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Bravo angrily confronted Sandoval ahead of narrow budget vote, leaving her in tears; Mayor expected to act Friday

San Antonio – District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo lit into District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval straight ahead of town budget vote on Sep. 15, in a confrontation that included personal feedback, sources inform KSAT.

The confrontation reportedly left Sandoval in tears, and Bravo was later seen shouting at Sandoval’s chief of employees that the councilwoman had “put the knives in my back,” a reference to what Bravo claims was Sandoval’s flip-flop on supporting his plan to use a windfall of surprising CPS Energy revenues for climate-related initiatives.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg is conscious of the incident and is expected to take some form of motion Friday.

During the meeting on the annual budget that adopted, Sandoval abstained from a narrow 5-5 vote on whether or not to maintain off on spending $42.5 million of the $75 million in surprising CPS Energy income town obtained from the utility.

Bravo was one of the principle forces behind the try to delay, hoping it might permit his plan to use the money to “reduce future high energy bills, reduce urban heat island effect and flooding, and increase community resilience” to transfer ahead.

But as a result of Sandoval abstained, the cut up vote meant the movement to delay spending the money failed, and the unique plan to use the funds for CPS buyer invoice credit, proposed by metropolis employees and championed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, handed as an alternative.

It had been unclear in the week main up to the vote which means Sandoval would find yourself voting on the problem. She and Bravo each have reputations as champions of environmental points, and Sandoval had put ahead her personal proposal to set up a brand new local weather resiliency and sustainability fund utilizing a portion of the CPS Energy income town receives each year.

Unlike Bravo’s proposal, although, Sandoval’s handed as half of the ultimate budget with $9.5 million of funding for FY 2023 and $9.15 million for FY 2024.

Pressed after the meeting about why she had abstained on the vote to delay spending the $42.5 million, Sandoval informed KSAT, with clear frustration, “because I didn’t support either one, OK?”

Before the meeting started, metropolis corridor sources say Bravo obtained right into a confrontation with Sandoval in metropolis council chambers.

The two council members had beforehand dated, and a supply says Bravo’s feedback turned personal and “a line was crossed,” although the supply didn’t get into the specifics.

Sources say Sandoval was left in tears, and Andrew Solano, Sandoval’s chief of employees, later informed Bravo he didn’t want to make the problem personal. As Solano walked away, Bravo was seen following him and shouting, “she put the knives in my back.”

In an emailed assertion from a spokeswoman, Bravo stated Thursday:

“Councilwoman Sandoval’s team promised to be the 6th vote on a major climate policy issue that we both share a deep commitment to. When she broke her promise at the last hour, I lost my cool and said things that I regret. While I struggle to understand why she compromised her principals (sic) in last week’s vote, I remain committed to working professionally with all of my council colleagues to advance policies that benefit our city.”

However, a metropolis corridor supply conversant in the discussions between the 2 council places of work main up to the budget meeting says Sandoval’s crew didn’t make any dedication to help Bravo’s proposed use of the money.

Bravo’s anger was on show later in the course of the precise meeting, too. During the dialogue following the cut up vote, the District 1 councilman introduced up Sandoval’s proposal.

“I looked at this proposal and it’s funny, you know, that I got so much criticism for the proposal I put forward, got that criticism from the mayor and Councilwoman Sandoval for the lack of detail. But I see the same thing in this proposal,” Bravo stated.

City Attorney Andy Segovia later interrupted Bravo to inform him to cease referencing Sandoval.

“The point of decorum I’m trying to make is that your comments should be directed at the policy, at the staffer, but not to other council members. That’s a rule that this council has adopted. And so that’s why I’m bringing up a…” Segovia stated earlier than Bravo jumped again in.

“And I’m not addressing her directly. I’m addressing the plan, the proposal,” the councilman stated.

“You have been during the whole discussion council,” Segovia replied.

Sandoval’s office issued the next assertion:

“Councilwoman Sandoval is not going to comment on the incident. She is instead focused on the incredible investment City Council made that will invest $10m a year towards climate action.”


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