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City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 21, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced the closing of all public-facing counters most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Friday March 20. The order from the city is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and falls within the Centers for Disease Control guidelines....

Hays County issues state of disaster amid COVID-19 concerns, first presumptive case

Hays County issues state of disaster amid COVID-19 concerns, first presumptive case

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 15, 2020

City and Hays County officials issued a state of disaster following the county's announcement of the first presumptive case of COVID-19. Hays County reported its first presumptive case of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 14, according to a county press release. The patient was admitted to a local hospital...

City and Hays County to issue state of disaster

City and Hays County to issue state of disaster

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 14, 2020

The City of San Marcos issued a press release following the announcement of Hays County's first presumptive positive COVID-19 case, the City of San Marcos, in coordination with the County, is planning to declare a state of disaster. Per Hays County, the presumptive positive patient traveled to mult...

Mark Gleason enters race for city council special election

Mark Gleason enters race for city council special election

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 11, 2020

San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Mark Gleason announced he will be a candidate for the vacant seat left after Council Member  Jocabed “Joca” Marquez's resignation on Monday, March 9. According to the press release detailing Marquez's resignation, a special election to ...

Council Member Jocabed Marquez to resign from city council

Council Member Jocabed Marquez to resign from city council

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 10, 2020

Place 5 City Council Member Dr. Jocabed "Joca" Marquez submitted a resignation letter to the city clerk March 9. Marquez was elected to her position December 2018 for a three-year term. The resignation letter states Marquez's resignation is due to new employment plans requiring her to move residences...

Star Explains: Local offices

Star Explains: Local offices

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

March 6, 2020

The lack of knowledge in local government jurisdiction is one of the top five obstacles listed for poor voter turnout in millennials, according to focus group study from the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to creating "informed and engaged communities." In the 2014 midterms, only one in...

City Council discusses criminal justice reform

City Council discusses criminal justice reform

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 5, 2020

San Marcos City Council met during their regularly scheduled meeting March 3 to discuss a proposed ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release and approved the annexation of an additional 57 acres of land. The ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers’ discretion, allowing...

The story of elected women in Hays County

The story of elected women in Hays County

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 3, 2020

"Your rights are not guaranteed unless you fight for them. Unless you vote, unless you participate," Shannon Fitzpatrick, former Texas State University attorney for students, said to a group of about 40 women. "They can be taken away. And they were hard-fought to get there. Please keep that in mind. P...

Star Explains: Viral video of horse on the square

Star Explains: Viral video of horse on the square

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

February 25, 2020

Editor's note: In no way is this article meant to promote the use of animals as a means of transportation in the downtown square area of San Marcos. Video circulated online by @BarstoolTXST of a horse on the downtown square left many viewers asking the same question: Can you legally have a horse down...

City Council amends affordable housing policy

City Council amends affordable housing policy

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2020

The San Marcos City Council discussed amendments to the affordable housing policy, public hearings for land rezoning ordinances and a renaming of the El Camino Real Park. The pending revisions to the San Marcos Affordable/Workforce Housing Policy included requiring projects seeking a tax exemption...

Criminal justice reform discussion postponed to March

Criminal justice reform discussion postponed to March

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 11, 2020

A proposed ordinance incentivizing the use of cite-and-release will be considered by City Council March 3. Pushed by local grassroots organization Mano Amiga, the ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers' discretion, allowing them to issue citations for class C misdemeanors and...

Slave labor dispute floods Cape’s Dam

Slave labor dispute floods Cape’s Dam

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 6, 2020

As discussions on whether to preserve or remove Cape's Dam continue, locals and community leaders have called into question the history of Thompson's Islands. The argument pertains to whether slave labor was used to build a sawmill and gristmill in the 1850s at the location of Cape's Dam. In a...

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