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Floresville’s Mayor Garza flies to D.C. on a mission


Floresville’s Mayor Garza flies to D.C. on a mission
Floresville Mayor Diana Garza


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Wilson County News
March 13, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- Mayor Diana Garza of Floresville is back from a March 5-8 mission to Washington, D.C., where she met with officials, including U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, to explore funding opportunities as her city faces its current financial challenges. Garza talked about her trip in a March 7 interview on the National Public Radio (NPR) show “Tell Me More.”

The interview, titled “Small Towns Struggle Too” with host Michel Martin, can be accessed online at http://n.pr/ZhTZP7. In it, Martin drew parallels between the nation’s financial crisis and similar angst felt by cities as large as Detroit and as small as Floresville.

Garza said the current sequestration crisis would impact the city on multiple levels. She also talked about how Floresville was ill-prepared for the housing shortages, population boom, increase in traffic, and lodging needs brought about by the ongoing petrochemical exploration of the Eagle Ford shale. The mayor told Martin that she made the trip to the nation’s capitol -- which included a visit to Cuellar, whom she has known for years -- on her own time and with her own money.

The mayor told the Wilson County News March 8 that she and her husband planned and paid for their own trip. Floresville City Comptroller Lara Feagins, who also paid for her own trip, accompanied them, Garza said.

“[Feagins and I] met with many federal agencies that shared information that will be very beneficial,” said Garza, who promised to compile a complete report of what they learned.

Cuellar commented on the mayor’s trip.

“Mayor Diana Garza was in Washington, D.C., this past week, along with delegations from San Antonio and Laredo,” Cuellar said via email. “They were all doing the same thing -- meeting with federal agencies to find assistance for their respective communities. This is a common practice that other cities also follow, such as Dallas, Houston, and McAllen. I am glad Mayor Garza is a pro-active mayor for the city of Floresville.”
 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 20, 2013 10:52am
 
San Antonio is in DC wanting assistance, while at home they are ramming through a 100 million dollar down town street-car project. SA is one of the highest debt cities in the US thanks to it's Socialist mayor. Cut spending has ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 19, 2013 12:00pm
 
OOOPS....change mayor to martin in my last post. Sorry about that.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 19, 2013 11:56am
 
THE MAYOR IS CORRECT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LARGE CITIES, SMALL TOWN ALL SUFFER FROM THE SAME PROBLEM. IT'S THE STUPID THINKING THAT YOU CAN SPEND MONEY THAT YOU DON'T HAVE.

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
March 19, 2013 11:14am
 
Not sure this is what the reporter guy meant when he asked what it meant for a mayor to represent the city: http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=46787&n=election-coverage-video-live-candidates-forum-oct-floresville

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 18, 2013 4:47pm
 
Only in your dreams could a cut in the increase of federal spending cause a problem. Federal spending still goes up over last year just not quite as much. So this is what caused the problem in Floresville, so we need a hand out, ... More ›

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