Public Participation Committee
Bianca Maldonado and Cynthia Spielman
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In response to public frustrations, in February 2018 District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval filed a Council Consideration Request (CCR), “Advancing City Public Participation” to “develop principles and standards for each City campaign to follow to create consistency, clear expectations, and ample opportunity for the public to provide input prior to Council action.” In January 16, 2019 The CCR “Advancing Public Participation” that provides policy directives to City Manager and City staff by City Council is adopted.
The PPP Committee makes recommendations for the meaningful implementation of the Public Participation Principles by
- pushing for meaningful resident input in the roll-out of the new Resident Platform (SA Speak Up)
- pushing for neighborhood/resident input in the newly released Public Participation and Engagement Plan by the Government and Public Affairs Office.
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- Committee members, along with the Steering Committee and the Affordable Housing & Displacement Committee members sent a letter to each council member regarding the lack of meaningful public participation in the adoption of the SHIP on November 1.
- The Resident Platform, which was chosen by a task force and adopted by City Council in 2020 creates a constituent/government platform of calendar management, meeting management, boards and commission, and constituent services to replace what is currently in place. The platform, which is described as "Outside/In" is resident-centered, yet, as of August 2021 there has been no resident input other than the input in the task force that chose this particular platform. Our goal is that the resident platform will be presented to residents before the last stage of implementation for suggestions and input. On August 26th, Cynthia Spielman, Velma Pena, Bonnie Connor and Bianca Maldonado tried to sign up for Community, Health, Environment, & Culture (CHECC) meeting to speak on resident platform presentation but were unable. Cynthia Spielman, Velma Pena, Bonnie Connor, and Bianca Maldonado, as speakers through D1 office, presented to the CHECC. CW Sandoval recommended that an ad hoc group of citizen task force, nominated by each committee member and the mayor, be created to work on making the platform more accessible. There will be a report back in October. The ad hoc task force was ill be Velma Pena, Bianca Maldonado (chair), Jordan Ghawi, Terry Ybanez, and Thea Setterbo. The committee is gathering information from T1 neighborhoods and has met twice.
- The City of San Antonio Public Participation & Engagement Plan was presented by the Government and Public Affairs Department (GPA) to the Community Health, Environment, & Culture Committee on September 23, 2021. The Committee will make recommendations on the meaningful implementation of the plan including the establishment of a Neighborhood and Public Participation Commission.