New San Antonio mayor discusses goals, the future

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio's new interim mayor, Ivy Taylor, says it's going to take some time getting used to being called, "Mayor Taylor."

The former Eastside councilwoman was sworn in this morning as mayor of the seventh largest city in the country, and she is the first African American mayor in San Antonio

"I think that is a tremendous statement that San Antonio is an inclusive community where anyone can rise to the seat and we all are a community that no matter what our ethnic background, we work together and we're willing to put the most qualified person on the job," said Taylor.

She said she never envisioned herself as mayor of San Antonio, but the opportunity came as a natural progression in her role as a public servant. "...after a few years on the council, a few folks mentioned it and I thought, well, maybe after Mayor Castro leaves but I thought that was still a few years off."

So today, Taylor begins a new, albeit shortened, era at city hall, where she says there is a lot of work to do.

"I want to keep the ship steady. There are so many big issues, the budget the negotiations on police and fire contracts and issues at SAWS and CPS on the horizon. We need to make sure we keep both the utility rates affordable."

She also has a definite opinion on other issues coming to the forefront at city hall like the VIA modern streetcar project, which she says she believes in but also supports a public vote on the proposal. "Yes, I support a vote because so many people have come out and want their voices heard. Right now, we are waiting for a city clerk to finish the verification."

While she voted against the most recent, amended non-discrimination ordinance, Taylor says it's the law and plans to do her best to uphold it. "I think we need to get that down so people have the assurance that if they have a claim there will be appropriate action taken in the instance they have a claim."

Mayor Taylor says she will continue the work started by now Secretary Julian Castro on San Antonio's downtown growth balanced with improved neighborhoods.

It's a challenge she's proud to take on and to share with her husband, Randy Taylor, and especially her 10 year old daughter, Morgan, who was beaming ear to ear in the background as Taylor took the oath as mayor.

"It just makes me proud I can be a mom that she can be proud of today and I just hope to inspire other little girls throughout the city to pursue their dreams and reach for the sky."


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