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Key Issues Report

Pay As you Throw (PAYT) Roll Out
Staff has coordinated with City Council members and has scheduled community meetings in each of the ten City Council districts to educate residents on the upcoming PAYT roll-out. The meetings will be completed after the FY 2016 Budget adoption on September 17 and before September 30, 2015. The roll out will begin on October 1, 2015. Dates, times and locations of meetings are listed below:

Date Council District Location Time
Thursday, September 10 District 7 Maverick Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 14 District 9 Brook Hollow Library 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 15 District 8 Cody Library 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 16 District 6 Great Northwest Library 6:30pm
Thursday, September 17 District 2 Carver Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 21 District 5 Bazan Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 21 District 10 Northeast Service Center 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 22 District 3 Mission Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 28 District 1 Westfall Library 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 29 District 4 Cortez Library 6:30pm

Mailings notifying of all public hearings and proposed zoning and land use designations were postmarked September 2 and mailed to 7,400 property owners located within the FY 2015 IH-10 West annexation area.

World Heritage Update
The Convention and Visitors Bureau World Heritage advertising campaign is creating awareness. From launch date of July 5 through August 2, there have been 18,000 page views of the World Heritage website landing page, as a result of the advertising initiative. Top countries visiting the page, in addition to the United States, include the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Japan, Germany and China. Digital advertising has garnered 7.3 million impressions and the Missions/World Heritage video has over 3 million views.  The website is: http://visitsanantonio.com/missions

National Senior Center Month
In recognition of 2015 national Senior Center Month, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will coordinate various events to showcase the City’s 8 Comprehensive Senior Centers throughout the month of September. Each Center will host an open house during the month with special activities to promote a positive image of aging and highlight the valuable programs, activities and services offered. Key goals of the open houses include outreach to new and senior participants; connecting seniors to area resources; and showcasing each Centers unique programs, activities and culture.

The Grand Opening for the 2012 bond funded Northeast Senior Center is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on October 30, 2015. The Department of Human Services is coordinating logistics and agenda. Construction is on schedule to be substantially complete on October 2. DHS will transition participants from the former NE Senior Center to the new center immediately after the Grand Opening, with the first full day of service beginning November 2.

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Pre K 4 SA
Pre-K 4 SA’s third program year began Monday, August 24 with 1,741 enrolled students within our four education centers.  This enrollment is slightly over the 1,700 students planned within year three of the program’s eight-year business model.  There are over 1,000 students who are on the wait-list for this school year.  Next year, the program will serve 2,000 students within our four education centers.

Extended Pool Season
Four regional pools (Heritage, Southside Lions, LBJ and Woodlawn) will be open on an extended schedule through the end of September. The pools will offer swim on Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Additionally, lap swimming opportunities will be available on  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The four pools will be open over the Labor Day weekend and holiday, Saturday – Monday from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Preservation Day SA in Government Hill
On Saturday, August 8, the Office of Historic Preservation held a volunteer work day in the Government Hill District. OHP staff, youth volunteers, and neighborhood volunteers completed scraping and painting four historic homes located on Mason and E. Carson streets. Preservation work days provide a service learning opportunity to volunteers and exemplify the Core Value of Teamwork.

Public Health Accreditation Board Site Visit
The Public Health Accreditation Board assesses local health departments against set nationally recognized, evidenced-based standards.  National accreditation improves public health by advancing the quality and performance of tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments. In addition to enhancing the capacity to improve the health outcomes identified in their community health improvement plans (CHIP), accredited health departments describe quality improvement and other initiatives to better serve their communities.  Metro Health is scheduled for a site visit December 11-12, 2015. At this time, San Antonio is on track for recognition as the 3rd Texas city to earn PHAB accreditation status.  The assessment team comprised of three trained Public Health professionals will: 1) verify the accuracy of documentation submitted by the health department, 2) seek answers to questions regarding conformity with the standards and measures, 3) provide an opportunity for discussion and further explanation, 4) compose the site visit report with recommendations.

