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Steve Shamblen Council Questionnaire

Steve Shamblen Council Questionnaire

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Shamblen is running for SA City Council, D6
Shamblen is running for SA City Council, D6

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City Council and Mayoral Candidate QuestionnaireThank you for participating in the San Antonio Current’s City Council and MayoralCandidate Questionnaire. Your answers will appear in our online voter guide and potentially in print in our April 17 issue.You must answer 10 of the following 15 questions. For those questions you choose not toanswer please write “No Answer.” You may also address additional issues after question15.1)Could the City’s recent ethics reforms be better enforced? Should there be moreof a focus on potential conflicts of interest among City Council members as wellas City staff?Yes, ethics violations should be better enforced and the actions of City Councilmembers should be more transparent. Yes, there should be more attention toconflicts of interest among Council and City staff.2)What’s your opinion on encouraging economic development and cultural/nature programming via public/private partnerships, especially where public land, suchas Hemisfair Park, is concerned?I am in favor of encouraging public/private partnerships to develop economicopportunities for cultural/nature venues in all areas of the city includingdowntown and Hemisfair Park.3)Should the city establish an independent police monitor to better oversee the SanAntonio Police Department? Why or why not?I am in favor of the city establishing an independent police monitor to bring better accountability to the San Antonio Police Dept. policies and their personnel. Also,I am in favor of establishing an independent monitor to oversee the Bexar CountySheriff’s Dept.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 think that the background check regulation for issuing permits to food truck employees seems unnecessary, however, I do think that all food trucks andrestaurants should be required to publicly display a food handler and/or sanitationcertificate for all cooks and chefs in order to better reassure the public that the people making their food for them are knowledgeable in food safety andsanitation and know how to provide safe food service.Concerning the downtown regulations for food trucks, I would support liftinglocation/time and food description restrictions so that the food trucks could havecomplete and unrestricted access to all downtown streets according to their ownschedules.5)How can the City support sustainable transportation options?The city can support sustainable transportation by ensuring the patrons are offeredan affordable, reliable, clean and comfortable option with plenty of parkingavailable at Park and Rides.
 
6)What value do you think the arts (visual, performing, literary, etc…) bring to SanAntonio? In what ways can the City support local arts organizations andindividual artists?I think the Arts brings a lot of cultural and entertainment value to the people of San Antonio. I think the city could better support local arts organizations andindividual artists by creating a program that will provide them with satellitelocations around the city such as library meeting rooms or other public buildingspace where they can perform, display products and interact with the public on aregular basis to encourage more people to become involved with the Arts.7)Is it important for the City to strengthen its non-discrimination ordinances to protect LGBT citizens? Why or why not?I think it is important to strengthen ordinances such as this not only to protectLGBT citizens, but also because; as a pro-marijuana activist in San Antonio for the past 13 years I can relate to the prejudices and discrimination that has stalledcivil rights issues such as this in our city for far too long and I want to thischange.8)Is Animal Care Services doing enough to increase its live-release rate? Is ACS' public-private partnership model is working? If not, what else could be done?In my opinion the ACS is doing a very good job dealing with live releases on thefunds they receive and I feel that the current partnership model is satisfactory. I dosupport building additional housing facilities and I would support increasingfunding to ACS for future operating costs if they are requested. I support stricter animal abuse and neglect ordinances with harsher penalties and I support a publicly accessible internet database of animal abusers for San Antonio and Bexar County.9)What would you do to address the high vacancy rate in downtown buildings?I would consider increasing free and friendly parking options for the public. Iwould continue to offer incentives to businesses that move into the downtownarea. I would keep the tax rates low for businesses located downtown and I wouldease the tax burden on residential and apartment owners in an effort to help keeptheir costs low. I would like to see more businesses selling products attractive toresidents and more non-alcoholic businesses offering activities or venues for  people living downtown.10)Is the City’s million-dollar incentive for the creation of a downtown grocery storeappropriate? Why or why not? Is there a better way to bring a grocery storedowntown?I do think those living or working downtown, as well as the tourists, need theopportunity to purchase groceries downtown. However, I think a million dollar incentive is somewhat excessive considering that if a single grocery businessopens its doors downtown it will be operating in a near monopoly environmentand they will have the opportunity to be very profitable. My suggestion for analternative way to bring groceries downtown would include a large indoor cooperative marketplace of small business shops, kind of like the Farmers Market,that can supply all the various products that a single grocery store would provide.

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