On Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, San Antonio city councilman Roberto Trevino controlled the meeting, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush complimented the results as the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee decided to renovate Alamo Plaza, including relocating the Cenotaph and "highlighting" all cultures.
The plan's approval means the San Antonio city government and SA Establishment can proceed with their plans to move the iconic Cenotaph and minimize the Battle of the Alamo, particularly the role of the defenders, in order to give it the site more "global" appeal. That includes the visual appearance of the Alamo, and the presentation of its history.
It means the Cenotaph, the central monument to the Alamo defenders, will be moved. This can be compared to the removal confederate statues because many progressives feel the Alamo defenders were pro-slavery, Anglo-American imperialist invaders who helped “steal” Texas from Mexico.
A candidate’s character is always a good topic for discussion during election campaigns, and El Paso congressman and Democrat candidate for U.S. senate Robert Francis “Beto” O'Rourke’s character should be no different. It should be carefully examined by Texas voters as they get ready to vote in November.
How a person responds to adversity and/or to problems they create, as well as how they present themselves in public, says something about them. O’Rouke’s past can give voters a peak into his character and what kind of senator he will be.
In 1995, O’Rourke, was arrested in El Paso County for illegal trespassing and jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was released on bail the next day, but he says it was a youthful mistake and not a major crime. However, it was serious enough for him to be arrested and detained.
In 1998, he was involved in a far more serious incident. O’Rourke was arrested for drunk driving and for trying to flee the scene of an accident.
The San Antonio city council voted unanimously on Thursday, Aug. 16 place three city charter amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot for the voters to decide. The SA mayor and most members of the city council have opposed the amendments and formed a PAC to raise money to fight them.
The amendments would: 1) cap the salary of future city managers and place term limits on them; 2) lower the threshold for signatures on referendum petitions, increase the amount of time allowed for gathering them and remove prohibitions against overturning utility rates, tax levies and appropriations; and 3) give the Firefighters’ union the ability ask for arbitration if necessary.
The city has been fighting against these charter changes because they don’t want their power limited nor have the voters have a say in the matter. The SA city council has often ruled without having voter input on controversial issues, such as the oridnance forcing private businesses to provide sick-leave to their employees that was passed today.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 15, a state district judge denied a request from the city’s PAC to prevent the City Council from calling for a November charter amendment election at today’s meeting. The judge said the Firefighters’ union did not act illegally in gathering signatures for the petitions for the city charter amendments.
Democrat candidate for U.S. senate from Texas, Robert Francis (Beto) O’Rourke, has score a major campaign victory according to the state and local press for his answer and position on the NFL-national-anthem controversy.
On Friday, Aug. 10, at a town hall event in Houston, a man who identified himself as a veteran from a family of veterans told O’Rouke that he was offended by football players’ protests during the "Star-Spangled Banner". He asked if O'Rourke agreed.
O’Rouke answered, "My short answer is no, I don't think it's disrespectful. Reasonable people can disagree on this issue…let's begin there. And it makes them no less American for them to come down on a different conclusion."
He compared their protest to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr., noting that the NFL players and other major sports figures were focusing public attention on “police brutality involving unarmed black men, women and children.”
In yet another example of the San Antonio Express-News’ bias in reporting, the paper ran an article on Friday, Aug. 10 criticizing Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for paying his top staffers six-figure wages with a top salary of $265,000. But ironically, the SA Express has never criticized San Antonio city manager Sheryl Sculley for her $500,000 salary.
The SA Express-News is the public mouthpiece for SA/Bexar County Establishment which supports Sculley, and promotes the Establishment’s agenda. However, they criticize, attack, or ignore any opponents, and this article appears to be a hit piece on Abbott because he has opposed the SA/Bexar County Establishment’s agenda on several occasions.
Abbott was criticized in the article because his staff’s salaries exceed those paid in California, Florida and other big states. According to the comparisons made in the article, five of Abbott’s top administrators each make $265,000 a year. But SA city manager Sculley makes almost twice that much, and the SA Express-News has never criticized her.