Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004


Best Politicians Money Can Buy

About six months ago, City Council refused to let Gunn Honda build a new dealership over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. We have a rule against new car repair shops and paint shops there, because of the potential for hazardous runoff.

Council said no to Gunn. The subject was dropped.

Or was it?

On the council agenda tomorrow is a **proposal to make it easier for City Council to make exceptions. I do not know who might support it.

Out of curiosity, I'd like to look up whether Gunn gave any money to the mayor or council members.

But our town does not have a searchable database of campaign contributions. To look up who gave how much to whom, could easily take days of going through unwieldy PDF files, line by line.

City Hall needs to create a searchable database that citizens can use— and delete the obfuscating hodgepodge we now have. People need to be able to look up whether we do or don't have the best politicians money can buy— on ANY issue.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

** An Ordinance amending Chapter 35, Unified Development Code, of the City Code of San Antonio, Texas, by changing Section 35-311, Table 311-2, Nonresidential Use Matrix, by changing the classification of auto & light truck repair and auto paint & body repair in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone from a use that is not allowed to a use that is permitted if a specific use authorization is approved by the City Council. The Zoning Commission recommended denial. Staff recommends denial.


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