A Conversation with COPS/Metro and SA Community Leaders

This week we will have a conversation with COPS/Metro, SA Clergy, and San Antonio District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, PhD about the upcoming city ballot, Proposition B and how local parishes can get involved with local government and the issues directly effecting local communities.Pub Theology San Antonio is a dialogue group that discusses faith, our community and creating the common good. Bekah Stolhandske McNeel hosting. About our guests:COPS/Metro is a coalition of congregations, schools, and unions coming together so that we can effectively act on behalf of families. COPS/Metro works within each of these institutions to identify a diverse, broad-based leadership that can connect to each other in new ways in order to act effectively on behalf of children, families, and neighborhoods. By learning to work together for the public good, COPS/Metro leaders are able to work with the business community and elected officials to make San Antonio a better place for families.As important as the issues that COPS/Metro address are, the relationships that leaders develop and foster within their institutions and among leaders from the racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institutions that comprise these organizations are the foundation of broad-based community organizing.

Badass Women of San Antonio: Sheryl Sculley. Hosted by Iris Dimmick and Bekah McNeel.

“Badass Women of San Antonio” With Sheryl Sculley and guest host Iris Dimmick from the San Antonio Report. This is part one of a new Pub Theology series highlighting badass women in San Antonio who strive to make our city a better place to live. This week we will discuss the life and career of Sheryl Scully and her influence in our city.

We talked about Sheryl’s new book, the women who influenced her career, her and Iris’ time with Fiesta Cornyation, the City of San Antonio – Municipal Government, and had surprise guests!
Pub Theology is a weekly dialogue group that meets to talk about things like faith, our community and creating the common good. All Perspectives are welcome. “Different Brews and Different Views” Hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers and Bekah McNeel. Please go to our facebook page to learn more about Pub Theology San Antonio or watch past events.

Our next “Badass” series will host women in our community share about ‘Women’s Rights and Birth Justice.” hosted by Bekah Stolhandske McNeel and Erika Stiner next monthAbout this week:

More About this week’s guest:
When Sheryl Sculley was recruited to serve as San Antonio’s new city manager in 2005, the organization she inherited was a disorganized mess. City infrastructure was crumbling, strong financial policies and systems were nonexistent, many executive positions were vacant, public satisfaction was low, ethical standards were weak, and public safety union salaries and benefits were outpacing revenues, crowding out other essential city services. Simply put: San Antonio was on the verge of collapse.

Sheryl Sculley is an award-winning city manager who is considered an authority on city management. She gained national attention for dealing with unsustainable benefits for San Antonio’s police and fire unions—and in doing so, steered the city away from a future financial crisis. During her tenure, San Antonio achieved a AAA bond rating and invested billions of dollars into critical infrastructure updates and additions. Prior to serving in San Antonio, Sculley was the assistant city manager in Phoenix and city manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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