Thursday, September 20, 2018

Town hall to focus on San Antonio charter amendments

Town hall to focus on San Antonio charter amendments

(Sept. 20, 2018) -- UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host a town hall meeting this evening to discuss the charter amendments that will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Earlier this year, the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association submitted the petitions calling for the three amendments. If passed by voters, the amendments will:

  • Cap the salary of future city managers and place term limits on them
  • Lower the threshold for signatures on referendum petitions, increase the amount of time allowed for gathering them and remove prohibitions against overturning utility rates
  • Tax levies and appropriations while giving the Union sole discretion to declare an impasse on contract negotiations, resulting in binding arbitration

A political action committee (PAC) tried to block the amendments from appearing on the Nov. ballot. The 4th Court of Appeals denied the PAC’s request, paving the way for the election to take place.

During the forum, panelists will discuss the amendments and the impact on the City of San Antonio and its firefighters.

Panelists include:

  • Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio Mayor
  • Chris Steele, president, San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association
  • Francisco J. Garza, partner, Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza

Francine Romero, UTSA associate professor and associate dean of the College of Public Policy, will moderate the event.

Free event parking will be available in unmarked spaces of lot D-3, beneath IH-35.

Guests are encouraged to submit questions to the panel when they arrive at UTSA, prior to the event. A live stream of the town hall meeting will also be available on ksat.com and the KSAT 12 Facebook page.

- Courtney Clevenger


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