State of the City – Week of 02/14/2023

Lauren Hernandez, Staff Writer

Recently, a San Antonio justice and public policy reform organization received enough signatures for a charter that will decriminalize marijuana and abortion while also banning specific police actions such as no-knock warrants and the use of chokeholds. The San Antonio Justice Charter received over 38,000 signatures and will be on the ballot on May 6.

The San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo came to town on Thursday, Feb. 9, and will be held at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum through Feb. 26. Last week, the rodeo featured bareback riding, steer wrestling, mutton bustin’, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding among other events. Artists such as Jake Owen, Carly Pearce and Midland took the stage. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, a Boerne resident won $20 million from a Texas Lottery scratch-off ticket. A day after this, a San Antonio resident won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket. According to MySA, the odds of winning a prize are one in 3.41, and this was the fourth out of eight top prizes to be claimed from the $1,000,000 Crossword game. 

Several residents were displaced in an apartment complex on the 3400 block of Fredericksburg Road after a fire started at around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The apartment that caught fire was listed as vacant. After an investigation, firefighters stated that it was apparent that someone was living there. Although the fire was extinguished quickly, a first-floor apartment and a second-floor unit currently have significant smoke damage. 

Just before midnight on Saturday, Feb. 11, an altercation occurred at a local Twin Peaks restaurant on the 100 block of SW Loop 410. A man and his friends, all intoxicated, were escorted off the property by an off-duty police officer that was working security at the restaurant. The man grabbed the officer’s taser before running away. After a short pursuit, the man tased the officer, and the latter subsequently returned fire. According to the SAPD, the man was in critical condition and the officer was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The SAPD Shooting Team is leading this active investigation. 

On the morning of Sunday, Feb. 12, fire crews arrived at a trailer home completely engulfed in flames. An individual was trapped inside, and rescue attempts were delayed due to the intensity of the fire. When the flames subdued enough for firefighters to enter the home, they found the individual deceased inside. Two residents sustained severe burn injuries, and three deputies were treated for smoke inhalation and burn injuries. A firefighter was also injured on the scene and received treatment on-site. This is an ongoing investigation conducted by the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

This was the last week of the San Antonio Zoo’s “Cry Me a Cockroach” fundraiser. This Valentine’s fundraiser allows people to donate to the zoo by symbolically naming a cockroach, veggie or rodent after their ex. When you donate, you receive a digital Valentine’s card and have the option to send your ex one too, letting them know that an animal’s midday snack was named after them.