POLICY #3

RESTORE TRANSPARENCY & ETHICS TO CITY HALL

The third issue in ‘Action Plan SA’ is restoring transparency and ethics to City Hall.

Under Ron Nirenberg, City Hall has been cutting backroom deals away from public view and I will end that practice. Ron has taken nearly $3 million from corporate special interests, lobbyists and PAC’s—more than any San Antonio Mayor in history. They didn’t give him that money because he’s a nice guy, they did it to keep the door to the backroom closed to the taxpayers. I’m going to kick that door down and put taxpayers back in control of City Hall.

Brockhouse has cited a breakdown of trust between City Hall and San Antonio citizens and has pledged to restore that trust immediately.

The City Council awarded Sheryl Sculley a $75,000 bonus in Executive Session. They decide who to appoint to open Council seats outside of the public eye. The Council also rejected the Republican National Convention behind closed doors. When decisions are made out of the public view, government cannot be trusted. Restoring trust starts with every decision and vote being made in public. If you aren’t doing anything wrong, why do it in secret?

City Hall answers to the people. Our actions must represent that, and we will be 100% transparent in everything we do at City Hall when I am Mayor. What’s funny is that I can already tell you Ron will not agree to any of these things because he needs to keep the system rigged for his special interests and political bosses. Ron turned City Hall into an auction barn where the highest bidder wins—I will put a stop to that.

In his first 90 days as Mayor of San Antonio, Greg Brockhouse pledges to bring the following votes to City Council:

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Sharply reduce the use of Executive Sessions to bring San Antonio back into alignment with the Texas Open Meetings Act.

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Demand that if an Executive Session is held, it be recorded for future legal review. This is an option allowable under the Open Meetings Act.

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Require City Council meetings be held in each Council District at least once each year.

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Direct staff to pilot later meeting times for City Council to increase public participation.

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Mandate attendance for Councilmembers at Citizens to be Heard.

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Require full disclosure of contacts with lobbyists and people bidding on contracts before a council vote.

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Require Open Records Requests be posted online when requested and updated with provided response.

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Require all meetings to be streamed in real time with closed captioning.

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End the practice of conducting a "walking quorum" where councilmembers are polled before votes.

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Require Councilmembers to link to their campaign finance reports and personal financial disclosure forms on their Council website.