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Bexar County Voters Make Decisions in Midterm Election

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Bexar County residents went to the polls Nov. 6 and spoke loudly with their vote on proposed city charter amendments and annexation.

Voters overwhelmingly said no to annexation to land around Camp Bullis and Lackland. On the proposed amendments, voters were more split.

“San Antonio voters sent a strong message last night. By rejecting Proposition A, voters made it crystal clear they are tired of special interest politics and want us to continue moving forward down the path of prosperity and economic growth,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Citizens were also clear that they want us to limit City Manager compensation. Their wishes will be front and center as we determine the path forward. While I did not believe Proposition C was the best path forward, the voters also made clear they are tired of the conflict between the union and the city.”

AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY CHARTER

The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association conducted a petition drive seeking three changes to the City Charter. The proposed changes will be enacted only if they are approved by San Antonio voters on Nov. 6. The following are summaries of the proposed changes.

PROPOSITION A – Voters said AGAINST – 54 percent of vote

Shall the City Charter be amended to expand the types of ordinances that may be subject to referendum including appropriation of money, levying a tax, granting a franchise, fixing public utility rates, zoning and rezoning of property; increase the number of days within which a petition may be filed seeking a referendum on an ordinance passed by council from forty to one hundred eighty days after passage of the ordinance; and to provide that no more than twenty thousand signatures of registered voters are required for a referendum petition instead of ten percent of those electors qualified to vote at the last regular municipal election?

PROPOSITION B – Voters said FOR – 59 percent of vote 

Shall the City Charter be amended to limit the term the City Manager may serve to no longer than eight years, limit the compensation of the City Manager to no more than ten times the annual salary furnished to the lowest paid full-time city employee, and to require a supermajority vote to appoint the City Manager?

PROPOSITION C – Voters said FOR – 50 percent of vote 

Shall the City Charter be amended to provide the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 624 with unilateral authority to require the City to participate in binding arbitration of all issues in dispute with the Association within forty-five days of the City’s receipt of the Association’s written arbitration request?

 

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Two Geto Boys Seek Offices

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Defining change in the name of community, two fellow legendary rap groupmates look to make a change in their perspective Houston, TX communities by running for Houston City Council seats.  Brad Jordan a.k.a. “Scarface” and Willie James Dennis a.k.a. “Willie D” of the iconic Geto Boys have both evolved from edgy and sometimes controversial rappers to advocates and concerned citizens who look be a voice of reason and change in their communities. 

Early this summer Jordan announced he was running for Houston City Council District D where current Councilman Dwight Boykins holds office but is running against Mayor Sylvester Turner for the Mayor’s seat.  District D includes Midtown to Beltway, Sunnyside and the Third Ward, and is home to Texas Southern University and the University of Houston.

Willie D later announced he is running for the office of Houston City Council District B which includes East Houston, the Greater Fifth Ward, and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport to name a few of the super neighborhoods.

Fans and residents wish these two the best in their new journey of politics and in return these politicians hope that voters will turn up at the polls on the general election day, November 5, 2019.

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Police Officer Fired 5 years Later

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New York, NY – After over 5 years of investigation, Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer, has finally been fired for using an illegal chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man accused of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Police commissioner James O’Neill announced on Monday that he has fired Pantaleo based on a recent recommendation from a department disciplinary judge. Pantaleo had been on desk duty with pay since Garner’s death, but has now been terminated from his position following the administrative trial which ended in June. Pantaleo will also no longer qualify to receive pension.

Many officers were on the scene but Pantaleo was the officer who was caught on video putting Garner in a headlock while he wrestled him to the ground in a violent arrest in 2014. Garner died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

During the arrest, Garner pleaded repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.” It became a rallying cry for national protests over race and the police excessive use of force.

Autopsy results confirmed that Garner died of heart attack and noted that the chokehold was a factor on his death. A medical examiner also ruled Garner’s death a homicide, but a grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in 2014.

In addition, the Department of Justice announced back in July that it would not file any charges against Pantaleo.

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Special Report – Lack of Confidence in District 2

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