Francisco Cabrera Santos, Mayor of Valencia (Venezuela)

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Francisco Cabrera Santos
Mayor of Valencia (Venezuela)

The finalists for the 2006 World Mayor Award were chosen on the number of votes received as well as on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish an representative selection of comments received about the mayor.

Comment: Francisco Cabrera Santos is a man of great vision. All his accomplishments will last many years. This is the first time our city Valencia has been subject to so many projects both in architecture, social programs and economical development.

Comment: I have visited Valencia several times since the 1990's and there has been a clear change in general appearance in the city.  The city has taken central stage in the country with regards to sport activities, cultural events, cleanliness, and now transportation with the construction of the metro. Although the country has experienced some very turbulent times in the last decade, Valencia seems somewhat immune to most of the conflict thanks to the city leadership under Mayor Cabrera Santos.

Comment: Mayor Cabrera transformed Valencia into the cultural capital of Venezuela. He is a leader with sensibility and credibility and with a lot of concern for social work and progress.

Comment: The Mayor brought us peace, pride, good times, great buildings and a love for out city.

Comment: El Alcalde "Paco" Cabrera ha rescatado estructuras emblematicas de nuestra ciudad como la Plaza Monumental de Valencia; esta haciendo la ampliacion del corredor vial, ha impulsado la construccion del metro, ha rescatado especios publicos, ha impulsado la cultura, etc. Tambien quisiera expresar la necesidad de regular y restrigir los permisos de construccion de edificaciones y viviendas, con la finalidad de preservar las areas verdes y el ecosistema, pues este tambien es importante para el sano disfrute de nuestra ciudad. Yo estoy orgullosa de mi ciudad natal, Valencia.

Comment: He has governed during hard times, with all the difficulties that an authoritarian and intoterant central government could create. And his performance has been outstanding.

Comment: Mr. Cabrera is person who is very concern of the citizens of Valencia, he has several programs which are made for the people, like a health program wich every person has access to .Workers with thorough knowledge in health issues go to the homes of the people who have less and they trach them of different topics of health, so they can improve their conditions and prevent illness. HE IS GREAT, A GOOD PERSON,HONARABLE AND RESPONSABLE.

Comment: Mr. Cabrera is a great mayor. Valencia is a beautiful place to live and work.

Comment: Mr. Cabrera has the courage to be a pathfinder and discover new ways of doing things. He has made Valencia a more beautiful place to visit and live. The city has gone through some major changes for the better. He has a big heart and works extremely hard for the people of Valencia - all of them!

Comment: I´m so proud to see Mr Cabrera been one of the 50 finalist! El es un hombre que merece la más alta distinción por todos sus logros en medio de la más terribles crisis sociales, económicas y política, porque aún así ha logrado hacer de Valencia una gran ciudad, de primer mundo!

Comment: Mr. Francisco (PACO)Cabrera has been the best mayor the city of Valencia has ever had. He has done a lot of work in new developments and structures all around the city.

Comment: Un hombre de gran visión, y de gestion transparente en la administracion publica en beneficio del colectivo, precursor del avance arquitectonico de la ciudad. El mejor Alcalde del Mundo.

Comment: Nunca se ha visto que una persona de la política y ademas extrangero, sea tan bondadoso, dedicado, preocupado y dispuesto por la gente de esta región. Es alguien a quien los valencianos queremos sinceramente y apoyamos como un venezolano y declaramos Hijo Ilustre de nuestra Ciudad de Valencia.

Comment: I know him personality, I think he has many capabilities for developed the government activities. He is the best mayor in 20 years in Valencia, Venezuela. I hope he will continue to be mayor for many years to come.

Comment: He is the best mayor of Venezuela and the world thank you

Comment: This mayor is the best mayor in Venezuela. He won his second term of office with the majority over other candidates.

Comment: I think Mr. Francisco Cabrera has done a great job. He cares for the people of his county and always is behind all his employee to work for the com unity and achieving the quality of life that satisfy most of the people in his county.

Comment: He is the best mayor in Venezuela and, indeed, South America.

Comment: Mr Francisco Cabrera is one of those mayors who show real concern for the citizens of his city. His job is to bring for everyone. He does not spend his time talking, he makes things happen.

Comment: Francisco (Paco) Cabrera is the best Mayor. He has done a lot for his city and does not stop working day and night. He has improved his city. He is a caring and responsible man and does not make a distinction between the economical statutes of those who request his help. He helps a lot to the poor.

Comment: Paco is the only non-corrupt mayor of Venezuela. He has rescued public places and built schools worth to be known. He is also building Valencia’s metro (underground), although Venezuela’s president is saying he is in charge. Anyway, the works he is carrying out are numberless. Valencia is the only clean city of Venezuela.

Comment: I do consider that he is a mayor who has concrete projects and programmes with a futuristic vision in order to improve the quality of life of his people.

Comment: Mr Francisco Cabrera Santos is a dreamer. He loves art and conceives Valencia as a fair, gorgeous and big city, with brilliant places for its inhabitants.

Comment: Mr Santos’ performance as mayor has made Valencia a more humane, progressive and attractive city, and a proof of that is the country’s internal migration to Valencia, mainly from Caracas.

Comment: He has been working on the city’s progress for more than 10 years, and has made of it the second most important city in the country. His administration is the most transparent of the whole country, for which he has been officially rewarded.

Comment: The Mayor of Valencia stands out for his leadership as excellent city manager; with a municipal chamber against, he has managed to make prosper the projects that have made big changes to Valencia, such as: The Metro, the reconstruction of the monumental bullring; the widening and modernization of Bolivar Avenue; the rescue of public places; the creation of Public Planning Local Boards that allow a participative budget; the creation of social observatories and communal sports centres; the rescue of the municipal cemetery of the city, which was neglected; the international fair of Valencia; the Rock festival 100% Venezuelan; the international festival of arts; the creation of schools and model welfare centres; the Health Rout with movable medical and dentistry clinics; the automation internal processes of the Mayor’s office., etc.

Comment: I do consider that the operative level and the conception of a futuristic and modern city, Valencia, under Mr. Cabrera’s conduct will become a prosperous and worthy city, as well as a cultural one. Thanks.

Comment: A successful conduct of urban public policies aimed to the development of an inclusive and sustainable city, with a project of multimodal urban mobility, public spaces, participative budget, transparency and information in the management, excellent tributary handling and a solvent administration without liabilities.

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