Your Questions Answered: San Antonio City Council District 4 candidates

SAN ANTONIO - Saturday, May 4, 2019, is the general election in San Antonio. All 10 city council district seats will be on the ballot.

This page will offer links to results for the City Council District 4 election in the May 4 San Antonio general election. 

Check back for the results. Go ahead and bookmark this page now so you have it ready on May 4 and 5, and beyond. 

Important Election Dates

Monday, April 22, 2019: FIRST day of Early Voting.  

Friday, April 26, 2019: Holiday - Municipal and County Offices Closed.  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019: LAST day of Early Voting.

Saturday, May 4, 2019: Election Day


San Antonio City Council District 4 candidates:

  • Johnny Arredondo
  • Samantha "Sami" Sanchez
  • Genevieve Trinidad
  • Adriana Rocha Garcia
  • Joel Mendoza

Your Questions Answered!

We asked you to submit your questions for the San Antonio mayoral and city council candidates and you delivered. We received more than 300 questions in the last few weeks. We then asked you to vote on the submitted questions to help us select the top ones in each council race that you would like to have the candidates answer. We are now asking the candidates to answer those questions. We will post their answers here, so check back soon.

District 4 Candidate Questions:

  • A total of 34 votes were received.
  • Top vote recipients:
  1. "What is being done to address the homeless population on Marbach and 410?" - Submitted by Jose Granados (15 votes)
    • Adriana Rocha Garcia: "I reached out to Haven for Hope a few weeks ago to speak with them about their reach beyond their downtown campus. They explained to me that there is an outreach  team that travels out regularly to try to get folks in our area to go to Haven for Hope for their services. Unfortunately, it looks like many of the folks in the area of Marbach and 410 are involved in drug activities, meaning that there is likely criminal activity involved. At that point, their team works with SAFE officers to monitor the situation. The reason I reached out to Haven for Hope was because after a candidate forum, a concerned resident cornered me and asked me what I was going to do, if elected, about a homeless camp behind a local elementary school. He mentioned that there was drug use evidence (needles) along his property gate and said that children walk back there and can see it. I decided I could not wait until I got elected because the safety of children was at stake. The very next day, I attended a school board meeting and invited the school district to join me for a walk to see what we could do together. I also reached out to our State Representative's office to think of possible solutions where we may be able to work together to make these areas priority areas, but more importantly, work together on possible solutions to the overall issue of homelessness. If elected, I will work with these groups to create a Task Force to plan to research best practices in cities experiencing similar patterns."
    • Joel Mendoza: "Homelessness in San Antonio is a continuous issue especially in District 4. Haven For Hope is an amazing organization that helps many, but we need to find many more resources to deal with this matter. If elected I’d like to propose a homeless work program similar to our sister city in FortWorth. A homeless work program that partners up with a local shelter to hire a number of homelessness people to pickup trash and they will be paid an hourly wage. The idea is to get them to contribute their part to the community and save money to hopefully exit homelessness. We need to get to know these individuals on a one on one basis and educate them of city resources so when they are ready they will know where to turn to. We need to start looking for permanent solutions and not just depend on what we have and temporary solutions."
  2. Twenty years ago the sewer charge was 50 cents a month, now mine is 50 dollars a month, water meters are also 50 years old. What can you do? - Anonymous submission (10 votes)
    • Adriana Rocha Garcia: "It is my understanding that sewer charges are based on average gallons used during a certain time period. I would begin by working with SAWS to understand how the charges are assessed and look to see if there's any way that homeowners can have some help in checking if they have been over-billed. For example, my sewer charge is $19.17 per month, but I live in a subdivision that is about a decade old. I would begin by using my fee as an example and see how they arrive at the fee. Perhaps there are discrepancies that we would come across based on the average age of the meters. I'd like to see if there's a direct correlation between sewer usage fees and the age of those meters." 
    • Joel Mendoza: "As technology advances and the need to keep up with it, we need to be on top of every effective and accurate way to provide the best services to San Antonio residents especially when it comes to utility bills. I’d like to see the entire city move to “smart” water meters. “Smart” water meters will be able to alert residents of any water leaks and also, it will report in time usage so residents can see how much water they have used in the current month. Residents can sign up to receive alert notices via text or email through an online portal or mobile app. The aging water system in San Antonio needs a major lift and I believe a “smart” water meter system is the route to take to give residents more control of their utility bill."
  3. "What do y'all feel has been neglected about district 4? Roads, schools, business, housing ect." - Anonymous submission (6 votes)
    • Adriana Rocha Garcia: "Although many things have been neglected in our District, I believe that there is opportunity to advocate for all of the issues needed to sustain a great quality of life. There is a sidewalks plan, a lighting plan, and a parks plan that were all designed with input from our community members and neighborhood association leaders. We can continue to advocate for projects that improve our quality of life and bring funding to projects that have been traditionally only seen in other parts of our city. We also have an opportunity to gain from economic development that results from responsible growth- an opportunity to make District 4 a place where you can live, work and play, without having to leave too far from home. We have plenty of land in District 4 and we have more than one million folks moving to San Antonio by 2040, so I'm sure we will share in some of that growth. If we plan now, we can prepare for the growth so that our current neighborhoods are not affected as much by traffic, congestion and crime that may result from that growth. We also must plan now so that we do not experience the same type of displacement that has happened across the nation, and we need to make a plan to prevent that from happening to our most vulnerable populations."
    • Joel Mendoza: "Aside from the usual neglecting of infrastructure,economic development, and social justice resources I believe the residents of District 4 have been neglected. There has to be more communication and transparency between the districts councilman/councilwoman and the constituents, to be able to rebuild the trust in elected officials that many residents have lost. As elected officials by the public, city leaders need to be the voice and representation of their people. I believe in no longer neglecting the residents of District 4 and being their voice and their vote in city hall. I will work towards communicating every issue with ALL residents in District 4 to make sure they are listened to and that I represent them fairly with every vote I make. I will work towards removing power and politics out of politics and give the power back to the people."

Here is a list of other questions that were submitted.

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