Patrick Von Dohlen

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City council approves water rate increase proposed by SAWS

City council approves water rate increase proposed by SAWS

This is a win for SAWS and SAWS External Consultants but not for San Antonio Water System rate payers. It plans for another $1M Increase to the Affordability Program, in which people apply for a partial rate reduction or even full water bill subsidy.

The rate increase enhances a socialized program to subsidize SAWS customers. Water access is a right and people should have access to clean water and a reliable septic system. But why are we increasing rates and promoting an expensive subsidy? Fewer rate payers mean that the actual rate payers will be paying for the ones who can’t. This becomes another covert, indirect tax.

Proof is that taxpayer money will be used for City Council to promote the Affordability Program and the Project Aqua big government social programs in addition to the SAWS rate payers subsidizing water costs for those who can’t afford it via the two aforementioned SAWS programs.

Has anyone calculated the ratio of new customers to the number of existing customers who will no longer be able to afford the higher rates and will go on the socialized program?

Does anyone realize that as these rate increases continue, more and more people will be getting in the socialized programs putting ever increasing pressure on the remaining rate payers? With this current course, what is going to stop the almost perennial rate increases?

There used to be an understanding that many hands lessen the burden. It seems we’ve forgotten this philosophy.

Hold on to your wallets as taxes are increases in water, septic, real estate, etc. How bad does it have to get before we say enough. Government bureaucracies either need mandated accountability of efficiency and transparency or more competition to allow the market to clean up the irresponsible bureaucracy.

To read more from News 4 SA, click here.

City Council Adds Rules to Verify Candidates’ Residency

City Council Adds Rules to Verify Candidates’ Residency

Yesterday, the San Antonio City Council voted to amend the City Code regarding residency verification
requirements for candidates for municipal election.

The new amendment is an improvements to increase residency documentation requirements of filing for city elective office, yet it lacks teeth to prevent a candidate like Lynlie Wallace from living in Austin and running for City of San Antonio District 9 City Council, or Councilman Manuel Palaez who lives or lived in District 9, but won the election in District 8 both earlier this year and in the 2017 election.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

SAMHD Releases New Report on Teen Pregnancy Rate

SAMHD Releases New Report on Teen Pregnancy Rate

SAMHD has released a new report which claims that their Teen Pregnancy Prevention plan is working since teen pregnancy rates have reduced by 50% over the past decade.

This claim is false. Women are chemically killing their babies and are doing so with the help of our tax dollars as the City promotes contraceptive drugs and mechanical devices.

Also, if you read the report, you will see that the teen BIRTH rate decreased by 53%, but the teen PREGNANCY rate decreased by 40% (with 2013 as the most recent year with available data).

SAMHD’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention plan is disingenuously named. It should be called the Teen Birth Prevention plan, or the Teen Abortion Plan.

Click here to read the report. 

Embezzlement probe rocks Centro San Antonio

Embezzlement probe rocks Centro San Antonio

Four years ago, Pat DiGiovanni, a former deputy to City Manager Sheryl Sculley, was issued a “letter of admonition” from the city’s Ethics Review Board for “unknowingly” violating San Antonio’s code of ethics. Now, the Centro San Antonio president and CEO resigned Tuesday after news of the theft of $175,000 broke. Although DiGiovanni was not implicated in the embezzlement, he claims he quit to “restore order and regain the people’s trust.” A source claims his resignation was due to “lax oversight” at Centro.

San Antonio City Hall (and Bexar County commissioners’ court) politics seem to be an incestuous swamp, and these problems will continue until there is a city (and county) Ethics Review Board that is independent of the city manager and the city (and county) political influence. Perhaps it should be under the County District Attorney’s office.

To read more from the Texas Monitor, click here.

SA Will Spend $500,000 to Develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

SA Will Spend $500,000 to Develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Following through on their commitment to the Paris Agreement, City Council is voted yesterday to approve an ordinance “to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, through funding in an amount up to $500,000.00” (Agenda Item 31). The item was part of the meeting’s consent agenda.

When SA joined the Paris Agreement back in June, Mayor Nirenberg called the move “symbolic but significant.”

