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Found in the Current, 90 January, 2019
San Antonio Chefs Cooking Up Diverse Array of Cuisines for Taste the Dream Gala Benefiting East Side
“Food’s ability to unite without discrimination can result in the building of friendships, cross-cultural understandings, and create a more culturally diverse and accepting community.”

Visto en KWEX 41, 9 de enero de 2019
El programa escolar ofrecería ayuda a los niños que enfrentan el trauma de ver a sus padres arrestados [The school program would offer help to children facing the trauma of seeing their parents arrested]
El programa ‘Conduciendo con cuidado’ está organizado por la policía de San Antonio y tiene como objetivo brindarles a estos niños una atención especial. [The ‘Handle with care’ program is organized by the San Antonio police and aims to give these children special attention.]

Found in the Express-News, 10 January, 2019
San Antonio military veterans learn songwriting, make connections at Soldier Songs and Voices workshop
“Writing and playing music helps vets organize their experiences and allows them to say things they can’t easily say sitting and talking to a therapist.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 10 January, 2019
City of San Antonio Selected for National Housing Award
The East Meadows Apartments are being recognized for its innovative approach in connecting residents to supportive services such as access to BiblioTech, an early child education program, and the Menger Creek Linear Park.

Found on WOAI 4, 11 January, 2019
San Antonio’s Sikh community feeds federal agents during government shutdown
“We are here to support those federal employees who are not getting their paycheck, and we really appreciate their services.”

Found in the Rivard report, 11 January, 2019
San Antonio Receives Bloomberg Staffers, Support for Climate Initiatives
“The science is indisputable. The only question left is our action.”

Seen on KENS 5, 11 Jan 2019
San Antonio wins Bloomberg climate challenge grant
San Antonio got a multi-million dollar boost from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to help reduce our carbon footprint and invest in a greener economy.

Found on Spectrum News, 11 January, 2019
Austin, San Antonio Winners in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million program that will accelerate 25 ambitious cities’ efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents.

Found in the Current, 11 January, 2019
Michael Bloomberg Presents San Antonio with American Cities Climate Challenge Grant
According to the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ website, winning cities are placed in a “two-year acceleration program with powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help them meet — or beat — their near-term carbon reduction goals.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 11 January, 2019
San Antonio Gets Boost To Climate Sustainability Efforts From Bloomberg
The city will not directly receive funds from the program, rather it will receive support and assistance.

Found in the Express-News, 11 January, 2019
Former New York mayor says San Antonio is balancing climate and growth
City officials said a draft plan will be made public in two weeks for a monthlong comment period and could be considered by the City Council in April.

Found in the Express-News, 11 January, 2019
San Antonio students join others from Texas and Mexico to debate drones, sex trafficking and other issues at Model United Nations
Students also fundraised $5,000 for Humanity & Inclusion, an international organization that works with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations to improve living conditions and advocate for rights.

Found in the Express-News, 12 January, 2019
“If you don’t know about it, you don’t care about it.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 13 January, 2019
Son’s Passing Inspires Life of Giving for Richmond Family
The foundation focuses on giving assistance to organizations that help people get their lives back on track after trauma. The foundation gave four grants in 2018 and will do the same in 2019 to Boysville, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Boys & Girls Club San Antonio, and Haven for Hope.

Found in the Business Journal, 14 January, 2019
GOOD WORKS SA: He dreams big for cultural inclusivity in SA
DreamWeek is designed to bridge the gap between people and ideas about tolerance, equality and diversity.

Found in the Express-news, 14 January, 2019
Artpace brings protest banner show ‘Word on the Street’ to San Antonio
“What are four words that would help me get through? What are six words that somebody could encounter on a sidewalk that might make them feel better?”

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 January, 2019
Alamo Colleges Developing Free Tuition Program for All Bexar County HS Grads
“What we’re doing is really changing the mindset to say as a community we want to invest in students and this will be affordable and we’re going to underwrite this cost.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 january, 2019
Alamo City Opera Stages As One, a Transgender Story Of Unity and Difference
The Alamo City performances on Jan. 19-20 will be the first to feature a transgender person in the lead role.

Found on WOAI 4, 14 January, 2019
Bakery Lorraine offering free coffee, pastry to government employees during shutdown
The popular bakery will give furloughed government employees a free coffee and breakfast pastry if you present a government issued ID.

Found on FOX 29, 14 January, 2019
Local non-profit offer services in wake of King Jay Davila’s death
“It’s a very horrible thing to happen…but I don’t think this is who we are in general. There is a lot of help for those who are struggling with something.”

Visto en Telemundo 60, 14 de enero de 2019
Crimen violento decrece en san antonio [Violent crimes decrease in San Antonio]
Según un informe, los delitos violentos registrados en 2018 totalizaron 8,913, lo que representa una disminución del 17 por ciento en comparación con 2017, cuando hubo 10,760 incidentes del mismo tipo. [According to a report, the violent crimes registered during 2018 totaled 8,913, which represents a decrease of 17 percent compared to 2017, when there were 10,760 incidents of the same type.]

Found in the Rivard Report, 15 January, 2019
Councilwoman Sandoval’s Push for More Transparent, Thoughtful Public Engagement
Effective public participation should be meaningful, transparent, respectful, inclusive accessible, informative, responsive, timely, convenient, and continuous.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 14 January, 2019
How Can More Transparency Shape Civic Engagement in San Antonio?
Will tech-based proposals like live-streaming committee meetings and publishing voting records be enough to gain public trust?

Found on NOWCastSA, 16 January, 2019
Putting the public back into governance, with respect
Sandoval said she wants to remove barriers to public participation by having city meetings webcast live and archived, and by providing free parking for people who come to city hall to speak at public meetings.

Seen on KSAT 12, 13 January, 2019
Tennis empowers individuals with Down syndrome
Local group wants to foster inclusiveness in the community.

Seen on KEN 5, 15 January, 2019
Army medic transforms shelter dogs into international competitors
Sgt. Alyssa Slifer hopes to change the perception of shelter dogs by showing that patience, consistency and training goes a long way.

Found of WOAI 4, 15 January, 2019
Texas Diaper Bank offering assistance to government employees affected by shutdown
Government employees and contractors affected by the furlough can enroll at the Texas Diaper Bank until Feb. 1 to receive six months of diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products and parenting classes all free of charge.

Seen on KENS 5, 15 January, 2019
Diaper Bank in SA to help families affected by gov’t shutdown
The Diaper Bank is located at 1803 Grandstand Drive, near Loop 410 and Culebra.

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 January, 2019
Catholic Charities helping families affected by government shutdown, asking for donations
Organization helping with food, clothing, rent, utilities and more.

Visto en KWEX 49, 15 de enero de 2019
La organización reúne esfuerzos para apoyar a los afectados por el cierre del gobierno [Organization gathers forces to support those affected by the shutdown]
Caridades Católicas en San Antonio está recolectando donaciones para satisfacer las necesidades básicas de las familias afectadas por el cierre del gobierno, las partes interesadas pueden donar tarjetas de regalo de tiendas departamentales y artículos no perecederos. [Catholic Charities in San Antonio is collecting donations to provide basic needs to families affected by the closure of government; interested parties can donate gift cards from department stores and non-perishable items]

Found in the Express-News, 16 January, 2019
San Antonio’s 2M Smokehouse offering free pulled pork tacos to employees furloughed by the government shutdown
“We believe that food is supposed to bring people together. Right now there is a lot of division.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 January, 2019
Teams of counselors respond to Harlan, Clark High Schools after student deaths
They start with the basics: putting your arms around someone and sitting with them, listening, acknowledging the fact that they’re hurting.


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