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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 11, 2018) — As part of the City’s efforts to build a more equitable and engaged community, the City of San Antonio launched San Antonio.gov “en español” with key information relevant to the City’s Spanish-speaking community. The page, www.sanantonio.gov/español, includes City services that Spanish-speaking residents search for the most according to web visitor data.
“Having a webpage specifically for our Spanish-speaking community is crucial for this compassionate city,” said Councilman Roberto Treviño. “This page is a perfect complement to the Spanish translation and interpretation services contracts included in the past three City budgets.”
Previously, the only Spanish translation on the City’s website involved a Google plugin. While this provides a basic understanding of the information, the translation is not always accurate. The newly created “en español” landing page includes information on locating a lost pet, registering for a parks and recreation program, sign up for Citizens To Be Heard and contacting a City councilmember.
“We’ve stepped up our efforts in the past couple of years to address language barriers and increase civic participation among all residents,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “This landing page is the City’s digital information hub for our Spanish-speaking residents, where they’re able to connect to the City services they need most.”
The City’s Spanish engagement efforts extend to the government access channel, TVSA. New this fiscal year, San Antonio residents can watch City Council meetings live in Spanish from their TV sets by enabling Second Audio Programming (SAP) from their remote controls. This function is also available on the live webstream at sanantonio.gov/tvsa. Additionally, Spanish-language programming, including a replay of that week’s City Council meetings, airs beginning at 8 a.m. Fridays and 5 p.m. Saturdays.
San Antonio is home to 1.4 million residents with a 63 percent Latino population and a 36.2 percent Spanish-speaking population in the metropolitan area.