Hotelier Justin Holley Eyes District 1 City Council Seat

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Justin Holley on his front porch.

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Justin Holley is "seriously considering" running in May 2019 to represent City Council District 1.

A long road lies ahead for the City of San Antonio’s May 2019 general election – when voters will select Council members and a mayor – but at least one prospective candidate to represent District 1 has already emerged.

Justin Holley, partner and vice president of local hotel management company ABH Hospitality, appointed a campaign treasurer Thursday morning, officially kicking off the exploratory and fundraising phase of his campaign.

“I have a strong feeling of responsibility [to give] back to the community,” Holley, 46, told the Rivard Report. “I never wanted to be a politician [until] now.”

As chairman of the San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association board and a member of Visit San Antonio board, he has recently worked on plans for a proposed hotel tax and short-term rental regulations. He has also criticized City Council for not publicly discussing a bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

“Fiscally, I’m very conservative. … I don’t believe in frivolous spending,” he said, adding he does not identify with any political party. As a gay man, however, he considers himself socially liberal. “Government is there to protect its citizens. Everyone should be treated equally.”

Holley, a Wisconsin native who moved to San Antonio about 17 years ago, submitted his resignation from the Visit San Antonio board in the spring and Hotel and Lodging Association board Wednesday night in order to “seriously consider” entering the race for the seat currently held by two-term Councilman Roberto Treviño, he said. The district includes downtown from Southtown and Lavaca in the south and stretches north around Loop 410 near Castle Hills. It is loosely bordered by U.S. Highway 281 to the east and Interstate 10 to the west.

Local jazz musician Henry Brun, who serves on the City’s Arts Commission and the Visit San Antonio board, filed the paperwork at the City Clerk’s office to be Holley’s treasurer. The deadline to file an official application to be on the May 4 ballot will likely be set for early 2019. Treviño also sits on the Visit San Antonio board.

“I have no idea what I’ve gotten into,” Brun quipped. It’s his first time serving as a campaign treasurer. “I try not to side with anybody [politically], but I don’t feel like I’m straying too far away from my philosophy because I’m supporting a champion of the arts.

“Given the ample time that we have ahead of us, this is the time for [Holley] to really see what the constituency wants,” he added. “It’s not that I disagree with anything [Treviño] is doing. In this case, a friend [Holley] reached out for support.”

Treviño, a 47-year-old licensed architect and pilot, was first appointed to an interim seat by Council in December 2014 to serve out the term of Diego Bernal, who became state representative for District 123. Treviño went on to win the 2015 election with a 66 percent margin.

Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) facilitates the discussion and speaks with local artist Bill Fitzgibbons.

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Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) facilitates a discussion during a public meeting about a proposed 7 Eleven gas station on the Westside.

But the councilman faced tough competition in the 2017 election, during which five challengers ran against him, resulting in a runoff between him and local technology lawyer Michael Montaño. Treviño won the runoff with almost 52 percent of the vote.

Issues of neighborhood preservation dominated much of the conversation during the runoff, as did constituent engagement. District 1 is experiencing increased growth and development as urban core neighborhoods are becoming more and more appealing during the so-called “decade of downtown.”

Some residents bearing the brunt of that growth feel disengaged and “neglected” by their Council office, Holley said, sitting in his home in Woodlawn Lake. He purchased his great aunt’s 1920s home in 2016, renovated it, and moved in last year. “We’ve got to get back to a culture of service,” he said.

Justin Holley, hotelier and prospective City Council District 1 candidate, on his laptop in his home office.

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Justin Holley, hotelier and prospective City Council District 1 candidate, works on his laptop in his home office.

Asked to respond to that concern Thursday, Treviño cited the dozens of public meetings and engagement opportunities he and his office have facilitate throughout his tenure on Council. He has led discussions on new rules for zoning and development aimed at preserving the character of inner-city neighborhoods, helped lead forums about Alamo Plaza’s redevelopment as a tri-chair of the Alamo Citizens Advisory Committee, facilitated the Alameda Theater renovation partnership with Texas Public Radio, helped bring more Spanish translation services to the City, expanded the Under 1 Roof program, and he continues to work on short-term rental ordinance proposals, sidewalk and downtown lighting plans, the Symphony Task Force, and a new Renters Advisory Committee.

“We’re engaged in just about every issue,” Treviño said. “And not just in District 1, [they] truly [have] citywide impacts too.

