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Michael Cosentino

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Narvaiz gives no announcement, Porterfield seeks re-election

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said she has made a decision as to whether she will seek re-election against Councilmember John Thomaides, but she's not tipping her hand. Meanwhile, Councilmember Kim Porterfield announced late Sunday that she will seek another term for her seat, and 2008 mayoral candidate Dan McCarthy said he will give it another try.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Menchaca settles with city for six months severance

Fired San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca agreed Tuesday to accept a six-month's severance payment from the City of San Marcos, ending the possibility that he will take legal action against the city.

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Editorial: Secret government raises unsettling questions

The San Marcos City Council owes its citizens an explanation for the firing of City Manager Rick Menchaca because, among other reasons, the trend of secrecy in city government raises too many unsettling questions.

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

City still mostly mum, Moyer to be interim CM

San Marcos city officials were still mostly quiet Friday about the city council's 4-3 vote Thursday night to fire City Manager Rick Menchaca. Said City Attorney Michael Cosentino, "There are legal consequences for discussing personnel matters publicly,...

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Menchaca says he will explore legal avenues

Ousted San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca criticized Mayor Susan Narvaiz and said he has refused to sign a severance agreement after the city council narrowly voted to fire him Thursday night. Menchaca said he will look...

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Buie Tract development gets second council nod

A piece of the Buie Tract development that had to go through the re-zoning process for a second time received its second approval from the San Marcos City Council Tuesday night, after the developers scaled down their...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Again, San Marcos council rejects Hopkins Street zoning change

For the second time this month, the San Marcos City Council voted against a zoning change that would have allowed high-traffic businesses into a location in the Hopkins Street Historic District Tuesday night.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

City tables 25-year energy deal with LCRA

As the San Marcos City Council nears signing a 25-year extension with the Lower Colorado River Authority as the city utility company's energy provider, concerns about transparency have emerged. Neither the LCRA nor the city wants the...

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Council tables compensation issues

On the eve of an election that could define a new voting majority on the city council, San Marcos City Councilmembers voted Monday to table two contentious items regarding compensation. Councilmembers tabled an employment agreement with the...

Friday, July 10th, 2009

San Marcos Council to continue prayers

The San Marcos City Council decided Tuesday night to continue prayer before its meetings, but directed staff to establish guidelines to favor no faith and include all faiths.

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