Hey, world! Pay attention to us!

Houston's efforts to brand itself as a world-class city often come in for ridicule, some deserved and some not so much. But Houston is way farther down the path of international prominence than our neighbor to the west, San Antonio. Evan Smith highlights a bit from an interview to be published in their upcoming issue with the newly-elected Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro.

What do you do about luring companies to San Antonio and keeping them there? There are a number of major corporations headquartered in the city, but the loss of AT&T to Dallas last year had to hurt. What kind of package can you put together to attract and retain their kind?

A couple of things. First, we're going to keep refining our economic development model. We have dozens of development entities right now, and we are going to look at how we can streamline that process and create a web presence--an informational portal of entry for San Antonio along the lines of what Houston and Phoenix do. Second, we need to get back to what Mayor [Henry] Cisneros did so well in the eighties, which was to raise the profile of the city. If you watch the Today show or CNN when they do the weather, you'd think San Antonio didn't exist.

I have a distinct memory from college, being at home during Christmas break and freezing my butt off, checking the weather listing in the newspaper each day so I'd know just how much warmer I'd be if I were back at school. The New York Daily News weather page had a listing for San Antonio, but I've seen papers that didn't. It really is weird.

It's the seventh-largest city in the country. Is there problem that I don't know about?

Whatever it is, we're going to fix it.

Do you hire people to help market the city? Do you get more aggressive in publicizing things going on? Because obviously you want to spend your time on substance, and marketing isn't really substance. Or at least it doesn't have the same impact.

I like to think it does. If you're a graduate of Yale or the University of Michigan or the University of Chicago and you think about where the jobs are, oftentimes there's opportunity in San Antonio that you wouldn't know about. We can't even fathom how much of a talent investment we're missing out on. So we're going to get on the road, get with companies, write letters to media outlets, and do all the practical things we need to. Over time, we'll get into the national conversation about up-and-coming cities.

San Antonio has some assets that Houston doesn't. It has a much stronger sense of history and heritage, it's a genuine tourist destination, and it's a truly beautiful place that's very close to some even more beautiful countryside. It's a love-at-first-sight kind of place, where Houston is much more of an acquired taste. It may be the seventh most populous city in America, but it's not crowded and it doesn't sprawl out all over the place (not yet, anyway); it's only the 37th largest TV market as a result, which probably contributes to its lower profile overall. I don't know what I'd do in Mayor Castro's place to raise that profile, but I'm confident that it can be done. It really has a lot going for it, and if I couldn't live here it would be my first choice for where to move.

05/29/09 | permalink | comments [2]

Interim DPS director retiring

What the hell is going on at the Department of Public Safety?

he director of the Texas Department of Public Safety is resigning amid allegations that he touched women at the agency in an unprofessional way, "demonstratively" blew kisses to one and called a veteran employee "his girl."

Col. Stanley Clark's resignation is effective May 31, but he will no longer be performing any duties at DPS, according to a spokeswoman.

Clark, 60, has led the agency since becoming interim director in September. He succeeded Col. Tommy Davis, who retired in the wake of a fire that severely damaged the Governor's Mansion on DPS' watch.

"This is an elite law enforcement agency. We expect all our employees to demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism," Allan Polunsky, chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission, said in a statement. "The director must set the example for all employees in their workplace communications.

"Col. Clark has acknowledged his failure to adhere to those high standards and has chosen to retire at the end of this month," Polunsky said. "We are disappointed by this matter, and we are committed to moving on in our search for a director."

The story has more details; it's all very creepy. This guy was there on a temporary basis after the last guy was apparently forced out over DPS' failures to prevent or apprehend the person responsible for the fire that damaged the Governor's mansion in 2007. All I can say is I hope whoever they find via that national search knows what he or she is getting into. Grits has more.

05/05/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Burka on the Census and redistricting

Paul Burka takes a look at Census figures and projections for 2010 and considers the implication for the 2011 Legislative Redistricting Board redraw of State House and State Senate lines.

There is going to be carnage in rural Texas, especially from Wichita Falls to Lubbock to Amarillo, an area currently represented by six House Republicans: Hardcastle, Jones, Isett, Chisum, Swinford, and Smithee, and only two Democratic districts (Farabee and Heflin). In East Texas, the Eltife and Nichols Senate seats are in rural areas that have not kept up with the growth rate.

