KNOW BEFORE YOU VOTE
Proposition A is a multi-issue charter change that will appear on your ballot in the May 6 Election.
MAYOR RON NIRENBERG has expressed his objections to this charter amendment because it misleads voters on what the city can do, and it hides the most harmful elements that could put small businesses, churches, nonprofits, and the elderly at risk.
MAYOR NIRENBERG shares the goal of reducing unnecessary incarceration of offenders who pose no risk to others. Continue reading below for additional background and facts before you vote.
Election Day May 6
Early Voting April 24 - May 2
CITE & RELEASE
Proposition A would expand the list of crimes that fall under our cite and release program to include property damage and/or theft up to $750 and graffiti damage up to $2500.
This expansion and revision of cite and release removes officer discretion for these crimes and ignores the victims, from small businesses, to nonprofits, to any working family who wakes up to a smashed car window or tagged wall. That’s why Mayor Nirenberg believes we should leave it to the officers and the courts, not the City Charter, to find the best ways to help low-level offenders avoid jail, but still get the structure they need to help make the victims of theft and property damage whole again.
DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Proposition A would end enforcement of low-level marijuana possession by prohibiting police officers from issuing citations or making arrests for class A or B misdemeanor marijuana possession.
The City of San Antonio can’t legalize marijuana, as Prop A misleadingly suggests. Real decriminalization can only happen at the state and federal levels of government. But voters need to know that our DA and courts have already made great strides in reducing penalties and punitive measures, prosecution of marijuana possession cases has already dropped 99.6% since 2018.
Proposition A would prohibit the enforcement of abortion crimes, stopping officers from investigating, making arrests, or enforcing any alleged criminal abortion.
San Antonio City Council has already passed a strong resolution against prosecuting women seeking abortions, but the City doesn’t have the power to legalize abortions, that is a fight that must happen at the state and federal levels of government in order to restore those rights.
RESTRICTING NO-KNOCK WARRANTS AND CHOKEHOLDS
Proposition A would ban no-knock warrants; and chokeholds without exception.