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Joint General, Special and Charter Election
Bexar County, Texas
May 1, 2021
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OFFICE FIRST NAME LAST NAME RECOMMEND
For Mayor Gary Allen Favor
For Council, Place No. 1 Raymond Zavala Endorse
For Council, Place No. 2 Andrew Fernandez Vicencio Endorse
For Council, Place No. 3 Katherine Herrera Garza Endorse
For Council, Place No. 4 David Tristan Endorse
For Council, Place No. 5     No Endorsement
For Council, Place No. 6 Irina Rudolph Endorse
For Council, Place No. 7     No Endorsement
For Council, Place No. 8 Rob Rodriguez Endorse
For Council, Place No. 9 Patrick Von Dohlen Endorse
For Council, Place No. 10 Clayton Perry Endorse
C.O.S.A. PROPOSITION A See  Note   AGAINST
C.O.S.A. PROPOSITION B See  Note   AGAINST
City of Shavano Park Mayor M.J. Smoot Endorse
City of Somerset For Alderman
2 Year Term
Harold C. Orosco Endorse
N.I.S.D. Trustee, Dist. No. 5 Jakub Kosiba Endorse

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO – PROPOSITION A
VOTE AGAINST

SHALL THE CITY CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ALLOW THE CITY TO ISSUE BONDS FOR PERMANENT PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS OR ANY OTHER PUBLIC PURPOSE NOT PROHIBITED BY THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION OR THE GENERAL LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, TO INCLUDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAMS IN SCOPE AND BREADTH AS DETERMINED BY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL FOLLOWING AN ELECTION ON THAT MATTER?

There are substantive, ample arguments why San Antonio voters, property owners and homeowner associations, and taxpayers should be adamantly AGAINST PROPOSITION A. The San Antonio City municipality should not be in the business of building housing projects which foster under the table “business deals” between city public officials and real estate land-owners and builders. Revising and expanding Section 98 of the city’s charter will enable San Antonio’s city council to subjectively expand the city council’s spending authority and license to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars to fund municipal bonds for projects beyond their core competency as outlined by the city’s charter. The current city charter under Section 98 restricts the city’s power to borrow money “to issue bonds to construct, acquire, equip, renovate, improve and repair public works for public purposes and to fund or refund any bonded indebtedness”. Proposition A would arrogate or assume responsibility for developing and constructing housing which is the proper doman of public enterprise because the private sector has much greater competency in managing and operating such projects and programs. Any thoughtful voter should look at the experience of other older metropolitan areas like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City to understand why municipalities should not manage such projects.

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO – PROPOSITION B
VOTE AGAINST

REPEAL OF THE ADOPTION OF THE STATE LAW APPLICABLE TO CITY OF SAN ANTONIO POLICE OFFICERS THAT ESTABLISHES COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IF A MAJORITY OF THE AFFECTED EMPLOYEES FAVOR REPRESENTATION BY AN EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION, PRESERVES THE PROHIBITION AGAINST STRIKES AND LOCKOUTS, AND PROVIDES PENALTIES FOR STRIKES AND LOCKOUTS.

During the June 2020 city council meeting regarding the collective bargaining agreement with the San Antonio Police Officers Association, District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño called for defunding the police.* It is a very bad idea to demonize and reduce our San Antonio police force based on statistically insignificant incidences of police abuse and examples of bad cops in other localities. Some facts about San Antonio crime statistics attributed to FBI reports released September 2020** San Antonio crime rates are 102% higher than the national average; Violent crimes in San Antonio are 87% higher than the national average; In San Antonio you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime; San Antonio is safer than 5% of the cities in the United States,Year over year crime in San Antonio has increased by 9%
*Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/san-antonio-city-councilman-calls-for-defunding-police/ar-BB15YFfp
**Source: https://www.areavibes.com/san+antonio-tx/crime/