SAN ANTONIO (August 5, 2014)—Mayor Ivy R. Taylor presented her 10-month vision for the City of San Antonio at a luncheon Tuesday hosted by the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
“Because I don't need to run for office this year, I have a freedom that elected officials rarely enjoy: the ability to speak my mind,” Taylor said.
During the 20-minute address, Mayor Taylor touched on aspects of education, adult literacy, job creation, transportation and sustainability. She also credited prior mayors for their work on the San Antonio River Improvement Project, redevelopment of Hemisfair park and greenway projects.
Mayor Taylor introduced a first-ever comprehensive plan initiative with three major components, crafted jointly by stakeholders and led by citizens, to address current and future City-wide issues. This plan includes:
· Citizen’s Leadership Academy—allowing residents to play an active and informed role in planning their own future
· Community Advisory Board—bringing major stakeholders and institutions like SAWS, CPS Energy, Bexar County, the San Antonio River Authority, business and community groups to the table when key decisions are discussed
· Council Committee—granting City Council ownership and leadership of this multi-year initiative
“To engage citizens across San Antonio and gain their trust, I hope we can create a package of well-reasoned and effective charter amendments to be placed on the ballot next May,” Taylor said. “This is an opportunity to restore accountability and make our government—your government—function more efficiently.”
Mayor Taylor also praised City Manager Sheryl Sculley and the City’s leadership for their financial management policies, which recently earned the City of San Antonio its fifth consecutive ‘AAA’ bond rating.
“As a team, we can accomplish anything,” Taylor said.
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