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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What The Hell Are You Doing Frank/Valerie Corte?

I've been thinking about this for a long while, but I finally got off my lazy ass and did the research to figure this out.

Quick question: Where's Frank Corte's district office? Most of y'all just probably mumbled a quick, "Idontknow." Which is fine. As a brand spanking new resident of HD-122 though, I was curious.

So here's your answer: 2040 Babcock Road, Ste 402, San Antonio, Tx 782something.

There's a sign at the Babcock/Loop 410 Intersection pointing to Corte's office. I always thought that our public works people just hadn't gotten around to taking it down yet. Boy was I wrong.

Now, take a look at this map of HD-122(pdf), Frank Corte's district. Find Babcock on that map. Notice where the district boundaries are. Also take note that everything WITHIN that pretty pink line constitutes HD-122.

If you want you can then google/yahoo/mapquest map it and find out where the exact location of the district office is. Or you can just trust that I've done that for you already. It's just south of the Wurzbach/Babcock intersection. Can't find that on the map? Look all the way at the bottom, it's about where the second "b" in "Babcock" is. Almost off the map.

Let me repeat that. Frank Corte's HD-122 district office is just barely on the map that's supposed to show you were HD-122 is. It's in Trey Martinez-Fischer's district (watch out Trey!), just a hop, skip and a jump away from Joaquin Castro's district. Let me say that again. The people of HD-116 and HD-125 are closer to the district office of HD-122 than the people of HD-122 are.

As a matter of fact, the good, hardworking airmen at Lackland Air Force Base, south of US Highway 90 (the unofficial boundary line for the Southside) are closer to the district office of HD-122 than a good chunk of the residents of HD-122. Lackland AFB is in the southern sector of David Leibowitz' district. And Jose Menendez' district is sandwiched in between Leibowitz and Castro's.

Got that? There are four other house districts whose constituents live closer to Frank Corte's district office than the people who live in HD-122. If you live in the NE sector of HD-122 I'd venture to guess that it would take you a good 30-45 minutes to drive to your state reps office. In the 7th largest city in America. Does anyone not find this ridiculous? How has this escaped the grasp of the Express-News all these years? I think Corte had a portion of that area before redistricting in 2001, but it's 2006 now!

This is what happens when you go uncontested for too long. Not only do you lose touch with the district, in Corte's case, you lose track of it to.

At least we can take solace in the fact that Corte's not a statewide office holder. If he were, Corte might just put his regional offices in New Mexico, Oklahoma (shudder), Arkansas and Louisiana. Hell, Corte might even put one in Mexico.

In related news, Carlos Uresti just announced that his new San Antonio field office will be setting up shop off of Stone Oak Parkway in January 2007 (for you non-San Antonians that's in Corte's house district. On the opposite side of town as SD-19. Pretty funny huh?). No, just kidding. Uresti's not an idiot. Wish I could say that for the rest of the Bexar County delegation.