Questionnaire by GSACC to Lourdes Galvan District 5
The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2009 City Council and Mayoral Candidates
1. Economic Development is one of my top priorities. I have encouraged job
creation by utilizing the economic development department within the city. I
am finalizing the creation of a District 5 TIRZ, to attract business into the
inner city. We have utilized the Westside Development Corp (WDC) to help us
market opportunities in our district. For growth in the overall city initiatives I
have supported businesses such as the RIM, Microsoft, etc.
I believe that labor in the workplace is a benefit to all, both to the workers
and to management. Job security is important to families of workers and
management gains from working together to reduce high turnover, wasted
training hours, and happy employees will buy into the companies. It is up to
management and labor to work together to preserve a strong economy.
2. Sustainability in Public Safety and Emergency Services must increase with the
city as it grows. The growth of the city has not included services and
transportation routes that would ease the congestion. The question I am
concerned with is “how do we get to emergency situations when we have
congestion tie ups. We must balance the growth and public services together
with a plan and foresight of the impact cost i.e. dollars in our budget.
3. Education is the answer to all our economic problems. I believe that we are
disconnected with programs that are all trying to do the right things to
address our problem with dropouts, funding, state funding constrain issues,
etc. We need to develop and evaluate a clear plan of action for all.
Education is the tool to reduce and eliminate poverty. I am working with
Chief Hood and Chief McManus to create the first Public Safety School to
attract high school students interested in safety and law enforcement careers
and at the same time keeping them out of trouble in order to qualify. We will
grow our own and give students an added advantage to apply for those jobs.
4. Water our most precious resource and commodity must be protected by all.
SAWS has been very instrumental in conservation programs for consumers.
We must continue to conserve especially during drought seasons.
5. Transportation must be part of all growth. I believe that in the past we have
planned poorly in some areas of growth. I support Multi Modal transportation
and light rail is another option we must invest in for the sake of avoiding
more congestion, protecting our environment against pollution and danger in
reaching emergency situations.
6. Energy future needs is very important to me. CPS Energy has done a great
job of diversifying energy options from conservation programs to windtricity.
I want to continue studying the opportunity to invest on Nuclear. I am
looking into safety, environment and most importantly to the cost and impact
on our consumers. We must continue to encourage Green Building, Solar,
and use other non-toxic efforts. We must make sure we make the right
decisions for future energy supply beyond 2020.
7. My Top 5 priorities are Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure,
Economic Development and Education. I want to concentrate on rebuilding
what is broken or neglected. I will continue to focus on two types on
infrastructure. 1. Physical- Streets, sidewalks, curbs and drainage. 2.
Human Infrastructure – Education and Job Creation.