What Matters to District 1
My duty as a member of the council is to consider and address the immediate and long-term needs of our city. In the process, I want to provide a meaningful level of access for my constituents to city government. Some of the main issues I’ll continue to address are:
- Community Involvement
- Public Safety
- Economic Growth
- Sustainable Resource
- Cultural Revitilization
As a City Councilmember with experience in architecture, business, nonprofits, and higher education, I believe in our city's people, their skills, and accomplishments, past and present. Therefore, I give the greatest devotion to community outreach and a call to action. Together, our stories, talents, skills, and immediate and long-term vissions for our future must collaborate for San Antonio to become a dynamic, world-class city bustling with opportunity.
In watching out for the city's safety, we must consider the needs of city employees, including police officers and firefighters. As one of the 11 City Councilmembers, I commit myself to collaboration and open discussion regarding fire and police unions, rising healthcare costs, and the ability of unions to implement health plans that best meet employees' needs.
San Antonio hosts a vast array of resources that cultivate emerging and longstanding businesses, including available and affodable land, energy, and financial incentives supported by City Council, Bexar County, and other institutions, both private and nonprofit. In collaborating with fellow council members, I explore and advocate initiatives to assist businesses in location and expansion with a long-term vision of a commercially competitive city.
I believe our city's residents deserve access to varied and safe transportation options, both public and private. In 2015, I headed negotiations with Uber and Lyft, presenting an amendmentto the city ordinance that attached a grace period to mandatory fingerprinting of drivers. Revised regulations not only make it easier for these TNCs to operate, but also prioritize public safety. Including TNCs promotes commerce and more importantly promotes safety among city residents and visitors, considering these services' correlation with drops in hazards such as drunk driving.
San Antonio ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Though growth invites increased business and cultural exchange, it often encounters the problem of dwindling resources. By 2040 out city's water resources will expand in diversity, but increase in cost. Given that 60% of SAWS' water still flows from the Edwards Aquifer, I advocate keeping water resources widely accessible while practicing ethical conservation. Not only do I support SAWS, but also the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.
With community activism and change comes the value of storytelling. I seek to provide a voice to city residents of past and present generations. While infrastructural development is a must, historical preservation deserves equal consideration. With insight into our past, progress is possible in maintaining and amplifying San Antonio's vibrancy and potential as a haven for commercial success and cultural engagement.