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?
San Antonio City Council *Live*
City announces Council District 2 applicants
The following individuals have submitted applications to fill the San Antonio City Council District 2 vacancy by appointment until May 31, 2019:
- Walter Perry
- Jada Sullivan
- Dan Martinez
- Michele Bailey
- Chris Dawkins
- Christopher Green
- Dereck Hillyer
- Aubry Lewis
- Lester Bryant
- Denise Gutierrez-Homer
- Art Hall
- William B. Johnson
- Stephen Lucke
Applications and supplemental documents are being reviewed for eligibility. To view submitted applications, visit https://www.sanantonio.gov/Clerk/District2Vacancy/. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. in the “B” Room of the Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W. Commerce St., the City Council will conduct applicant interviews. At the regular Council meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in City Council Chambers, the City Council will interview final applicants and vote to fill the vacancy.
Councilman Shaw Resigns from City Council
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 13, 2018) — Effective January 7, 2019, Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw is resigning from his position on City Council as he has accepted an offer to become associate judge of the 436th Judicial District Court.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of District 2 and collaborate with the staff at the City of San Antonio,” said Councilman Shaw. “I am grateful for this opportunity to work with the youth in San Antonio who have found their way into the criminal justice system. I want to make clear to the people in District 2 that there will be no interruption in services and council staff will continue to address all constituent concerns.”
The City will release the details for filling the District 2 vacancy in the coming days.