National Night Out 2017 sure was a blast! It was great to be
invited out by so many neighborhoods to spend time getting to know
each other and working to better our community. Thank you to the
neighbors of El Dorado, Valencia, Northern Hills, Oak Park Northwood,
Marymont, Royal Ridge, Longs Creek, Calico Creek, Friends of
Comanche Lookout, Fox Run, Steubing Ranch Elementary, Emerald Forest,
Summit of Bulverde Creek, Stoney Ridge, Cedar Grove, Forest Oak, and
Hills of Park North for inviting my staff and me into your
communities for a fun filled night. It was truly an experience to see
so many communities come together. If I didn't personally make it out
to your NNO event this year, I will work to make it there next
I'm hoping to see all of you at the upcoming District 10
Community Meeting on October 16th at the Tool Yard We'll have
representatives from 311, Beitel Creek, CPS, SAWS, and Centro San
Antonio to discuss things they're working on to better serve our
community and city overall.
As always, thank you for being active community members and
leaders here in District 10.
Coffee with Clayton - October 14th, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30
PM, St. Andrew's United Methodist, Fellowship Hall
District 10 Community Meeting - October 16th, 2017, 7PM, at the Tool
Metro Health wants to know what you think about
increasing the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to
21 years of age. Give your opinion by completing this short community
survey. Your opinion will help gauge interest and support
for this measure.
Open District 10 Boards
and Commissions Seats
Transportation Advisory Board is comprised of 11 members appointed by
the Mayor and each City Councilmember for two-year terms representing
the following categories: three (3) consumers; one (1) member large
company taxicab industry; one (1) member co-op taxicab industry; one
(1) member small business taxicab industry; one (1) member of tour,
charter or shuttle service; one (1) member of horse carriage,
limousine or livery service; one (1) member of hotel/motel
association; one (1) member of Airport Advisory Commission; and one
(1) member of Convention and Visitors Commission. The Board makes
recommendations to the Director of the San Antonio Police Department,
in reference to City Ordinances, Rules, and Regulations on the
licensing and regulatory review process for transportation services
licensed by the City. These services include taxicabs, limousines,
tour/charter services, pedicabs, and horse carriages. Meetings are
held on the fourth Monday of each month (excluding April and December)
at 5:00 PM in the Municipal Plaza Building "B" Room, 114 W.
Commerce. Meeting duration is usually one to two hours. Public
hearings are held in addition to regular meetings.
Building and Standards Board
The BSB is a citizen-based board
and includes 14 members appointed by City Council. BSB membership
requirements are prescribed for the following categories: Architect,
Engineer, General Contractor, Social Worker, Health Care
Professional, Retired person (over the age of 64) and Veteran of the
United States Military. A professional property manager may be
substituted for one general contractor and/or one social worker. The
BSB consists of two panels of seven members. Each panel hears and
rules on violations of the San Antonio Property Maintenance Code
(SAPMC) and summary abatement appeals. Property owners are allowed to
appeal a SAPMC Notice of Violation to the BSB based on issues of
interpretation, intent, and application of code requirements. The BSB
may issue civil penalties for failure to comply with the SAPMC. The
panels also rule on cases related to the repair or demolition of
unsafe structures. Each panel holds a hearing twice per month unless
otherwise indicated. Meeting dates are the first and third Thursdays
for Panel A, and the second and fourth Thursdays for Panel B.
Meetings are held at the Cliff Morton Development and Business
Services Center, located at 1901 S. Alamo St. Location and times of
meetings are subject to change and can be verified with the liaison.
Access Advisory Committee
The Disability Access Advisory Committee is
comprised of 11 members appointed by the Mayor and each City
Councilmember for two-year terms. The Disability Access Advisory
Committee was established to work closely with the City of San
Antonio Disability Access Office as part of San Antonio's efforts to
provide accessible services and facilities for citizens with
disabilities. The Advisory Committee consists of consumers with
disabilities, providers of services to people with disabilities and
interested San Antonio residents. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the
second Monday at 3:00 PM at Lion's Field Adult and Senior Center,
2809 Broadway (in Brackenridge Park at the corner of Mulberry
Avenue). Meeting duration is usually one to one and a half hours.
Special meetings are called as needed. For more information, click here.
If you are interested in applying for one of
the above seats, please fill out an application here.
Corridor Steering Committee
The NEC Steering
Committee is a volunteer workgroup of area business and
community leaders who provide input on - and support for-
implementation of the NEC Revitalization Plan.
