Municipio Autónomo de San Juan – Website institucional del Municipio de San Juan de Puerto Rico

The City Hall, as we know it today, was completed at an early stage with the building facing the Plaza de Armas during the administration of Ramón de Castro y Gutiérrez, who ruled the island from 1795 to 1801. However, the seat dates back to 1602 and was located on Santo Cristo de la Salud Street and San Juan´s Cache. The cache frames the San Juan Entrance (“Puerta de San Juan”), which was the main entrance to the walled city. Through this door dignitaries made their solemn entry upon arriving at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In the year 1604 Santos Ochoa de Castro’s Government obtained the land facing the Plaza de Armas, and began the construction of the current venue building. The clock in one of its towers was installed in 1814 and its arched façade was built in the early 1840′s by Pedro García, inspired by the façade of Madrid City Hall. This construction was completed in 1842 under the governorship of Santiago Méndez Vigo. On the façade the Latin inscription on the coat of arms of Puerto Rico on the main entrance reads: “Love the light of justice who is at the service of the people”. In the first inner courtyard of this structure, was a cistern used by the residents of the walled city during the 17th Century. On the second floor, the Capitulary Room has a balcony overlooking the plaza as witness of important moments in the history of Puerto Rico.

It was there where Ramón Power y Giralt was proclaimed as Deputy to the Cortes of Cadiz in 1812, and became seat of the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País (Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country) in the year 1814. In 1873, since this hall was seat of the Provincial Council –the first legislature under Spanish domination, the Abolition of Slavery Act was signed here during the governorship of Rafael Primo de Rivera. Also in 1876, the Puerto Rican Athenaeum -or Ateneo Puertorriqueño in Spanish- was founded in the Capitulary Room. When the real Spanish Lottery arrived in Puerto Rico, it was located in the Chamber of Justice next to the Hall.

Between 1938 and 1939 by virtue of ordinances issued by Mayor Carlos de Castro the new structure was built behind the previous building, which originally was used as a prison. This previous building was called “Royal Jail” to differentiate it from the new “Town Council” structure with official entrance through Luna Street. Federal funds for its construction were sourced from the Federal Works Administration.

The four-story modern reinforced concrete structure is of simple style, has an elevator, a large basement, and a rooftop terrace. On the ground floor the façade has a replica of the Coat of Arms of San Juan over the cornice with the “Town Hall” inscription. The Municipal Legislature is on the second floor and on the third floor, the Office of the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto.

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The San Juan Coalition Project is an initiative of the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico to transform the way to govern in our Ciudad • Patria. It arises from the alliances principle that there can be a convergence despite our differences. This project consists of three main programs: collaborative agreements, the self-management program and community partnerships, and the participatory budgeting program.

Self-management and Community Coalitions Program
Self-management and Community Coalitions Program has the mission of training human resources of the Municipality of San Juan and communities members, to strengthen their capabilities in the development of partnerships and civic self-management practices.
Phone: (787)480-4251

Definitions
Participatory democracy: Model of government that promotes and facilitates the broad participation of citizens in public affairs.
Governance: The process of directing the society in which the government, the organized sectors of society and citizens become involved in a coordinated manner.
Citizen Participation: It is the process by which the people in state and non-state public arena become directly involved in public actions, from their identity as citizens with a broad conception of politics and a sense of ownership of public spaces. This participation convenes citizens and the Municipality of San Juan in the definition of collective goals and the ways to achieve them.

PARTICIPATORY BUDGET
As an integral part of her San Juan Coalition Project, the Mayor of San Juan Autonomous Municipality, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, set aside part of the Capital City´s budget for residents of the communities of San Juan to decide, in a democratic way, the best way of investing the money for their community.
This process is called Participatory Budget. In this first phase of Participatory Budget the money will be allocated for G-8 communities, Luis Lloréns Torres public housing project, Caimito and Venus Gardens housing development.
Before beginning the Participatory Budget process, the municipality will advise communities on the process of configuring a municipal budget.

The Participatory Budget Process is divided into the following five stages:

First Stage: Community assemblies for Proposals
In coordination with community residents, San Juan Autonomous Municipality (SJAM) will convene the Community Assemblies for Proposals.
In the assembly:
The residents of the community will submit project proposals for permanent improvements in San Juan.
They will be divided into working groups. In these small groups the proposals of the residents will be discussed and they will choose which ones will pass to the group of delegates.
The facilitators of the Municipality of San Juan and other civil society organizations will work in an integrated manner in working groups to discuss and select the proposals which will be sent to the delegates.
Selection of delegates.

Second Stage: Meetings of Delegates
SJAM shall convene the meetings of delegates. The delegates, elected by their communities, will meet with the staff of the Municipality of San Juan and other partners (civil society organizations) to convert the initial ideas in specific projects.
The team from the Municipality of San Juan and other partners, in coordination with the delegates, will evaluate the proposals and report the results of such evaluation.
The delegates from the communities will prepare and submit proposals explanations in community meetings for Projects Presentation.

