Ethics

Non-Discrimination Ordinance
5:35 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Opponents Of NDO Lodge Ethics Complaints Against Bernal

Councilman Diego Bernal gestures as he explained his position on the city's non-discrimination ordinance at the Sept. 5 meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The non-discrimination ordinance has passed, but opponents are not giving up their fight.

Opponents of the ordinance are retaliating against Mayor Julián Castro and each of the eight council members who voted to pass the measure -- they are gathering signatures for recall petitions.

On Aug. 10, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was holding his regular Coffee with the Councilman event at Linda’s Mexican Restaurant #2.

But this time the room was populated with opponents of the LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

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City Government
9:05 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Chan Faces Ethics Violation Complaint

Dist. 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan faces an ethics violation complaint for conducting a staff meeting that revolved around more than city business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is now facing an ethics complaint based on the secretly-recorded staff meeting in May where she used homophobic language and discussed possible political aspirations on city time.

D'mitri Kosub, a resident of Chan's district, filed a sworn complaint of ethics violations Tuesday with the San Antonio City Clerk's office.

The complaint alleges that Chan violated city policies by using city staff, time and property for a "partisan political purpose."

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:39 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge Names Special Prosecutor In Perry Coercion Complaint

rickperry.org

This week San Antonio District Judge Robert "Bert" Richardson named area attorney Michael McCrum as the special prosecutor in the criminal complainant against Gov. Rick Perry.

"We’re too early to say there is going to be a trial in this matter," McCrum said. "Just because a complaint has been filed by a citizen doesn’t mean there is actually a prosecution in place. It’s my responsibility to look into the matter and decide if something went wrong, something that needs to be addressed in criminal court and whether or not charges need to be filed."

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The Source - August 19, 2013
2:32 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The Source: Social Mobility In America | The Ethics Of Secret Recordings In Media

Bureau of Labor Statistics

In the first segment:

The American Dream holds that hard work and determination pay off, but is that still true? Does the "land of opportunity" still exist in America? Turns out it depends on a lot of  things, not the least is where you live.

The Equality of Opportunity Project  at Harvard shows us that cities like Salt Lake City have social mobility comparable to the best developed countries, whereas Milwaukee and Atlanta have the mobility rates less than any developed country.

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Government
12:05 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

New Committee Formed To Help Reduce Ethical Conflicts In City Contracts

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was named chair of a new committee that will examine high profile contracts to help avoid conflicts of interest.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a memo to the San Antonio City Council and city staff, Mayor Julián Castro announced the appointments of the council to the various council sub-committees. Each committee hears issues before they reach the full city council.

The memo included the announcement of a new committee called the High Profile Contracts Accountability, which will check over high-profile contracts and monitor vendor performance on those contracts.

The addition of an ethics-based committee is a reinforcement by Castro in light of recent ethics lapses inside City Hall.

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City Council
11:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Ethics Panel Clears Nirenberg Of Allegations

A panel cleared District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg of any ethics violations relating to a case brought forward by John Yoggerst.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

A panel made up of San Antonio's Ethics Review Board members this week found that District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg did not violate the city's ethics code.

The complaint was brought to the board by John Yoggerst, who believed Nirenberg accepted in-kind services from NSIDE Publications with a full spread about Nirenberg as a council candidate.

ERB member Robert Piatt says there is no evidence to suggest Nirenberg paid for the publicity.

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City Government
9:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ethics Board Finds Briones Knowingly Violated Ethics Code

Rolando Briones talks with his attorney, David Christian, at an Ethics Review Board hearing to discuss an ethics complaint against him.
Ryan Loyd TPR

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.

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Texas Matters
3:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Texas Matters: The State Of Abortion In Texas

Office of the Governor

Republican efforts to greatly restrict a woman’s right to an abortion in Texas failed in the regular legislative session. But in a special session, things move faster, and it’s more difficult for the minority party to derail legislation.

Despite efforts by Democrats to slow down the anti-abortion bills Thursday night by filling a house committee hearing, causing the session to run until almost four in the morning, the bills appear to be on their way to eventual passage and becoming law.

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City Council
2:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Following Recent Ethics Questions, City Council Votes To Raise Standards

Councilwoman Elisa Chan came under fire for not disclosing that her North Side business bordered the site for a proposed branch library.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

New ethics standards are on their way to San Antonio City Hall as the city council voted to add changes to the ethics code after several recent incidents cast a shadow of doubt on city leaders.

The most recent incident was over the vote for a new District 9 library, which was located next to Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s North Side business.

At the time, city staffers working on the project knew the library and Chan’s business, Unitech, were bordering each other, but said nothing to the city council on the matter.

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City Ethics
4:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Proposed Changes To City Ethics Code Shaking Up City Council

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard has proposed changes to the city's ethics code and some council members would like time to review the proposed changes.

As of right now, city council is expected to vote on the changes in early May.

Among the most drastic recommended changes to the city's ethics code is adding a compliance officer to be hired by the city manager.

Bernard said that takes the burden off him because, as he told the city council, it's hard to be the lawyer and the client.

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