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Judge puts halt on implementation of “sanctuary cities” bill

Judge puts halt on implementation of “sanctuary cities” bill

Connor Brown

August 30, 2017

Federal district judge Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday on the implementation of the so called “sanctuary cities” law, Senate Bill 4, which was set scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1. The bill would allow local law enforcement to question the immigration status of people...

Weekend watch: Hurricane Harvey

Weekend watch: Hurricane Harvey

Shayan Faradineh

August 25, 2017

Update: Aug. 28. 12:23 p.m. The Hays County and city of San Marcos joint emergency operations center deactivated Monday morning. All city offices are operating on regular schedules. Parks are closed until further notice. Update: Aug. 27. 10:49 p.m. Gov. Abbott said he will be sending 1,00 nat...

San Marcos prepares for hurricane effects

San Marcos prepares for hurricane effects

Ryan Kirby

August 24, 2017

Hurricane Harvey, possibly a category 4 at landfall, is expected to travel throughout the weekend, causing accelerated winds and thunderstorms in the Hays County area, according to National Weather Service. The National Weather Service’s most current projected path for Harvey shows the storm entering the Gulf of Mexico and causing effects through ou...

San Marcos City Council to file amicus brief against “sanctuary cities” bill

San Marcos City Council to file amicus brief against “sanctuary cities” bill

Denise Cervantes

August 22, 2017

San Marcos City Council unanimously voted to file an amicus brief against Senate Bill 4, or the “sanctuary cities” bill Tuesday. Last week, city council released a statement voicing concerns over SB 4 and said immigration is a federal issue. “The San Marcos City Council hereby expresses concerns about the effects of SB 4 on our e...

San Marcos City Council calls additional meeting to discuss “sanctuary cities” lawsuit

San Marcos City Council calls additional meeting to discuss “sanctuary cities” lawsuit

Shayan Faradineh

August 18, 2017

San Marcos City Council is considering a motion to authorize the filing of an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the city in opposition to Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities ban. The agenda of the special meeting was released Aug. 18. The council discussed the issue of SB 4 on Aug. 15, and una...

San Marcos City Council will not join lawsuit against immigration law

San Marcos City Council will not join lawsuit against immigration law

Denise Cervantes

August 16, 2017

After a three hour executive session, the San Marcos City Council gave a statement Aug. 15 announcing it will not be joining the lawsuit alongside Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio against Senate Bill 4. SB 4, also known as the “sanctuary cities” bill, would allow law enforcement officials to ask the immigration status of those they arrest or detain. Mayor John T...

Community stands in solidarity at the Charlottesville vigil in San Marcos

Community stands in solidarity at the Charlottesville vigil in San Marcos

Katie Burrell

August 16, 2017

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., left one person dead and many across the country angry, sad and concerned. The Black Lives Movement San Marcos called for a vigil Tuesday night to bring concerned community members together in an effort to understand their feelings and stay united. Russell...

Q&A with student body vice president Jackie Merritt

Q&A with student body vice president Jackie Merritt

Shayan Faradineh

August 15, 2017

Student Government Vice President Jackie Merritt was sworn into office May 5. Merritt was elected to the Senate, then voted to Senate Pro Tempore. She served the position until former Vice Present Colton Duncan voluntarily resigned, giving her the opportunity to take over. The Clegg-Merritt administration...

Missing man’s body found

Missing man’s body found

Ashley Skinner

August 6, 2017

The body of a man was recovered early Aug. 6 near the bridge at Aquarena Springs Drive, confirmed University Spokesman Matt Flores. Hilario Castilleja, 57 years old, was reported missing at approximately 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5. He was last seen at the San Marcos River wearing blue swim shorts and black...

Grassroots organizations submit resolution to city council against SB4

Grassroots organizations submit resolution to city council against SB4

Connor Brown

July 28, 2017

Grassroots organizations and community leaders gathered in City Hall July 27 calling city council to denounce Senate Bill 4, an anti-immigration bill allowing local police to question the immigration status of people they lawfully detain. Several community leaders including Ruben Becerra, owner of...

The controversial “bathroom bill” advances to the House

The controversial “bathroom bill” advances to the House

Shayan Faradineh

July 26, 2017

After 10 hours of committee hearings and eight hours debating on the Senate floor, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick lead senators to pass the controversial “bathroom bill” in a 21-10 vote after midnight Wednesday morning. The bill regulates bathroom use for the transgender community. The vote was along part...

Mayor John Thomaides invited to meet with Gov. Abbott to discuss special session agenda on local authority

Mayor John Thomaides invited to meet with Gov. Abbott to discuss special session agenda on local authority

Connor Brown

July 26, 2017

San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides will meet with Gov. Greg Abbott today along with mayors from 18 cities across Texas to discuss items on the special session agenda that will target the authority of local officials to pass certain regulations within their cities. In a letter sent to Abbott on July 17,...

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