Mauricio Trejo Is Back at the City Hall, but What for?
By Jesús Aguado
Why did Mauricio Trejo leave the local administration? That was the question among the population after March 7, when he decided to ask for a leave of absence of more than two months. And now that he has taken office again, the question is what for.
On April 27, prior to his return to the local administration, Atención interviewed Trejo and he said he left the local administration because there was a real opportunity to be a candidate for local legislator in a diputación plurinominal (proportional representation: each party gets about the same percentage of seats in congress that it won in the popular vote) of his party (PRI), and the order was about to be defined. “If I had achieved that, it could have brought great benefits for San Miguel. My returning was never in doubt; there are too many projects that need to be completed, and I like to complete what I start,” he said. Atención also asked him why he didn’t take the candidacy for proportional representation. He said that in the beginning the party offered him the fifth position (that represented a real possibility of being in congress), but later they offered him the seventh post, which did not have possibilities. “I prefer to be working and finishing projects instead of waiting for the seventh post.”
Trejo left office on March 7, two days before a national attack in media for allegedly manipulation of information on the death of an American woman. The information was to be handled as a suicide, which was not necessary because that was the fact. That bad publicity influenced the party for not giving him the fifth post of the candidacy and lead them to offer him the seventh position, which did not represent a real opportunity to get to the local congress.
The talk of Trejo’s return was “intermittent” and was surrounded by rumor. On June 24 a city council meeting was held, during which land use for a hotel-restaurant-bar was approved by the city councilors, members of the PRI party. The three PAN city councilors plus José Luis Zavala Rosile—an independent city councilor as he has said— voted against the authorization, commenting that the permits from the Civil Protection Department for that land use were rushed through. Also, they voted against it because it belongs to the current Mayor’s father.
Before the ending of the meeting, Ramón Medellín Aguirre, Secretary of the City Council, commented that he would read a letter addressed to them from Trejo. With that letter, Trejo announced that he would take office once the meeting was finished. The interim Mayor, José Luis Chagoyán, announced that he would return to the Assistant Mayor position from that moment.
Later in an interview, Mauricio Trejo said that he did not take office before because he did not want to be linked with interference in the electoral process. He commented that he returned to finish projects that are still in progress like that of the Retirement Center One Eighty or the airfield, among others. He said in addition that the construction of basic public works will continue in rural communities and neighborhoods.
On the transition works for the new administration, which will start on October 10 this year, Trejo commented that he is not an enemy of Ricardo Villarreal, and the transition works will be done with transparency for the good of Sanmiguelenses.