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A New Beginning

CAUSES

Warm, Open Constituent Services:

Leading Boldly and Kindly: The sitting councilman has been involved in a number of problematic interactions with his constituents. (Read about some of these here: (https://texasmonitor.org/san-antonio-councilman-uses-facebook-mock-activist-couple/ ) As your new councilman, I will champion accessibility and respect for the residents of District 8. Regardless of viewpoint or means, citizens should be treated kindly. I am not a politician entitled to this office. I endeavor instead to serve you, the public.

On Propositions A, B, and C: I took issue with the transparency of the bonus decision process for the city manager, as well as the informal metrics previously used to make these decisions. The sitting councilman said in a January 25th Rivard Report article that "I understand that there are people out there who do not like to see public officials get paid anything". He issued this statement just after taking part in a closed door meeting on the bonus, a meeting closed to the public. I believe that the citizens should be fully aware of how bonuses for government officials get decided. Our City Council should be fiscally prudent, and respect the wishes of the citizens that elected them.

Traffic Solutions:

City Planning and zoning

Smart traffic signals

CPS and SAWS Rates:

Stealth tax

CPS Rate versus PowertoChoose

Savings

Homelessness:

Alb.

San Antonio needs a program like the successful one in Albuquerque: a program where the city meets the homeless where they are, and provides them with daily work opportunities. Albuquerque's "There's A Better Way" project...

Property Tax Relief:

Property taxes have continued to increase year over year as the Bexar County Appraisal District has increase our home valuations each year. It's time to provide relief by providing a homestead exemption on the city portion of your property tax. This will provide relief for all homeowners, especially those living in rapidly gentrifying areas where rising property values threatens to tax them out of their long time home.

Economic Opportunity:

Small business area


Office of Internship Provision: Many of our youth attend UTSA, and they deserve the opportunity to find jobs and remain in San Antonio after graduation. I pledge to push for a new city department that matches local businesses and dynamic corporations with eager young talent from our local colleges.
 

Reduction of fees

Property Rights:

Under no circumstances should government have the power to force the transfer of land from a private entity to another against the will of the owner. Additionally, if a property owner is displaced through eminent domain, they should be compensated 125% of the fair value of their property to compensate for their moving expenses and inconvenience.

Veterans:

I am grateful to work for an organization that starts with the mission of serving our military members and their families in all that they do. We owe our military men and women and their families a debt of gratitude. As your councilman, I will advocate on behalf of and fight for our military members.

Mental Health:

Sound mental health for all residents of D8 is a key concern of mine. To that end, we should safeguard mental health during our exploration of solutions to alcoholism and substance abuse. I will champion resources for substance abuse education through local non-profits. I will increase mental health resources for law enforcement and detention facilities, so that the needs of relevant populations can be more comprehensively addressed. I will also advocate for increased partnership of the city with children's mental health non-profits. Healthy and happy youth become successful and productive adults.

Approval Voting:

Our friends in Maine have passed and implemented ranked choice voting, a system of voting meant to allow voters to choose the candidates they actually like. Tired of choosing the lesser of two evils? I support approval voting, another system of voting which allows voters to retain their principles. Learn more about approval voting here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db6Syys2fmE&vl=en 

Marijuana Legalization:

An extended family member who suffered from multiple debilitating seizures every day is now thriving in school due to medical marijuana administered orally in capsule form.

Read about her story here:

https://azmarijuana.com/arizona-medical-marijuana-news/arizona-epileptic-child-finds-relief-marijuana-cbd/

Pursuit of Happiness:

When I think of a document that reflects what it means to be an American, I think of the Declaration of Independence. This document proudly proclaims:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

If, over the course of Life, two consenting adults, in the pursuit of Happiness, wish to publicly declare their love for each other, they should have the Liberty to do so, regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity because we are all created equal.

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