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Saturday, August 15th, 2015

District judge orders San Marcos to count anti-fluoridation petition signatures

Handing a procedural victory to proponents of a proposed city charter amendment that would prohibit artificial fluoridation of the municipal water supply, a state judge ruled on Friday that San Marcos officials misinterpreted the city charter in refusing to validate a grassroots petition calling for a popular election on the issue.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

San Marcos files lawsuit to invalidate fluoridation petition

The city of San Marcos has sued an activist group pushing for a citywide election to prohibit fluoridation of the municipal water supply.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

San Marcos police probe P&Z meetings with developer

Writing a new chapter in the ongoing tale of Darren Casey’s miscarried Sessom Drive dream, the San Marcos Police Department is investigating whether planning and zoning commissioners violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when they met individually...

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Weeks after unanimous OK, council tables H-E-B proposal

Ignoring a developer’s plea that delay could endanger his deal to sell land to H-E-B for a new store on McCarty Lane, the San Marcos City Council on Tuesday voted to table an ordinance that they approved...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Council blocks $3 million nature center

A contract to design a nature center for the city’s Purgatory Creek Natural Area was rejected on a 3-3 tie last week with opposing San Marcos City Council members saying the costly project should be postponed or...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

City council tries to pass building height ordinance

The San Marcos City Council couldn't pass an emergency ordinance Tuesday night that would immediately restrict building heights downtown to 45 feet or four stories. When a temporary ordinance calling for those limits expired in 2008, no...

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Council candidates tangle about building at debate

San Marcos City Council candidates expressed clear differences of opinion about development issues at last week's League of Women voters debate. Challenger David Newman and incumbent Kim Porterfield also went back and forth about Austin Community College...

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

City manager interviews to conclude Wednesday

The San Marcos City Council is in the midst of interviewing five finalists for the vacant city manager position, with the last three interviews slated for Wednesday. However, the city has yet to release the names of...

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Narvaiz, Porterfield, say lawsuit is 'pure politics'

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Councilmember Kim Porterfield said a lawsuit filed against them by a group opposing San Marcos CISD annexation into the Austin Community College district is, itself, a bid to sway the election....

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Swallow resigns after city rejects ethics complaint

San Marcos Director of Development Services Chuck Swallow resigned Wednesday, one day after the city's ethics commission turned back his complaint that Councilmember Fred Terry sent him lewd emails and the husband of Mayor Susan Narvaiz caused...

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