We held our District 10 Community Meeting on Monday night. We
were joined there by Dr. Brian Gottardy, Superintendent of
NEISD, Carlos Contreras, Interim Executive Director of the
Tricentennial, and Jean Latsha, VP of Development of PEDCOR.
At Monday's meeting, I briefly presented
information regarding the potential for City Homestead Tax Exemptions
in San Antonio. Our City consistently touts our low City tax rate but
continually increases our rates and mandatory monthly fees. Our tax
payers are long overdue tax relief. It is my goal to obtain tax
relief for you all in the form of a City Homestead Tax Exemption.
However, this is not a goal that I can achieve on my own. In order to
make this possible, I need the support of my council colleagues.
Please participate in this brief survey
and share the link with your neighbors, so I can better understand
where you all stand on this matter.
Officer Joshua Crumley of our North SAFFE unit has received a
well deserved promotion to detective. Officer Crumley has served San
Antonio for over 14 years. During his time on North SAFFE, Officer
Crumley served many neighborhoods including Long's Creek, Northern
Hills, El Chaparral/Fertile Valley, Steubing Ranch, and Eden. We are
sad to see him leave the North SAFFE, but extremely proud of his
promotion to detective.
As a reminder, the Primary Election for State Representative
and Congress will take place on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. This
election is important and will directly impact you. Early voting began February
20th, 2018 and ends on Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Check
your county elections website for voting information
As always, thank you for being active community members and
leaders here in District 10, and do not hesitate to contact our office
if we can be of any assistance to you.
Northeast Neighborhood Alliance
March 19, 2018 - 10303 Tool Yard
in District 10, we're already looking "down the road" for
repairs and upgrades. We've been hard at work reviewing and tweaking
the 2018 street repair schedule, but we are always on the lookout for
the big projects that can truly transform District 10. We've started
a running list of future bond projects for consideration, but we need
your help in guiding us to what District 10 needs most. Please help
us determine what your priorities are for the future 2022- 2027 Bond
by completing this survey. It's not too early for us to
start this process at our level.
Healthy Tips with Dr. Bridger
One of Metro Health's priorities is reducing child
Dr. Colleen Bridger
and family obesity, so
you may be surprised to read that in my inaugural Health Tips column
I'm actually advocating eating more!
Many of you have heard
experts say that the obesity problem is one of simple math-too many
calories in and not enough calories out (also known as
"exercise") equals weight gain. So, imagine my surprise to
learn that a major study has found that people who eat breakfast
actually weigh less (an average of 5 pounds less) than people who
skip it. Plus, the breakfast eaters consumed more calories
each day than the non-breakfast eaters! So, what gives? Well,
remember the obesity equation has two parts and it turns out the
"calories out" part works better if you start your day well
fueled. Folks who eat breakfast feel better and thus have the energy
to burn more calories throughout the day. Interestingly, it didn't
seem to matter what the people ate for breakfast, just that they ate
something. Of course, I'd recommend a bowl of whole grain cereal
topped with some protein-rich yogurt and fruit.
More than half of all
Americans (including children) regularly skip breakfast, either in an
attempt to lose weight, or just out of habit. Parents take note: kids
whose parents skipped breakfast were much more likely to skip it
This is one unhealthy
habit I'd urge folks to break. Want more proof? There are other
studies that show that kids who eat breakfast perform better in
school and suffer less from chronic diseases like diabetes,
hypertension and depression. Also, one study found that people who
ate breakfast were less likely to get the flu.
I know we often equate
making healthy choices with making sacrifices, but here is one very
yummy exception. It turns out mom was right, breakfast really is the
most important meal of the day.
On Saturday, February 17th, District 10
participated in the 24th Annual Basura Bash. We had over 100
volunteers join us to clean up Salado Creek at the Tobin Trailhead. I
was so proud to see our community come together to participate in
A huge thanks to Solid Waste Management, Parks Department, SAPD North
SAFFE Officers, Whataburger, the Basura Bash Organization, and the
hundreds of volunteers across San Antonio for making this possible
for our communities.
One of our volunteers, Mr. David Guerra,
brought his drone to record our efforts. His footage can be found here.
Thank you to the World Mission Society Church of God for
volunteering your time to clean up Stahl Road near Nacogdoches. The
Church of God Young Adult Volunteer Group noticed that there was
trash build up in this area and took it upon themselves to coordinate
Some of you know that I have taken a special
interest in ensuring that members of the disabled community are taken
into account by the City of San Antonio. After Harvey, I requested
the City to ensure that our emergency management plans included their
feedback and consideration. I'm so pleased that the City is paying
attention - above is the announcement of a schedule of community
meetings with the Disability Access Office and Transportation and
Capital Improvements to gather feedback on what can be improved or
implemented. I highly encourage you share this information with your
neighborhoods to ensure that everyone knows about this set of
meetings. For more information, click here.
2018 C.O.P Schedule
substation Citizens on Patrol classes are 1-time, 4-hr classes.
Please bring a photo ID when attending. All necessary
applications will be filled out at the beginning of each class and
photos will be taken for a complimentary COP ID card.
questions, please contact
McDonald at 210-207-6086.
Celebrating the City's
The San Antonio Tricentennial celebration
continues with more featured events commemorating San Antonio's
storied history. Residents and visitors can explore the official
events calendar and sort events by day, time, council district or
county precinct. The official Tricentennial magazine features a
complete listing of events through the end of the year. The
magazine is available for free at H-E-B stores and Jim's Restaurants
throughout the city.
and visitors can also learn about upcoming events and activities by
signing up for the official Tricentennial e-newsletter at www.sanantonio300.org
VITA Free Tax Preparation
VITA is a free tax preparation
service for individuals and families who earn up to $60,000 per year.
All tax-preparers are IRS-trained and certified. The District 10 VITA
site is located at Thousand Oaks Library. All VITA
sites are open through April 17th, 2018.