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Harlandale board action on contract welcome
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 28 Jan 2018 06:00:00 UT
The contractor’s strong foothold in the district has divided boards and created controversy for more than a decade.

Welcome changes to police procedures
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 28 Jan 2018 06:00:00 UT
The cases should never have been botched, and hopefully with these changes, this type of situation will never happen again.

Entrepreneurial resources continue to grow
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:52:44 UT

Café Commerce is a follow-on name from the city's highly successful and useful Café College, which helps students and their families navigate the steps to enter college. The story goes back to last year when the mayor appointed a taskforce, mainly of small-business owners, to determine what role the city could play to support new and expanding companies without duplicating existing services. Various universities offer programs, too, including graduate-student help with free market research. The big one, though, is the University of Texas at San Antonio's Small Business Development Center, which says it served 32,493 Bexar County companies last year with consulting and regular classes on writing business plans, getting loans approved and other basic topics. Whoever bids to operate Café Commerce should submit plans for the center to become self-sustaining and offer additional, innovative services beyond the two Kauffman programs, Dominguez said, such as regular educational events and reaching out to high schools.


Hotel tower planned for old Joske’s building
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:37:53 UT

[...] while some community leaders have questioned whether the tower would disrupt the look and feel of neighboring Alamo Plaza, the developers behind the plan believe the project is necessary to revive the retail scene downtown. “We really want to have a positive economic impact in that part of the city, and we see this as something that's very badly needed,” said Mike Beucler, a partner with Dallas-based BC Realty Parnters LLC, which has led the concept design process. A proposal submitted to the Historic and Design Review Commission indicates that the Joske's building owner, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. of New York, would retain its historic facade but use the four-store building as the base for a possible hotel and resort. According to his designs, the first three floors of the tower would include the hotel lobby, a restaurant with terrace seating, meeting rooms and other amenities. Beucler and Valadez confirmed Wyndham Hotel and Resorts was one of several companies interested in the project, but Feldman said the chain typically lags its competitors in revenue per available room, a key indicator of a hotel's profitability. Neither he nor several members of the HDRC committee could be reached for comment late Friday. Because the Joske's building is considered historic, Ashkenazy has applied to tax-exempt status for the project.


Texas led nation for February job growth
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:52:44 UT

According to the national report, 42 states saw expanded payrolls and eight posted decreases. Highlights included the production sector, comprised of construction, mining and logging, and manufacturing jobs, which added 21,200 jobs over the month; and the professional and business services sector, which added 24,500 jobs.


E-N seeks job sites for annual survey
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:21:41 UT

Employers and potential employees both gain valuable information from the nomination process. [...] participating employers will learn more about their reputation in the labor market and how their existing employees feel about their management practices and policies. Doug Claffey, Workplace Dynamics' CEO, said the survey takes five minutes to complete and consists of questions about the work environment, ethics and direction of companies. Workplaces that supply emotional perks tend to be “organizationally healthy,” workplace experts say. When employers instill a sense of purpose, set a clear direction and keep workers in the loop, they not only win accolades from employees, but they succeed long-term and are more profitable, experts say.


Europe trade talks could change game
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:21:41 UT

The talks likely will begin generating bigger headlines when the two sides start serious negotiations in about three months because, if a trade agreement is reached and enacted, it would be the largest bilateral trade agreement in history and a powerful jobs creator, advocates say. The proposed U.S.-Europe trade agreement, officially called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, also could fill the vacuum left by the failure of the Doha Development Round of world trade talks that commenced in 2001 but failed to reach a conclusion. “All the sectors where San Antonio is growing — biotechnology, energy and IT (information technology) — they are looking at this,” said Raúl Rodríguez Barocio, the Tom Benson chair professor of finance at the University of the Incarnate Word. In addition to the 270,000-barrel-a-day refinery, Valero also purchased an interest in related assets, including four pipelines, 11 fuel terminals, an aviation fuels business and more than 1,000 gas stations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero sells gasoline, diesel and jet fuel in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, said company spokesman Bill Day, and sends a portion of its Wales gasoline production to the United States. All economic sectors will be on the table, with talks aimed at converging rules and standards for autos, chemicals and agriculture, along with services such as engineering and financial services, including stock exchanges and investments. Company President James Morgan said he is looking more for economic stability in Europe than a trade agreement, but a trade pact with harmonized standards would make it easier to conduct business with Europe. The Doha trade talks failed primarily because of differences in agricultural subsidies between large food-producing regions of the world. World Trade Organization rules are in place to help resolve differences, and agriculture no longer is a major sector for jobs and growth that it once was, the diplomat said d


