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SAN ANTONIO (March 30, 2017) - The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved several items related to Spanish translation and interpreter services for City Council meetings. Today, Solis Translations, a local, minority-owned business, was approved by council to provide written Spanish translations of City Council A and B Session agendas, memos, updated agendas and selected news release documents. Also approved was a Request for Proposal for Spanish language interpreters for City Council A and B sessions and other meetings as identified by City Departments.
City Councilman Roberto Treviño, who was successful in advocating for the inclusion or Spanish translation services throughout the 2017 Budget process, had the following to say:
“Over 63% of San Antonio’s population has Hispanic or Latino roots. That is why I filed a Council Consideration Request last February aimed at providing Spanish translations at more public meetings and hearings. When English is the second language for many of our citizens, it is often difficult for them to understand what is happening during a meeting – especially a meeting filled with technical details like a city council meeting. Matters under consideration by the City have a broad impact on the community, so it is critical that information is not only accessible to everyone but comprehensible as understanding is at the very heart of good governance.
I am hopeful that translations services will be expanded to our public safety departments, including emergency calls to 911, and that A and B Sessions will be transmitted on the City’s Government Channel in English and Spanish sometime in 2018.
Just remember, estamos agradecidos de vivir en una ciudad diversa.”
Requests for Proposals for interpretation services will open up tomorrow and the City Council is expected to vote on a contract in May 2017. All City departments will be able to utilize this contract for interpreter services through individual department budgets if funding is available in the respective department’s budget.