Mayor Nuñez gives third government report

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

Before an audience of about 400 sanmiguelenses, after almost three years of governing San Miguel de Allende Mayor Luz María Núñez Flores gave her third and final government report. The mayor said that the best legacy of her government has been the citizens’ participation and emphasized that they will leave healthy finances and projects for the next administration. In her speech, Núñez urged the elected mayor to promote tourism development without putting the identity of the city at risk.

On October 9, the current administration headed by Luz María Núñez will end. Before the governor of Guanajuato, Héctor López Santillana, her city council, cabinet and the general public Nuñez began with a line by Spanish singer and songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat: “Walker, there is no path; you make path the path as you go,” which she said has inspired her. Núñez reported that thanks to the citizens’ participation they achieved the construction of the Roza Kent community center, the launching of the TOSMA (farmers’ market) and the arrangements for the first Europe House in Mexico. Núñez said that more than 500 million pesos were invested in public works for the construction of sidewalks, streets and paths in rural and urban areas, for restoring historic buildings such as the former city hall building and the creation of recreational and sports areas, such as Parque Allende. She stated that they concluded projects held over from the previous administration such as the sports center COMUDE on the road to Dr. Mora and the municipal slaughterhouse. She commented that her government will hand over some uncompleted projects to the next administration, such as the House of Culture on calle Mesones, and other projects that will improve the social, economic and touristic development of the city, such as the band shell, the community center in Cuevitas and the cultural center in the former train station.

Núñez mentioned that 55 million pesos had been invested in public security and during her administration construction of the regional center for police training was concluded. Núñez also commented that currently 55,000 sanmiguelenses are participating in actions to prevent delinquency and assured the audience that soon surveillance cameras will be put up in the city.

The first female mayor in the city also highlighted that they worked for a greener San Miguel by planting 200,000 trees and constructing the cleaner MK2 kilns in Parque Ladrillero, but she conceded that there is still much to do.

On the subject of transparency and finances, Núñez said (referring to the slogan of Mauricio Trejo’s campaign, “Let’s Recover San Miguel”), “There is nothing to recover. We have recovered San Miguel. They will receive a balanced administration, with healthy finances, and with money in the bank accounts to operate the first three months.” She went on to say, “More than recovering San Miguel, we urge you to maintain what we have achieved and look for ways to improve the quality of life of those sanmiguelenses who live in extreme poverty, and we urge you to look for ways to improve tourism in the city without sacrificing its identity.” She concluded her speech by acknowledging the work of her cabinet and city council and her family’s support. She thanked the residents for the opportunity to be San Miguel’s mayor and said she will continue to work on behalf of the city.

Governor López Santillana said that it was an honor to see the work and projects undertaken with the citizens’ support and made it clear that the state and local government both work for those most in need.

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