Third Stage: Projects Presentation
The delegates, in coordination with the team of the Municipality of San Juan and allied entities, will convene community residents to evaluate the proposals for specific projects. Residents will give their recommendations on these proposals.

Fourth Stage: Voting
The delegates, in coordination with the Municipality of San Juan, will convene the residents of the community for the final vote on specific projects.
Civil society entities, such as the Bar Association of Puerto Rico and Amnesty International will participate as observers during the electoral process.
San Juan Autonomous Municipality will implement the selected proposals during this ballot, starting in the month of May. The time of implementation of the proposals will vary depending on their complexity.
Each resident may vote for one (1) project or more than one (1), inasmuch it does not exceed the allocated budget.

Fifth Stage: Evaluation, Implementation and Monitoring
The delegates, in coordination with San Juan Autonomous Municipality and allied entities, will evaluate the process and implementation of projects.

Answers to important questions

How and where to vote?

The time and place of voting shall be determined by each community.

Will there be support in the process of participation?

Yes. Staff from San Juan Autonomous Municipality will coordinate the efforts in partnership with civil society organizations to strengthen the participatory processes in each stage of the process.

Who can vote?


Residents of the community of San Juan of sixteen (16) years of age or older.
How do I certify my residence?
I can be certified with a utility invoice on your name, voting card or photo id as proof of the place of residence
It may also be certified with your birth certificate and proof of residence of father, mother, guardian or person in charge.

In recognition of the great contribution of immigrants to our city in not necessary to be a U.S. citizen to participate in this project

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Legislatura Municipal

Photo by: Dennis A. Jones

San Juan City Council is currently integrated by 16 members:

13 mayority members PPD, 2 minority members of the PNP and 1 minority member of PIP.

Front row from right: Jimmy D. Zorrilla Market (PPD), Aixa Morell Perello (PPD), Javier Gutiérrez Aymat (PPD) Pedro Melendez Maldonado (Vice President – PPD), Yolanda Zayas Santana (President – PPD), Yvette Soto Del Valle (PPD), Antonia Pons Figueroa (PPD), Elba Vallés Pérez (minority Spokesperson – PNP) and Sara de La Vega Ramos (PNP).

Second row from left: Carlos Díaz Vélez (PPD), Adrian Gonzalez Costa (Minority Spokesperson – PIP), Aníbal Rodríguez Santos (PPD), Marco A. Rigau Jiménez (Speaker of majority – PPD) Carlos Pacheco Ávila (PPD), Jose E. Rosario Cruz (alternate Spokesperson most – PPD) and Ivan Puig O. Oliver (PPD).

Visit the City Council Official Website here.

The City Hall, as we know it today, was completed at an early stage with the building facing the Plaza de Armas during the administration of Ramón de Castro y Gutiérrez, who ruled the island from 1795 to 1801. However, the seat dates back to 1602 and was located on Santo Cristo de la Salud Street and San Juan´s Cache. The cache frames the San Juan Entrance (“Puerta de San Juan”), which was the main entrance to the walled city. Through this door dignitaries made their solemn entry upon arriving at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In the year 1604 Santos Ochoa de Castro’s Government obtained the land facing the Plaza de Armas, and began the construction of the current venue building. The clock in one of its towers was installed in 1814 and its arched façade was built in the early 1840′s by Pedro García, inspired by the façade of Madrid City Hall. This construction was completed in 1842 under the governorship of Santiago Méndez Vigo. On the façade the Latin inscription on the coat of arms of Puerto Rico on the main entrance reads: “Love the light of justice who is at the service of the people”. In the first inner courtyard of this structure, was a cistern used by the residents of the walled city during the 17th Century. On the second floor, the Capitulary Room has a balcony overlooking the plaza as witness of important moments in the history of Puerto Rico.

It was there where Ramón Power y Giralt was proclaimed as Deputy to the Cortes of Cadiz in 1812, and became seat of the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País (Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country) in the year 1814. In 1873, since this hall was seat of the Provincial Council –the first legislature under Spanish domination, the Abolition of Slavery Act was signed here during the governorship of Rafael Primo de Rivera. Also in 1876, the Puerto Rican Athenaeum -or Ateneo Puertorriqueño in Spanish- was founded in the Capitulary Room. When the real Spanish Lottery arrived in Puerto Rico, it was located in the Chamber of Justice next to the Hall.

Between 1938 and 1939 by virtue of ordinances issued by Mayor Carlos de Castro the new structure was built behind the previous building, which originally was used as a prison. This previous building was called “Royal Jail” to differentiate it from the new “Town Council” structure with official entrance through Luna Street. Federal funds for its construction were sourced from the Federal Works Administration.

The four-story modern reinforced concrete structure is of simple style, has an elevator, a large basement, and a rooftop terrace. On the ground floor the façade has a replica of the Coat of Arms of San Juan over the cornice with the “Town Hall” inscription. The Municipal Legislature is on the second floor and on the third floor, the Office of the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto.

Alcaldia

Alcaldia

Alcaldia

The San Juan Coalition Project is an initiative of the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico to transform the way to govern in our Ciudad • Patria. It arises from the alliances principle that there can be a convergence despite our differences. This project consists of three main programs: collaborative agreements, the self-management program and community partnerships, and the participatory budgeting program.

