Letters to the Editor: Kevin de León wants to serve his constituents. So why isn’t he resigning? For over 3 decades, he has been the head of the Tijeras de Zona Rancho, a city-owned and -run company that owns and operates seven golf courses in the Rio Grande Valley.
For the past two decades he has been on the city council, and for the last six years he has been on the Board of Supervisors. His track record as both city manager and city councilor would seem to indicate a commitment to providing a level of services to the citizens of Tijuana.
The problem is that he appears to be running from the responsibilities of his position, not in service to the citizens of Tijuana. He has been at odds with the council on issues such as the annexation of a golf course into the city limits. He has been on the wrong side of the city council’s decision to have the city manager hire a consultant on the city’s debt. He has been a staunch critic of the city’s public safety chief. Recently, he has been on the wrong side of the city council trying to block city funding for an urban development project. He voted in favor of the Paseo de la Reforma golf project, which led to his being on the city council. He opposed the recent expansion of the Paseo de la Reforma, telling residents there is no need for additional development.
He voted against funding for the city’s new police headquarters, spending more than he should have, and supporting the construction of a new jail, a project he had opposed. He voted for a bond issue that would create $27 million in debt, which he promised to repay. He voted to pay for a public library, which was the city council’s decision. He voted for increasing the water bill and the garbage fees.
I have written before about the need to reform our government. If it is done the correct way, and in the correct order, it is only the beginning of our process.
This is not to denigrate the work of the city manager or the city council. They are to serve the citizens of their districts and do their jobs