PA senior class project on SA City Council salaries appears in the Rivard Report.
Heather Riddle wrote an article on the senior class project in which public administration students held a public forum to discuss the issue of how we pay our City Council members in San Antonio. Individuals gathered on Nov. 17, 2014 at the downtown campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio to take part in a community discussion about the salary of San Antonio City Council members. This discussion was the first part of a civic engagement project facilitated by UTSA students for their Public Administration Senior Seminar course taught by Dr. Francine Romero.
In part two of the senior seminar project, students presented their findings that they received from the community participants and prepared the results to be presented to a group of community leaders. A variety of city officials and community leaders, including UTSA Professor and Mayor Ivy Taylor, San Antonio City Clerk Leticia Vacek, Chief Engagement Officer of SA2020 Molly Cox, and the Dean of the College of Public Policy at UTSA Rogelio Saenz appeared in person to hear the results of the civic engagement project. Staff members from the Texas House and Senate, as well as City Council district offices, also attended the presentation on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The feedback included the reasons participants gave for keeping the compensation of council members at its current rate as well as reasons for increasing it.