San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, Texas
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General information
City website:http://www.sanantonio.gov/
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Mayor:Julian Castro
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:10
2014 FY Budget:$2,300,000,000
Composition data
Population:1,383,000
Gender:51.2% Female
Race:White 72.6%
White Not-Hispanic 26.6%
African American 6.9%
Asian 2.4%
Native American 0.9%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or More 3.4%
Ethnicity:Hispanic 63.2%
Unemployment:5.9%
Median household income:$44,937
High school graduation rate:80.0%
College graduation rate:24.2%
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San Antonio Texas is a city in Texas and the seat of Bexar County. Based on 2012 statistical data, San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States.[1]

Office of the Mayor

Julian Castro is the current Mayor of San Antonio.[2] Castro served on the San Antonio City Council from 2001 to 2009, when he was elected Mayor.[3]

City Council

Current members, San Antonio City Council
District Councilmember
1 Diego M. Bernal
2 Ivy R. Taylor
3 Rebecca J. Viagran
4 Rey Saldana
5 Shirley Gonzales
6 Ray Lopez
7 Cris Medina
8 Ron Nirenberg
9 Joe Krier
10 Mike Gallagher

San Antonio's legislative body is the City Council, made up of ten members from ten council districts. The Council's duties include appointing the City Manager, Municipal Court Judges, City Clerk City Auditor and members of the City's various boards and commissions.[4] The City Council meets every Thursday at 9:00 A.M.[5]

Budget

The adopted budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $2.3 billion, and includes collective bargaining wage increases for police and fire departments, infrastructure maintenance, neighborhood revitalization, economic development in downtown neighborhoods and increased senior care capacity.

The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from October 1 to September 31 of the next year. The Office of Management and Budget is responsible for developing the city's budget. The process begins with public hearings throughout the city. Next, a five year forecast is presented to the City Council prior to developing a budget, so that future revenues and expenses are taken into account. After receiving public input and a service priorities list from City Council, the City Manager and City Staff create the budget proposal. The City Council may then make any changes before adopting the budget. The deadline for budget adoption is September 27. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.[6]

Contact information

Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Phone: 210-207-7253
Email: OfficeoftheCityClerk@sanantonio.gov
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:45 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Office of the Mayor
City Hall
100 Military Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-207-8998
Email: mayorjuliancastro@sanantonio.gov
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:45 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Lobbying

The City of San Antonio paid for $160,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for five issues relating to Federal Budget & Appropriates, two issues relating to Transportation and one issue relating to Aviation, Airlines & Airports.[7]

The City of San Antonio has a PDF of all registered lobbyists available on the City Clerk's website.

Ballot measures

See also: Bexar County, Texas ballot measures

The city of San Antonio is in Bexar County. A list of ballot measures in Bexar County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Texas

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 1,359,758.[8] San Antonio is a charter city. Signature requirement is 10% of the electors qualified to vote at the time of the last regular municipal election. Petition form requirements are in the San Antonio Charter, Art. IV, Sec. 36. File petitions with the city clerk. After certification, the council has 60 days to pass or submit at a special or regular municipal election not less than 30 nor more than 90 days from the date the council takes its final vote thereon. Charter specifies that cannot use initiative for ordinances appropriating money, levying a tax, granting a franchise, or fixing public utility rates; as well as ordinances zoning or rezoning property.

DocumentIcon.jpg San Antonio Charter, Art. IV, Sec. 34-44

Public pensions

See also: Texas public pensions

Controversies

Restraining Order

John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar, two San Antonio citizens and former employees of the city, claimed they found inaccuracies with city contracts and filed multiple FOIA requests and made repeated efforts to contact city officials. According to Texas Public Radio (TPR), the two men did not receive the information they wanted and were both banned from attending city council meetings and were banned from city hall. The city attorney told TPR that if the police department determines someone is a threat, the individual can be prevented from coming onto city property. No information was provided as to the specifics of the restraining order.[9]

Website evaluation

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Public Records Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The names and contact information of all city council members, as well as the Mayor and his staff, are available.[10][11]*The city council meeting agendas[12], minutes[13], and meeting schedule[14] are published.
  • Administrators are listed with phone numbers and physical addresses; email addresses are not always provided on the department pages.[15][16]
  • Open Records Request procedures, as well as a way of checking the status of record requests, are provided.[17]
  • The current budget is published.[18]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are posted.[18]
  • Monthly City Check Registers are posted.[18]
  • Information about obtaining building permits is provided, as well as city zoning ordinances.[19][20]
  • Local tax information is provided.[21]
  • Bidding and contracting opportunities are posted.[22] Awarded contracts and contract documents are not available.[23][24]

The bad

  • Email addresses are not provided for administrative officials.
  • Lobbying information is not disclosed.

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