The Firefighters Union recently led a successful petition drive to stop streetcars in their tracks. Now, they have succeeded in obtaining signatures for three charter amendments to be voted on this November.
These amendments would:
Limit the city managers salary to 10 times the salary of the lowest paid full-time city employee. Our city manager now makes more that the President of the United States and our Governor combined! In addition the manager would be term limited to 8 years, the same as city council.
Require council to enter arbitration to settle contract issues with city unions instead of suing them. Council has already spent over $1.2 million suing the Firefighters Union.
Enable citizens to petition city council to hold an election to change a city ordinance by obtaining 20,000 signatures in 180 days. Currently, citizens have 40 days to obtain 75,000 petition signatures to change a city ordinance, an impossible task.
Council liberals have set-up a PAC to “educate” voters. We expect the PAC to run a well-funded disinformation campaign against the petitions. Their media allies have already attacked individuals and groups supporting the charter amendments and claimed voters who signed the petitions didn’t know what they were doing.
They also claim a small group of voters can override council decisions. This is not true! It takes 20,000 voters to force council to place an ordinance change on the ballot. Then the issue must be approved by a MAJORITY of voters during a regularly scheduled election.
The liberal council majority has routinely raised our property taxes and utility bills, used our money to lobby against property tax reforms, voted to spend $38 million to remodel city hall without voter approval, remove a historical monument in the middle of the night at a cost of over $225,000, gave millions in tax abatements to politically favored developers, held a secret meeting to reject a national political convention in apparent violation of the open meetings law along with many other abuses.
RF Meters have been implicated in fires causing DEATH !
Many families in San Antonio reside in densely populated areas such as apartments or closely built homes. Therefore, they are more likely to be exposed to higher levels of RF (a Class 2B Carcinogen) from "banks" of meters all pulsing constantly. Additionally, there are many older homes with old wiring. We believe it is reasonable for residents to be allowed to keep their analog meter without having to pay "opt-out" fees. Pedernales Electric and Austin Electric, both allow residents to have an analog meter. They do charge for the opt-out, however, we believe that policy is in direct opposition to the Federal Energy Act which proposed OPT-IN technology, not OPT-OUT ! We also believe that with enough citizen involvement across the country, Opt-Out fees will be overturned.
The US is an oligarchy, study concludes .. Click Here
"Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organisations: "When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it."
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