Wednesday, May 25, 2016

District 10 Update May 24, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings

District 10 Community Meeting

June 20th, 7PM, at the Tool Yard

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May 24, 2016

Dear Neighbors,
With Memorial Day coming up, many City offices and departments, including our office, will be closed. We have included a list of all open and closed departments in this newsletter for your reference. 

On May 13th, the City of San Antonio announced that the primary objectives of the Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness have been met. This means that as a city, we have worked very hard to stop veterans homelessness. While the City has helped every willing veteran off the streets, there will always be more veterans to help. If you know of a veteran currently or on the verge of homelessness, please have them contact the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) at (210) 220-2382.

Last week I had the honor of meeting several of our area's veterans as they boarded an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Watching our heroes depart on a trip to visit their corresponding war memorials was moving, and I want to take the time to highlight the organization responsible. Honor Flight San Antonio de Valero organizes all the logistics and coordinates volunteers in San Antonio and Washington D.C. to aide our veterans. Their mission is to transport our veterans to their war memorials and bring them back home. If you would like to learn more about Honor Flight San Antonio de Valero, please visit their website here. 

With springtime weather comes the onset of unwanted pet litters. The City, through multiple partners, offers low- to no-cost spay and neutering services. We encourage our residents to take advantage of these services and spread the word. For more information, visit the Animal Care Services website

We want to remind everyone that with the Memorial Day weekend and summer break coming up, more children will be playing in our neighborhoods and on the streets. Please, slow down in our neighborhoods and watch out for our children.
Thank you for staying actively involved in our community and for your strong support of District 10. 


Mike Gallagher
City Councilman District 10

PSA: Low Cost Spay and Neutering Available
PSA: Low Cost Spay and Neuter Available

TCI Interactive Mowing Map is available for viewing here. This map contains information about mowing zones and schedules managed by the City of San Antonio Transportation and Capital Improvements Department.

Memorial Day Hours and Closures

City Hall and most municipal offices, including our office, will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 to observe the Memorial Day holiday. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:

  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected
  • Police will be on duty
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty
  • 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy an on-street pay station and parking meter holiday
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal care officers will be on duty
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place
  • Bitters Brush Recycling Center, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson
  • La Villita and Market Square shops
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center
  • The Parks and Recreation Department's four regional pools will be open from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30: Heritage, 1423 Ellison Dr.; Lady Bird Johnson, 10700 Nacogdoches; South Side Lions, 3100 Hiawatha; and Woodlawn, 221 Alexander Ave.
  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • All Metro Health locations and clinics
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • Pre-K 4 SA offices and its centers
  • Senior Multi-Service Centers 
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (seniors or the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for holiday schedule information)
  • City of San Antonio Community Service Centers
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites
  • Child Care Services administrative offices
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Parks & Recreation Community Centers
  • Parks & Recreation Adult and Senior Centers
  • Ron Darner Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 5800 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway
  • Enrique Barrera Community Fitness Center, 5800 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway
  • McFarlin Tennis Center, 1503 San Pedro
  • Spanish Governor's Palace (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • La Villita Administrative Offices
  • Market Square Administrative Offices
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry

 We need your thoughts: San Antonio Rideshare

The City of San Antonio is asking residents to provide their feedback on the way ridesharing operates in San Antonio. The City will host a roundtable event to obtain public input on the pilot program. Details are listed below. Residents are also encouraged to take the survey online at

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
TriPoint YMCA Grantham Hall
3233 N St Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78212

For years, the City of San Antonio has had various participants in the vehicle-for-hire industry, including taxicabs, limousines, tours, charters, horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs. In the summer of 2015, City Council approved another one - Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as ridesharing.

While traditional vehicles for hire are governed by the City Code Chapter 33, TNCs like Uber, Lyft, Get Me and Bid My Ride do not fall under the same rules and regulations. Instead, they are currently operating on a 9-month temporary agreement with different rules and regulations than those in Chapter 33.

Since both industries provide similar services, the City needs input from residents on whether the rules should be the same for both or if they should continue to operate differently. The first 9-month agreement with Uber will expire in July 2016.