On the other hand, Republicans won't even have to gerrymander to gain seats in suburban Texas. Huge growth rates in Collin, Denton, and Montgomery counties will result in more Republican seats. The other two big suburban counties, Fort Bend and Williamson, also have high growth rates, but the growth in these counties includes Democrats as well as Republicans. Growth in urban Texas was right around the statewide average, so the Democrats will have to win seats by defeating Republicans.

I suppose that's true. It's a good thing that the Democrats have gotten better at that. And in Harris County, at least, a lot of the high-growth areas got a lot less red last year. The result is that what was drawn to be a 15-10 Republican advantage in the delegation became a 14-11 Democratic lead in four cycles' time, thanks in part to Republican overreach in 2001. Don't take anything for granted, that's all I'm saying.

On a side note, one thought that struck me in thinking about this was that perhaps we ought to consider increasing the number of members in the House and the Senate. Assuming Burka's population projection is accurate, each of the 150 State Rep districts will have about 168,000 people in it after the 2011 redraw. Now take a look at the 1990 Census figures. Just 20 years ago, each district had roughly 113,000 constituents. To keep that same ratio for the 2010 population you'd need 223 members. Maybe this is one reason why the cost of running for State Rep keeps going up - you have to reach more and more voters just to maintain position. And with four Congressional seats being added to bring the total to 36, the 31 Senate districts are going to become a lot more populous than Congressional ones soon. I say it's worth considering the possibility of increasing the size of each chamber in order to keep a certain level of closeness to each elected official. What do you think?

UPDATE: Greg brings some maps.

05/05/09 | permalink | comments [3]

TYD convention

Sadly, I am no longer young enough to be considered a "Young Democrat". But I'm still young enough to tell you about the Texas Young Democrats convention going on this weekend in Austin. Here's actual YD George Nasser with the details.

The Democratic youth vote in Texas went up over 300% in 2008. Want to know what this surging demographic is up to next? Catch the movers and shakers of the Texas youth movement at the Texas Young Democrats Convention in Austin this weekend.

The convention will kick off Friday night with a fundraiser for the TYD at the Thistle Cafe from 7 to 10pm. Speakers will include state senator Leticia Van De Putte and Texas Democratic Party chairman Boyd Richie. The convention itself will run from the morning of Saturday, April 18 to noon on Sunday the 19th, at St. Edwards University's Ragsdale Center. Guest speakers for the convention will include Bill White and John Sharp, as well numerous representatives from various issue groups and the Texas Democratic Party.

Also be sure to join the Texas College Democrats following the convention for lobby training at UT at 6pm in preparation for Monday's TCD Lobby Day.

For more information, hit up the convention web site at http://www.campaignwindow.com/tydconvention or email the Texas Young Democrats at texasyds@gmail.com.

So there you have it. Now get off my lawn and get yourself over to the convention already.

04/17/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Court issues injunction against DPS over drivers license rules

A district court judge has suspended the new drivers license rules implemented by the Department of Public Safety pending a civil trial on the grounds that DPS didn't have the authority to do what it did.

The rules prevent thousands from getting standard-issue licenses even though they're legally in the country, said the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is suing over the policy.

District Judge Orlinda L. Naranjo said the rules -- which specify that people who aren't U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents must prove they're legally here before getting a license -- go beyond DPS authority.

"This case is not about illegal immigrants obtaining driver licenses, it is about legal residents who have been denied or have been threatened a denial of a driver license," Naranjo wrote to lawyers, saying she was granting a temporary injunction. After a formal order, such an injunction would block the rules pending a trial.


"DPS has created havoc by attempting to inject its political agenda into the lawmaking process and improperly giving second-class status to individuals who in every way have complied with the laws of the land regarding their presence in the United States and Texas," said David Hinojosa, MALDEF lead attorney in the case.

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, said the rule changes "had no legislative backing. State agencies do not have the power to pass rules that contradict or fail to comply with state laws."

