Stories By Gloria Padilla

  • Padilla: After 43 years in journalism, a new story awaits Retiring is bittersweet. It has been an incredible experience for this news junkie to have a front-row seat to witness history in the making.
  • Padilla: November unlikely to be a change election in South... Longtime school board member Connie Prado, who is unopposed in her bid for re-election for Place 5 on the South San board, is also seeking a seat as an Alamo Community College District trustee on the same ballot.
  • Padilla: Sprague to the rescue of Alamo Colleges The Alamo Colleges District board’s decision to go rogue not only lacked legal authority, it would have also indefinitely extended the term of trustees Joe Jesse Sanchez and Jose A. Macias, Jr., both of whom are seeking re-election.
  • Padilla: More twists in complicated college process Now more than ever, students and parents will need help navigating the altered college admissions landscape.
  • Padilla: A love for elections, a pandemic can’t dim The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted plans on many fronts this election cycle — including those of election site staff.
  • Food Bank, Southside ISD find a way through storm It brought a great sense of relief to see a Food Bank truck being unloaded when I drove up to SISD’s Pearce Elementary School last weekend. Pallets of fresh vegetables, chicken and cartons of orange juice lined the curb.
  • Padilla: When wedding plans fall victim to the pandemic There is nothing like a pandemic to put things in perspective. Six months ago we were worrying about catering details, dressing fittings and centerpieces. The biggest unknown on horizon was the wedding day weather. None of that really matters at...
  • In long line for food, Southside ISD at the end Many families in this food desert are dependent on the San Antonio Food Bank and a separately-run community pantry for groceries. They’re in for an even tougher time.
  • Run, Connie — far from South San, that is After years of controversy and failure, Connie Prado’s election to the Alamo Colleges board would be in the best interest of the South San Antonio Independent School District and its almost 9,000 students.
  • Partisanship sweeps chaos into these courts Recent issues involving Judges Arcelia Treviño and Grace Uzomba show the need for judicial reform.
  • Many questions, few answers about judge’s work ethic Arcelia Treviño, judge of the 386th District Court, is the perfect example of why we need to do away with partisan judicial elections. Treviño rode a Democratic sweep in 2016, defeating an experienced, well-respected juvenile court judge with a...
  • Opinion: What do those unpaid constables do? The county needs to keep better tabs on these reserves. A couple of constable offices I contacted were uncertain about the number of reserve officers they could have. Locating the county administrative policy addressing the appointment of the...
  • Ending reign of Prado only way to move district forward South San ISD deserves to catch a break. The district is on its sixth superintendent in eight years and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying out contracts.
  • How will judge’s conduct cookie crumble? In a ruling handed down in June, the 4th Court of Appeals found Judge Wayne Christian abused his judicial power, violated a defendant’s constitutional rights and denyed her due process.
  • While students at dysfunctional school districts lose, some lawyers win School district lawyers are the big winners in battles overt TEA takeovers.
  • Voters deserve to know what became of police report 9063028 Brockhouse denied he or anyone he knows requested the report be expunged and said, “The situation did not happen.” This only deepens the mystery surrounding the missing report.
  • Secrecy about bad judges does not help voters Fear of retaliation, being shunned by peers and loss of income are a driving factor when it comes to remaining mum about abuses on the bench.
  • A silver lining if Prado wins a state House seat In an unusual announcement at the end of November, Prado said her intentions are to bypass the political party primaries and file as an independent to get on the fall general election ballot
  • Finally — roads so kids won’t have to walk in muck Southside Independent School District stopped sending its buses into the neighborhood in deep South Bexar County after several got stuck.
  • Shadowing a school principal? Bring your track shoes Talamantes’ pace never let up, we were in constant motion. I had more than 7,000 steps on my Fitbit way before noon.