Council gets personal


It felt like Ex-Mayors Day at the San Antonio City Council's January 31 meeting, with Nelson Wolff detailing the planned consolidation of city and county health systems (a measure unanimously passed by the council) and Lila Cockrell updating councilmembers on renovations to the historic Japanese Tea Garden.

Cockrell quickly ceded the floor to another face familiar in the chambers, former councilwoman Bonnie Connor. During her slide-show presentation, Connor noted that phase one of the restoration is nearly complete, with a re-opening celebration expected within a month. Along the way, she also talked about Alpine Drive, an SA landmark which Connor described as the place where young men used to take their "sweethearts" to get a panoramic view of the city, among other things.

When Connor asked councilmembers if they'd heard of the spot, District 5 councilwoman Lourdes Galvan responded by raising her hand. Moments later, Mayor Phil Hardberger could not resist asking Galvan, "It does raise the question: Were you ever on Alpine Drive?" "Yes, sir," she replied sheepishly. "Junior prom. Sorry, mom."