Patrick Von Dohlen

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Serve on a City Board or Commission

Serve on a City Board or Commission

There are numerous opportunities to play an active role in local government by serving on a local board or commission. Citizens who are interested in helping promote and defend family values, common sense and independence can submit an application through the City’s website to be considered for openings on boards and commissions. Board and commission appointees serve as community representatives and advisers 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.

Panel: Inclusiveness Matters in the Making of a City

Panel: Inclusiveness Matters in the Making of a City

A panel of urban experts is analyzing ways in which communities can better influence how development proceeds to the benefit of all socioeconomic groups in San Antonio.

“It’s almost like we have to sneak in social goods into the planning [and] technical realities of infrastructure,” said panelist Martin Felsen, a Chicago-based architecture professor.

Another panelist, Christine Drennon, said “We have to wonder who is this for. So often those projects are not for us, they’re for our visitors. They’re for someone who’s coming from the outside, and trying to make them feel happy and safe during their short stay.”

A strange criticism for the development of a city which relies so heavily on tourism.

Maybe the panel should stop pushing their socialist agenda and focus on how to actually improve our city.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

A Veterans Day Tribute

A Veterans Day Tribute

November 11th, Americans commemorate Veterans Day. It’s a day set aside to honor those who have served our country in times of war and in times of peace. It’s a day to remember and be thankful that there are men and women who have fought, and continue to fight, for the preservation of our freedom in this great country of ours.

Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez – Extraordinary Hero

Every American should become familiar with the extraordinary story and heroism of Sergeant Roy Benavidez. Upon receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, Master Sergeant Benavidez stated:

“For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know. You have never lived until you’ve almost died. And it’s us veterans that pray for peace most of all, especially the wounded, because we have to suffer the wounds of war.

In the 25 years I have been in the military, I feel like I’ve been overpaid for the service to my country. There will never be enough paper to print the money, nor enough gold in Fort Knox for me to have to keep me from doing what I did.

I’m proud to be an American and I’m even prouder that I’ve earned the privilege to wear the Green Beret.”

Watch a clip of his extraordinary speech here

Click here to watch video of President Reagan Awarding the Citation 

Click here to read the Citation

Master Sergeant Benavidez truly exemplifies the best in America.

This Veterans day, spend time reading and listening to the stories of those who have put on a uniform to serve our country. Take a few moments to watch this emotional tribute video to the American Soldier.

Veterans Day often brings to mind a quote typically attributed to George Orwell:

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
God bless our veterans and their families and God bless America.

From the Desk of Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel
Thomas More Law Center

City Council postpones vote on water rate increases

City Council postpones vote on water rate increases

The proposed San Antonio Water System rate increase is being questioned as SAWS CEO Robert Puente recently got a hefty pay raise.

San Antonio City Council postponed the discussion of a potential SAWS rate hike until December 7, 2017.

SAWS proposed a 10.5% water rate increase over a two-year period to fund more than $2 billion worth of capital improvement projects primarily aimed at infrastructure repairs. The public utility proposed a 5.8% increase for 2018 and a subsequent 4.7% increase for 2019. If approved by City Council on Nov. 9, the water rate increase would take effect in January.

Robert Puente, president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System, will get a 5 percent pay raise next year and a bonus that will bring his total compensation to $567,480.11. The San Antonio Water System’s board of trustees approved the pay increase, effective Jan. 1, 2018, and a bonus of $99,285.71. The raise will bring Puente’s salary up to $468,194.40 from $445,894.43 currently.

If SAWS can’t do what they’re supposed to be doing while working within more responsible limits, Puente does not deserve a raise & bonus, but deserves to be replaced. He is not even a water expect, he’s a politician.

The sanitary sewage water stinks…

SAWS has paid the City about $340,000,000 each year for the last several years for reimbursement of infrastructure, i.e. road repair.

Yet SAWS is responsible for fixing the roads it tears up to work on the water and sewage system. So why is SAWS required to pay the City for things SAWS is required to fix?? This is why SAWS has its own Pavement Team and contracts with companies to fix roads curb to curb and block to block.

Moreover, CoSA didn’t need the Consent Decree. If SAWS hadn’t mismanaged our assets, we wouldn’t be paying high prices consultants and paying lots in fines. It seems that SAWS wanted the Consent Decree! This creates a crises and gives perceived justification for raising rates “to comply with the EPA’s Consent Decree.”

We could have fixed the sewage system by identifying the Sanitary Sewage Overflows (SSO), replacing old pipe problems, and fixing them as needed, which would be much less expensive than fixing a specified area at a time.

Why the cover up? Tax payers and SAWS customers deserve to know.

If this was a private company, heads would be rolling. If it was Trump’s Show, they would be fired!


