Wednesday, April 27, 2016

District 10 Update 26 April, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance

May 16th, 7PM, at the Tool Yard

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April 26, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you to all those who were able to attend last night's District 10 Community Meeting. We heard updates from TCI, Keep San Antonio Beautiful, and The Children's Shelter, and answered questions from the audience. If your neighborhood, business, school, or church is interested in adopting a spot for a clean up three times a year, please let our office know and we will help coordinate. For those of you who wish to learn more about becoming a foster family through the Children's Shelter, you can read more about it here

If there is a particular topic or city department you would like to know more about, please let us know and we will work to schedule them in an upcoming District 10 Community Meeting. 

There is a runoff primary election on May 24th, and there could be a ballot for your area. Check your ballot and review your candidates here

The recent winners of the 2016 NEC Matching Grant Program have been announced. I was so pleased with the amount of interest in this program this year. We can expect to see several changes to these businesses in the coming year as construction and landscaping begins. We have included the list of winners in this newsletter. 

I know it's early, but National Night Out registration has begun. We encourage our neighborhoods to register in advance in order to receive updates and free supplies from various organizations. For more information or to register, visit the SAPD website here.

We are coming up on the 2017 Bond cycle and the city will be forming various committees to review the proposed projects. If you are interested in serving on a committee, let us know. If you resolved to get involved this year, now is your chance. 


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.

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NEC Enhancement Matching Grant Program 2016 Recipients 

The 2016 winners of the NEC Enhancement Matching Grant program were announced at the quarterly NEC Business Development Breakfast. Members of the Northeast Corridor Business Alliance, local business owners, residents and City staff met at Rod Robertson Auto Auction to congratulate the applicants and review the winning properties.

The 2016 NEC Enhancement Matching Grant Program Winners are as follows:
  • China Sun Restaurant (4107 Naco Perrin)
  • Secret Beauty Hair Salon (4121 Naco Perrin)
  • Perrin Plaza Shopping Center (11401 Perrin Beitel)
  • Senor Snow (4342 Thousand Oaks)
  • Lee Dental Center (12175 Nacogdoches)
  • Shop & Save (13110 Nacogdoches)
  • Rod Robertson Auto Auction (11511 Perrin Beitel)
  • Neighborhood Shopping Center (12571 Nacogdoches)
  • Arcade Building (12414 Nacogdoches)
For more information about the NEC, visit their website here. 

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Join the San Antonio Youth Commission!
SAYC is looking for talented, dedicated, and responsible students to join for the upcoming school year.

You will learn Leadership, College and Career, and Service skills and represent your school and district on this city-wide commission. You will participate in ten meetings and five service events throughout the school year and make friends from all over the city. This program is completely free.

To be chosen, you must reside in the district for which you apply and show strong leadership skills. Current HS Freshman and Sophomores are preferred.

More information can be found here:

(Select the San Antonio Youth Commission and check the box for your district)

After you apply, e-mail with your name and district to ensure your application is processed.

Please submit your applications before May 13th, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, so apply early!

Questions? E-mail

Metro Health Ramps Up Mosquito Abatement Program

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) began its mosquito abatement program throughout the city limits in early March.

The program entails treating pools of water in public lands to prevent mosquitoes from hatching. Metro Health conducts these abatement activities throughout the year, ramping up efforts in the summer months. Metro Health has used this method for years given that it is generally recognized as the best mosquito-control method during the larvae stage versus the adult, flying stage. It's easier and more effective to kill a mosquito larvae rather than an adult mosquito. Larvaeciding is also the most cost-effective option for eradicating mosquitoes. It also minimizes the need for licensed pest control operators.

The process involves placing a Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (BTI) dunk in the pool of stagnant water. It's that easy. The dunks are not harmful to fish, wildlife or domestic animals and it has a 120-day residual to prevent repopulation in that body of water.

Metro Health reserves the use of spraying or fogging methods for areas with high mosquito density.

Community awareness is crucial in helping reduce the mosquito population locally. The mosquito that could transmit Zika, Chikungnuya or Dengue, known as Aedes aegypti is known as a "container-breeding mosquito" because it likes to lay eggs in water that collects or is stored in manmade containers, such as tires, rain gutters, bird baths, plant pots, pet bowls, neglected swimming pools, and uncovered boats.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. Eggs stick to containers like glue and remain attached until they are scrubbed off. The eggs can survive when they dry out-up to 8 months. When it rains or water covers the eggs, they hatch and become adults in about a week. These mosquitoes are also aggressive daytime biters.

For this reason, Metro Health asks for the community's assistance in preventing mosquitoes in the area, including:
  • Remove standing water
  • Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as:
o    Vases
o    Pet water bowls
o    Flowerpot saucers
o    Discarded tires
o    Buckets
o    Pool covers
o    Birdbaths
o    Trash cans
o    Rain barrels
These actions can help reduce the number of mosquitoes around areas where people live.

Follow safe water storage tips
  • If water must be stored, tightly cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs.
Improve sanitation
  • When water is contaminated with organic matter (for example, animal waste, grasses, and leaves), the chances that mosquito larvae will survive may increase because contaminated matter provides food for larvae to eat.
Protect yourself
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks to protect exposed skin during dusk and dawn, which is when mosquitoes are active.
  • Avoid use of perfumes and colognes when working outdoors
  • Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin on skin not covered by clothing
  • Choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time that you will be exposed. The more DEET or Picaridin a repellent contains, the longer time it can protect you.
  • Spray insect repellent on the outside of your clothing (mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing).
  • Do not spray insect repellent on skin that is under clothing.
  • Insect repellents should not be used on young infants
  • Do not spray aerosol or pump products in enclosed areas or directly on your face. Do not allow insect repellent to contact your eyes or mouth. Do not use repellents on cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • If working outdoors, use soap and water to wash skin and clothing that has been treated with insect repellent.

Upcoming Events at District 10 Libraries

Semmes Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)

Symphony at SAPL 
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2PM

Join us for a lively afternoon with San Antonio Symphony violist Emily Freudigman as she shares her talents and her love of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be!

Classic Literature Group
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:30AM

Do you want to swim in the depths of literary oceans? Discuss tales that have stood the test of time? Think new thoughts, feel new feelings, discover new truths? Join the Classic Book Club. Enjoy the best of the best with us. The Classic Book Club meets on the second Saturday of each month. Join us this month for a discussion of Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Tobin Branch Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach, 78209)

Tobin Game Day!
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 3PM

Everyone of all ages are invited to come and play their choice from our large selection of popular Wii and board games. Bring your friends or make new ones.

Thousand Oaks Branch Library (4618 Thousand Oaks, 78233)

Symphony at SAPL
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2PM

Join us for lively afternoons with San Antonio Symphony  Violinist, Eric Siu  as he shares his talents and his love of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be!

For more information or additional events, visit the library website

Combat Human Trafficking!

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Presents: The Catinera (Catina Girl)
Thursday, May 12, 6:30PM

Limited seating. Purchase tickets in advance at

618 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX
(210) 677-8500

Admission: $20 Recurring monthly donation to benefit Heidi Search Center 
Event sponsor: The Ohlrich Law Firm 

Airport Runway Closure

Runway to be closed through September 2016 - Residents in the Oakpark/Northwood neighborhoods and surrounding areas can expect more frequent air traffic overhead.

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