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State of the City: Week of 9/5/23

Chloe Williams

Not subscribed to local news, but still want to stay up-to-date on the happenings around town? Look no further. Highlighting notable stories from external San Antonio news sources, State of the City summarizes the most captivating news headlines of the week. This week’s topics range from cooler temperatures to construction on Broadway.

SAWS will crack down on businesses that are not following water restrictions 

San Antonio Water System has announced it will be shutting off water use to businesses that continue to waste water. First-time violators will be asked to sign a document that states that they understand and acknowledge the water rules and restrictions. If these violators continue to waste water, the business risks having their outdoor water system cut off for two weeks. 

 Cooler temperatures this week in San Antonio 

Morning temperatures this week have started to cool down — but for how long? The lowest recorded temperature this week was 73 degrees, giving Texas a break from the extreme heat the state has faced throughout the summer.

San Antonio drag company is suing the state  

A local San Antonio drag production company is challenging Texas Senate Bill 12, which prohibits the performance of drag in the presence of minors. Richard Montez and David Gamez, the co-owners of 360 Queen Entertainment, might have held their last drag show on Friday as the bill went into effect Sept. 1. In hopes of striking down the bill, Montez and Gamez have decided to join the American Civil Liberties Union.

TxDOT starting Construction on Broadway  

New construction on Broadway Street raises concerns about the logistics of the long-term project. San Antonio announced a project that would introduce more accommodating bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly spaces. However, the Texas Department of Transportation also announced that they wanted to expand and create more lanes on Broadway. Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Manager Erik Walsh came out to say they are still waiting for TxDOT to address the accommodations for cyclists and pedestrians.  

New San Antonio Safe Haven Law  

San Antonio is planning to change a state law that will allow people to surrender their newborns in a protected box at fire stations and designated locations. This Safe Haven Law was previously known as the Baby Moses Law, and it legally allowed parents to give up their children to designated safe places. To eliminate possible fears parents might have during the process, Councilman John Courage advocated for more anonymous ways. Starting Sept. 1, there will be “Baby Boxes” at fire stations and other designated spaces. The boxes will have alarms that alert authorized professionals of the newborns, allowing the parents to safely surrender their child with a more anonymous interaction.  

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Kara Lee
Kara Lee, Graphic Editor
Kara is a communication major on track to graduate in 2025. After graduating they hope to work for non-profits that specialize in environmental concerns so they can give back to the planet that provides so much for us. When Kara is not in school or working they can be found either drawing or hiking.
Chloe Williams
Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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