so, please send an e-mail to Rebecca Podowskito make a
request to post on our Facebook page!
Thank you to
all who attended our District 10 Community Meeting this week. Did
you know we just about ran out of chairs for everyone attending? It
is always a pleasure seeing neighbors who regularly attend, but I
was also very pleased to see so many new faces in the crowd.
We had Michael Shannon, Assistant Director of Development Services
out to talk about Code Enforcement and common types of violations.
For those who couldn't make it out last night, you can read about
common code rules here. I
strongly encourage you to utilize our 311 system to call in
potential code violations. We are the eyes and ears of our
neighborhoods; codes cannot be enforced if these problems are not
We also had
Amanda Canales from CPS Energy out to talk about ways to keep your
power bill down during the summer heat. Between the Casa Verde
weatherization program to special billing periods for elderly
residents, CPS has multiple resources to help manage your power
bills this summer. For more information, visit the Customer
Assistance Center on the CPS website and find out what options
are available for you.
speaker was Dan Markson from The NRP Group, talking about the
history and projections of affordable housing. As our city grows,
we expect to see more housing plans submitted to accommodate new
residents. By staying educated on housing options available, we can
make the best decisions for our neighborhoods.
June 25th, is Neighborhood Day 2016. Moderated by Emily Baucum,
WOAI, this event will include three panels of local leaders at the
City and County level discussing best practices for neighborhood
organizations. We've included the event details in this newsletter
for your reference. I encourage all our neighborhood leaders to
attend and share the information with their associations.
This month, the
San Antonio Police Union and the City's negotiators reached a
mediated agreement for a new police officer contract. As you may
know, this process has taken over two years and seemed to reach a
stalemate. Thanks to the efforts on both sides, negotiations have
been completed and are awaiting approval by the majority of union
police officers. In addition to new police officers being
recruited, the new contract is expected to draw in seasoned,
veteran officers to SAPD and increase our police numbers.
Thank you for
staying actively involved in our community and for your strong
support of District 10.
100 Deadliest Days
Press conference: Police Union and City
AM - 2PM
Heights United Methodist Church
Emeritus Henry Cisneros
Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
Mike Gallagher, District 10
County Commissioner Tommy Calvert
Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
Shirley Gonzales, District 5, Joe Krier, District
9, Mike Gallagher, District 10
County Appraiser Michael Amezquita
Sanchez (Director, Development Services)
Christine Drennon (Trinity University)
Jacobs (SABOR Chairman)
Presented by the
Bowen Center for Neighborhood Advocacy
helping grow strong neighborhoods with active membership and
District, In Action
Michael Shannon, Assistant Director of
Development Services, addresses code concerns at the District 10
Neighbors from Terrell Heights and
Oakpark/Northwood neighborhoods attend a community meeting
for Redland Road South construction
Residents review plans for the proposed SPUI at
Harry Wurzbach and Austin Highway
Redland Road South Project Update
Maltsberger Road Bridge Closure
bridge on Jones Maltsberger Rd is closed from June 6th through
August 14th, 2016, during the summer school break.
Dr. Anil T. Mangla, Assistant Director of Health of the
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will discuss the Zika virus
disease and facts about the virus. Dr Mangla will describe what
Zika is, how it is spread, what you should know about the precautions
and what you should know regarding prevention messages. Q & A
will follow for your questions.
information or additional events, visit the library website.
Opportunity with American Spirit Alliance
Here is an
upcoming volunteer opportunity with the American Spirit Alliance for
the 4th of July weekend!
With the 240th
anniversary of our country's founding, the time to reflect what our
nation has accomplished not only for us - but globally - is upon us.
Since our birth there have been many great Patriots that have paved
the way for our society to exist as we know it. While we should honor
all of our Patriots every day of our lives, there is one date that
our nation celebrates collectively. Independence Day is approaching
and we are asking for the support of our community to carry the
American Spirit Alliance's vision to commemorate the history of the
NW Military corridor (designated as the Second Indian Head Memorial
Highway) and honor the American Spirit.
We ask you to
join the American Spirit Alliance this July 2nd as we take part of
our annual planting of American flags along the NW Military corridor,
a route that was once walked by our troops back in the 1940's. This event is
sponsored by Houses In San Antonio located at 2012 NW Military
Highway, San Antonio, Texas 78213. After all the participants
are back from planting flags there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and
refreshments for everyone. Once the community has enjoyed the field
of vision that is our American spirit we ask, again, for your support
to come back by helping us remove the flags so we don't allow our
flags to become litter. The
removal of the flags would take place on July 6.
