On August 22nd, City Council was briefed on the
Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). I’d like for you all to read the
plan at SAClimateReady.org and participate in the City’s survey. The Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will come
to City Council for a vote on October 17th.
The next Northeast Neighborhood
Alliance Meeting is set for Monday, September 16th, 7 PM at the
Tool Yard (10303 Tool Yard). At this
meeting we'll hear from State Representative Steve Allison on the
Texas Legislature's recent actions and have briefings on the San
Antonio Airport's Strategic Plan and the Meals on Wheels Program.
District Attorney Joe Gonzales has offered to
speak at any District 10 neighborhood association meeting about
his policies on homelessness issues such as criminal trespass and
cite and release. To invite the DA to your neighborhood meeting,
you may contact him here.
San Antonio's National Night Out is right around the
corner! If your Neighborhood or Home Owners Association is
planning to host a National Night Out (NNO) Event, registration
has begun. The benefit of early registration is receiving all the
information via e-mail as it is released. You will not receive an
email confirmation when you register; if you have questions or
need information, please contact Linda Tomasini at Linda.Tomasini@sanantonio.gov. If you would like us to attend your event, please
email Landry Stafford at Landry.Stafford@sanantonio.gov as soon as possible. For more information, click here.
As always, thank you for being active community
members and leaders here in District 10. Please do not hesitate
to contact our office if we can be of any assistance to
There are two “hot topics” I’d like to bring to
your attention so that you can be informed and generate your
own opinions – they are the Homestead Property Tax Exemption
and the proposed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).
City Council approved a city-wide homestead
exemption for all homeowners this summer. If you are
already receiving a homestead exemption on your property, you
do not need to do anything; the exemption will automatically
appear on your property tax bill.
Recently, the homestead exemption was criticized
by Gilbert Garcia in the Express-Newsarticle
“Get ready to pay the price for San Antonio’s homestead
exemption.” In the article, Garcia calls the homestead
exemption “ill-considered” and a “self-inflicted blow.” The
homestead exemption accounts for roughly $3 million of the
City’s General Fund – less than 0.2 percent of the massive $2.9
billion proposed budget. San Antonio is fully capable of
providing the necessary funds to provide the safety and
infrastructure needs of the growing city and funding a
homestead tax exemption, as evidenced by the proposed budget.
Over the last 10 years the General Fund has
grown over 30 percent to the amount of $382.9
million. Over that same period of time, homeowner property
tax growth has been over 40 percent. We have had the
capacity to afford a homestead exemption for several years now,
but past City leaders failed to make this a priority.
This year’s proposed budget is massive, and we
are adding more money to other than basic services required by
our City Charter. We should be looking for ways to give breaks
to our taxpayers when we can, especially homeowners who are
being squeezed by escalating taxes and fees. We are elected by
the people to invest their tax dollars wisely and sometimes
that means we need to cut back on “nice to have” items so that
we can provide some relief.
City Council was recently briefed on the second
iteration of the proposed CAAP. In my opinion, the CAAP is
a well-intended policy idea that we should not continue to
pursue without more information on long-term costs. I cannot
support a plan that isn’t clear on costs. Even approving the
CAAP as a framework is risky, because resources will inevitably
be allocated towards it. This piecemeal approach of
gradually building up a program over several years tends to
make implementation administratively bloated and accomplishes
few results. We cannot expect our neighbors to write a blank
check for the CAAP.
In the weeks to come, there will be more
information and avenues for input on the CAAP. I look
forward to hearing from you on this and other items important
to our community.
Ro-Ho Pork & Bread specializes in
reproducing the most popular and representative street food
from the city of Guadalajara. Guadalajara is the second largest
city in Mexico and has been a Sister City to San Antonio since 1974.
Chef Jorge Rojo prepares all the elements of his
small menu from scratch daily, including the specialty bread,
birote, a key component for their menu item, Torta Ahogada.
Torta Ahogada is a pork sandwich dipped in tomato sauce,
accompanied by pickled onion, shredded cabbage, slices of
radish and lime, with an option of adding spicy sauce.
Ro-Ho Pork & Bread is gaining notoriety
within the community of San Antonio by offering fresh, quality
dishes in a cheerful Mexican atmosphere. We're so glad to
welcome the Ro-Ho team to District 10!
Message from CPS
At CPS Energy, we are committed to serving our
community with the products and services they truly want. As we
look forward to our flexible energy future, we are seeking
community input to help us make decisions that will benefit all
of San Antonio for years to come.
Everyone has different opinions and ideas, and
we want to listen. To this end, we have put together two
surveys that are soliciting public input in regards to our
future energy generation portfolio and our customer energy
management programs, respectively. The FlexPOWER
Bundle survey will help us understand what the community
thinks about our “blended energy approach,” while the FlexSTEPsurvey gives us more insight into which energy
management programs customers want to see in the future.
You can find more info about our Flexible
Path, as well as the links to both surveys, by clicking here.
and Commissions Vacancies
City/County Joint Commission on
Elderly Affairs: The
commission is composed of sixteen members who serve upon appointment
by their governing body officer and serve until replaced.
Appointed by the Mayor, City Council, County Judge and County
Commissioners with each appointing their own representative to
the commission. To improve the quality of life of seniors in San
Antonio and Bexar County through: Support of Senior Services and
Resources, Advocacy and Outreach. Meetings are held 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 10am in the Bexar County Purchasing Building.
For more information, please click here.
SA2020 Commission on Strengthening
Family Well-being: The SA2020
Commission on Strengthening Family Well-Being, works in concert
with stakeholders, SA2020, and the Department of Human Services
to help meet the family well-being and safety net goals, indicators,
and measure identified during the SA2020 process. The Commission
serves in an advisory capacity to the Department of Human
Services and City Council on matters affecting the well-being of
San Antonio residents and families. Meetings are every other month
at Willie C Velasquez Center, 1302 N Zarzamora St, San Antonio,
Texas 78205. For more information, please click here.
Big thank you to our outgoing
Boards and Commissions members, LaJuana Hill Zanoni and Kevin
Jackson. You all are true stewards of the community and we are so
grateful for the time and energy y'all dedicated to making San
Antonio a great place to live.
Clayton Perry | 1635 NE Loop
410, Suite 510, San Antonio, TX