Mayoral Candidate Mario Hernández: Campaign Proposals

Mario Hernández, SOMOS

By Jesús Aguado

Independent candidate for Mayor Mario Hernández, who is running with the organization SOMOS, talked with Atención about his campaign proposals. He highlighted the need for better public transportation, better public spaces, and a full commitment to the rational use of water.

Public Works

Hernández proposes the construction of a bypass to connect the road to Celaya with the road to Querétaro, and a second bypass to connect the road to Dolores with the road to Querétaro. Both roads ought to be outside the urban zone, he said. (Read more on p. 1)

He also proposes the construction of a “simple but sophisticated” bridge to alleviate traffic issues at the El Pípila traffic circle. “We have some proposals. We have seen some ideas and designs from different groups.” To solve San Miguel de Allende’s traffic issues, Hernández would focus his efforts on providing affordable quality public transportation.

Water and Environment

The new housing developments, said Hernández, have to be affordable and mainly meant for workers. These developments should take advantage of native flora to save water and should have a treatment water plan to provide maintenance to green areas.

Although constitutionally, water management is under federal control, the municipal government carries responsibility for providing potable water its citizens. While he knows that due to indiscriminate extraction from the aquifer San Miguel’s water contains dissolved minerals, he said he does not know the actual quality of the city’s water because the Water Department has refused to provide him with that information.

Safety

He proposes to reactivate the Regional Police Academy, a space where police officers would receive basic job training influenced by humane principles. However, this goes hand in hand with the administration needing to do to more to inform the public about what the police do, he said.

According to Hernández—but he was not sure—there are close to 110 police officers in the city, but 35 percent of them are in administrative posts or other commissions. That is why there are just 12 officers working each shift. They work 12 hours and rest the next 12. “That is why they get stressed and make wrong decisions.”

His positions in brief

On the airport: “Well-planned investment has to be welcome. If there is a demand and favorable conditions, let´s make it happen, but always with respect for the Plan of Territorial Development [a land-use plan with guidelines on development].”

On industry: “Yes to investment, if it is respectful of local tradition, of the community, and of the environment.”

On abortion: “That is a decision that women must make.”

On the LGBT community “All people should be respected. We do not see colors or preferences, we see human beings.”

Expat community: “You are important to our community because you have decided to live here and integrate yourself into our culture and tradition. You decided to spend the rest of your life here, you contribute to our economy, you are a Sanmiguelense.”

What if…

If Hernández wins the election, he would not hire any of the current mayoral candidates. His reason is simple: “Their visions are different from those of SOMOS. We know of each other, but we want the best people in this administration, and we will find them wherever we have to.”

Finally, if he does not win, as he has always done, he would work as a civilian advisor in areas where his knowledge could be best used, he said.

 

 

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