Property tax relief is directly tied to school funding
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:42:35 UT
The plan Abbott has put forward takes bad ideas from the last legislative session, and amplifies them. It targets cities and counties, and fails to adequately address school finance.

Finally some good news for South San
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:00:00 UT
The state’s intervention in South San has been albatross in the recruitment and retention of staff and adversely affected morale.

Astros makes stylish AL debut by ripping Rangers
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 1 Apr 2013 04:16:14 UT

Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 Sunday night in the major league opener and giving Bo Porter a win in his first game as manager. Ankiel hit a pinch-hit three-run shot for the season's first homer, Bud Norris pitched well for the win and Erik Bedard threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career save.


Congress must find a resolution for Dreamers
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:51:37 UT
Dreamers were brought to this country illegally as children. They have grown up in America, been educated in our schools and trained in our workplaces. They are investments and shouldn’t be discarded.

Police detain ‘Django Unchained’ actress in LA
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:46:02 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion. Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the black actress for a prostitute because he was asking me questions like, 'Who is she? The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained the pair after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes.

3 dead in Corpus Christi trailer park shooting
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:07:48 UT
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after three people were killed and a child injured in a shooting at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1sWAvPc ) reports that when police arrived at the trailer park on Sunday evening, they found two women and one man dead outside of different residences.

Ebola: How it spreads
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:04:21 UT
Only when someone is showing symptoms, which can start with vague symptoms including a fever, flu-like body aches and abdominal pain, and then vomiting and diarrhea. The World Health Organization says blood, feces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, while the virus is found in saliva mostly once patients are severely ill and the whole live virus has never been culled from sweat. The Texas Department of State Health Services said Sunday that a health-care worker who provided hospital care for the first patient to die from Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the virus. Hospitals with a suspected case call their health department or the CDC to go through a checklist to determine the person's level of risk.

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:18 UT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years. Analysts believe the economy is maintaining momentum in the current quarter, with a big fall in gas prices expected to bolster consumer spending. Business spending on equipment grew at a 7.2 percent rate in the third quarter, and residential construction grew at a 1.8 percent rate. Much of the optimism for the economy going forward stems from the strength of job growth, which has lowered the unemployment rate to a six-year low of 5.9 percent. The additional workers should translate into more income and consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. [...] they viewed the Fed's statement as a warning that if the economy strengthened more than expected in coming months, rate hikes could start occurring sooner than investors think.

Texas lawmakers will consider these bills
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:57:00 UT

Elections season is over. It's now time for lawmakers to get to work on the issues that are most important to Texans ... and some many Texans weren't even aware of.


1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:18:43 UT

Perry won three honors as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit "Dark Horse," favorite female artist — pop/rock and favorite artist — adult contemporary. Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favorite album — rap/hip-hop for "The New Classic" and favorite artist — rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake. Taylor Swift kicked off the AMAs as a mad woman and man eater by feeding a boy a poisonous apple, holding burning roses and giving crazy eyes during a performance of her song about her dating life. "To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying you believe in the same thing I believe in — that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated," said Swift, who recently removed her music from streaming service Spotify. Beyonce, who didn't attend, won favorite female artist — soul/R&B and favorite album — soul/R&B for her self-titled effort. Carrie Underwood was named favorite female artist — country and the soundtrack for "Frozen," the year's top-selling album, won top soundtrack.


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