Author: Randy Beamer (News4SA)
SAN ANTONIO - Just months after taking office, Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia dealt with COVID-19 in a way that’s incomprehensible. Seven members of her family died from the disease, including several cousins who helped raise her.
Six of those who died lived in the same area of the Southwest Side which she now represents. In all, some 30 members of her large family came down with the virus, and at one point over the summer 15 of them were hospitalized for it at same time. The virus has also ravaged many in her 'church family' and others in her District 4.
In this week’s edition of our San Antonio’s Voice podcast, she opens up about the hardships of Zoom funerals and the problems on the Southwest Side of San Antonio in District 4. The councilwoman points out inequities abundant in her area - lack of health insurance and a lower quality of life (in some ways) - and why they exist.
She also highlights some of the success stories such as the Port of San Antonio, Texas A&M San Antonio, and Pearsall Park as well as the potential for more development. Plus, Rocha Garcia reveals new COVID-19 technology on the horizon for San Antonio.
Dr. Rocha Garcia took office as councilwoman in District 4 in June 2019. She grew up in southwest San Antonio in a Spanish-speaking household and became the first in her family with a college degree. Dr. Rocha Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees from the University of the Incarnate Word. She became one of the first Hispanics to earn a Ph.D. in Advertising from the University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication. Today, Dr. Rocha Garcia is an Assistant Marketing Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing in the School of Business and Leadership.