Report of a Government in Decline
By Jesús Aguado
It was not at the most important plaza of San Miguel—the Jardín Principal—where current Mayor Mauricio Trejo gave his third—and last—government report, but (literally) in the backyard of the Instituto Allende.
Although in the past there were up to five thousand people, this time Trejo spoke before 300 people, including state Governor Miguel Márquez, Fernando Olvera, Secretary of Tourism, some entrepreneurs, directors of the local administration, and the general public about his “greatest achievements” to benefit Sanmiguelenses.
With a broken voice, Mauricio Trejo said that three years had passed by quickly, and he realized that when he looked at his daughters and saw how much they have grown. In the area of social development, Trejo highlighted that 60 percent of the public budget went to the construction of public works in neighborhoods and rural communities, including 10 wells that now give water to 27 communities. San Miguel has more than 500 kilometers of roads, and 300 of them were paved. In “illegal” neighborhoods (most of them in Ejido de Tirado), the local administration along with the federation legalized 9,661 plots that now can have access to public services provided by the administration.
In his report, Mayor Trejo remarked that the celebration of weddings increased in the city from 300 to 550 during his three-year-period, and that brought revenue of 1,100 million pesos. The increase of wedding tourism, he said, was thanks to the appointment of San Miguel de Allende as the World’s Best City for travelers by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Business tourism is now measurable, and this year 60 conferences were held, many of them at the Convention Center on Salida a Celaya. The completion of the International Center of Exhibitions will bring even more of that tourism, noted Trejo. Eighty percent of the city’s gross domestic product depends on tourism.
Regarding security, the outgoing mayor highlighted that when his administration started in October 2012, the Public Security Department had seven functioning patrols, and now he is leaving it with 70, as well as with trustworthy police officers who have passed all the legal tests from the state and the federation.
Without education there cannot be quality in tourist services, and the report made it clear that 24 new preparatory schools were constructed with state resources, whereas in the last 44 years, only 24 had been constructed. Mayor Trejo also talked about signing an agreement to have Bourgogne, France, as a sister city to improve the wine production in San Miguel. There was an exchange with that city, and two students, Pablo Torres Villalobos and Valentina Garza Gálvez, went to Bourgogne to learn everything about wine. (Those students no longer live in San Miguel. They now work in Querétaro and México City.)
The construction of public works in rural communities and neighborhoods included bridges, roads, wells, paving, and amplification of main roads, such as the Libramiento Manuel Zavala. Trejo remarked about the construction of the Industrial Park, where Stant Inc. is now operating. He said that the airfield meets all the requirements to get a license from the General Direction of Civil Aeronautic and begin operations.
Besides offering a public apology if he had mistreated anybody, he ended by saying that he will end his three-year period on October 9 with pride, and when on the street people will greet him with happiness.