San Antonio

Ahead of no-confidence vote for Councilman Clayton Perry, constituents show in support

Only one speaker at Monday’s particular meeting urged council members to problem critical sanctions towards Perry.

SAN ANTONIO — Shortly earlier than San Antonio City Council on Monday afternoon reprimanded a colleague for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month, 18 group members addressed the physique with their ideas on the controversy. 

All however one of them confirmed support for Clayton Perry, the District 10 consultant below hearth – and shortly to be on non permanent depart – following the Nov. 6 incident, for which Perry has been charged. 

One lone man urged the council to not stand for what he known as white privilege. The relaxation strongly supported Perry, telling Mayor Ron Nirenberg and different metropolis leaders to face on his lengthy document of service and promise to do higher.

‘You know higher’

James Hamilton didn’t say what council district he lives in however he did say he got here to talk for folks of shade.

“There’s a lot of Black and brown people here in San Antonio that don’t get to take a sabbatical because they get a DWI charge and run into some people. If I drive out of here today, drunk, and the police pull me over? They’re going to take me to jail and keep me in there with a high bond, probably something I couldn’t afford,” Hamilton asserted.

Hamilton mentioned for Perry to ask for compassion is to depend on white privilege.

“When any individual that appears like me had been to do the identical factor, they will lock them up,” he continued. “Due course of to me is sitting in a jail cell, making bond after which dropping my job as a result of I received charged with a prison offense. 

“You haven’t got our compassion and you are not going to get white privilege on this.”

Speaking on to Perry, Hamilton mentioned: “Resign! Go get the provide help to want.” 

Reminding Perry of his time of navy service, Hamilton mentioned, “You done all this time in the military. You know better.”

Hamilton mentioned many individuals will keep in mind the District 10 councilman was proven a courtesy that many individuals could be denied.

“We ain’t buying that.  And all of y’all that’s going to vote for white privilege and giving him special privileges that the rest of the people in San Antonio don’t have?  We’re gonna vote you out.”

‘A tragic finish to a stellar career’

The gallery at council chambers was nearly empty on the 1:30 p.m. particular meeting, with solely a pair dozen spectators. Every different one who signed as much as converse informed the council Perry deserves to maintain his seat.

Michael Anderson informed council any change in illustration ought to be primarily based on public enter from voters.

“This is a tragic finish to a stellar career as a councilman. Councilman Perry has served our district admirably and stood as typically the only voice of fiscal restraint and purpose on metropolis council, Anderson mentioned.

David Pierce mentioned making a choice on Perry’s future primarily based on one quick video clip of the incident is unsuitable.   

“The quick video clip doesn’t supply a real image of all of the info,” he added. “Film, coupled with feeling, by no means actually displays the totality of an individual.”

Roy Blankenberg mentioned he has identified Perry for six years for his work with the Northern Hills Homeowner Association. He urged compassion.

“We’re not talking about his third or second offense here. We’re talking about his first offense. Did he make a bad decision? He has admitted that. But does he deserve to lose his seat on city council? No. He does not,” Blankenberg mentioned, including many adults have achieved issues of which they don’t seem to be proud. 

Linda Estes echoed the sentiment, saying, “On this decision, vote no and put your self in a position it’d occur to you sooner or later.”

Carl Merkle urged the council to take their time in making a choice, saying, “I nonetheless have faith in Councilman Perry. The purpose is that this seems to be a rush to judgement the place all of the info should not but identified or correctly vetted by an applicable authorized course of.”

Donna Dozier, on behalf of Sierra North Citizen on Alert, mentioned Perry’s office is extremely responsive.   

“Perry’s staff has the best customer service we could possibly receive,” Dozier said. “When we have a concern, the concern gets addressed. The team that works with Councilman Perry is a well-knit team that responds to residents.”

Speaking passionately, Peggy Sue Wilson-Schmueckle admonished the council by saying: “This was an accident. Not a pre-planned criminal conspiracy or coverup!”   

She added she is aware of Perry has engaged in numerous hours of volunteer service. 

“Councilman Perry was not elected by the people for one good event or one good thing. He was elected because he is genuinely a caring, compassionate person with a lifetime of achievements,” Wilson-Schmueckle mentioned. “This should not be trial by Twitter. This is not Judge Judy. We should leave the drama at the door.”

Back to top button