The three faces of Sheryl Sculley:
As a waitress on the invitation to the League of Women Voters fundraiser
where she will be roasted. As King Anchovy on the stage of the Empire
Theater during Cornyation. And as City Manager with former City Councilwoman
Elena Guajardo who's organizing the roast.
City Manager Sheryl Sculley festooned with Fiesta pins
in her box, stage right, at the Charlene McCombs Empire Theater on April
27, 2007 for a performance of Cornyation, two years before she was crowned
League of Women Voters to roast Sheryl
"King Anchovy" Sculley
QSanAntonio.com, September 4, 2009
When last we spoke to former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo she was
looking for Cornyation performers who could offer some interesting backstage
dish about City Manager Sheryl Sculley who served as King Anchovy for
this year's production.
Guajardo, who’s organizing the League of Women Voters roast of Sculley
on September 11, is looking for people with stories to tell.
"Instead of a traditional roast, the evening will feature various
speakers who will offer personal glimpses of Sheryl Sculley as public
servant, friend, and mother," says Guajardo.
So far Guajardo's lined up Sculley's gal pal Jeannie Garcia,
four members of County Commissioner Nelson Wolf's clan and hairdresser
Then why the hunt for Cornyation gossip? Could it be the red metallic
jumpsuit that Sculley wore during the performance? What about the blue
sequined cape and those platform boots? A City Manager with this much
moxie can no doubt be the inspiration for many an antic tale.
out this video of the City Manager on stage as King Anchovy.
Whether those Cornyation folk show up or not, a long list of local luminaries
and politicos will be on hand at the Oak Hills Country Club to fete Sculley
on her special evening.
Guajardo says that tickets are still available and invites anyone with
a good Sheryl Sculley story to come to the shindig and raise a glass in
League of Women Voters Roast City Manager Sheryl Sculley. Friday,
September 11, 2009 at the Oak Hills Country Club. Silent Auction and Cocktails
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are $55 and a double ticket is $100.
To purchase tickets, make check payable to LWVSA, 1809 Blanco Road, San
Antonio TX 78212. For more information call Elena Guajardo at 210-778-9700.
Attorney Robert J. Bozelli from Dripping Springs, Texas.
San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley.
Lawyer slams City Manager on job
protection for gay city employees
QSanAntonio.com, November 6, 2008
Robert J. Bozelli, an attorney who practices law in Dripping Springs,
Texas, has blasted City Manager Sheryl Sculley for a change made to the
City of San Antonio’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy
that now includes sexual orientation as a protected classification.
In an editorial
published in the San Antonio Express-News on November 6, Bozelli writes
that, "one unelected person has issued an edict to protect sexual
orientation, a decision far beyond what is required by law."
The "edict" Bozelli refers to is Administrative Directive 4.67
which was revised in January 2008 and adds sexual orientation to sex,
race age, religion, ethnic group, political affiliation and physical disability
to the list of reasons that cannot be used to harass or fire city employees.
Bozelli argues that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not include
sexual orientation and therefore the city has no need to include it either.
He maintains that Sculley should not have acted alone, that the City Council
or the electorate should have voted on the matter.
Sculley clearly overstepped her bounds writes Bozelli: "The immediate
focus, however, is not the substance of the decision but the process followed
by your city government in setting this policy. If the city manager has
been delegated the authority to exercise this type of power, then the
process is valid. If there is no such authority granted to the city manager,
the raw exercise of power is invalid."
Sculley did not act alone as Bozelli maintains. The language for the change
emerged from a recommendation made by the city’s Affirmative Action
Advisory Committee which is composed of eleven citizens who are appointed
by the City Council. The members represent each City Council District
and the Mayor’s office. According to information on the city’s
Web site, the Committee monitors "all City personnel actions for
classified and unclassified positions and evaluates affirmative action
One member of the Committee, Dr. Lynne Armstrong, came under fire in August
2007 when anti-gay Christian extremists organized by KSLR-AM radio sought
to block her re-appointment to the committee because she is a lesbian.
The City Council approved Dr. Armstrong’s reappointment unanimously.
A comment posted to the
Express-News Web site on the page where the editorial appears offers
an interesting rationale for Bozelli’s protestations: "I think
at the root of this dissent masked as a procedural debate is really a
religious motive that takes a ‘moral’ position on sexual orientation.
This is NOT a sexual debate, because regardless of your sexual orientation,
you are still expected to perform professionally."
That argument rings true considering that Bozelli got his law degree in
1999 from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a college founded
by anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson in 1978.
City Manager Sheryl L. Sculley (second from left) poses
for a photo with some members of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio
before her talk at the group's monthly meeting on October 16.
S.A. City Manager addresses the Stonewall
QSanAntonio, October 17, 2006
The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio played host to City Manager Sheryl
Sculley at their October 16 meeting where she spoke about some of the
accomplishments of her first year’s tenure, and of the many challenges
that lay ahead in her newly-adopted city.
Speaking before the audience in a dark business suit and light-colored
running shoes, Sculley looked like a big-city professional ready for a
homeward commute. The running shoes, she explained, were a necessary comfort
for a foot that she sprained while jogging the day before. She is an avid
runner and says she tries to run in a different part of the city everyday.
There is no doubt that Sculley is an accomplished professional. Before
being hired in November 2005, she served as the Assistant City Manager
for the City of Phoenix for 16 years, assisting in the day-to-day management
of 14,000 employees and a $2.6 billion annual operating budget. Prior
to that she worked for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan for five years
as City Manager. In San Antonio, Sculley oversees a capital budget more
than $1.7 billion and supervises all the city’s departments and
its 12,000 employees.
Since coming to San Antonio Sculley has hired a new police chief, made
35 job appointments and initiated an innovative budget, the "5-85"
Plan, where 85 percent of all monies are spent on the city’s top
five priorities. Those priorities include more police and fire fighters,
more EMT services, street improvements and enhanced code compliance. She
has also raised the minimum wage for all city employees to $9.75 per hour.
One of Sculley’s plans for the future is a $550 million bond program,
which is five times larger than any ever proposed by the city. Another
new item on the horizon is an upcoming switch to an automated trash pick
up service that has required a bit of lobbying to neighborhood groups.
The wish list also includes finding funds for more parks and libraries.
Sculley’s 20-minute talk to the Stonewall Democrats ended with a
brief question and answer session. The questions centered mainly on trash
pickup, street improvement, clean air and employee health benefits. The
City Manager was perfectly at ease with her audience and projected a poised
and professional demeanor.
Sculley’s most notable accomplishment, to this observer, is the
breath of fresh air she brings to city government. For the GLBT community
this has meant inclusion, for the first time, in community panels that
she organized for citizens to discuss and devise ways to enhance the quality
of life in our city. This inclusive attitude is a good thing and one can
only hope for more of it during the City Manager’s tenure. "Change
is difficult," Sculley told her Stonewall audience, "but we
all can change to make a better city."