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City Charter Review Commission

City Charter Review Commission met Monday, August 14 at City Hall. It was made clear that the Charter Amendment Proposals would not make a November 2017 election. At the earliest, the Special Election won’t be until May of 2018.

Charter Review Commission Meeting Minutes form Monday, July 10th were approved at the August 14th meeting.

Not all of the Sub-Committees were ready to make their final report or recommendations. Former Councilman Art Hall’s sub-committee recommended no change to the number of Council Districts or the Sunset Provisions. This Sub-Committee also recommended no change to the Charter wording of the Boards, Commissions and Committees yet that City Code Chapter 2, Article IX would be the appropriate place to modify who can serve on those entities. Former Councilman Mike Gallagher reiterated his encouragement to increase the number of Councilman due to the growing district population. Note that as Texas grows in population, there is no call to increase the number of State Senators from 31 or the number of State Reps from 150. Now that Councilmen are paid and the staff budgets have been increased, they should be able to better represent the a larger number of citizens better today than prior to May 2015.

The Charter Proposal to change the Planning Commissioners from at-large to single member districts was also not recommended. New Assistant City Manager, Rod Sanchez stated that the Planning Commission was appropriately named. And, Committeeman Francine Romero boldly stated that “people who think that the Planning Commission is like the Zoning Commission and needs to be by districts their logic is completely backwards”. That’s pretty rough and potentially insensitive.

Of great concern was another Sub-Committees recommendation that the words “public works” would be replaced with “public purposes” within the Charter to allow for the City to get involved in public housing. An alarming comment made by one of the Committeemen in regards to public housing was that they hadn’t yet met with SAHA but that they had met with COPS/Metro.

City Charter Election History:
http://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/Atty/CharterReviewComm/CityCharterElectionHistory.pdf

Council Consideration Request to Relocate Travis Park Confederate Monument

Council Consideration Request to Relocate Travis Park Confederate Monument

Let’s fix streets instead of wasting tax payer money to move the Confederate Monument in Travis Park. It would be a lot more impactful to add a plaque that states facts about the monument to help people remember history accurately and a lot more helpful to improving the quality of life for San Antonians if we used the tens of thousands of dollars to fix our streets rather than moving the monument. Councilman Trevino has a distorted view of history. If he’s so concerned about making sure “to be inclusive of all facets of the community” let’s make sure that the community includes unborn humans. In 2015, Trevino voted for the expansion of abortion facilities throughout the City of San Antonio, which is arguably another form of slavery. Trevino has a propensity to support only the “monuments” that suit his ideology and political ascendancy, not the community and not all people treated as “second-class citizens”.

Read the CCR by Trevino here.

There was a Monument Rally at Travis Park to preserve Texas History this past Saturday, August 12th. Hundreds stood in the summer heat to preserve the monument that has been there since 1891. A much smaller crowd, protesting the monument’s existence, was present. The Rally remained peaceful. Who knows the history of this monument? Why was it commissioned and placed in the park over 26 years after the Union won the Civil War over the Confederacy? Why would a monument like this be placed here in a post-Civil War culture? Remember history or we’re destined to repeat it.

New Transportation Assessment Fee (Tax) proposed by District 9 Councilman John Courage 

New Transportation Assessment Fee (Tax) proposed by District 9 Councilman John Courage 

New Transportation Assessment Fee (Tax) proposed by District 9 Councilman John Courage was not recommended currently by CoSA Chief Financial Officer Ben Gorzell as City Manager Sheryl Sculley favors an “Equity Lens” over “Rough Proportionality” to fund street maintenance and other social issues to come. This will lead to District 9 to pay an even larger bulk of the city’s tax revenue and get even less proportionally.

Read more here:

http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Sculley-brings-equity-lens-to-city-budget-11749142.php

http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Courage-proposes-plan-for-39-million-in-new-11538946.php

Letter in Support of Privacy Protection Includes Signatures of Three SA Businessmen

Letter in Support of Privacy Protection Includes Signatures of Three SA Businessmen

A letter in support of the proposed Privacy Protection bill contains the signatures of 33 business owners, including three from San Antonio.

San Antonio businessmen Patrick Von Dohlen and Michael R. Knuffke of the Von Dohlen Knuffke Financial Group, and Daniel J. Petri of Hartzheim Petri CPA signed the letter.

 

The letter states, “We, the undersigned support legislative efforts to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of Texans in bathrooms, locker rooms, and other intimate facilities in all government buildings, including public schools.”

The letter has signatures from owners of businesses from several sectors including oil and gas, transportation, tourism, law, agriculture, commercial real estate, wealth management, personal safety and protection.

 

In the press release, Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, says “Legislative efforts to protect privacy actually protects the rights of businesses to make their own decisions about intimate facilities. Claims that protecting privacy would harm the economy have been rated as ‘mostly false’ due to fuzzy math and hypotheticals that never came true. Nonetheless, it should be noted that many in the Texas business community, particularly small business operators, support efforts to protect privacy.”