“No one has ever tried to solve sidewalks,” he added. “Now we’re on that path, so to speak.”

But it’s not just residents who feel neglected, Holley said, it’s also the tourism industry as a whole.

In early May, Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced San Antonio would not pursue a bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention – a result of City Council’s discussion in a private meeting regarding the convention’s economic impact. The announcement came after a previously undisclosed decision not to pursue the bid was exposed by a tweet from Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager and former San Antonio media strategist.

Treviño and others opposed the convention bid, citing Trump’s policies and attitude toward Mexican immigrants and vulnerable populations.

“The fiscal benefit of hosting the current administration’s Republican National Convention in San Antonio does not outweigh the tremendous respect we have for our cultural heritage,” Treviño said during the annual State of the Center City speech.

Holley said then and now that Visit San Antonio and the tourism industry at-large should have been notified and consulted before the decision was made. San Antonio sent a discriminatory message that “we don’t want the Republicans here,” he said.

“That’s an over-simplified statement,” Treviño told the Rivard Report. “Much more went into that decision … people that were involved know that. We’re focused on protecting people in the community and protecting [their] dignity.”

The hospitality sector is one of the largest in the city, Holley said, a $13.6 billion industry employing one in eight people in San Antonio – so industry leaders should be included. It annually generates about $80 million in the form of the hotel occupancy tax, which goes to public art and preservation.

To ensure San Antonio’s success, Holley said, “we have to make sure that industries that are generating revenue for the city are firing on all cylinders.

“What’s good for a local is great for a tourist,” Holley said, and vice versa. “This is the first city that I felt accepted in.”

That is another reason why he would strongly oppose the “bathroom bill” and similar legislation at the state level. Almost all current City Council members have voiced the same stance, including Treviño.

“Texas will be viewed as closed for business” if a law requiring transgender people to use bathroom for the sex on their birth certificates is passed, Holley said. 

Holley also agrees with most of Council that the three charter amendments the local firefighters union placed on the November ballot are bad for the City.

“If those get enacted, it’s going to put San Antonio into a dark period,” he said.

Holley grew up in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, and attended culinary school before pursuing a hospitality and tourism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After graduating in December 1994, he found work as a general manager for La Quinta, where he worked for 12 years and eventually became the company’s youngest vice president at 27. 

He was laid off in 2006 and took one year off to travel to Europe, Alaska, and Rome and complete mission work in Africa.

When he returned, he wanted to go back to being a general manager, but said he was deemed overqualified in several instances. He eventually found work at the near Eastside Staybridge Suites, became a brand manager, met his business partner, and decided it was time to start anew with ABH Hospitalities. The company manages eight hotels for ownership groups including Holiday Inn and La Quinta locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Buda.

His strategy, should this “exploratory period” show that he should run, he said, is to simply “spend time with the people.”

“I see a voter like a Trip Advisor review,” he said. “Make sure it’s the best review possible – everything has to be about [constituents]. It’s their taxpayer dollars that are paying for everything.”

62 thoughts on “Hotelier Justin Holley Eyes District 1 City Council Seat

  1. I’m sticking with Treviño. He’s at every possible meeting you can attend and he’s impartial and reasonable. He’s also accessible and returns calls. I think he’s firing on all cylinders and it would be foolhardy to vote away his experience and momentum.

  2. 1. Wrong color skin for District 1, sorry man. Cold hard reality.

    2. Enough with these out of town (and out of state) politicians. We’ve had enough with out of touch people running this city.

    3. Tax on temporarily renting the home you own is a non-starter and a fascist mindset.

    We should actively oppose this man’s bid for Council. Sorry.

    • In other words, this city is anti-white? AND furthermore, it is true that it is racist? Thanks for clarifying what I finally figured out, being an “out of towner”.
      What do you consider “in touch”, preferential treatment of brown skin?
      SA is made up of a lot of out of towners. It is a military town, rather you like it or not and they come in all shades of color. I am grateful for the diversity they bring to a decidedly not diverse city.
      Small town mind in a city trying to grow. The other issues are REAL but using the race card is very small minded.

    • D1 has lots of Anglos, and lots of social liberal fiscal conservatives. Tony, you might be surprised, sorry man, cold hard reality.

  3. What the District One constituency wants is for their neighborhoods to be protected and saved form the city staff’s attempt to destroy the very geese that are laying the golden eggs…our neighborhoods! Neighborhoods are what people rave about and look for when moving to San Antonio. They are our fabric!

    Want to get elected Mr. Holley? Protect District 1 neighborhoods and the hundreds of thousands of constituents who live in these neighborhoods pay and have paid millions in tax dollars many, many years.

    The proposed city staff are in the cult phase of high density and affordable housing in the inner city neighborhoods, with city revenue used for ‘as-a-right’ development incentives in cash, forgiveable loans, property tax abatements for up to 35 pears, and city owned utility fee waivers, etc. It’s a crime and no matter what any bond rating company says, borrowing money because you can catches up with you!

    • You seem to have a very odd view of what it means to be a neighborhood, Susie, not to mention what your taxes actually entitle you to as a resident. I’m frankly tired of the rhetoric about how new development is seen as an “attempt to destroy” a neighborhood, when the intense opposition to higher density development in our neighborhoods is precisely what drives up the cost of housing to the point that middle-income people can’t get in and lower-income people are getting pushed out. (And yes, I said our neighborhoods because I live there too) Being a proponent of higher density and affordable housing is not “a crime,” nor does it make one part of a “cult.” Last but not least, your tax dollars are used to pay for the services of living in a community–they do not buy you veto power over other people’s property and what they can do with it.

      • Ray – I completely agree. I’m tired of the trope that the City and developers are “destroying neighborhoods” by bringing much needed density and vibrancy to the city’s core.

        • But what about the long term residents of these redeveloping neighborhoods who are being gentrified out of their homes by ever-rising property values? Change is inevitable, but it shouldn’t come at a cost of the current residents’ homes.

          • I’ve said it before: Long-term residents who cannot afford the taxes on the rising values of their homes do not deserve a free ride while their homes continue to rise in value; that would not be fair to other taxpayers. The only just way to allow them to stay in their homes is to offer them DEFERRED taxes that must be paid from the income of selling the home when they no longer want to live there (or at the point they decide not to continue listing it as their homestead).

          • Deferred taxes already exist in law; problem is that interest rate is too high. When the home is sold then the taxes are paid from closing proceeds together with the high interest cost. Problem with the new apartment complexes in the center city and southtown is that they are plain ugly !

  4. The fact that he wanted to talk about inviting the RNC to San Antonio already demonstrates that he’s out of touch with the majority of constituents of district 1. Treviño is doing a fine job.

  5. The article states:

    “San Antonio sent a discriminatory message that ‘we don’t want the Republicans here,’ he said.”

    No. If SA was indeed sending a “message,” it was that we don’t want the discriminatory Republican party here. Our city could easily erupt in riots if those hate-driven and corporate-profit-driven Republicans were to party-hearty here. The Republican convention will be in Charlotte, NC. I don’t think any other cities bid for the “honor” of hearing Trump bellow about how great he is. I hope each Republicans that goes to the convention in Charlotte will be able to use their bathroom of choice; not everyone in NC is welcome to. And, if Dan Patrick had his way (nice try Dan, but you’re crazy and you wasted the entire last legislative session on your delusional misunderstanding of transgender people), not everyone in TX could use the appropriate bathroom either.

    • Erupt in riots? Then who is really bringing the hate? Lack of tolerance of other’s views to the point of rioting isn’t discriminatory? My views only or violence. That isn’t anti-fascist, that is fascist.

      I can already tell I would probably disagree with you politically but I would always defend your right to say it, vote for it, and believe whatever you want.

      • I didn’t say I supported any potential rioting; I merely feared that such would happen, as it has in other cities. And I don’t think the fuel for such rioting would be hate; it would be outright anger.
        I needn’t tell you that our country has never been so divided as it is now (except during Civil War) courtesy of Trump & Co. and the right-wing Republicans who are legislating away any of our freedoms that can at all be interpreted as defying Holy Scripture or some such delusion. Folks are frustrated by the magical granting to special interests. Why is the Republican party adverse to legislating a living, minimum wage for all Americans to be self-supporting? Why are most Republicans adamant about illegalizing abortion yet do NOTHING about preventing the need for abortion by launching a national safe-sex/controlled fertility health program?
        I am heartened by recent actions by concerned folks to encourage communication across the various divides in our culture right now. We all have to listen to each other, even though I doubt anyone will change their stance on basic issues (climate, reproductive choice, marriage equality, environmental protection). Are you as concerned as I am by how Trump’s shooting from the hip on tariff craziness? Our country is now run by a guy who surrounded himself with convicted criminals (as recent headlines have declared) and reacts like a 13-year-old bully on the playground when it comes to international relations. I am very concerned for our country. And very relieved the Republicans won’t be hunkering down in SA for their hootenanny.

        • Roughly answering in order from your last comment up to the first:

          Could you not believe that Republicans could be very concerned for our country as well?

          Plenty of Republicans have already (myself included) hunkered down in SA for our hootenanny and will continue to do so.

          The only 13-yr-old bullies I see are the ones in masks smashing vehicles, starting street fights, and burning businesses in the name of anti-fascist mentality.

          The president has a right to speak his mind even if you don’t like it and it makes you angry.

          Just because their is anger, we all experience it, it is up to each of us individually to choose how we deal with it.

          I am not as concerned as you are about Trump’s shoot from the hip on tariffs.

          What Republican legislators believe and choose to legislate for on abortion (I have personal experience in a past relationship, where I said the choice is up to you, but we both have to live with it, and I do everyday thinking about that choice and the life lost) does not define an entire party. My stance on abortion is that if you support abortion, you should also support the death penalty. I believe that it depends upon where you call a life, life.

          I see magical granting of special interests on both sides that have occurred one way then the other, depending upon who was in power, you’d have to be more specific for me to discuss.

          I agree our country is very divided…hence the need to support each other’s right to assemble freely within the boundaries of our USA without the threat of violence.

          Again, outright anger does not justify violence. This assumes that the one throwing the first stone is the only one who is justifiably angry, which in my opinion is a narrow stance to take.

          I didn’t assume you’d take part in a riot, only that you suggested it’s possibility in the first place, and my stance on said action.

          • I disagree strongly with your statement about abortion and death penalty. I think you have reversed things to make your point, which it does not make. I have written to TX Republican legislators who are “pro-life” FOR YEARS imploring how they can beat their chests “Me pro-life!” yet be SILENT whenever Texas executes someone. I think your statement is backwards: If you are pro-life then you should be anti-death penalty. The nice elderly Catholic couple across the street from me go on and an about abortion but whenever I’ve asked them to join me in fighting the death penalty with a letter, they would go blank. Once, when another executive was imminent, I told them that the State of Texas is about to abort a fetus in its 112th trimester, they similarly go blank.
            And you did not weigh in on my comment about how anyone who is pro-life should be pro-sex ed. Effective, accurate sex ed should be incorporated into school curricula — yes, even in the early grades — I don’t mean hitting 4th graders with condom-application techniques, etc.; I mean gradually introducing to the concepts of fertility, perhaps with squirrels and birdies and bunnies at first, then when in high school connect the dots to their own emerging sexuality. Isn’t SA still up there in teen birth rate (I know it’s gone down a bit, but SA was the champ recently for teenagers with MULTIPLE children) — that increases awareness of fertility and how to PREVENT unwanted pregnancy. If one REALLY is anti-abortion, then s/he needs to REALLY be pro-pregnancy prevention which means, very simply, pro-birth control. Even as a male, my life — like yours — has been impacted by abortion, even in previous generations. The greatest, most devastating harm was when was abortion was illegal and very, very unsafe. [RIP Anna 1889-1934, whose death from post-illegal abortion infection — her choice of what she felt was best for her family — left three young children motherless. And, please, spare us the lecture on some version of “she had it coming” Oh, if you are a church-goer, I wonder if your minister, like others here in SA, spouts that the spate of mass shootings in our schools etc. are Biblical — somewhere it says that if you make death you will get death or something like that. These twisted pastors are equating the rise in mass murders with legalized abortion. Huh????]

          • I’m sorry you and your female partner at the time had to deal with the dilemma of unwanted pregnancy. I never indicated that abortion was “no big deal” — it ios a very big deal BUT each woman should continue to have the right to decide what is best for herself — and for any involved male partner. My question to you is why weren’t you controlling your fertility? You sound intelligent. Didn’t you realize that depositing your semen into the vagina of a child-bearing age woman could possibly result in…guess what?…pregnancy! This is why I contend full-info sex ed is needed. For many SA residents, high school is their last educational experience. After that, where do they learn how to control their reproductive-ness?
            Again, I do not mean to make light of the difficulty you and your female partner faced with unwanted pregnancy. I just cannot be silent when someone is anti-abortion but seemingly unconcerned about effective sex ed.

