Thursday, September 27, 2018

Mayor Ron Nirenberg Agrees to KSAT Debate on Charter Changes – We'll See

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 10:11 AM

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In an email to supporters late Wednesday, the Go Vote No campaign – the political action committee set up to fight the fire union's proposed city charter amendments – said it's on. Again. Maybe.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has agreed to participate in an hour-long, commercial-free debate on KSAT on Wednesday, October 10, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It was unclear whether Chris Steele, president of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, would join him.

Nirenberg and Steele were supposed to square off in a debate last week hosted by UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News. But Steele pulled out at the last minute, and Nirenberg then withdrew.

The proposed charter changes are on the November 6 ballot.


One would cap future city managers’ compensation at no more than 10 times the annual pay of city government’s lowest-paid worker. The amendment would also limit the city’s top non-elected official to no more than eight years on the job.

Another would require city officials to take contract disputes to binding arbitration, not the courthouse.

Finally, one of the amendments would lower the bar for putting proposed ordinances – approving utility rate increases, for example – to a public vote, or referendum.

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