LPBexar Launches Candidate Survey to Inform Voters in Upcoming Elections

Press Release: LPBexar Launches Candidate Survey to Inform Voters in Upcoming City Council Elections

San Antonio, TX, February 22nd – The Libertarian Party of Bexar County announced today the launch of a candidate survey that will be shared with all candidates running for one of the 10 City of San Antonio district seats as well as the Hollywood Park city council spot in the upcoming elections. The intent of this survey is to develop a Voter Guide to ensure residents of Bexar County understand the values of these candidates and can make an informed decision when voting.

The survey consists of a set of questions designed to gauge each candidate’s stance on a variety of issues, including taxation, regulation, eminent domain, and individual liberties. All candidates are invited to answer the survey, and their responses will be shared with the public as part of the Voter Guide.

“We believe that every voter has the right to know where their candidates stand on the issues that matter to them,” said JR Haseloff,, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Bexar County. “By launching this survey, we hope to provide voters with a clear and concise resource that they can use to make an informed decision when casting their vote.”

The Libertarian Party of Bexar County is committed to promoting individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. The organization believes that it is important for voters to understand the values and positions of their candidates, especially in local elections where decisions made by elected officials can have a significant impact on the lives of citizens.

The Libertarian Party of Bexar County encourages all residents of Bexar County to participate in the upcoming elections and make their voices heard.

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For more information on this matter, contact JR Haseloff at JR@LPBexar.org


The Survey will cover the following topics:

Section 1 Principles:

  • In your opinion, what are the top three issues currently affecting San Antonio, and if elected, how would you address these?
  • Do you believe that there should be any additional legal limits placed on speech?
  • Do you support restrictions or bans on ownership of specific types of firearms?
  • Eminent Domain has been abused by governments, and their agents, through the seizing of property without just compensation, for reasons other than “public good,” and to shift power further in the favor of the powerful. What would you do, if elected, to improve CoSA policy around the use of eminent domain?
  • Do you support the idea that relationships between consenting adults, regardless of the number of participants, should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals in child custody, adoption, or other legal proceedings or government employment practices?
  • What three City of San Antonio programs would you terminate and why?

Section 2 Public Safety:

  • Do you support San Antonio Police Department’s policies that effectively ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants?
  • In 2022, voters in Austin, Denton, Elgin, Harker Heights, Killeen and San Marcos, overwhelmingly approved the decriminalization of possession of less than 4 oz of marijuana. Would you support an ordinance to decriminalize possession of marijuana in San Antonio?
  • Do you support the San Antonio Police Department hiring more officers?
  • Do you support repealing ordinances that create penalties for crimes with no clear victim (i.e., vagrancy, possession of a controlled substance, sodomy, etc.)?
  • Policing in America is a common topic of discussion in U.S. politics today, with much of the discussion focused around local policies. What is your view on the state of policing in America, and what would you seek to accomplish in San Antonio if elected?
  •  In 2020, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University found civilian oversight of the police in San Antonio to lack access, independence, transparency, budget, staffing, legal standing, or any power to influence policy. What changes would you make to the Complaint and Administrative Review Board (CARB) to achieve effective oversight and increased civilian trust?

Section 3 Local Economy:

  • The sales tax rate in San Antonio is 8.25%, with the city sales tax rate being 1.25%; do you support initiatives that would reduce the sales tax rate in San Antonio?
  • In FY 2023, the property tax rate for San Antonio is 54.161 cents per $100 of taxable value, which has been compounded by the sharp 23% increase in appraised average home value in 2022. Do you support initiatives that would reduce the property tax rate for ALL property owners in San Antonio?
  • Do you support repealing ordinances that create barriers to entry for low-income entrepreneurs (i.e., occupational licensing, permits, etc.)?
  • Do you support a city mandate that requires public places, including private businesses, to post signage with domestic violence resources?
  • The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging time for state and municipal governments across America. In the event of a pandemic or other similar emergency, how do you think the city should respond? What, if anything, would you like to see done differently next time?
  • The official inflation rate is 7.1%, but actual inflation of food items is closer to 11% and energy is at 13%. What reforms would you recommend to reduce the burden of inflation locally?

Section 4 City Services

  • SA’s Ready to Work program continues to fall behind targets, despite representing a significant increase in the sales tax rate (0.125%). Do you support canceling this program and the tax increase that pays for it?
  • Do you believe CPS Energy is best managed by the City of San Antonio (instead of a private energy provider)?
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit is funded through a 0.500% sales tax increase. Do you believe taxpayers are receiving a good return on investment?
  • At an average cost of over $11,000 per student, Pre-K 4 SA is nearly 25% more than both the national Head Start program and the SA area school district. Do you support program reforms that would significantly reduce the cost of this program?
  • In October 2022, the Federal government started the House America initiative, and San Antonio was one of first cities to take the pledge. If elected, what do you believe should be done to help the homeless population in San Antonio?
  • In many neighborhoods across the city you will find “Mi Barrio No Se Vende” signs. If elected, how will you balance revitalization efforts, attracting investors, and fears of displacement within low-income neighborhoods?

Section 5 Education

  • Do you support a voucher program where a specified amount of educational funding could be applied to a student’s schooling, technology, or transportation expenses, at the educational institution of their choice?
  • Do you support public school districts mandating vaccinations not required by the State of Texas?
  • According to the 2022-2023 Parent Student Handbook, a fifth or eighth grade student must perform well on the STAAR exam to advance to sixth or ninth grade, respectively, in SAISD. Do you believe that satisfactory STAAR testing is an appropriate prerequisite for promotion to the next grade in San Antonio schools?
  • Do you support the Connected In the Classroom initiative, which is currently estimated to cost San Antonio taxpayers $27 million, and provides distance learning capabilities to students living in specific areas of eight K-12 San Antonio area school districts and the Alamo Community College District?
  • Although 95.3% of Texas schools did not permit mock intruders access during the recent 2023 state-wide safety audit, school safety is the top issue for parents according to the annual Charles Butt Foundation’s Texas Education Poll, with 53% of parents perceiving at least a moderate risk to students in their communities. How will you approach the issue of school safety in San Antonio, and what solutions will you bring to the dais?
  • What do you believe the public school’s role is in teaching and interacting with students on controversial topics such as sexual and gender education, historical race relations, gun control, etc.?

LPBexar February Discussion Social: May Elections and Eminent Domain

When and where

Date and time

Fri, February 10, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM CST

Location

Blanco BBQ 13259 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78216

Come to Blanco BBQ and run through the line first, then meet us in the Party Room.

We’ll be discussing candidates and activism around the upcoming May elections (deadline to file is Feb17). We’ll also be discussing how to maximize our impact to bring awareness to the recent eminent domain issue at the Alamo.

If you haven’t already, sign up to volunteer and become more active here: https://www.bit.ly/LPBexarVol

See LPBexar’s press release here:

Press Release: Libertarian Party of Bexar County Condemns Eminent Domain Abuse

Press Release: Libertarian Party of Bexar County Condemns Eminent Domain Abuse

Moses Roses Hideout bar owner Vince Cantu

As we all know, eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use. However, it is important to remember that this power can also be abused and used to take away the property and livelihoods of individuals for the benefit of private companies or politician’s pet projects.

This is why it is crucial for us, as Libertarians, to speak out against eminent domain and the injustice it can cause. Here in San Antonio, we have seen exactly this occur as the City Council votes to take property away from Vince Cantu and his Moses Roses Hideout bar taken away for the benefit of larger companies and development projects. This is not only morally wrong, but it also goes against the principles of property rights and individual liberty that we hold dear.

We must also remember that eminent domain not only affects property owners, but also the community as a whole. The loss of small businesses and family-owned properties can have a detrimental effect on the fabric of our neighborhoods and the local economy.

That is why we urge all of our members and supporters to get involved and make your voices heard. Attend city council meetings, write letters to the editor, and join protests and rallies against eminent domain. Together, we can make a difference and protect the rights of property owners and the community.

It’s also worth mentioning that eminent domain has always been a controversial topic and many politicians have spoken against it. Some of the quotes that have been made:

  • “Eminent domain is the process of taking property from one private owner without his consent in order to give it to another private owner, who will put the property to a use that is supposed to be more beneficial to the public.” – Ron Paul
  • “The use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private party to another for the latter’s private use, as well as for public use, is illegitimate and must be prohibited.” – Gary Johnson
  • “Eminent domain is a necessary tool for government to acquire land for public use, but it should never be used to benefit private interests. The government should not have the power to take away someone’s home or business for the benefit of a developer or corporation.” – Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party Presidential nominee

As you can see, many politicians have spoken out against the abuse of eminent domain. It is important that we continue to raise awareness and push for reform to protect the rights of property owners and the community.

Get involved today by volunteering HERE or Donating HERE.

Press Release: Libertarian Party of Bexar County Condemns Eminent Domain Abuse

San Antonio, TX, January, 26th – The Libertarian Party of Bexar County strongly condemns the abuse of eminent domain powers by the City of San Antonio to take away property and livelihoods of hardworking citizens such as Vince Cantu and his Moses Rose’s Hideout Bar.

Eminent domain, the power of the government to take private property for public use, is a destructive tool that allows politicians to prioritize their personal wishlists and crony projects over the livelihoods and businesses of private citizens. The government’s purpose is to protect the rights of its citizens, not trample them.

Unfortunately, government entities have been known to widely abuse eminent domain powers, taking property from individuals and small business owners without just compensation or for the benefit of private development projects. This overreach of power is not only a violation of property rights, but it also destroys communities and harms the economy.

