Police responding quickly; city trucks picking up trash; workers cleaning ditches – these were all happening days after LUPE members of colonia Subdivision Bar 4 met with San Juan Mayor Pro-Tem Armando Garza Jr. on June 22 to talk about their neighborhood’s issues.
Residents of the colonia, which is located within the city of San Juan limits, organized the meeting with the help of LUPE organizer Cristela Rocha after the residents began telling her of the problems their colonia faces.
As a result of the meeting with Garza, residents of Subdivision Bar 4 say that of all their issues, only public lighting remains. And the city has already promised to begin a study of the neighborhood in order to install lights.
As a result of LUPE organizing, other colonias are also on their way toward finally receiving public lighting. Precinct 3 colonias organizing with LUPE were awarded county funds to install solar lights bought with a federal grant and precinct representatives say installation should begin two weeks before school starts. Precinct 4 has approved four colonias for streetlights.
LUPE begun our campaign to switch the lights on in Hidalgo County colonias in 2005 and some colonias have been waiting 20 years for public lighting.