Jeff Carruthers, Candidate for City Council, District 10

1. Do you support the addition of two new nuclear power plants to the South Texas Project to meet our future energy needs? If not, please describe the alternative you favor. If so, please explain your position or philosophy on the long-term shortage of nuclear-fuel waste.

I support the addition of one nuclear power plant in south Texas.  I push for wind and solar power to eventually take care of our energy needs.  This is all based that we can do it with no negative effects of nuclear fuel waste.

2. Do you support Mayor Hardberger’s Mission Verde initiative in its entirety?  If so, what do you see as the most critical steps council must take to implement it successfully?  If not, do you support any of its provisions, and why (not)?

I don't support any of the initiatives due to the cost except for 10 (address sustainable and resource efficiency across city departments) and 11 (Maximize the energy efficiency of all City Facilities)..  I have to wonder why this wasn't done in the first place.

3. 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?

We already have the best public-transit options.  To fund these big projects would cost the taxpayers way too much money.

4. If San Antonio faces a major budget shortfall, where would you be willing to make budget cuts?

Across the board.

5. What are you top spending priorities for the HOT tax?  Would you support a recommendation to use some of those funds to expand the Convention Center?

Improvements and extension of the riverwalk.

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

The strength of San Antonio's economy is tourism, retiree's, low cost of living, and geographical in regards to population and weather.  To build on these assets, I would reduce taxes, shrink the budget and keep criminals that have victims in jail longer.  Weaknesses in the economy are lack of high tech jobs available, high property taxes, lack of conventions, and upstart businesses.  To correct these issues, I  would work on lowering property taxes, reduce user fee taxes, and reduce government bureaucracy for businesses.

7. Keeping in mind the playground scandal, the Healy Murphy Park Sale and the El Mercado Flap, how would you increase accountability and transparency at City Hall? Specifically, would you change the role or method of choosing a City Auditor, and his/her scope of authority?

Use Jack Finger as an advisor.

8. Do you support extending the digital billboard pilot program?  If so, what restrictions, if any would you recommend on their placement and use?

I personally don't like billboards, but at the same time I believe it should be left up to the free market.  At least don't increase number of billboards within the city.

9. Do you support SAWS current plans to secure San Antonio’s Water Supply?  If so, please explain why?  If not, please explain what they should be doing differently.

Unless the property is below market value, I think SAWS should quit spending so much money on land that is so far away from San Antonio.  I don't think it has been proven that the Aquifer can't handle our current and future supply.

10. Please briefly describe how 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 your retired) and a position on council?  If so, how will you handle these?

I support myself through rental properties and a full time job.  If elected I don't foresee any problem that I can't handle with regards to time. 

11. What is your opinion regarding the Parade Ordinance that is the subject of the Free Speech Coalition lawsuit?  Specifically, what fees, if any, should the city charge for parade permits?  Should they distinguish between types of applicants and events, and if so, how and by whom should these decisions be made?

The city should not raise any fees or permits to parade.  They should not distinguish between types of applicants and events.

12. Please briefly describe your philosophy toward the maintenance and funding of publicly owned and/or operated spaces, such as golf courses, libraries, parks and El Mercado.  Should these entities break even, make a profit, or be viewed as investments with tangible returns?  Please propose a solution for the issues surrounding either Healy-Murphy Park, El Mercado or La Villita.

I feel that city functions such as golf courses should be at a break even point.  I also feel that privatizing them is ok as long as the user fees do not go up.  Healy Murphy Park should stay as a park, while El Mercado and La Villita should stay as is.

13. If we’ve failed to raise a question or issue that you feel represents your values and priorities as a candidate, please discuss it here.

I think the council and mayor have ignored the current financial status of the country which effects the city.  They continue to spend money on wish lists, projects, and things much too big for this city to handle or need.  We need to be in a more conservative mode and have an emergency fund available.  We also need to improve traffic flow with low cost ideas, such as closing the on ramp from Rittiman going south.  This one item alone would keep trucks from trying to cross four lanes in one mile, thus allowing good flow into the downtown area.  I don't support any type of Toll Road.  Litter and graffitti have gotten to an alltime high and need to be addressed.  Tethering of animals need to be addressed as well as free spay/neuter programs.

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