Region: Hill Country
Topics: Politics, Government, Municipal, Watershed, Water Supply,
Mrs. Berriozabal has been involved in San Antonio politics and
environmental protection for a number of years. She was the
first elected Latina on the
City Council, serving from 1981 through 1990, and also worked in
appointed capacities, such as the Mayor's Citizens Water Committee.
During her tenure, she has expressed
opposition to a number of local and regional projects, including the
annexation of Sea World, tax abatements for Fiesta Texas, sales taxes
for the Alamo Dome, subsidies for PGA Village, construction of
Applewhite Reservoir, and investment in the South Texas Nuclear
Project. Her opposition has been rooted in environmental
concerns, particularly protection of the Edwards Aquifer recharge
zone, and in concerns over the inequity of using tax dollars to
underwrite private developments.
Mrs. Berriozabal has also carried her
interest in municipal politics to the national level, serving as a
board member and past President of the
National League of Cities.
February 14, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2330 and 2331