Hundreds gathered Friday evening in Alamo Plaza for a candlelight vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of firefighter Scott Deem’s death.
Each of the fire union’s petitions to change the City charter obtained the 20,000 signatures required to place them on the Nov. 6 ballot.
San Antonio City Clerk Leticia Vacek is expected to verify next Thursday that there are at least 20,000 valid signatures for each of the three petitions the fire union submitted one month ago.
Members of the fire union, its president, and a petition consultant delivered 15 boxes filled with “more than 100,000” signatures to the City Clerk Wednesday.
The fire union has repeatedly said it won’t negotiate until the City drops its lawsuit against the current contract’s 10-year “evergreen” clause.
Officials with the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association did not show Tuesday at City Hall – and, largely, were not expected to.
The Rivard Report spoke to bond analysts for the three major ratings agencies – Moody’s Investor Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard and Poor’s – asking how the union’s petition to change the city’s charter could affect the bond ratings.
Urban sprawl, affordable housing, and sidewalks were among the top issues that City Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) emphasized Tuesday.
To balance the costs of public safety with other priorities, the City and fire union need a contract that is fair to employees and affordable to taxpayers.
San Antonio’s citizens need to be able to hold City Hall accountable, and petitioning city leaders is a right that should be respected.