Before the rules were changed, an unexpired visa was accepted as proof of identify for someone seeking a driver's license, Naranjo noted. The change required the visa to have been issued for at least a year and have at least six months remaining on it when presented to DPS.


Naranjo wrote: "State agencies possess only those powers granted to them by the Legislature ... The Court finds that the Legislature did not give DPS the authority to create a new category of ineligible persons to receive a driver license."

Apparently, what Judge Naranjo said isn't good enough for DPS.

The state said it has filed notice that it will appeal the decision by State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo of Travis County, who said DPS acted outside the scope of its authority in its changes to driver's license rules last year.

DPS said the appeal means those rules -- touted last year as a crackdown on unauthorized immigrants -- will remain in effect until the merits of the appeal are decided.

"Noncitizens or temporary visitors to the United States who appear at DPS driver license offices will not be issued driver licenses if they do not meet current identification rules," the agency said.

Not so fast, said the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which sued over the rules and persuaded Naranjo to agree to the temporary injunction.

The group will oppose the state's effort to keep the current rules in place while the appeal is pending, said staff attorney David Hinojosa: "We would fight that."

If filing an appeal means you can ignore a judge's order, then what's the point of having the district courts? I don't know why DPS thinks this order doesn't apply to it until the 3rd Court of Appeals says so, but I hope that should the 3rd Court uphold the district court's ruling that DPS will abide by it. And I hope that the 3rd Court will clarify what should have happened here. This strikes me as a potentially dangerous precedent.

Anyway. Just to review the history, DPS implemented this rule change in October. Stories about the difficulties that legal immigrants faced getting licenses soon followed, as did two different lawsuits to force DPS to rescind that rule. I'm not sure if they were combined into one or if the other case is still pending. There's also been legislation filed to prevent DPS from doing this, though I doubt it will pass; as of today, both HB1278 and its companion SB2261 are in committee. If it is the courts that ultimately decide this, we're a long way off from a resolution.

04/11/09 | permalink | comments [0]

"Gone With the Big Wind"

It's still another month till the anniversary, but the people of Wichita Falls are remembering the massive tornado that nearly destroyed their town thirty years ago.

It was April 10, 1979, that Mother Nature grew furious.

It was when three supercells spawned a series of tornadoes that dispatched that fury -- more than 50 tornadoes that barreled through not only Texas and Oklahoma, but through Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Nebraska, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama.

It was the perfect storm, and Wichita Falls was in the middle of it all.

An F4 tornado hit Wichita Falls late in the afternoon that day, Terrible Tuesday, killing 42 people in Wichita County and another 12 in Wilbarger County as it dug its heels over almost 47 miles, leaving unimaginable damage in its path.

It's been 30 years since that day, and the Wichita Falls Museum of North Texas History is remembering the Terrible Tuesday that left its indelible mark in the area with its latest exhibit, "Gone With the Big Wind: 30th Anniversary of the 1979 Tornado."

The exhibit is mainly a photography exhibit, with countless 8x10 black-and-white images displayed at the museum showing the destruction: cars pummeled as if they were made of tin, and frames of houses surrounded by a swirl of debris.

I blogged about the 25th anniversary of this storm back in 2004. I don't have family living in Wichita Falls any more, but I still remember this well.

03/23/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Operation Border Star

During the 2007 legislative session, $110 million was appropriated at Governor Perry's urging for border law enforcement agencies to combat drug smuggling and gang activity. How's that working out?

The state's $110 million Border Star program, designed to help local authorities combat violent crime and drug smuggling, has been ineffective and a waste of resources, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said Wednesday.

In a study of 11 of the 40 border law enforcement agencies participating in the program, the group said authorities were stopping and searching thousands of vehicles but making few drug seizures and arrests. Also, it said, the 13 surveillance cameras set up on the border - a $2 million investment - netted just three arrests in their first six months of operation.

The ACLU said Operation Border Star's performance measures encourage law officers to engage in work that doesn't truly protect Texans from drug crime and emphasize geographic areas other than major drug corridors.

What resulted "was a disruption of the lives of ordinary citizens," said ACLU policy analyst Laura Martin, who noted that the 29 other police and sheriff's departments in Border Star didn't respond to the request for information.