Self-management and Community Coalitions Program
Self-management and Community Coalitions Program has the mission of training human resources of the Municipality of San Juan and communities members, to strengthen their capabilities in the development of partnerships and civic self-management practices.
Phone: (787)480-4251

Definitions
Participatory democracy: Model of government that promotes and facilitates the broad participation of citizens in public affairs.
Governance: The process of directing the society in which the government, the organized sectors of society and citizens become involved in a coordinated manner.
Citizen Participation: It is the process by which the people in state and non-state public arena become directly involved in public actions, from their identity as citizens with a broad conception of politics and a sense of ownership of public spaces. This participation convenes citizens and the Municipality of San Juan in the definition of collective goals and the ways to achieve them.

PARTICIPATORY BUDGET
As an integral part of her San Juan Coalition Project, the Mayor of San Juan Autonomous Municipality, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, set aside part of the Capital City´s budget for residents of the communities of San Juan to decide, in a democratic way, the best way of investing the money for their community.
This process is called Participatory Budget. In this first phase of Participatory Budget the money will be allocated for G-8 communities, Luis Lloréns Torres public housing project, Caimito and Venus Gardens housing development.
Before beginning the Participatory Budget process, the municipality will advise communities on the process of configuring a municipal budget.

The Participatory Budget Process is divided into the following five stages:

First Stage: Community assemblies for Proposals
In coordination with community residents, San Juan Autonomous Municipality (SJAM) will convene the Community Assemblies for Proposals.
In the assembly:
The residents of the community will submit project proposals for permanent improvements in San Juan.
They will be divided into working groups. In these small groups the proposals of the residents will be discussed and they will choose which ones will pass to the group of delegates.
The facilitators of the Municipality of San Juan and other civil society organizations will work in an integrated manner in working groups to discuss and select the proposals which will be sent to the delegates.
Selection of delegates.

Second Stage: Meetings of Delegates
SJAM shall convene the meetings of delegates. The delegates, elected by their communities, will meet with the staff of the Municipality of San Juan and other partners (civil society organizations) to convert the initial ideas in specific projects.
The team from the Municipality of San Juan and other partners, in coordination with the delegates, will evaluate the proposals and report the results of such evaluation.
The delegates from the communities will prepare and submit proposals explanations in community meetings for Projects Presentation.

Third Stage: Projects Presentation
The delegates, in coordination with the team of the Municipality of San Juan and allied entities, will convene community residents to evaluate the proposals for specific projects. Residents will give their recommendations on these proposals.

Fourth Stage: Voting
The delegates, in coordination with the Municipality of San Juan, will convene the residents of the community for the final vote on specific projects.
Civil society entities, such as the Bar Association of Puerto Rico and Amnesty International will participate as observers during the electoral process.
San Juan Autonomous Municipality will implement the selected proposals during this ballot, starting in the month of May. The time of implementation of the proposals will vary depending on their complexity.
Each resident may vote for one (1) project or more than one (1), inasmuch it does not exceed the allocated budget.

Fifth Stage: Evaluation, Implementation and Monitoring
The delegates, in coordination with San Juan Autonomous Municipality and allied entities, will evaluate the process and implementation of projects.

Answers to important questions

How and where to vote?

The time and place of voting shall be determined by each community.

Will there be support in the process of participation?

Yes. Staff from San Juan Autonomous Municipality will coordinate the efforts in partnership with civil society organizations to strengthen the participatory processes in each stage of the process.

Who can vote?


Residents of the community of San Juan of sixteen (16) years of age or older.
How do I certify my residence?
I can be certified with a utility invoice on your name, voting card or photo id as proof of the place of residence
It may also be certified with your birth certificate and proof of residence of father, mother, guardian or person in charge.

In recognition of the great contribution of immigrants to our city in not necessary to be a U.S. citizen to participate in this project

PP en G8

Legislatura Municipal

Photo by: Dennis A. Jones

San Juan City Council is currently integrated by 16 members:

13 mayority members PPD, 2 minority members of the PNP and 1 minority member of PIP.

Front row from right: Jimmy D. Zorrilla Market (PPD), Aixa Morell Perello (PPD), Javier Gutiérrez Aymat (PPD) Pedro Melendez Maldonado (Vice President – PPD), Yolanda Zayas Santana (President – PPD), Yvette Soto Del Valle (PPD), Antonia Pons Figueroa (PPD), Elba Vallés Pérez (minority Spokesperson – PNP) and Sara de La Vega Ramos (PNP).

Second row from left: Carlos Díaz Vélez (PPD), Adrian Gonzalez Costa (Minority Spokesperson – PIP), Aníbal Rodríguez Santos (PPD), Marco A. Rigau Jiménez (Speaker of majority – PPD) Carlos Pacheco Ávila (PPD), Jose E. Rosario Cruz (alternate Spokesperson most – PPD) and Ivan Puig O. Oliver (PPD).

Visit the City Council Official Website here.



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