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Chan Faces Ethics Violation Complaint

Ryan Loyd
TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is now facing an ethics complaint based on the secretly-recorded staff meeting in May where she used homophobic language and discussed possible political aspirations on city time.

D'mitri Kosub, a resident of Chan's district, filed a sworn complaint of ethics violations Tuesday with the San Antonio City Clerk's office.

The complaint alleges that Chan violated city policies by using city staff, time and property for a "partisan political purpose."

In a statement, Kosub said the city's ethics code is built on the idea that our shared city resources should not be used for that kind of activity.

"It is critical that our elected officials avoid the appearance of bias or favoritism when they create and execute policies," read the statement. "I have filed this complaint because I am concerned that Councilwoman Chan may have misused city resources and may have failed to avoid the appearance of bias or favoritism in the formulation of policy decisions."

Kosub is Democrat and political strategist. He said he realizes these kinds of discussions are appropriate for campaign offices.

"But once a representative is elected and sent to do business on behalf of all constituents, I think that it's really important that they work very hard to avoid even the appearance of bias or favortism, and that rather than working for just their small partisan political constituency, that they work for the district that they were elected to represent as a whole," he said in an interview by phone.

The matter will be reviewed by City Attorney Michael Bernard before going to the Ethics Review Board for consideration.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.