State of the City — Week of 4/11

Amber Serio, Staff Writer


San Antonio City Council approved a $2.5 million plan to fund a park that will be located adjacent to the Hays Street Bridge. On Thursday, April 6, it became official that the long-anticipated Berkley V. & Vincent M. Dawson Park would begin its development processes. The park will sit on a 1.69-acre lot east of downtown near the Alamo Beer Co. This project and its approval is the product of a years-long dispute of whether the lot should be a public space or used by a private developer to construct a five-story apartment building. The apartment project was rejected after a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court in 2019 regarding the sale and use of land such as this. Not long after, the council voted for the development of a park. According to city documents, the park will entail a 12,000-square-foot skate park, green space, a playground and event space. 

Drivers on I-35 encountered an extraordinary occurrence last week when they witnessed a man driving a humongous Lowe’s shopping cart on a heavily occupied highway. The man driving was Jay Ruelas, a retired 57-year-old veteran from the Southside of San Antonio. Videos of Ruelas’s unique form of transportation quickly surfaced on the social media platform TikTok, with one video reaching about 600,000 views. The shopping cart, which was seen in the TikTok video going the same speed as a normal car, was constructed by Ruelas himself. Ruelas stated that he is a former Army mechanic and originally built the 20-foot-long, 10-foot-tall cart to be used solely for Christmas toy drives that he participates in, but he has been actively driving it to other local events. 

On Saturday, April 8, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck rolled into San Antonio. The truck made its appearance at The Rim, across from the Bass Pro Shops, where it stayed parked there from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Since its debut in 2014, the truck has toured over 100 different U.S. cities. It has provided thousands of fans with exclusive and limited edition access to Hello-Kitty-themed treats and merchandise. Fans are offered a wide range of options, including hoodies, cup plushies, canvas totes, lunchboxes, Hello Kitty Cafe chef cookies and more. 


On Tuesday, April 4, a John Jay High School student was fatally stabbed at a West Avenue restaurant. The stabbing victim, Joshua Eugene Kinnaman, was taken to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The stabbing occurred across the street from the NISD campus at the Fiesta De Jalisco at 7712 Marbach Road. The incident resulted from a fight that broke out between the victim and 18-year-old Jesus San Miguel. The arrest affidavit did not state if San Miguel was an NISD student as well. A surveillance video shows the teens going to the restaurant together and preparing to order food until they began engaging in a verbal argument. This interaction quickly escalated, as the teens were caught by an exterior camera that showed them exit to the parking lot where the stabbing occurred. The footage caught the suspect dropping his belongings and pulling out what investigators are identifying as a lock-blade knife. The teens then began fist-fighting until San Miguel stabbed Kinnaman in the torso. San Miguel has since been arrested after a warrant for his arrest was issued on Wednesday afternoon. His bond is currently set at $150,000.