Sheryl Sculley

San Antonio Firefighters Launch Promotional Drive to Change City Charter

On April 11th, San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFFA) officials and supporters stood on the steps of City Hall to announce that the association was officially filing three petitions with the City to place charter amendments in a special November election. At a May city council meeting, the city clerk verified that each charter change petition had sufficient registered voter signatures (at least 20,000 each) collected and submitted within the required time frame. The SAPFFA has christened their city charter amendment initiative the “San Antonio First” Campaign. It took the firefighters and their supporters close to two months to raise …


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…


Doubling down on debt, San Antonio bond will make poor city poorer

City Hall brags about a AAA credit rating while San Antonio’s per capita income ranks 460th in Texas, behind virtually every other large metro in the state. A proposed $850 million bond package will drive the poor city deeper into debt. The gold-plated credit rating contrasts with the city’s rising red ink. Truth in Accounting, a nonpartisan organization that analyzes public-sector finances, conservatively calculates the Alamo City’s debt at $1.2 billion, or $3,300 per taxpayer. Throwing some shade on City Hall’s shiny credit score, TIA President Sheila Weinberg cautioned, “Credit ratings have very little to do with a government’s ability…