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The Animals Aren’t the Only Thing to Fear, Know the Law to Survive an Animal Attack– Texas

The Animals Aren’t the Only Thing to Fear, Know the Law to Survive an Animal Attack– Texas

While SA is big city living there are plenty of animals to come in contact with in the parks or even neighborhoods. People should always be careful approaching baby animals and during mating season. Wild animals are unpredictable and it is always a good idea to know how to react when encountering a wild animal or even a domesticated animal defending its territory.

To read more from Texas Law Shield, click here.

Council approves LGBTQ-themed crosswalk

Council approves LGBTQ-themed crosswalk

Public Safety is made secondary for a special interest micro-minority group to get government approval of a crosswalk to promote an alternative lifestyle that is no longer just freedom of speech but becomes government speech. The City is putting forth only the money that would be required to paint a crosswalk anyway. All other funds have been donated from Councilman Roberto Treviño’s campaign account, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and others whom Treviño thanked for their participation in the process since the Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) including his predecessor, Diego Bernal.

One conservative councilman objected to the process in getting the crosswalk approved. Since when do procedural matters take precedence over timeless principles? And where is a well defined process if it is left to the council members to approve special interest crosswalks in their districts? Doesn’t that leave the process open to discrimination?

Also, you can’t get around the obvious fact that the money is going to be used to paint a rainbow crosswalk, not a white stripe crosswalk.

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.

1. Project Map, 2. Donation Agreement, 3. Cost Estimate & Overview, 4. Draft Ordinance

Book Review: Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived

Book Review: Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived

“This book is a wide-ranging collection of 48 of Scalia’s speeches, delivered over the three decades he sat on the court. Their scope spans being American to being a believer, education and the law, virtue and character, and tributes to heroes and friends. The typical speech runs six to eight pages and, given Scalia’s felicity of style, a pleasure to read.

Son Christopher and former law clerk Ed Whalen, the book’s editors, achieved something rare in this sort of anthology: choosing and blending texts so well that the reader can pick up the book and put it down after a single speech (but he’ll want to go back), while the whole collection forms a cohesive whole rather than just a bunch of talks stuck together.”

To read more from the National Catholic Register, click here.

City Council goes with more Affordable Housing and Streets not Homestead Tax Exemption

City Council goes with more Affordable Housing and Streets not Homestead Tax Exemption

The City definitely needs to improve infrastructure (improved streets and drainage) and public safety in the 2019 Budget. And yet, tax payers need property tax relief and assessments are skyrocketing almost out of control. Many people who might have even paid off their mortgage are struggling to pay their primary residence tax bills. City staff has decided to recommend Council to give themselves an enhanced compensation package and not grant a local homestead tax exemption. Home Owners need “affordable housing” too!  It might be a good idea to tie City Staff pay increases to the City’s performance in reducing City debt which would reduce the obligation that each resident is obliged to pay for based on the City Staff recommendations and City Councils’ votes on fiscal policy matters.

Council on City’s 2019 Budget: Affordable Housing and Streets In; Homestead Tax Exemption Out

Same Song, Second Verse? Another City Task Force Tackles Housing Policy

Cost of San Pedro Creek Sculpture Doubles; Project’s Future Uncertain

Cost of San Pedro Creek Sculpture Doubles; Project’s Future Uncertain

Why is Bexar County Commissioners Court spending tax payer money on a statue that the sculptor acknowledges is dedicated to Plethora, a pagan goddess? What happened to the separation of church and state in which the government is precluded from establishing a religion. Paganism is a religion.  Does this project favor one religion over another (especially in which the City of St. Anthony expands across the majority of Bexar County and was established in 1718, 300 years ago, after Fransiscan Christian Priests established an informal community in 1709 with the first of five Missions after arriving in 1691). Moreover, the sculptor who is based in Barcelona, not even the United States, has decided that a different medal is required instead of what he originally proposed that will increase the project’s cost to twice as much as BCCC approved for the project. While the BC Judge’s office has stated the County won’t spend any more tax payer money on the project, doesn’t it make one wonder why property taxes continue to skyrocket to cover more government waste.

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

To read more from KTSA, click here.

City Will Use Taxpayer Money and Donations to Fund Rainbow Crosswalk

City Will Use Taxpayer Money and Donations to Fund Rainbow Crosswalk

Public Safety is made secondary for a special interest micro-minority group to get government approval of a crosswalk to promote an alternative lifestyle that is no longer just freedom of speech but becomes government speech. According to the Council meeting right now, the City is putting forth only the money that would be required to paint a crosswalk anyway. All other funds have been donated from Councilman Roberto Treviño’s campaign account, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and others whom Treviño thanked for their participation in the process since the Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) including his predecessor, Diego Bernal. This is Council A Session Agenda Item 18 being discussed right now.

 

1. Project Map, 2. Donation Agreement, 3. Cost Estimate & Overview, 4. Draft Ordinance