FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2013
CONTACT: Marc Campos - 713.861.2244
COUNCIL MEMBER JAMES RODRIGUEZ STATEMENT ON GARCIA'S FALSE NEGATIVE ATTACKS
I am disappointed that Sylvia Garcia has decided to take her campaign in a negative direction by questioning Carol Alvarado’s support for an underpass at Harrisburg Boulevard in a mail piece yesterday. At last night’s Senate District 6 Candidates Forum, Ms. Garcia went on to say that “some of the local representatives did not have the guts to stand” with the community in supporting an underpass.
Let me set the record straight. In a letter dated July 30, 2008 to then Metro CEO Frank Wilson, Ms. Garcia said “I support the concept of a bridge or underpass at the Union Pacific grade crossing,” on Harrisburg Boulevard.
Let me further set the record straight. Several elected officials including myself, Mayor Annise Parker, and Council Members Melissa Noriega and Ed Gonzalez worked with the community to find the funding to pay for the underpass. Ms. Garcia never attended any of the meetings on seeking a solution. In fact, at a community forum in February of 2009, Ms. Garcia was asked if she would contribute to the funding of the underpass from her Precinct 2 Commissioner’s Road and Bridge Fund. She declined.
Thanks to the Mayor’s leadership and the leadership of my colleagues, we were able to secure funding for the underpass including $10 million in Capital Improvement Plan dollars from District I.
Carol Alvarado worked with the community and made sure Metro heard their concerns. Ms. Garcia supported the concept of a bridge, was a no-show during this entire process and for her to make this a campaign issue is a disservice to the voters of Senate District 6.