Steering Committee members act as ambassadors for the
Perrin Beitel - Nacogdoches commercial corridor, working with fellow
business operators and the City of San Antonio to promote the
corridor's assets and advocate for the resources needed for
change. For a
full description of the NEC Steering Committee, membership
expectations, and an application, please click here: NEC Steering Committee Information and
Planning Commission has the principal duty of acting as an advisory
body to City Council regarding both amendments to the master plan of
the City and the Unified Development Code. The Commission also
serves as a final authority pertaining to subdivision plats within
the City of San Antonio city limits and within the Extraterritorial
Jurisdiction. The commission provides recommendations on capital
improvements and administers regulations on subdivisions and
platting, to include the extra-territorial jurisdiction
Regularly-scheduled meetings are held twice a month on the second and
fourth Wednesdays of the month at 2 p.m. at the Cliff Morton
Development and Business Services Center, 1901 S. Alamo St., in the
first floor board room. You must complete a Planning Commission Appeal Application to
have your request considered by the Planning Commission. More
information on the Planning Commission can be found in the Land Entitlements Section. After
you submit your application, Development Services will assign a case
manager to guide you through the process.
Meet Our Staff
Rebecca Podowski joined the District 10 team in
August of 2015 under then-Councilman Mike Gallagher. Before entering
the world of public service, she was a writer for HP and Shell, both
located in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Houston
in 2010 with a degree in Psychology; a degree that has proven handy
when working with the District 10 team.
The daughter of a high school social studies teacher and IT
manager, Rebecca grew up watching her parents restore a century-old
home into the Pin Oak Bed and Breakfast in Calvert, Texas. She
credits this experience for her love of preserving old homes and
historic structures, which is why she immediately felt at home in San
Antonio. Her father's work in teaching government and economic inspired
her to learn more about local government and be active in helping
residents and neighborhoods.
Before entering her current role as Senior Policy Advisor,
she formerly served as the District 10 Communications Advisor,
handling media inquiries, social media accounts and assembling the
biweekly newsletters. As a policy advisor, she researches new ideas
and scours best practices from other cities to bring to City Council
When not editing or researching, Rebecca spends her time
hiding the junk food from her three-year-old daughter, Emmeline, and
husband Drew. She is currently preparing for entry into the
Fall 2018 Masters Program for Public Administration at the downtown
UTSA campus to continue her public servant work well into the future.
The following is an editorial that was submitted to the
Express News for consideration on September 28th. We would like to
share it with you for your thoughts as well.
It sends a mixed message that the City is able to expand
their range of services outside the core responsibilities of safety,
infrastructure, parks, etc., while our taxpayers find their own
budgets limited with each year's appraisal bill in the mail.
San Antonio's General Fund currently receives a windfall
every year as a result of our home's appraisals shooting higher and
higher. We don't need to adjust our tax rate any higher to support an
expanded budget because we already receive more in taxes.
When a City continues to expand its budget, it become harder
and harder to whittle it back down. Our homeowners continue to
tighten their financial belts each year to focus on their core budget
needs; it's important that we look for ways to do this as well.
Texas cities have the option of offering a separate
residence homestead exemption of up to 20 percent of a property's
Having a City Homestead Tax Exemption is not a far-fetched
idea. Several cities in North Texas have already implemented their
own homestead tax exemption as a direct result of ballooning property
Unlike other cities, our budget is supported by multiple
sources of funding. Incorporating a homestead tax exemption would not
damage our City budget drastically thanks to our diversified budget
Incorporating more local tax exemptions for residents in San
Antonio is a way to show the City's support of their residents. When
we can put money back into the wallets of our residents, we give them
back spending power, which supports the city as well.
I don't believe that we should wait to see what happens at
the state level during the next legislative session. A City of San
Antonio homestead tax exemption declares to the Texas government:
"We are doing our part, now do yours."
Councilman Perry wants to
hear from YOU!
Councilman Perry would like to recognize
upstanding members of our community. Do you or a loved one have a
notable birthday coming up? Has your daughter received the Gold Award
from Girl Scouts, or is your son becoming an Eagle Scout? Please let
us know so we can recognize your accomplishments publicly.
Did you know that you could sign up for the
latest news from Development Services? Development Services can
provide you with District specific news regarding Building Permits,
Board of Adjustments, Planning and Zoning Commission, and tentative
zoning cases. You can even select the type of information that you
would like to receive All that is required from you is your name and
To stay in touch with the
Development Services Department, click here.
from Nacodoches to the Cul De Sac
Transportation & Capital Improvement's contractor J&P Paving Co.
is scheduled to begin on 09/22/2017and is estimated to be complete by 10/22/2017.We
sincerely appreciate your patience and cooperation while these
improvements are in progress. We will work diligently to restore the
street to full operational status as soon as possible. While
improvements are underway, here is some helpful information about the
improvement project to assist you:
Vehicles should not be parked on the street
from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If vehicles are parked along the
path of construction improvements and no one is available to
move it, it will be towed to one of the following streets in
WYE OR ACORN HILL
The street will have limited access to
vehicular traffic. Traffic detour barricades and signs will be
provided to guide traffic through the construction as needed.
If your street is completely closed, no
traffic will be permitted into the barricaded area.
In the event of adverse weather,
environmental conditions, unforeseen equipment issues, or
schedule conflicts, improvements on your street will likely be
rescheduled as soon as conditions permit.
If you have
question about this project, please contact: