After four almost unprecedented years in the oppositionIn a mandate that started with the left tripartite and ended with the PP at the head of the Mayor’s Office, the oranges came to power as partners of a Luis Barcala who revalidated at the polls the rod of command achieved thanks to a defector. In this year and a half, the Arrimadas formation has lived in the shadow of the popular ones. They have been, but without being seen: Barcala has governed the bipartisan at will.
To date, there had only been one exception: the Catalog of Protections. Then, the councilor for Urbanism, Adrián Santos Pérez, negotiated with the PSOE a pact that guaranteed the approval of a text blocked since the stage of Miguel Ángel Pavón, which was certified with the signing of a document with commitments by both parties. A rubric that was also accompanied by a photograph shared by Cs and the PSOE, which did not like one iota in the “fourth”, Mayor’s Office, the noblest floor of the City Hall.
That image that broke blocks has been repeated months later. But this time with a greater political depth, since it has been starred by the spokespersons of both formations -the vice mayor, Mari Carmen Sánchez (Cs), and the socialist Francesc Sanguino- and because, above all, it forces the PP to renounce the Ordinance of Begging and Prostitution as it had been promoted by the Department of Security without working with other areas such as Social Action (of the PP) and Equality (of Cs). And that withdrawal of the ordinance to draft a consensual standard is not trivial. The initial wording was the work of the popular, but Cs accepted it as its own: the Governing Board approved the ordinance about two months ago and, from day one, both groups firmly defended its content. He was backed by the PP and also Cs, despite the fact that it was the microphone they admitted that they did not like it. Now, after the agreement with the PSOE, which could be extended to Compromís, the oranges proclaim that the ordinance is “very improvable.” Now. This change of discourse shows the scant voice that the oranges have had within the government during this term. A scenario that may change after the budget pact with the left, which the PP has had no choice but to accept.
Barcala was enough with the abstention already announced by Vox (which already saved the 2020 Budget) or, at most, with a wink in the form of a vote from Compromís, formation of the left to which more concessions have been made in the draft that is pending Intervention. Everything except that Citizens dared to agree with the PSOE outside of the negotiation promoted by the bipartisan. And that has happened. And they have had to accept it, “endorse” it, trying to make believe that they support a pact that, among other issues, tries to show how difficult it is to reach agreements with Barcala, as the socialist Sanguino has influenced as soon as the agreement was signed by two bands.
But Ciudadanos does have the firm intention of being seen in the remainder of the mandate knows that it is not enough to take a step. Nor two, which are the ones he carries. They are aware that they must have continuity to advance on the road.
Projects on the table
Political battles on the sidelines, the city faces an unpredictable 2021 with many pending accounts, with challenges of those that mark municipal management. The four main contracts are expected to be renewed next year. The first change will come shortly with the maintenance of green areas. Later, the tender (and subsequent award) for street cleaning and waste collection and municipal transport, in addition to cleaning schools, is expected. That is, 2021 is expected as a key year in terms of contracts that move more millions in Alicante.
But there is much more. The bipartisan must decide if they want to move forward with pedestrianization or stay behind. It has good examples nearby: from Valencia to Elche. In the Budget, for now, there is not even a symbolic euro in a project repeatedly advertising to remove the traffic from the Traditional Center. To promote the initiative, they are fighting from the area of Traffic (PP) and Urbanism (Cs). It will be seen.
In the local government, with the Orange in command, they also face challenges of vital importance for the development of the city, such as the drafting of the new General Plan (PGOU), the decided commitment to a “coastal walk” that changes the appearance by highlighting the coastal strip that makes Alicante a particular city or the execution of the noise sentence with the implementation of an acoustically saturated zone (ZAS) in the environment of Castaños. For some of these projects, and for many other actions that are still pending, the use made of sustainable investments will be relevant, that is, of the City Council’s “savings”, which are counted in the tens of millions of euros. In the prioritization of projects, the strength of the partners will be seen again, both internally in the bipartite, and in their ability to negotiate with the opposition.
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