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Segovia's campaign funds, Prop 2, Mayoral candidates to debate environment issues

Dallas loves Segovia: Of the $29,761 raised last quarter by District 3 Council candidate Ron Segovia, $9,000 came from out-of-town contributors, primarily from the Dallas area. The incumbent collected at least $1,500 from the bigwigs at Southwest Housing, which specializes in affordable housing. Within the past month, Southwest Housing closed a deal with the Texas General Land Office to purchase 27.5 acres at the San Antonio State School/Hospital for $752,000. The land is located in District 3.

Other real-estate contributors include Charles Turner of Sugarland ($500), local land baron Mark Granados ($500), as well as SA architect Henry Muñoz, an investor in CitySouth - in District 3.

Challenger Roland Gutierrez also has garnered development dollars, including 500 clams from John Schaefer, who, with his attorney David Earl ($500), is suing the City over land regulations.

Lisa Sorg

Proposition 2: The City's Linear Parkway Program is on the ballot for the May 7 election. It asks voters to decide on an 1/8-cent sales tax increase to raise funds for land along Salado and Leon Creeks and the San Antonio and Medina rivers.

The funds would be shared with the Edwards Aquifer Protection Initiative, also known as Proposition 1, which is seeking to buy land or conservation easements over the recharge zone.

The City hosts an informational meeting Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Media Briefing Room, Flores and Commerce streets.

In 2000, voters approved a similar measure; as of March 1, the City has used $2.89 million to buy 179 acres along Salado Creek and 35 acres along Leon Creek. More than 3,400 acres are slated for purchase in this watershed as well.

Debating the environment: The three main mayoral candidates, Julián Castro, Phil Hardberger, and Carroll Schubert, discuss their stances on protecting SA's water, air, and land on Friday, April 22 at the Carver Community Cultural Center, 227 N. Hackberry. A mixer begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by an overview of public policy and the environment at 6 p.m. The forum runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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