State of the City: Week of 09/27/2022

Dafny Flores, Staff Writer

Government and politics:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard as a political stunt ahead of Election Day. The Venezuelan and Latin American migrants were approached by a woman allegedly named “Perla” in San Antonio who promised them housing, jobs and financial aid. Upon their arrival on the island, the migrants were met with false hope and in the midst of a smear campaign. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has opened an investigation into the situation. 

On Friday, Sept. 23, District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo was expelled from all committee assignments and group appointments by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Bravo verbally attacked District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval after failing to support his proposal on the distribution of CPS Energy revenue. 


New details have emerged from an active murder case that happened two years ago. In May 2020, a mother of three was reported missing after she did not come home after a night out with friends. In Nov. 2020, officials found a body near South New Braunfels Avenue and declared the remains as a Jane Doe since the skeletal remains were heavily decomposed. The victim’s bones, hair and a bra were found near the woods. Police obtained DNA samples of Flores’ parents and confirmed the Jane Doe is Bonnie Marie Flores. The investigation remains unsolved as the murderer and motive are unknown. 


Santikos Entertainment announces its $1 Fall Movie Series. From Sept. 24 to Nov. 3, Santikos theaters will be showcasing horror and fall-themed films twice a week for $1.

Nowhere Bookshop is participating in “Banned Books Week,” a national awareness campaign that recognizes the freedom to read banned books. Earlier this month, Texas banned more books than any other state. The common themes amongst the books are race, LGBTQIA+ and representation. 


On Sept. 23, a car crash in the Helotes substation caused a power outage in the area. Traffic lights, neighborhoods and businesses near Loop 1604 had power restored within the hour. Most of the city in the suburban area did not have the electricity repaired until the following day around 7:35 p.m. 

Environmental America Research and Policy Center ranks San Antonio as the fifth largest solar energy producer in the nation. The sunny city averages 220 days of sunshine a year. The report is based on local utilities such as CPS Energy solar farms and the installation of solar panels in the city.