State of the City

Bella Nieto, Managing Editor


A toddler died after being shot in the head at her family’s Southeast side apartment. Officers were called to the duplex on Feb. 18, when she was taken to University Hospital in critical condition and later passed away. The investigation into the case is ongoing. 

According to the San Antonio Fire Department, a family was displaced after a fire destroyed their Northside home on Saturday, Feb. 26. The fire department says the fire started in the garage and spread to the attic before breaking down the roof. 

Over the weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott asked Texas businesses to stop selling Russian products in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. “I’ve asked the members of the Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Package Stores Association & all Texas retailers to voluntarily remove all Russian products from their shelves,” Abbott tweeted Saturday. “Texas stands with Ukraine. #StandWithUkraine.”

Anna Afanasieva, co-owner of an Alamo Heights business called Laika Cheesecake and Espresso, donated their Saturday proceeds to support the people of Ukraine.

San Antonio City Council approved contracts for community partners to implement $200 million in the “SA: Ready to Work” program. The goals include placing more than 28,000 people into certification or degree programs and getting at least 15,700 into “high-quality” in-demand jobs. 

Laredo City Council selected Overland Partners Architects and Able City to lead the design and planning of a 6.3-mile wide park on the Texas-Mexico border. 

A former San Antonio police officer was indicted for deadly conduct two years after he allegedly shot two juveniles in 2020. Officer Oscar Cruz Jr. allegedly fired his gun at Elijah Jordan and Cruz Benavidez who were running away at the time. Cruz Jr. awaits trial and could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.