Amid protest, San Antonio approves police union contract
The contract includes 15% in base pay increases for officers over five years and a 2% bonus payment to be paid within 30 days. The increase would make local police officers among the highest-paid in the state, second to Austin, city officials have said. Union members voted overwhelmingly to approve the contract on April 26. Under the narrower jurisdiction of a third-party arbitrator who reviews officer appeals, the city can better challenge their rulings in municipal court, city officials have said. During that time, however, base pay raises for union members stop and they continue to pay increased health insurance premiums each year.sanantonioreport.org
San Antonio City Council adopts $3.1 billion budget
The City Council on Thursday adopted a $3.1 billion budget for the 2022 fiscal year that restores many cuts made over the past two years, focuses on critical community needs, responds to crises differently and makes investments to become a more resilient city.
‘There are no quick fixes’: Bravo’s plans on camping at San Antonio District 1 field office remain uncharted
Under Mario Bravo’s predecessor, Roberto Treviño, the District 1 field office near IH-10 and Vance Jackson, next to the Westfall Library, had been a safe haven for people experiencing homelessness to camp out. The situation has exasperated neighbors in the surrounding area, though, who hope the new councilman will get rid of the camp.
Climate expert Mario Bravo turns up the heat in the District 1 Council Runoff
It’s a cloudy Monday morning when District 1 candidate Mario Bravo, 45, connects to our Zoom call from his backyard. Bravo was one of six candidates who ran for the District 1 seat on San Antonio City Council. On Election Day, a total of 12,569 votes were cast in the downtown district. READ MORE: District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño fights for a fourth termThis is Bravo’s second run for public office. Though Bravo came in third in the Democratic primary, he says the experience helped refine the way he communicates with the voters.mysanantonio.com
District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño fights for a fourth term
It’s an early Wednesday afternoon and I’m speaking with Roberto Treviño, one of San Antonio’s boldest progressives currently in elected office, about the final stretch of his District 1 council runoff against environmental activist Mario Bravo. “They are compassion, equity, and simply being thoughtful about everyone,” he says via phone with a warm, raspy voice. As an outspoken housing advocate, Treviño has fought for initiatives like the Under 1 Roof program and the City’s emergency housing assistance program. Regardless of the electoral outcome, Treviño believes he’s made a difference in the way local government operates. “A fourth term is very important to me because of all these programs that I’ve started that I want to see through,” he says.mysanantonio.com