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Questionnaire by GSACC to Roberto Yañez District 10

 

 

 

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

 

Questionnaire

 

Roberto Yanez

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?

In order to have a happy and healthy economy in San Antonio , there needs

to be a way for the city to create jobs that will keep the workforce in place.

There are people that take advantage of what the city offers and there needs

to be regulations on this so that spending does not go to waste. The people

that actually need these services want to work hard and make a difference in

their community to make it a better place. I do not back unions in the work

place because it puts too much power in the wrong hands. I do think that the

businesses in San Antonio are doing a good job with benefits, pay and

equality in the work place. The wages in the city are not the best but

businesses are helping to correct that situation.

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?

I do not think that San Antonio has an adequate police presence on the

streets. I would like to push for more officers in the Safe Officer

program. The city is looking to hire 100 or more officers over the next two

years. With the new hires there should be a shift in the force to patrol the

streets in the community and to have three police cars patrolling a corner late

at night. We will never have enough fire protection for the city and

surrounding communities. The funding for this will come from the city

budget. To help raise some funds for the budget, there should be an increase

in traffic violation fines. For some of the more serious traffic violations like

driving recklessly and passing school buses there should be an increase of

$50 to $250 for the fines.

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 they come?

Education is important to me and for the future of San Antonio . Citizens

need better resources to help parents out in all parts of the community with

their children’s education. We should push for the students in high school to

be proud of getting their diplomas. With incentive programs when they

graduate, students will have a little something extra to look forward to in the

future. The city should form focus groups of teachers to ask them what they

think is needed for the long term goals of education for their students. If we

focus on the early education of children, we can solve a lot of long term

problems in the future.

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 droughts that hit San Antonio is nothing new and S.A.W.S has met with

other communities to work with us on our water problems and this may

cause rates to go up for the consumer. To prevent some problems is to raise

restrictions on watering for businesses and golf courses, push communities to

water at night, and to water less. I would like to work with S.A. .W.S to help

educate the community on water conservation, to try and keep cost down for

the city and the consumer.

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.

One of the biggest causes of traffic problems in San Antonio is that the city

did not plan well for the growth of the city. I support any light rail system

from Austin to San Antonio and all towns in between. The funding for the rail

system will be difficult to get if the other cities do not support the train

system. The cities of San Antonio and Austin will need help from the state

and the other cities that will benefit from this rail. There needs to be an open

communication line between everyone for this to work.. San Antonio is

going to have to revamp it’s VIA transit systems to have a more efficient

traffic solution. To help cut the congestion on the roads and the pollution that

comes with it, there need to be more research on what should be done. I

agree with the S.A Bexar County Transportation Task Force on their

recommendation on where the city needs to be and how to fund these

recommendations in the future.

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.

I think that CPS is doing a good job working with West Texas and other cities

to supply San Antonio with the energy it needs. I do not agree with the

thought of adding two Nuclear Power plants to the mix. The only way I will

support the issue, is if the citizens of Texas are willing to put the nuclear

waste in their own back yard and are willing to take responsibility for what it

could cause. We need to use coal and natural gas for as long as we are able

to. The city of San Antonio and the state of Texas needs to have an

infrastructure in place for wind energy and solar power. The one person that

may have to be included in these talks is the President of the United States.

If he is willing to give us the government support for a large scale place on

solar and wind technology, then we can go forward with theses ideas.

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?

The infrastructure in San Antonio is falling apart piece by piece. There are a

lot of roads and sidewalks that need to be built in the city. Some of the older

communities in this city have been forgotten and they are in real need of

drainage, sidewalks, and street repairs. I want to fix the low water crossings

all over the community before something happens.. The talk from people in

the community is “The City only does things when something happens to

someone.” I want to fix those problems now and not sit back and wait for

something to happen.

The funding for some of the project come from the SIN TAX that I would like

to increase in the City of San Antonio.