Patrick Von Dohlen

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CRC – New Commission First Meeting Friday, April 13, 2018

CRC – New Commission First Meeting Friday, April 13, 2018

The first meeting of the new Charter Review Commission was held earlier today, Friday, April 13, 2018. 

Mayor Nirenberg welcomed his newly reformulated CRC.

He charged the Commissioners with the following focuses:

•Finance
•Development
•Ethics
•Governance
– Mayor wants it to be open and transparent

“Thank you for your service and God’s speed.” “You are some of the most honored and trusted people in City.”

Would like to see something to have a possible Nov. election but prefer good and right work vs pressed work. Meet everyday if you want but prefer work done right.

One Commissioner asked City staff for the “drop dead date” to have their recommendations to Council for the Nov Election. City Staff Asst. Attorney stated August Council meeting.

City Staff Asst. Attorney spoke to the CRC and reminded of the Open Mtg Act and FOIA requests possible,
Mtg being recorded, create separate folder for all emails and that the Ethics Code in place for them.

Chair requested another sub-Comm for Public Outreach & Engagement. Seems that she’ll get her request.

A Commissioner stated that Bexar County Commission will be presenting a Charter suggestion to Council in early summer.

Another Commissioner asked if the Commission will accept public input outside of the new CRC charge? NO.

The answer from the Asst. City Attorney: DON’T WANT ANY CITIZEN INPUT EXCEPT WITHIN THE CHARGES OF THE COMMISSION.

And the Chairman reiterated that the charges limit the #CRC to this focus and nothing else which is is why I added the Public Outreach & Engagement Sun-Committee.

The City Clerk came in to give them their Oath of Office so that they could expeditiously proceed with their meetings.

No mention of the Firemen’s Charter Petitions delivered to the City Clerk on Wed., April 11.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

Nirenberg unveils transit nonprofit, vows to bring in 70,000 new jobs in first State of the City address

Nirenberg unveils transit nonprofit, vows to bring in 70,000 new jobs in first State of the City address

Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced that he and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff have formed a new nonprofit, ConnectSA, to help drum up public awareness of, and to advocate for, mass transit solutions in the San Antonio region.

The nonprofit group will review and consider various mass transit options as the City seeks to plan for significant traffic growth and congestion over the next two decades.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

Alamo Plaza street closures to be debated this spring

Alamo Plaza street closures to be debated this spring

It’s been almost one year since the previous City Council unanimously approved the controversial Alamo Plaza Master Plan aimed at “reimagining” the historic Spanish-colonial mission, now surrounded by vehicular traffic and unrelated tourist attractions, into a place with a sense of “reverence and respect.”

City Council received an update on the redevelopment process last Wednesday, as many of the new Council members did not take office until June 2017, after the master plan was formulated and approved.

The more contentious elements of that estimated $450 million plan – moving the Cenotaph and limiting streets to pedestrian traffic – only received “conceptual approval,” but still enjoy general support from most City Council members. Two councilmen, however, emphasized that “conceptual” doesn’t mean guaranteed, noting that some constituents have reached out to them in hopes of keeping the Cenotaph.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

“Early in A Quiet Place, the four unnamed members of an unnamed family clasp hands around the supper table and close their eyes for a silent family grace before meals. Such an unremarkable daily gesture of domestic togetherness and piety might be likelier to crop up, ironically, in a post-apocalyptic horror movie than in any other Hollywood genre.

There is something about living from hour to hour for weeks and years in constant peril of vicious predatory monsters roaming the earth that makes one alive to the gift of a meal with loved ones. There is something, too, about the humdrum ritual of giving thanks for daily bread that weaves together yesterday, today and tomorrow with threads of hope and trust, keeping alive the ordinary and at least momentarily banishing the monsters.”

To read more from Decent Films, click here.

Fire union files petitions for San Antonio charter-amendment election

Fire union files petitions for San Antonio charter-amendment election

The San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association filed three petitions on Wednesday after collecting enough signatures to force them to be on the ballot in November to change the San Antonio City Charter.

Of the three, the one that really helps the families and citizens of San Antonio is the petition that would drop the threshold for signatures collected on any referenda, against bad legislation, will change form 10% of registered votes to 20,000 signatures and extend the amount of time to collect these signatures from 40 days to 180 days.

This is huge because when we fought the City Council with the Fire Fighters to stop the bad street car on Broadway a few years back, without this new change if it were today, we would need to collect about 90,000 signatures in 40 days, which is almost impossible.

But, with this new potential Charter change, if it passes, we would need only 20,000 signatures within 180 days, which is a lot more realistic.

City legislators/politicians are concerned because they cannot just pass bad legislation anymore without recourse.

Our Mayor Ron Nirenberg is upset that if it passes, citizens will now be able to hold City Council more accountable. In this progressive city, that is bad news for politicians, they don’t like to be held accountable.

Expect the City Council to be against this Charter change completely, their negative stance will confirm that it is probably a great Charter change.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

Here’s what you need to know about the primary runoff

Here’s what you need to know about the primary runoff

Early Voting for the Runoff Election begins on Monday, May 14th and ends on Friday, May 18th.  The Runoff Election will take place on May 22nd. As a reminder, you can vote in this election even if you did not participate in the Primary Election. Check your county elections website for voting information and locations.

Who’s on the May 22 Texas primary runoff ballots?

More than 30 Texas primary races are headed to a runoff. Here’s what you need to know.

Yesterday at Council A Session: Annual Promotion of HIV Testing

Yesterday at Council A Session: Annual Promotion of HIV Testing

City Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw (D2) challenged other Councilmembers to recruit for HIV Testing. The goal is 4,000 residents taking the test during April. Shaw challenged other council members to compete for the largest number of residents tested by district.
Why not challenge for Chastity testing??? The more sexual partners a person has in their lifetime, the more likely they are to be infected with HIV or another STD. The best ways to prevent getting or transmitting HIV are abstinence or monogamous relationships. The City should be promoting these ways of preventing HIV rather that passing out condoms, which have a high failure rate and give people, especially young people, a false sense of security.
Do you want your tax dollars spent like this without promoting chastity and purity?
Distributed yesterday via tax dollars: