If so, please send an e-mail to Rebecca
Podowskito make a request to post
on our Facebook page!
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
In the meantime, Spurs Sports & Entertainment
plans to operate a USL franchise in 2016 at Toyota Field. A team
website has been established at USLSanAntonio.com. This is
great news for the City, especially for District 10 residents and
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
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 www.sanantonio.gov/swmd. You
can also obtain information by calling 3-1-1.
Applicants sought for City's Firefighters' and
Police Officers' Civil Service Commissioner
selected individual will be appointed by the City Manager and must be
available to serve a three-year term.
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
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
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
Knowledge of Robert's Rules of
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 sanantonio.gov/clerk.
For additional information
regarding the Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service
Commission, click here.
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.
the Graffiti Abatement Program or our office to request an
application. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (210)207-BUFF 
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 www.treeguides.com 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
--Mexican olive - Cordia
--Mexican plum - Prunus
--Texas mountain laurel - Sophora
--Texas redbud - Cercis
Canadensis var. texensis
--Texas persimmon - Diospyros
Annual Basura Bash Waterways Cleanup
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 email@example.com.
About the Basura Bash Planning
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!
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
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
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 façade, 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
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
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.
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.
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
I- City Council Districts 1 & 2 and Adjacent Bexar County
II - City Council District 5
III - City Council Districts 3 & 4 and Adjacent Bexar County
IV - City Council Districts 6 & 7 and Adjacent Bexar County
V - City Council Districts 8, 9 &10 and Adjacent Bexar
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.