Clouds of mistrust over City Hall as citizens anger about safety and taxes

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Mayor Ron Nirenberg & Police Chief McManus (McManus photo by J.Dennis) NL

Supervisors shocked: asked McManus to put it in writing

Police Chief said smuggled illegal aliens would NOT be processed

What is going on at San Antonio City Hall? What is the City Council and Police Chief doing to protect all citizens of the Alamo City?

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Predominantly troubling are disturbing actions of Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and Police Chief William McManus. It’s so bad, that the Texas Attorney General launched an investigation in January ordering the entire City government to preserve all evidence and present any and all documents, videos, and cellular phone data, regarding a December 23, 2017 incident involving McManus.

According to the Police Association, when Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives arrived to speak with smuggled illegal aliens found in an 18-wheeler trailer, Chief McManus “stated that none of the detainees were to be processed through SAPD databases and ordered them released. At this point, SVU Supervisors were so shocked they requested the order be put in writing.”

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus (photo by Jack Dennis)

On that night, in possible violation of established procedures and State and Federal law pertaining to suspected human smuggling and trafficking cases, the Chief released twelve undocumented immigrants into the City of San Antonio without properly and thoroughly identifying them. Sculley covered for him and said McManus did everything right. But as more information comes out, original suspicions about city leadership have merit.

“Good old boy policy” –Victor Rivera

“San Antonio leadership unfortunately has that good old boy policy,” said Victor Rivera. “They support was is beneficial for them, not what is beneficial for the citizens of the city, the entire city.”

“San Antonio leadership unfortunately has that good old boy policy,” said Victor Rivera. “They support was is beneficial for them, not what is beneficial for the citizens of the city, the entire city.”

O’liva restaurant, “a shell game.”

“The Attorney General inspectors should check on the history of the city’s funding and re-funding of the O’liva restaurant, on the southern end of their Plaza de Armas project across from City Hall,” one city employee (the same one who correctly warned News Legit about the secret plan to remove a statue at a downtown city park last year) said. “Sculley and her people had their hands all over this multi-million project. They had to keep taking more taxpayer funds throughout the construction and even after it opened. Center City Development & Operations (CCDO) Department should also be looked into. What a shell game that was. And it was a failure. What good did it do for citizens? And now they are going to start spending our money on their palace (City Hall).”

Cafe O’liva, conveinently located across from City Hall failed even after millions of tax payer funds were used. (NL)

Cafe O’liva, after only two years of feeding many City Hall employees, (there were only seven parking spaces available in front) closed it doors in October. 2016.

“Pay-for-play schemes” –El Conservador 

“They should investigate the embezzlement of public funds at Centro SA, the Re-Imagine the Alamo project, and investigate if there is collusion between lobbyists and campaign donors to the mayor and city council,” George H. Rodriguez, known as ‘El Conservador’ in political circles. “All of these appear to be ‘pay-for-play’ schemes.”

Last week City Councilmembers Greg Brockhouse, Clayton Perry and John Courage voted against a measure to refurbish City Hall for $38 million.

“Yes, our City Hall building needs repair,” Brockhouse commented on his Facebook page. “But, this should have been a bond project. I’d rather have fixed this, than build a $15 million critter bridge for deer to safely cross the highway. I voted “No”. We have streets that haven’t been fixed in decades. Let’s get our priorities straight.”

Councilman Perry released this statement:

The action taken by City Council today is discouraging. A $38 million project was approved 8-3 without any formal outreach to our constituencies. The price tag on this item is far too large to be approved solely by Council and in my opinion should have gone through a bond election. This money is not coming from the General Fund; today, we agreed to take on nearly $40 million of debt for one building. A project of this stature should have been included on Prop 4 of the 2017-2022 Bond Program.

Let me be clear, I am in support of preserving the history of San Antonio. My vote today is not against historic preservation or against making any City Hall entrance ADA accessible. City Hall belongs to the people, so I believe that they should have had a say in its use.

As I make this statement, the foundations for temporary office trailers have already been dug and the site prepped for temporary office buildings. How long do our neighbors have to wait for their streets to be repaired? Or for their libraries and parks to get new equipment? We need to do better for our neighbors and allow them to have a voice.

“600,000 criminal offenses”

Since 2006, the U.S. Border Patrol has reported almost 4 million illegal alien apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border, including 1,165,545 apprehensions in the Texas sectors. Mexican cartels are becoming increasingly confrontational in encounters with law enforcement officers. Since 2009, there have been 94 incidents in which shots were fired at 124 law enforcement officers in Texas.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) status indicators, over 230,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails since June 1, 2011. During their criminal careers, these illegal aliens were charged with more than 600,000 criminal offenses.

Notice to City officials posted by concerned citizens. (NL)

Those Texas arrests include 1,227 homicide charges; 71,374 assault charges; 17,291 burglary charges; 71,790 drug charges; 729 kidnapping charges; 41,814 theft charges; 46,526 obstructing police charges; 3,962 robbery charges; 6,450 sexual assault charges; and 9,016 weapons charges. Of the total criminal aliens arrested in that timeframe, over 150,000 or 66% were identified by DHS status as being in the US illegally at the time of their last arrest. This only includes Texas as those arrested in these figures may have offenses in other states.

