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1 big thing: Community policing evaluation underway

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A community policing program in San Antonio is the subject of a unique national study.

Why it matters: While proponents have long touted community policing as a method that can build trust and improve policing, it hasn't been widely evaluated.

Zoom in: Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Texas A&M San Antonio and Georgetown University are studying the impacts of the San Antonio Police Department's Community Immersion Program, which pairs cadets in SAPD's academy with local businesses, nonprofits or other civic organizations for two hours per week.

  • Researchers will later conduct a randomized control trial to compare over time officers who did and did not participate, lead researcher David Yokum, with UNC Chapel Hill, tells Axios.
  • They will look for any changes in how often officers use force or the number of complaints about officers, for example.

How it works: While participating in the internship, cadets learn the role community organizations play in neighborhoods, SAPD community engagement officer Joel Pope tells Axios.

  • When cadets graduate and become police officers, they are placed in the same coverage areas where their internships took place to give them some familiar faces as they begin patrol.

Case in point: Cadets who intern with Christian Assistance Ministry downtown learn about what it's like to experience homelessness and what resources are available to help.

  • On a recent night, three cadets listened to Valerie Narvaez, director of homeless services at CAM, share her own experience with substance abuse and homelessness.
  • Her lesson for them: Someone who is experiencing homelessness or misusing drugs is capable of moving past those problems with time and support — and officers play a crucial role in connecting people with resources.

What they're saying: "There's a lot of talk about it," Yokum says of community policing. "There are very few empirical, data-informed evaluations."

The big picture

2. ✈️ Totality takeoff

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

If you're still looking for a cool vantage point for April's total solar eclipse, the sky awaits.

The big picture: Several airlines are offering flights that will align with the timing and path of totality, when the Moon covers the entirety of the Sun except for the Sun's corona.

The intrigue: Last month, Delta announced a "path-of-totality flight" from Austin to Detroit for April 8, and it sold out within 24 hours.

  • Delta created another Texas flight last week flying out of Dallas-Fort Worth at 12:30pm. It lands in Detroit too.

The good news: There are other options.

Yes, but: They aren't cheap, and they'll only work if you're flying into San Antonio.

  • Seats on a one-way Delta flight from Los Angeles to San Antonio leaving at 9am start at $305 for a seat in the main cabin, per an Axios check yesterday.
  • Another Delta flight from Salt Lake City to San Antonio, leaving at 10:08am, starts at $339 for the main cabin.
  • Basic economy seats are sold out for both itineraries.

State of the Sun: The path of totality will stretch 115 miles from Mexico to Texas, to the northeastern U.S. and to Canada.

  • The total eclipse will be visible in the San Antonio area around 1:34pm.

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3. Inside the Loop

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

⚖️ A federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that had halted a Texas law allowing local authorities and judges to arrest and deport immigrants suspected of illegally crossing the U.S. border.

  • If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't intervene, the new law could take effect this weekend. (Texas Tribune)

Texas Public Radio's president and CEO Joyce Slocum died over the weekend from complications of colon cancer. She was 66. (TPR)

🍜 The owner of Ito Ramen alleges in a lawsuit that a former employee stole recipes and equipment to use in the food truck YoYo Ramen. (Express-News 🔒)

4. 💸 Chart du jour: Campaign cash

Texas presidential campaign contributions from large donors
Data: Federal Election Commission; Note: Individual contributions of less than $200 are not required to be reported to the FEC; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Former President Trump is leading in Texas presidential campaign contributions from large donors, Federal Election Commission data shows.

Why it matters: Campaign contributions offer a general sense of a candidate's financial position heading into today's primary.

Caveat: This accounting excludes small donors.

By the numbers: Trump's campaign has raised nearly $8 million in Texas from large donors, with another GOP presidential candidate, Nikki Haley, trailing at $5 million.

  • President Biden's campaign raised $3 million from large donors in Texas.

What's next: Bexar County voters can cast a ballot at any polling location from 7am to 7pm.

The bottom line: Trump and Biden are expected to easily win their primary races.

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5. 🍳 Rise and dine

The new Olmos Park location. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Full Belly Cafe and Bar is expanding its brunch bunch to include Olmos Park.

What's happening: The restaurant, which opened in Stone Oak weeks before COVID-19 shuttered businesses in 2020, is expanding to 4212 McCullough Avenue.

  • The grand opening is today.

Dig in: Plates like barbacoa poutine and fries, lobster benedicts and a full list of cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages are on the menu.

  • There's also a coffee bar.
  • The restaurant will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. All of the above plus dinner will be available on weekends.
  • Full Belly will open as early as 7:30am and close as late as 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Flashback: The new location has been in the works since April 2022.

Thanks to our editor Chloe Gonzales and copy editors Steven Patrick and Yasmeen Altaji.

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