Wednesday, November 4, 2015

District 10 Update November 2, 2015

Upcoming Important Meetings

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance

Monday, November 16th, 7:00 PM

Where:  Northeast Senior Center (new)

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If so, please send an e-mail to Rebecca Podowski to make a request to post on our Facebook page!

November 2, 2015

Dear Neighbors,

Thanks to a joint initiative between the SAPD and City Council, the Safe Exchange Zones ordinance was approved this month. Safe Exchange Zones are designated areas in any of the six police substation parking lots to buy and sell products listed on online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook. These designated spots are under camera surveillance; for additional security, you can conduct your business inside the staffed police lobby. You don't need an appointment to use these new zones, but calling ahead to the police substation is always appreciated. To locate your nearest police substation, see the SAPD website button to the left. 

Friday was the grand opening of our new Northeast Senior Center. I can't tell you how pleased I was to see so many District 10 residents attend and tour our new facility. I've included opening day pictures in the newsletter. If you have not had a chance to stop by the new center yet, please be sure to check it out. 

The November Election is tomorrow. If you were unable to cast a ballot during Early Voting, please be sure to vote tomorrow. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the ballot beforehand, I've included a list of the propositions in this newsletter. Please be sure to get out and vote!

As a reminder, the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance will meet on Monday, November 16th, at 7PM in the new Northeast Senior Center. 

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.

 Northeast Senior Center Grand Opening

We are honored and delighted to have the new Northeast Senior Center open a year after the groundbreaking ceremony. This center is a culmination of local involvement and community leadership who shared a vision to care for senior citizens in the area. From the beautiful mosaic by Dixie Friend Gay to the fully-equipped gym, our seniors now have a center to be proud of. This center was built by the community, for the community, and will be here when our children today are the seniors of tomorrow.

Mosaic by artist Dixie Friend Gay

Meeting with some very happy seniors

Dancers and a mariachi band entertaining the attendees

Artwork by seniors displayed along the walls

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 7AM to 7PM

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.

Did you know that the League of Women Voters of Texas offer nonpartisan explanations of items on the election ballot? 

To review the voters guide in English, click here
To review the voters guide in Spanish, click here

To learn more about the League of Women Voters, visit their website.

City Council Meetings Related to SAWS items

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. 


SPOTTED: Councilman Gallagher

Attending the Grand Opening of Dunkin' Donuts
18135 Bulverde Rd, San Antonio

Judging at the El Dorado Homes Association Cook Off and Carnival

Addressing District 10 Community Meeting attendees with Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus

Filming a Public Service Announcement for Safe Exchange Zones
Watch the PSA 

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

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