I found this. I just thought it was difficult to believe that the fact that hispanics are the majority in San Antonio says anything about who actually has the base of power in the city. Scroll through the list and you'll be hard pressed to find even two hispanics.San Antonio Politics: Who controls San Antonio? A beginner's searchhttp://bakirita.blogs.com/my_weblog/san_antonio_texas/index.html
There's a network of super-rich, superpowerful people, not all of whom are developers, but many of whom benefit greatly from ruthless development.They include construction people, engineers, oil people, and financial people, lawyers and publicists and people in the media.
Charlie Amato -- Founder, Chairman of the Board SWB Corporation, insurance, mortgages and "investment solutions". Founder of Businessmen's Hall of Fame.
Ernesto Ancira, Jr. -- Huge car business and links with energy resources here and in Mexico, among other things. Also treasurer of Schubert's campaign.
Hope Andrade -- Vice Chair, OptimaCare, a home health company. Commissioner, Texas Highway Commission (think toll roads).
Sam Barshop -- Barshop and Oles, developer of luxury shopping centers, etc. including over the aquifer and founder of the La Quinta Inns motel chain (which I have to say we frequent because they always allow pets). Recently he and wife Ann donated big bucks for UTHSC's Sam and Ann Barshop Center for the Study of Longevity and Aging, interestingly enough opened at the Texas Research Park on the west side of San Antonio, a park which recently had been losing tenants, not gaining them.
Bob Coleman -- Founder and Chair, Texace, a company that manufactures hats. But don't be fooled. This guy's company lists as its partners Troon Golf, an organization which "creates extraordinary experiences at the greatest golf properties in the world...Golf's first and foremost luxury brand" and St. Andrews Links Trust, the ultimate fancy golf club in Scotland where, incidentally, Tom DeLay just had a vacation at Jack Abramoff's expense. I'm not suggesting a link (excuse the pun). I think this guy really likes rubbing elbows with the very rich and famous.
Gene Dawson, Jr. and Sam Dawson -- Owners, Pape-Dawson Engineers, "the largest locally owned engineering and surveing company in San Antonio." Projects include Valero Corporate Headquarters, SBC Center, Rogers Ranch and The Dominion, La Cantera, Retama Park and the Hyatt Hill Country Resourt, The Quarry at Lincoln Heights, and another bunch of quarries, not so pretty, owned by Martin Marietta Materials; surveying Project Starbright which is the Toyota site and various highway projects. They build in the Hill Country and over The Aquifer
Trish DeBerry -- Partner, Guerra, DeBerry, Coody: Marketing and Communications. Political campaigns have included work for Bush/Cheney in 2000, the National Republican Party, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Jeb Bush for Governor campaign, Rick Perry for Governor Campaign, and the Henry Bonilla Campaign, these campaigns with a general emphasis on Hispanic voters. Also has worked on PR for No Child Left Behind and the White House Initiative on Education. The firm has done "crisis" work for Lumbermens/Professional Golfers Association as well -- Think PGA Village.
Walter Embrey -- President, Embrey Properties, Ltd, a national development company specializing in commercial and multi-family ventures including the Isom Trade Center where buddies have offices, and other projects including over the Aquifer.
Tom Frost is Frost Bank.
Bill Greehey -- Bill Greehey is Valero, one of the hundred best companies to work in in the U.S. It also is number 55 of the Fortune 500. If corporations have to exist, this is one that should exist. It has worked very effectively to develop technologies that reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions and is open in reporting aspects of cost and technology concerning greenhouse gases, all the way down to the consumer. It's a company that receives a Triple A rating in inclusion of Hispanics on the Board and in high positions according to a 2001 La Prensa San Diego article. This in a world in which 854 of Fortune's top 1000 companies have no Hispanics on Boards or in executive positions and in which 20 entire industries including health care, sporting goods, food and grocery wholesalers and securities firms don't. It also participates very actively and generously in charitable giving in San Antonio. Charitable giving is an iffy area for corporations, and Valero is a master at combining fun and commerce with charity in its participation in San Antonio PGA Tour events, but it gives widely and to a diverse group of organizations. Valero doesn't need to support Republican Right candidates. IF it does.
