Saturday CityFest

November 10, 2018

Hosted at the Southwest School of Art in the Coates Chapel and the Santikos Gallery

7:30 AM - 8:45 am

Registration & complimentary breakfast tacos in Southwest School of Art’s McNutt Garden. Performance by Chaz Winchester Quartet


Morning Schedule

Coates Chapel

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcoming Remarks:

Paula Owen, President, Southwest School of Art

Robert Rivard, Editor & Publisher, Rivard Report

Morning Challenge: Gil Penalosa, Founder, 8 80 Cities

9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

A Conversation with Contributing Authors to 300 Years of San Antonio and Bexar County


Claudia Guerra, cultural historian for the City of San Antonio and Tricentennial book editor

John Phillip Santos, author, documentarian, and first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar (1979)

Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis; W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College, CA; author, A Tricentennial History.


Nicholas Frank, Arts & Culture Reporter, Rivard Report

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

San Antonio Icons and Turning Points in Contemporary City History


Red McCombs, Founder of Red McCombs Auto Group

Lila Cockrell, Former Mayor of San Antonio

Henry Cisneros, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Former Mayor of San Antonio, and founder of American CityVista

Phil Hardberger, Former Mayor of San Antonio

Rosemary Kowalski, founder of the RK Group

Aaronetta Pierce, Recipient of the 2007 USCA Humanitarian Award


Robert Rivard, Editor & Publisher, Rivard Report


11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

A Tale of Two Tricentennials: How San Antonio and New Orleans Celebrated 300 Years, and How History Is Turned into Momentum


Carlos Contreras, Tricentennial Commission Executive Director


Hon. Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio

Hon. LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans, New Orleans Tricentennial Commission Chair


Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, San Antonio Tricentennial Commission Chair, President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio

12:30 PM - 1:30 pm

Complimentary lunch & performance by Garrett T Capps


Afternoon Schedule

Coates Chapel and Santikos Gallery

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Gender, Power and Leadership

Coates Chapel


Sonia M. Rodriguez, former trichair, SA2020; San Antonio attorney-at-law

Kate Rogers, President, Holdsworth Center

Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President and CEO, San Antonio Economic Foundation

Ana Sandoval, City Councilwoman, District 7


Graham Watson-Ringo, Managing Editor, Rivard Report

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Public School Finance: What the Texas Legislature Should Do in 2019

Santikos Gallery

FREE program!


Diego Bernal, State Rep. (D-121)

José Menéndez, State Sen. (D-26)

Dr. Brian Woods, Superintendent Northside ISD

Catharine Bellinger, Vice President of Public Affairs and Advocacy, IDEA Public Schools

Bob Popinski, Director of Policy, Raise Your Hand Texas

Nicole Conley Johnson, Chief Business & Operations Officer, Austin ISD

Moderator: Emily Donaldson, Education Reporter, Rivard Report

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Future of Home Rule and City Management in Texas

Coates Chapel


Sheryl Sculley, San Antonio City Manager

T.C. Broadnax, Dallas City Manager

Pete Flores, State Sen. (R-19)

Ina Minjarez, State Rep. (D-124)


Evan Smith, CEO, Texas Tribune

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Political Roundtable: After the Nov. 6 Elections

Santikos Gallery

FREE program!


Major candidates from the following elections have been invited, pending midterm election results: Texas Congressional District 21, Texas Congressional District 23, Texas House of Representatives District 121, Criminal District Attorney, County Judge, U.S. Senate, and Governor. City officials also have been invited to discuss the results of propositions A, B and C.


Rick Casey, Weekly Columnist, Rivard Report

Gilbert Garcia, Metro Columnist, San Antonio Express-News

David Martin Davies, Host, “The Source” & “Texas Matters”, Texas Public Radio


3:40 PM - 4:45 PM

Park the Car: 21st Century Mass Transit and the Micro-Mobility Revolution

Coates Chapel


Jeff Arndt, CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit

David Heard, CEO, Tech Bloc

Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager, City of San Antonio

Sam Sadle, Director of Government Relations and Strategic Development, Lime Scooters

Eric Bell, President, Blue Duck Scooters


JJ Velasquez, Tech Reporter, Rivard Report

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Art, Culture and the Nexus in City Building

Coates Chapel


Jon Hinojosa, Executive Director, SAY Sí Artistic

Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

Suhail Arastu, Advancement, Musical Bridges Around the World

Marise McDermott, President & CEO, Witte Museum


Paula Owen, President, Southwest School of Art

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

The Decade of Downtown and SA2020: An Early Assessment

Coates Chapel


Julián Castro, Former Mayor of San Antonio, Former Housing & Urban Development Secretary

Randy Smith, President and CEO, Weston Urban

Molly Cox, President and CEO, SA2020

Dr. Kimberly Espy, Provost, University of Texas San Antonio


Robert Rivard, Editor & Publisher, Rivard Report


7:30 - midnight Luminaria at Hemisfair