We need your thoughts: Anti-Idling Ordinance

The City of San Antonio is asking for input from the business community and residents to provide their feedback on a proposed ordinance limiting idling of heavy duty vehicles to five minutes. Comments are accepted by letter, phone call, voicemail or e-mail directed to the City of San Antonio through Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Details of the proposed ordinance are available at:

Air quality is a significant priority for the City of San Antonio, as it has an impact on our community's public and economic health. On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a more stringent "health-based" air pollution standard. A stricter standard means additional regulations for businesses that plan to expand or relocate to San Antonio.

Heavy duty vehicles are a major source of air pollution in San Antonio. The City of San Antonio, with scientific data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments, is comprehensively examining the positive and negative impacts of an anti-idling policy in the San Antonio/Bexar County area.

The public comment period will remain open until Tuesday, May 31, 2016. City staff will consider all feedback and present a recommendation to City Council in June 2016.

Feedback can be submitted to the Office of Sustainability by mail at 1400 S. Flores, San Antonio, Texas 78204, via email to or by phone at (210) 207-1449.

Public Meeting: Harry Wurzbach single point urban interchange (SPUI) project

The City of San Antonio (CoSA), in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will conduct a public meeting regarding the proposed construction of entrance and exit ramps and a single point urban interchange (SPUI) from Harry Wurzbach to Austin Highway in Bexar County, Texas. 

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at the St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3907 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX 78209. The meeting will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the formal presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will run until 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by public questions and answers and an open house to review preliminary project details until 8:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Public Meeting is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. The proposed project would construct four ramps from Harry Wurzbach to Austin Hwy. The project would also construct curbs, sidewalks, a shared-use path, and driveways. The project would involve roadway illumination, reconstruction and removal of driveways, traffic signal improvements, bridge widening, retaining walls, utility adjustments/relocations, and striping. The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance connectivity between Harry Wurzbach and Austin Highway. The proposed improvements would require right-of-way (ROW) acquisition, but would not involve any residential or commercial displacements.

Maps showing the proposed project's location and geometric design will be available for viewing at the Public Meeting. This information will also be available for public inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the City of San Antonio on the 5th floor of the City of San Antonio's Municipal Building located at 114 West Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this public meeting. Written comments from the public regarding this project are requested and may be presented for a period of 10 calendar days following the meeting. Written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to the City of Antonio, Richard Grochowski, Project Manager, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, TX 78283-3966. Written comments must be received by Friday, June 17, 2016 to be included in the Public Meeting Summary and Analysis Report.

The Public Meeting will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending the meeting who have special communication or accommodation needs, or need an interpreter, are encouraged to contact Pete Rodriguez at Transportation & Capital Improvements, (210) 207-8154. Requests should be made at least two days prior to the public meeting. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs. If you have general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project, you may contact Pete Rodriguez at (210) 207-8154.

City Seeks Applicants for Alternates on the Zoning Board of Adjustment

The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to serve as alternates on the Zoning Board of Adjustment (BOA). This board hears and decides appeals where - it is alleged - there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Unified Development Code (UDC), Chapter 35 of the San Antonio, Texas Code of Ordinances. 

The board may also authorize variances from the provisions of the UDC, where evidence presented supports findings that literal enforcement would result in an unnecessary hardship, and the spirit of the ordinance will be observed.  The board functions as a quasi-judicial board and its members are prohibited from discussions about pending cases outside of the formal meeting. The Board requires a quorum of at least nine to convene. 

Meetings are generally held on the first and third Mondays at 1 p.m. and typically last three hours.  Members are compensated $20 for each seated meeting.

Positions will remain open until eligible applicants are found. Applications are available at  

Interested applicants may obtain more information about the Board of Adjustment at

For additional information, call the City of San Antonio Board of Adjustment staff at (210) 207-8208 or (210) 207-7720. 