Tuberculosis Testing at Haven for Hope
As part of Metro Health’s 1115 Tuberculosis Waiver project, clinic staff recently established a new partnership to test individuals staying at Haven for Hope’s Prospect Courtyard. Part of the goal for the TB Waiver project is to identify cases of early infection in order to treat and prevent the onset of active TB disease. In addition, medications used to treat patients identified as having an early infection will be placed on a new short course 3 month therapy versus the 9-month regimen which will improve patient compliance and health. The TB Waiver project is funded through a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

San Antonio Public Library
Latino Americans – 500 years of History

The San Antonio Public Library has been awarded a competitive Latino Americans: 500 years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. As part of the grant, the library will provide public programming – public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances- about Latino history and culture. The library will also screen episodes from the six-part documentary film “Latino Americans” created for PBS. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award
The City of San Antonio will be awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. The NPI recognizes organizational excellence in procurement based upon standardized criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. This will be the 18th consecutive year the City of San Antonio has received the award.

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Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Office of EastPoint and Real Estate’s pilot Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) program for the Eastside Promise Zone began on August 4. The program has 30 residents enrolled representing 12 out of 16 of the neighborhood associations within the Promise Zone boundaries. The purpose of the NLA is to bring together established and emerging leaders from each neighborhood association within the Eastside Promise Zone to enhance their leadership, advocacy, and problem-solving skills. The NLA will educate participants about City services and encourage solutions-based partnerships.

Edwards Aquifer Protection Program- Grant Award
Edwards Aquifer Protection Program staff was notified by representatives of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) department that the City will be awarded a grant I the amount of $2,905,000 to be used toward the $6.9 million purchase of a 1,100 acre conservation easement on the Rancho Blanco property in NW Bexar County. The grant by the NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) will allow the City to leverage federal dollars with Edwards Aquifer Protection program funds. The City’s portion of the purchase will be $4 million. The Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) was notified of the grant award and supports ratification and acceptance of grant funds. The item is scheduled for City Council consideration on August 20.

Broadway Complete Street
Centro San Antonio has offered to complete the design concept for a complete street along the Broadway corridor from Houston to Josephine. VIA, TxDOT, and the City are involved in the development of the design concept. The goal is to have the corridor shovel ready for consideration as part of the 2017 Bond Program. Broadway is one of nine TxDOT roadways City Council approved as part of the TxDOT Turnback program along with $5 million from TxDOT towards the complete street project. Broadway is scheduled to be turned back to the City in 2017.

CPS Energy on Alamo between Cesar Chavez and Nueva
CPS Energy is scheduled to continue its power bank extension to support the Hemisfair Park Project. This will result in a two-phased closure between July 20 and August 30. Phase I, on the northern end of the project, will be under construction until August 6 and work within the footprint of the existing closure for the Hemisfair project. Phase II will be under construction from August 10 thru August 30, and will extend the existing closure, south, approximately an additional 250 feet leaving only one lane open for traffic control.  Right of Way staff made contact with area hotels and the Magik Theater to inform them of the upcoming work and an electronic message board was placed on site.

AT&T Phone Bank on Nueva between Alamo and Presa
AT&T will be installing a phone bank on Nueva between Presa and Alamo. Construction is scheduled from August 10 thru September 6 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and possibly Sunday). The work will result in a full closure of eastbound traffic on Nueva between Alamo and Presa as well as the adjacent sidewalk. One police officer will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian control, and traffic siganls will be appropriately adjusted. Right of Way staff made contact with abutting stakeholders to inform them of the work.

2015 Charitable Campaign Kickoff Luncheon


The United Way Annual Campaign is significant to our community.  Last year, the United Way raised more than $55 million to benefit local non-profits and residents in need of assistance within the San Antonio area.  City employees contributed more than $1 million in 2014 toward the campaign, and the 2015 goal has been set at $1.02 million.

