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2022’s News of San Antonio



By Don Mathis 

This review of the year is unlike others you may see.  This abecedarium gives the news from A to Z.  

Alamo archaeology may be news of the decade  

if they find the line in the sand Col. Travis made.  

Bravo is censured after his City Council outburst  

but the antics from District 10 were even worse.  

Councilman Perry was issued a warrant  

after he left the scene of a hit-and-run accident.  

Deadly explosion rocked South Presa Street  

in an underground home with 4,000 square feet.  

Earthquakes in San Antonio are seldom seen  

but November’s shake closed the Robert B. Green.  

Free Tuition opens opportunities for vocations  

with AlamoPROMISE at many campus locations.  

Governor’s Race was as explosive as a powder keg.  

But Beto lost, Governor’s Mansion stays with Greg. 

Hispanic Elvis has died, but you can still view  

his image on the wall on San Pedro Avenue.  

Immigration is a national issue but a local one too.  

Congressman Tony Gonzales wants to keep Title 42.  

Jefferson High School feared a gunman was around  

and so the campus launched a premature lockdown.  

Killer on the loose was the news on social media  

but a police spokesman squelched that hysteria.  

Layoffs at USAA because of ‘shifts in the marketplace.’  

Robust consumer spending cannot keep pace.  

Migrants seeking asylum face a cold hard winter.  

1,800 pass daily through the Migrant Resource Center. 

Nelson Wolff ends his career at age 82.  

He served the State, the City, and Bexar County too.  

O’Rourke has lost three races since 2018,  

but don’t expect him to disappear from the scene.  

Popovich is now the winningest coach in the NBA. 

And he’s done it with aplomb, a sense of fair play.  

Queens just want to celebrate their Christmas cheer  

but armed protesters object to their notion of queer.  

Roadrunners are proud to call San Antonio home.  

They won another championship in the Alamodome. 

San Pedro Creek Culture Park completes Phase One. 

That leaves Phase Two, Three, and Four to be done.  

Tractor trailer becomes a tomb in a migrant tragedy  

as 53 died in a crime against humanity.  

Uvalde’s mass shooter caused 21 people to die –  

while 376 law enforcement officers were standing by.  

VIPs get a peek at the new Alamo exhibit hall.  

It opens next year when artifacts are installed.   

Waters in South Texas rivers are drying out.  

Is Global Warming the blame for the drought?  

X-Cop Brennand was fired from the police  

after he fired on a teen eating a burger with cheese.  

Yanaguana Garden was the best playground in 2022.  

It has swings and things that kids like to do.  

Zoo’s oldest elephant, Lucky has passed away. 

She entertained millions back in her day.  

That was 2022’s news in Alamo City.  Stay tuned for the headlines of 2023.  

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Fight Voting Barriers in Texas



A group of organizations of color recently came together on Sept. 11 in San Antonio to represent a lawsuit they filed arguing Senate Bill 1 violates the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by intentionally targeting and burdening methods and means of voting used by voters of color.

Representatives gathered at the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (in San Antonio) to represent their case. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Reed Smith LLP, and The Arc filed the lawsuit for the Houston Area Urban League, Houston Justice, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Arc of Texas.

The defendants in the case are Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Deputy Secretary of State of Texas Jose Esparza, Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton, Elections Administrator of Bexar County Jacque Callanen, and Elections Administrator of Harris County Isabel Longoria. 

S.B. 1 includes a series of suppressive voting-related provisions that will make it much harder for Texas residents to vote and disenfranchise some altogether, particularly Black and Latino voters and voters with disabilities. 

The plaintiffs claim the law violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act by imposing barriers against voters with disabilities and denying people with disabilities equal opportunities to participate in the state’s voting programs.

The lawsuit challenges multiple provisions in SB 1, including:

  • Limitations on early voting hours and constraints on the distribution of mail-in ballot applications.
  • The elimination of drive-thru voting centers and the prohibition of mail-in ballot drop-boxes.

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been fighting for the rights of all U.S. citizens to vote for 108 years,” said Delta Sigma Theta President and CEO Beverly E. Smith. “S.B. 1 directly threatens the right to vote of over 20,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and their family and friends in Texas, and we are committed to fight against S.B. 1 on their behalf.”

Texas is among more than 40 other states that have enacted legislative efforts to substantially restrict voting access. LDF and The Arc are also involved in litigation challenging Georgia’s restrictive voting laws.

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Travel, Sports, and Growth with Council Person Jalen Mckee



As the Spurs secure their #1 pick and the IPW Travel Conference puts a spotlight on our city, District 2 stands at the precipice of a booming billion-dollar tourism industry. This convergence of sports and tourism forms the backdrop of our exclusive live podcast event brought to you by East-Side-based Culture Travels magazine.

Join us as we delve into the intertwined worlds of travel and sports tourism with our distinguished guests: Jalen Mckee Rodriguez, Council Person of District 2, Deborah Omowale Jarmon, CEO/Director of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, Dr. Kara Allen, Chief Impact Officer for the San Antonio Spurs, and Jenny Carnes, CEO of San Antonio Sports.

This event will take place on August 18 at 6 P.M. at District 2 favorite – Tank’s Pizza.

Jalen, known for his engaging persona and passion for community growth, will take us on a journey through his personal travels, providing insight on how exploring new places, cultures, and experiences has fueled their tireless advocacy for the development of District 2.

Additionally, In the wake of the Spurs’ key draft pick and the potential surge of tourism following the IPW conference, Jalen offers his perspective on how these two factors intertwine with the economic prosperity of District 2. In an era where sports, culture, and economics are more interlinked than ever, understanding the potential impact on District 2’s economy becomes both enlightening and imperative.

We also welcome three extraordinary special guests: Deborah Omowale Jarmon, CEO/Director of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, Jenny Carnes, CEO of San Antonio Sports, and Dr. Kara Allen, Chief Impact Officer for the San Antonio Spurs. Their expertise and insights will further illuminate the intersection of sports, tourism, and economic growth in our city.

This live podcast event is perfect for those passionate about travel and tourism, who want to understand the economic relationship between the San Antonio Spurs and District 2’s economy or are eager to gain insights into the potential of district-focused development. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion, diverse perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the dynamics of travel and sports tourism.

Limited seats! Register today! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Places to Stay Cool



When temperatures rise to potentially dangerous levels, it is important to stay inside an air-conditioned space whenever possible. There are currently over 30 San Antonio locations for the public to use to stay cool. These include:

  • City Libraries
  • Senior Centers
  • Community Centers

NOTE: Via’s Personal Trip Planner can help you find a bus route to a location near you.


Additional opportunities to stay cool include the City’s following free facilities:

  • Splash Pads
  • Swimming Pools

For locations, visitor information, and hours of operation, please visit the Parks & Recreation Department.


Adults over 65, children under 4, and people with existing medical conditions such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk on days with high temperatures.

Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration. 

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately. If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.

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