Jack Guenther -- If I'm right, Jack Guenther is a member of Guenther and Son, Inc., family. Guenther and Son is the Pioneer flour company which now owns several brands and distributes frozen products as well as flour and the like. Jack seems to serve on many Boards among arts and charities organizations.
Gordan Hartman is a developer who builds lots of homes over the Aquifer.
Jim Hasslocher -- Frontier Enterprises/Jim's Restaurants. Hasslocher's company had run the Tower Restaurant in Hemisphere Park since it opened and lost the contract to Landry's a year or so ago. The restaurant wasn't very good and wasn't really making anywhere near the most of the opportunities the Tower presents.
.Tim Hixon -- Hixon Properties. But not your typical developer. He is a memeber of the Downtown Alliance and active on The Riverwalk. His business interests appear to be focused on the center of the city. If anything, he is a protector of the Aquifer, at least as far as I can tell. He has been called the champion of Government Canyon Park, a new park over the Aquifer. He is an ardent conservationist and a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. He fishes and has hunted. All you liberals out there who've never lived away from a city, this is okay as long as you're not hanging out with a bunch of drunks and shooting animals with automatic weapons or from the comforts of home or not giving them a chance by shooting from a car in a private game reserve or from the comforts of home over an internet connection or something like that. A lot of true hunters have a real understanding and appreciation of wilderness.
Peter Holt -- The San Antonio Spurs, of course, are Peter Holt's baby. He can afford this baby because he is the owner of Holt Enterprises, the nations largest CATERPILLAR dealership, and one of the largest dealerships in the world. He is the fourth generation of CAT dealers, his grandfather, Benjamin, having developed the first CAT. CATs I'm sure you know are useful in big construction.
Ed Kelley -- President and CEO of USAA Real Estate Co. He is also (or has been) the chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, a private organization whose purpose is to attract new business to San Antonio. I learned some interesting things at the SA Economic Development Foundation's website. Most of us I think are aware that the service industry is San Antonio's biggest source of employment hiring 32% of workers. Trade is second with 24% and government is third with 20%. Did you know that construction only accounts for 6% of employment and finance, real estate and insurance combined only account for 7%? These last industries are responsible for much concentrated wealth in our area. Unemployment has been creeping up since 1999 whenit was 3.9%. I believe today it is in the area of 5.6%. You might also be interested to know that the EDF is promoting the fact that we have low density housing as an advanatage to living here. Translate that to urban sprawl. Also it is advertising the fact that McMansions are cheap here. Read development, urban sprawl, resource guzzling. Yet, they advertise that we have wonderful clean air, without mentioning that it is increasingly threatened by the urban sprawl they are promoting. As is our water.
Cyndi Krier -- One of the more strident members of this group. She is a professional go getter for herself and has benefitted from the support of extreme right organizations including Texans for Governmental Integrity, founded by Dr. James Leininger, a somewhat shadowy extremist with lots of money. She has been a state senator, a Bexar County judge and a USAA lobbyist. She is currently on the UT Board of Regents where she will serve until 2007. The UT Board of Regents is an interesting group to look into. Krier also is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, It's kind of fun to look this site over. It doesn't appear to be extreme, but rather genteel in its approach to Texas history and issues.
Lowry Mays -- The Chairman of the Board of the (in)famous Clear Channel Communications. He's a member of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.
Joe C. McKinney -- Vice Chairman of the Board, Broadway Bank; Retired chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase Bank, San Antonio Region. Is (or has been) chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.
Forrest Millar -- President of SBC External Affairs and Planning Group. Is he a stand-in for Ed and Linda Whitacre? Don't know much more about him.
Sam Millsap -- Attorney, former Bexar County District Attorney, specializes currently in health law and employment law. It's possible he has, at times, actually been one of those nasty trial lawyers that Bush so dislikes. In 1985, he won "The Good Guy Award" from the Texas Women's Political Caucus and the Mary K. Polk Leadership Award from the Texas Council on Family Violence. Most recently, although an