Quick Clips: Mayoral Candidate Town Hall by NOWCastSA

Scroll to the questions in the Mayoral Town Hall, then click on the link to jump to that spot in the video with the candidates’ answer. 

The Town Hall, hosted by NOWCastSA and sponsored by AARP San Antonio on April 10, 2121, included incumbent Mayor Ron Nirenberg and candidate Greg Brockhouse. NOWCastSA Executive Director Charlotte-Anne Lucas was the presenter and the conversation was moderated by San Antonio Express-News columnist Elaine Ayala.

1. Candidate opening statement

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=337

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2008

2. Age-friendly issues are some of the most important to AARP San Antonio and seniors everywhere. How age-friendly do you see San Antonio and what programs, new or old, would you promote in your term so that San Antonio can become even more age-friendly?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=533

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2166

3. One of the latest issues that has become a focal point is vaccinations. How is the city doing and how will it improve vaccinations especially to the most vulnerable and to seniors, who have had a hard time signing up for one?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=633

4. During the worst of the pandemic we saw those issues that were always on our mind, like public housing, affordable housing, and evictions. All of these issues were always there but have become exacerbated by the pandemic. How much more can the city do for those with so many varying income levels and those who feel vulnerable to the problem of affordable housing?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=751

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2270

5. Some of the people out there who are homeless are also senior citizens and they are especially vulnerable. The city has done sweeps of homeless camps and tell us how you see that. What are your plans to help those people who have decided that the camp is the best option for them? What can the city do besides sweeping them out

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=878

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=3243

6. What can the city do to respond to these increases in housing costs and what can protect senior citizens specifically to be able to stay in their homes or get accessible housing?

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2397

7. How will you make San Antonio a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists? How can your policies help bring more resources to these San Antonians?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=997

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=3366

8. Older adults have been disproportionately affected by job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. How will you help address unemployment and under-employment of older adults who still have to work in spite of receiving social security?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1120

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2511

9. Concerning the problem we had with cold weather this past February, who is making sure ERCOT is working to prevent it happening again? We are only hearing about the blame and the failure.

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1209

10. Seniors suffered greatly during the recent freeze. Some died and their homes were without water or power. What kind of resources and emergency plan will you have in place when there’s another emergency? As mayor what type of resources would you implement to protect seniors?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1358

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2598

11. What is your advice, hope, or feelings for San Antonio toward masks in the future? Perhaps even post COVID-19.

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1492

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2784

12. There are many conspiracy theories about vaccinations. Tell us about vaccinations and people’s fears about what can happen to them if they get vaccinated. Have you gotten your vaccination?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1615

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2876

13. What do you think about the efforts in the Texas Legislature to cut voter access to the ballot?

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1804

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2681

14. Candidate closing statements.

Ron Nirenberg: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=1731

Greg Brockhouse: https://youtu.be/Ioa1CDH5als?t=2966