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Schubert opposes hotel union, Vested Rights Ordinance and the Lower Guadalupe Water Supply project


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No union: District 9 Councilman and mayoral candidate Carroll Schubert announced that he opposes requiring union labor at the proposed Convention Center Hotel.

Schubert alleges that unionizing would increase costs and set a "harmful precedent" for publicly funded projects, noting that the hotel developer, FaulknerUSA, has agreed to pay a living wage - if you can call $8.50 an hour that.

Councilmembers Patti Radle, Joel Williams, and Julián Castro, who is also running for mayor, have asked FaulknerUSA to use union labor.

"This is the kind of bad business and bullying that drove the PGA of America away from our city last year," Schubert said in a press release.

Ironically, Schubert omitted the bad business and bullying that Council used to deny 70,000 San Antonians the right to vote on the PGA project.

Conflict: If you like to see the fur fly first thing in the morning, the City's Vested Rights Task Force is scheduled to present the finished version of a Vested Rights Ordinance March 31 at 7:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Development Center, 1901 S. Alamo. The conflict over vested rights, also known as grandfathering, is centered on issues of developers' rights to build projects under old rules when new rules have since been passed. Mitch Meyer, one of the few voices on the task force that favored stricter interpretation of grandfathering, quit. He was quoted in the Express-News last year as saying the task force was "giving away the farm to developers."

And more conflict: If you want to see more fur fly, a citizens' forum on the Lower Guadalupe Water Supply project is slated for March 31 from 1:15-3:50 p.m. at the Continental Cafe, 6390 Fairdale, near Rittiman and Loop 410. Opponents of the project, which would siphon water from the Guadalupe River downstream, cite concerns over the expense, water quality, and environmental effects on bays and estuaries. Proponents say the project is needed to meet San Antonio's future water needs.

By Lisa Sorg