Spending $500,000 shows that it was NOT a merely symbolic move!

This Council vote ratifies a CPS Energy’s Board decision to spend $500,000 of rate payer dollars to create a climate adaptability plan to respond to “changing climate.” There was no discussion on the individual issue. It is not uncommon for the City to ratify large dollar expenses on the Consent Agenda.

In their perspective, they probably think it’s no big deal to use $500,000 of rate payer dollars since CPS Energy’s total revenue is approximately $2.8 Billion. The appropriated amount is 0.00018 of the CPS Energy total revenue.

It will be interesting to see if the adaptability plan includes an agenda to encourage or require a limit on the amount of miles people can drive their vehicles each week and promote another Streetcar or Downtown Light Rail boondoggle project. Why would it make sense to give up our mobile phones and be required to go back to using land line phones?

“An Ordinance authorizing an Interagency Participation Agreement with CPS Energy and the University of Texas at San Antonio, in coordination with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability, to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, through funding in an amount up to $500,000.00 allocated within a collaboration agreement between CPS Energy and UTSA.” (Agenda Item 31)

City Council Votes to Use Grant Funds to Lower HIV Rate in SA

City Council Votes to Use Grant Funds to Lower HIV Rate in SA

Yesterday, San Antonio City Council voted to pass a measure recommended by San Antonio Metro Health District to reduce HIV outcomes in SA using $20,000 in grant funding (Agenda Item 17). The HIV rate in SA is high above the national and state averages, and young African American and Hispanic males in SA are at a disproportionate risk for HIV.

Even though the HIV rate is significantly higher among practicing homosexuals, the elected officials in City Hall persist in actively promoting homosexual lifestyles with a rainbow crosswalk, as well as supporting the Pridefest and Parade.

The condom failure rate is over 80%. #WrapCity is failing, evidence proves it and the syphilis case rate (caused by MSM) exposes it.

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval commended Metro Health for “trying to stem the tide of HIV in Bexar County.” The first step in reducing HIV rates shouldn’t be more spending. The City, and Metro Health, should STOP promoting dangerous lifestyles!

Tricentennial Commission Still a Problem

Tricentennial Commission Still a Problem

The new executive in charge of the city’s Tricentennial celebration, Assistant City Manager Carlos Contreras, sought to reassure City Council members Tuesday that despite its bumpy start, the event still is on track and predicted it will put San Antonio on a world stage.

Contreras has held his new role for as interim Tricentennial CEO for only a week, following the abrupt resignation of Edward Benavides amid criticism over a lack of funding and the commission’s contracting process.

Before Benavides resigned, he left a string of mismanaged contracts in his wake, including a media partnership that favored KSAT-TV, where his brother works as a producer.

Calling the presentation a “City Hall two step,” City Councilman Greg Brockhouse said he wasn’t buying the argument that the Tricentennial has been anything but a disaster.

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.
More Christmas Tree Controversy

More Christmas Tree Controversy

There is more controversy surrounding the relocation of San Antonio’s tree-lighting ceremony to Travis Park. A private citizen has been placing small trees as a peaceful protest at the traditional location of the Christmas tree, Alamo Plaza.

Over the weekend, locals and tourists seemed happy to spot an 18-inch tree standing small but proud in front of the Alamo. No one knew how the little tree got there, but they crouched beside it and posted photos on Facebook and Instagram.

The tree stood in the exact spot a much bigger tree usually stands during the holiday season in Alamo Plaza. The decision to move the tree-lighting ceremony from the spot where it had taken place for 33 years drew plenty of criticism when it was announced this fall.

The man responsible for the peaceful protest, Steve Monreal,  has been setting up miniature trees at other downtown landmarks in addition to the Alamo Plaza tree as a way of marking where the tree-lighting ceremony should have taken place if it had to be moved.

To read more from My San Antonio, click here.

 

A Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington

A Thanksgiving Proclamation by President George Washington

On Oct. 3, 1789, America’s first president, George Washington, issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 26, 1789 as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

Below is the complete text of that proclamation:

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington