SA City Council censures, passes no-confidence vote on Councilman Mario Bravo

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In a public rebuke of one its own members Thursday morning, the San Antonio City Council censured and passed a no-confidence vote on District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo.

“Councilmember Bravo’s behavior has negatively impacted his and the City Council’s ability to conduct its business leading to the City Council to lose confidence in his ability to act as an effective colleague on City Council,” the resolution reads in part.

Despite a parade of supporters speaking in his defense, the motion easily passed the city council in a 8-0 vote, with Bravo recusing himself.

Sandoval was absent from Thursday’s meeting as was District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, who is facing his own share of scrutiny related to his suspected role in a hit-and-run on Sunday.

It is largely symbolic, though, and does not affect Bravo’s ability to remain on city council or vote. The City Council does not have the power to remove another member, barring certain criminal convictions.

Voters can petition for a recall election, but since Bravo’s current term only lasts another seven months, that appears unlikely.

The mayor had previously suspended Bravo from his committee assignments. It was not immediately clear if that would remain permanent or if the mayor would reassign him to new committees

The vote arose from an independent investigation found that Bravo violated city directives on equal employment opportunity/anti-harassment and violence in the workplace during an angry confrontation with District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval ahead of the budget vote on Sep. 15.

An agenda memo about the resolution states Bravo “aggressively approached and berated a fellow City Council member,” but did not delve into the specifics of the encounter or his exact rule violations.

Bravo, who had previously dated Sandoval, was upset with her lack of support on his plan for spending excess CPS Energy revenue on climate-related initiatives. Sources told KSAT that Bravo got personal during the confrontation, which left Sandoval in tears.

Bravo later shouted at Sandoval’s top aide that “she put the knives in my back.”

Sandoval’s abstention from a vote during the meeting that followed meant Bravo’s plan for the money died and the city went forward with a mayor-supported city staff plan to use the money for CPS bill credits instead.

The District 7 Councilwoman had her own climate-related proposal, which passed as part of the final budget.

Bravo did not speak during the discussion, but numerous supporters urged council to vote against the resolution.

The drip, drip, drip of punishment is unfair, fundamentally unfair to Councilman Bravo, who has apologized, fully cooperated with the city’s investigation and done everything possible to right the wrong,” said District 1 resident William Wendell Hall

Sandoval’s office released a statement from the councilwoman:

“My hope is that, going forward, City Hall can be a place free of the type of events that occurred on September 15, so that I may continue to represent District 7 to the best of my ability.”

“Thank you to everyone who has contacted me to check on my well-being over the past few weeks. I do not intend to comment further on this matter.”

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