          • Re: “The president has a right to speak his mind even if you don’t like it and it makes you angry. ”
            It’s not what Trump SAYS that makes me angry. It’s what he IS DOING TO OUR COUNTRY that alarms me.

            As for “rioting”….human beings are capable of out-of-control emotional reactions. Surely you’ve done things in the heat of the moment (I don’t mean turn over a cop car or bust windows) that you later regretted. I sure have! Human nature, pal. Get a zillion Republicans in SA cheering on the man who is tearing apart immigrant families and I can only imagine that emotions will easily get out of control for even a short amount of time. Anything can then happen. I dread the thought of violence in any form as much as you do.
            Re: ” I would always defend your right to say it, vote for it, and believe whatever you want.” Thank you, sir, for validiting what the US Constitution already provides to me and all other Americans. How generous of you. My right-wing cousins have told me the same condescending thing. I’m not trying to shut anyone up. I’m just concern about the impacts of ACTIONS. Many US farmers are very concerned about their future with Trump’s ag tariffs in place. Uh, ol’ Donny Boy didn’t bother to consult an economist. There are Republican economists who are terrified by the impact of Don’s impetuous tariff-tossing. It sure is helping Canadian ag folks now that Canada did a tit-for-tat and put tariffs on certain US products. I hear those British Columbia dill pickles are much better than Heinz. Oopsie! Trump didn’t look before he leapt.

        • Sorry man, cold hard reality, OBAMA brought the racial resurgence and left us in such a divided country from the moment he was elected. We aren’t even concerned about “black racism” into this equation here in SA, it is all about the “Hispanic” culture racism, simply because they are the majority. Since hispanics are NOT a minority, start claiming “caucasion” or “anglo” or “white” on applications and see if you get any minority status now?! HA!
          Stop the madness of division, try to do the liberal thing and think equality. But do the conservative thing and think no additional benefits or concessions for any ethnicity!

          • @J.D. Crockett

            Speaking of condescension hahaha…

            Yes, I had sex-ed as early as the 5th grade…yes we took preventative measures…sometimes life finds a way, anyway. Not going to enter in to the details here where I’ve already been very open. As you can see, I supported her choice for her to do what she wanted with her body, though I can’t change how I feel about that decision before or after the fact.

            My justification on pro-choice pro-death penalty is this. If you’re willing to end a life that committed no grievous crime such as taking another’s life, then you should be willing to take one which has. The logic works for me, and I support your right to disagree and vote how you choose. Simple as that.

            The only reason the Constitution still provides you with the right to speak your mind, vote your mind, and assemble freely is because men and women have been willing to step up and defend that right with their lives, nothing condescending about reiterating that point. There will have to be people now and in the future willing to do so again. It is a constant practice, not one of the past.

            I really can’t respond to much else, as you have officially exhausted me ; )

            Have a good day J.D. Crockett

          • Richard McFarland — A fetus inside a woman’s body is an aquarian creature, totally dependent on the woman for oxygen & nutrition. Biologically, a fetus is considered a successful parasite: it benefits from its host but does overburden the host to cause host’s death. It is WITHIN a woman’s body. To compare a fetus to an already-born, air-breathing, Social Security number-bearing person is rank oversimplification. I’m not saying release criminals with capital sentences; I’m just saying don’t kill them — let them spend the rest of their lives in prison for their crimes. Again, why are certain right-wing Christians anti-abortion yet complacent about execution?
            In your explanation of the unplanned pregnancy you caused and your partner terminated, “sometimes life finds a way.” Exactly. Sometimes a woman NEEDS an abortion. I doubt any woman decides that at some point in her life she will WANT an abortion. There is a difference.
            And, I agree with you to a degree that my rights are protected “because men and women have been willing to step up and defend that right with their lives.” For the record, sir, I am a Viet Nam vet. Need I say more?
            I’m sorry I exhausted you. I feel fine, thank you.

  6. Good luck, Mr. Holley. District 1 won’t vote for anyone other than a Hispanic, and liberal. But I will be rooting for you. Trevino needs to go.

    Conservative and short term rent tax in the same sentence? Seems sort of contradictory.

