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Nirenberg Calls Fire Union’s Amendment Petitions ‘Terrible’ for City

Nirenberg Calls Fire Union’s Amendment Petitions ‘Terrible’ for City

Mayor Nirenberg is wrong about the petition to change the City Charter Referendum. Moreover, Ron Nirenberg has either omitted, misstated or possibly lied about the purpose and purview of the Charter Referendum. He has stated on 550 KTSA in a radio interview with Trey Ware when this measure became unavoidable by him that if the proposed changes to the Referendum were passed then the Council’s vote on infrastructure and zoning issues could contested. There are certain City policy issues that the referendum cannot be used to challenge and overturn a vote by Council. It’s important to note that if a Referendum requirement is met on a particular vote, the matter goes to the people for a popular vote and is not automatically overturned. It will Help keep our city government accountable and that is why the Mayor and most of the Council members are concerned about it and are speaking (incorrectly) about it. The Professional Fire Fighters Association of San Antonio’ Petition only seeks to change the number of citizen signatures to a more reasonable amount in line with the State’s own Referendum requirements and to allow for additional time but not the language governing the type of policy decisions that can be contested. We have written about this previously and will soon present the critical clarification.

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Texas Usually Fights Austin at the Capitol. Lately, the Fight is in the Courtroom

Texas Usually Fights Austin at the Capitol. Lately, the Fight is in the Courtroom

Local Control vs State’s Rights battles are increasing. The State has begun stepping up its efforts to limit what cities across Texas can do as cities increase their progressive ordinances. The last state legislative session saw a more openness by state legislators to respond to constituents who live in larger cities. This is why citizens need to participate in local elections not just in state and federal elections. The primary cities that the TX AG has taken to Court are also ones that have charter referendums that are virtually impossible to satisfy and overly burdensome for ordinary citizens to respond to bad City Council policy decisions.

To read more from KUT, click here.

Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

“I found the first film’s “humans are the real monsters” theme tiresome, although in fairness the movie was really about overcoming mutual prejudice, and the premise was that neither humans nor monsters were truly the monsters the other side thought.

The monsters could be understood allegorically as a misunderstood invisible minority, although in that case the movie would seem to be saying that the minority needed to let go of their suspicions and recognize that the majority was ready to accept them, which I’m not sure is a message the filmmakers would have intended.

The target audience, of course, won’t be paying much attention to these themes of prejudice and tolerance. . . Still, just because it’s a dumb kiddie film doesn’t mean the ideas don’t matter. ”

To read more from Decent Films, click here.

Texas AFL-CIO Blasts Ken Paxton’s Letter on Paid Sick Time Referendum

Texas AFL-CIO Blasts Ken Paxton’s Letter on Paid Sick Time Referendum

Texas AFL-CIO spokesman Ed Sills said the minimum wage rules apply only to pay, not to employees’ fringe benefits in response to Ken Paxton Texas Attorney General’s letter to SA Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council.

Working Texans for Paid Sick Time delivered its signed petitions to the City Clerk for review and verification. The AFLCIO, COPS/MetroAlliance and other groups who have pushed for living  wages, etc. are taking up another progressive California instituted policy that is driving business from CA to Texas and other pro-business states. This measure was passed by the Austin City Council earlier this year and the TX AG informed the City of Austin similarly to San Antonio. This is also why many from CA have moved to TX, that is to find work because many lost there job in CA due to companies eliminating jobs due to over regulation and the imbalance between worker rights vs business owner’s rights. If passed in SA at least two things will happen. First, many businesses will reduce full-time work force to part-time or eliminate jobs all together. Second, the passage of the terrible idea (that violated state law) will become evidence of why the citizens desire to respond to Council’s bad policy decisions especially since 2011 and the Firemen Association’s petition to change the City Charter Referendum from the current (over-burdensome) 10% of registered voters to 20,000 is warranted and reasonable. This is also similar to a Texas’ referendum law. Some other major cities in Texas like Houston are more reasonable in requirements too.

