I’m a border kid from McAllen, Texas. I’m an architect by trade, a pilot that is afraid of heights, and probably know more than I should about Star Wars.
But most of all, it has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your City Councilmember for District 1. During my time in office, I’ve learned that the role of councilmember is one of service through consensus — not divisive politics or personal egos.
I’ve had many dreams and aspirations which extended far beyond the literal and figurative borders of my upbringing. And family played a pivotal role in guiding me to my passions.
Since I can remember, I have been captivated by design and the creative process. This passion led to my desire to become an architect in the “big city” of San Antonio. It seemed like an unachievable goal at the time, and it was difficult to muster the confidence to strive for it. This was the time when I learned that faith and perseverance outweigh handouts and shortcuts.
Since day one, I have put my achievements and experience to use in reaching a new goal – one of public service for those who needed it the most. And since then, I’ve focused on just that.
On my first day on the job (literally), the community and I helped Beacon Hill resident Miguel Calzada save his home despite being told it would be impossible.
Changed the composition of the Planning Commission to ensure we have individuals who represent our community.
Proposed an independent ethics officer to oversee City government and truly provide fairness and transparency.
Requested and initiated Spanish Translation for City Services for the first time in San Antonio history.
Initiated design contest to make City Hall accessible for differently-abled members of society.
Create a system to notify neighborhoods of permits and plans that impact neighborhood conservation districts.
Established methods of enforcement for the Preservation of Historic Structures and Neighborhood Character.
Banned the chaining of dogs in people’s yards
Creation of Under 1 Roof program to provide residential roofs for seniors, veterans and residents on fixed and low incomes.
Protect first amendment rights by easing restrictions for safe, peaceful, and legal demonstrations.
Provide inspections for seniors and disabled people living in residential housing facilities with a goal of preventing or minimizing public health dangers.
Continuation of restoration initiatives for “Lerma’s” historical nightclub.
Increase burden of proof to validate developers’ demolition of buildings.
Ensure infill development zoning is maintaining community compatibility.
Installation of San Antonio’s first PRIDE-themed crosswalk.
Relocation of Travis Park Confederate Monument.
Regulate multi-family developments to ensure neighborhood compatibility.
Information data sharing between city entities in order to help residents automatically qualify for benefits and programs.
Proposed the purchase of mobile shower units to serve our homeless population (finally implemented in 2020).
Require that requestors of building permits maintain good standing with professionals they hire.
Reduce density of developments within neighborhoods, and move higher density developments to corridors.
Created the Sidewalk Squad to provide San Antonio’s first-ever sidewalk reconstruction service.
Creation of Monte Vista Terrace Neighborhood Conservation District.
Initiation of Tobin Hill North Neighborhood Conservation District
Proposed Creation of a Residential Renters’ Commission to provide representation, advise City Council and give renters a voice.
Fought for Equitable Council Aide Compensation to match City Staff compensation.
Proposed local eviction moratorium in the wake of economic hardships caused by COVID-19.
Initiated right to legal counsel for renters facing eviction.
Initiated pausing of disconnections by CPS and SAWS due to pandemic-imposed economic hardships.
Proposed “right to cure” which would have extended the local eviction moratorium by 60 days.
Renaming of Columbus Park and Removal of Christopher Columbus Statue.
Created a Homeless Outreach Program – partnering with social service providers – to give each council district with an on-site outreach representative.
Proposed City should increase its investment from one percent (1%) to two percent (2%) of all capital improvement projects contained in the City’s capital improvement program to be used for public art.
Proposed Food and Beverage Worker Relief Program for the industry hurt most by COVID-19.