Town hall Thursday to tackle proposed City Charter amendments

September 20, 2018

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Chris Steele, local fire union president, will discuss the three proposed amendments to the City Charter on November’s ballot during a town hall meeting Thursday.

Francine Romero, the associate dean for the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will moderate the event, which includes former San Antonio City Attorney Frank Garza, a lawyer and lecturer of municipal law at St. Mary’s University.

The event, sponsored by the San Antonio Express-News and UTSA, will be in the UTSA Buena Vista Theater at the university’s downtown campus at 7 p.m. Doors close at 6:45 p.m.

While the event is free and open to the public, space is limited and an RSVP is recommended to secure a seat. To RSVP, go to mySA.com/townhall. Guests who aren’t preregistered may still attend as seating permits.

On Nov. 6, voters will decide whether to adopt the three amendments placed on the ballot through a half-million-dollar petition campaign funded by the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association.

City and community leaders have said that the amendments would have devastating impacts on municipal government and San Antonio residents by creating warfare between neighborhoods, making capital projects more expensive and killing the local economy, among other things.

Steele and his allies contend that the amendments are devised to strip power from City Hall and return it to voters.

In May, a political action committee — later renamed Secure San Antonio’s Future — was formed to oppose the amendments.

The fire union’s campaign, “San Antonio First,” is promoting the amendments.

Josh Baugh is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jbaugh@express-news.net | Twitter: @jbaugh

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