Medina, Nirenberg continue back-and-forth over issues at AARP debate

Mayor Ivy Taylor backed out of debate, citing schedule conflict

SAN ANTONIO – Two of the three major candidates for San Antonio mayor came together Tuesday to discuss the many issues on which they do not see eye-to-eye.

AARP held its debate at Palo Alto College, with the topics focusing on those that impact people older than 50.

Councilman Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Democratic Chairman Manuel Medina took questions for the people who attended.

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One of the many areas they disagree on is the city's $850 million bond proposal.

"When it comes it the $650 million that I support, streets and drainage, flood control, parks and recreation, library, it is going to basic needs that we all support.” Medina said. “What I don't understand is why we have to give away $200 million to get that."

Nirenberg struck a different tone when rebutting Medina.

"You are not going to drive on every single street that's invested in the bond. You may not even visit every park that's invested in the bond,” he said. Although, I hope you will. They're all very beautiful parks, and that's the point. It doesn't matter where you live in this community. You deserve as good a community as anyone else, whether you're on the North Side, South Side, East Side or West Side."

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Mayor Ivy Taylor was scheduled to attend, but later withdrew, citing a scheduling conflict.

Early voting for the May 6 election begins April 24.