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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