After elderly grandmother’s home burns down, city hits her with $25K demolition bill
An elderly San Antonio woman whose home was destroyed in a fire Memorial Day weekend has been hit with a demolition bill for nearly $25,000, after city officials said they were forced to have the structure demolished.
City defends repeated contact with disgraced former assistant development services director
San Antonio officials have defended their repeated contact with a disgraced city executive after KSAT Investigates found a letter written by him was used as the catalyst for a code enforcement investigation at an elderly couple’s West Side property.
New this week: Will Smith, 'Pinocchio' and 'George & Tammy'
This week’s new entertainment releases include Will Smith’s comeback campaign in the Antoine Fuqua movie “Emancipation,” a documentary about Broadway star Idina Menzel, the video game “Dragon Quest Treasures” and a TV series exploring the tumultuous relationship between country music stars Tammy Wynette and George Jones.
City slams ‘Ousted’ report on its code enforcement practices as ‘fundamentally flawed’
The report, “Ousted: The City of San Antonio’s Displacement of Residents through Code Enforcement Actions,” found 626 orders to vacate and orders to demolish occupied San Antonio homes between 2015 and 2020. Meanwhile, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin issued only 16 orders between them.
San Antonio displaces families, demolishes homes more than other major Texas cities combined, report says
San Antonio is more aggressive than all of the major Texas cities combined when it comes to displacing families and demolishing their homes due to code violations, according to a new report from the University of Texas Austin School of Law.
San Antonio official explains process for shutting down businesses due to COVID-19 violations
SAN ANTONIO – When businesses violate the city’s Emergency Health Declaration put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, they get cited. Huge crowds this past weekend for a two-day Cody Johnson concert have yielded big consequences for Cowboys Dancehall, which hosted the events. Shannon said Cowboys Dancehall has been issued seven citations since the pandemic began. ”There were other violations, other criminal activity violations, that also added up to creating a continued creation of an unsafe environment,” Shannon said. Once a certificate of occupancy is revoked, the owner must file for a new one in order to open back up.
Art world star gives back by buying work of the undiscovered
Painter Guy Stanley Philoche, a 43-year-old Haitian immigrant and star in the New York art world, sit among some of his latest work during an interview at his East Harlem studio, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in New York. "I'm not a rich man," he said, "but I owe a big debt to the art world." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK – Painter Guy Stanley Philoche, a star in the New York art world, had wanted to treat himself to a fancy watch after a hugely successful gallery show. “I'm not a rich man," he said, "but I owe a big debt to the art world. About half the artists Philoche has chosen are people he knows, many in New York.
Special city team begins crackdown on restaurants violating orders starting Thursday night
SAN ANTONIO – A special team led by San Antonio Code Enforcement will be monitoring bars and restaurants across the city on Thursday night. City of San Antonio Development Services Director Michael Shannon said the team was assembled due to issues brought to light by violations at The Well bar on the Northwest Side over the weekend. And we need to really go out and find those.”Recently, changes by the state allowed some bars to reopen as restaurants with a special certificate. Since March, according to online city data, of the roughly 90 encounters where citations were issued, 17 involved a restaurant or bar. A spokesperson says the sheriff’s office’s efforts are to inform businesses about the requirements made by the city and county.
San Antonio residents ready to report businesses not complying with new face mask rule
San Antonio The City of San Antonio said over 300 calls have come in, reporting businesses that are not complying with the face mask order since it took effect on Monday. We still have communication with that business owner or the business manager, just to let them know that we had a call come in, he said. I said, Its only hard the first time you remind somebody to keep their mask on to go to the bathroom, Stokes said. I think after about 10 days, people will get used to wearing their mask very religiously. To report a violation, call the San Antonio polices non-emergency line at 210-207-SAPD.