City Council QuestionnaireRicardo BrionesAttorneyMy name is Ricardo Briones, I am a lifelong resident of District 5. I am an attorney and have beenactive in San Anto Cultural Arts for the past six years. I have represented the DREAM ACTstudents and UNITE HERE. I believe I am the best candidate for District 5The reason that I am running for city council is that I feel that San Antonio is on the verge of something great. District 5 has been neglected for too long and the area needs someone that willadvocate for the district.1)
Could the City’s recent ethics reforms be better enforced, especially in terms of conflicts of interest?
I do believe that the City’s recent ethics reforms can be better enforced, especially in terms of conflict of interest. There must be awareness of whatspecifically a conflict of interest entails and how that affects city decisions.2)
What’s your opinion on encouraging economic development and civic programmingvia public/private partnerships, especially where public land, such as Hemisfair Park,is concerned?
I believe that encouraging economic development and civic programmingregarding public/private partnerships can be a good thing. We need to look at all optionson the table and determine which ones are the most beneficial to our community and to our city. But I do think it needs to be sensitive to the needs of the community and to publicspace. Public land is important and should be seen as such.3)
Should the city establish an independent police monitor to better oversee the SanAntonio Police Department? Why or why not?
If there is strong enough communityconcern that would determine that an independent police monitor is needed to oversee theSan Antonio Police Department then I would support that. I think there would have to be aneed and homework done before I would support that.4)
Do you support the way the health department currently regulates food trucks? If not,how could the regulations be changed to better serve San Antonians?
I do not supportthe way the health department currently regulates food trucks. I think that the regulationsneed to be changed to provide a robust food culture in San Antonio, affordable, sensibleregulations, without sacrificing food safety and preparedness.5)
How can the City support sustainable transportation options?
The City can supportsustainable transportation options in a variety of ways, primarily in District 5 it can supportthis by helping fund our infrastructure and drainage issues. I think this is imperative tomake more walkable, livable neighborhoods. There needs to be an encouragement towards“greenlane” bicycle lanes in the innercity. There needs to be a concerted effort to createawareness and education for bicycle safety and pedestrian safety. By encouragingsustainable transportation options we help our city in terms of air pollution and the toll onour streets and roads.6)
What value do you think the arts bring to San Antonio? In what ways can the Citysupport local arts organizations and individual artists?
The arts bring an importantvalue to the City of San Antonio. As a volunteer and boardmember for San Anto CulturalArts, I first hand saw the value of art in our day to day life. I would like for the city tosupport my initiatives to designate parts of District 5 into a mural arts district or publicmuseum district, this would increase tourism and help bring in growth from downtown. Iwould want to make our westside murals a national tourist destination. I would also pushfor encouraging a program for artist subsidized housing, that has been started and issuccessful in other cities across the nation.