Questionnaire by GSACC to Councilman John Clamp District 10
The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2009 City Council and Mayoral Candidates
1. Economic Development, Job Creation, and Retention: How would you
encourage job creation and retention? Please describe the model/tools and/or
incentives you would support to boost economic development in San Antonio.
What are your thoughts on addition organized labor entering the San Antonio
I would continue to lower and keep our tax rates fair and equitable. I would
continue to fight for low utility bills. The forgoing all contribute to positive
criteria for existing and potential business partners. We also, as a city, need
to concentrate efforts on BRAC. The city has done a poor job of recognizing
and encouraging infrastructure improvements relative to BRAC.
Economic incentives need to be evaluated on a case by case basis. I support
the use of all reasonable incentives to bring industry/jobs to San Antonio.
I support SAPD and SAFD as San Antonio’s premier organized labor
2. Emergency Services: Do you believe that the City of San Antonio provides
adequate Police and Fire protection and other emergency services for its
citizens? Please explain. If additional personnel are required, what funds will
be used to pay for service enhancements?
San Antonio does provide very good Police and Fire protection. The city can
always do better. I do support the additional hiring of Police officers and the
expansion of our city’s SAFFE Officer Program. General Fund revenues can
be used to support public safety enhancements.
3. Education: What role should local government have on education and
workforce issues? How can the City be involved in student mentoring and
dropout prevention programs? If additional monetary resources are being
recommended, from where will they come?
The city should do as much to encourage education development and
workforce training. The city should be cautious; its core function is public
safety and infrastructure. We need to do a better job of working with our
school/college districts on education.
4. Water: What do you think about the status of water with regard to the
current drought? What is your plan to improve the quantity and quality of
water for our City and region? How will your proposal(s) be funded?
The city’s water supply is more than fine. Our challenge is government
sponsored water regulations. The city will not run out of water. I plan to
push hard for the cost effective and quality attributes of Recharge and
Recirculation. This alternative is estimated to be about $700 per acre foot.
We also need to expand our ASR program. These projects can be funded
with the current water supply fee.
5. Transportation: What transportation projects would you recommend and
support in order to alleviate our traffic congestion issues? How would your
proposed projects be funded? Please share your thoughts on the
recommendations of the San Antonio Bexar County Transportation Task
Without question the loop 1604 and 281 areas need the most attention.
These issues will be partially solved with Federal Stimulus money. Not sure
who the SA Bexar County Task force is, however, if It’s the organization to
combine VIA/RMA I will support it only if the city’s governance on the board
is increased by at least 1 seat. The city needs and deserves a clear majority.
My support also hinges on any tax increases/initiatives/referendums being
approved first by the city council and commissioner’s court.
6. Energy: Do you believe our municipally owned electric utility has done a good
job in diversifying our energy mix, including coal, natural gas, nuclear power,
wind and solar? Please share your thoughts on the importance of each of
Yes, CPS has done a relatively good job of diversification. Each energy
source has it’s positives and negatives. We as a council need to ensure our
city maintains its competitive advantage no matter the energy type.
7. City Budget and Finance: What are your top five budget priorities for FY
2009-2010? What is your position on increasing revenue streams for the City
to address basic city services, such as streets, drainage and other
I do not support a tax increase to fund basic city services. The city needs to
do a better a job of prioritizing spending than looking for new revenue
My top 5 priorities include: Police & Fire, Street Maintenance, Street
Endowment Fund, Code Compliance and Libraries.