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
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.
Upcoming Community Meetings:
Save the date for the August 21st District 10
meeting, 7:00 pm, at the Tool Yard
Meet the District 10
Chief of Staff
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
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.
and Events Coordinator
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.
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
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.
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.
barricades and signs will be provided to guide traffic through the
construction improvement area, as needed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
National night out is a community outreach
program intended to bring community and police together on the firstin 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
Metro Health Partners with Parks & Recreation Department
Offer Vaccines to Summer Camp Participants Before School
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.
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.
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
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
Series with Aspergers101 to Take Place at San Antonio Public Library
series focuses on understanding and excelling with high-functioning
autism and Asperger Syndrome
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
News4SA.com/Live/Event and shared remotely at six participating
Library locations: Cortez, Parman, Cody, Mission, Potranco, and
Guerra branch libraries.
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 bit.ly/Aspergers101 for a
complete list of programs and streaming locations or call
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.