Q & A with Lourdes Galvan 

San Antonio is about to come on hard times, given major budget cuts at a state and federal level. What programs do you think can be trimmed back? What should we not touch?

I will request a budget review and review the least impact to our city operation. I will review duplication of services but we should not touch education.

Are there programs you plan to champion to ease the impact of those outside funding cuts on our community? Are you committed to continuing the SA2020 process?

I am committed to continuing the SA 2020 process to ensure we focus on budget management and review programs that have not proven success.  I plan to champion the Public Safety School to produce opportunities for our students seeking a career in public safety.  I plan to work with the Mayor and Council, CPS and community leaders to review the least economic impact to budget and safety.

What is your position on the city’s investment in two proposed nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project? CPS Energy plans for early retirement of the Deeley coal plant? Renewable energy development?

No answer. 

How could the city better support public education? Do you support efforts to allow Mayor Julián Castro to be able to appoint some school board members?

The city can support public education by re-evaluation of programs that should produce the stay in school attitude and education, i.e., challenge program, after school programs, community centers, etc.  The public has not received a report card on the success of such programs other than the dropout rates.  We need a comprehensive review and plan of action that includes responsibility from all concerned parents, teachers, school boards and city staff.

Given the EPA is planning on toughening national air quality standards, what steps do you think the city can take to make sure our skies are healthy (and federal transportation keeps flowing to San Antonio)?

No answer. 

What is the right mix of public-transit options for San Antonio’s future, and what do you think is the best method to fund/maintain each element?

Public transportation options for San Antonio’s future should be carpooling and businesses cutting business working days where feasible.  Have employees work from home.

What life experiences make you uniquely qualified to serve on the city council?

My life experience and history of service qualifies me to serve on City Council because I have made it my life long (45 years) mission to advocate for a better San Antonio and a better District 5 for our families.

Please briefly describe your conception of San Antonio’s economy, its strengths and weaknesses, and what you would do to build on the former and address the latter?

Reports show that San Antonio has held its ground while other cities are staging with the economy.  We need to continue reviewing services and seek areas for consideration of services.  We need to utilize studies already funded and spent and stop paying for study after study.

How do you financially support yourself? How will you balance your work demands with your council responsibilities? Do you foresee any conflicts of interest between your profession (or former profession, if you’re retired) and a position on council? If so, how will you handle these?

Retired - Full time Councilwoman. No conflict of interest foreseen.

Should service on the San Antonio City Council provide a living wage? Why or why not?

Yes, it is unfortunate that public servants on limited income cannot serve office.



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