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Robert Garibay Go to District 7

I just wanted to thank you and your newspaper for taking time out to interview me, and take photos. My candidacy announcement will be January 31, 2009 at 10 AM at the Norris Conference Center on 4522 Fredericksburg Rd.

 

I would love for your newspaper to cover the event. Below I have provided information on the issues and my solutions, why I’m running, some information about me, and my interest in politics. If you would like to do another interview, video interview, or photo opportunity please feel free to contact me any time at 210-326-7243.

 

My message to your readers:

 

I hope that your readers check out the candidates in this election closely, and look at the differences. I hope that your readers look at my ideas, and solutions for the future of the community. I believe that I can make the biggest impact, and that I’m the best choice in this election. I know that once your readers see what my solutions are they will know that I’m the best choice for District 7. I want your readers to know that my campaign is not about me, it is all about them. 

 

THE ISSUES AND MY SOLUTIONS:

 

Environment-The environment is very important to our city. So lets work together in keeping our environment clean and healthy. If elected I will be holding monthly town halls and weekly addresses, and during those I will have special time devoted to new ways on saving energy and provide you information on what you can do to help your environment. During our town halls we will work on creating new community programs that work toward educating our citizens on the environment and work on cleaning up our environment. I’m going to be making sure that our city is doing its part as well. I will make sure that whenever we start new city projects, we will do them in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly way. Not only should the citizens, and the city be environmentally responsible, but businesses that are in our city should be just as responsible. That is why I want to provide and highlight incentives for businesses if they go green. This will not only benefit the city and its people, but it will also benefit the business. My belief is that Green is the way of the future in terms of getting our economy going again, and cleaning up our environment. 

 

Economy-This is such an important issue at the moment. What I want to do is make sure that we can keep the businesses that we have in District 7, and bring new upstart companies into our area. How will we do this? I will keep taxes low, give incentives to company’s that want to bring and keep their business’s in District 7, and make sure that businesses have the proper resources they need in order to remain successful. We can not continue to see business’s close down and leave our city. With my plan we can prevent this, a business will not have to worry about high taxes, a business will have the incentive of getting tax credits and saving money by going green, and the business will be provided with the proper resources in order to remain successful. In our economy not only are businesses hurting but the average citizen is feeling the pain, and I want to make sure that help is getting to those who need it, whether it be food, clothes, money, or getting help finding a job, right now these are tough times and we need to be united now more than ever. 

 

Woodlawn Lake-As I have stated going Green is the way of the future, and I want to invest more money into the park and make this park San Antonio’s first all green park. Not only will this big project create some new jobs, but it will also bring some much needed renovations to the park. We can show that San Antonio can lead the way when it comes to creating the parks of the future, and it can all start with Woodlawn Lake Park. 

 

Neighborhoods- Getting feedback from the Neighborhood Associations and homeowners is very important, and that is why I will make sure that their voices are being heard and their needs are being met. Meeting the needs of the homeowners is very important. As I was meeting with a constituent he told me that his neighborhood needed sidewalks and that they have been hoping to get some sidewalks for a long while. I told him that if I was elected meeting the needs of the homeowners would be a top priority of mine, and that if I was his councilman he would not have to worry about hoping, instead he would be able to look forward to having sidewalks. My case and point, there is no accountability, and there is no leadership. The voices of the people are not being heard, and I can change that on May 9th. 

 

Infrastructure-It is not a good sight seeing roads that desperately need work. It is also not good when someone goes for a run and has to watch out because the sidewalk is a hazard or they can’t go for a run because they don’t have a sidewalk! If elected, I’m going to work on getting our streets and sidewalks fixed and or replaced or added if needed, as well as the proper funding that is needed. I would like our infrastructure projects to be completed as quickly but at the same time as safe and efficient as possible. 

 

Budget-Right now we can not afford to spend money that doesn’t need to be spent, or spend money on programs that are not working. I’m going to go through the budget and eliminate what is not working. I’m also gonna make sure that the city is getting the best deal out of every dollar it spends. The tax payers deserve to get the best out of every dollar that is spent, and the tax payers also deserve to know how their money is being spent. If elected I will introduce the first ever web page that will feature how the city is spending it’s tax dollars. The hard working and tax paying citizen should be able to view exactly where their taxes are going. 

 

Crime-Keeping our community safe is one of the biggest priority’s that will be on my agenda if elected. I will work to reduce crime in District 7. Last year was a bad year for the city all together. I’m going to make sure that the Police, Fire Department, and EMS are getting the proper funding, equipment, and staffing needed to keep our community safe. I also would like to work on expanding the SAPD community programs so that way the community and the police can continue to work together. 

 

Community- The only way we can tackle the challenges that face us in our community is by uniting the community together. My biggest goal this election is to bring the community together, and keep it from division. Our community is strong, but it can be stronger with all of us united and determined to do great things for each other.

