State of the City – 11/22/23

Mason Hickok, Editor-in-Chief

Robert Rivard announced his retirement from the San Antonio Report, a site he helped to establish with his wife, Monika Maeckle, in 2012. Prior to working with the San Antonio Report, Rivard, a UTSA graduate, worked at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. When the Hearst Corporation purchased the Light and then closed it, Rivard found himself in several leadership positions with the San Antonio Express-News — a job he spent 18 years in. Rivard and his wife soon helped to establish the San Antonio Report, formally named the Rivard Report, for a while. The news site has become one of San Antonio’s premier nonprofit journalism sites. 

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the adoption of the Chicago Statement, a free speech declaration initially penned for the University of Chicago in 2014. The statement “guarantees all members of the UT System the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.” However, the UT System reserves the right to restrict speech that breaks the law or elicits a threat. According to the San Antonio Express-News, “91 other academic institutions across the country, including, the University of Texas at San Antonio, have adopted the Chicago Statement.”

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the “strongest earthquake in Texas history” occurred in West Texas, with ripples from the 5.3 magnitude earthquake being felt in San Antonio on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The earthquake struck near the town of Mentone, Texas, over 380 miles from San Antonio. The shaking affected several buildings in downtown San Antonio, including the Robert B. Green historical building on the University Health campus.

A new study from the Center for a New American Security addresses how Greater San Antonio supports its military and veteran communities. San Antonio is often called “Military City USA,” and with the moniker comes a heightened expectation of support for its military community. The report found that due to the fixed allowances of active-duty military families, the rising demand for housing in San Antonio is affecting service members and veterans. Furthermore, the report also found several other examples of a lapse in support. This included healthcare availability concerns and issues relating to veteran support on college campuses. The full report can be viewed here

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus denies that any “special treatment” was given to District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry. Last week, a vote of no confidence was issued to Councilman Perry for his actions during a hit-and-run crash that he was involved in on Nov. 6. Before the vote of no confidence was issued, District 2 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez — along with several of his constituents — voiced concerns about Perry receiving preferential treatment. 

On Thursday, Nov. 17, StoryCorps partnered with the San Antonio Public Library and Texas Public Radio to record interviews as part of their mobile tour. The organization will be in town to record and share the stories of San Antonio residents. The partnership will continue until Dec. 18, 2022.