Tuesday, September 6, 2016

District 10 Update 6 September, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings

NEC Business Alliance Meeting

September 16th, 8AM, at 9999 Perrin Beitel Rd.

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance

September 19th, 7PM, at the Northeast Senior Center

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September 6th, 2016

Dear Neighbors, 

Last week's vote at City Council was the final step in approving the new 5-year police contract. I am pleased with our City's leadership team, and appreciate all the residents voicing their opinions on how we can best serve the community. This contract reflects a compromise between fiscal responsibility and appreciation of our officers. Today, we can say that it's a compromise that both rank and file and City leadership agree works. When a city can reduce skyrocketing costs, everyone wins. When a city can retain and attract seasoned police officers, everyone wins. As an added bonus from the conversations this past month, Mayor Taylor has created the Mayor's Council on Police-Community Relations. I look forward to this new group working to restore trust and foster communication between our officers and our concerned residents.

Over the next two weeks, we will be voting on two very important items: the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, and plans for annexation. If you would like to review the proposed 2017 budget or the City's annexation plans, you can view them on the City's website.

Many of you took the opportunity to attend the Budget Open House at the Tool Yard. I think we can all agree that District 10 is a highly-involved district; our numbers that night surely reflected it. For those who weren't able to attend the open house, we have included the NOWcastSA taping from our open house. In case you missed it, I outlined our thoughts on the budget priorities in an editorial for the Express News

With school back in session, please remain aware of children walking to and from school in our neighborhoods. There is a need for adult school crossing guards, especially at Northern Hills Elementary. If you are interested in training to become a school crossing guard, you can contact the School Crossing Guard Detail at 207-7393 or apply online at www.sanantonio.gov/hr/jobs.

The Northeast Neighborhood Alliance will be meeting on September 19th at the Northeast Senior Center. It will be a potluck dinner, and will cover the following topics:
  • Recognizing Congressional Gold Medal recipients 
  • 2017 City Bond Update
  • Hardberger Park Land Bridge proposal
I hope to see you all there.

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


Mike Gallagher
City Councilman District 10

NOWcastSA's coverage of the 
2017 Budget Open House at the Tool Yard

A Message from Metro Health - Mosquito Prevention Advice

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reports a new confirmed Zika case. The total count of confirmed Zika cases in San Antonio is nine. All cases acquired the infection while traveling abroad. 

After recent rainfalls, Metro Health asks for the community's assistance in prevent mosquitoes in the area to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika, from spreading. While many of us have seen communities where vector control trucks drive up and down neighborhood streets spraying chemicals, our abatement approach has long-since evolved. Our methods are consistent with recommendations from entomology experts. We cannot spray our way out of a Zika situation. Applying mosquito larvicide in standing water on parks properties, right of ways and other public lands, combined with educating the public to prevent standing water on private property, is the most efficient way to control the mosquito population.

Community awareness and action is crucial in helping reduce the mosquito population locally. The mosquito that could transmit Zika, Chikungunya 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 man-made containers, such as tires, rain gutters, birdbaths, 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 generally do not migrate more than 200 yards in their lifespan and are also aggressive daytime biters. We ask everyone to survey their properties for standing water at least once weekly. 

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: 
  • Vases
  • Pet water bowls
  • Flowerpot saucers
  • Discarded tires
  • Buckets
  • Pool covers
  • Birdbaths
  • Trash cans
  • Rain barrels/gutters
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 down, 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.  

Take Control of Your Summer Bills

Notice your water bill is higher than usual?  This may be why:  This year's rainy spring resulted in green lawns, but recent dry weather means customers may be using more water in irrigation systems to keep it green.

Higher summer water bills are an annual occurrence, but SAWS is seeing many bills with high water use this year. So it's worth another reminder that SAWS charges more per gallon as water use increases.

This year, SAWS started using an eight-tier pricing structure to encourage water conservation. The structure allows customers to save money quickly with small reductions to water use but it also means that those who use large amounts of water will see higher per-gallon costs, causing bills to temporarily spike.

An in-ground irrigation system, which can use more than 3,000 gallons each time it runs, is one of the major culprits. And systems not properly programmed or maintained can use a lot more.

A free irrigation checkup may help reduce your bill.  SAWS conservation technicians can visit your home by appointment to help you save water. Call 704-SAVE (704-7283) for an appointment or more information. 

Still have questions about your bill? Email our Key Accounts team at keyaccounts@saws.org. Be sure to include the name on the account and your service address. 

September in Travis Park
The community is invited to attend events throughout the month of September at Travis Park, located at 301 E. Travis St.
Beauty Day in Travis Park
Every Friday in September, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pamper yourself in the park every Friday in September with Beauty and the Bus! Enjoy lunch from food trucks, music, and schedule your appointment with Beauty and the Bus for an express manicure, pedicure or other salon options. To make an appointment, call (210) 744-7698.
Brandr Combat Academy "Martial Arts Lessons"
Tuesday, September 13, 10 a.m. -  3 p.m., $10
Join Brandr Combat Academy every second Tuesday of the month in Travis Park to learn historical European martial arts. A $10 fee covers the entire training day and all equipment necessary to appropriately learn. Attendees should wear flexible exercise clothing.
Jazz SA'Live
Saturday, September 17, 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday, September 18, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Celebrate 33 years of jazz in Travis Park! This free event features award winning national, regional and local talent with diverse styles of jazz. Guests will enjoy live music on two stages, festival food, art pieces by emerging artists and wares from local craft vendors. For kids, the event provides a Children's Symposium which engages with four areas of music study and includes a free 2016 Jazz SA'Live t-shirt. Kids can also have fun at the Kid Zone, a designated play area including moon bounce inflatables, arts and crafts and other activities. For the full entertainment lineup and for more information, visit www.jazzsa.org.

