Megan Stringer
23 hours ago - Business

Workers at arts nonprofit SAY Sí seek seat at the table

Illustration of a conference table in the shape of a paint palette, surrounded by chairs.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

With a new union in place, employees at SAY Sí are ready to bargain for a first contract and want to gain a larger influence over the direction of the storied arts nonprofit.

Why it matters: SAY Sí employees have joined a national movement of nonprofit workers who are forming unions. As bargaining gets underway between employees and management, others from both sides of the union debate could learn from their experience.

State's surplus money could protect natural resources

Martin Dies Jr. State Park outside Jasper. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

A bill under consideration in the Legislature calls for the creation of a Texas Land and Water Conservation Fund, which would use surplus money to expand public parks and preserve water resources.

Driving the news: Republican state Rep. Justin Holland of Rockwall filed House Bill 3165 this month to take $2 billion from Texas' rainy-day fund, which is expected to reach $27.1 billion in the next two-year budget, to create a dedicated fund to protect natural resources.

Megan Stringer
Mar 24, 2023 - Politics

San Antonio to ramp up inspections at "bad actor" apartments

Illustration of a magnifying glass with a key for the handle.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Sylvia Flores experienced water leaks in her bathroom and broken air conditioning for years. She was fed up by the time she joined a tenants' union that pressured city leadership to step in at the apartment complex formerly called Seven Oaks.

  • Months later, San Antonio is set to more proactively inspect apartments that consistently violate city health and safety standards.
Megan Stringer
Mar 23, 2023 - Politics

Texas bill could cut San Antonio budget for police, streets, parks

Data: City of San Antonio; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

San Antonio leaders are alarmed about legislation they say could slash the city's budget by about a quarter and cut services — but the bill's author, a Republican state lawmaker from the Austin area, says that's not his goal.

Driving the news: A Senate committee held a hearing Tuesday on Senate Bill 1110, which would in some cases prevent cities from taking revenue from electric utilities they own or operate.

Madalyn Mendoza
Mar 23, 2023 - News

First look at Shea Serrano's San Antonio-inspired show 'Primo'

Cast of "Primo" celebrate in a living room.

"Primo," inspired by growing up on the South Side, premieres in May. Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Freevee

A sneak peek at "Primo," the new series based on Shea Serrano's life growing up on the South Side of San Antonio, is now available. The series premieres May 19.

Driving the news: Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDbTV) released the trailer on Tuesday.

1 big thing: Women underrepresented in S.A.'s statues

Illustration of a stone sculpture of a woman, with a large crack running through it.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Like most places in the U.S., San Antonio's inventory of monuments is male-dominated.

Why it matters: Monuments have historically represented our values by putting concepts and people on literal pedestals, then enshrining them with protective status and decades-long upkeep, Axios' Chelsea Brasted reports.

San Antonio is a top pet-friendly city for renters

Illustration of a human hand and dog paw high fiving

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

San Antonio is the sixth most pet-friendly city in the country for renters, per new research from Zillow.

The big picture: Pet ownership soared during the pandemic and the local real estate rental market remains pricey — and no one wants to hold a grudge against their cat for keeping them from renting that perfect apartment.

Megan Stringer
Mar 21, 2023 - News

San Antonio's new poet laureate is Chicano writer

Nephtalí De León, wearing a green button down shirt and beaded necklaces, speaks into a megaphone in front of a river, while holding a flower and a sheet of paper.

Nephtalí De León will be the next San Antonio poet laureate. Photo: Courtesy Nephtalí De León

Nephtalí De León will be San Antonio's sixth poet laureate for a three-year term starting next month.

Why it matters: Local poet laureates promote the craft by participating in events and workshops around the city, such as at community centers and schools. They aim to uplift local pride through artistic expression.

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