Thursday, November 03, 2005

LULAC joins the Texas Toll Party

Campaign notebook: LULAC members oppose toll-related votes


San Antonio Express-News
Copyright 2005

Supporters of toll roads and a proposed fund to reroute trains from inner cities have a new foe in the battle over Propositions 1 and 9 on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Members of the League of United Latin American Citizens announced Wednesday their opposition to toll roads, including plans for more than 70 miles on the North Side.

"We are concerned that this is just the beginning," said Lourdes Galvan, district president of LULAC. "Once it gets going, you can't stop it."

Galvan and about 10 other members of LULAC joined the Texas Toll Party-San Antonio and the Homeowner-Taxpayer Association of Bexar County in their opposition to the two propositions.

Proposition 9 would lengthen board terms of regional mobility authorities from two years to six years. These are toll-road authorities.

Supporters say the longer terms would provide more stability of leadership, but critics contend that longer terms would make the appointed board members even less accountable to the public.

There is also opposition on the part of some LULAC members to Proposition 1, which would let the state sell bonds to buy land for freight and passenger rail and help build and improve tracks.

Proposition 1 suffers from its possible tie to the Trans Texas Corridor, a major target for toll-road rebels. The corridor is a 4,000-mile network of toll roads, rail lines and utility lines to be built across the state over 50 years.

Staff Writers Patrick Driscoll and Rachel Toalson contributed to this report.

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