Council members say goodbye to Julian Castro

Castro resigns Tuesday, now heads to Washington

By Mariza Mendoza - Reporter
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SAN ANTONIO - Tuesday was an exciting day for the Alamo City as District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor became mayor of San Antonio, the first African-American woman to ever do so.

But before her confirmation, there were some heartfelt goodbyes and warm wishes for now-former Mayor Julian Castro.

In the coming days, Castro will head to Washington. He's been confirmed to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

But he's not going without some encouragement from his former fellow council members, such as District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal.

"A lot of people think I'm the Robin to your Batman, but I correct them and tell them I am the Jimminy Cricket to your Pinocchio," said Bernal.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales agreed, saying those in her district are thankful for Castro's dedication to education.

"In our community, we have so many children that really do look up to you, and really aspire to be the mayor like you," said Gonzales.

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana said at one time, he was one of those kids who looked up to Castro.

"To know somebody who had come from the West Side of San Antonio, who had gone and applied to a school like Stanford, was enough inspiration for me," said Saldana.

But as District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez concluded, it's his ability to lead -- even in the "hot seat" -- that will serve him well in Washington.

"That being the case, because hot seats are the kinds of things you handle so well, we're not going to let you leave your hot seat behind," said Lopez.

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