, “Please continue to share and keep Tom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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