S.A. District 6 candidate Steve Shamblen
EDUCATION: I am a high school drop-out that has earned a G.E.D. and three technology degrees for Aviation, Electronics and Computer Aided Drafting and Design. I have also earned college certificates in the following areas of study: Microsoft Office programs, Lithics (Reading Stone Artifacts), Food Service Sanitation, Deming Quality Philosophy and Parent Education. To see more detail please visit my website at www.SteveShamblen.net
FAMILY: No present family.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL? I am running for city council because I have a vision and a plan to create jobs and I want to see my vision become reality.
HAVE YOU RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL BEFORE? Yes, I was on the ballot in the 2011 San Antonio General Election for District 6.
WHAT PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE? I have been a pro-marijuana activist in San Antonio for 13 years and in that time I established and lead a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from 2002 to 2005.
I am currently the Treasurer of a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization named TeaPot Party inc. after being elected to the position in 2011.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IF ELECTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL? I want to create jobs by making San Antonio a place where residents and businesses use inexpensive CPS solar energy that is collected from a overhead structure that is built over Loop 410 and which is equipped with solar panels that have been built in a manufacturing building in our district for CPS.
WHAT ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES FACING THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO? I think a few of the most difficult challenges facing the city of San Antonio is going to have to address in the future is poverty, creating jobs, maintaining operation of city services to keep up with population growth and ethics.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES FACING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SAN ANTONIO? A few factors I can think of that are obstacles to stable economic growth are poverty, large number of under skilled or under educated workers and a non-accountable business incentive policy.
WHAT CAN THE CITY COUNCIL DO TO HELP SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH? As far as I can see there are four ways to create jobs and promote economic growth and they are;
a. Start many new small businesses, but the problem is that funding for small businesses is very tight right now because of the recession.
b. Expand existing businesses, but the percentage of businesses that are actually ready to expand is very small and will not create a large number of jobs.
c. Offer incentives to new large businesses to locate here, but the city ends up losing revenue that could have been collected and all too often we have seen the businesses that take advantage of the incentives fail to meet and keep their predicted number of jobs they will provide to our community.
d. Large projects. Our country was able to bring itself out of a Great Depression by completing large projects such as the Hoover Dam and building miles of interstate highway. I have brought a large project plan with me to this campaign in hopes that San Antonio can become the number one alternative energy producer in the entire country while we increase our energy independence and improve our economy. My large project will create jobs and improve quality of life throughout our city.
ARE THERE ANY DECISIONS THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL HAS MADE THAT YOU STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH? PLEASE LIMIT ANSWERS TO 3 ITEMS. Yes, I have answered this question before and will repeat the answer I gave;
a. Riverwalk lights - The Riverwalk lighting project is a failed solution and it has, and will be, costing our city way too much money. The first time they needed more money, years ago, should should have been a clear warning sign that it is a failed solution.
b. Durango street name change - At a time when our country, state and city were in the grips of a staggering economic recession and every dollar counted more than ever, our council member thought forcing businesses and residents on Durango St to spend money on changing their contact information was worth the city spending money on new street signs for a street that was already named. This makes no sense, what-so-ever.
c. Hunt ln and Marbach rd projects - Our council rep approved a company to do the work on two busy streets and they went bankrupt in the middle of the project. This is unacceptable and inexcusable.
WHAT ITEMS/PROGRAMS WOULD YOU CUT FROM THE CURRENT CITY BUDGET? I would rather focus on changing bad policies before cutting something. Currently the federal sequester is dictating future cuts and that in turn will create job losses and other negative effects that are not the result of anything the council has cut or not cut. The council will be forced to deal with the fall out from the sequester which means that our policies are going to be that much more important as sequester continues.
DID YOU VOTE IN FAVOR OF OR AGAINST THE NEW PRE-K 4 S.A. PROGRAM? WHY? During the last General Election I campaigned in favor of the Pre-K SA before it went to the voters. I voted in favor when it was on the ballot. I think that we strengthened the financial funding for our local education. This makes our education funding more dependable and we have decreased our dependence on outside sources of funding and that is a good thing. I would like to add that in addition to my support for the Pre-K program that I am a firm believer in Free Education and freedom of choice in education.
WHAT MORE SHOULD THE CITY DO TO LOWER GANG ACTIVITY AND CRIME IN SAN ANTONIO? Decrease poverty and increase job availability. If the city would adopt a policy to treat the possession of small amounts of marijuana as a low priority for law enforcement, it could save the city a lot of money on detention and court costs while allowing police to focus on real crimes that do far more harm to the people of San Antonio.
ARE THERE ANY MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE CITY UNDERTAKE? I have been promoting a concept for a new large project to increase our energy independence that would involve our local infrastructure. The project proposes to build a overhead structure over Loop 410 to support a solar power system that has been manufactured locally by CPS at the now empty Levi-Strauss building on Hwy 90 W. We cannot continue to give up land for conventional solar farms when we could be utilizing the space above Loop 410 produce huge amounts of energy from the sun while saving our land for better uses.