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Mayor Ron Nirenberg Speaks Out On Proposed Charter Amendments Set For November Ballot

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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg holds a press conference on Sept. 20, shortly after the cancellation of town hall event addressing city charter amendments on the November ballot.

Registered voters in San Antonio will see three key propositions when filling out their ballot for the Nov. 6 election cycle. 

Lettered A, B and C – said to stand for the phrase "Approved By Citizens" – these proposals were spearheaded by the local firefighters union, which endorses the following amendments to the city's charter:

A) Lowering required number of signatures for petitions presented to City Council;

B) Limiting the city manager's pay and tenure; and

C) Binding arbitration instead of a lawsuit as the City and the fire union continue to negotiate over their unresolved collective bargaining agreement.

An opposing campaign called "Go Vote No" by the political action committee Secure San Antonio's Future and officials like Mayor Ron Nirenberg argue that these unprecedented measures are fueled by special interests, and if approved, would destabilitze city government, raise taxes and cut publicly-provided services. 

 
How does the city's long history of conflict with the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association factor into this issue? What should citizens know before casting their vote?  

 
Guest: Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of the City of San Antonio

View information about proposed amendments to the city charter here.

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*This interview is reairing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 98.1 FM and streaming on tpr.org. 

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.