Questionnaire by GSACC to Weston MartÃnez District 9
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?
Economic development is very important to Weston Martinez City Council District 9
candidate who also believes that City Hall should work hard to retain existing jobs and
small business’s by focusing on a business climate that allows business to thrive in a
I believe what is good for business, is for San Antonio to maintain a business friendly
atmosphere in these tough economic times, by having a limited government with low
taxes while providing the basic services. The city should develop consistency so that
business can thrive. Weston knows that our city’s primary duty to its citizens is to
provide services laid out in our charter in the most efficient manner possible while
planning ahead for our collective future; Weston believes we can continue our
successes by focusing on the following areas that have raised concerns within our
• Tax Relief: We must provide tax relief in San Antonio by valuing homes and all
Taxable Property more accurately, including relief for qualified seniors and the
disabled. Enforce “Real Truth” in taxation, so when you are told your taxes have not
increased – it truly means the City has not collected one more cent from the
citizens, unless “the citizens” have approved the increase.
• Public Safety: Your safety as a resident of San Antonio is ensured when law
enforcement, fire, and all emergency services are adequately trained, equipped and
prepared to “Protect and Serve” regardless of the situation.
• Infrastructure: We must maximize the return-on-investment of every tax dollar
we invest in our city’s total infrastructure. Our aging roads and highways, water,
sewer, electricity, gas and telecommunications systems all demand our attention. A
solid plan to include leveraged financing must be initiated and implemented in the
most affordable manner as approved by our citizens.
• Economic Development: Carpe Diem “Seize the Day”, we must together seize
the opportunities of our day. Effective planning, focused policy and capitalizing on
our “home-grown” resources will prepare us for the emerging markets that will
benefit our citizens now and well into the future. One example of a real solution is
creating and funding an economic develop fund. This way San Antonio is prepared
when new business are looking at moving here and matching dollars can readily be
applied for instead of the way it is done today. Other major cities work heavily with
their local Chambers Of Commerce in maintaining such a fund.
If we do these things Economic Development, Job Creation and Retention will be
positive things for San Antonio for years to come.
Regarding organized labor: I welcome organized labor as long as a fair climate exists
for employers and employees.
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
I believe that San Antonio is a growing city that needs adequate Fire and Police
presence in our communities and that we currently don’t have enough police or Fireman
per capita compared to other major U.S cities. By prioritizing our spending and the use
of innovation at City hall Weston knows that we can provide more public safety officers
and reduce response times across the city of San Antonio while protecting our citizens.
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?
It is my belief that the solution is for the City of San Antonio to act as a catalsys by
fostering better coordination between all primary and secondary education centers
while looking at Higher Education to promote a trained workforce to fill jobs for our
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?
Regarding water supply our region should continue to support the encouragement of
high density development in the southern part of our community away from the Aquifer
Recharge Zone, continued vigilance regarding potential point source and nonpoint
source pollution in all areas of the city and especially over the Aquifer Recharge Zone
and while continuing efforts in water conservation.
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.
• Traffic congestion is a huge issue for District 9 and is also city wide concern that
needs real solutions both long and short term.
Long Term Infrastructure Projects that are needed in District 9 include:
• Completing Hardy Oak all the way to Blanco Rd.
• Increasing Traffic Flow on Stone Oak Parkway.
• Finishing Wurzbach Parkway.
• Increasing alternative transportation solutions throughout District 9
I support prioritizing our spending so that basic infrastructure needs like those listed
above are met. Naturally in appropriate cases the City would work with both the
County and State to ensure an expedited and aggressive build needed to address our
Regarding the Bexar County Taskforce, I feel it is important take the groups findings
seriously and work towards real solutions. I agree with the taskforce report.
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 believe that CPS has done a great job providing sustained, diverse affordable power
for our city.
Going forward I favor economically feasible and environmentally minimal impact energy
generation. This position requires that power generation technology be managed and
transitioned in a way that takes advantage of current base generation methods while
exploring and implementing new cleaner power generation solutions which are
developing and maturing. The fact is that our region is growing and power needs are
growing. As a region we need to take all measures to educate power users on energy
conservation and the tradeoffs between different types of power sources. I believe that
nuclear power generation technology is maturing to a level that will provide solid
energy in a safe, clean and efficient manner for a good number of years.
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?
Our city’s primary duty to its citizens is to provide the basic services in the most
efficient manner possible while looking ahead for our collective future; I believe we can
continue our successes by focusing on the following areas that have raised concerns
within our community: The current budget funds the following categories in order
Police, Other, Fire, Public Works and then Parks and Recreation.
Our Spending should be prioritized by Public Safety, Infrastructure and Economic