I was part of the trial group for the city’s new organic recycling program. On a personal level, I like the idea. It is great turning organics into compost that can be used for gardens. I personally love the idea of recycling. My person opinion is not at issue here. Ideas, no matter how good the intentions should not be shoved onto people. Especially on top of another ‘good’ idea that isn’t successful.
The participation rate for the blue bin program is only around 20%. Why would the city start up a program that even less people will likely use? Its a bit messier and requires more storage space. Why not focus on changing the blue bin to a fee based service and trying to get participation up on that before throwing another subsidy on top of citizens? I like that there is a $3 fee for joining in on the organic program. I think fee based services are the proper way to deal with services, but that $3 cannot possibly cover the true cost of the program. So we are going to have a subsidized program on top of a subsidized blue bin recycling program.
I am all for good ideas, but I am not for good ideas that are so good they have to be forced on people.
Here is the questionnaire I received from the San Antonio Express News and my responses.
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San Antonio Express News Questionnaire
I was given a questionnaire by the Stonewall Democrats. I want to provide the survey and my responses to everyone. I was not give an endorsement by this group even though I support true equal rights.
I do appreciate that they invited me out and everyone was very nice. I do disagree with the idea that special interests are civil rights. You can see my full explanation in my responses.
Stonewall Democrats Questionnaire
The San Antonio Board of Realtors sent me a short questionnaire. I want to share my responses with all. I think its important to show voters who contacts candidates as well as how I respond. This is the kind of openness that shouldn’t be legislated, but should be expected from those running for office.
The city elections are non partisan races. This means, for the most part the standard political parties are not “in” the race. It would be naive to think that they are not involved. I myself am a part of a political party but I try hard not to emphasize it. I think principles speak loud enough on their own without labels.
I do want to thank a few Democrat groups for inviting me to speak at their functions though. Even if they only favor those pushing their their platform positions, they allow people to come talk to them. I am very disappointed in the Republican organizations in this race. I know they have held events. Its their right to support who they want but its clear who is actually non partisan and non party supported.
I am in this race not to fight to push Republican or Democrat ideals. I am here to push for principles of liberty. I believe citizens are what make this city and state great and not political parties. I am here to fight for citizens to have the authority over our own lives.
Status quo is not acceptable.
I was at a meeting where code compliance official touting the new remote way to deal with fines in district 10. I am supportive of making it easy for citizen to deal with problem and that is especially true if people don’t have to travel downtown and pay for parking. I would be cautious of getting excited over government that make it easy to pay but not fight against claims as well though.
One comment was made about there being a $300 automatic fine for missing a court appearance and fines piling up if people do not respond. This can lead to very abusive government. Citations and fines are a way to deal with all kinds of city issues and to defer cost of dealing with those issues but they should not a massive burden and potentially financially destructive.
We should just be cautious of a government that is proud of how efficient it is at fines and making it easy to pay them but loses focus on treating people reasonably when it comes to actually solving problems.
When in office I will keep a blog on this site and post when I vote or make decisions that affect the city. You can see my reasoning and vote right here. No digging through city minutes or wondering what I am doing. Open and straight forward government. Direct communication is important and should be demanded.