Q & A with Ralph Medina

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?

The safety of our seniors and families is of paramount importance.  I will not jeopardize any funding that puts our citizens in harm’s way.  We need to eliminate non-effective programs and consolidate functions where possible. My conversations with the City Manager will focus on creating the efficiency that taxpayers deserve.

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?

The SA2020 process is a good beginning.  Much like Target ’90, the input of involved citizens is critical to the future direction of our city.  My plan of action includes the focal points of public safety, infrastructure, job creation, and inner city revitalization.

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?

It is not economically feasible to continue at this time with STP, and CPS must continue to diversify our energy portfolio. We must leverage the Eagle Ford discovery along with solar and wind power. Moving toward cleaner economical energy is the correct path with the Deeley plant coming offline.

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 assist school districts by bringing more attention to their concerns. The Mayor, as well as all citizens, is free to support who he wishes.

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)?

As the San Antonio area continues to grow, a comprehensive mass transit plan is necessary to comply with changing EPA standards.

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?

Understanding that San Antonio lags behind in transportation, and future state and federal funding will favor mass transit, opportunities will be present for our community to move forward. Consolidating the Regional Mobility Authority and VIA Metropolitan Transit should be explored. The creation of integrated, multi-modal transportation systems for San Antonio should also be given consideration, if economically viable.

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

As a grandfather, small business owner, neighborhood advocate, and life long resident of District 1, I have intimate knowledge of the concerns facing our neighborhoods. My professional experience and a long history of civic involvement speak for themselves. Following is a partial listing:

- 35 years as a dedicated public servant, retiring as District Chief.

- District 1 Zoning Commissioner, City of San Antonio

- Tobin Hill Neighborhood Association President

- St. Mary’s Street/EDA Grant Project, Founding Member

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?

I will be an advocate for the further diversification of our local economy. Tourism and our close ties to the military continue to be strengths along with Fortune 500  corporate presence.  We need to provide the climate for UTSA to become a Tier 1 institution to attract and keep the brainpower we are nurturing.  The biosciences, cyberbusiness, and clean manufacturing are among areas that we must attract to stay ahead in these economic times.

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 am retired with a pension and have investment income that will allow me to be a full-time council representative.  I will recuse myself from all conflicts of interest, should any arise.

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

Any proposed changes to existing standards, should not apply to the council that enacts them.

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.

See voteralphmedina.com




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