TOP announces endorsed candidates for San Antonio City Council

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The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) has released its list of endorsed city council candidates who show the most commitment to tackling the city’s challenges of racial and economic disparities, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, immigration and criminal justice.

TOP, under the platform #SA4ALL, is knocking on doors this municipal election urging the participation of infrequent voters by promoting a four-pronged solution to inequality in San Antonio: Creating more good-paying jobs, expanding neighborhoods of opportunity, protecting our families and immigrant neighbors, and granting more second chances while reforming our local criminal justice system.

Early voting is Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2. Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

For more information on TOP’s #SA4ALL campaign, please visit www.sa4all.org.

Endorsements:
San Antonio Mayor: (No endorsement)
City Council, District 1: Michael Montaño
City Council, District 4: Rey Saldaña
City Council, District 5: Shirley Gonzalez
City Council, District 7: Ana Sandoval

Pol. adv. paid for by Texas Organizing Project

SA Mayoral and Council candidate forum

SA4All platform

SAN ANTONIO – Time is winding down leading to the General Election in May.

A candidate forum was held on the West Side Monday night to allow people to get to know the top candidates who could soon lead the city of San Antonio.

Questions from the audience were at times tough and often rooted in personal experiences.

Texas Organizing Project hosted the forum.

The group identified four key areas important to voters; including wages, immigration rights, criminal justice reform, and improving neighborhoods.

Organizer Laquita Garcia with TOP said, “We encourage people to vote on issues that affect their families and everyday lives and it’s important when they go to the polls they remember who are champions two issues that affect the most.”

Candidates were asked to sign an agreement that if elected they would honor campaign promises.

The group that hosted the forum plans to announce endorsements Tuesday.

This story originally aired 4/10/2017 on News4SA.

Safety project underway for stretch of Culebra Road

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After more than a year, a safety improvement project has begun on a busy West Side road.

Residents along a stretch of Culebra near Callaghan Road say they’ve witnessed too many accidents involving not only drivers, but pedestrians.

From cars to people getting on buses, people who live on the 5500 block of Culebra say the traffic is non-stop.

“It’s pretty severe out here,” says Corina Kuiroz, a resident.

Right at the intersection near the Monticello Manor Apartments, Kuiroz remembers the day she got into an accident a month ago.

“I almost didn’t come home to my kids. We are in the middle trying to turn this way as you can see that car is coming this way. (It) made our whole car turn a 180,” adds Kuiroz.

In an effort to make the road safer, The Texas Organizing Project has been working with District 7.

“Seeing it actually come to life is a wonderful feeling,” says Laquita Garcia, a member.

On Monday, crews started construction on a crosswalk along with a directional island coming out of this complex.

In total, it ‘s costing t $45,000.

It’s part of the city’s Vision Zero Initiative to reduce pedestrian deaths.

“It was really important we found ways to keep the pedestrians safe as they were crossing to and from school to the bus stop,” says Councilman Cris Medina, District 7.

In the last year, Fox San Antonio has reported on about at least eight accidents involving pedestrians along Culebra.

In August a man died after he was hit by a car. Police say he was not using a crosswalk.

“We’ve had reports of pedestrians having close calls unfortunately reports of pedestrian deaths we want to minimize at the end of the day,”

It’s a Kuiroz, she hopes the coming changes will make a difference.

“This should help us out so much,” adds Kuiroz.

Construction is expected to wrap up in the next three weeks.

The city is looking into adding more crosswalks at other stretches of Culebra.

This story originally appeared 2/8/2017 on FOX 29.