The Ethics Review Board found Wednesday night that former City Council District 8 candidate Rolando Briones knowingly violated San Antonio’s ethics code by accepting a contract for his consulting and engineering firm with the city when he sat on San Antonio's Planning Commission.
The case was filed by William Hurley, a citizen who believed Briones acted inappropriately because he used a public entity for personal business.
Briones was present for the hearing, in which he testified that he never had any intention of knowingly violating the ethics code.
District 5 candidates join us to talk about their bids for the council seat. Incumbent Councilman David Medina and council hopeful Shirley Gonzales square off and take your calls.
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After repeated attempts to accommodate district 8 candidate Rolando Briones, we were rebuffed, being told that the candidate was too busy any of the days between the original election and the runoff. We speak with his opponent, Ron Nirenberg.
Endorsements are often times influential by appealing to voters who may be undecided, and with the runoff elections for City Council Districts 5 and 8 in June, every vote will help determine who will win the seats.
This year's city council races began with nearly 40 candidates and now only four remain.
In District 5, incumbent David Medina is facing political newcomer Shirley Gonzales.
In District 8, where there is no incumbent, Ron Nirenberg and Rolando Briones are battling it out for the seat.
Plenty of people are choosing sides in these races.
Saturday's city council election wrapped up with several decisive victories for incumbents, but a few races are still to be decided.
District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña beat his challenger with 84 percent of the vote, East Side Councilwoman Ivy Taylor will be returning for a third term, Ray Lopez of District 6 and Cris Medina of District 7 each won their races handily, as did District 9 and 10 Council Members Elisa Chan and Carlton Soules.
After more than a year watching the race from the sidelines, outgoing District 8 Councilman Reed Williams has finally announced who he is backing to fill his seat.
Williams, who said last year he wouldn’t be seeking his third term in order to spend more time with family, initially wanted to keep his opinions about the candidates to himself to allow each of the challengers a fair shot at the job.
The race for San Antonio’s City Council District 8 has been chock full of the usual campaigning techniques. Rolando Briones, Ron Nirenberg and Mike Kueber have participated in neighborhood association debates and town forums, they’ve walked the streets and they’ve been out doing community meet and greets.
But the heat is on between Briones and Nirenberg, and although Kueber isn't in the middle of the ruckus, he is taking the opportunity to ask questions of his own.
Known for his voice of reason and scrutiny of topics that come across the dais on city council days, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams will not be seeking his third term. This has thrown the door wide open to a list of people ready to fill the seat.
Rolando Briones, an engineer, Ron Nirenberg, associate general manager of Trinity’s jazz station KRTU, and Michael Kueber, a retired attorney, are all ready to be the next city councilman.