Wednesday, August 2, 2017

District 10 Update July 18, 2017

District 10 Newsflash
Brought to you by Clayton Perry, District 10

                                                                                               July 18, 2017
Howdy Neighbors,

Can you believe it has only been a month since the runoff election? Neither can I. We have been incredibly busy at the District 10 office. From interviewing for new staff members, to meeting with my Council Colleagues, the Mayor, City Manager, department heads, and several District 10 neighbors, we have been in talks with folks around the City and gearing up to make District 10 even better.  

Thank you to all those who attended last night's Northeast Neighborhood Alliance meeting. Councilman John Courage introduced himself to the group, and we heard presentations from both HEB and Land Use Solutions on Bulverde Marketplace updates and future developments. We also heard from Visit San Antonio on the economic value of our tourism industry, and San Antonio Tricentennial on the events planned for 2018 to celebrate San Antonio's 300th birthday. Did you know that 1 out of 8 San Antonians work in the hospitality and tourism industry, and $1.27 billion has been invested in our city to increase tourism and hospitality? Between the investment in our city and the upcoming Tricentennial celebration, San Antonio is surely a City on the rise.

During the City Council break in the month of July, City Staff works to create the new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. I provided feedback during the June 28th Budget Goal Setting Workshop that District 10's priorities are more first responders, more funding for streets and sidewalks, and absolutely no additional taxes or fees for our residents. I want to make sure that we are tightening our belt and acting as good stewards of the taxpayer's dollars to focus on the core services that the City should provide. I look forward to seeing the proposed budget in August, and plan on going over it with a fine-toothed comb to ensure that ample funding and resources are in place for our neighborhoods to thrive.

Mayor Nirenberg has appointed me to serve on four committees: Audit and Accountability, Public Safety, Intergovernmental Relations, and Economic and Workforce Development. I am looking forward to serving on these committees with my fellow Councilmembers to better serve San Antonio. 

There's been a slew of Council Consideration Requests (CCRs) filed by Councilmembers at City Hall this past month. One that I was proud to file was a request to set up Commercial Corridor Code Enforcement Sweeps throughout the City. We received the results from a pilot code sweep of the businesses along Perrin Beitel and Nacogdoches performed in April and 422 violations were found, with most problems resolved upon re-inspection. We can see businesses are willing to clean up their act when they know the City is paying attention, and there are certainly many commercial corridors in San Antonio that could benefit from this type of permanent program. We look forward to seeing this topic discussed in the coming months.

There are a few policy items in the pipeline that I will need your feedback on. One is a request by District 1 to install a permanent Pride-themed rainbow sidewalk at Main Ave and Evergreen Ave, and a CCR is being drafted by Districts 1 and 2 to remove the Confederate Soldier Memorial statue in downtown Travis Park. I really value your input on these items, and I invite you to send feedback to us via this survey: Click to participate in survey. I want to best represent District 10, and I can't do that without knowing your opinions.

- Clayton


Upcoming Community Meetings:

Save the date for the August 21st District 10 meeting, 7:00 pm, at the Tool Yard
Meet the District 10 Staff

Paul Jimenez
Chief of Staff

Paul Jimenez previously served as Chief of Staff under District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher. His previous experience includes work in the Texas Legislature, the Governor's Office, City of San Antonio City Manager's Office, Center City Development Office, City Council District 2, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was born and raised in the Valencia neighborhood here in District 10, and after college and work in Austin, moved back to District 10 and lived in Northern Hills for many years. Paul is a proud Aggie class of '00, has three kids and is married to the lovely and talented Regina Jimenez. 

Rebecca Kaufmann Podowski
Sr. Policy Advisor

Rebecca Podowski previously served as Policy Advisor and Communications Officer for District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher. She is a Houston native but saw an opportunity to move to San Antonio in 2014 and has never looked back. Her previous experience includes writing and research for Shell and HP, and she is a proud graduate of the University of Houston. When she isn't working for the neighbors of District 10, she stays busy shepherding her family around and exploring San Antonio.

Landry Stafford
Communications and Events Coordinator

Landry Stafford previously served under District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher as the Constituent Services Officer. She is a recent Trinity University graduate, majoring in Marketing with a minor in History. She grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, but came to San Antonio for her education and real Cowboys fans. She is a District 10 resident and is about to be a first time dog owner to a German Shepherd named Lady. 

Steve Peterson
Neighborhood Engagement Officer

Steve Peterson is a retired sergeant with the San Antonio Police Department. After 34 years of service, he retired, but quickly realized that public service was still nipping at his heels. As a District 10 resident and SAPD officer for the last 30 years, Steve is well-acquainted with the issues and progress found here in District 10. As our newest Aggie addition, Steve is excited to serve our neighbors once more, although his wife is saddened to lose her personal assistant around the home. 

Samantha Wickwire
Neighborhood Engagement Officer

Samantha is our most recent addition to the team here in District 10. She is currently a Masters of Public Administration student at the downtown campus of UTSA. Her previous experience includes being the Director of Business Development for Luna Architecture and an internship for a former Texas Senator Samantha is an avid traveler and is currently planning a trip to Austria and Germany over the winter holidays. 

Valley Forge Residents

We have been alerted to a case of repeat fires at a home in the 12300 block of Constitution, in the Valley Forge neighborhood.  We are working with SAFD and Development Services  to resolve this problem. A code case for the Building Standards Board has been created and will expedite the home to get full repair and proper securing, or demolition.  

Woodstone Residents

TCI will be working to improve Fountainwood from Arrowwood to Bluewood. Construction is slated to begin on or around July 17th, 2017 and last through August 1st, 2017, weather permitting. TCI appreciates your patience as they work on Fountainwood. 

Please note: Vehicles should not be parked on the street from 7AM to 6PM. If vehicles are in the path of construction improvements and no one is available to move it, it will be towed to Arrowwood or Bluewood. 

Traffic detour barricades and signs will be provided to guide traffic through the construction improvement area, as needed. 

The contractor for this project is HESI Enterprises LLC. The TCI Capital Projects Officer overseeing this project is Hector Luna, and can be reached at (210) 207-4182 or After regular business hours or weekends, you may direct your calls to (210) 206-8480. 

Stage 1 water restrictions began on Friday, July 14th. Watering with an irrigation system is only allowed once a week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and is determined by the last digit of your address. The schedule is as follows: Addresses ending in a -0 or 1 can water on Monday, 2 or 3 on Tuesday, 4 or 5 on Wednesday, 6 or 7 on Thursday, 8 or 9 on Friday. 

For more information, click here.

National night out is a community outreach program intended to bring community and police together on the first in October to create awareness to crime and drug use in our city. NNO encourages neighbors to come out and meet one another. Many neighborhoods, homeowners associations, schools, churches, apartments, and community centers plan a collaborative event for their communities. 

Reach out to your neighborhood leaders and get involved. If you have not yet registered your National Night Out party, click here to complete the online registration form.

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.

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.  

San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018! 

The San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be commemorated with a year-long calendar of events, activities and innovative initiatives that will carry San Antonio into the next 300 years.

Visit for more information about the 
upcoming Tricentennial Celebration.

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City Councilman Clayton Perry, 1635 NE Loop 410, Suite 510, San Antonio, TX 78209

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