Taylor Chosen as Interim Mayor

By Bill O'Neil and Don Morgan 

A transition of power is complete at City Hall--whewre Mayor Julian Castro has officially stepped aside ahead of his departure for Washington to take over as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 

"I hereby resign as Mayor effective immediately" Castro said during a Tuesday Morning Council meeting to select his interim replacement. A total of four Councilmembers--Ivy Taylor, Ray Lopez, Ron Nirenberg, and Shirley Gonzales--put themselves up for consideration. In the end, it came don to Taylor and Lopez. 

"To do the right thing, we've got to move forward tomorrow. To sit here and argue over who's in and who's out and who's better and who's not--the reality is we are all capable of doing this" Lopez said just before withdrawing his name from consideration--clearing the way for Taylor to secure the six voted needed from her colleagues. 

"I will work with everyone to achieve our collective dream of a wondeerful San Antonio" Taylor said shortly after her victory became official. Later, the new interim Mayor spoke of her prisorities, with one of the biggest challenges being the upcoming budget debate. 

"That (the budget) reflects the priosities of the citizens. Where we can strike a reasonable compormise with our public safety workers to insure that we take care of them" Taylor said.  

As for downtown streetcar plans--and efforts to put them on the ballot, the Mayor was non-committal about whether or not a vote should take place--but she did have some pointed words for those planners.  

"I think also VIA needs to effectively communicate to the public about the goals of the project" Taylor said. 

The new interim Mayor, who vacates her Distrcit seat, also reiterated she does not plan to run for the seat in the Spring.  


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