SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 28, 2017) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced that the full City Council will have an opportunity on Thursday to vote on a proposal that would relocate the statue of a Confederate soldier in Travis Park, after directing City Manager Sheryl Sculley to place it on the agenda.
The proposal, introduced by District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño and District 2 Councilman William ‘Cruz’ Shaw, has been pending consideration by the Governance Committee. As mayor and chairman of that panel, Mayor Nirenberg has the discretion to move any item directly to the full council.
“We have received extensive input from citizens who support and oppose relocating moving the statue,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “Hundreds of San Antonio residents have voiced their views directly to council in ‘citizens to be heard’ portions of our meetings and through phone calls and emails.”
“This is a difficult conversation,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “I am proud that San Antonians have respected the right of people with all points of view to peacefully express their opinions. While we have seen tragic events such as those in Charlottesville, San Antonio has had a civil discussion of the issues surrounding the proper historical context of Confederate monuments.”
Mayor Nirenberg added, “It is time for San Antonio to relocate the statue in Travis Park and ensure that monuments to the Confederacy are placed in their proper context.”
San Antonio residents will have additional opportunities to voice their views before the council vote.
“I want to remind San Antonians that we welcome their comments and all residents should feel comfortable expressing their opinions openly without fear of intimidation as this discussion continues,” the mayor said.
Treviño and Shaw began the process seeking council consideration in July.