Lauro Bustamante, Mayoral Candidate

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 alternatives you favor. If so, please explain your position or philosophy on the long-term storage of nuclear-fuel waste.

No to Nuclear Plants. Yes to Alternative. I support the point of view of T. Boone Pickens as described in his Pickens plan for energy independence. I will be an aggressive active advocate for energy that are considered to be environmentally friendly and non-polluting, such as geothermal, wind, solar, and hydroelectric etcetera. 

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)? 

Yes, I do support the Mayor’s Mission Verde initiative in its entirety and when I am elected Mayor I will make every effort to implement the recommendations included in the initiative. I would add the following; 
Continued public education is also important, so that the citizens can support the effort and understand any budget allocations made toward it. 
Communication on saving strategies in the City departments, CPS Energy, and the San Antonio Water System.
Exploration of private and public-private investments in emerging clean-tech industries and real-estate projects that offer green.
I would also comment that $5 or less CPS energy bills for resident home are possible with the existing technology.

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?

Light rail, Green Vehicles. Funding will come from a combination of public and private funding. They will benefit existing, rail, air, Auto and trucking transportation.
High speed electric Light rail should replace our existing rail system extending it from San Antonio inner city, Austin, Dallas, Houston then connect to other locations similar to the rail system in Europe and Japan.
Low cost Green Vehicles that run on batteries, air, and electro magnetic energy are today’s technology. If India’s Tata can mass produce a car for $2000, we can too
As Mayor I will advocate and put these Ideas on the fast tract to expedite implementation.

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

In all areas I would make budget cuts to eliminate waste and advocate conservation of energy and water and invest in cost saving methods that make us as independent, efficient and productive as possible.  I would comment that we have the Technology to convert home to conserve energy and contribute excess energy to the grid.

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

My spending priorities are for education of our citizens. We must invest on our children’s education, health and safety. I would not expand the convention center at this time in view of the downturn in the national economy. 

6. 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? 

Ours strengths is in our people and our educational community. We put education for our children and the community on the top of the list.
Our weakness is that we fail to use our Schools, Colleges, and Universities and other educational resources to improve our community. Our drop out rate is inexcusable, lack of health education, and crimes related to low education are weakness we can change with strong leadership.
The quality of the public educational system is an issue that underlies almost everything. After all, without good schools, young families move out of the city (and when the schools get better, they move back). Without good schools, graduates (and, particularly, non-graduates) struggle to find good jobs, and are tempted into the easier money of crime. Without good schools, the quality of our labor force declines and business leaves.
As Mayor, I will be transparent and accountable.  I plan to increase regular communication with constituents through a variety of means, including regularly scheduled town hall meetings, newsletters, e-mail blasts, and a waste reporting hotline.  

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?  

I would not recommend changing the role or method of choosing a City Auditor.  The Auditor already reports to the Mayor and City Council through the Audit subcommittee and also has a peer review process to ensure the integrity of the audit program. With community involvement and education we can achieve accountability and transparency at City Hall. 

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 am not in favor of extending the digital billboard program.

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

Yes, I support SAWS current plans to diversify San Antonio’s water supply.  I support their efforts to seek water from a variety of sources including other aquifers and also using recycled wastewater for non drinking purposes. 

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 you’re retired) and a position on council? If so, how will you handle these? 

I make enough to supply my needs. I am an attorney with a passion for making this a better world for the children and I measure success not in monetary wealth but in service to the community.  The city attorney’s office ethics department will assist me in resolving any conflicts in accordance with what is best for the city.  

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 those decisions be made? 

I  believe that we must protect our right to free speech and our right to assemble for peaceable protests. The constitution provide guidelines for citizen to express themselves.
No fees for the right to free speech and the right to assemble for peaceable protests.

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.  

The intangible benefits of these cultural and environmental landmarks far exceed the tangible returns.
They offer long term benefits for the city and should exist for the pleasure and benefit of the public and not be denied because of lack of tangible profit they are priceless and necessary. They should be treated as educational  tools for the community.  

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.

My priorities are Education and my mission qualifications and education are as follows. 

My Mission 

My mission & the goals that I seek to promote include my experience, character, education, commitment to self-management (wellness), energy level, wisdom, patience and winning personality.   For starters! I will promote a well city that's well educated, fun, fit & functional. Being self funded & 100% free of special interests, my loyalties are focused on the broad public interest.
The single most important thing a Mayor can do is elevate the needs of children to TOP PRIORITY status and to ensure that the city’s human and financial resources and investments are utilized in a way that makes San Antonio a safe, healthy and nurturing city for children live and grow up in.
A Mayor can insist that a single question is asked every time policy and fiscal decisions are being considered: “What impact will this decision have upon the children of the city?”
I have litigated in the Texas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District, County, JP, and Municipal Courts.
I am, also, experienced in the area of Federal, State and local politics.
I have litigated approximately 50 jury trials, 100 bench trials, 100+ mediations, 50+ administrative hearings.
I have practiced law for 28 years and I have been actively advocating the issues of the day
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, Jurist Doctor,
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Science, School of Communications, Speech,
San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas, Liberal Arts Associates Degree
I graduated from St Gerard High, Parish Drauns Business College, St Philips College, and Attended North Texas University for one year, and Trinity University for one year
Completed Law School internships in Houston’s Federal Bankruptcy Court, State Family Court, and State Criminal District Attorney’s office. 

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