“This was not a run-of-the-mill eminent domain ‘we’re going to put a pipeline or a road through this property,'” Vince Cantu tells Reason Magazine. “This is property on the grounds of Texas liberty. This is blood-stained soil that we fought against this very thing, this whole idea of a government coming in and taking away your way of life.”

The Libertarian Party of Bexar County believes in protecting the rights of individuals and small business owners. We believe that taking away someone’s property and livelihood is not only morally wrong but is also a violation of the principles of a free society.

We call on City of San Antonio government officials to respect the property rights of their citizens and overturn its use of eminent domain powers. We will continue to fight against eminent domain abuse and to protect the rights of property owners.

We urge citizens to speak up when they see eminent domain abuse happening in their communities, and to support candidates who will fight for property rights and against eminent domain abuse.

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About Us
The Libertarian Party of Bexar County is an Affiliate for the 3rd largest and fastest growing political party in the United States. LPBexar seeks to elect Libertarians and influence legislation that focuses on individual rights, self ownership, and limited government.
For more information on this matter, contact JR Haseloff at JR@LPBexar.org
https://reason.com/2023/01/25/the-alamo-is-trying-to-eminent-domain-this-mans-bar-to-make-way-for-museum-honoring-alamo-defenders/

Third Annual LPBexar Holiday Social and BUSINESS MEETING

Third Annual LPBexar Holiday Social and BUSINESS MEETING
3pm-7pm, Saturday December 3, 2022

Where: 4320 Laurie Michelle, San Antonio, TX 78261
Bonfire, catered food, and Officer reports!  

Business Meeting will take place from 3-415pm. Social will take place until 7pm.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite so that proper headcount for food can be coordinated.  Eventbrite tickets are located HERE.

Tentative Agenda starting at 3pm.

Help Bring Marijuana Decriminalization to San Antonio

Want to see this headline here in San Antonio? Local nonprofits and partners are looking to put this on your May ballot here in San Antonio.

Act4SA, a local 501c3 nonprofit is asking for your help to get the following on the ballot.

The San Antonio Justice Charter will amend the City Charter of San Antonio to adopt a justice policy that will reduce unnecessary arrests, mitigate racial bias, and save scarce public resources through a comprehensive set of popular reforms.

“A petition to amend the City Charter of San Antonio to adopt a justice policy that will reduce unnecessary arrests and save scarce public resources through a comprehensive set of reforms, including: ending enforcement of low-level marijuana possession; ending enforcement of abortion crimes; banning chokeholds; banning no-knock warrants; and encouraging citations instead of arrests for low-level nonviolent crimes.”

Download the Petition HERE

What’s on the Ballot?
01.

DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

Eliminate the enforcement of low level marijuana offenses

02.

BAN CHOKEHOLDS

Ban chokeholds by SAPD in ANY instance forever

03.

BAN NO KNOCK WARRANTS

Ban the use of dangerous no knock warrants except in extreme dangerous cases (such as hostage situation or exigent life circumstances)- where extensive procedure is laid out for accountability and transparency

04.

CITE AND RELEASE

Make the use of citations and the diversion program for low level misdemeanors permanent

05.

DECRIMINALIZATION OF ABORTION

SAPD officers shall not be responsible for enforcing the statewide law

06.

CREATION OF A JUSTICE DIRECTOR

Oversee the implementation of this policy and make sure future city policy follows with the purpose of this section to reduce unnecessary arrests, promote police accountability, and save scarce city resources- especially those related to public safety

Full policy language HERE.

We understand that there are elements of this Charter Amendment that are NOT libertarian.  Each person can decide for themselves whether they will support this Charter Amendment and if the marginal increase in liberty around marijuana decriminalization is worth the creation of a “Woke Czar” government position.

Once all the signatures are tallied in January, there is a possibility that the committee will make the determination that this is NOT one single Issue (currently proposed as The Justice Amendment), and instead break this omnibus into 6 separate votes on your ballot.

For this reason, LPBexar will NOT be advocating an official position on this Charter Amendment, but we know our volunteers may want to, not only support it and vote for it, but assist in getting the necessary number of signatures.


HOW TO HELP GET SIGNATURES
Want to join fellow activists at a preplanned event? Click here.

Populate this Petition Form with registered City of San Antonio Voters

Copies of the push card in English and Spanish

one pager that can go on tables and has more detailed information

One quick note: At the bottom of each petition page is a “Statement of Circulator” affidavit. Whoever collects the signatures needs to make sure to sign and date that or else the page will be invalidated by the city clerk!

Signed petitions can be mailed to: 
ACT 4 SA, 7970 Fredericksburg Rd Suite 101-326, San Antonio TX 78229

Signed petitions can also be dropped off in person at these locations:
ACT 4 SA Office- 702 Donaldson Ave Suite #204,
San Antonio TX 78201
San Antonio Alliance- 120 Adams St,
San Antonio TX 78210

Once complete, email officers@lpbexar.org and let us know how many signatures you turned in!