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Past and present government decisions that have directly or indirectly affected our communities.


  • 1. Elections of any kindshould NEVER be taken lightly.

2. July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence, Washington D.C., National Archives 3. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by theirCreator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Libertyand the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. 4. Does San AntonioPractice Consent of the Governed? 5. NO! 6. 107,000 Signature Petition To Allow for a Vote 7. WERE CIRCUMVENTEDBY City Council 8. By replacing itwith ananti-petition proof ordinance. 9. A 2007 City Council voteexcluded a previouslyagreed upon new fire station. 10. A 2007 City Council voteallowed slick TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zoneprotection regulation circumvention. 11. Were the 107,000 signaturesheard? 12. NO! 13. Were City Council Governing Officials the only ones involved? 14. NO! 15. STATE, COUNTY AND WATER DISTRICT OFFICIALS WERE ALSO INVOLVED. 16. HundredsSpokeAgainst Main Plazas RedesignAnd Street Closures 17. Were they heard? 18. NO! 19. Hundreds spokeagainst toll roads. 20. Were they heard? 21. NO! 22. Impacted communities spokeagainst a roundabout. 23. Were they heard? 24. NO! 25. Was a four-year community planrespected when residents spokeagainst a high rise? 26. NO! 27. Were they heard? 28. NO! 29. Impacted CommunitiesSpoke and gathered 400 signaturesAgainst The Process and Location of a Homeless Shelter. 30. Were they heard? 31. NO! 32. Parents had complainedFor years Of possible abusesAgainst childrenAt TYC To no avail. It took the death of a child to be listened to. 33. Were they heard prior to the death of a child? 34. NO! 35. SAHA Affordable Housing Magi/KB Homes contamination concerns.Solution : SAHA bought back the homesbutmedical bills, from their contamination, were not theirresponsibility. 36. Were residentsheard? 37. NO! 38. City Councilelectionsshould NEVER be taken lightly. 39. An Elderly Lady asked that her 1915 home, that had just beenpainted by university volunteersgathered by former City Councilperson, not be taken awaythrough eminent domain. 40. Was she heard? 41. NO! 42. Neither weresome of the followinghomes and businesses. They were demolished in April 2009. 43. Taken by Eminent Domain &DEMOLISHED. 44. Other businesses and homes were also taken by negotiationand/or condemnationif needed for apublic good. 45. New Tax Exempt 14 acre, 22 to 37 acre area 1) 823 N. San Marcos 10) 727 Salado 2) 819 N. San Marcos 11) 615 Perez 3) 804 N. San Marcos 12) 626 Perez 4) 603 Leal13) 903 Morales 5) 619 Leal14) 825 Morales 6) 623 Leal15) 722 Morales 7) 724 N. San Marcos 16) 801 Morales 8) 617 N. San Marcos 17) 720 Morales 9) 625 N. San Marcos 46. New Tax Exempt Areas mean a $690,000 Yearly Tax Loss!! (To City, County, Health District, School District, College District)This does not include sales tax losses nor losses from businessesthat did not relocate and closedinstead. 47. Our citizens input seems to have become a nuisance [to City Council] versus a part of our representative form ofgovernment. 48. James Madison,4th President of the United States, served from 1809 to 1817. Portrait Courtesy of http://www.clipartguide.com/_pages/0512-0702-1617-1139.html 49. James Madison, 4th President of the United States,served from 1809 to 1817.quot;I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent suddenusurpations.quot;James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, June 16, 1788. 50. Franklin D. Roosevelt,32nd President of the United States, served from 1933-1945 Photo Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Digital Archives.quot; Library I.D 48221895, 00/00/1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt 09-1816a.gif 51. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, served from 1933-1945quot;Let us never forget that government is ourselvesand not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracyare not aPresident and senators andcongressmen and government officials,but the voters of this country.quot;Franklin D. Roosevelt Speech Marrietta, Ohio, July 8,1938 Photo Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Digital Archives.quot; Library I.D 48221895, 00/00/1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt 09-1816a.gif 52. Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. civil rights leader and clergy (1929-1968) http://www.clipartguide.com/_search_terms/pd_martin_luther_king.html 53. Martin Luther King Jr.,U.S. civil rights leader and clergy (1929-1968)Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/24974.html 54. That this nationunder God shall have a new birth of freedom-and that governmentof the people by the peoplefor the peopleshall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States, served (1861-1865) Excerpt from his November 19, 1863 Gettysburg Address. 55. THE PERSON WE VOTE FOR CAN CHANGE OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS FOREVER. 56. That is why we must NEVER take our vote lightly. 57. A short listing of Issues and Concerns Eiginio Rodriguez has faced. Infrastructure (Drainage, Voting Rights Concernsstreets, lighting , water, gas, Water Protectionselectricity) Roundabout Concerns Natural Disasters Environmental Contamination Egress Concerns Neighborhood Concerns Health, safety and welfare of Health Tuberculosis Concernsothers Fuel Tank Concerns Etc Health Concerns 58. Thank You For Your Time.Sincerely,Eiginio RodriguezCity of San Antonio District 52009 City Council Candidate. 59. In memory of Mrs. Zulema Galindo, an 84 year old victim of County and City eminent domain proceedings.She stopped taking her medications after finding that the help she expected fromcurrent and past City Councilpersons, that helped paint her house in 2007/08, would not occur. Laid to rest November 3, 2008.


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