To read more from SA Current, click here.

Rep. Lamar Smith: Scripture Opposes Amnesty

Rep. Lamar Smith: Scripture Opposes Amnesty

US Congressman Lamar Smith says Scripture Opposes Amnesty. This is a good article regarding one form of immigration. Sojourner is temporary state. Similarly, tolerance is a short term attitude and not a virtue. Scripture states that the Holy Family was temporarily in Egypt before going back home to Nazareth. Moreover, the Good Samaritan story where the Samaritan helped the person in need in his own home country. The Good Samaritan didn’t take the victim with him to the Samaritan’s home country. He helped in the victim in his own country. This is where the law in our nation used to encourage people to help one another and in the process something inadvertently went wrong the “Samaritan” helper would be held liable. It was and is still called the Good Samaritan Law. Unfortunately, that law has been weakened as personal liability claims increased.

As much of SA and almost all of District 9 is in CD 21, we thought this would be a good article to share.

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CPS Energy approves $16.3M solar farm, battery

CPS Energy approves $16.3M solar farm, battery

There isn’t much available historical performance data on Utility Scale Storage Batteries. That is part of the reason why Southwest Research is engaged in the announced CPS project. There is, however a significant body of cost and performance reliability data in regard to Lithium Ion car batteries.

Evidenced by attached slides one and two taken from the recent CPS Energy Board briefing, the CPS Flexible Path is focused on the environmental impact of electricity generation.

As CPS starts to implement its Flexible Path plan (also titled Flex Gen) designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for generation of electricity, solar and wind are slated as replacements to charge large battery banks. Both renewable energy sources carry numerous financial and reliability risks. There is an added battery life cycle concern if CPS retires too much of its fossil fuel peaking generation causing and unbalance it its energy portfolio.

In the automotive industry, the Toyota Motor Corp. is rolling out its next-generation Prius hybrid with a customer choice of newer-generation lithium ion or more traditional nickel-metal hydride batteries. How long do Hybrid or pure electric vehicle batteries last?

In the Prius Hybrid example above we can see that the value of the car drops quickly because of battery aging. All batters have relatively short, finite life cycles along with fairly expensive replacement costs. Is CPS factoring this into the local study?

We can be certain that RES Americas utility battery will be one of several forms of Lith-Ion. Take a look at the attached LCA environmental impact study that compares Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) with Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). It may be reasonable to extrapolate findings in the automotive study for extension into the life cycle and environmental impact of Electric Utility Scale, Lithium Ion Battery Plants. The picture doesn’t look all that good. Let’s hope that the CPS battery test project results in an honest, scientific study. If battery storage isn’t economically justified or its total environmental impact is too great will CPS be Flexible enough to say no to the technology?

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.

City Council members debate possible ordinances designed to address gun violence

City Council members debate possible ordinances designed to address gun violence

The city is trying to further regulate firearms and those who posses them under the guise of addressing gun violence. One of the proposals is to regulate, by zoning, where guns may be sold. This could be used to shut down gun shows, and affect the private storage and transfer of firearms. The city already banned gun shows from city property decades ago. This is a trial balloon to see how much resistance it meets. Make sure it meets a lot of resistance. The usual well-financed gun control people will be out in force to push these measures and more. Contact your city council person NOW to let him or her know we will not stand for this encroachment on your right to keep and bear arms.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

Happy Independence Day! 

Happy Independence Day! 

“Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.” – President Ronald Reagan, 1967

Happy Independence Day! This week, we celebrate freedom and also the fact that there are no city council sessions this month!

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti gets 12 years in prison in federal corruption case

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti gets 12 years in prison in federal corruption case

Article contributed by Friends of San Antonio Family Association 

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Eight candidates— including Uresti’s brother, state Rep. Tomas Uresti, D-San Antonio — have lined up for the July 31 race to replace him: four Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

Here’s an opportunity to get to know one of the candidates running in the special election to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti: