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Thursday, June 10, 2004 New page by 10 a.m. Monday-Friday
Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Reagan $ RESULT
posted 11am-11pm Thur 6/10/2004
Should Ronald Reagan be put on currency, such as a $10 or $20 bill?
Yes
103
39%
No
78
30%
Maybe in a few more decades
82
31%
Total votes 263

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Downtown Hotel RESULT

Carlos Guerra: 'Mother of All Hotel Giveaways' is coming back to S.A. If the PGA Village is dead, another monster is arising from the grave.

poll posted 10am-11pm Wed 6/9/2004
Do you want City Council to guarantee a new downtown hotel with your tax money? (issue before Council June 10, 2004)
Sure, there's plenty of money!
18
8%
No, are they nuts?
193
85%
Don't know: haven't heard about it
15
7%
Total votes 226
 

What a teenie tiny little item it is on June 10 City Council agenda. You'd never know what it is really about, just from reading it:

29. Staff presentation on the Convention Center Hotel Request For Proposal [Presented by Christopher J. Brady, Assistant City Manager; Terry M. Brechtel, City Manager]

Comments

Why is it that these folks, who are supposed to work for the people who elected them, are constantly trying to find ways to spend my hard-earned money on things that do not only NOT benefit me, cost me, and add insult to injury, I have no input in the matter whatsoever.
EC

Is this the same city council that can't find, in there hearts, to abide with Proposition 13. That is the one to freeze, not stop, the tax rate for seniors and disabled. They fear the loss of revenue if this is implimented, but they are ready to throw away tax money for a hotel that would probably be built anyway.
Jim

They probably want to build a hotel so they will have some place to go to work at, after the next election.
BobT

This is something that we should gather signatures on and force a vote from the taxpayers. I'm sure that Julian Castro would agree. For that matter, why don't we start putting everything out for a vote that involves over a certain amount of taxpayers dollars. Seems like it was a good idea for the PGA, and look what it got us.
Steve

"If you build it they will come."
paul

I'll have to agree with Steve's idea of setting an amount limit then issue goes to the voters automatically. I just can't trust the input from City Staff to our empty minded council members.
Mark J

I learned a long time ago that if a business deal is a good one, it doesn't need a subsidy from the taxpayer. Same thing for the fiasco at 1604 and IH10. If we had a real mayor maybe he'd know whose money it really is. Wish I could retire but I have to support the government AND big business.
Bill

If this was a great business opportunity Hotel companies would be lining up to pay the city for the rights to develop this down town property.
Patrick

Judge Wolff's rationale seemed to be: It's not as bad as Houston and Austin. I'm going to smash my finger with a hammer--but at least it's not a sledge hammer
Reed

I work downtown but I sure as HELL can't afford to stay in one of the hotels down here. Why would I want my hard earned tax dollars to fund something like this? I'd rather see the money spent on road improvements or a new PARK in my Northside Neighborhood.not a hotel I can't even afford to stay in.
Twee

What is wrong with those yahoos down at city hall? It seems like all of 'em have a Henry C. complex and just want to spend-spend-spend. If they want a stinkin' hotel that bad maybe they ought to cough up the money themselves. To paraphrase a line from John Adams, " I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace, two are a law firm and three become a city council. Sheesse what a bunch of losers, no wonder no one votes.
George F

If another hotel is such a wonderful idea, why don't the developers write up a plan, then go to the bank and apply for a loan like the rest of us would? Interest rates are still low, and in a place like San Antonio where the tax rate and property valuations are absolutely fair the developers should have no reason to fear!.
Tex

Rule #1 in BIG BUSINESS: Use somebody else's money!
Rule #2 To stay rich, refer to RULE # 1!!
Ted

Ted is right, but I would add a rule 3: To use someone else's money, go to San Antonio. The hicks down there will buy into anything.
Chata

I have lived in San Antonio for a long time and thought I had seen everything when the Pink Elephant Mall and the Armadilla Dome were built! Now I am sure I will get to see a hotel built that no one needs, no one will occupy, and in the end, probably will be torn down or turned in to housing!!! My goodness, doesn't the mayor ever get it?
Carol

There must be something in city hall that causes elected officials & appointed leaches to forget that their job is to SERVE the public, not fleece the public. I can't blame hotel builders.Why spend your own money when elected air heads offer to use citizens hard earned cash for hotel owners profit.
Sandy

I'm as fiscally conservative as the best of them, but I think that the wording of this poll is somewhat misleading. Nelson Wolfe stated today (06/09/04) on your program that the amount of the guarantee would not exceed the amount of the hotel/motel tax generated by the hotel itself. He understood the proposal as not using any other funds to guarantee the project. If that is actually the case, the city would have a lot to gain and could not lose more than the amount generated by the entity. That makes good fiscal sense to me.
Dan

Sick Julian on it - it will die for sure
Mike

 

 

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