If you would like to get involved with our mission by participating
in our flag planting Please contact Belinda Castro at 210-366-3342 or
by responding via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Bureau's Top 5 Summer Scams
Summer is a great time to take that
long-overdue vacation or take a part-time job. Unfortunately, as the
weather heats up in Texas, so do scams. Last summer, Texans
reported more than 100 scams and more than $35,000 in losses to BBB
Scam Tracker. Nationwide, nearly 1,000 scams were reported with more
than $780,000 in losses. Better Business Bureau serving Central,
Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning consumers
about some of the top summer scams:
Don't let a scam
ruin your vacation. Scammers are known for advertising too-good-to-be-true
deals in the hopes of getting your money in return. Known as "bait-and-switch,"
the scammer shows appealing photos of a home or condo (some real,
some fake) that isn't actually available and at the last-minute
changes the location to a less appealing rental. The
phony landlord then collects an upfront deposit, leaving the
vacationer to find out they've been scammed when they show up to the
address. Whether it's a fake timeshare rental or a falsely promised
Disney vacation, don't let a vacation scam take you for a ride. Make
sure the offer is legitimate by checking bbb.org first. If there is no BBB
Business Review on the company, dig deeper. Google the phone number
or website to see if others report problems. Beware of red flags,
such as a listing at a suspiciously low price, or a landlord that
communicates only via email and/or asks for a wire transfer.
belongings safe during your move. Summer is the
peak time of year for changing residencies, and unlicensed movers and are
waiting to take advantage of the busy season. In
Texas, professional movers are required to be licensed by the State
of Texas. Always research the company first and check out the mover's
BBB Business Review at bbb.org. Not all price quotes online
or over the phone are legitimate (or binding), so be sure to get
everything in writing and read carefully before signing a contract.
Beware of cheap online offers-if a moving deal sounds too good to be
true, it probably is. Also, remember that the lowest estimate can
sometimes be an unrealistic, lowball offer, which may cost you more
in the end. For a list of BBB Accredited movers, go to checkbbb.org.
Beware of summer
concert ticket scams. Before paying for concert tickets online, make sure the
seller is reputable. In some instances, phony sellers will trick
people into wiring money with no intention of sending real tickets.
Most concert venues now allow ticket holders to print tickets from
personal computers; however, this also gives scammers the opportunity
to sell the same ticket over and over to unsuspecting consumers. Be
wary of sellers that play on your emotions and offer a sad tale as to
why they can't use the tickets. Also, watch out for red flags, such
as a seller that pressures you to act quickly or asks you to wire the
Be wary of high
pressure door-to-door sales tactics. During the
summer months, door-to-door selling activity increases because many
residents are home during the day to answer the door. Many legitimate
companies use the door-to-door sales method, and various city
ordinances regulate solicitors to protect residents from unscrupulous
individuals. However, residents need to watch for individuals who try
to work their way around the system to line their pockets. Under
Texas law, a door-to-door seller must advise you verbally and in
writing that you have a right to cancel the sale within three days.
The sales representative must also give you a contract or receipt
stating the date of the sale, the name and address of the merchant
and a statement of your right to cancel the contract, which includes
the address where you send your cancellation notice. Many
door-to-door sales representatives offer deals for everything from
air conditioning unit repair to installing home security systems. Before saying yes, get all
promises in writing, including start and finish dates.
Resist pressure to "buy now," and don't be pressured to
take advantage of a time-sensitive offer, like "once in a
lifetime" or "today only." Instead, do some comparison
shopping and take time to decide whether you want the product being sold.
Beware of job
scams that can turn a hot summer cold. Finding summer
employment is a top priority for many college and high school
students. Unfortunately, scammers know this and advertise jobs where
legitimate employers do-online, in a newspaper ad or via email. They
will claim they can guarantee job placement after you pay upfront
fees; however, the promised job never materializes and the company
does not return your calls. Always
be wary of employers who require fees for training and background checks,
or who tout "no experience needed." If you
receive an unsolicited email or text message advertising an open
position, don't click on any links until you've verified the business
and can confirm that the email came from a legitimate source. Also,
job seekers should be cautious of any posting advertising extremely
high pay for short hours or minimal required experience. Remember,
legitimate businesses don't make promises or guarantees about jobs.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.