Questionnaire by GSACC to Ron Wright District 2
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 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
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
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