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Oil that's sparked an economic boom south of San Antonio, but a new study by researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio reveals a need for more housing.
It's lunch hour at this hardware store in Cotulla, but no one's on break, they are busy. "The good lord didn't send us rain he sent us oil, that's been a blessing because the oil paid a lot better than the rain," said Chris Meyer, who owns the ACE Hardware store in Cotulla.
The oil and gas boom is bringing more people to South Texas towns like Cotulla, but housing and infrastructure are still far behind. "They're building 50 houses out here and starting a subdivision, that's supposedly going to be 50 houses, but the economics of the area has never justified it," said Meyer.
U.T.S.A. presented results from a study on housing to help developers learn more about the area. "If you want to build a hotel and get financing for 30 years, how long are you going to rent those rooms out?" said Robert McKinley, U.T.S.A.
The study looked at population in a six counties, Dimmit, Frio, La Salle, Maverick, Webb and Zavala. Right now, there's around 356,000 people. By 2025, they expect that number to rise by almost 100,000 people. Researchers say they will need more housing options to support the growth and the key word is affordable.
"I think it's going to continue growing, but I don't think your gonna see the big 400-500 house subdivision in these areas, just because it's very difficult," said Butch Alanis, a developer. U.T.S.A. researchers recommend more single-family homes and apartments be built in larger communities near drilling sites in cities like Cotulla, Laredo, Dilley, and Pearsall researchers say affordable temporary housing like mobile homes are also needed.
For Meyer, he hopes the challenge of developing a rural area won't keep investors away. "I hope more stability, more long term housing, more recreation, more individuals just being here permanently."
Researchers say more than three-quarters of the hotels studied south of San Antonio were 90 percent booked by people planning to stay for 30 or more days.
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Manson disciple's tapes being analyzed by LAPD
May 23, 2013 21:44 GMT
By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles police have obtained the decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney.
Detective David Holmes says the department has had the tapes for a couple of weeks and Robbery-Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are analyzing them.
A federal judge ruled in March that Charles "Tex" Watson waived his right to attorney-client privilege when he allowed his lawyer to sell the eight cassette tapes to an author nearly 40 years ago for a book on his life.
The tapes are being reviewed to determine whether there's evidence that could resolve unsolved murders.
Watson is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. He sought to prevent turnover of the tapes.
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