SA’s Christmas Tree Moving To Travis Park

SA’s Christmas Tree Moving To Travis Park

San Antonio’s 33rd annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, hosted by HEB, will no longer be taking place in front of the Alamo. The festive, 55-foot tree will instead be set up at Travis Park — likely in the spot recently vacated by a Confederate soldier monument.
The Christmas Tree at the Alamo is a seasonal landmark that signifies the reason for the upcoming season and founding of the City of St Anthony. And many have proposed to their beloved and taken family Christmas card photos to send to friends across the globe that promotes the Alamo City at little cost to the City or taxpayers.
The tree lighting ceremony will likely be the first major public event held at the park since the monument’s removal. It will also be the first year the tree won’t occupy the plaza in front of the Alamo — a tradition that the pending Alamo overhaul plan has excluded. 

This move sends Christmas to the back seat of the bus while the Confederate Monument has been hidden from sight and knowledge of taxpayers at a large price tag.

The lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 24.
Governor Abbott Proclaims A Day of Prayer

Governor Abbott Proclaims A Day of Prayer

Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed Sunday, November 12th as a day of prayer in Texas following the deadly mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas over the weekend. The proclamation also encourages all Texans to join in a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m. on November 12th to honor and remember the lives of those who have been lost. The Governor signed the Day of Prayer Proclamation at a community prayer gathering at Floresville High School in Floresville, Texas that was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

View Governor Abbott’s Day of Prayer Proclamation.

Sutherland Springs shooting victims

Sutherland Springs shooting victims

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the names of the victims who were killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting at the First Baptist Church on Sunday. A total of 26 victims, including an unborn child, are listed below.

Robert Scott Marshall, 56; Karen Sue Marshall, 56; Keith Allen Braden, 62; Tara E. McNulty, 33; Annabelle Renae Pomeroy, 14; Peggy Lynn Warden, 56; Dennis Neil Johnson, Sr., 77; Sara Johns Johnson, 68; Lula Woicinski White, 71; Joann Lookingbill Ward, 30; Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5; Robert Michael Corrigan, 51; Shani Louise Corrigan, 51; Therese Sagan Rodriguez, 66; Ricardo Cardona Rodriguez, 64; Haley Krueger, 16; Emily Garcia (died at the hospital), 7; Emily Rose Hill, 11; Gregory Lynn Hill, 13; Megan Gail Hill, 9; Marc Daniel Holcombe, 36; Noah Holcombe, 1; Karla Plain Holcombe, 58; John Bryan Holcombe, 60; Crystal Marie Holcombe (pregnant*), 36; Carlin Brite “Billy Bob” Holcombe (unborn), 0.

Please join us as we pray for those killed and wounded in the attack.

Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence

Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence

This is from a reporter who was very much for gun control until she did her research.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom and view the chart of different types of gun deaths in America (1-12 screens) because this is the most revealing part of the study.

This reporter concludes that the majority of gun deaths in America aren’t even homicides, let alone caused by mass shootings. Two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in the U.S. every year are suicides.

To read more from Five Thirty Eight, click here.

States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes. Consider getting your LTC license to protect yourself and family.

To read more from Gun Owners of America, click here.

NINE members of the Holcombe family died in the shooting

NINE members of the Holcombe family died in the shooting

The youngest victim of the Sutherland Springs massacre was not 1 year old Noah Holcombe, as the media would have you believe. In reality, the unborn baby of Crystal and John Holcombe was the youngest victim. Crystal was eight months pregnant when she, her unborn baby, and three of her other children were killed.

Authorities have included the unborn child in the death toll of 26, and there is no doubt that all the news talk about about the Crystal being pregnant, but the media persists in reporting that the Holcombe family lost 8 members, when they really lost 9.

From The NY Times:

“One minute they were a family praying and the next – eight of them were gone.
Bryan and Karla Holcombe, a guest preacher and his wife, were dead.
Their son Marc Daniel Holcombe, gone. Their pregnant daughter-in-law, Crystal Holcombe, gone.
And four of their grandchildren — Noah, Emily, Megan and Greg — gone.”

The media trying it’s hardest to obscure the truth of the issue and deny the personhood of the Holcombe baby.

From CNN:

“Eight members of the Holcombe family died in the shooting, as well as an unborn child. . . Authorities have included Crystal Holcombe’s unborn child in the death toll of 26.”

From ABC News:
Crystal Holcombe, the wife of John Holcombe, who is the son of Bryan and Karla Holcombe, also died. Crystal Holcombe — a mother of five — was eight months pregnant, her cousin said, according to The Associated Press. Three of her children, Emily, Megan and Greg, died with her. Her unborn child was also counted in the death toll, authorities said.”
NINE members of the Holcombe family were murdered. FOUR of those were children of John and Crystal Holcombe.
This article from The Blaze acknowledges all the losses the family suffered: Elderly couple lose nine family members in the Texas shooting and offer powerful response.
Why is it so hard for the other news outlets to report the numbers accurately?