Friday, January 8, 2016

District 10 Update 8 January, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings
Monday, January 25th, 7PM
Northeast Neighborhood Alliance Meeting
Where: Tool Yard
Monday, February 15th, 7PM
District 10 Community Meeting
Where: Tool Yard
Want to publicize your neighborhood event?

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

January 8, 2016
Dear Neighbors,
Thank you for attending and donating toys during our annual Holiday Gathering and Community Meeting last month. We could not be happier with the location, the turnout, or the giving spirit shown in our community. Your donations directly benefited foster families here in San Antonio, through A World For Children, a nonprofit located here in District 10.
We have some exciting news for you. Last month, the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and Spurs Sports & Entertainment finalized the sale of Toyota Field. No General Fund dollars were allocated from the City's portion of the purchase. The City's funding stemmed from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund, which is funded by people who stay in hotels in San Antonio. Again, the City's portion was not paid with General Fund dollars. With a stadium like Toyota Field now in our roster, we are ahead of the competition for landing an MLS team here in San Antonio in the future.  
In the meantime, Spurs Sports & Entertainment plans to operate a USL franchise in 2016 at Toyota Field. A team website has been established at This is great news for the City, especially for District 10 residents and businesses.
Additionally, installation of signs will begin in January along Nacogdoches and Perrin Beitel marking the El Camino Real Trail as it winds through our district. Nacogdoches Road, through District 10 and beyond encompasses the original El Camino Real, which was used by very early settlers in Texas dating back to the 1600's to travel between various missions and other destinations. San Antonio is a city rich in history, and I am pleased to see our own district receive historical distinction. You can learn more about the El Camino Real by visiting the El Camino Real de Los Tejas website here. We will be announcing ribbon-cutting details as they are made available. You can follow our Facebook or Twitter accounts for updates.
Mark your calendars for two meetings that are coming up. The Northeast Neighborhood Alliance Meeting will be on January 25th, and the  District 10 Community Meeting will be on February 15th. Both meetings will be held at the Tool Yard. I challenge you to bring a neighbor to both of these meetings, and help spread the word. 
I recently had an editorial published in the Express News, urging residents of San Antonio to join their neighborhood associations. There's a good chance that you are already involved in your neighborhood association, but is your neighbor? Help spread the word that neighborhood associations play a key role in maintaining our communities. Additionally, be sure to update your neighborhood association's officer list and contact information with the City here
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 Communications and Public Affairs website.
Christmas Tree Recycling Program
The City's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) wants to remind San Antonio residents that this weekend 17 drop-off locations will be available for residents to recycle their live Christmas trees.
The locations will be open Jan. 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If a resident is unable to attend one of the sites during this allocated time, they may recycle their Christmas tree at the Bitters Brush Recycling Facility, 1800 Bitters Road, or the Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Facility, 8963 Nelson Rd, through the end of January during their regular business hours.
SWMD reminds residents with a green organics cart that they may recycle the tree in the cart as long as it completely fits in the cart with the lid closed. In addition, SWMD encourages San Antonio residents to help keep our community clean by not illegally dumping trees before the sites open and not placing them at the curb.
For more information on the site locations, visit You can also obtain information by calling 3-1-1.
Applicants sought for City's Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commissioner
The selected individual will be appointed by the City Manager and must be available to serve a three-year term.
The Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission administers civil service aspects of the Local Government Code, Chapter 143. The Commission has the power of interpretation of the City's Fire and Police Civil Service Rules. The Commission hears appeals of disciplinary actions from Fire and Police uniformed personnel, appeals of promotional examination questions from uniformed personnel and appeals of applicants to the Fire and Police departments. Appointed Commissioners will be compensated $20 per meeting and will have free, designated parking for all meetings.
  • Resident of the City of San Antonio for at least three years
  • U.S. citizen
  • Good moral character
  • Over 25 years of age
  • Not have held any public office within the preceding three years
  • Able to meet one or two meetings monthly; averaging two hours per meeting
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of Local Government Code, Chapter 143
  • Knowledge of progressive discipline
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting administrative hearings
  • Experience in policy interpretation
  • Must be able to make case decisions in a fair and impartial manner
  • Knowledge of Texas Open Meetings Act
  • Knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order
Those interested in applying may do so online using the City's web-based application for boards and commission here. For assistance with the application, contact Brandon Smith, Boards and Commissions Coordinator, at (210) 207-7253. For more information on City Boards, visit
For additional information regarding the Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission, click here.  

Grow Over Graffiti 
Tree Giveaway Program

Trees are available to be planted in front of chronically tagged walls, fences, and other surfaces to work as a deterrent for future graffiti vandalism. Drought-tolerant trees are available free of charge, through an application process. Applications will be accepted year-round. 
Contact the Graffiti Abatement Program or our office to request an application. Email or call (210)207-BUFF [2833]
1. Review the application criteria and expectations. Has your property been vandalized by graffiti or is located in a graffiti-prone area? Are you prepared for a 3 year tree maintenance agreement?
2. Call 811 for a utility line-locator service to identify utility infrastructures, prior to finalizing tree sites/selections.
3. When making the tree species selection, use the tree characteristics to assist you, or visit for descriptions and more information.
4. Submit completed applications to: City of San Antonio c/o Graffiti Abatement Program PO Box 839966 San Antonio, TX 78283-3966
Available Tree Species
--Desert willow - Chilopsis
--Mexican buckeye - Ungnadia speciosa
--Mexican olive - Cordia boissieri
--Mexican plum - Prunus mexicana
--Texas mountain laurel - Sophora secundiflora
--Texas redbud - Cercis Canadensis var. texensis
--Texas persimmon - Diospyros texana

