Questionnaire by GSACC to Roberto YaÃ±ez 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
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
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
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
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.