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

 

 

Questionnaire

 

 

Ron Wright

District 2

 

 

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 additional organized labor entering the

San Antonio region?

Close examination of the strong generators in our community along with

training in those areas will strengthen job creation and retention. I support

honesty first, where an employer gives a good wage and benefits and is not

antagonistic, I recognize it may be unnecessary, but where these issues

exist, I support organized labor.

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’m not sure extra personnel is currently necessary, but more effort and

accountability regarding old issues. We have recognized that crime has not

decreased with the addition of more officers on the streets. I believe San

Antonio has the capacity to service the city of San Antonio whether it is

police or fire.

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?

This is a question for the school districts not city council. What I will request

is as soon as a young man or young woman in my district decides to drop

out of school, that the school notify my office. It will then be my

responsibility to keep that individual off the wrong rolls and working or

learning in a new capacity. I will attempt to be that transition.

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?

I support SAWS’ efforts, it only becomes a concern for me when people are

uprooted from their homes unjustly or without adequate compensation.

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.

While I am sure San Antonio is not facing the traffic issues Houston, Dallas,

Chicago, New York, etc. I am open to transportation alternatives, but not

yet to the extent of Toll Road or High Speed and Light Rail. The studies on

High Speed and Light Rail retrofitting and continued maintenance are not

supportive of such an initiative in San Antonio as yet.

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.

I do believe our municipally owned electric utility has done a great job in

diversifying our energy mix, but I have tremendous reservations regarding

nuclear power and waste disposal.

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?

My top three budget priorities are crime reduction, community involvement,

economic generation through training and entrepreneurial efforts. The 2007

Bond will provide the specified needs for San Antonio per the constituents

vote.