OCCUPATION: Owner Operator of Briones Consulting & Engineering, LTD.
EDUCATION: BS in Civil Engineering - University of Texas at Austin
MS in Civil Engineering - UTSA
MS in Finance - UTSA
FAMILY: Wife - Krista Briones, Two Sons - Rolando Briones III, Cristian
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL? As a business owner and one who has served this community on several boards and commissions, I would like to focus our local government’s attention back on core city services. Too often and with good intentions, we find our local government trying to do too much. We need to focus our priorities on providing the best service we can to our constituents in the areas of: Public Safety, Infrastructure Maintenance and Planning, and Economic Development.
HAVE YOU RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL BEFORE? No
WHAT PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE? I run a business with over 40 employees. I have years of experience in managing multi-million dollar projects and have a history of delivering them on time and under budget. I have experience in managing a payroll and large operating budgets. I’ve also previously been appointed by two Mayor’s and Four City Councils to serve on several City Boards and Commissions: San Antonio Zoning Commission, San Antonio Planning Commission, San Antonio Zoning Board of Adjustments and several other city and non-profit committees.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IF ELECTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL? I want to make neighborhoods safer and ensure that our families have an enjoyable community in which to live, work and play. My goal is for our first responders to have the tools and resources necessary to protect our families and return home safely to theirs after a day on the job.
I am committed to finding real, long term road and traffic congestion solutions. We must leverage our tax dollars and coordinate efforts with state and local agencies to end the piecemeal approach that keep us stuck in traffic and our roadways in disrepair.
I will focus on attracting new good paying jobs and fostering an environment that keeps our local businesses here and provides them with growth opportunity, so that they can reinvest into our local economy.
WHAT ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES FACING THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO? San Antonio has been growing at a steady rate for some time now, but Federal and State budgets are shrinking and our revenues are not keeping pace with the demand for services. We need to focus on being more efficient in order to meet the demand for those services. That is why I believe there is a greater need to focus our priorities on basic core city services.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES FACING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SAN ANTONIO? Finding additional sources for our water supply and keeping our utility costs low. I think these are critical to our long-term economic stability, and play a vital role in attracting new businesses.
WHAT CAN THE CITY COUNCIL DO TO HELP SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH? I was not a supporter of the Pre-K for SA plan. From its onset, I was uncomfortable with the process. I felt it was rushed and that there were too many questions left unanswered for our residents to get a full sense of what they were buying. Perhaps there should have been more open dialogue on the options for use of the additional sales-tax revenue.
ARE THERE ANY DECISIONS THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL HAS MADE THAT YOU STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH? PLEASE LIMIT ANSWERS TO 3 ITEMS. I would like to focus on improving our delivery of basic core city services, and make sure that our tax-dollars are being utilized best in these areas: Public Safety, Road Improvements, and Traffic Solutions, etc. We cannot afford to divert funds to projects that fall outside the City Council’s purview. Let’s focus on what we should be doing, do it well, and then go from there.
WHAT ITEMS/PROGRAMS WOULD YOU CUT FROM THE CURRENT CITY BUDGET? I would like to focus on improving our delivery of basic core city services, and make sure that our tax-dollars are being utilized best in these areas: Public Safety, Road Improvements, and Traffic Solutions, etc. We cannot afford to divert funds to projects that fall outside the City Council’s purview. Let’s focus on what we should be doing, do it well, and then go from there.
DID YOU VOTE IN FAVOR OF OR AGAINST THE NEW PRE-K 4 S.A. PROGRAM? WHY? No. See response to question 6
WHAT MORE SHOULD THE CITY DO TO LOWER GANG ACTIVITY AND CRIME IN SAN ANTONIO? We rank on the lower end of Police Officers on the street per capita. I’m not suggesting we can arrest all of our problems away, but we all know that the best deterrent of crime is a Police Officer on the street.
ARE THERE ANY MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CITY UNDERTAKE? I would like to see where we are at with Prue Rd and Babcock Rd (near UTSA). They are in definite need of additional capacity and we will already be in the area addressing Hausman RD via the most recent Bond program.
However, I would like to revisit how we determine our overall infrastructure needs and focus our efforts on maximum efforts and utilization of our tax dollars on an annual basis and net necessarily rely on major bond programs. We need more cooperation with other government agencies, to ensure we are coordinating projects properly.