 

Why I’m Running:

 

My name is Robert Garibay and after long thought and consideration, I made my decision to run for city council in August of 2008, because I felt that the citizens of District 7 deserved to have their voices heard. Its time to change the status quo in our city government. I want to let the people know who Robert Garibay is, and be their voice. I hope to meet with the community and hear their ideas.

 

A Little Bit About Me:

 

I was born and raised in District 7 my entire life. I attended Lawrence Powell Elementary School, Sul Ross Middle School, Business Careers High School, and currently attend Northwest Vista College. I’m a former violinist, I played the violin from 5th grade through 8th grade. In Middle School I was a member of the 6th grade after school programs; Mariachi and Foreign Cooking, I was also a member of the football and basketball team my 8th grade year. During my time at Business Careers High School I was a member of the football team my Freshman year until I was injured and forced to leave the team, I was also a member of the JROTC organization from my Freshman year until the end of my 10th grade year. In my junior year I was a student of the inaugural Oracle Program class. During my Senior year I was a student of a Dual Credit college course, because of my passion for writing. In my Senior year I became heavily involved in the 2008 Presidential Election supporting Hillary Clinton for President. After graduating I continued to support Hillary for President however as she left the race I supported Barack Obama. I enrolled in Northwest Vista College for the Fall 2008 semester. It was during this time that I thought about a run for City Council. 

 

My Interest In Politics:

 

At the age of 10 I began to have interest in politics following the 2000 Presidential Election closely supporting Vice President Al Gore. It was at this point where I fell in love with campaigning and public office. I couldn’t wait for the next Presidential Race, but between the 2000 election and the 2004 election I followed the Bush Presidency closely. Since 2000 I have always kept myself informed watching the national and local news. In 2004 I supported John Kerry for President, and followed the election closer than I did in 2000. In 2005 I followed the city elections where I didn’t support anyone for Mayor, but simply watched the historic city election unfold. In 2006 I followed the US General Elections watching a wave of change taking place with the Democrats taking over. In 2007 I supported Phil Hardberger for re-election to the mayors office. In 2008 I supported Hillary Clinton for President, and then showed my support for Barack Obama. In this election I became more active than ever before in politics, attending Hillary’s historic rally at St.Mary’s University and attending Bill Clinton’s rally at Sunset Station. I became a registered voter, and voted in my very first election feeling very proud to be an American. On November 4, 2008 I fell in love with America all over again when the nation elected Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. After seeing how someone seeking public office can inspire a nation, and call upon a nation to better itself, I was more inspired to serve my fellow Americans. I can honestly say that the 2008 election really drove me to run for City Council. It has been a life long dream of mine to serve in public office and do good for my community. 

 
 
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I recently updated my Issues and Solutions:

 

Budget- This is by far the most important issue facing our city, and right now we need to tighten our belts. I have already begun to get involved with this issue with our city. I attended the "B" Session(3+9 Budget Presentation) to receive the complete details on the current situation. I’m the only candidate(with the exception of the incumbent) to do this. I have had an opportunity to meet with the Assistant Budget Director to have my questions(that I was not able to ask at the "B" session) answered. I was also able to provide my feedback to our city in regards to the budget. As a candidate I feel it is my responsibility to be prepared and on top of this situation, because if elected to the council, we will be more than half way through the fiscal year, and depending on the situation important decisions will need to be made. If I do have the honor of being elected, I will work to make sure that the proper funding remains for programs that are most important to you. During my meeting with the Assistant Budget Director I let it be known that funding for infrastructure, graffiti abatement, etc is very important to the community, and we need to try to avoid cutting and/or delaying spending. I will work very hard to make sure that we only make budget cuts as a last resort, but at the same time make sure that we are still prepared in case our economic situation gets worse. Like I’ am now, I will continue to work hard with our city’s budget department to make sure that our city’s budget is being balanced, and prepared in case the economic crisis gets worse. I will make sure that the city is getting the best deal out of every dollar it spends. The tax payers deserve to get the best out of every dollar that is spent, and the tax payers also deserve to know how their money is being spent. If elected I will propose the first ever web page that will feature how the city is spending it’s tax dollars. The hard working and tax paying citizen should be able to view exactly where their taxes are going. 

 

Economy-The economy has taken center stage in everyone’s day to day life. I would like to make sure that we are continuing to work toward creating jobs, make sure we are spending our money responsibly, keeping a balanced budget and making sure that the businesses that we have in our community don’t close their doors. I also want to try and bring new businesses to our community. How will we do this? I will work hard to find incentives to company’s that want to bring and keep their business’s in our community, and make sure that businesses have the proper resources they need in order to remain successful. We can not continue to see business’s close down and leave our city. I want to make sure that as a city leader I present the benefits for a business to go green. A business will have the incentive of getting tax credits and saving money by going green. In our economy not only are businesses hurting but the average citizen is feeling the pain, and I want to make sure that help is getting to those who need it, whether it be food, clothes, money, or getting help finding a job, right now these are tough times and we need to be united now more than ever. 

