On Wednesday, April 11, several groups including the San Antonio Firefighters Association and some grassroots conservative groups held a rally that unhinged the SA City Hall and Establishment, again. To show their displeasure, the City did its best to disrupt the rally by blocking off the public area in front of city hall.
That did not deter the rally participants as they cheered for the three petitions that would limit the city's power, and by definition, Mayor Ron Nirenberg's and City Manager Sheryl Sculley's power. The three petitions:
- Require arbitration in lieu of litigation that costs the taxpayers when there's an impasse in collective bargaining. The half million-dollar city manager has chosen to sue the SAFFA and spend taxpayer money on costly attorneys, rather bargain with the Firefighters.
- Limit the term of employment and salary of a city manager. Sheryl Sculley, the city manager gets paid almost $500,000 annually, has no contact or interaction with the public directly, and seems to intimidate the city council into doing what she wants.
- Amends the city charter to facilitate voter use of referendums by allowing more time to get signatures, by requiring no more than 20,000 signatures of registered voters for a petition, and to expand the types of ordinances that are subject to a voter referendum.
As stated already, these three petitions would greatly limit the power of the SA city government which has gotten huge, lacks transparency, and is largely unresponsive to the common citizen. Of course, SA mayor Ron Nirenberg has told the media that these petitions would "hurt" San Antonio because they would prevent the city government from acting.
However, considering how the city has acted, in activities such as changing street names, the creation of a city run pre-k program, the gentrification neighborhoods and removal residents, the removal of confederate statues and names, the appointment of cronies to major city boards and committees, the funding of pro-abortion programs, the creation of a city-funded legal service for illegal aliens, the support of street cars and toll roads, and many other costly and unnecessary projects...shouldn't the citizens want to limit the city's power?
Limited government, whether federal, state or local, is best.