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Héctor Robles: His Proposals

Héctor Robles

Héctor Robles

By Jesús Aguado

Yes to an airport, no to parking meters, and absolute respect toward human beings; those are some of the positions of Héctor Robles, who is running for mayor under the umbrella of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). In our recent interview with Robles, he also shared some other campaign proposals with us.

On public works and infrastructure

“The problems that need to be fixed are not the urgent ones but those that are important,” he said. For that reason, the first program of public works that he proposes is a nighttime program of bacheo—the filling of potholes. Potholes are a problem that generates complaints from both locals and visitors. That would also help to improve the mobility in the city, he said.

His campaign platform also includes the construction of an elevated bridge—like the Bicentenario but smaller—at the El Pípila rotary in order to fix the traffic problem there. He also said that eighteen wheelers ought to be taken out of the city, and for that reason he proposes the construction of a road to connect the road to Rodríguez with the road to Dolores (crossing San José de la Amistad). He also said that there should be people stationed at the entrances to the city informing visitors about the condition of the Historic Center and the pros and cons of getting there in their vehicles. “All decisions will be made with the [involvement of] the people,” he promised.

On safety

“The problem cannot be solved with more weapons or patrols—although they are necessary,” he said. According to his data, San Miguel de Allende should have between 500 and 600 police officers, and he estimates that there are less than 100, which is a low number for the city’s population of 170,000, he said. “Nobody wants to be a police officer, because the job is not recognized, valued, or dignified.”

“To develop a program of safety, we have to analyze the problem,” he added. “I have met with former police officers and some current policemen. The question is, how does it feel to be a police officer? And they have told me they feel not respected. For that reason, my  proposal is to dignify their work and acknowledge it. They can also be our eyes in [spotting] the imperfections of the city and making general reports,” said Robles.

On education

His campaign platform proposes the construction of two community centers—one on the road to Celaya and the second in Colonia San Luis Rey. There, people could have access to art lessons but also training in trades that would improve their lives. “Because education is the basis for a good society—cultural education,” he said. “When knowledge is expanded, the possibilities also increase,” he said. For rural communities, he wants to construct for 35 thousand pesos digital schools where people can learn languages. “With 80 million pesos we could cover the city.”

For those who have finished university, he would like to create an institute that can provide assistance in personal communication and self-confidence, meant for those professionals who are afraid of getting into their field. Teachers would also benefit too from Robles’s platform, since he would create an institute to teach them new strategies for teaching students, emphasizing learning not memorization.

On growth and urban planning

Yes to housing developments, Robles says, but always with the rational use of water. “We don’t have enough water in San Miguel. We need to decide where to build houses because currently all of them are under construction on the road to Querétaro and water will be a problem there in 15 years.”

Housing is needed, but he said that he would work with the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (National Institute of Social Security), known as IMSS, so that buyers can have access to credits to buy a home.

In conclusion

In San Miguel, the mobility issue, Robles said, “is not an issue.” The issue is transit, he said. To get rid of the traffic from the Historic Center, he proposes an exclusive regulation of the area. The buses, he remarked, ought to be smaller and modernized, and if they are not, they will not be allowed to go into the Historic Center “if I win the mayoral race,” he said.


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