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SA Will Spend $500,000 to Develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

SA Will Spend $500,000 to Develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Following through on their commitment to the Paris Agreement, City Council is voted yesterday to approve an ordinance “to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, through funding in an amount up to $500,000.00” (Agenda Item 31). The item was part of the meeting’s consent agenda.

When SA joined the Paris Agreement back in June, Mayor Nirenberg called the move “symbolic but significant.”

Spending $500,000 shows that it was NOT a merely symbolic move!

This Council vote ratifies a CPS Energy’s Board decision to spend $500,000 of rate payer dollars to create a climate adaptability plan to respond to “changing climate.” There was no discussion on the individual issue. It is not uncommon for the City to ratify large dollar expenses on the Consent Agenda.

In their perspective, they probably think it’s no big deal to use $500,000 of rate payer dollars since CPS Energy’s total revenue is approximately $2.8 Billion. The appropriated amount is 0.00018 of the CPS Energy total revenue.

It will be interesting to see if the adaptability plan includes an agenda to encourage or require a limit on the amount of miles people can drive their vehicles each week and promote another Streetcar or Downtown Light Rail boondoggle project. Why would it make sense to give up our mobile phones and be required to go back to using land line phones?

“An Ordinance authorizing an Interagency Participation Agreement with CPS Energy and the University of Texas at San Antonio, in coordination with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability, to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, through funding in an amount up to $500,000.00 allocated within a collaboration agreement between CPS Energy and UTSA.” (Agenda Item 31)

City Council Votes to Use Grant Funds to Lower HIV Rate in SA

City Council Votes to Use Grant Funds to Lower HIV Rate in SA

Yesterday, San Antonio City Council voted to pass a measure recommended by San Antonio Metro Health District to reduce HIV outcomes in SA using $20,000 in grant funding (Agenda Item 17). The HIV rate in SA is high above the national and state averages, and young African American and Hispanic males in SA are at a disproportionate risk for HIV.

Even though the HIV rate is significantly higher among practicing homosexuals, the elected officials in City Hall persist in actively promoting homosexual lifestyles with a rainbow crosswalk, as well as supporting the Pridefest and Parade.

The condom failure rate is over 80%. #WrapCity is failing, evidence proves it and the syphilis case rate (caused by MSM) exposes it.

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval commended Metro Health for “trying to stem the tide of HIV in Bexar County.” The first step in reducing HIV rates shouldn’t be more spending. The City, and Metro Health, should STOP promoting dangerous lifestyles!

Tricentennial Commission Still a Problem

Tricentennial Commission Still a Problem

The new executive in charge of the city’s Tricentennial celebration, Assistant City Manager Carlos Contreras, sought to reassure City Council members Tuesday that despite its bumpy start, the event still is on track and predicted it will put San Antonio on a world stage.

Contreras has held his new role for as interim Tricentennial CEO for only a week, following the abrupt resignation of Edward Benavides amid criticism over a lack of funding and the commission’s contracting process.

Before Benavides resigned, he left a string of mismanaged contracts in his wake, including a media partnership that favored KSAT-TV, where his brother works as a producer.

Calling the presentation a “City Hall two step,” City Councilman Greg Brockhouse said he wasn’t buying the argument that the Tricentennial has been anything but a disaster.

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.
More Christmas Tree Controversy

More Christmas Tree Controversy

There is more controversy surrounding the relocation of San Antonio’s tree-lighting ceremony to Travis Park. A private citizen has been placing small trees as a peaceful protest at the traditional location of the Christmas tree, Alamo Plaza.

Over the weekend, locals and tourists seemed happy to spot an 18-inch tree standing small but proud in front of the Alamo. No one knew how the little tree got there, but they crouched beside it and posted photos on Facebook and Instagram.

The tree stood in the exact spot a much bigger tree usually stands during the holiday season in Alamo Plaza. The decision to move the tree-lighting ceremony from the spot where it had taken place for 33 years drew plenty of criticism when it was announced this fall.

