That Mayor Ron Nirenberg-Chris Steele Debate on KSAT? Never Mind.


Chris Steele announces his campaign to put the three proposed charter amendments on the ballot. - FACEBOOK VIA SAN ANTONIO PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
  • Facebook via San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association
  • Chris Steele announces his campaign to put the three proposed charter amendments on the ballot.

Remember that debate on KSAT between Mayor Ron Nirenberg and fire union President Chris Steele, planned for October 10? Where they were going to finally have it out over the union's three propositions on the November 6 ballot.

Well, we did warn you that it might not happen. And here we are.

During KSAT News' 10 p.m. broadcast on Wednesday, anchorwoman Isis Romero told viewers the debate is off. While Nirenberg quickly accepted KSAT's invitation, she said, Steele hadn't responded by the station's deadline of Wednesday at 5 p.m.

If this feels familiar, here's why: Nirenberg and Steele were supposed to square off in a debate two weeks hosted by UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News. But Steele pulled out at the last minute, prompting Nirenberg to withdraw, too.

One would cap future city managers’ compensation at no more than 10 times the annual pay of city government’s lowest-paid worker. The amendment would also limit the city’s top non-elected official to no more than eight years on the job.

Another would require city officials to take contract disputes to binding arbitration, not the courthouse.

Finally, one of the amendments would lower the bar for putting proposed ordinances – approving utility rate increases, for example – to a public vote, or referendum.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.