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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...

City Council passes new development with affordable rental housing

City Council passes new development with affordable rental housing

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2020

The San Marcos City Council passed the Lantana on Bastrop Multifamily Housing Project Feb. 4 meeting alongside various amended city service agreements. The now-approved Lantana on Bastrop project consists of a multifamily development with affordable rental housing. The construction will be locate...

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 30, 2020

Voter awareness organizations and Student Government are expanding their voter registration efforts as the Feb. 3 deadline to vote in the March 3 primaries approaches. Organizations like MOVE Texas and Texas Rising have amplified their efforts to help students register at their current address. Early voting for the prim...

Councilwoman Joca’s ethics trial is scheduled

Councilwoman Joca’s ethics trial is scheduled

Chase Rogers, News Editor

January 29, 2020

Following a formal ethics complaint that prompted two Ethics Review Commission meetings, San Marcos Councilwoman Jocabed “Joca” Marquez's public hearing has been slated for April 8, 2020. The San Marcos Ethics Review Commission met Jan. 29, 2020, to schedule the public hearing, unanimously agreeing...

City official’s tweet brings ethics controversy

City official’s tweet brings ethics controversy

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 28, 2020

A tweet from San Marcos Councilwoman Jocabed "Joca" Marquez prompted a formal ethics complaint, currently being investigated by the Ethics Review Commission. Nov. 6, 2019, Marquez published a tweet on her personal account criticizing affordable housing developers. “All the developers seeking...

City Council moves to rezone certain areas in San Marcos

City Council moves to rezone certain areas in San Marcos

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 22, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their biweekly regular meeting to discuss city rezoning and restructuring plans, approving various ordinances to receive additional discussion in future meetings. The council reintroduced a discussion surrounding a newly amended Ordinance 2020-03, a rezoning of...

Ethics Review Commission investigates City Council member tweet

Ethics Review Commission investigates City Council member tweet

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 10, 2020

The Ethics Review Commission of the City of San Marcos held a special meeting to discuss a tweet from City Council Place 5 member Jocabed Marquez. An additional public hearing will be held at a later date. Marquez posted the tweet in question Nov. 19 in regards to housing developers making pro...

City Council receives update from Complete Count Committee

City Council receives update from Complete Count Committee

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2020

The San Marcos City Council discussed the 2020 Census and land rezoning at the first regular meeting of the year on Jan 7. Texas State sociology professor Dr. Gloria Martinez represented the city’s Complete Count Committee during a presentation to the council. The presentation was an update on the...

City Council moves forward with Mitigation Action Plan

City Council moves forward with Mitigation Action Plan

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

December 18, 2019

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular biweekly meeting to discuss housing, disaster mitigation and funding for construction projects in 2020. The council cast a second vote on Ordinance 2019-43 after facing a three-to-three stalemate during the previous regular meeting. This ti...

City Council approves new assistant city managers and public safety director

City Council approves new assistant city managers and public safety director

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

December 18, 2019

The San Marcos City Council approved two new assistant city managers following a recommendation by city manager Bert Lumbreras and named the new director of Public Safety during its Dec. 17 meeting. Former assistant city manager for the City of Richardson Joe Pantalion will fill the position currently...

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