Program supporters say that although it may not have recorded great numbers of drug arrests, it's a deterrent. And they said the departments studied by the ACLU account for just $5 million of the $110 million allocated and aren't a representative sample.

"It's proven that more boots on the ground disrupt and deter criminal activity along the border," said Katherine Cesinger, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry. "The governor believes that Operation Border Star and the state-led border security efforts are working."

There's that deterrent rationale again. Amazing what you can justify by claiming things would have been worse had you not spent all that money.

I read this story and I think about the people who apply for food stamps and CHIP and stuff like that who have to fill out numerous forms and submit to interviews and investigations to prove that they really need those funds. For just about every social program that we spend money on in this state, lawmakers demand to see results to justify that spending. Teachers are held accountable nine ways to Sunday for what goes on in their classrooms. But we drop a hundred million bucks on border security funds, and we're supposed to accept Governor Perry's faith that it's making a difference? Where are the metrics and the reviews and the progress reports? I don't get it. Stace has more.

03/19/09 | permalink | comments [0]

In the long run, we're all dead

There's long-term planning, and then there's long-term planning.

Big Bend National Park is known for its jagged beauty, but sometimes the mountains are blotted from the horizon by a sky the color of mud.

The air is so dirty on many summer days that the federal government wants Texas to implement a plan that makes at least "reasonable progress" toward eliminating haze at the iconic park, with the goal of achieving natural visibility by 2064.

But the clean-air plan, which the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is poised to approve Wednesday, sets a target of 2155, missing the federal goal by 91 years.

Just in time for my 189th birthday. I'll be sure to have my great^5-grandchildren haul my ashes out there so I can enjoy it. Way to go, TCEQ!

02/28/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Our Hispanic future

It's happening now.

In a new report on population trends in public schools, the Texas Education Agency reports that Texas now enrolls 130,000 fewer white children than 10 years ago.

For the first time, Hispanic children dominate first-grade classes, adding about 4,000 children last year to become the outright majority with 50.2 percent of students.

But Hispanic children would have become dominant without even one new student, because white first-grade enrollment dropped by about 2,000.

White children are now fewer than one-third of the first-graders in Texas.

If this is a surprise to us, it's not one to Karl Eschbach of the University of Texas-San Antonio, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as the official state demographer.

"What people don't realize is the sheer inevitability of this change," Eschbach said Friday.

It isn't about immigration, he said. It's about native-born Texan and American children growing up.

Some white conservatives -- not all of them but certainly all the ones with radio shows -- fear the "Latinization" of Texas. No reason to fear.

"It's already happened," Eschbach said.

In Harris County, the tipping point was two years ago, when Hispanics became the plurality. The state of Texas is still predominantly white, but not majority white, not since 2003.

"If the state is going to be healthy, we have to invest in children," Eschbach said, repeating part of the presentation he gives across the state. "We have to invest in education. We have to invest in preparing children for a global economy."

In other words, Texas' future depends on how well we prepare today's minority children.

Eschbach was blunt.

"The children who don't 'look like us' will have the greatest say in the state's future success," he said.

He sounds a lot like his predecessor, Steve Murdock. Maybe one of these years we'll actually start listening to these guys.

02/21/09 | permalink | comments [2]

TSTA poll on public education

The Texas State Teachers Association released the results of its annual poll on attitudes towards public education in Texas last week. From the poll memo (PDF):

Despite a declining national and state economy, a majority of Texas voters still maintain
that too little is being spent on education.
A 60% majority of voters believe the state
government is spending too little on education versus 10% who say too much and 24%
who say the right amount. This perception of under-investment is held by majorities of
Republicans, Independents and Democrats, and it is essentially unchanged from the
view held throughout our polling from 2003 through 2007.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Texans think state funding for public schools should be
By contrast, just 6% believe state funding for schools should be decreased
and 27% say it should be kept at the same level. This majority support for increasing
state spending on schools is held by 54% of Republicans, 62% of Independents, and
76% of Democrats.

Despite the economic anxiety of voters, those who support increasing the funding of
schools remains over 60%.

