Doctorate of Jurisprudence
35 years practicing Law
We need to go back to the Constitutional principle as interpreted by the founding fathers.
Constitutionalism demands that government power be limited and the people be free. This is the only practical path to liberty and prosperity.
We have too many laws and regulations that limit our freedom and prosperity
We are fighting to many wars around the world.
Our two party system is not working
we need to focus on smarter, greener, safer, governments
We need Legislative action and referendums to merge, consolidate and unit government
Consolidating will distribute the revenue evenly, increase services and reduce taxes
city counsel and county commissioners
police and sheriffs
city and county courts
city and county elections
housing and transportation
health and recreation
and many other government offices can become more effective by consolidating
Medicare for everyone, Everyone deserves medical care
preexisting conditions should not disqualify people from medical care and coverage
preventive medicine and health education outreach programs can lead to healthier community’s
accessibility and incentives for healthier phisical and mental health for our youth can reduce obesity and teen pregnancy, diabetes and other health issues
We must learn from others what works. We need to look and smart city movements, state of the art transportation, Artificial intelligence in health, security, and our environment.
Jobs and education for now and the future to better our quality of life.
Awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Retired LTC JAGC USAR, Organized Crime Federal Prosecutor for Mafia and White-Collar Crimes.
Tom Rickhoff @tomrickhoff44
$3.6 Billion debt, largest in TX, county hospital, 2nd largest. One real estate downturn and we can’t pay debt, services, public safety, roads…
Irrational/corrupt appraisals. Marriott built for $600 Million, was granted abatement and $275 Million appraisal. The County Judge named a convention room there for himself. Computers could scan rolls to auto-reduce appraisals.
No Bexar ethics rules, contractors give Millions to Commissioners and Linebarger hires Kevin Wolff's wife after contract vote
The county must divorce the city. While the county amassed $3.6 Billion in bad debt, using certificates of obligation because they do not require voter approval, the city’s bonds and tax abatements are exclusively for downtown developers but are paid equally by suburbs.
Since 1962, forward-thinking politicians championed city/county consolidation, this was defeated by politicians who would lose jobs and power. Having 1 police force would be better than 9 (Sheriff, Constables, schools, parks....)
This question betrays its bias by assuming county taxpayers must purchase a solution for endless social problems like obesity. County government is archaic, created by the State and has limited duties. We’re $3.6 Billion in debt through millions in wasteful spending e.g. the opera, ballet, symphony, Alameda, an “un-built” Plethora goddess statue, $18 Million soccer field worth $13 Million, the cesspool San Pedro creek….the Wolff pack is feeding on tax dollars. Waste prevents new solutions.
We are not entirely a traffic and planning disaster like Austin, yet. But the failure of advanced planning, particularly for roads and infrastructure, fueled by campaign finance corruption, have created a moneyocracy which favors elite developers and over-building with tax abatements. This will retard growth. Abatements and debt are disproportionally paid for by homeowners, particularly in suburbs. I encourage you to visit my website, Retire Nelson Wolff at https://retirenelsonwolff.com/
Texas House of Representatives, 1971 – 1973
Texas Senate, 1973 – 1975
City of San Antonio City Council, 1987 – 1991
Mayor of City of San Antonio, 1991 – 1995
County Judge of Bexar County, 2001 – Present
BA Business Administration, St. Mary’s University
JD, St. Mary’s University School of Law
History of local family owned and operated businesses.
The biggest challenge facing the county is growth, which will increase demand for services like housing, jobs, & education. We expect one million new residents & potentially 500,000 new vehicles on our roads, so we must address traffic congestion. Our system must evolve to a system that integrates demand-driven bus, van & car routes, partnerships with rideshare, taxis, and newer innovations such as scooters and driverless cars. Bexar County will continue to invest in roads and highways.
We have contracts with the City to consolidate services such as the Crime and Forensics Labs, & Public Safety Communication Systems. Partnerships are also a great alternative to consolidation. Bexar County partners with the City of San Antonio on several initiatives, including:
· Criminal Justice
· Air Quality
· Opioid Epidemic
· Protection of Joint Base San Antonio
There are other areas such as the magistrate’s office that needs to be consolidated or partnered on.
The Mission Reach River Improvements Project provides many miles of hike-and-bike trails for residents to use for exercise and healthy living.
University Health System and Bexar County are also working on building a state-of-the-art freestanding Women and Children’s Inpatient Tower in the Medical Center.
In 2015, Bexar County launched the Bexar Healthy Beverage Coalition aimed at educating citizens about the unhealthy side effects of consuming too much sugar through beverages.
Bexar County does not have zoning authority, so accommodating growth through regulation is not an option for Bexar County.
UHS will continue to expand its community clinics and hospitals to accommodate health care needs of our growing population. Bexar County works to improve and expand highways and roadways.
Bexar County has added 2 new Sheriff substations on the east and west sides of the County to accommodate for growth in those area.