Nirenberg re-formats Charter Review Commission, gives group marching orders

As the Charter Review & Amendment timeline heats up with the Primary Election push by the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association with 3 Charter Amendment Petitions, Mayor Nirenberg disbands and re-creates the Charter Review Commission with people who are progressive. One of the new appointees is former Council Member Patti Radle who is the President of the SAISD Board of Trustees and recently led the school district to undermine student privacy by expanding the ISD policy to grant special class protections based on unhealthy lifestyles of Sexual OrientationGender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIGE) expanding on the City’s unjust NDO decision in 2013. Citizens should be very concerned not only after the abrupt dismissal of the prior CRC appointees led (by Jeff Webster who had taken deliberate action to be open, transparent and listen to all citizens) but also by the ideology of the new appointees. It might be a good time to consider getting involved in your local process as the CoSA Charter is like the Constitution is to the USA.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Wednesday recast the makeup of the San Antonio Charter Review Commission ahead of a potential November election to amend the city’s guiding document.

The commission had been dormant since last summer as Nirenberg has floated some ideas about potential charter amendments. But late last month, the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association kicked off a petition drive that, if successful, would result in three charter amendments, potentially on this November’s ballot.

In a Wednesday memo Nirenberg sent to council members and obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, he wrote that the new commission would “consider ballot propositions to amend the charter during a possible November 2018 election.”

He’s asked the commission to consider issues that fall within four areas only — development, public finance, ethics and governance. Their recommendations are due to the Governance Committee by June, ahead of a possible August vote to call the November election.

Nirenberg named Bonnie Prosser Elder, general counsel for VIA Metropolitan Transit, as chairwoman. Other members include former City Attorney Frank Garza, who’s a carryover from the previous commission, and former council members Patti Radle and Bonnie Conner.

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