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Questionnaire by GSACC to Councilman John Clamp District 10

 

GSACC Questionnaire by Robert Yañez District 10

 

 

The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2009 City Council and Mayoral Candidates

 

Questionnaire

 

John Clamp

District 10

 

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

region?

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

organizations.

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

Force.

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

these sources.

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

infrastructure improvements?

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

streams.

My top 5 priorities include: Police & Fire, Street Maintenance, Street

Endowment Fund, Code Compliance and Libraries.