In January, when the City Council adopted the Public Participation Guiding Principles, it was seen as the city making strides toward a more open and transparent government, and as a guidepost for how to give San Antonians more opportunities to participate in the public process. During this panel co-hosted by Dorcol Distilling + Brewing Co and San Antonio Heron, we will discuss to what degree will the new guidelines be followed. Are they enough, or are more needed? Is there such a thing as too much public involvement when it comes to crafting citywide policy?

"Engage SA: Gov't Transparency" is one of three civically-minded panels on our city's most pressing issues being held at Dorcol in April.


» District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval was first elected as the District 7 Council representative in May 2017. In January, the City Council adopted a set of guiding principles she crafted for how San Antonio can increase public participation and transparency in local government.

» Cynthia Spielman serves on the board of the Beacon Hill Area Neighborhood Association, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition. The coalition was formed three years ago when downtown area communities felt their neighborhood plans were being altered without their input during the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan process.

» Jeff Coyle, is Director of Government and Public Affairs for the City of San Antonio, where he serves are the city's chief lobbyist and spokesperson. Coyle started his career as a TV reporter and anchor.

Moderator: Ben Olivo, Editor, Co-Founder San Antonio Heron