San Antonio, TX

City Councilman is Forced to Resign Over a $75 Million Disagreement

Tom Handy

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San Antonio Councilman Mario BravoScreenshot from Twitter

On September 15, a councilman criticized another council member and is now suspended indefinitely. San Antonio Council member Mario Bravo of District 1 didn’t agree with Councilwoman Ana Sandoval over a budgetary issue.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg suspended Bravo from all city council meetings and assignments until further notice. Bravo’s conduct is under review and he is suspended from council activities until the investigation is complete.

Central Public Service (CPS) Energy had an excess of $75 million in revenue. So, Councilman Bravo proposed using the excess revenue to weatherize homes instead of giving credit on homeowner bills. The rebate would credit homeowners $30 per month and this received mixed reactions from council members.

Bravo believed homeowners would save about $300 in energy savings per year. He felt the city could use the money to weatherize homes instead.

Executive director of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Diane Rath told Bravo the city did not have the staff or supply chain capacity to weatherize homes at the scale he was proposing.

AACOG’s “Weatherization Assistance Program” helps insulate homes to mitigate the cost of electricity for low-income families.

Bravo said to the council:

“Yes, there are supply chain issues, yes, there are labor issues, but when you talk to a psychologist, you have to distinguish between ‘can’t’ and ‘won’t.’”
“The issue here is not that we can’t, but there are some people here that won’t.”

Bravo later called out Sandoval directly and said:

“I got so much criticism for my proposal from the mayor and Council member Sandoval for the lack of detail, but I see the same thing in [her] proposal.”

City chief legal adviser Andy Segovia reprimanded Bravo and said:

“The point of decorum I am trying to make is that your comments should be directed at the policy, not the council member.”

Bravo reportedly told Sandoval that her inaction was the reason that he ended his past relationship with her. He added that was why he didn't want to have children with her.

The councilwoman walked away in tears after the outburst.

Here is the news coverage of the incident:

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