Eat & Play in Travis Park
Tuesday, September 20, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Enjoy activities, food and fun. There will be a live DJ, eight food trucks with $8 lunches and outdoor activities.

Adopt A Pet
Thursday, September 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join Jefferson Bank and SA Pets Alive! as they host a pet adoption. In celebration of Jefferson Bank's 70th anniversary, all pets can be adopted at a special price of $19.46 to commemorate the year the Bank opened. For more information, visit www.sanantoniopetsalive.org.

An Evening in Travis Park
Tuesday, September 27, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
An Evening in Travis Park features a jazz theme with jazz music and onsite food trucks. Enjoy free parking after 5 p.m. at City operated garages, lots, and meters as a part of Downtown Tuesday.

Food Trucks in Travis Park
Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The season of rotating food trucks and vendors continues through the month and will be available to the lunchtime crowd every weekday.

Fitness in the Park Boot Camp
Wednesdays in September, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Take your evening workout outdoors every Wednesday in September for Travis Park's Fitness in the Park Boot Camp. Classes include a variety of activities geared towards increasing endurance, power, strength, stamina, and speed. Don't forget your own reusable water bottle!

In case of inclement weather, notifications will be posted on the Travis Park website and Facebook page. Please be alert for any updates.

Upcoming walking events in our area
September 10th
Red, White, Blue 5K (MacArthur HS Fundraiser)
Lady Bird Johnson Park
www.athleteguild.com (210) 438-2490
What Are You Waiting For 5K/10K
Hardberger Park

September 16th
Loteria 5K/Evening Bingo Run
Lady Bird Johnson Park
September 18th
CleftStrong 5K
Morgan's Wonderland
www.iaapweb.com (210) 837-7265
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
www.siclovia.org (210) 246-9622

Crossing guards are considered part-time City employees

It's a job seekers market in the Alamo Region. With an unemployment rate of four percent, many employers are seeking out the services of Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA) to help fill open positions. 

WSA is scheduled to partner with multiple organizations to host events throughout the month of September. Many positions are available to meet the needs of just about every job seeker in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing. 

For those who are interested in a fresh start, finding a better job, or simply changing careers into health care, job seekers will find a wealth of exciting opportunities at the Health Care Services Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. 

The event is a collaborative effort between WSA, the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce and employers from the health care industry. Many employers offer great incentives to work in Boerne. Positions to be filled include Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, caregivers and many more. 

The following is a list of upcoming events in September:

Boerne Health Care Services Job Fair
9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Tuesday, September 7
Courtyard Marriott San Antonio Northwest at the Rim 
Caddo Room
5731 Rim Pass Dr. 
San Antonio, TX 78257

Bazan Branch Library Job Fair 
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 12
2200 W. Commerce St. 
San Antonio, TX 78207

Leon Valley Job Fair
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13
Leon Valley Community and Conference Center
6427 Evers Rd. 
San Antonio, TX 78238

Fredericksburg Job Fair 
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14
Fredericksburg High School
1107 S. State Hwy. 16
Fredericksburg, TX 78264

Youth Career Fair 
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24
1314 Hines
San Antonio, TX 78208

A symposium will be held prior to the Leon Valley Job Fair from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., focused on how employers can accommodate the needs of individuals who are disabled. 

The Youth Career Fair will highlight STEM-related industries and career pathways. Employer representatives will be assigned to different rooms to present information about their company and what it takes to get hired. 

Job seekers are encouraged to put their best foot forward by bringing extra copies of their resume and dressing professionally. Resume writing and mock interview classes are offered at each of WSA's career centers. A list of locations can be found at www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org.

Upcoming Events at District 10 Libraries

Semmes Branch Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)

Semmes Classic Literature Group
Saturday, September 10th
Join us this month for a discussion of "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe. 

Semmes Library Book Club
Saturday, September 10th
Join us for a discussion of "Jewelweed" by David Rhodes.

For more information or additional events, visit the library website

National Night Out - We need you to register!

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 jo.alexander13318@att.net

If you would like to request Councilman Gallagher or his staff to attend your National Night Out event, please email us at District10@sanantonio.gov

Applications being accepted for positions on the Ethics Review Board

The City of San Antonio is currently accepting applications from residents city-wide for the Mayoral slot who are eligible to serve on the Ethics Review Board. The Ethics Review Board is comprised of 11 members appointed by the Mayor and each City Councilmember for staggered two-year terms. In May 2004, the City Charter was amended to establish an independent Ethics Review Board with jurisdiction over the City Ethics Code and the Municipal Campaign Finance Regulations.

Members must be residents of the City and have good moral character. No member of the Board shall be: a salaried City official or employee; an elected public official; a candidate for elected public office; an officer of a political party; a campaign treasurer, campaign manager, officer or other policy or decision-maker for the campaign of any candidate for elected public office or any political action committee as defined in the Texas Election Code; a member of any City board or commission other than the Ethics Review Board; a member of any board or commission for which the position is appointed by City Council; or a Lobbyist required to register under Division 5 of the Ethics Code. No member of the Board shall have any convictions for a felony or a crime of moral turpitude, or found in violation of any provisions of the City's Code of Ethics. The Commission meets as necessary in the Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W. Commerce, usually at 6 p.m.

Those interested in applying for one of the District positions may do so online using the City's web-based application for boards and commission at webapps2.sanantonio.gov/BoardComm/Vacancies.aspx.

For more information, contact Brandon Smith, the City's Boards & Commissions Coordinator, at (210) 207-7253. 

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