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San Antonio (a/k/a Cuilmas) city council elections are roughly three weeks away. Many of the candidates for a place on the city’s 10 member council only just began campaigning in earnest.
Of course there’s no real need to have started any sooner. Thanks to ten (10) single-member districts council member hopefuls don’t have much ground to cover.
Most have sufficient name recognition in their respective districts that it truly doesn’t require much of a campaign.
Aside from being a good way to get some air time on local media, exposure and some minor campaign experience one has to wonder what makes them run. Certainly it isn’t the money.
“Since 1951, city council members have been getting twenty dollars a week. The mayor gets fifty dollars a week.”
San Antonians Support Council Pay Raise
City governance is in the hands of the city manager. San Antonio has a weak mayor (lucky for us) form of governance. Even the current drought conditions were announced by the city manager. There are some things that just cannot be left to elected “officials.”
Notwithstanding the obvious the electorate voted for term limits (two- two year terms) not trusting their resolve to keep from voting for the same novices over and over. Now the fine residents of San Antonio have different sets of the inexperienced (with no power) to select from every four years. Talk about the blind leading the deaf I couldn’t make this stuff up.
Notwithstanding a sample ballot for the upcoming elections is provided below along with links to articles on some of the council candidates. Inform yourself. Vote if you dare.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…
Office of the San Antonio City Clerk
Bexar County Sample Ballot
Medina is best choice in District 5 campaign
Time is now to sort through District 1 City Council candidates
There were 10 elderly citizens, two journalists and four candidates for City Council at a District 1 forum Tuesday afternoon in the Grand Ballroom at Granada Homes downtown, and that's too bad.
With Mayor Julián Castro apparently a lock for re-election, this contest will be the first one I turn to when the May 14 returns roll i
City Council Election 2011: San Antonio's City Council could grow decidedly younger this election cycle
San Antonio City Council distress, pregnant kids, Texas Enterprise Fund, and the cost of obesity to State businesses (District 3)
City Council Candidates Discuss Problems, Growth
Growth, Crime Among Major Issues Discussed
City Council Election 2011: Rey Saldaña gets a rise (District 4)
City Council Election 2011: District 2
City Council Election 2011: Isy Perez: A reluctant candidate (District 10)
Bexar County Elections Department
On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio
Westside Development Corporation
Below are demographics from the 2008 WDC-commissioned Market Analysis that provide a snapshot of the Westside. Following these statistics are links to other websites that provide specific statistics on categories including crime, health, and labor.
Incarceration in the United States
Profiting from Poverty: The U.S. Prison-Industrial Complex
Black families imperiled by the growth of nation's prison industrial complex
The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, and over half of it black. The number of incarcerated Americans increased 500 percent in the last 30 years, from fewer than 200,000 inmates to 1.2 million in 1997.
Popularity Increases Aggression in Kids, Study Finds
Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign
A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Latino boy a 1 in 6 chance;
and a White boy a 1 in 17 chance. A Black girl born in 2001 has a 1 in 17 chance of going to prison in her
lifetime; a Latino girl a 1 in 45 chance; and a White girl a 1 in 111 chance.
Criminal Injustice System
Texans United for Families and Grassroots Leadership
Public Policy: Slave-state legacy, segregation and poverty in Texas Red 2011
Elections: King Street Patriots: right-wing enforcers of Texas Red’s slave state legacy
West side Murals
The American Dream By The Provocateur Networkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU&feature=player_embedded#at=