Furthermore, 71% of voters - with no partisan bias (Republicans 69%, Independents
71% and Democrats 76%) - believe the state legislature has more work to do to properly
fund public schools
, versus 20% who say it has sufficiently addressed the issue.
Although those saying the Legislature must do more has declined from 81% two years
ago to 71% now, the current 7-to-2 sentiment remains overwhelmingly lopsided.

Emphasis in the original. Other subjects polled include standardized testing and teacher pay. You can see all the data, with graphs, in this large PDF file; there's also a video presentation. The remarkable thing is how stable the numbers have been since 2003, in all areas. Maybe this is how people have always felt, going back to the creation of the public school system, I don't know. The disconnect between what people say they want and what they've been getting is still pretty striking.

02/17/09 | permalink | comments [3]

Mardi Gras Galveston

02/17/09 | permalink | comments [1]

Deregulation fail

02/10/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Another lawsuit filed against DPS

01/30/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Fish farming in the Gulf?

01/29/09 | permalink | comments [2]

The lap bands of Collin County

01/26/09 | permalink | comments [1]

Armstrong versus secondhand smoke

01/25/09 | permalink | comments [3]

DPS sued over new drivers license rules

01/15/09 | permalink | comments [0]

No drivers license for you!

01/11/09 | permalink | comments [5]

The wind farms are running

01/10/09 | permalink | comments [0]

Texan of the Year 2008

12/31/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Pancho Claus

12/28/08 | permalink | comments [0]

A little Christmas spirit in Grapevine

12/25/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Moving to Texas

12/24/08 | permalink | comments [3]

Making movies on location

12/17/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Dallas extends smoking ban

12/14/08 | permalink | comments [4]

They're not just sidearms, they're accessories

12/02/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Smoke 'em if you got 'em in Dallas

12/01/08 | permalink | comments [0]

RIP, Jim Mattox

11/21/08 | permalink | comments [2]

More on UT domestic partner benefits

11/15/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Domestic Partner benefits at UT

11/11/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Score one for Duncanville

11/02/08 | permalink | comments [1]

RIP, Fred Baron

10/31/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Rick Noriega on Texas Monthly Talks

10/26/08 | permalink | comments [0]

The cult of Buc-ees

10/15/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Duncanville's war on swingers continues

10/08/08 | permalink | comments [0]

He finally cleared that last bit of brush

09/02/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Texas colleges and the drinking age

08/25/08 | permalink | comments [1]

RIP, Jim Warren

08/11/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Kenedy wind farm lawsuit tossed

08/08/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Hillary Clinton to campaign for Obama

07/30/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Green College Station

07/28/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Pushing for wind energy infrastructure

07/15/08 | permalink | comments [1]

DPS director to retire

07/13/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Comer sues the TEA

07/04/08 | permalink | comments [0]

"Crazy ant" pesticide now available

07/03/08 | permalink | comments [1]

The state of solar power in Texas

06/11/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Fire at the Governor's mansion

06/08/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Interview with Tom Gray of the AWEA

06/05/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Lawsuit against Kenedy wind farm on hold for now

06/04/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Wind energy facility coming to Houston

06/03/08 | permalink | comments [0]

The state's airplanes

06/02/08 | permalink | comments [1]

The state of wind power in Texas

06/02/08 | permalink | comments [2]

LSG report on higher education in Texas

05/31/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Perry goes on the offensive

05/24/08 | permalink | comments [1]

The pill for pigs

05/17/08 | permalink | comments [0]

"Crazy ants"

05/15/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Obama's voter registration drive in Texas

05/13/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Where the people will be

05/11/08 | permalink | comments [6]

Our weak laws and our bad air

05/03/08 | permalink | comments [2]

The polygamist PR campaign

04/22/08 | permalink | comments [4]

Wind power to the people

04/10/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup April 26

04/05/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Caller editorializes for Kenedy wind farm

04/01/08 | permalink | comments [2]

A pause for the vehicle voucher program

03/24/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Injunction sought to stop wind farm construction

03/20/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Texas Independence Day party

02/26/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Duncanville sues the swingers

01/12/08 | permalink | comments [0]

Six beers over Texas

01/07/08 | permalink | comments [1]

Austin wants to eliminate waste

01/06/08 | permalink | comments [2]

Duncanville sex club lawsuit

12/14/07 | permalink | comments [0]

CHA files suit over Kenedy wind farms

12/06/07 | permalink | comments [1]

More on the TEA and Chris Comer

12/05/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Intelligent design and the TEA

12/02/07 | permalink | comments [3]

We have met the enemy, and it is us

11/27/07 | permalink | comments [1]

The rural doctor shortage

11/18/07 | permalink | comments [2]

If the house is rocking, don't bother knocking

11/10/07 | permalink | comments [2]

Chupacabra report

11/04/07 | permalink | comments [0]

"Including this one..."

