Aug Voter - charter amendments forum

Forum to weigh proposed charter amendments

Three important issues on the Nov. 6  ballot are proposed charter amendments that have gotten much publicity but require deeper understanding than an ad or sound bite can provide.

The League of Women Voters has plans underway for a forum to explore the proposals. Mark your calendars for Monday, Oct. 15, so you don’t miss Proposed Charter Amendments: Pros and Cons.

We will have two panelists for each side. Invited are Christopher Steele, head of the firefighters union, and District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse (unconfirmed), speaking in support of the amendments; Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Richard Perez with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will speak against the proposals. One would cap the salary of the city manager

at 10 times the earnings of the lowest-paid city employee and limit the tenure to eight years; another would reduce the  required number of signatures for any referendum from 10 percent of the number of registered voters in the previous municipal election (currently just under 70,000) to 20,000. It also would extend the amount of time that could be spent gathering those signatures; and one would give the fire union the sole right to declare when it has reached an impasse with the city on contract negotiations and unilaterally require that the city go to binding arbitration rather than file a lawsuit.

When: 6 p.m., October 15
Where:  Auditorium, Central Library, 600 Soledad
Forum, 3 hours of parking in the library garage are free.
The public is invited.