Friday, September 23, 2016

District 10 Update, 21 Sept, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings

District 10 Community Meeting

October 17th, 7PM, at the 

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September 21st, 2016

Dear Neighbors, 

This week's Northeast Neighborhood Alliance Potluck at the Northeast Senior Center was a big success. We heard from Speaker of the House and District 121 Representative Joe Straus on what we can expect in the next legislative session, and a presentation on a proposed bond project for a Hardberger Park Land Bridge. Additionally, the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance took the time to recognize the 65th Infantry Regiment, collectively known as the Borinqueneers, and congratulate them on receiving the Congressional Gold Medal earlier this year. We would like to thank all who donated dinner, drinks, or desserts for the potluck dinner. 

You might be wondering why several news stations are running a story on panhandling recently. This week, my Council Consideration Request, or CCR, on reviewing our city's ordinances and procedures on panhandling will be discussed in Governance Committee today. We look forward to City Staff's review of other cities' best practices, and how we can take action to help deter this behavior. I'd like to thank all the residents and business owners who brought this issue to my attention. While panhandling is not an issue limited to District 10, we want to protect the work we've done in revitalizing the Nacogdoches/Perrin Beitel corridor, where this problem has popped up. 

In two weeks, the City of San Antonio will once again celebrate National Night Out. If your neighborhood has not yet registered for hosting a NNO event, please contact Jo Alexander as soon as possible. In the next two weeks, we will be preparing bags of District 10 information and National Night Out gear to be passed out during NNO events. Please let our office know how many will be attending your NNO event and we will have a bag waiting for you at our field office. Both Jo Alexander's and our office's contact information are inside this newsletter. 

Thank you for staying actively involved in our community and for your strong support of District 10. 


Mike Gallagher
City Councilman District 10

September Boards and Commissions Meeting
This past weekend our District 10 Boards and Commissions representatives held a very special meeting. We asked them to assist with a test of the new prototype version of the city's river barge. We boarded the new barge downtown on the River Walk and asked each representative to give us their opinions on various aspects of the trip. For example, the city needs feedback on accessibility, seating, stability, noise, barge size, etc. This information will be very helpful in learning the strengths and weaknesses of the design.

I would like to thank all our Boards and Commissions representatives who took the time out of their very busy schedules to assist us with this test program. These individuals have each volunteered to represent District 10 on a wide variety of city related activities. Their assistance has kept us informed of issues that have a direct impact on our residents and our entire community.

We also need to recognize our friends at VIA for assisting in transporting all of us to this event. We saved a lot of fuel and trouble by having everyone take the same bus down to the River Walk.

As all of you know, the river barge program is a key element in introducing our wonderful River Walk to visitors to San Antonio. We highly recommend that whenever you have out of town guests, you should try to schedule a river barge tour. It's a superb opportunity to take great photos and learn a lot about our beautiful city and its history.

AACOG to host Inaugural Governor's Business Forum for Women
On September 28, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Alamo Area Council of Governments and the Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott will host the Inaugural Governor's Business Forum for Women.  The Forum will be held at the Whitley Conference Center, Oblate School of Theology, 285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216.  Doors open at 8:00 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. welcome from San Antonio Economic Development Foundation President and CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera. 

There will be presentations by the Governor's Office, Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Alamo, and panels including Women Entrepreneurs, Women in STEM, Women in Leadership, and Women in Finance/Real Estate.  There will be networking opportunities, and Small Business Awards will also be presented at the luncheon. The forum will end at 2:00 p.m. with a keynote by Austin-based Business Owner/Entrepreneur Geneva Grainger-Build Your Empire. 

Cost is $25 per person; corporate tables of 8 are $250.  To register visit

For more information about attending or sponsoring the conference, call Tiffany Harris at (210) 362-5204 or

Upcoming Neighborhood Association Meetings

Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association's Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 27th, 7PM
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 308 Mount Calvary, 78209

Fall Creek Homeowner's Association Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18th, 7PM
Thousand Oaks Bible Church, 15801 Jones Maltsberger, 78247


Northeast Neighborhood Alliance Potluck
A great turnout for the annual pot luck
Speaker of the House Joe Straus speaking on the upcoming legislative session

Feed Your Freedom: Register to Vote at the San Antonio Public Library

With a national election upcoming in November, the San Antonio Public Library recently launched a new voting campaign branded "Feed Your Freedom" to encourage the San Antonio community to register to vote before the upcoming deadline of October 11, 2016. In addition to encouraging all citizens eligible to vote, the Library is targeting high school juniors and seniors who may have just turned 18 years of age to register to vote before the deadline. The San Antonio Public Library wants to remind the public that all library locations are official voter registration sites and invites you to visit one of our 28 locations to register to vote.

