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The New San Antonio Mayor Takes a Page Out of Rival's Staff Playbooknew

What draws attention about San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's administration is how closely the new mayor's team adheres to the template established by his one-time rival, former Mayor Phil Hardberger.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  06-24-2009  |  Politics

San Antionio Airport Police Whistleblower Gets Fired and Takes His Case to the Citynew

The decision by Chief Ron Bruner to terminate Corporal Russell Martin exposed some emotional wounds that have been mounting within San Antonio’s Airport Police Department.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  03-04-2009  |  Business & Labor

Could Texas Dems Unite Behind Leticia Van de Putte for Higher Office in 2010?new

Van de Putte has been introduced as someone who "might be the next Democratic candidate for governor" and has hinted that she might be open to a 2010 run for Kay Bailey Hutchison's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  02-18-2009  |  Politics

Sarah & Octopusnew

Sarah & Octopus have jazz chops and tons of ambition, and their complex pieces can wear you out with their car-crash meter shifts and wild leaps across the harmonic spectrum.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  02-04-2009  |  Concerts

Diane Cibrian: Active Consensus Builder, or Political Strong-Arm?new

In her two years on the San Antonio City Council, Diane Cibrian has established a reputation for wanting to be involved in every aspect of the municipal government process. Her advocates say that it reflects her zeal to bring about positive change in the community. Her detractors grumble that she has boundary issues.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  02-04-2009  |  Politics

The '08 Election Made ACORN a Household Name, but At What Cost?new

Although ACORN has spent the last 38 years helping low- and middle-income families with problems as big as home foreclosures and as small as neighborhood speed bumps, for many Americans the 2008 campaign marked the first time they’d ever heard of it.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  12-18-2008  |  Politics

John Hagee Recovers from Surgery and Finds Himself in Barack Obama's Americanew

When Hagee returns to the helm at the Cornerstone Church on Nov. 16, he will deliver his first sermon as a citizen of Barack Obama's America, and it's safe to say he won't be one of the new administration's most ardent boosters. But has his brand of Armageddon fear-mongering run its course?
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  11-14-2008  |  Religion

Texas Republicans Aim to Shoot Down Juan Garcia's Rising Political Starnew

A central chess piece in the Democratic Party's ongoing Take Back Texas push, Garcia faces a GOP eager to send him back to private life in Corpus Christi, before his career momentum proves unstoppable.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  10-22-2008  |  Politics

Texas Congressional Race Features Two Self-Styled Post-Partisan Problem Solversnew

In challenging Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, Lyle Larson does face several obstacles. Larson's greatest strength, however, is his obvious distaste for the corrupting influence of politics.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  09-24-2008  |  Politics

Sam Phillips Strips Down for 'Don't Do Anything'new

As on all of her best work, Phillips is humble and open-hearted, invitingly tuneful but unsparing in her assessment of the emotional wreckage she sees.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  08-13-2008  |  Reviews

Bubba Hernandez Finds Life After Brave Combonew

Two decades of Brave Combo beat deconstruction--turning "Satisfaction" into a cha-cha or "Stairway to Heaven" into a swing tune (with Tiny Tim on lead vocals, no less)--provided Hernandez with an invaluable musical education, but it also made him hungry for a chance to explore his own ideas.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  08-06-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Paul Westerberg Drops the Biggest Format-busting Format Buster of the Digital Agenew

Westerberg released 49 through TuneCore, a digital-music delivery service, and since TuneCore charges artists only $9.99 a year per track (and 49 is technically only one track), Westerberg could simultaneously be looking at the lowest sales price and the greatest profit margin in the history of the music industry.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  07-30-2008  |  Music

What Laura Says Brings Together Baroque Pop and Rustic Folknew

What Laura Says is really the product of two different bands -- an offbeat pop duo called What Laura Says Thinks and Feels, and a dirty blues trio, called the Expatriates.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  07-30-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Jacksons' 'Destiny' Reissues Foreshadows the Rise and Fall of Michaelnew

After an awkward stretch which saw them leave Motown, split with brother Jermaine, and languish in bad-song hell, Destiny found them taking over the production reins, writing their own material, and re-establishing themselves as the first family of bubblegum soul.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  07-23-2008  |  Reviews

Jay Reatard: Wonderfully Messynew

When you get past Reatard's productivity (17 original tracks over a two-year period), you notice how seamlessly these disparate singles flow together, as if one song picks up a thought he left unfinished three months earlier.
San Antonio Current  |  Gilbert Garcia  |  07-16-2008  |  Reviews

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