Quick Clips: District 1 Candidate Forum by the Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition

Scroll to the questions in the District 1 Candidate Forum, then click on the link to jump to that spot in the video with the candidates’ answer. 

The Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition hosted a candidate forum for District 1 on March 19, 2021.  Watch the complete video here: https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30 Participating Candidates were: Roberto C. Treviño, Mario Bravo, Matthew Gauna and Lauro A. Bustamante.

All six candidates were invited and all confirmed that they would attend, however, Cyndi Dominguez had to cancel at the last minute due to a health concern and Raymond Zavala did not sign in to the Zoom meeting until about 50 minutes after the forum had started.

The forum was moderated by Tier 1 representatives Anisa Schell, Cynthia Speilman and Jordan Ghawi. 

Questions from Tier 1:

1. Homelessness: Since this fall, the City of San Antonio has spent $189,000 on clearing homeless camps, scattering communities, throwing away belongings, and dehumanizing our most vulnerable citizens. If elected, what will you do to ensure the safety and security of all citizens? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=486

  1. Mario Bravo
  2. Matthew Gauna
  3. Roberto C. Treviño

2. Senior needs and communication: Two major events in the last year have shown how much the City is relying on social media and email for communication:  COVID-19 vaccine and during Winter Storm Uri. Increasingly people are turning to the internet to share critical information and updates. Unfortunately, many senior citizens in District 1 do not have access to these methods of communication and, during the storm were left, quite literally, in the dark. What will you do as our council person to ensure that our senior citizens get critical information and services during emergency situations? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=885

  1. Matthew Gauna
  2. Roberto C. Treviño
  3. Mario Bravo

3. Displacement: Studies are showing that D1 residents – homeowners and renters - are being displaced because of property speculation and investment in market-rate developments that are leading to exponential jumps in property tax appraisals and home prices. How will you help prevent displacement of homeowners and renters in our neighborhoods? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=1317

  1. Roberto C. Treviño
  2. Mario Bravo
  3. Matthew Gauna
  4. Lauro A. Bustamante

4. Demolition and Historic Designation: In the struggle for housing affordability, it is often said that the most affordable housing is the housing we already have. Yet many investors are eager to demolish our housing stock to made room for higher density developments. Historic and Landmark Designation is one of the few tools that neighborhood residents have to push back against these profit-driven demolitions in legacy neighborhoods. The state legislature has been making it more and more difficult to designate historic neighborhood properties without the owner’s consent. What is your opinion on the rights of private property owners vs. the rights of neighborhood residents when it comes to historic/landmark designation and the protection of our legacy housing stock? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=1941

  1. Mario Bravo
  2. Matthew Gauna
  3. Lauro A. Bustamante
  4. Roberto C. Treviño

5. Incompatible Infill: As housing pressure increases in San Antonio, there are few D1 neighborhoods that do not have examples of incompatible infill development, whether it be tall condos next to modest bungalows or towering garage apartments. It seems that the UDC has been left to open generous interpretation that generally prefers the highest profit over the letter or intent of the code. What will you do to address issues of incompatible infill development and ensure the preservation of our legacy neighborhoods? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=2534

  1. Mario Bravo
  2. Matthew Gauna
  3. Lauro A. Bustamante
  4. Roberto C. Treviño

6. Inclusion: Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition was formed as citizens struggled with the City to include neighborhood voices and perspectives in the SA2020 Comprehensive Plan. These and other development and policy issues directly affect us. In 2019 city council approved the Public Participation Principles as a policy, but this is often disregarded or forgotten, and is not ordinance. If elected, what will you do to ensure that community is represented on issues surrounding development, transportation, housing, environment and other important policy issues? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=2986

  1. Matthew Gauna
  2. Lauro A. Bustamante
  3. Roberto C. Treviño
  4. Mario Bravo

Questions from the community:

7. Property Taxes: If a proposal to freeze property taxes for one year was presented to city council, how would you vote? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=3507

  1. Roberto C. Treviño
  2. Mario Bravo
  3. Matthew Gauna
  4. Lauro A. Bustamante

8. SAWS Equity: In 2017 and 2018 the top 30% of SAWS residential users underpaid by about a $2.3 million per month, a subsidy paid for by the other 70% of users. The lowest 10% of water using residential households made the largest contribution to that subsidy. If elected, what solutions will your office provide to ensure a more equitable system of billing based on actual water usage? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=3992

  1. Lauro A. Bustamante
  2. Mario Bravo
  3. Roberto C. Treviño
  4. Matthew Guana

9. Transportation: What does the future of transportation look like in San Antonio? https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=4492

  1. Matthew Guana
  2. Lauro A. Bustamante
  3. Roberto C. Treviño
  4. Mario Bravo

10. Closing Statements: https://youtu.be/h7M_h2ZgG30?t=4969

  1. Mario Bravo
  2. Lauro A. Bustamante
  3. Matthew Guana
  4. Roberto C. Treviño