State of the City — Week of 10/11/2022

Gauri Raje, News Editor

A San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officer has been fired after shooting a teen on Sunday, Oct. 2. The officer, James Brennand, incorrectly recognized the teen’s vehicle as one that had “evaded him” the night before the incident took place and approached it. Brennand claimed to have been “struck” by the vehicle; however, the claim has been disproved by body cam footage. As of Friday, Oct. 7, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales announced that charges against the teen had been dropped, reports. According to the previous report, on Monday, Oct. 3, SAPD Chief William McManus said that the teen was eventually taken to University Hospital in critical condition and was reported to have been in surgery.

Three more teenagers have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting on the city’s Far Westside that claimed the life of a 25-year-old woman. Another woman, an Airbnb guest in the house, was also hospitalized with a gunshot wound. This arrest comes after two teens involved in the shooting were charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release issued by Bexar County on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

VIA’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved VIA Metropolitan Transit’s $406.6 million consolidated budget for FY23. The budget aims to improve “mobility” in San Antonio and advance the Keep San Antonio Moving (KSAM) projects. 

U.S. Representative Tony Gonzales, a Republican representing Texas’ 23rd district which includes parts of San Antonio, has introduced a bill that would require team owners to give a written notification through certified mail a year before the team relocates. The bill, known as the Strengthening Public Undertaking for Retaining Sports Act — SPURS Act for short — was designed to ensure the San Antonio Spurs franchise stays in San Antonio amid rumors that the franchise might depart to Austin. 

Top Notch Movers, a San Antonio-based moving company, headed for Venice, Florida, on Friday, Oct. 7, to assist families in moving things out of damaged homes in the wake of Hurricane Ian. All services provided will be free of cost. According to News4SA, the company will also be handing out water and non-perishables.