VIVA! The first annual District 10 Fiesta was one for the
books. We were so thrilled to bring the spirit of Fiesta to the
Northeast side. I'm hoping that we can bring more events like this to
District 10 on an even larger scale. In fact, we're already planning
for next year.
Thank you to all of our neighbors who were able to make it out
to our event. I hope that everyone enjoyed the entertainment
from our friends at the International Academy of Music and the Arts
and the food from Caliente Grill Food Truck. Representatives from CPS
Energy, SAWS, SAFD, SAPD North SAFFE, Metro Health, Parks, TCI, Solid
Waste, VIA, and SASpeakUp joined us, making our event even better.
Thanks to you, SASpeakUp gathered surveys from over 100 neighbors regarding
budget priorities. Special thanks are in order to CPS Energy for
providing the drinks and Ms. Jo Alexander for bringing her famous
brownies. Photos from District 10's Fiesta can be found below.
Early Voting for the Runoff Election begins on Monday, May
14th and ends on Friday, May 18th. The Runoff Election will
take place on May 22nd. As a reminder, you can vote
in this election even if you did not participate in the Primary
Election. Check your county elections website for voting information
There will be an opportunity to hear from the Primary Election
runoff candidates during the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance
candidates' forum on April 16th at the Tool Yard.
The District 10 Field Office is still distributing free mosquito dunks.
These will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
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
Meeting - Candidates' Forum
April 16, 2018 - 10303 Tool Yard
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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.
like to gauge our neighbors on their desire for a homestead tax exemption,
for them to assign a monetary value to what they consider relief, and
what services they are OK with being reduced in the City Budget in
order to receive a homestead exemption. If a resident is not willing
to cut services in order to receive a tax break, that's valuable
information. If a resident considers an extra $100 in tax reduction a
real relief, that's also valuable information. The results of this
survey will help guide our office as we push forward with tax relief
options for our residents. Please participate in our survey, here.
Council met during B-Session on April 11th to review the proposed short term rental
ordinance for operators in San Antonio. The ordinance
received a variety of feedback from City Council and will move back
to Governance Committee for additional comments and review. This
survey is to gauge District 10 residents' thoughts on the proposed
regulations for Short Term Rentals operating in San Antonio. Please
participate in our survey, here.
city. Your voice. Complete SASpeakUp's 2019 budget survey
today and speak up for your community! With your input, the @City of
San Antonio - Municipal Government can build a budget that funds the
priorities, resources and improvements you care about! To participate
in this survey, click here.
Meet Our Staff
My name is Cynthia Garcia, and I have
recently joined Councilman Clayton Perry's staff as his Senior
I was born in Beeville, Texas and raised in
Kenner and Metarie, Louisiana before moving to Houston at the age of
seven - GO 'STROS!
I am a proud San Antonio transplant - I
just moved here in February of this year. I am so excited to be here
in San Antonio. Not only do I get to live closer to my daughter
Riley, but I also get to experience the tradition and welcoming
culture of San Antonio.
Before working for Councilman Perry, I
spent 10 years with UTHealth at the McGovern Medical School at
Houston. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, working out, and
volunteering. I volunteered my time for 10 years with Star of Hope
Homeless Shelter in Houston.
I am delighted to be a part of San Antonio
and to work with our District 10 neighbors to enhance this already
this month, we had the opportunity to tour the McNay with museum
director, Rich Aste. The current exhibitions: 30 Americans, Mi McNay es su
McNay, Something to Say (pictured above) encourage
the audience to engage and interact with the artwork - which is a ton
of fun. Thank you to Rich and his staff for coordinating this tour.
The McNay is truly a gem in District 10.
San Antonio International Airport (SAT) hosted a
ribbon-cutting ceremony for Frontier Airlines this week to celebrate
its new non-stop flights to five cities: Cincinnati, Colorado
Springs, Raleigh-Durham, San Jose, and Orlando. These new
flights arrive just in time for summer vacation travel With this
launch, Frontier now serves fourteen destinations in San Antonio.
Healthy Tips with Dr. Bridger
Soap or Hand Sanitizer? In my job I deal with a lot of difficult and
controversial issues. Before I started my first job as a Health
Director, my mentor told me, "Colleen, to be an effective Health
Director, you'll have to be comfortable with the fact that if you're
doing your job well, there will always be somebody who wishes you
weren't." I've been a Health Director for over 20 years now, and
I'm still not entirely comfortable with people's negative reactions
to some of my work. There are three main public health issues that
evoke the strongest reaction in people: 1) teen pregnancy; 2) tobacco
control and 3) hand sanitizer. I know, on the surface hand sanitizer
doesn't seem like a rancorous issue, but trust me folks it is!
I get asked on a regular basis if hand sanitizer works as
well as soap for preventing the flu. The short answer is
"yes." Given the reactions I've had to that short answer in
the past, however, I feel the need to explain. So, here's proof. There
are two ways to test how well something kills flu germs on people's
hands. The first is in the lab. The way that scientists test the
efficacy of hand sanitizer vs. soap is called the glove juice method.
Basically, the test subject dips his hands in a soup of germs, pulls
them out and lets them dry. Then, a scientist uses the hand cleanser
to be tested (either soap or hand sanitizer), lets the hands dry
again and places a pair of rubber gloves containing a sterile
solution on the hands. The scientist massages the surfaces of the
hand and then dumps the solution out of the glove and counts how many
germs remain. The results of these laboratory tests show conclusively
that there are fewer germs remaining on the hands cleaned with hand
sanitizer. Note that I use the word "germs" not dirt. Of
course dirt comes off best with soap, but dirt doesn't make you sick
(unless you're talking about the "yuck factor"...).
We all know that products in real life never work as well as
those in the lab, so there is a second way to test the effectiveness
of soap vs. hand sanitizer and that is using real people in the real
world. Essentially, some people are told to use soap and other people
are told to use hand sanitizer. Researchers monitor both groups for
signs and symptoms of illness. Not surprisingly (to me anyway...) the
group that used the hand sanitizer got sick significantly less than
the group that used soap. These results were the same regardless of
whether the group studied was old, young, healthy, sick, college
educated or not.
Interestingly, regular soap worked just as well as
antibacterial soap, but hand sanitizer still worked best. There is
one caveat, however. When dealing with diarrheal diseases, hand
washing with soap is preferred. The details there are a little strong
on the "yuck factor", so I'll just leave it at that. So,
bring on the emails, phone calls and other methods of calling me out.
I'm used to it (err, almost).
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.