Love the title of the article "It's Your Council!: Place 2: Fire and Rain
" [News, April 13]. Fire scorches and destroys, rain renews and gives life. These are perfect analogies for our Place 2 race.
To clarify, El Concilio Mexican-American Democrats and the Greater East Austin Neighborhoods Association have endorsed our campaign for City Council because Martinez has not kept his commitments to East Austin with regard to many issues including the distribution of $1 million of neighborhood and housing repair funds from the Holly Good Neighbor Project, etc. They know I'll represent East Austin and allocate those funds appropriately. Also, we would have preferred to have all of our endorsements listed in the article because we have such diverse multipolitical and nonpolitical endorsements which our opponent cannot even come close to receiving. These diverse endorsements are the result of widespread support that we are the better choice to take care of our environment, stop wasting tax dollars, stop raising taxes, and stop giving our money to a bunch of rich corporations that don't need it.
What if subsidies were voted on by citizens similar to bond packages? Imagine on the ballot in November we could have the Apple subsidy package ($8.6 million), the Formula 1 subsidy package ($13.1 million), and the Marriott subsidy package ($4 million) and voters could decide to give away millions of our tax dollars. Fat chance.
I'll represent Austinites and say "No" just like they are saying "No."