The luncheon will be held on Friday, August 14 at the Alamodome from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to kick-off the 2015 City of San Antonio Charitable Campaign.  The luncheon will be picnic themed. The Picnic Plate includes: Hamburger & Kiolbassa Wrap, Chips, Paleta, and a DrinkVegetarian options will be available.

Buy your tickets here!

Thank you for your support!

Weekly Report

SA Tomorrow Outreach
Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI) conducted outreach for the SA Tomorrow’s Transportation Plan on university campuses April 27 – May 1, 2015. SA Tomorrow outreach included flyer card distribution, paper survey and classroom discussions where feasible. TCI reached approximately 380 university students at various campuses and another 300 high school students at the Northeast Independent School District (NEISD) Career Fair. University campuses included: University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Trinity University, Texas A&M University, and the five Alamo Colleges ( Northwest Vista, Palo Alto, St. Philip’s College, North East Lakeview, and San Antonio College).

Plan Element Working Groups

The Plan Element Working Groups for the Comprehensive Plan will meet for their first work session on May 26, 27, 28. Each of the nine working groups will meet over the three day period. The Comp Plan consultants, MIG, will be present. The meeting will encompass the following items:

  • Define Roles & Expectations of Working Group Members, City staff and consultants
  • Review and Discuss Existing Conditions
  • Discuss Policy Goals for each Plan Element


Alamo Plaza Master Plan
The City, in partnership with the State, reissued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on April 15 to develop a Joint Master Plan for the Alamo and its surrounding historic district. On April 27,City staff held a pre-submittal conference. There were 56 attendees, three from out of state. Submissions are due May 14 and interviews are scheduled for June 3, 2015. Staff anticipates presenting the selected firm to City Council on June 18, 2015.

Interlocal Agreement with University Health System (UHS)
Dr. Schlenker briefed the Intergovernmental Relations Committee on Tuesday, April 28 regarding the extension of the Interlocal agreement with UHS. The committee unanimously voted to move the item forward to full City Council consideration. City Council approved the item on Thursday, May 7 which authorized a one year extension effective April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 with a one year option to renew at approximately $190,000 per year.

KSAT TV will tape a video package about Stinson Municipal Airport as part of a Brooks CityBase sponsorship with the station. The Stinson segment is one of a series of 11 segments to air through July on KSAT Live Focusing on “live, work, learn and play” in the Brooks CityBase neighborhood. The video package will include Stinson’s history, 100th Anniversary, Stinson Airport tenants including Alamo Helicopter Tours and Palo Alto College. The segment is scheduled to air on May 26. Other organizations to be highlighted include Texas A&M, Brooks City Base Health and Wellness Center, Brooks Academy, Wyle Laboratories, Mission Solar Energy, Hangar 9, Chaba Thai Restaurant, the Republic Gold Club, Landing Apartments, City Base Cinema and Mission Trail Baptist Hospital.

Fiesta Parade Recycling Initiative
The recycling rate at Fiesta parades doubles this year compared to last year. The success can be attributed to more marketing, increased volunteers and mandatory departmental work days. The combined recycling rate for both parades was 22% this year compared to 11% last year.

2015 TIGER Grant
Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) provided technical assistance to Transportation and Capital Improvements for the US Department of Transportation 2015 TIGER grant pre-application. Additionally, IGR coordinated a transportation partners meeting with Bexar County, VIA, Brooks City Base, the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and TxDOT to discuss viable transportation projects. The group is in support of two City projects: Broadway Complete streets and Presa St. ramps. TCI will request authorization to submit final application from City Council in the coming weeks.

2015 VITA Season

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free federal tax return preparation to San Antonio and Bexar County taxpayers earning $60,000 or less annually.  Over 30 organizations, including DHS, Catholic Charities, United Way, other non-profit organizations, as well as, financial institutions, businesses, local colleges and universities and the IRS work together to offer VITA services.

