Friday, April 27, 2018

COP Training, Monday, May 5, 2018, at 9 am to 1pm


This is a reminder that there will be a COP class on Saturday, May 5th, from 9am until 1pm. It will be held at the SAPD North substation located at 13030 Jones-Maltsberger. There is no need to RSVP and all forms will be filled out at the beginning of the class.

This program is for anyone interested in being part of the solution in reducing or preventing crime in your neighborhood. The program teaches what to report and who the suspicious activity should be reported to, ultimately becoming an extra set of eyes and ears for police officers responding to calls for service in your area. This is not a class advocating confrontation, but rather observation and reporting.  After completing the class, each attendee is offered the opportunity to ride with an SAPD officer while on patrol.

There are no scheduled classes for the upcoming summer months, with classes resuming on Monday, September 10th .

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Off. J. Dave McDonald #0216
San Antonio Police Dept.
13030 Jones-Maltsberger
San Antonio, TX 78247

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance, Special Meeting about Harry Wurzbach at Austin HWY proposal, 8th May, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, at St.Pius X Catholic Church on Harry Wurzbach

The Northeast Neighborhood Alliance has been notified of an important public hearing involving our neighborhoods near the intersection of Harry Wurzbach and Austin Highway. If you live close to this intersection or use it often, you should attend this meeting and express your opinion on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans for improving traffic flow in this area.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Pius X Catholic Church located at 3907 Harry Wurzbach. If you have any questions about the hearing, please call the City of San Antonio's Project Manager Richard Grochowski at (210) 207-7640 or email him at

PLEASE inform your neighbors of this meeting. Thank you for your assistance.

Mike Gallagher 
Northeast Neighborhood Alliance

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance 

2018 Meeting Dates:

July 16, September 17, and November 19 

District 10 Homestead Exemption Proposal

Dear Neighbors,

If you're not yet aware, District 10 has been working to implement a City of San Antonio Homestead Tax Exemption for homeowners in San Antonio. We've talked about it at your neighborhood meetings and have have asked you to take a survey regarding the matter in our newsletters. We've done quite a bit of research on this initiative, and I'd like to share the results of that effort. You can find all of this below under "The Cost of Living in San Antonio".

Just as important, the yearly SASpeakUp Campaign is in full swing. SpeakUp “squads” are present around the city, soliciting feedback from our residents on what their budget priorities are for 2019. The budget survey asks you where you would like the City to allocate money in the General Fund for 2019, and offers you a comment field for any other thoughts on the budget. If you think it's time for San Antonio to have their own homestead tax exemption, take the survey, online or in person, and write in “We want a City of San Antonio Homestead Tax Exemption” in the comment field.

The Cost of Living in San Antonio

The City’s General Fund budget has grown from $852,277,006 in 2010 to $1,097,609,770 in 2017. Our budget grows because our revenue streams grow. As an example, our property tax revenue, CPS revenue, and SAWS revenue all grew from 2008 to 2016 by $63 million, $38 million, and $3.4 million respectively.

As our revenues climb, the City of San Antonio continues to grow as an organization. We are required by law to have a balanced budget, so when our coffers fill, we must do something with that money. Historically, we’ve put money back in city departments and expanded services.

However, since 2010, the combined average monthly mandatory fees assessed by the City have risen 32% to about $365 a year for the average resident. These fees include the monthly fees for your trash cart, storm water, and the environmental fees for solid waste and parks.

If you add up all the SAWS rate increases Council has approved since 2010, our rates are now 50% higher.

Every time these fee or rate increases come before Council for a vote, it is presented as a nominal increase that would not overburden our residents. However, the data shows that these nominal increases lead to a significant hit in our residents’ wallets. Our goal is to offer a homestead tax exemption to help offset these recurring increases.

We offer great services to the residents of San Antonio, and I know that there are costs associated with providing these services. However, I believe we need to focus our resources on the true core services that the City is mandated to provide to its residents. This pattern of raising more money and spending it outside of the core services concerns me. Why are we keeping the surplus in taxpayer dollars, allocating them back into general fund, but continuing to raise mandatory fees for City services?

