I am very pleased that the U.S. Conference of Mayors has embraced the importance of port economies to lead the nation out of our current economic challenges. Just last week, Laredo was projected to have the greatest job growth potential in the nation. My job and that of my colleagues on the Laredo City Council is to ensure that we live up to this potential. Transportation funding is so vitally important to our port, and for that reason, I was very grateful for the face time I was able to have with the Secretary LaHood.”
Mayor Salinas also met with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security regarding border security and funding. “We all agree that the federal government, and by that I mean, Congress and President Obama, must do all they can to support our border crossings. I believe that we best achieve that goal by building relationships, not issuing press releases and studies that are hypercritical. ”
(Photo and press release courtesy of City of Laredo)
LaSanbe will wait for photo proof that the mayor actually met with DHS staff to discuss border security. Until then, I'll assume that he just had lunch with Henry Cuellar.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa comments on the tough political road ahead.
“Anybody who saw the [budget] deal last summer and then the failure of the super committee … knew that there were going to be serious and draconian cuts,” Mayor Villaraigosa said at a breakfast for reporters hosted by the Monitor