@2017 Political Ad paid for by the Matt Piña Campaign.

 LIST OF ISSUES

Affordable Housing
San Antonio residents are finding it more difficult to maintain a roof over their heads as the affordable housing market shrinks.  My plan is simple:
  •  Freeze the city portion of property taxes for homesteads.
  • Stop supplementing multi-million-dollar corporate developers with tax payer dollars.
Infrastructure
As our city grows it faces an ever-increasing burden on its streets, utilities, emergency services and other essential parts of our city's framework. I will:
  • Reach out to the community to identify problem areas and gather ideas for solutions.
  • Find a private developer interesting in investing in mass transit to switch the risk and cost from the tax-payers to the private sector
  • Work with our public sector groups (firefighters, police, VIA, TexDot, etc . . .) and the community to improve our existing systems.
Your Life, Your Choice
We need to empower people to decide together how to spend or not spend public money. Participatory budgeting and open communication helps deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. It takes our destiny back from special interests and puts your fate under your own dominion. 11 individuals have no right to decide personal choices for 1.5 million people.
  • Finding new and effective ways to improve the communication between the city and its citizens, ensuring a common understanding of the issues and that voices are
    heard.
  • Live-streaming meetings, create a video catalog online, provide budget specifics, and allow for more public engagement through multi media.
  • Ending Tobacco 21 and using the enforcement budget to help people quit smoking, if they want to quit.
  • Stopping the ban on backyard farming and similar regulations that keep the public dependent on corporate food sources and unable to direct their own private lives and
    budgets.
  • Establishing city-wide, participatory budgeting stopping the expenditure of tax-payer dollars on special projects

Public Safety
Looking at violent crime specifically, San Antonio's rate is 61% higher than the Texas average and 85% higher than the national average. I have lost two friends to murder in our city, been robbed at gun point, had my car vandalized, and my store burglarized. I feel your pain and plan to:

  •  Decrease crime by ending the police shortage and providing police officers with the training they need and have been asking for, but not receiving.

  •  Increase educational and economic opportunity, and political agency for the general community. Crime is directly related to feelings of hopelessness.

Stop the Alamo Plans

I spent the last year running for Texas Land Commissioner and talking to people about the Alamo "Reimagine" Plans. I was able to do what George P. Bush and Mayor Ron Nirenberg were unable to accomplish - listen to the people of San Antonio when they say they
do not like the current Alamo "Master" plan. I plan to:

  • Revoke the Alamo Plaza Lease with the state.

  • Stop the city spending of $38.5 Million tax dollars on the
    Alamo Plans and return that money to the residents of San Antonio.

Healthcare Access
I know that 20% of the population of San Antonio goes without primary, healthcare access. I also know that the vast majority of those citizens are hardworking and need access. My plan is simple:

  • Create a skeleton framework for private care facilities to extend their service to all people in San Antonio.

  • For a low monthly payment citizens will gain access to common medications, and preventative and non-emergency care through local providers.

 

Environment
In much the same way the Kyoto Protocols broke down, the Paris Accords will ultimately fail. The whole point of the agreement is to give our current council a climate-friendly face. I will not ignore the environment, instead I will:

  • Create networks and norms of civic engagement that allows members of our community to work together and forge a plan that fits the needs of our community.

  • Facilitate a plan for San Antonio to become a zero-waste community by:

  1.  Sorting out any recyclables

  2. “Bio-stabilizing” the mixed waste and use it for energy

  3. Landfilling the remaining inert material in a dry tomb landfill  

  4.  Identifying non-recyclable items and contacting those companies about redesigning the product or package so that it is recyclable, compostable, or reusable.