A 10% Homestead Exemption on a $200,000-appraised home would save a resident $111.65 a year, offsetting the total fees paid to the City down to $253.39. A 20% exemption would save that same resident $223.31, offsetting their yearly fees down to $141.73. As you can see, we have the ability to help our residents continue to afford living in San Antonio.

As it turns out, San Antonio is the only major city in Texas without a homestead tax exemption. We are a proud city, always highlighting where we excel or come in first, yet we cannot bring ourselves to join the pack of other Texas cities in granting our residents relief.

Implementing a City of San Antonio Homestead Tax Exemption sends the message that we are acting in the best interests of our taxpayers. A homestead tax exemption says “Thank you for choosing to live here in San Antonio.” Implementing this measure says we want to be the best stewards of tax dollars and take what we need, not the whole pot.

The time is now for a City of San Antonio homestead tax exemption.

Thank you all for being active neighbors here in San Antonio. We appreciate your continued interest, and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.

-Councilman Clayton Perry and the District 10 Team

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

City of San Antonio, Development Services Department 2018 Summer Training


2018 Summer SABCA Training
Hardberger Park, Urban Ecology Center, Gathering Hall
8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX

2018 Means of Egress (6 Hours)
May 8, 2018
8:30 a.m.-
4:00 p.m.
2018 IBC Mixed Occupancies (3 hours)
May 9, 2018 AM
8:30-11:30 a.m.
2018 IBC Exterior Wall and Opening Protection (3 hours)
May 9, 2018 PM 
1:00-4:00 p.m.
2018 IBC Exterior Wall and Opening Protection (3 hours)
May 10, 2018 AM
8:30-11:30 a.m.
2018 IBC Mixed Occupancies (3 hours)
May 10, 2018 PM
1:00-4:00 p.m.

2018 Means of Egress
This training addresses numerous provisions in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) where the code contains requirements pertaining to establishing a means of egress in buildings. The course is intended to help plan reviewers or building code officials responsible for plan review identify those areas where plan review will include compliance with the IBC. During this training, participants will be listening to lecture and viewing examples, as well as discussing sections of the IBC that pertain to plan review of a commercial building.

2018 IBC Mixed Occupancies
Based on the provisions of IBC Section 508, this course addresses those special requirements applicable to buildings containing two or more occupancy classifications. The three mixed-occupancy options are presented along with examples and exercises.

2018 IBC Exterior Wall and Opening Protection
This seminar addresses the various provisions in the IBC dealing with exterior wall design and construction. Although such walls are primarily regulated due to their location on the lot, many other additional requirements are set forth in the code. Exterior bearing walls are regulated by Table 601, while the use of exterior exit stairways, exit courts and exterior areas of assisted rescue will also typically mandate some degree of fire-resistance.

The deadline for a guaranteed reservation is 4:30 p.m. May 1, 2018 for the May 8-10, 2018 courses. We will accept registrations up to the day of each event on a space-available basis; however we cannot guarantee a workbook or handout material for anyone registering after the deadline. Space is limited to the first 70 registrants for each session.

The registration fee is $75 per 3 hour course or $150 for a six hour course. On-line registration will begin April 20, 2018. An e-mail acknowledgement will be sent once payment is made through the on-line registration system, if you pay by credit card. If you need an invoice for your records, please request one at
Requests for registration cancellation prior to 4:30 p.m. May 1, 2018 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests received after this date are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact SABCA

City of San Antonio, Development Services, 1901 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78204

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Friday, April 20, 2018

District 10 meeting 25 April, 2018, Tool Yard, 6 pm.

View larger photoThe City wants your input! TCI and Council District 10 will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Toolyard (10303 Toolyard, San Antonio, TX 72833). The meeting will discuss the proposed renaming of District 10’s Jones Maltsberger/Salado Creek bridge in honor of fallen soldier U.S. Army SFC David James Todd, Jr. Todd was KIA while on tour in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan on August 20, 2008.
For more information or to request special assistance or accommodations, please contact Samantha Wickwire with Council District 10 at...Read more
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