    • TOTAL AGREE!!!! Trevino is as full of himself and will sell out the highest bidder. “Remember the Alamo”! And how about the street sign that left off the tilde on Trevino, that he changed, with taxpayers money!! ENOUGH vanity here? I could care less that he is Hispanic and a Democrat. I care about issues and am also a fiscal conservative. I do believe you will have an uphill battle Mr Holley and wish you the best. I am fortunate enough to have Perry as my councilman and eternally grateful for his fiscal responsibility.

        • Most definitely will not be voting for Beto in November. Robert O’Rourke was my representative while I lived in El Paso, and he threw us under the bus in favor of Mexico. Won’t support that pos ever.

          • And tell, RC, what has Ted Cruz done for you or Texas or the country? And I don’t consider closing down the government to be an accomplishment of his.

          • Mark Mann;

            Huge supporter for 2A, immigration reform (but also legal immigration enforcement until the reform), and Anti-ObamaCare. There other things but this is the biggest right now.

        • YES I WILL and the only candidate I donate to regularly. I loved his comment on race. He should be our President. I love what he represents.

  7. Mr. Holley could easily score a win in District 1. D1 is most definitely socially liberal, but you might be surprised at the fiscally conservative social liberals that will come out of the woodwork straight to the polls. Strongly push this agenda, and he WILL win. Good luck Mr. Holley

  8. My first question to Mr. Holley is: Would you have voted for the rainbow sidewalks? Hence, a totally social liberal agenda, but totally a NON conservative fiscal action agenda!!!! Shame on Robert Trevino to advocate for a rainbow sidewalk and utilize my tax $$$ with such frivolous spending. Answer the question, Mr. Holley, and we will see how serious you are in the conservative arena.

      • Actually, I’ll clarify. No more dollars were spent then would have been spent to repair it as usual and as was already planned and budgeted for.

        • Repair it is the key word. It takes more labor in construction contractors and city employee engineering to accomplish rainbow colored “repair”. I don’t know if you are aware, but city employees are paid by $$$ tax dollars!

          • I’ve learned how to spot an internet troll and I’ve learned not to engage with them. I dont owe you anything. If you are that mistrustful of anyone and everyone who works for our city’s betterment, then go down to city hall yourself and find those records. But you won’t do that because you need to cling to your conspiracy theories to feel superior. And if that’s the case, then nothing I or anyone could say would satisfy you. Good day, IMF. I hope you get the help you need.

          • Since you know the situation and made the statement, You, Andy should produce the evidence! What do you have to hide???

  9. Please add a primer on local political nuts and bolts to the article: when is the next election for D1, how many terms and duration of terms are council people allowed, and for how many more terms is RT eligible.

  10. Hard pass. A nonchalant “testing the waters” candidate is not for D1. Downtown district requires a solid leader with experience.

  11. So proud of my town (and Treviño) opposing the GOP Convention. Good move.

    And Treviño’s all over his district, listening to people & meeting their needs.
    Bless the Tourists but this is OUR TOWN!

    • Should conservative tourists be permitted to visit, or should they be screened? San Antonio ought to take out national ads saying “We didn’t want the RNC and if you back Trump we don’t want you either.” I mean, if we are going down the path of Venezuela, let’s do it whole hog.

    • So now we have a new NAFTA deal with Mexico. Trump gets along better with hispanics south of the border than those in San Antonio. The Trevinos of this world will be left in the dust. By the time of the Convention in 2020, Mexicans will be celebrating Trump and San Antonio will have lost a great opportunity and be seen for what it is, a narrow-minded place run by fools.

  12. One last thing J.D.

    When I gave up information about my incredibly painful, personal experience to explain my belief system, I didn’t know that salt would be thrown in the wound repeatedly so that you could prove your point. Just the tone that you talk to me about it actually hurts me now. I haven’t really spoken much about that since it happened and the way you chose to use that information against me really hurts. I don’t care what you think of me because I said this. Bullying me into your state of mind will never work on me. You have no idea who I am, and where I come from, or how I was raised.

    Sure it’s a public forum, so I put it out there, so I accept your words…I just didn’t expect it at all. I think relaying personal experience is a great way to form your beliefs.

    Political beliefs aside, we should still be kind to one another if you really care about our country being divided and you are really worried about us staying whole as a nation.

