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City Council passes city improvement plan and commercial scooter ban

The San Marcos City Council, via Zoom, looks at a slideshow presentation of the city's Ordinance 2020-32.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting May 19 to pass a multi-million dollar plan for improving city services, pass a commercial scooter ban and discuss a variety of land ordinances and resolutions. On the first and final reading, the council unanimously authorized the usage of...

San Marcos seeks applicants for COVID-19 response funds

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 6, 2020

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications until May 20 for funding through a $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. San Marcos is seeking qualified applications from for-profit entities,...

City Council enacts temporary parklet program, amends fiscal year budget

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 6, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting May 5 to discuss a temporary downtown parklet program and amend the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for mental health services for public safety employees. City Council passed a temporary program allowing businesses to convert on-street parking s...

City council approves first reading of cite-and-release ordinance, COVID-19 eviction ordinance

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Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 9, 2020

San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting online over Zoom April 7, passing the cite-and-release ordinance, passing an action giving relief to tenants facing eviction and discussing additional funding for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests. The council voted 4-3 in favor of passing the...

City council passes cite-and-release ordinance during first reading, now pending second vote

San Marcos citizens stand outside the Council Chamber with signs advocating for a new cite and release ordinance Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and the City Council meeting at City Hall.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release during its first reading on Tuesday, April 7, with four members voting in favor and three opposing it. The reform will need to be voted on twice in two separate city council meetings. If passed during its second...

Cite-and-release vote could tie given Marquez resignation

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Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The fate of a cite-and-release ordinance could be affected by the recent resignation of Place 5 City Council member Jocabed “Joca” Marquez. Marquez, who was elected in December of 2018 to serve a three-year term and sat on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee, had been a primary supporter of...

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

As of March 31, 2020, the confirmed cases by city in Hays County is: Austin, 3; Buda, 9, Dripping Springs, 2; Kyle, 12; San Marcos, 12; Wimberley, 0; Woodcreek, 0; Driftwood, 0.

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 Judge Ruben Becerra holds up a paper with instruction on how to combat coronavirus.

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

Hays County Historic Court House.

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

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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

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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

Election campaign signs are placed Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, outside the LBJ Student Center. The student center is one of 15 polling locations available to vote in San Marcos on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

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...

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