Thursday, February 4, 2016

District 10 Update 3 February, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings
District 10 Community Meeting
Monday, February 15th, 7PM, at the Tool Yard
Meet the Mayor
Tuesday, February 16th, 5PM, at the Tobin Library at Oakwell 
NEC Business Alliance Meeting
Friday, February 19, 8AM, at Hill Electric (9999 Perrin Beitel Rd)
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If so, please send an e-mail to Rebecca Podowski to make a request to post on our Facebook page!

February 3, 2016
Dear Neighbors,
This week I'll be in our nation's capital for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's 38th Annual SA to DC trip. This yearly event started out as a way to say thank you to Pentagon officials and members of Congress for their support of the military presence in San Antonio. However, in more recent years, the scope of the trip expanded to include a dialogue on education, aerospace, healthcare, energy, cybersecurity, manufacturing, water, transportation, international trade, immigration, hospitality/tourism and small business. While we are still Military City, USA, San Antonio is rapidly expanding in other sectors, and it's important to maintain a constant dialogue at the federal level. I look forward to bring you news from the capital during our District 10 Community Meeting on February 15th. 
I'd like to congratulate the neighbors of Leeland Terrance for forming a new neighborhood association. Neighborhood associations are vital in shaping city policy and development. I commend the neighbors joining together as a group, and encourage others to join or start their own organization. If you are interested in starting a neighborhood organization, call our office for details or assistance.  
Speaking of development, the NEC Enhancement Matching Grant Program is still accepting applications for grants. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2016. If you own or operate a business inside the NEC boundaries, be sure to attend their final grant Q&A session on February 5th at the ITT Technical Institute. For more information on the NEC, please visit the website here. 
With income tax filing under way, be on the lookout for tax scams. I recently filmed a PSA about this issue to alert residents about scam phone calls or emails. Remember, IRS agents do not call you out of the blue, and never demand payment over the phone. Be on the lookout for fraudulent emails as well. If you think you have received a fake IRS email, you can forward it to for investigation. 
As a reminder, the annual Basura Bash clean-up of Salado Creek at the Tobin Trailhead is on February 20th. We still need about 40 volunteers to sign up for this event. To sign up, visit the event's website  and select Salado Creek - Tobin Park (District 10) as your clean-up site. Resolve to get involved this year, and work alongside our office to help keep our creeks and parks beautiful. 

Thank you for staying actively involved in our community and for your continued support of our neighborhoods.

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.

The 2015 NEC Annual Report has been released. Click here to read about the NEC's achievements for 2015. 
Emerald Village Apartment Homes 
As Chairman of the City Council Housing Committee, it gave me great pleasure to speak at the Grand Opening of Emerald Village Apartment Homes. This was a special project geared toward those working in our City's northside and wanting to live nearby. We heard from residents whose lives were made better as result of living here, and look forward to hearing more success stories.
Signs of San Antonio

Signs of San Antonio is a well-known name in District 10. While they may have been around for over 30 years, they recently completed a new facility just across the street from their old office. Not only will they be staying in District 10, they built additional commercial space for another business to lease. This is exactly the type of commercial development and commitment we want to occur in our district. 

On January 1, 2016, a new city ordinance took effect. In an effort to create a safer environment for all residents, the City now requires that your address be posted in the alley. 
  • Homes using an alleyway longer than 10 lots in length to access a rear garage, carport, or driveway will be required to have address numbers in the rear of the property along the alley (Sec. 304.3).
  • As a reminder, City Municipal Code requires that alleys be kept cut, clean, and unobstructed at all times (Sec. 14-10 and Sec. 14-61).
To view San Antonio's Property Maintenance Code, click here. To contact Code Enforcement on how this change affects you, please call (210) 205-2405.
Pre-K 4 SA now accepting applications 
Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are now being accepted. The process entails a simple online application form available in English and in Spanish.  Parents who do not have access to online resources also have the option of completing an application by phone in English or Spanish.
The lottery will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016.  Based on feedback from parents and staff recommendations, there will be a change in the procedures for the lottery.  The lottery will be drawn by Education Center, starting with the East Center, then the South Center, then the West Center, and ending with the North Center.  The first round will be by the family's first choice.  The second round will again be drawn by center, in the same order, this time by the remaining families' second choices.  This will ensure that as many families as possible are offered their first choice for enrollment.
Enrollment will remain open after the lottery until all 2,000 spaces are filled.  At that point, names will be placed on a waiting list in order of application time and date.  Wait listed children are placed as soon as we have an opening, and we continue to place children as openings become available throughout the year.
Click here to complete an application.
Upcoming Events at District 10 Libraries
Free fun at San Antonio Public Library branches February 5 - 7
Friends of the Semmes Branch Library Book Sales Preview
Semmes Branch Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)
Friday, February 5
10 - 11:30 a.m.
This preview event is open to Friends of the San Antonio Public Library members. You may join the Semmes Friends at the door for entry into the preview sale.
Friends of the Semmes Branch Library Book Sale
Semmes Branch Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)
Saturday, February 6
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Join us for the Semmes Friends Book Sale. All sales benefit the Semmes Branch Library. Come out and support the Friends!
Meet the Author: Friends of the Tobin Library at Oakwell Annual Meeting Event
Tobin Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 78209)
Saturday, February 6
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Come meet the author of "San Antonio Beer" and learn about the history of the Alamo City pint by pint!
Traditional African Dance (Family Fun)
Tobin Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 78209)
Saturday, February 6
3 - 4 p.m.
Join us for an interactive performance of traditional West African dance and learn about the history and a signature dance move presented by The Olaju Art Group.
Every Vote Counts!
Tobin Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 78209)
Saturday, February 6 - Sunday, February 7
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
We are celebrating Black History Month with a look back at the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Join us for a special Come and Go craft and have an election of our own. Your vote for a favorite picture book character might be the one that decides the election!
VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Thousand Oaks Branch Library (4618 Thousand Oaks, 78233)
Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 7
10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Free tax preparation for individuals and families earning $60,000 or less.
For more information or additional events, visit the library website

