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Streetcar Battle Widens at City Hall

By Bill O'Neil

Just how deep should the debate over Downtown streetcar plans run? 

That's a question on the mind of Councilman Mike Gallagher on the re-appointment of Douglas Poneck and Katherine Thompson-Garcia to VIA's Board--both of whom have voted in favor of streetcar plans. 

"They would then be voting in favor of suing the City of San Antonio, because the VIA Board has stated that is their intention--if the citizens of San Antonio are allowed to vote on this issue" Gallagher said. A petition drive is currentloy underway aimed at changing the City Charter to allow city residents to vote on the city's portion of the plan. 

On the other side, Mayor Julian Castro said the streetcar plan is only a small part of VIA's overall portfolio. 

"The vast majority of the work that VIA does I think all of us can agree is very important" Castro said. 

Ultimately, the pair did win re-appointment.  


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