Councilman Bravo tweets apology after bringing Councilwoman Sandoval to tears

Mayor Nirenberg plans to discipline the councilman.

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District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo faces disciplinary action after berating Councilwoman Ana Sandoval.

District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo faces disciplinary action after berating Councilwoman Ana Sandoval.

Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News / Staff photographer

Mayor Ron Nirenberg is expected to discipline Councilman Mario Bravo as soon as Friday, September 23, after reports surfaced detailing a bitter confrontation between Bravo and Councilwoman Ana Sandoval that brought her to tears. Bravo berated Sandoval last Thursday, September 15, after he approached her to talk about her decision to not support his proposal for extra CPS Energy funds, sources told the Express-News

Bravo proposed using $75 million in excess CPS Energy revenue to weatherize homes instead of credit on customers bills at last Thursday’s meeting to approve the new budget. A motion to postpone and further discuss the CPS Energy credit failed and was eventually passed as part of the budget.

Bravo reportedly told Sandoval that her inaction on the issues was the reason that he ended his past relationship with her and why he didn’t want to have children with her, the Express-News reports. He said that she was only selling out to the mayor’s agenda and that he planned to text business leaders making that claim. 

Sandoval was brought to tears and her chief of staff, Andrew Solano, confronted Bravo and told him not to make a policy decision based over personal matters. 

“She put the knives in my back!” an eyewitness told Express-News. 

Bravo went to make pointed comments during the city council meeting that led to City Attorney Andy Segovia chiding him on the dais. Bravo later tweeted Thursday that “all members of council deserve to be treated with respect at all times.”

“In this instance I fell short of that. I regret it and I wholeheartedly apologize to Councilwoman Sandoval, the rest of my council colleagues, and the residents of District 1,” the tweet read. 

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