Mayor Ron Nirenberg instructed reporters Tuesday that, in hindsight, he would have most well-liked to name a particular Metropolis Council session earlier than the Metropolis entered into an settlement that delayed implementation of San Antonio’s paid sick depart ordinance.
His feedback got here after Councilman Manny Pelaez (D8) mentioned on a neighborhood podcast launched Tuesday that Nirenberg and all however one Council member, Roberto Treviño (D1), agreed to delay the legislation’s implementation.
Pelaez’s declare raised questions on whether or not Nirenberg supported the delay, precisely how he reacted when briefed by the Metropolis Legal professional’s workplace and Metropolis Supervisor Erik Walsh, and who made the choice to maneuver forward with the settlement to delay the ordinance, which was as a result of take impact Aug. 1.
On July 19, the Metropolis and a legislation agency representing enterprise teams and momentary staffing businesses suing it submitted an settlement to a Bexar County courtroom to delay implementation of the ordinance. 5 days later, a Bexar County district decide authorized the settlement, placing the ordinance on maintain till Dec. 1.
Requested by reporters about Pelaez’s feedback, Nirenberg mentioned he stood by his tweets of July 21 when he mentioned, “Residents have a sacred proper to petition their authorities. Greater than 140,000 did so, lawfully, for an ordinance to offer earned paid sick depart for San Antonio staff beginning August 1st. I stand by their rights and I stand with them.”
Nirenberg mentioned he talked July 12 with Metropolis attorneys a couple of delay, voiced his disagreement with the method, and requested them to transient Council members, who had been on recess on the time, in addition to members of the Paid Sick Go away Fee.
“[I told the attorneys] I used to be dedicated to an ordinance that may be enacted and in impact on August 1st and that’s what I supposed to do,” Nirenberg mentioned. “I disagreed with the authorized technique earlier than, I disagreed with it all through, and I nonetheless disagree with the method.”
Nirenberg added that he additionally requested how the varied advocacy teams that had petitioned for the ordinance felt a couple of potential delay, saying he wished to make sure the Metropolis was defending the intent of the petitioners and making certain all staff in San Antonio may earn paid sick time.
A consultant from the mayor’s workplace mentioned members of the fee – comprising hourly-wage staff, enterprise homeowners, and advocates tasked with refining the language of the ordinance and planning its rollout – had been briefed on July 17.
On the time, Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Colleen Bridger instructed the Rivard Report she noticed some profit to having extra time to implement paid sick depart, giving Metropolis officers the chance to iron out confusion over the ordinance language.
Council members additionally had been briefed individually, as a number of had been on trip in July. “No particular session was referred to as as a result of we had been in recess,” Nirenberg mentioned.
“The weekend earlier than the listening to, I did ask for this [delay agreement] to be reconsidered, to tug again on the movement, and at the moment was knowledgeable there wasn’t a authorized choice,” Nirenberg mentioned. “As soon as the movement was made, there was no authorized choice to tug again.”
However some supporters of the ordinance have questioned who licensed Metropolis Legal professional Andy Segovia to pursue the authorized technique that resulted within the delay. Requested whether or not the Metropolis Legal professional or Metropolis Supervisor’s workplaces acted with out approval from the mayor or Council, Nirenberg mentioned they had been coping with a divided Council.
The suggestion that Segovia pursued a authorized technique on his personal is fake, Pelaez mentioned, and “shifts the uncomfortable political warmth away from my colleagues and me.”
The Council was confronted with a tricky choice, he mentioned by way of textual content, “and all of us agreed with the technique. … All of Metropolis Council knew that our legal professional had negotiated an settlement and all of us knew that he was going to current that settlement to the courtroom.”
Pelaez mentioned the complete Council was briefed and knew in regards to the authorized technique, although they may not have appreciated or most well-liked to make the selection to delay.
“However all of us made the best choice – to delay the implementation date whereas the volunteers on the fee accomplished their work,” he mentioned. “The choice was to stroll into courtroom and watch the decide implement an indefinite injunction. Two unpalatable choices, however these had been the alternatives earlier than us and we made the one selection that provides this ordinance a hope of surviving.”