Articles by Stan Mitchell

Stonewalling, Reality, Criminality, Intervention, Transparency

Stonewalling Alamo Torch contributors’ inputs to city government and its bureaucracies — whether mailed, emailed or presented verbally — are consistently neglected. Has a Torch contributor ever received  a written city government response to one of our questions or concerns? “There oughta be a law!” Good news, friends. There is a law. (It is definitely worth the read!) The Texas Public Information Act provides at Section 552.001(a) this policy: “Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative govern-ment that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the people, it is…


When Corruption Turns Deadly

Our Coalition has communicated extensively for three years the unfavorable financial impact of decisions by our unregulated utility monopolies: VIA’s “Modern Streetcar” was sold to a naive City Council in 2011 by Pat DiGiovanni, City Manager Sheryl Sculley’s Deputy, who never answered the question, “How much more will it cost to own and operate streetcars than the buses they would replace?”  The LetThePeopleVote Coalition, with your petition signature, stopped the streetcar project.  Mayor Taylor approved the project but  during her election campaign declared VIA’s streetcar project “wasteful.” CPS’ Lead Attorney Carolyn Shellman said the CPS Smart Grid project would generate…


Where is Accountability and Transparency in the San Antonio City Government?

Are you concerned about our City government as we transition from the Taylor to the Nirenberg administration?  We are told that Mayor Taylor was the more politically conservative candidate but predictably failed her re-election bid because she allowed her considerable power to be diluted by an unrestrained city staff.  The electorate seemed to ask, along with our San Antonio Making Bureaucracies Accountable Coalition, “Who’s in charge?” Accountability remains the issue as our Mayor/Council continues their transition. Our City government is managed by two groups — our elected Mayor/Council (10 Council Members plus Mayor Nirenberg) and the unelected bureaucracies for which…