    So I apologize for whatever hurtful things I said this morning in response. You’re right, you can get angry and do things you regret. I regret my words, but I more regret being candid and continuing to talk to you about something like that.

    Richard McFarland

    • Richard, Dont worry. Tje one God that ultimately judges us, not science, knows your heart. And he also knows the heart of JD.

  13. IN RESPONSE TO ANDY, who said I was a troll because I doubt the veracity of city officials and suggested I should go to the city and look for the documents. Well, that shows what he knows about investigating city matters.

    You can’t just show up. You must submit a document request, like a FOIA. I have done this on other issues. Eventually they get back to you and say they cannot respond because they have to pass some of the documents by the State because they are privileged. Later the response comes and you get an opinion from the state regarding privilege and some documents.

    What I discovered in one of my requests (I had not been looking for it) was evidence that the City Council was enacting illegal ordinances. Namely, they required that persons engaged in certain activities to submit to and pay for an inspection. Now, the city can charge you a reasonable fee for services you request (say like a building permit), but when they say this is a requirement which you did not request but you must pay for it anyway then that is revenue raising. In fact, what I read identified the inspection fee as revenue raising and not reimbursement for services requested.

    I raised this with an council member whose response was, sue us.

    There you have it.

    • You must not have read everything I wrote Robert. I specifically addressed my comment to JMF (although I did accidentally misspell his name). JMF was clearly trolling me in the comment thread above and I was telling him that I was choosing not to engage with that sort of behavior.

      Now, since you called me out by name here, I would have the opportunity to troll you and say without proof that you are lying (just as you said without proof that the city and San Antonio Pride are lying) and demand that you produce evidence to verify your claim. I, however, choose not to engage with conspiracy theorists in the same way that I choose not to engage with trolls like JMF. If you have actual evidence that the city is defrauding its citizens through unreasonable mandatory fees, then the actual recourse is to sue. Or, we still have a free press in this country. Go to the KSAT Defenders or another investigative journalist outfit and tell them to look into it. But, as much as I like and respect the Rivard Report, you are never going to convince anyone you are right in the comment section of an online newspaper.

      • I’ve got the emails here. It’s a bit of a legal argument. So when the City says we are going to inspect your building (such as the one I live in) and you are going to pay for it, or we are going to inspect your food wagon and you are going to pay for it, that is revenue raising. Revenue raising measures are taxes which must be approved by the voters.

        Believe me, no one cares as long as it is not their ox being gored.

        When I say the high-rise sprinkler ordinance was the product of a fire chief working hand-in-glove with the front group for fire sprinkler contractors, etc., no one cares. Rivard Report wrote about some of the surrounding issues. I spoke to the now-mayor at a reception for David Cameron about it. He said, “good luck with that,” my hope to get a more thoughtful ordinance.

        Never happen!

  14. I hope that everyone posting about acute issues starts attending City Council meetings to learn more about current members and city issues. You can find out a great deal more about current council members, and it is up to papers like the Rivard Report to help us learn more about the new candidates without a record we can follow through council minutes.

  15. So now we have a new NAFTA deal with Mexico. Trump gets along better with hispanics south of the border than those in San Antonio. The Trevinos of this world will be left in the dust. By the time of the Convention in 2020, Mexicans will be celebrating Trump and San Antonio will have lost a great opportunity.

  16. Treviño is doing a great job. I didn’t feel this way during the last election cycle. In fact, I very vocally supported Michael Montaño. I have to say that our D1 councilperson got the message. He has been much more engaged and as a constituent, I am pleased.

    Of course, there’s always room for good ideas. Let the games begin!

  17. I do not care about rainbows on the pavement or what ever lifestyle you choose to believe in, is your life and you should be free to do so. what I care is why city officials decided to cast a side half of the population or more and say Republicans or Conservatives are not welcome in this city? We want people to be treated fairly one side or the other one, but San Antonio city officials decided to pick one side, bringing more division to our city. This is not fair… We all do not think alike and that is ok. If you are liberal great, if you are conservative is great too! I’m very tired of the nonsense this city officials have been doing the past few years. Instead of concentrating and working on issues that affect tax payers, they have become a partisan bunch of crazies, talking points, race bating, virtual signaling. People are tired of this; just do your job and put your personal beliefs a side. If Holley can work with both sides and find common ground and stop this city from becoming LA or Seattle, he has my vote

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