The man responsible for the peaceful protest, Steve Monreal,  has been setting up miniature trees at other downtown landmarks in addition to the Alamo Plaza tree as a way of marking where the tree-lighting ceremony should have taken place if it had to be moved.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

 

A Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington

A Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington

On Oct. 3, 1789, America’s first president, George Washington, issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 26, 1789 as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

Below is the complete text of that proclamation:

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

The Miraculous Story of the Forgotten Catholic Hero of the First Thanksgiving

The Miraculous Story of the Forgotten Catholic Hero of the First Thanksgiving

Most people know the basic story of the first Thanksgiving: the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth rock, the Native Americans helped them grow food, and they all gathered together in a feast of thanksgiving.

But what most tellings of the story leave out is the crucial role played by Squanto, the English-speaking Catholic Native American hero.

To read more from Church Pop, click here.

Did Texas Host the First Thanksgiving?

Did Texas Host the First Thanksgiving?

It may still be a surprise to some, but the fact remains that the first European colonists to celebrate a feast of Thanksgiving on North American soil were 500 pioneers in Don Juan de Oñate’s expedition.

There were dozens of families, 10 Franciscan missionaries and 129 soldiers. The celebratory event took place on the banks of the Rio Grande in the vicinity of San Elizario on April 30, 1598. As you may remember, the Plymouth Rock Thanksgiving took place in 1621.

To read more from KUT, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for our friends and families, and for the prosperous Nation we call home.

In July 1620, more than 100 Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, fleeing religious persecution and seeking freedom and opportunity in a new and unfamiliar place. These dauntless souls arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the freezing cold of December 1620. They were greeted by sickness and severe weather, and quickly lost 46 of their fellow travelers. Those who endured the incredible hardship of their first year in America, however, had many reasons for gratitude. They had survived. They were free. And, with the help of the Wampanoag tribe, and a bountiful harvest, they were regaining their health and strength. In thanks to God for these blessings, the new governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and gathered with the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration.

For the next two centuries, many individual colonies and states, primarily in the Northeast, carried on the tradition of fall Thanksgiving festivities. But each state celebrated it on a different day, and sometime on an occasional basis. It was not until 1863 that the holiday was celebrated on one day, nationwide. In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, of one of the bloodiest battles of our Nation’s Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the country would set aside one day to remember its many blessings. “In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity,” President Lincoln proclaimed, we recall the “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.” As President Lincoln recognized: “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Today, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving with a grateful and charitable spirit. When we open our hearts and extend our hands to those in need, we show humility for the bountiful gifts we have received. In the aftermath of a succession of tragedies that have stunned and shocked our Nation — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; the wildfires that ravaged the West; and, the horrific acts of violence and terror in Las Vegas, New York City, and Sutherland Springs — we have witnessed the generous nature of the American people. In the midst of heartache and turmoil, we are grateful for the swift action of the first responders, law enforcement personnel, military and medical professionals, volunteers, and everyday heroes who embodied our infinite capacity to extend compassion and humanity to our fellow man. As we mourn these painful events, we are ever confident that the perseverance and optimism of the American people will prevail.

We can see, in the courageous Pilgrims who stood on Plymouth Rock in new land, the intrepidness that lies at the core of our American spirit. Just as the Pilgrims did, today Americans stand strong, willing to fight for their families and their futures, to uphold our values, and to confront any challenge.

This Thanksgiving, in addition to rejoicing in precious time spent with loved ones, let us find ways to serve and encourage each other in both word and deed. We also offer a special word of thanks for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom must celebrate this holiday separated from the ones for whom they are most thankful. As one people, we seek God’s protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

NEISD Votes LEE High School Will Keep Colors and Mascot

NEISD Votes LEE High School Will Keep Colors and Mascot

NEISD voted that LEE High School colors and mascot will remain the same. This decision reduced the cost of changing the school’s name from $1.3 million to $300,000.

After making a poor unilateral decision with no input, NEISD saves face and important tax dollars by using the acronym LEE, and keeping the original school colors and ‘Volunteer’ mascot. It’s good that they came to this realization that save expenses, especially in times of financial difficulty.

To read more from KSAT, click here.

San Pedro Creek Update

San Pedro Creek Update

Over $1 million tax dollars will be used to erect a new status to a pagan goddess named “Plethora” on San Pedro Creek, while over $150,000 tax payer dollars were used to tear down a Confederate Monument. The City and County have major improvements to be made on streets and public safety and this kind of spending is unnecessary government waste at a bad time.