State of the City — Week of 11/15/2022

Gauri Raje, News Editor

The San Antonio City Council passed a vote of no confidence against Councilman Clayton Perry. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Perry was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run while intoxicated. The incident took place on Sunday, Nov. 6, and the accusation that followed prompted Mayor Ron Nirenberg to call for Perry’s resignation should the accusations prove true. While the Councilman’s sobriety was not tested on the night of the incident, body cam footage from the night appeared to show Perry intoxicated. On the same day that the footage was released, an arrest warrant was issued against Perry. He turned himself in but was released on bond. Following the vote, Perry will take a sabbatical while a temporary replacement will be appointed in his place.

A San Antonio police officer was physically assaulted during an attempt to break up a fight in the 1100 block of East Commerce Street. Officers responded to the assault in progress at 1:43 a.m., arriving to find a large group fighting. The officer in question suffered minor non-life-threatening injuries, and a 32-year-old man was arrested for the assault.

A suspected home intruder died after sustaining gunshot wounds in the 200 block of Hazel Street. The homeowner is said to have found the intruder at the back door and fired two shots, which struck the intruder’s chest. This is an ongoing investigation.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, supporters of the local nonprofit Footbridge Foundation attended the inaugural Off-the-Leash event at Casa Hernán Cantina, where they made botanas to raise funds for vulnerable cats and dogs in San Antonio. All proceeds from the event will be used to help the Foundation establish its first surgery center for animals in Spring 2023.

Last weekend, community members participated in a Thanksgiving giveaway on the city’s East Side. Volunteers helped distribute turkeys and two free Spurs tickets to every car in line. The giveaway, hosted by Reverend James Robinson, was for families who may not be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal this year.