Councilmembers censure Mario Bravo following September outburst

Councilman Clayton Perry is addressing reports connecting him to a hit-and-run.

SAN ANTONIO — The city council voted Thursday to censure councilman Mario Bravo over his conduct involving an argument with another councilwoman in September. 

The vote was 8-0. Councilman Bravo abstained from the vote. Councilmembers Clayton Perry and Ana Sandoval were absent from the meeting.

Councilman Bravo is under fire following an outburst where Bravo insulted councilwoman Sandoval. 

Following the council’s decision, Bravo released a statement saying, On the morning of September 15th, I became emotionally overwhelmed and betrayed my own values. I did not handle myself well that day and I stand by my public apology. Since that day I have sought spiritual guidance and focused on deep reflection and personal growth. I am ready to take feedback and make amends, and I commit to holding myself to a higher standard. I fully intend to uphold my duty to serve the citizens of District 1 and I look forward to continuing to work with my council colleagues.”

A city source confirmed to KENS 5 in September when the incident happened, that Bravo and Sandoval, who represents District 7, were embroiled in a behind-the-scenes exchange not caught on camera. 

It spilled over into the Sept. 15 regularly scheduled council session, in which Bravo can be heard addressing Sandoval during discussions over how to spend millions of dollars in surplus CPS Energy money, specifically in regard to how his own plan was received. 

Sources say Bravo accused Sandoval of pulling support for one of his ideas that ultimately fell one vote short. The exchange got heated, sources say, when Bravo, who used to be in a relationship with Sandoval, said her actions proved why he did not want to have children with her. 

The city council has scheduled a censure and vote of no confidence for Bravo later Thursday. Councilwoman Sandoval was not in attendance at the meeting.

At the meeting, Bravo’s father defended him, saying “when you fight for what you believe in, you sometimes get emotional.” 

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Meanwhile, District 10 councilman Clayton Perry is addressing reports that link him to a hit-and-run that happened over the weekend. 

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According to a report provided by police, the driver of a Jeep Wrangler turned too wide on Sunday, going into oncoming traffic lanes. A vehicle that was waiting at the red light was hit, “causing major damage,” the report stated. 

A witness followed the Jeep to Perry’s driveway and described the appearance of the driver to police.

When an officer arrived to the address, they saw the suspect vehicle. Knocks on the front door went unanswered, but an officer reported hearing a “moaning sound” coming from the backyard.  

In a statement, councilman Perry said he hit his head and doesn’t remember the crash. He also said he was “fully cooperating with everyone to resolve it properly.”

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