CONTACT: Justin Renteria, 210-296-7213
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 29, 2017) —District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño provided the following statement regarding the investigation into Centro San Antonio:
“It is always disheartening to learn of any impropriety involving one of the City’s partners. Financial malfeasance is something we cannot and will not tolerate. I am relieved to hear that it appears the stolen funds did not include pubic money – assessments collected from downtown property owners to fund downtown improvements – but rather involved private funding, such as membership dues and sponsorship fees.
That said, as the District 1 representative for neighborhoods and downtown and as member of the Audit and Accountability Committee, I look forward to the City’s own independent audit to confirm that public improvement funding was not impacted. I would like to see a full investigation detailing how this happened and how Centro will correct the deficiencies which led to this unethical behavior.
Even though the Centro staff and membership feel demoralized right now, I am confident that the Centro membership and staff will work past this matter and continue to focus on cultivating and coordinating local resources in order to improve our downtown.
I look forward to working with my Audit and Accountability Committee colleagues as well as the Centro board and subsequent new leadership. I have full faith that a robust investigation will shed more light on this impropriety. Learning more about preventative measures will only help to ensure the highest fidelity in all of our partnerships.
Please note that this is an ongoing investigation. I ask that the community please be patient as investigators find all pertinent facts related to this matter.”