Read the complete text of the letter here.

City Seeks Citizens to Serve on Boards, Commissions

City Seeks Citizens to Serve on Boards, Commissions

The City of San Antonio is seeking applications for open positions on several of its nearly 40 community-based boards, commissions, and committees. Board and commission appointees serve as community representatives and advisors to both council members and the mayor on specific topics.

Interested citizens may review a complete list of current position vacancies and submit applications here.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

A Confederate Statue Is Torn Down and People Are Asking This Question

A Confederate Statue Is Torn Down and People Are Asking This Question

“Sheriff deputies recorded but did not intervene as protesters in Durham, NC, pulled down a monument to a Confederate soldier last night.

Protesters circled the statue and shouted, “No cops! No KKK! No fascist USA!!!” then climbed the statute, placed a yellow cord around the soldier, and yanked it to the ground.

The statue was then kicked as the protesters danced and shouted for joy.

. . .

E mailers and callers to the show are now asking what’s next?

Caller Bob wonders, “Once every statute is removed, and we have no more history – what then will they demand?”

TG emailed to say he believes the ultimate goal is the Constitution. “I mean, how can we possibly follow a piece of paper with rules written by wealthy slave owners who were all white men?””

To read the full article from KTSA, click here.

 

Texans Gather for Daughters over Dollars. Women and Children Come First, Not a False Sense of Commerce Loss.

Texans Gather for Daughters over Dollars. Women and Children Come First, Not a False Sense of Commerce Loss.

On August 3, Patrick joined like-minded people from all over Texas to participate in the Pastor’s Capitol Stand for Women’s Privacy at the Texas State Capitol.

The stand was against local “gender identity” ordinances which would enable transgender people to use the bathroom of the opposite sex.

Many Texans joined in the Stand to show that they object to allowing men to use showers and restrooms with women and young girls. As one participant said, “”This is not a Civil Rights issue. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over 60 years ago for civil rights. This is nothing like black peoples’ plight for equal rights and treatment as humans. This Privacy Bill is to prevent Special Rights”.

See videos from the rally here.

Consider the importance of Daughters Over Dollars and Privacy Over Predators, and contact your elected State Legislators to pass common sense Special Session Senate Bill 3.

CPS Energy ups CEO’s compensation 10.5% to $735,000

CPS Energy ups CEO’s compensation 10.5% to $735,000

The board of CPS energy gave President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams a $290,000 bonus for her performance as interim CEO last year on top of a base pay of $445,000, giving her a 10.5 percent raise in total compensation, and bringing her total compensation to an outrageous $735,000.
After taking out a new bond this year, Gold-Williams gets an enormous raise rather than residents getting a rate cut. This means we are paying more for lack of good leadership and financial responsibility in CPS.
Gold-Williams is not even an energy expert, she’s a lobbyist. Consider who in city Government is representing you and making decisions to hire this woman and continue to pay her above her pay grade.

Read more from My San Antonio here.

San Antonio committee approves making permanent rainbow crosswalk

San Antonio committee approves making permanent rainbow crosswalk

The Governance Committee unanimously passed a proposal to paint a permanent rainbow crosswalk on Main Avenue in recognition of San Antonio’s commitment to the “LGBT” community.

Installing politically motivated crosswalks isn’t what city governments are elected to do. We have potholes to be filled, infrastructure issues to be dealt with, and other issues, which properly reside in the purview of a municipality. Yet our officials seemed determined to neglect those things, which would serve the entire community in order to support a political agenda discriminating against the vast majority of the population of San Antonio.

The truth is most of the citizens of San Antonio don’t want tax dollars wasted on rainbow crosswalks. The vast majority wants safe streets, lower taxes, and a government that promotes virtue and not vice. Sadly in 2017, those elected to lead San Antonio don’t represent the majority. Nor do they represent reality. Instead they are painting the city through their rainbow colored glasses and punishing those of us who oppose their agenda.

The crosswalk will cost a total of $68,000. $20,000 of that will come from the city’s general fund. This amount is equivalent to the cost of a traditional crosswalk with light reflective material. Officials said the remaining $48,000 will be raised by the District 1 community.

The crosswalk will be installed in either late November or early December.

We are mobilizing people to speak out against this. Sign up here to tell the San Antonio City Council that you are against the homosexual agenda they are promoting, and that you object this improper use of government funds!

Poll: Support Of Polygamy Among Americans Higher Than Ever Before

Poll: Support Of Polygamy Among Americans Higher Than Ever Before

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans are more supportive of polygamy than ever before, showing a shift in social and cultural beliefs.

It’s crucial to the long term domestic prosperity of our society that political communities uphold and protect marriage between one man and one woman for life.

The growing support of polygamy will tragically lead to the acceptance of other attacks on marriage that will ultimately lead us to our own domestic failure.

To read the full article on Study Finds, click here.