Questionnaire by GSACC to Juan Davila District 8
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 region?
In order to create and retain jobs in San Antonio we must bolster our efforts to
entice new industries to move here, and to continue develop in a manner that allows
people to want call our city home. This can be achieved through smart, precise, and
responsible city planning. Some incentives that might be used are tax breaks for
new businesses depending on how many new jobs they bring, and their
contributions in giving back to local communities. Organized labor is an entity that is
spurned from the people to protect themselves, if we in the city government take on
the responsibility to insure a fair standard of living and wages for our citizens then
organized labor would become obsolete. Until then…
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
The public servants that protect our communities as police and firefighters as we all
know are our first line of safety and defense. In San Antonio we do have adequate
protection from these two departments, for the moment. But as part of my
advocacy for smarter, more precise, and more responsible city planning we must
realize that our city is growing, and we’ll continue to grow, and so that we must plan
for the future. We must think about saving moneys soon to be dispersed by the
economic stimulus plan to put towards future needs such as more police and fire
personnel, as well as other infrastructure needs that may arise.
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 addition monetary resources are being recommended, from where will
One of the greatest things we in the city government can advocate is the education
of the citizens in our community. Therefore, we must support and promote
education any way we can. One thing that we can do is to have open lines of
communications with teachers, students, and school districts to listen to their needs
and concerns and respond to them to the best of our abilities. The economic
stimulus plan is giving us an opportunity to address issues such as education that in
most instances has been overlooked. Education should be one of our top priorities
and we must find new ways to contribute to this issue on a local level. One issue
that particularly disturbs me is the notion of “better schools” in the public school
system. As leaders in the community we should work towards equality in the quality
of education provided in all public schools regardless of were you live.
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?
One of the most important responsibilities we have in city government is to maintain
sustainable utilities such as water. Droughts it seems are becoming more and more
common in and around our community and we must work to protect and conserve
this precious resource. I am an advocate for the introduction and use of water
recycling for our community. I also support responsible development on and around
the aquifer recharge zone. We must continue to fund research that will provide
efficient solutions to relieve the pressures stemming from the growing demand on
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.
Around the country there are untold successes with light railways in major cities,
and this is one transportation project I defiantly support. Though the report was put
together in only a few short months it is very promising in its recommendations,
especially in its call to keep the community involved, by proposing that items be put
to vote, and keeping an open dialogue with the public as we move forward.
Communicating effectively with the community is the only way to insure that we are
moving forward to a successful future, because without the community we have no
need for infrastructure, no need for city planning, and no need for local government.
6. Energy: Do you believe our municipally owned electric utility has done a good job
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.
The four principal plan which includes: pursuing energy efficiency and conservation,
increasing the supply of renewable energy, supplying low-cost competitive power,
and maintaining a commitment to the environment, recently proposed by our
municipally owned electric utility shows a dedication to responsible planning for the
future. Clean renewable energy is the way to a more efficient and environmentally
responsible future. Its seems that quietly our local electric utility has taken upon
itself the burden of moving away from depending on non-renewable environmental
toxic fossil fuels, and for that I commend them.
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?
For the fiscal year of 2009-2010 my top five budget priorities should focus on:
economic development, preparing for the possibility of more nationwide economic
down turn, planning for the most efficient use of stimulus moneys received which
may include: local infrastructure and educational programs. Last, I would like to
continue to revamp efforts for a new and more efficient mass transit system.
Increasing revenue streams is something that comes a long with the territory so to
speak, but I would advocate more community inclusiveness and awareness before
any new tax increases.