Ethics

City Council
9:12 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Council Postpones Library Vote To Consider Bigger Ethical Issue

Councilwoman Elisa Chan speaks to Councilman Reed Williams during a December city council meeting.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council followed the lead of District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal Thursday to hold off on a vote about a proposed library branch on the city’s north side.

The 10 members and Mayor Julián Castro initially voted to approve the project at its April 4 meeting, but District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who represents the district where the library is proposed, asked for the item to be brought back to council. This time she recused herself from the process.

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City Government
1:23 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Updated: Chan Recuses Herself From New Vote On Northside Library Location

Chan motioned for a new vote on Thursday without her participation.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

(Updated: 4/10/13 1:20 p.m.) Following some discussion, city council has postponed the vote on the library location until May.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal admonished city staffers, who knew the library location was next to Chan's business.

Chan gave an emotional statement before the council before leaving the dais so the rest of city council could discuss and decide on the issue.

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City Government
10:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Questions About Ethics Board Methodology Following Letter Of Admonition To Taylor

Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor speaks at a community event in her district.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The City of San Antonio's Ethics Review Board has decided it will issue District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor a letter of admonition for not correcting incomplete or inaccurate campaign finance reports on time.

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City Government
5:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ethics Board Rules On DiGiovanni Case, Issues Admonition Letter

Rey Rocha addresses Ethics Review Board concerning his complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board met Tuesday night, more than a week after it attempted to settle an ongoing citizen complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

The problem for the board was that  it did not have a quorum, an issue that chair Arthur Downey said hadn’t happened in more than a decade, in his experience.

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The Source
2:42 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Banned From City Hall

Michael Cuellar (left) and John Foddrill in the TPR studios to talk about their bans
Chris Eudaily TPR

The public square is the cornerstone of democracy. The concept is that anyone can hop on a metaphorical soapbox and air their grievances about the government.

But what does it take to be banned from the public square in San Antonio?

It’s happening to two local residents who are being shunned by their elected representatives. John Foddrill and Michael Cuellar are two separate cases but with some suspicious common factors. Both men are former city employees who say that while on the job they found evidence of fraud or waste in city government.

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Texas Matters
1:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Texas Legislature Opens & A Billonaire Gets Busted (Sort Of)

Texas state capitol in Austin where the 83rd Texas Legislature will convene on Jan. 8.
Wikipedia Commons

Texas Matters: It's finally here! The 83rd Texas Legislature will be sworn in and start on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Political Action Committees, or Super PACs as they came to be so heroically known in last year's election, enjoyed fairly easy regulations on both organization and donations. However, there are rules and stiff penalties if you break them; one Texas billionaire was caught and fined a shocking $6,450!

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City Hall
11:52 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Ethics Board Finds DiGiovanni Violated Code

Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni sits before the Ethics Review Board Oct. 9 to explain his beliefs that he did not violate the city's ethics code
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday night, the Ethics Review Board found that Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni violated the city's ethics code when he failed to recuse himself from a conflict of interest involving a city contract and his future employer.

Earlier this year, DiGiovanni took on oversight of the selection process for contractors in a $300 million bid to expand and renovate the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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Convention Center Contract
9:22 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni Opens Ethics Case Against Himself

City of San Antonio

San Antonio Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni has opened an investigation into his own conduct after concerns were raised about a potential conflict of interest.

The city's ethics review board will look at the case, which stems from DiGiovanni's new employment with the non-profit Centro Partnership, whose goal is to revitalize the downtown San Antonio area, and his role at the city.

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