Upcoming Events at District 10 Libraries

Semmes Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)

Bharatanatyam: Classical Indian Dance
May 28th, 2:30-3:30 PM

Bharathanatyam is among the most subtle and sophisticated dance forms in the world. Each of these hour professional dance performances, presented by Kaveri Natya Yoga Center dance group, will be followed by an informal, interactive demonstration. Bharatanatyam Dance features classical Indian Dance embodying music and story telling based on the theme.

Summer Reading All Ages Beach Party Kickoff
June 4th, 3:00-5:30 PM

All ages welcome for a Beach Party Summer Reading Kickoff, including a presentation by the San Antonio Shell Club, refreshments and Story Time and Play & Learn for children.
Tobin Branch Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach, 78209)

Tobin Writers Group
May 28th, 10:30-12:30 PM

Come join our writer's group for an opportunity to share, discuss and critique your work with fellow writers. All skill levels and ages welcome.

Summer Reading Kickoff
June 4th, 2:00-4:00 PM

Join is as we kick off our Summer Reading program. There will be crafts, games, snacks, and a special performance of Okinawa Taiko, Japanese drumming and dancing. Go to the library!

Thousand Oaks Branch Library (4618 Thousand Oaks, 78233)

Summer Reading Snow Cone Signup
June 1st, 2:00-5:00 PM

Join us on June 1 to sign up for Children's, Teen or Adult Summer Reading and get a free snow cone, have your face painted and play horseshoes! All ages welcome.

For more information or additional events, visit the library website

Did You Know: Alternate Transportation Options

Alamo Regional Transit (ART) provides low-cost transportation services to the general public in the eleven rural counties in the Alamo region: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Wilson. ART is a demand-response service that provides curb-to-curb or door-to-door service for those that need assistance to various types of services and appointments including medical, educational, work, and shopping. Reservations are required at least one day in advance. Fares vary depending on the pickup and destination requested. For more information and to schedule a ride call toll-free 1-866-889-7433 or visit

Greater Randolph Area Services Program (GRASP) offers accessible transportation services for local area seniors and people with disabilities. GRASP serves residents living in Windcrest, Converse, Live Oak, Universal City, Schertz, Cibolo, Kirby and Selma. Rides can be scheduled for grocery shopping, medical appointments, to the GRASP community center, or other special trips. Trips must be scheduled in advance. Fees range according to distance and other fees may apply if the driver is required to wait at the destination. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call (210) 658-6351 or visit

Presa Community Center provides transportation services through-out Bexar County for those who are unable to drive or use public transportation. Registration is required to participate. Elderly and persons with disabilities can use this shared-ride service to make medical appointments, shop for their weekly groceries or attend to other errands. Reservations should be booked at least two weeks in advance, or as soon as the date and time of appointment is known. Please call (210) 532-5554 or visit

Adopt a Duck and Fight Hunger at the Ford Lucky Duck Race and Concert!

The San Antonio Food Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of the 2016 Ford Lucky Duck Race and Concert! Join us on Saturday, June 4th as we unleash thousands of rubber duckies in the San Antonio Riverwalk for a great cause!

Bring the kiddos and enjoy some family fun at the Riverwalk with food, activities, and a free concert from Mitch Webb & the Swindles!

Adopt a duck today for $5 or take advantage of our bundle packages starting at $25. Every $5 duck adoption will provide 35 meals to our community! Your duck adoption also enters you into the Duck Race. You would be eligible for the great prizes below.
Saturday, June 4th

Grand Prize: 2-year lease on a new Ford Fiesta
2nd Place: Two tickets to the Champions Against Hunger dinner, early 2017 (Valued at $2,400; pending date & final event approval)
3rd Place: 1-night stay at the La Mansion del Rio hotel 
(Includes Romance package & complimentary valet parking)

Upcoming Walking/Running Events
Addt'l Info
May 27th
Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center
May 28th
Police Officers
 & Firefighters Memorial 5K
Heroes Stadium
Eisenhower Park
June 4th
Walk with a Doc
Stone Oak/Olmos Park
Community walk
June 11th
AVA Fredericksburg
 40th Anniversary
5K/10K (Texas Volkssport)

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