A University of Texas Law School report proves what low-income San Antonians have been complaining about for years:
The city helps developers and speculators prey on poor folks by displacing them from their properties.
It’s a bad deal, fueled by the unchecked manipulation of political operatives, corrupt city employees, and grasping real estate speculators. I began to see exactly how the scheme worked when I began investigating corruption in San Antonio for my upcoming book Evil Corp: Allstate Insurance, Shadow Networks, and the Corruption of a Major American City.
City officials forcefully rejected the study’s findings, but their denials have long worn thin. The Development Services Department is notoriously corrupt. Just ask former city manager Sheryl Sculley, or any of the poor citizens or small local developers. The game is rigged, city officials know it, and, increasingly, so do the rest of us. The time for mutual absolution in our town is coming to an end.
Dear elected officials, if you cannot acknowledge the city’s corruption problems, or are not willing to purge local government of corrupt actors, find another job. We, the citizens of San Antonio, are sick of your fecklessness.