so, please send an e-mail to Rebecca Podowskito make a
request to post on our Facebook page!
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
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.
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:
Congressional Gold Medal recipients
City Bond Update
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.
coverage of the
Budget Open House at the Tool Yard
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.
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
For this reason, Metro Health asks
for the community's assistance in preventing mosquitoes in the area,
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:
These actions can help reduce the
number of mosquitoes around areas where people live.
water storage tips
If water must be stored, tightly
cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside
and laying eggs.
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.
long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks to protect exposed
skin during dusk and down, which is when mosquitoes are active.
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
Do not spray insect
repellent on skin that is under clothing.
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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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
Every Friday in
September, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
Academy "Martial Arts Lessons"
September 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $10
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.
September 17, 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday, September 18, 12 p.m. -
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
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
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
In case of inclement weather, notifications will be posted on the
Travis Park website and Facebook page. Please
be alert for any updates.
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
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:
Care Services Job Fair
9 a.m. to 2 p.m
on Tuesday, September 7
Marriott San Antonio Northwest at the Rim
5731 Rim Pass
San Antonio, TX
Library Job Fair
12 p.m. to 3
p.m. on Monday, September 12
2200 W. Commerce
San Antonio, TX
Leon Valley Job
10:30 a.m. to 3
p.m. on Tuesday, September 13
Community and Conference Center
San Antonio, TX
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, September 14
1107 S. State
8:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24
San Antonio, TX
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
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.
Events at District 10 Libraries
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
information or additional events, visit the library website.
Night Out - We need you to register!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.