Permits for Mayor’s Father Are Legal
By Jesús Aguado
Manuel Trejo García, father of current mayor Mauricio Trejo, will open a new nightclub in town. However, some city councilors are confident that the authorization granted by the city council to open this place is irregular.
Until March 21 this year, there was a building at Umarán 14 with residential land use. In a city council meeting, the commission of Urban Development requested the change of land use from residential to commercial for a night club. Since that moment “independent” city councilor José Luis Zavala Rosiles, along with the PAN city councilors, has tried to convince the other members to vote against the authorization because the permits granted to “those interested” were irregular. Rosiles commented that the permits issued by Civil Protection Department were “suspicious” because the complete file was completed in fewer than 13 days. He also said that sometimes Sanmiguelenses trying to open a business in the city do not get their authorizations from the Civil Protection Departments for months, or even worse, “years.”
Rosiles also remarked that the Civil Protection Department didn’t take into account a requirement that led Mayor Mauricio Trejo himself to close several bars in town in 2013 for not having a study of weight resistance done on their buildings. Nevertheless, the change of land use was authorized by seven members of the city council. For that reason, Rosiles commented that he and the PAN city councilors would demand cancellation of the agreement. They did not do it.
Finally, during the 80th ordinary city council meeting, the Urban Development Commission asked the city council to approve the cancellation of the agreement from March 21 and change the land use of the building on Umarán 14 to commercial for a hotel, restaurant, bar, and nightclub. Again Rosiles and the PAN city councilors tried to convince the members that it was not correct to approve those permits because the interested party was the mayor’s father, and this could be interpreted as influence peddling. The six city councilors approved the permit despite these claims.
Rosiles explained to Atención that the authorization was illegal because it did not meet the requirements of several laws—he did not specify which ones. He accused the Urban and Civil Protection Department of not doing good work, claiming they are only taking care of the mayor’s interests and are not taking account of the safety of Sanmiguelenses and visitors by authorizing express permits. He said that he and the PAN city councilors will demand cancellation of the agreement before a state tribunal.
Mauricio Trejo told Atención that the act was not influence-peddling because he was on a leave of absence from his position as mayor at that time. “My relatives, as well as any other Sanmiguelenses, have the right to invest in San Miguel and provide new sources for employment,” he emphasized. Trejo also commented that he is proud of his father, “who is a 79-year-old man and still believes in San Miguel and is investing in it.” He declared that the city councilors who are against the permit do not have enough capacity for analysis. He finished by saying, “They can do whatever they want.”