 

Environment-The environment is very important to our city and San Antonio is continuing to make progress toward a more green city. I want to continue the trend, and work together in keeping our environment clean and healthy. I will make sure that as a community we work on creating new community programs that work toward on cleaning up our environment, saving energy, and most importantly saving money by saving energy. I’m going to be making sure that our city is doing its part as well. I will make sure that whenever we start new city projects, we will do them in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly way. Not only should the citizens, and the city be environmentally responsible, but businesses that are in our city should be just as responsible. That is why I want to provide and highlight incentives for businesses if they go green. This will not only benefit the city and its people, but it will also benefit the business. My belief is that Green is the way of the future in terms of getting our economy going again, and cleaning up our environment. 

 

Community-Our community is strong, but it can be stronger with all of us united and determined to do great things for each other. The only way we can tackle the challenges that face us in our community is by uniting the community together. My biggest goal this election is to bring the community together, and keep it from division. One of my efforts to bring us together, and make myself more accessible to you the constituent is holding monthly town halls and weekly addresses. By holding monthly town halls I will be able to hear your concerns, and address them to you directly. By broadcasting weekly address you will always be informed on current events, and important issues concerning your community. I also want to make the effort to attend every Neighborhood Association meeting, because this is where the best feedback comes from. I won’t be a candidate who goes into the community, attends neighborhood meetings, only when he is looking for votes but I will be someone who you can see and speak to often, and look at as your voice in city government. 

 

Neighborhoods- Getting feedback from the Neighborhood Associations and homeowners is very important, and that is why I will make sure that their voices are being heard and their needs are being met. Meeting the needs of the homeowners is very important, and I plan to meet their needs by trying to attend all Neighborhood Association meetings, or if my schedule does not permit me to, I will make an appointment to meet with the Neighborhood Association leaders on a monthly basis. I will make sure that I’m in constant communication with the Neighborhood Association leaders. An example of a lack of communication is when I was meeting with a homeowner in the Donaldson Terrace area, he told me that his neighborhood needed sidewalks and that they have been hoping to get some sidewalks for a long while. I told him that if I was elected meeting the needs of the homeowners would be a top priority of mine, and that if I was his councilman he would not have to worry about hoping, instead he would be able to look forward to having sidewalks. 

 

Crime-Keeping our community safe is one of the biggest priority’s that will be on my agenda if elected, I will work to reduce crime in District 7. Last year was a bad year for the city all together. I’m going to make sure that the Police, Fire Department, and EMS are getting the proper funding, equipment, and staffing needed to keep our community safe. I do realize that recently our city is proposing a budget cut for our police and fire departments, and I will make sure that we explore alternatives instead of taking away from something as a critical as our police and fire departments. I would like to work on expanding the SAPD community programs, for example cellular patrol so that way the community and the police can continue to work together. Speaking of working together I will coordinate with the Fire Chief Charles Hood and Police Chief William McManus to make sure that they are getting what they need to maintain effective departments. 

 

Infrastructure-It is not a good sight seeing roads that desperately need work. It is also not good when someone goes for a run and has to watch out because the sidewalk is a hazard or they can’t go for a run because they don’t have a sidewalk! There are also many constituents who have asked for sidewalks, asked for roads to be fixed, etc, and have not had their problems fixed. If elected, I’m going to work on getting our streets and sidewalks fixed and or replaced or added if needed, as well as the proper funding that is needed. We need to make sure that we are creating more infrastructure projects because in these hard economic times we need jobs to be created. If we work on our infrastructure, and create new infrastructure projects, it will stimulate our economy by creating new jobs, and putting more money back into the economy. 

 

Parks and Recreation-As I have stated going Green is the way of the future, and I want to invest more money into our parks and recreation. Many community leaders are asking for money to keep up with their parks, and I plan to get them their fair share of money. We have great parks that need to be maintained. If the value of a park decreases it will go from a place to take the family for a day out to a place for crime and graffiti. Take Healy-Murphy Park for example, it is the center of a community, and needs renovating, but because of a lack of investment there were 56 police calls generated. We can avoid such situations by maintaining our parks. I will advocate for money toward our parks, and more money for recreation. I believe we need to fund more recreational places to host community programs for young adults, and young children to keep them off the streets and in a safe environment. 

 

Graffiti- A member of the Culebra Park Neighborhood Association expressed to me the growing problem of graffiti. It is a continuing problem in our community and I want to advocate for more funding toward the current Graffiti Wipe Out Program, and more community projects to wipe out graffiti. I would also consider new ideas from community leaders on how to wipe out graffiti. In addition I will take the proper steps need in order to receive a more strict penalty toward those who choose to vandalize our community. I believe we need to send the message that we will no longer tolerate this type of behavior.