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.
For those who may be interested in applying or would like more information on the grant process, the final information session will be held on:
  • Friday, February 5th from 8-9 AM, at the ITT Technical Institute (2895 NE Loop 410). 
Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2016.                                                         
Please visit the website or contact for questions or more information on the program. 
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. If you are interested in volunteering this year as an individual or team, you can register here. When registering, select "Salado Creek - Tobin Park (District 10)" as your tributary.
If you are signing up a group, please provide as accurate of a headcount as possible. Our registration closes when we hit 200 volunteers; if you overestimate, we will be shorthanded the day of the event. 
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. 


Now available: Volunteer  Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sites are open and serving individuals earning up to $60,000 a year. 
  • All sites open January 19th through April 18th.
  • You may be eligible to receive an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • The VITA Mobile Team is available seven (7) days a week to groups at organizations, companies, apartment complexes, community centers, school, etc. Call (210) 207-2817 or (210) 207-1711 or (210) 222-2975 x212 to schedule an appointment.
  • For more information, call 2-1-1.
  • Complete site listings can be found here.
What is VITA?
VITA San Antonio is a collaboration of public and private entities dedicated to family and individual financial self-sufficiency. Other partners, such as local colleges and universities, local financial institutions and other non-profit organizations provide support in a variety of ways to the Coalition.
The goal of VITA is to increase the financial stability of working individuals and families in San Antonio & Bexar County. The focal point for this effort is the Coalition's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. VITA is a vital part of the Coalition effort.
VITA volunteers provide free income tax assistance to taxpayers, and help them claim important tax credits such as the  Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
The program continues to expand each year. During year 2014/2015 TAX FILING SEASON, volunteers operated 22 sites located throughout the city and completed more than 34,000  tax returns. Over $72,000,000 in refunds were returned to the San Antonio Community. 
Without the help of all those who support and volunteer for VITA, many of whom return each tax filing season, VITA could not continue to expand, touching an increasing number of San Antonio's working families and individuals.
For more information, visit the VITA San Antonio website.
TxDOT Announces $171.4 Million Effort to Address Congestion in San Antonio
Upon approval by the Texas Transportation Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to improve drive times and reduce costs to Texas drivers through a $1.3 billion effort focused on delivering projects at an accelerated pace that address gridlock in some of the state's most congested areas in the five metro areas of Texas, including the San Antonio area.
San Antonio will be receiving $171.4 million from this $1.3 billion effort. Two major projects that are planned as part of this congestion initiative include I-410 from US 90 to SH 151 and US 281 from Stone Oak Parkway to Bexar/Comal County Line.

As part of the I-410 from US 90 to SH 151 project, phase one of the interchange will be reconstructed and operational improvements including ramp revisions will be made. This project will break ground by the fall of 2016. $90.1 million from the congestion initiative fund will be received for this $98.9 million project.
The second phase of US 281 from Stone Oak Parkway to Bexar/Comal County will expand to a 6-lane expressway (4 general purpose and 2 HOV lanes) and frontage roads. $81.3 million of the $304 million project from the congestion initiative fund will be used for right of way acquisition which will accelerate the project to begin in the fall of 2018.
Board, Advisory Council Positions Open
When Dr. Turgay Korkmaz, a professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio, saw that freshmen students were not prepared for entry science and math courses, he believed he could do something about it. With his vision and the dedicated effort of other committed leaders, the School of Science and Technology opened its first campus a decade ago in San Antonio, and the college prep K-12, tuition free system has established a high performing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
The School of Science and Technology now asks that local leaders join teachers, administrators, alumni and students in propelling the rigorous STEM program to higher levels of relevancy and success. Interested business professionals are invited to apply to become members of the SST STEM Advisory Board and the SST Outreach Advisory Council. While professionals in the science professions are needed for the STEM board, a broader variety of professionals with skills in communication, marketing, advertising and community building are needed for the outreach advisory council. Volunteers selected will serve 1-2 years on the Advisory Board or Advisory Council. 
Anyone interested should contact Nancy Dunn Thompson at or (210) 530-8366, extension 102, by February 29th.
Open Commissioner Position for District 10 Students
The San Antonio Youth Commission is comprised of 22 high school youth leaders, two members from each City Council District and two Mayoral appointees. Each appointee is selected for a two-year term and is vetted through the City of San Antonio's Board and Commission process. The Youth Commission meets monthly to plan events and programs that give a voice to the concerns of San Antonio's youth.
SAYC is a unique organization redefining the shape of student leadership in our city.  Students are the primary catalysts for change within this group, and see great impact made from their vision and the wherewithal to take on big challenges.   They are given the tools to establish sustainable programs and foster imaginative initiatives throughout the school year, supporting their fellow students, schools, and the community at large.  They are committed to serving with professional communication, compassionate action, and selfless service in order to truly follow a model of servant leadership.
District 10 students are encouraged to apply for the now-vacant District 10 Commissioner position in the San Antonio Youth Commission. Interested applicants must be a current student residing in District 10. For more information, contact Adam Tutor at (210) 332-7263 or email at
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