Making San Antonio the city you deserve
Over the past year, as we’ve watched our city’s momentum falter, I’ve listened closely to the citizens and community leaders who have asked me to do something about it.
They say that city leadership is no longer creating solutions, it’s just coasting on the initiatives set in motion by Mayors Phil Hardberger and Julián Castro. That has become a big, big problem. In fact, present government is the problem. Under Mayor Ivy Taylor, our city has stopped rising.
After much thought and careful consideration, I have accepted that challenge and declared my candidacy for mayor in the May 6, 2017 election.
In the last 2 years, violent crime has skyrocketed and we’ve lost the stature and jobs we seek to cities like Austin, Houston and Dallas. We lead in categories like family violence, drunk driving and a lack of high-paying jobs. Mayor Taylor wants us to believe that it’s because of our airport, brown lawns, or the fact that we don’t have a baseball stadium downtown. Those are convenient excuses, but they are wrong.
I am running because I want to make San Antonio the city you deserve. You deserve a city government that spends your tax dollars judiciously and efficiently - not on boondoggle projects or behind closed doors without public scrutiny.
You deserve a city whose leaders are held to the highest ethical standards and held accountable when they violate those standards — not a city whose Mayor retroactively pardons herself after knowingly violating our code of ethics.
You deserve a city with visionary leadership that rises to meet the future so that we become the most successful city we can be — not more studies and more delayed decisions that shift a tougher burden onto the next generation.
I’m running for mayor because the city you deserve is better than what we have today, and it will take bold action to get there.
As our city grows by a projected 1.1 million residents in the next 25 years, we must establish a framework now that generates economic opportunity and resiliency and in the future. We will prioritize vocational training, small business and entrepreneurship, cultivating the jobs of the future in key industries. My plan will create pathways to careers and employer-community relationships, not simply jobs. Public school districts will not be forgotten, they will be our partners.
We will create a new standard of government transparency, accountability, responsibility and accessibility. My plan will recognize that a strong city is an engaged city, and that starts with unimpeachable integrity and public trust, backed by ethics rules with real teeth.
Continued growth will happen with or without a plan. But to get San Antonio moving and ensure we can benefit from that growth, I will advance a big picture transportation reform agenda that addresses both needed road maintenance and multimodal connectivity—because we do not have to sacrifice one for the other. My plan will be ambitious, citizen-driven, and voter-approved to meet the needs of the future.
I will build on San Antonio’s quality of life advantage by facilitating smart development and embracing our heritage through art, history and cultural initiatives. We will expand green space and the greenway trails, and we’ll achieve long-term water security through policies that are affordable and fiscally and environmentally responsible. I want all of us to be able to say, “I love it here, I wouldn’t live anywhere else.”
We will create a comprehensive housing policy that is equitable and respects all residents.
I will bring more of us together, not divide our city along partisan lines. We are a diverse city. We can work together better than any other city in America. But we can do better. We won’t just talk about diversity, we’ll embrace it. All citizens will have a seat at the table of city boards, commissions and the workforce. All citizens will have a voice. Only by working together will we achieve long-term results and reignite the momentum we’ve lost.
The city you deserve is within our reach. I ask you to join me in making it happen.
District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is a candidate for mayor.