Friday, October 16, 2015

District 10 Update 10-16-2015

Upcoming Important Meetings
District 10 Community Meeting
Monday, October 19th, 7:00 PM
Where: Toolyard
Northeast Neighborhood Alliance
Monday, November 16th, 7:00 PM
Where:  Northeast Senior Center (new)
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October 16, 2015
Dear Neighbors,
Monday is our District 10 Community meeting, where you will hear presentations by Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus, updates from our North side SAFFE officers, and an introduction to Captain Laura Anderson of the North Substation. We will be answering your questions during the meeting as well, so please be sure to attend. 
Our Northeast Senior Center grand opening is happening on Friday, October 30th, at 10AM. Parking shuttles from Toyota Field will begin at 8:30AM. We will be filling a time capsule during the ceremony with items donated by our office, the Department of Human Services, and Mayor Ivy Taylor herself. After the ribbon cutting, tours of the new facility will begin, and a lunch for seniors will be served at 11AM. This senior center would never have happened without residents like you voting for the bond to fund it, so come out to see your tax dollars at work for the community.
The November election is coming up, with early voting beginning on October 19th. I encourage all of you to view your area's ballot, read over the propositions, and VOTE! Remember, your registration card and voter ID address need to match in order to successfully vote. We have included information for voting in Bexar County in this newsletter, with links to the Election Department's website. 
Thank you for staying actively involved in our community and for allowing me to represent the best district in San Antonio.
Mike Gallagher
City Councilman District 10
For a complete list of press releases and other city news postings, visit the Department of Public Affairs website.

For more information about Senior Centers, visit the Department of Human Services website.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 7AM to 7PM
Early Voting is October 19th-30th
A generic sample ballot is available here, listing a variety of propositions, open positions for election, and bonds. 
Your ballot is determined by your registered address. To view a copy of your area's ballot, click here and fill in your address as it appears on your voter registration card.
As a reminder, you will need to provide identification when voting. Read which kinds of ID are accepted here.
General information about elections held in Bexar County can be found here.
The following propositions may be found on your ballot. You are giving the option of voting "For" or "Against".
Proposition 1: The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.
Proposition 2: The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.
Proposition 3:  The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.
Proposition 4: The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
Proposition 5: The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
Proposition 6: The constitutional amendment recognizing the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.
Proposition 7: The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.
North East ISD Bond Election Proposition: The issuance of not to exceed $499,950,000 of North East Independent School District school building bonds for the purposes of designing, constructing, renovating, acquiring, and equipping school facilities in the district and the purchase of new school buses, with priority given to additional classrooms and renovations at school campuses, district-wide support and operations infrastructure acquisition, installation, repair, and improvement (including safety and security, technology, and transportation), and construction and renovation of other instructional and noninstructional district facilities, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.
Big Garden, Little Me - October 3 - December 31, 2015
The Garden gets playful with oversize, interactive displays of everyday backyard items.  Sit in giant chairs, get an ant's view of a picnic, play the huge Checkers game, and more - all in the family friendly setting of the amphitheater. Fun photo opportunities for the family.


The Development Services Department Graffiti Abatement Program (GAP) provides resources to combat graffiti on both public and private property. 
If you would like the Department's assistance with graffiti removal, please be sure to fill out a right of way form; this allows the graffiti abatement program permission to abate graffiti on the listed address. Once the form is filled out and submitted to the DSD office, they can abate the graffiti for up to one year. However, after each tagging incident, the property owner needs to call the DSD office to request their assistance.
Also, as a reminder, the TerminAte Graffiti (TAG) meeting takes place the first Wednesday of each month at 315 S Santa Rosa, Public Safety Headquarters, Room 1410. In addition to law enforcement from each substation, active neighborhood leaders are encouraged to attend.  Discussions include graffiti hotspots, identifying taggers, and recent cases. 
For more information about the Graffiti Abatement Program, visit their website
2016-2017 WATER RATES
SAWS will host five community open house meetings throughout San Antonio in October to give residents the opportunity to learn more and provide input on proposed 2016 & 2017 water rates.
Community Open House Meetings
Monday, October 19th
Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior Center
8353 Culebra Road
Wednesday, October 21st
San Antonio Water System Headquarters
2800 U.S. Hwy. 281 N
Monday, October 26th
Port San Antonio Conference Center
102 Mabry
City Council is also providing multiple opportunities for residents to listen and engage in a discussion regarding the proposed rate structure and water policy report. 
City Council Meetings Related to SAWS items
SAWS Rates
October 21st, during B-Session
Water Policy Study
November 10th, during B-Session
Public Comment on Water Study
November 12th, during A-Session (at 6PM)
Council Consideration of SAWS Rate Structure and Rate Adjustments
November 19th, during A-Session
Both A- and B-Sessions of City Council are televised for members of the public who cannot attend in person. 
Higgins Road and Classen Road Intersection - Updates
In September, the following improvements were made:
  • Street excavation on the east side of Classen Rd. from Misty Glade to Corian Springs. Flex base material added.
  • Asphalt completed on the east side of Classen Rd. from Golden Tree to Corian Springs.
  • Concrete cap on SAWS water line completed.
  • Storm drain work completed on the east side of Corian Springs at the end section of the drainage culverts.
  • Sanitary manholes completed.
  • Concrete curb on the east side of Classen Rd. completed.
  • Bar ditch work & shaping on the east side of Classen Rd. from Misty Glade to Corian Springs.
  • SAWS valves adjusted.
  • Final asphalt work on Classen Rd. in phase 2.
  • Sidewalk work on the west side of Classen Rd from Sheral Ln. to Misty Glade
The following improvements are scheduled to occur in October:
  • Parkway grading in phase 2.
  • Continue final asphalt work on Classen Rd in phase 2.
  • SAWS adjustments as needed.
  • Continue sidewalk work on the west side of Classen Rd from Sheral Ln. to Misty Glade.
  • Concrete curb installation at the Corian Springs intersection.
  • Continue bar ditch work and shaping on the east side of Classen Rd. from Misty Glade to Corian Springs.
  • Final striping and pavement markings on asphalt in phase 2.
If you have questions regarding this project, or any other Transportation and Capital Improvements project, see the Department's website
Bexar County Public Works Department - Flood Control Division invites you to a community meeting to discuss the following flood control project:
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Country Day Montessori School
4194 Jung Road, 78247
For more information: 
(210) 335-7066 
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