Gissela SantaCruz

Editorial writer & columnist

Gissela SantaCruz is an editorial writer and columnist at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Gissela SantaCruz

Trump gets Barbara Jordan’s immigration views wrong
 Former Rep. Barbara Jordan (AMERICAN-STATESMAN file) President Trump invoked the words of the late Barbara Jordan, the trailblazing Texas Democrat, in a 
            statement Wednesday on the 22nd anniversary of her death. But the statement seemed less about her than about Trump’s politics on immigration. Not surprisingly, it drew...

1:58 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Former Rep. Barbara Jordan (AMERICAN-STATESMAN file) President Trump invoked the words of the late Barbara Jordan, the trailblazing Texas Democrat, in a statement Wednesday on the 22nd anniversary of her death. But the statement seemed less about her than about Trump’s politics on immigration. Not surprisingly, it drew...
Opinión: Estadio necesitaría un estacionamiento propio
 Un nuevo estadio con 20,000 asientos sin un estacionamiento propio construido en el centro de Austin. Es un cuento de hadas, ¿verdad? Quién sabe. Pero eso es lo que los propietarios del equipo de la MLS Columbus Crew SC tienen como visión sobre su potencial traslado a las orillas del parque Butler. Como aficionada al...

6:15 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Un nuevo estadio con 20,000 asientos sin un estacionamiento propio construido en el centro de Austin. Es un cuento de hadas, ¿verdad? Quién sabe. Pero eso es lo que los propietarios del equipo de la MLS Columbus Crew SC tienen como visión sobre su potencial traslado a las orillas del parque Butler. Como aficionada al...
SantaCruz: Proposed downtown soccer stadium will need parking options

4:44 PM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

A new 20,000–seat stadium with no on-site parking in downtown Austin? It’s a fairy tale, right? Who is to say. What is certain is that this is what owners of Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew SC envision for their potential move to Austin’s Butler Shores. From a soccer fan’s standpoint, I share in this wishful...
Proposed downtown soccer stadium will need parking options
  A new 20,000
            –seat stadium with no on-site parking in downtown Austin? It’s a fairy tale, right? Who is to say. What is certain is that this is what owners of Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew SC envision for their
            potential move to Austin’s Butler Shores. From a soccer fan’s ...

2:29 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

A new 20,000 –seat stadium with no on-site parking in downtown Austin? It’s a fairy tale, right? Who is to say. What is certain is that this is what owners of Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew SC envision for their potential move to Austin’s Butler Shores. From a soccer fan’s ...
Texas can, should do better for state living center residents
 Liz Belile visits her sister Shanna in the Austin State Supported Living Center in West Austin Monday October 30, 2017. Belile’s
               sister suffers from a seizure disorder and needs permanent care, but having her in Austin has provided her with the opportunity
               to look in on her regularly and tend to her other...

10:11 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Liz Belile visits her sister Shanna in the Austin State Supported Living Center in West Austin Monday October 30, 2017. Belile’s sister suffers from a seizure disorder and needs permanent care, but having her in Austin has provided her with the opportunity to look in on her regularly and tend to her other...
It’s time for FAA to pass stricter hot air balloon pilot regulations
 Law enforcement and investigative teams examine the scene of a hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people near Lockhart,
               Texas, on Saturday, July 30, 2016. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded during a hearing on last week that lack of oversight by the Federal...

2:54 PM Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Law enforcement and investigative teams examine the scene of a hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people near Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday, July 30, 2016. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded during a hearing on last week that lack of oversight by the Federal...
When will more state agency workers at HHSC get their raise?
 Mary Ramirez, a Health and Human Services employee from Houston, marches on Congress Avenue during the Texas State Employees
               Union rally at the Capitol on Wednesday April 12, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The number of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) administrators making more than $200,000 a year...

9:45 PM Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Mary Ramirez, a Health and Human Services employee from Houston, marches on Congress Avenue during the Texas State Employees Union rally at the Capitol on Wednesday April 12, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The number of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) administrators making more than $200,000 a year...
Small communities affected by Harvey need our attention
 Cecilia Gutierrez looked for clothes she could salvage from her mobile home which was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
               (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The nation – perhaps the world – is aware of the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas. Many know of Houston’s ongoing
           ...

2:02 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

Cecilia Gutierrez looked for clothes she could salvage from her mobile home which was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) The nation – perhaps the world – is aware of the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas. Many know of Houston’s ongoing ...
SantaCruz: It’s time Texas required schools to teach ethnic studies
 High school ethnic studies classes like Mexican-American studies have become increasingly popular in classrooms across the country, including some in Texas. Schools that teach these courses can expect to see improved grades in low-performing students, increased graduation rates and better social outcomes, according to several studies. Yet...

4:58 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

High school ethnic studies classes like Mexican-American studies have become increasingly popular in classrooms across the country, including some in Texas. Schools that teach these courses can expect to see improved grades in low-performing students, increased graduation rates and better social outcomes, according to several studies. Yet...
Big or small, efforts to help Harvey victims need accountability
 The University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, led by the football team and head coach Major Applewhite,
               held a Hurricane Harvey collection day.
               (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) It didn’t take long after the first images appeared of the destruction Hurricane Harvey caused for Texans...

9:11 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

The University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, led by the football team and head coach Major Applewhite, held a Hurricane Harvey collection day. (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) It didn’t take long after the first images appeared of the destruction Hurricane Harvey caused for Texans...