Why not protect citizens? 

What is San Antonio leader’s actions to protect citizens from such criminals? A July 2017 incident is telling. The San Antonio Police Department were called to local Wal-Mart where they found 10 immigrants dead or dying in the back of a semi-truck.

After arresting the driver of Dec. 23, 2017 case, SAPD failed to notify ICE of the aliens in the back of the truck. Instead they transported them to a local police substation and contacted an immigrant aid organization. There were set free with no charges filed.

One police officer told New Legit that “SUVs, the type used for escorting dignitaries, were brought in to take some of them away. They were protected. The talk around the police department is that some may have been M13 gang members. No wonder our Police Association is up in arms.”

McManus, Sculley, and Nirenberg may be trying to hide things, but it’s not a secret there is bad blood between City officials and most in the police and fire departments.

City lawsuits against first responders cost taxpayers $1,173,642.32.”

“If we ever needed more proof that Mayor Nirenberg and City Manager Sculley have no problem spending money on a losing cause, a new analysis

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is being criticized for closed door council meetings. Left: At the March NCAA Final Four. Right, campaign with Julian Castro. (NL)

by the office of Councilman Greg Brockhouse shows just how much the City has spent on a losing lawsuit against San Antonio First Responders,” the San Antonio Police Officers Association released.

“As of April 1st, the total cost of all ‘evergreen clause’ lawsuits against police and fire is $1,173,642.32,” they wrote. “City-employed attorney are also not apparently good enough, so the City Manager has hired an outside legal team made up of high-priced lawyers, many of whom also happen to be old friends and associates. These attorneys representing the City at the Texas Supreme Court may collectively bill San Antonio taxpayers at a rate of $3,010.00 per hour!”

“After already losing in lower courts, the City is now appealing to the Texas Supreme Court alleging evergreen clauses are unconstitutional. This is strange, though, because the City recently signed an eight-year contract with the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association that includes an evergreen clause.”

“Nevertheless, the costs of the City’s lawsuit against the San Antonio Professional Firefighter’s Association are overwhelmingly high and out of control. The mayor says he wants to negotiate, but our position has been clear from the beginning: drop the lawsuit and firefighters will be at the table.”

Rethink Mayor Nirenberg! June 30

A mounting number of citizens are so angry that a public forum entitled “Rethink Mayor Nirenberg!” has been set up for Saturday, June 30, at 1 pm at the City of San Antonio – Municipal Government, 100 Military Plz, San Antonio, Texas 78205. The event is hosted by JD Ramirez, Matthew Solis and Christian Lee.

The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back was Nirenberg’s meeting behind closed doors to decide against San Antonio bidding for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Ramirez said their anti-Nirenberg event will “bring to light our Mayor of San Antonio chose to miss an great business opportunity for our city. This showcases poor leadership and diversity. We must bring to light with what’s occurring in our city and let our voices be heard. Urge friends and family to get involved and know what’s going on in our community.”

Confederate Statue in San Antonio, Texas (Alamo photo by Jack Dennis)

Nirenberg’s closed door session of council members smelled of the same trickeries and modus operandi used to take down a statue at downtown’s Travis Park last year. At the time one city employee in the know of the back door meetings told News Legit before it happened, that he and his co-workers knew “the fix is in” as Nirenberg actively worked to remove the statue. City councilmen Roberto Treviño (District 1) and William “Cruz” Shaw (District 2), joined together to submit Council Consideration Request on July 25 to take down, a memorial erected on June 28, 1899 and was dedicated officially on April 28, 1900.

“That statue stands on top of a 40-foot-high monument,” said the city worker who asked not to be identified. “To move it during the night requires special equipment. They already have someone picked out to do it. The cannons in the park will be removed too.”

“This is going to be a big test for the new Mayor (Ron Nirenberg) to determine if he will listen to the citizens or submit to political correctness. Some of us already know. He is going to have them taken down.  The contractor will use a crane, special rigging and lighting to take it down. It had to be planned for and they want it removed soon after they vote.”

The city employee and his colleagues were right. Nirenberg actually bypassed the step of taking the measure to a full city council public vote.

Behind closed doors to nix RNC Convention opportunity

Regarding the recent fiasco about the RNC Convention, Nirenberg and teams ignored prominent business leaders when they informed them no San Antonio taxes or budget money would be required to host the international event, they walked out with lame excuses for saying no.

