Questionnaire by GSACC to Dan Martinez District 2
The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2009 City Council and Mayoral Candidates
1. Economic Development, Job Creation and Retention, etc.
As a retired Businessman with over 40 years of experience, working capital;
line of credits; sales and accounts receivables have always been a primary
focus of running a small business.
Government intrusions and many times needless regulations at the local,
state and federal levels have stymied and have hamstrung expansion and
growth of businesses in general. Therefore, I would limit local government in
un-necessary and harmful ordinances, taxes and fees levied on businesses,
with the advice of Chamber Members. In addition, I will create a committee
to review the process and requirements that the city imposes on potential
businesses from step one through the end, in obtaining a Certificate of
Currently, as Chairman of the Eastern Triangle Planning Team I have
identified the lack of a Civilian Hospital & Medical Complex in District 2. The
Community Master Plan that encompasses a 15 square mile area has included
a Hospital/Medical Complex in the comprehensive nearly completed plan.
Please visit the Eastern Triangle website:
Working with St. Philips College the Hospital will bring hundreds of
professional jobs and sustainable revenues to District 2 and San Antonio, in
conjunction with the expansion of Fort Sam Houston BRAC Project. I also
support Collective Bargaining and Unions who work to provide adequate
representation of their members.
2. Emergency Services, etc.
No, I don’t think that San Antonio provides adequate Police Protection based
on the thousands of victims of violent crimes and property crimes that have
not fluctuated from year to year totals substantially. While police are not to
blame in doing their jobs, the Council Members of each District have a major
responsibility in the on-going criminal activity by organized gangs.
As Chairman of the San Antonio Crime Coalition I have first hand knowledge
of the problems involving crime in our neighborhoods and business corridors,
which is why I have established a Guardian Angels Chapter in San Antonio to
be engaged in community policing in the prevention of crime!
Fire and EMS service can also be enhanced and expanded by providing state
of the art equipment and benefits to our outstanding first responders.
Expanded coverage can also be enhanced by additional staffing in Firefighters
and EMS Technicians.
3. Education, etc.
Local Government can play an important role in education by working with
School Districts in discussions of consolidation, in curriculum and extended
fluctuating hours in teaching, in conjunction with State Education Officials
and the Teachers American Federation Local #1356.
4. Water, etc.
I will seek the advice of SAWS and other State Agencies. However, I have
reservations in continually raising the minimal water levels to regulate water
usage conservation measures on businesses and residents alike.
Transparency is a must!
5. Transportation, etc.
Transportation Modes are now changing and we have to look toward Light
Rail Transportation more so, than continue to invest in more Highway
Expansions. I do not support Toll Roads as a means to fund new
construction, nor do I support an increase to the Gasoline Tax. In point of
fact we need to have more public debate before we talk about funding
6. Energy, etc.
I don’t believe that CPS has done a good enough mix in diversifying our
energy options. We need to look at more Solar and Wind alternatives sooner
7. City Budget and Finance, etc.
What I would do is look at the Independent Auditor’s Management Letter to
the City Manager for the last 5 years and review the recommendations
suggested for each Departmental Agency. I would also eliminate the
Administrative Management Travel Budgets subject to need on a case by case
basis by the Audit Committee. I would also examine year end spending and
over budgeting departmental agencies at the beginning of each fiscal year
based on the 3 month period prior to the ending fiscal year. I would also
review the cost of goods and supplies where savings could be made. I would
not by any means reduce public safety budgets! I will also spearhead funding
for community policing in each council district, beginning with district 2.