10 Most Newsworthy Local Stories of 2013
10. CPS Feels The Heat After Proposing Rate Hike:
While top-level CPS energy executives enjoyed millions in bonus pay, the city-owned utility unabashedly asked customers to cough up extra cash for monthly electric bills—on top of the request, critics described the average $5.19/month as a low-ball estimate sure to strain the wallets of poor customers. Looking out for the middle class, social justice advocates called CPS out, forcing the company to lower the rate increase, restructure their bonus incentive program and invest in low-income customer outreach, reminding us sometimes pushback pays off.
9. Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Challenged in SA Federal Court:
Two same-sex couples recently filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Texas’ 2005 ban on marriage equality. While the story is still developing and will likely make headlines come 2014, it’s worthy to note that the case has SA roots galore—the couples have all lived in San Antonio at some point, their lawyer is based in the city and the case itself is being heard in U.S. District Court in San Antonio. Stay tuned.