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Rethink Mayor Nirenberg June 30, 2018 at 1 pm (NL)

“The city is welcoming the NAACP national convention but they were afraid of the possible violence, disruptions, and politics the GOP national convention would cause,” posted “El Conservador” Rodriguez. “I wonder if the NAACP will embrace all political parties of just the Democrats? I wonder if the “peaceful” Black Lives Matter organization will be present and honored? I wonder if they will be welcoming and diverse, and invite Republicans and conservatives to speak or at least attend? I wonder if they will speak out against all racism, including against whites? I wonder…”

Democrats shut down conservatives rights to speak

At a recent public hearing, after Democrats and liberals were allowed to speak, conservative Weston Martinez, walked to microphone to address the crowd. But, rudely, the crowd began to leave. A few media and spectators remained and what was caught on camera was shocking.

Man takes microphone from podium as Weston Martinez begins to speak at Bexar County Commissioner’s Court. (NL)

A man abruptly removed the microphone Martinez was about to speak into.

“You know it’s ironic that we stand here today with democracy dying in Bexar County,” Martinez said as he presented facts that over 40 percent of Bexar County residents voted Trump for president and Governor Greg Abbott “received almost 49% against Wendy Davis in San Antonio.  Do those lives not matter?”

The Democratic audience began to yell and heckle Martinez as he attempted to talk about freedom, regardless of race or creed. “What’s happening here is the Democrats are being pushed out by the Socialists.  That is what’s really going on here.”

Cynthia Brehm, a candidate for Bexar County Chairman walked up to speak, but the lights were turned off.

“You know what’s fair,” Brehm began, “We sat here silently and quietly as an opposing view–to what is happening here today, and we didn’t make snide remarks, but yet when it came time for us to speak, guess what happened? They took the microphones away, look around the room.  They turned off the lights and cleared the room.  They’re trying to silence us. This city talks about unity and diversity and acceptance?  Why didn’t they accept us?”

Councilman Greg Brockhouse greets WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans to San Antonio. (Greg Brockhouse)

“Behind closed doors, private City Council meetings must end,” wrote City Councilman Greg Brockhouse. “The Mayor calls for a backroom discussion to bid on a political convention. Show some courage and do it on the record. Stand for what you believe in and don’t hide with the Attorney. The public deserves to know where we stand. We should welcome ALL to San Antonio…Democrats, Republicans, NAACP, LULAC, etc…that’s being inclusive and that’s leadership.”

In response, Teresa Ovalle commented, “If it were the DNC (Democratic National Convention), the bid would have been made yesterday, with immense hype and excitement. This is for sure. The mayor talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk of San Antonio being a compassionate, inclusive, and welcoming city. He would deny hotels, restaurants, and other San Antonio businesses from making money because of his political ideology. He is not worthy to be mayor of San Antonio.”

Then Chief McManus arrived.

“For several years now, San Antonio Police Officers have been well trained on how to handle and process human smuggling and trafficking cases,” a release from the officer’s Association states. “SAPD also works with Homeland Security through the Federal Joint Task Force to specifically target and arrest individuals involved in these crimes. On December 23rd, when twelve people were stopped and detained under suspicion of smuggling and being in the country illegally, the Officers on scene began following the law and established procedures. Then, Chief McManus arrived.”

“When Chief McManus arrived unexpectedly on scene, in civilian clothing and with a lawyer from a non-profit organization, Officers briefed the Chief on the situation and their actions, which included notifying Homeland Security. The Chief immediately changed their orders: they were not to identify the individuals or check their immigration status (as Texas law allows local law enforcement to do) and they were not to involve Homeland Security (as per Joint Task Force procedures).”

“When an agent from Homeland Security did arrive, the Chief informed him that his assistance was not needed. After transporting the individuals to police headquarters, the Chief allowed the non-profit attorney complete access to them before ever allowing even one of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives to speak to them. The Chief then stated that none of the detainees were to be processed through SAPD databases and ordered them released. At this point, SVU Supervisors were so shocked they requested the order be put in writing.”

“The twelve detainees were then escorted out of the back of police headquarters and released into the city. Afterwards, the Chief told the media that the case was based on a “fluid situation,” and that “it’s not necessarily how every case will be handled going forward.” SAPOA believes that the Chief’s actions were political, not in line with established State and Federal laws and procedures, and may have risked the safety of the community.”

 

1 Comment on "Clouds of mistrust over City Hall as citizens anger about safety and taxes"

  1. john E Foddrill Sr. | May 16, 2018 at 12:33 am | Reply

    Bexar County DA Nico LaHood is hiding 4 years of illegal city council meetings and other criminal activity for high-level Democrats including crooked San Antonio TX City Attorney Michael Bernard- ( brother of Obama White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard) , city manager Sheryl Sculley, SAPD Chief McManus , City attorney Segovia and ex-Mayor / ex-HUD Secretary Julian Castro) when they illegally banned law-abiding whistleblowers from City Hall and public meetings for almost four years to silence their reports of public/police/Judicial corruption. Corrupt DA LaHood refuses to enforce the Texas Open Meeting Act and prosecute the criminal cover-up…Mayor Nirenberg and Council play along with the cover-up…Councilman Manny Pelaez stalked, cyber-bullied and threatened citizens to silence them……https://texasmonitor.org/san-antonio-councilman-uses-facebook-mock-activist-couple/

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