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City official’s tweet brings ethics controversy

Jocabed Marquez won her Place 5 seat on the council after garnering 62.81% in a run-off election against Rick Henderson December 11, 2018.

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

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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

Headshot of Dr. Joca

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

Dr. Gloria Martinez at a podium.

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

Jane Hughson giving Steve Parker an award.

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

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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...

City council discusses land development code changes

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Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

December 4, 2019

The San Marcos City Council met Dec. 3 to continue the ongoing discussion surrounding affordable housing issues and environmental conservation. City council voted on previously discussed ordinances, tax credits for low income housing and approved an Edwards Aquifer Conservation Plan. The council revisited...

City council postpones affordable housing projects, fills committee vacancies


Michael Garcia, Special to The Star

November 20, 2019

The San Marcos City Council postponed a decision to move forward on two affordable housing projects and appointed city council members to committee vacancies. City council members met Nov. 19 to discuss the Redwood Multifamily Housing project, located at 1600 block of Redwood Road, and Bastrop Multifamily...

City council swears in new members

Jane Hughson gives award to Lisa Prewitt

Chase Rogers, Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2019

San Marcos City Council swore in two members and voted on new mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem. Maxfield Baker, who garnered 50.43% of the votes and won the open seat narrowly over Mark Gleason, was officially inducted into the City Council Place 1 seat. After reciting the oath of office, Baker...

City council discusses mitigation plan and juvenile curfew for minors

Residents responded to  mitigation concerns in a survey conducted by the city.

Michael Garcia, News Reporter

November 7, 2019

City council discussed a mitigation action plan as well as the reestablishment of the juvenile curfew. Nov. 6, Community Initiatives Program Administrator Aaron Harris gave a presentation for a mitigation action plan to the San Marcos City Council. The city had received $24,012,000 in federal fundi...

City council adds new positions into city budget

a San Marcos first responder gets ready for an emergency call.

Michael Garcia, News Reporter

October 19, 2019

San Marcos City Council finalized its budget Sept. 19, including new positions in animal control and the fire department. New positions at San Marcos animal shelters will help turn the facilities to no-kill, defined as animal shelters meeting a 90% benchmark; 90% of animals meet redemption. Interim...

City Council takes steps toward S.M.A.R.T Terminal development amid citizen concerns

Aerial view of S.M.A.R.T Terminal

Christopher Green

February 28, 2019

San Marcos City Council delayed a decision to vote Feb. 21 on an economic incentive agreement for the potential development of a heavy industrial park. The S.M.A.R.T Terminal will be a heavy industrial area with a railway to deliver manufactured products from the site to potential buyers. The first tenant of t...

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