10/31/07 | permalink | comments [0]

PUC denies request to halt Kenedy wind farm

10/21/07 | permalink | comments [0]

"Baby Jessica", 20 years later

10/19/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Shooting yourself in the foot, Irving-style

10/15/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Don't think pink

10/11/07 | permalink | comments [0]

How many birds are we talking about?

10/10/07 | permalink | comments [2]

How about that utility dereg?

10/07/07 | permalink | comments [3]

Our state dinosaur: Not who you thought it was

10/04/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Offshore wind leases granted

10/03/07 | permalink | comments [0]

PUC to hear wind farm appeal

10/02/07 | permalink | comments [0]

More on Rep. England's party switch

09/22/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Preservation: It isn't just for Houston

09/18/07 | permalink | comments [0]

One last shot at delaying the Kenedy wind farms

09/17/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Adopt-A-Beach 2007

09/15/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Mario Gallegos' Very, Very Good Idea

09/14/07 | permalink | comments [2]

I for one welcome our new arachnid overlords

09/14/07 | permalink | comments [0]

King v Kenedy, still fighting it out

09/12/07 | permalink | comments [0]

A response from the billboard industry

08/30/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Digital billboards

08/24/07 | permalink | comments [6]

The Hispanics are coming!

08/09/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Change of Command photos

08/05/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Four day school week on hold for now

08/02/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Lady Bird Lake

07/29/07 | permalink | comments [0]

DADS: We're not that bad

07/28/07 | permalink | comments [0]

More on the state school abuse scandal

07/25/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Four-day school weeks?

07/25/07 | permalink | comments [1]

My cousin, the hero

07/24/07 | permalink | comments [1]

The next TYC scandal

07/24/07 | permalink | comments [0]

RIP, Heather Burcham

07/23/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Mighty big brick you've got there

07/19/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Noriega on Lady Bird

07/11/07 | permalink | comments [0]

RIP, Lady Bird Johnson

07/11/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Texas: Still growing like gangbusters

06/28/07 | permalink | comments [0]

King versus Kenedy continued

06/26/07 | permalink | comments [1]

San Antonio gets on the municipal WiFi bandwagon

06/10/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Julie Boyle update

06/01/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Henry Cisneros to buy Carol Burnett's house

05/31/07 | permalink | comments [2]

"We'll go somewhere where there's cheese!"

05/30/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Cleaner cement for Dallas

05/26/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Death to fire ants!

05/09/07 | permalink | comments [2]

Help Eagle Pass

04/26/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Come to the compound!

04/12/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Lawsuit filed against New Braunfels tubing ordinances

04/12/07 | permalink | comments [0]

Let the tubing season begin!

03/26/07 | permalink | comments [1]

No more teams for San Antonio?

03/17/07 | permalink | comments [3]

Easing up on the tubers

03/16/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Renovate the Alamo!

03/07/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Updating the River Walk

03/05/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Cooler lovers fight back in New Braunfels

02/28/07 | permalink | comments [2]

Cooler restrictions passed in New Braunfels

02/15/07 | permalink | comments [1]

The state of the state 2007

02/06/07 | permalink | comments [0]

The NYT's appropriate obit for Molly Ivins

02/01/07 | permalink | comments [2]

RIP, Molly Ivins

01/31/07 | permalink | comments [1]

Talking about taking the train to Galveston

01/29/07 | permalink | comments [2]

Molly Ivins back in the hospital

01/27/07 | permalink | comments [2]

Austin citizenship drive

01/26/07 | permalink | comments [0]

More New Braunfels tubing rules

01/24/07 | permalink | comments [8]

Microsoft comes to San Antonio

01/21/07 | permalink | comments [2]