Weekly Report

State of the State
Governor Abbott made his State of the State address on February 17. The Governor declared the following five issues as emergency items for legislative action, which allows the legislature to take a floor vote on related legislation before the 60-day constitutional moratorium that bars floor votes in the first 60 days of the session.

  1. Higher Education
  2. Higher Education Research Initiatives
  3. Transportation Funding
  4. Border Security Funding
  5. Ethics Reform

The Governor called for more than $4 billion a year to build more roads without raising taxes, fees, tolls or debt. Governor Abbott also called for making the Texas Enterprise Zone more efficient, effective and transparent.

State Run Off Election Results
With the election of Diego Bernal to House District 123, the City’s delegation gains a committee spot on the House Urban Affairs and International Trade & International Affairs Committees. It is expected for incoming State Senator Jose Menendez to serve as a member of the Senate Higher Education, Criminal Justice and Intergovernmental Relations Committees. The election results will be canvassed on March 3, and will be sworn into the Senate on March 6. The vacant seat in the House will now require a special election. A date has not been identified for the special election as this time.

Pre K 4 SA Student Enrollment
As of Friday, February 20, Pre –K 4 SA has over 1,200 student applications.

EastPoint Neighborhood Sweep
City staff is coordinating with several City departments and agencies (EastPoint, Animal Care Services, CPS Energy, Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI), Police, Fire, Code Enforcement, Metro Health and Solid Waste) a “Neighborhood Sweeps Program” within the four square mile area of the EastPoint neighborhood. The Sweep will take place in March and is intended to be a 30 day concentration of City services that will result in a cleaner, safer and healthier community. During the past two weeks, CPS Energy has repaired over 100 streetlights in the community. CPS Energy also committed to send its Customer Response Unit to neighborhood meetings and events to promote its affordability and energy efficiency programs and address any billing questions.

Strategic Multi-Modal Transportation Plan
The City’s three growth-related plans (Comprehensive Plan, Transportation Plan & Sustainability Plan) have been branded “SA Tomorrow”. Kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at the Alamo Convocation Center from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Social media has been activated to begin outreach leading up to the April 11 event. Invites to the Mayor and Council are also forthcoming.

Promise Zone Economic Development Plan
San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) was awarded $500,000 by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in August 2014 for the development of an Economic Development Plan for the eastside of San Antonio. HR&A was hired to develop an economic development strategy for the Promise Zone. The plan will consist of: identification and development of strategies for six business development opportunities in the Promise Zone, identification of a transited oriented development, and identification of a site to develop an “EastPoint” commercial tower.

Historic House Specialist Realtor Training
The Office of Historic Preservation held its annual Historic House Specialist Realtor Training this past Friday, February 20 at the historic Woodward House, home of the Women’s Club of San Antonio. The sold out event was attended by an enthusiastic group of more than 60 realtors and professionals. Sessions led by staff covered the fundamentals of historic preservation, the Vacant Building Registration program, and information about historic building materials and construction methods.  There were also presentations about historic house styles and preservation as tool for sustainability.  Participants received continued education hours through San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR).

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