Wednesday, June 21, 2017

District 10 Update 20 June, 2017

Brought to you by Mike Gallagher, District 10

                                                                                               June 20th, 2017

Dear Neighbors, 

Thank you to those who attended last night's District 10 Community Meeting. It was an absolute pleasure presenting our new District 10 Councilman, Clayton Perry. I know he will serve you well and continue the progress being made in our neighborhoods, business communities, infrastructure improvements, and the Northeast Corridor Revitalization project. We would also like to thank Mayor-Elect Ron Nirenberg for attending and introducing himself. We wish him the best of luck as he leads a new Council and our City forward. 

This will be my last newsletter as your Councilman, and I would like to thank each and every one of you who have called our office, wrote emails and letters, or pulled us aside after a meeting to discuss issues in District 10. Your participation is vital to ensuring District 10 receives the right amount of attention, funding, and growth opportunities. To those of you who stepped up to the plate and served on a board or commission, or the 2017 Bond Committees, thank you for your service to the City of San Antonio. 

Together we accomplished a lot in District 10. We now have Safe Exchange Zones at our police substations and a Hands-Free ordinance in place. Funding has been secured for connector ramps at Harry Wurzbach and Austin Highway. We built the District 10 Senior Center, and their attendance has only grown since opening day. We have our own historic designation for Nacogdoches and Perrin Beitel, as they make up part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas Trail winding through Texas and beyond. We have funded grants for small business owners to make cosmetic improvements three years in a row. We partnered with the County and Spurs Sports and Entertainment to purchase Toyota Field, and secured a new soccer team, the San Antonio FC. We established a Tax Income Reinvestment Zone, or TIRZ, to direct tax dollars back into the district. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without your input or attendance at community meetings. Your guidance and participation is invaluable to City Council, and I hope you will continue to remain involved with Councilman Perry.  

Thank you all for making this experience a worthwhile one, and I hope to see you at a neighborhood meeting in the future. 



 Our District 10 Community Meeting

Mayor-Elect Ron Nirenberg introduces himself to the crowd

Councilman-Elect Clayton Perry addresses neighbors 

City Planner Jacob Floyd talked about SA Corridors and the NEC


On Monday, the City of San Antonio unveiled the registered trademark of Military City, USA® and accompanying logo celebrating the City's deep-rooted history with the military. San Antonio is home to Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) the largest joint base in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) comprised of four primary locations; Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air force Base and Camp Bullis. 

The Alamo City has a history with the military spanning more than three centuries, because of this deep rooted relationship the Office of Military Affairs worked to make the title Military City, USA® official.  The Military Affairs team worked directly with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. for year to obtain the stamp. This past March the City received the official notification of San Antonio Military City, USA® as a registered trademark, this summer the logo was approved and reviled to the community.

"For years many have referred to San Antonio as Military City, USA and now we are officially a registered trademark, a name that no other city can claim.  Our relationship with the military is one of the many reasons our City continues to prosper and we are proud to celebrate this historic announcement," said Mayor-Elect Ron Nirenberg. "Thank you to the entire military community, their families, and the service men and women who call San Antonio home."

JBSA contributes $48.7 billion to the Texas economy and supports about 283,000 Texans in some capacity, contributing about $17 billion in disposable personal income and employing about 804,000 Texans. Texas' military bases are responsible for $136.4 billion in total output and an annual contribution of $81.3 billion to gross domestic product.

"The military presence in San Antonio alone  contributes $48 billion to our economy and is the largest single employer in the area," said Sen. Jose Menendez. "It's natural for San Antonio to officially be Military City, USA considering our active and retired military population that help make this city unique and prosperous."
San Antonio has a 300-year history with the military, including the first U.S. military aviation flight at Ft. Sam Houston in 1910. Almost every military personnel has a connection to JBSA. Every medic in the DoD is trained at JBSA; every airman in the Air Force completes basic military training in San Antonio; Lackland Air force Base hosts the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency; and Fort Sam Houston has the DoD's largest hospital and only level one trauma center in the country. More than 250,000 retirees, including approximately 425 retired general officers call the San Antonio home.

"As a city we must protect our military installations and sustain military mission readiness for the future of San Antonio and the protection of our country," said Rep. Roland Gutierrez.  "The military community provides so much for San Antonio we are proud they call Military City, USA home."

The City of San Antonio works with a number of military-related organizations that support San
Antonio's active duty, retirees and veterans. The Office of Military Affairs serves as the formal link between the City and the military community with organizations such as City's Commission on Veterans Affairs; the City's Military Transformation Task Force (MTTF). Recently, the City's Office of Military Affairs initiated the Hidden Heroes program, which raises awareness of the untold stories of military caregivers and the challenges and long-term needs veteran caregivers face.

For more information on the Office of Military Affairs and Military City, USA® please visit

Metro Health Partners with Parks & Recreation Department to 
Offer Vaccines to Summer Camp Participants Before School Starts

This summer, instead of waiting for hours in line, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is helping by bringing the vaccines where the children are.

In partnership with the Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Program, Metro Health will visit sites throughout June and July and vaccinate kids who are in need of vaccines before they start school. This effort will assist parents by not having to battle the back-to-school crowds. 

Children between 11-12 years old are required to get their booster vaccinations before being allowed to start school. Metro Health will be offering the required vaccinations, including Tdap, which protects against Tetanus, Diphteria and Pertussis; as well as the HPV vaccine to guard against the Human Papilloma Virus; and the meningitis vaccine.

Parents will be able to choose which vaccines they want their children to receive. However, the Tdap and Meningitis vaccines are required for school entry. The vaccines will be offered at no-cost to the children and their families. 

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Will Serve Up Good Nutrition For Local Children This Summer

This summer the Parks and Recreation Department will connect children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation. 

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:
  • Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator
  • Visit for an interactive site locator map
  • Text FOODTX to 877-877
Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools, faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For a listing of Summer Food sites visit or call (210) 207-3221.

 Educational Series with Aspergers101 to Take Place at San Antonio Public Library

Summer series focuses on understanding and excelling with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome

The San Antonio Public Library and Aspergers101 are hosting an educational series taking place this summer that focuses on understanding and excelling with high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome. The series is presented by Jennifer Allen, Founder and CEO of Aspergers101. Each program will be held at Central Library on the second Tuesday of every month through August from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. They will also be live-streamed via Sinclair Broadcasting at and shared remotely at six participating Library locations: Cortez, Parman, Cody, Mission, Potranco, and Guerra branch libraries.
Choices in Education- July 11, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Learn more about the various options for school: public, private, charter or homeschool. Discuss the pros and cons of each and how to tailor the K-12 years to suit your child's needs. Special guest: Lisa Rogers, Director of Educating Diverse Learners.

Independent Living - August 8, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Discover helpful tools that assist with independent living. Discuss life after high school including driving and   transportation, choices for higher education, employment, and living options. Special guests: Julie Coy Manier & Grant Manier, authors of Different is More.

Visit for a complete list of programs and streaming locations or call 210-207-2500.  

City Councilman Mike Gallagher, 1635 NE Loop 410, Suite 510, San Antonio, TX 78209

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