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Antonio Diaz Council Questionnaire Answered

Antonio Diaz Council Questionnaire Answered

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Candidate for San Antonio City Council District 2
Candidate for San Antonio City Council District 2

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Antonio DiazDistrict 2Name as it will appear on ballot:
Antonio Diaz
Current employment:
Independent Contract Driver 
50-word bio:
Life long resident of San Antonio, Texas. Graduate of St.Phillips College NursingProgram, Graduate of Texas A&M Ext. Electronic Engineering, and Human RightsActivist. I started at the bottom in a retail business, sweeping floors and stocking, andclimbed the ladder to become manager of that retail business.
50 word reason for becoming a candidate in this election:
To represent the people within District 2, no matter their economic status, race or religion. To usher in a true open door policy for all the residents of District 2. I believe Ihave the capability for being a good public servant.
1)Could the City’s recent ethics reforms be better enforced, especially in termsof conflicts of interest?
Yes, of course.
2)What’s your opinion on encouraging economic development and civicprogramming via public/private partnerships, especially where public land,such as Hemisfair Park, is concerned?
I believe public should remain public. The ordinary citizen should be able toenjoy public land and private entities should not exploit and prohibit that.
3)Should the city establish an independent police monitor to better oversee theSan Antonio Police Department? Why or why not?
Yes, and independent monitor is good because the police cannot monitor the police without being bias.
4)Do you support the way the health department currently regulates foodtrucks? If not, how could the regulations be changed to better serve SanAntonians?
I believe the current regulations are adequate.
5)How can the City support sustainable transportation options?
By investing in a mass transportation system that uses alternate fuel method.
 
6)What value do you think the arts bring to San Antonio? In what ways can theCity support local arts organizations and individual artists?
The arts bring culture value to the communities of San Antonio and deserve to beoffered to our children in public schools. Through cooperation with museums andart institutions exhibiting and displaying local artists materials.
7)Is it important for the City to strengthen its non-discrimination ordinances toprotect LGBT citizens? Why or why not?
Yes and the reason is equality and equal opportunity.
8)Is Animal Care Services doing enough to increase its live-release rate? IsACS' public-private partnership model is working? If not, what else could bedone?
I am an animal lover but I have no answer at this point.
9)What would you do to address the high vacancy rate in downtown buildings?
Make those spaces affordable in order to maintain them occupied.
10)Is the City’s million-dollar incentive to create a downtown grocery storeappropriate? Why or why not? Is there a better way to bring a grocery storedowntown?
 No, because there are enough grocery stores around the downtown area alongwith convenient stores in the downtown area.
11)How can San Antonio balance economic development with historicpreservation?
By respecting the integrity of historical communities and providing economicdevelopment in economically challenged areas.
12)Do you support union organizers' push for a Tip Integrity Act for thedowntown hotel and restaurant industry?
Yes I do.
13)What is the City’s role in making consumer solar power affordable forresidents as well as local businesses?
I am not sure as to the cities role, I do know about the South Korean companyopening a production of solar panels in San Antonio but the city should play arole.

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