22nd Annual Basura Bash Waterways Cleanup
February 20, 2016, 8AM-12PM
Last year's Basura Bash cleanup of Salado Creek at the Robert L. B. Tobin Trailhead was an incredible success. We are once again spearheading this event for the Robert L. B. Tobin Trailhead and will be needing approximately 200 volunteers to sign up. If you are interested in volunteering this year as an individual or team, please contact Rebecca Podowski at
About the Basura Bash Planning Organization: 
The Basura Bash Planning Organization is a volunteer organization with a mission to increase stewardship of the San Antonio Area Waterways through the mobilization of volunteers, community education and building public/private partnerships for the betterment of our community's environment. Basura Bash is the largest single-day waterway cleanup in Texas. This event has seen continued growth over the past 22 years in both the number of volunteers and waterways cleaned. 

We are proud to be partnering with IT'S TIME TEXAS on the 2016 Community Challenge! San Antonio is excited to participate in this statewide healthy competition. The Challenge is an exciting opportunity for all of us to join together, celebrate, and showcase all we can do to strengthen our health as individuals and as a community. Not to mention prove that our city has what it takes to win the title!
Here's how you can get involved:
  • Log onto the Challenge website:
  • Register - it just takes a minute and earns our community 50 points!
  • Start uploading your healthy activities as a community member, as a member of a business, school, community organization, or faith-based organization.
It's easy to start uploading and here are some ideas to get you started:
  • 200 points » Take a Healthy Selfie.
    Snap a picture making a healthy choice! Tag it on social media with the hashtag #communitychallenge
  • 200 points » Organize a Workplace Walk or other healthy group activity.
    How about a healthy office potluck, dropping for 10 pushups every hour with your coworkers, or creating makeshift standing desks with books or boxes?
  • 250-10,000 points » Sign a Pledge. There are pledges on the Challenge website for mayors, employers, school districts, principals, PTA members, and faith-based leaders.
  • 1,000 points » Download the Teach Healthier App. All educators can earn points by incorporating the app's easy-to-implement curriculum. This Teach Healthier tutorial will help you get started! 
This page has additional Challenge information, resources, and promotional materials. We look forward to seeing your participation in this one-of-a-kind competition! 

2016 NEC Enhancement Matching Grant Program
Do you own or lease commercial property in the NEC? Have you been thinking it's time to give your building a little refresh? The NEC Enhancement Matching Grant Program assists owners and tenants of commercial properties with fa├žade, landscape, and signage improvements. Grants are awarded on a matching reimbursement basis; total eligible project costs are split 50/50 between the grantee and the City of San Antonio. The maximum award amount is $27,000. For complete grant details and an application, see the NEC Enhancement Matching Grant Program Guidelines and Application Package.
Two information sessions will be held for those who may be interested in applying or would like more information on the grant process:
  • Friday, January 8th from 8-9 AM at 9999 Perrin Beitel Rd., San Antonio, TX 78217 (Hill Electric building)
  • Friday, January 22nd from 12-1 PM, 1400 S. Flores St., San Antonio, TX 78204 (the Department of Planning & Community Development, free parking is available in the main lot off E. Cevallos St.)
Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016.                                                         
Please visit the website or contact for questions or more information on the program. 

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March
Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events honor one of the nation's most revered civil rights leaders. The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2016. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at the MLK Academy located in the 3500 block of MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. Once again, it is expected to draw more than 200,000 adults and children. San Antonio hosts one of the largest marches in the United States.
The MLK, Jr. Commission organizes the march and leads the community effort of various events paying tribute to Dr. King. The wide variety of educational, inspirational and celebratory events take place at locations across the city.
All King Week San Antonio events for January-February can be found here.
The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB)
To be eligible, individuals must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of a selected service area with an interest in serving individuals and families living in poverty. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to represent low-income individuals and families for the service area for which they are applying.
The Department of Human Services, as the official Community Action Agency for San Antonio and Bexar County, administers the Community Action Program. The CAAB advises the Department of Human Services and San Antonio City Council on needs, concerns and goals of low-income persons; recommends policies; and advises on the allocation of federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.

The Board is composed of 15 members: five elected public officials (four City Council Members and one County Commissioner), five representatives of the community's low-income residents and five representatives from private groups and organizations with an interest in serving individuals and families living in poverty.
Applications will be accepted for representative(s) of low income individuals and families in the following areas:
  • Area I- City Council Districts 1 & 2 and Adjacent Bexar County area
  • Area II - City Council District 5
  • Area III - City Council Districts 3 & 4 and Adjacent Bexar County area
  • Area IV - City Council Districts 6 & 7 and Adjacent Bexar County area
  • Area V - City Council Districts 8, 9 &10 and Adjacent Bexar County area
Applications can be picked up from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services Administrative Office located on the 7th floor of One Alamo Center, 106 S. St. Mary's. 
Interested applicants can also contact Minerva Hernandez at 210-207-5917 or to obtain an application.
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