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Seniors get a free ride to the Jimenez Dinner

November 22, 2011

Senior citizens who ride the bus to this year’s Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will get an added treat: a free ride.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, VIA will allow people 55 years of age and older to ride free if they are going to or coming from the Raul Jimenez Dinner in the Convention Center. The free rides are good for both regular line service and VIAtrans service for registered patrons. When boarding, riders will need to inform the bus or van operator that they are attending the dinner, and they will need to present identification with proof of age.

Seniors who want more information regarding routes and scheduling on Thanksgiving Day can call 362-2020.


Uresti was matriarch of big family that included state senator

November 18, 2011

By Elaine Ayala,

Rachel De La Garza Uresti, the mother of Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti and the matriarch of an extended San Antonio family, died at home Wednesday after a long illness.

She was 77.

Voters bury BexarMet

November 9, 2011

By Colin McDonald and Tracy Idell Hamilton

Voters in the Bexar Metropolitan Water District overwhelmingly approved its dissolution Tuesday.

With all votes counted in Bexar County, 74 percent were in favor of BexarMet becoming part of the San Antonio Water System.

“Golly. Jeepers. I'm really shocked,” BexarMet board President Guadalupe Lopez said.

Final results from BexarMet's service areas within Medina, Atascosa and Comal counties showed 62 percent in favor of dissolution.

“This goes to show the frustration was not just among the chattering classes or the elites,” said Christian Archer, who worked on the campaign for dissolving BexarMet. “This was real people turning out to vote.”

Voters Choose to Dissolve BexarMet

November 8, 2011

By Mileka Lincoln

BexarMet customers were given the choice-- keep the water utility provider or dissolve it, and an overwhelming majority of voters chose BexarMet should be dismantled. With 100% of polls reporting, 74% of voters chose BexarMet should be dissolved, only 26% were against getting rid of the water company.

Can ban, BexarMet dissolution, NEISD bond all approved

November 8, 2011

By KENS 5 Staff

Voters in New Braunfels approved the can ban as results of voting were tallied Tuesday night.

Results showed 57 percent of voters backing the ban and about 42 percent against the ban.

Elsewhere, there was overwhelming support to dissolve the BexarMet water utility.

Seventy-four percent want the utility to be dissolved and combined with SAWS. 26 percent were against that.

The North East ISD bond issue narrowly won, with 53 percent supporting it and 47 percent opposed.

You can click here for Bexar County results of statewide votes on state constitutional amendments.

Respect will of BexarMet voters

November 8, 2011

Express-News Editorial Board

After years of legislative and legal evasion, customers of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District finally had the opportunity to cast ballots on the scandal-plagued utility's future. The results are clear. Not surprisingly, voters gave overwhelming support to the proposition to dissolve BexarMet, unofficial returns showed Tuesday night.

BexarMet customers have rendered their verdict. BexarMet's trustees and management should accept the results and get on with the business of transferring the utility's assets, obligations and duties to the San Antonio Water System.

The case for dissolving BexarMet was strong. The utility has been mired in controversy for more than a decade.

Voters Dissolve BexarMet: SAWS To Take Over BexarMet

November 8, 2011

Charles Gonzalez, KSAT 12 News Reporter

SAN ANTONIO -- Early voting results sent a strong message to BexarMet officials after returns showed nearly 80% of voters in favor of dissolving the water district.

"The voters of BexarMet spoke very loudly and clearly tonight in all of the service areas," said San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. "They want a change and they trust that San Antonio Water System can do a better job of delivering good water service at a better cost."

BexarMet backers want low turnout

November 6, 2011

By Colin McDonald

Early voting on whether to dissolve the Bexar Metropolitan Water District was dominated by the ratepayers who live on San Antonio's far North Side, where dissatisfaction with the utility runs high.

District 6, which includes Castle Hills, Stone Oak and the far West Side of Bexar County, has 25 percent of all the connections in BexarMet's system, but made up more than 50 percent of the total votes cast, according to the early election summary by Bexar County election officials.

That won't be welcome news to those who are against the dissolution of BexarMet and the merging of it with the San Antonio Water System.

District 6 is where BexarMet customers have experienced the most problems with water pressure and quality.

Take time to vote, honor veterans next week

November 1, 2011

By State Senator Carlos Uresti

Next week you will have two opportunities to make a difference in someone's life, perhaps even your own.

On Tuesday, Texas voters will decide the fate of 10 proposed constitutional amendments that touch on a wide range of issues. All of them are important, but four in particular deserve your attention and your vote on Election Day.

Proposition 1 follows up on an amendment approved four years ago granting a full property tax exemption to veterans who are 100 percent disabled from their military service. The exemption would be extended to the veteran's surviving spouse.

Supporting Proposition 1 is just the right thing to do.

Uresti honored by Texas Association of Counties

October 27, 2011

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) recently named State Sen. Carlos Uresti a “Friend of County Government” for his work during the 82nd Legislative session.

According to the TAC, Uresti's leadership helped pass SB-1505, legislation correcting oil and gas property undervaluations.

The undervaluations caused a loss of revenue to local government and additional burdens on local homeowners and small businesses.

“Given the size and diversity of his senatorial district, Uresti understands the differences between Texas counties and knows that one size does not fit all,” said TAC Legislative Director Paul Sugg.