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City manager position finalized, nepotism clause and short term rentals: what you missed at this week’s city council meeting

City manager position finalized, nepotism clause and short term rentals: what you missed at this week’s city council meeting

Connor Brown

July 19, 2017

The San Marcos City Council held its second public hearing of the month July 18 to confirm the new city manager, discuss the nepotism clause in the city charter and the impact of short-term rentals in the community. Bert Lumbreras confirmed for new city manager The city council unanimously voted...

Bert Lumbreras named as finalist for city manager, after six-month vacancy

Bert Lumbreras named as finalist for city manager, after six-month vacancy

Shayan Faradineh

July 17, 2017

San Marcos City Council named Bert Lumbreras as the city’s new city manager finalist July 17. Bert Lumbreras has 35 years of local government experience. He has been the city manager of Dilley, Floresville, Alamo and Uvalde. Lumbreras was appointed assistant city manager for community services in...

Mermaid Society festival seeks funds from city council

Mermaid Society festival seeks funds from city council

Jonathan Gonzalez

July 16, 2017

The Mermaid Society SMTX, a nonprofit organization, successfully submitted a request to the city council to support the second annual Mermaid SPLASH festival, but the source of the funds is yet to be determined. The request received four votes at the city council meeting June 27 in favor of moving f...

Three things you missed at San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission

Three things you missed at San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission

Shayan Faradineh

July 12, 2017

The Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of San Marcos held its first public hearing of the month July 11. Here are some things you missed: Local food can continue to sell alcohol The commission unanimously voted to approve a request by Cheer and Chow for a permit to continue the sell of beer and wine. The permit w...

Protest against Austin bar leads owner to apologize for offensive actions

Protest against Austin bar leads owner to apologize for offensive actions

Ashley Skinner

July 12, 2017

After various sexist, racist, Islamophobic and hateful rhetoric from the owner and staff of a bar in Austin, protests are breaking out across the area to fight the hate. Unbarlievable, located on Rainey Street, was surrounded by protesters June 30. The protestors were calling for the owner, Brando...

Reward being offered for vandals’ identification

Reward being offered for vandals’ identification

Ashley Skinner

July 11, 2017

The city has partnered with CrimeStoppers in the investigation of vandalism to an ancient Cypress tree on Thompson’s Island in June. The tree was estimated to be vandalized sometime the last week of June, and the City of San Marcos is seeking the public’s help to identify the person or people...

Summer program keeps San Marcos children fed during summer months

Summer program keeps San Marcos children fed during summer months

Jonathan Gonzalez

July 6, 2017

A feeding program run by San Marcos CISD has implemented numerous sites around the city to feed disadvantaged children throughout the summer break. From June 5 to Aug. 11, the program will provide meals at several different sites, including San Marcos High School, Crockett Elementary, De Zavala Element...

Expansion for Lamar School Annex property and Hopkins Street Historic Districts denied

Expansion for Lamar School Annex property and Hopkins Street Historic Districts denied

Connor Brown

July 5, 2017

The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission voted June 13 to deny the motion to expand the Lindsey-Rogers and Hopkins Street historic districts. The commission also recommended a historic resource survey be conducted before any development takes place. The property in question, otherwise known as...

San Marcos Police Department record second homicide of 2017

San Marcos Police Department record second homicide of 2017

Shayan Faradineh

June 21, 2017

Two adults and a 14-year-old juvenile were arrested June 20, related to the death of a New Braunfels man. Law enforcement believe that the three met the victim for a drug deal in San Marcos. Kyle R. Sample, Nichole Marie Moore and the minor are being charged with capital murder, while Moore is also...

Exploring rent-by-the-bed apartment leases

Exploring rent-by-the-bed apartment leases

Connor Brown

June 19, 2017

Being informed about the different kinds of leases can help students find the right kind of housing to fit their needs, especially when transitioning from on to off-campus living spaces. A pamphlet from the Texas State Off-Campus Living Office defines two types of leases: traditional/conventional...

San Marcos complies with women-owned business report by Comptroller

San Marcos complies with women-owned business report by Comptroller

Jonathan Gonzalez

June 1, 2017

Woman-owned businesses are on the rise across the country, but especially in San Marcos where they make up a large number of the local establishments. In a news release from the Texas Comptroller’s office, it was revealed Texas ranked highest for the development of woman-owned businesses. San Marcos...

Senate passes legislation to protect San Marcos River

Senate passes legislation to protect San Marcos River

Ashley Skinner

May 10, 2017

Senate Bill (SB) 965 was passed May 8 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini which will support law enforcement efforts to protect the San Marcos River and ensure public safety. Voters in counties along the river will be able to approve the creation of water and safety zones where they could impose fees of up to...

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