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Espino says goodbye; he will be missed

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City Councilman Sal Espino gets mariachi sendoff

The North Side High School Mariachi Band serenades Sal Espino at his last council meeting Tuesday night.
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The North Side High School Mariachi Band serenades Sal Espino at his last council meeting Tuesday night.

The north side is losing one of its shining stars.

For twelve years until his retirement Tuesday from the Fort Worth City Council, Sal Espino championed District 2 and north Fort Worth and spoke for adding parks and public amenities.

When he wasn’t working in District 2, Espino focused on infrastructure and transportation. He has supported better mass transit, the TEX Rail line to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and the expansion of Interstate 35W.

District 2 is a sprawling, economically and racially diverse area that needs a lot of attention. Not only does the Historic Stockyards fall in the district, but so do the Trinity River Vision and north side — areas that have starkly different needs.

Espino handled that deftly. He also supported a buildup of police patrols in the district, and increased code compliance enforcement.

As one of the longest running Fort Worth councilmembers, he kept the passion he showed on Day One.

“It’s been a great run,” he told Star-Telegram reporter Sandra Baker. There’s always something more to do, but it’s time to pass the baton. I love this city.”

Thanks to Espino for a job well done.

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