Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Monday, Feb. 23, 2004


Our Leader's Indecision

When Toyota was flirting with San Antonio, our elected city leaders couldn't decide what strong actions to take to seal the deal. County Judge Nelson Wolff and other elected leaders of Bexar County stepped up with rail service and other answers.

When the Spurs were threatening to move if they didn't get a new arena, elected city leaders were again indecisive. County Judge Cyndi Taylor Krier stepped in and took the initiative that resulted in the new SBC Center.

This week our non-leading city leaders face a deadline to decide what to put on the ballot for the May election. They are expected to decide on term and Council pay proposals. As recently as last week there was no solid term limit proposal— only waffling and hand-wringing.

What to ask us to vote on should have been clearly decided weeks ago. The mayor could have been making sales pitches for a definite term limit plan. Instead, he was reading a poll, seeing which way the wind was blowing, and waffling as late as last week.

It's pretty clear that at this stage we have a "weak mayor" form of city government. That isn't in the city charter— it's just a fact of life.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


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