"We are pleased to participate in this civic responsibility by having many of our locations serving as early voting sites and polling locations," said Ramiro Salazar, Director of the San Antonio Public Library. "Encouraging voter registration and offering our libraries as convenient places to vote is aligned with our mission to 'transform lives through information, imagination, and ideas'."

As a premier resource for educational support, self-directed learning, and literacy, the Library plays an important role in providing quality, non-partisan information to voters.  On Tuesday, September 27 the San Antonio Public Library will join thousands of volunteers, celebrities, and organizations to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. The community is encouraged to visit or their closest library location to access voting information which will help them choose a candidate.

Upcoming walking events in our area
September 24th
Battle of Salado Creek 8K/16K (Evening- Walk Awards)
Lady Bird Johnson Park
September 25th
Siclovia 5K (Walk awards prior to large walk)
Alamo Plaza (210) 246-9622

September 2016 - Project Update

Redland Rd South
(Loop 1604 to Jones Maltsberger Rd) 
     September 2016 activities:
  • Jones Maltsberger Rd opened August 27, 2016. Roadway asphalt completed.
  • Completion of gas lines on Jones Maltsberger Rd and Redland Rd.
  • Roadway widening with grading work and asphalt laid on Redland Rd.
  • SAWS water main and tie-in work at Jones Maltsberger Rd completed.
  • Concrete crews worked on the forming of the Jones Maltsberger Rd head-wall, retaining walls and bridge rail.
  • Utility crews working at drainage outfall on Redland Rd across from the Northern Oaks Church area.
  • Water adjustments on Redland Rd.
  • Traffic control adjustments thru-out project.
  • Hauled away debris from site.
     Planned activities for the next 3+ weeks:
  • Testing of gas lines on Jones Maltsberger Rd and Redland Rd.
  • Crews to continue roadway widening and grading on Redland Rd.
  • Testing of SAWS water main and tie-in work at Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Concrete crews to continue to work on the forming of the Jones Maltsberger Rd head-wall, retaining walls and bridge rail.
  • Utility crews to continue working on the drainage outfall on Redland Rd across from the Northern Oaks Church area. Crews planning storm drain pipe installation.
  • Continue water adjustments on Redland Rd.
  • Maintain traffic control adjustments thru-out project.
  • Haul away debris from site.
If you have questions about the project, please contact:
Joey Doctor | Capital Projects Officer

**Click the flyer to be directed to the registration website**

Upcoming Events at District 10 Libraries

Wood Carving 101
Tobin Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 78209)
Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come learn basic wood carving techniques from the Alamo Area Wood Carvers. Tools and materials will be provided. Registration is required. To register, visit or call 210-207-9040.

For more information or additional events, visit the library website

National Night Out in District 10

As October draws closer, we encourage all our neighborhoods to register for a National Night Out event. If you would like more information on how to register, please contact Jo Alexander at

If you would like to request Councilman Gallagher or his staff to attend your National Night Out event, please email us at

And, without further ado, a note from Jo Alexander: 

Please advise all your residents to turn on their porch lights for National Night Out (NNO).  This has been a long-standing tradition in most of the US cities, and it shows that we support our law enforcement personnel.  In fact, this is how Minneapolis, Minnesota wins number 1 in the nation.  They get everyone to turn on their porch lights and ask many of them to register with the Minneapolis Police Department.

So, let's give them a little San Antonio, Texas competition!  Let's try to get everyone is District 10 to turn on their porch lights to show support for law enforcement. This includes those who are attending celebrations at other locations.  Even if they are staying home all night, residents can send in a registration form to SAPD and put "Porch Light" on the top.  Actually keeping our porch lights on every night is a great idea.  According to our District 10 SAFFE Officers, this is one way to deter crime. 
So, don't turn out the lights; let's keep the party going!  If you have any questions, please call me at 210-637-1000.  

-Jo Alexander, District 10 National Night Out Coordinator

**Click the flyer to be directed to the registration website**

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