The program uses IRS trained and certified volunteers and staff, electronic filing, and a direct deposit option to ensure that taxpayers receive their refund in a timely manner, typically in 10 to 14 business days.  The availability and accessibility of VITA services assists San Antonio working families in claiming significant federal credits to which they are entitled including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credits, and Child Care Tax Credit.

This year, from January 20 through April 15, the coalition operated 20 VITA sites across the community – the Department of Human Services operated 16 of these sites and a mobile team.  As of April 27, VITA served 35,709 taxpayers, compared to 32,379 returns completed at this time last year, returning more than $59 million in total refunds and approximately $34 million in Earned Income Tax Credits to the community

VITA also saved our hard working taxpayers an estimated $8 million in tax preparation fees. This represents substantial savings for VITA families who have an average annual income of $21,000.  VITA will continue to operate two year-round tax clinics at the Frank Garrett Center, 1226 N. W. 18th Street and the Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

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Historic Preservation Month – May
The Office of Historic Preservation is preparing for a series of Preservation Month events during May. This year’s theme is focused on connecting people with the places that are special to them. The planned events are designed to engage the community and encourage participation. Key events include the Kickoff/State of Preservation Press Event on May 1, Paseo por el Westside on May 2, the Amazing Preservation Race on May 8, the Amazing Preservation Race for Kids on May 16, Preservation Block Party (in conjunction with OPEN) on May 19 and a tax credit workshop on May 29, 2015.

Central Library partnership with American GI Forum
The Central Library, through a group of front line staff called “Central Library is for Everyone”, has been partnering with the American GI Forum since March 2014 to provide homeless veterans at the library an opportunity to connect with Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF). SSVF has found housing and/or employment for 80 veterans through the outreach partnership that began a year ago.

2015 Ambassador Program
The application period for the 2015 Ambassador Summer Internship Program closed on March 31. Department of Human Services received 207 applications from students in every City Council District for 120 internship positions. A review committee, which includes staff from DHS, Parks, Library and Café College, is in the process of screening the applications making recommendations. The selected applicants will be notified the week of April 20 and program orientation will be held on May 22, 2015. Ambassadors will begin their 11 week internship on May 26. Employers include business organizations, non-profit agencies, and governmental agencies.

Morgan’s Safe House
Gordon Hartman through Sports, Outdoor and Recreation (SOAR) has agreed to construct an approximate 2,000 square foot structure and other amenities such as a bathroom and covered meeting space to serve as a facility to provide fire education to the children of our community. “Morgan’s Safe House” will provide education on fire safe practices in the home as well as demonstrate how to evacuate a smoke filled room. The facility will be located on the site of the existing San Antonio Fire Academy. The Safe House will be constructed through donations from the community.

Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Funding
In FY 2013, Congress passed appropriation language that added more UASI funds with recommendations to fund the top 100 urban areas at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Homeland Security funded the top 25 urban areas. San Antonio ranked 32nd and did not receive funding. In FY 2014, the Homeland Security Secretary funded the top 39 and San Antonio received $1 million in funding. Homeland Security is being forced to fund fewer cities so the top 5 urban areas receive more funding. As an example, in FY 2010, New York received $158 million; today then now receive $180 million. The City’s Office of Emergency Management is working with the State of Texas to determine if the City can receive a direct allocation of $1.25 million form the State’s $21 million State Homeland Security 2015 award. The only opportunity for the City to receive UASI funding again is for our Congressional leadership to request Homeland Security to modify their risk formula or to request Homeland Security to fund the top 40 urban areas.

University Health System (UHS) Interlocal Agreement
Under the interlocal agreement, Metro Health agrees to have available to residents of unincorporated Bexar County certain emergency preparedness and population-based public health services. Metro Health proposed a three year extension, April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2018. UHS has indicated the agreement is scheduled for the UHS Board of Managers meeting on Tuesday, April 28. The item is scheduled to go to IGR City Council Subcommittee on Tuesday, April 28. The item is scheduled for City Council consideration on Thursday, April 30.

2015 Department of Transportation – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant
The US Department of Transportation released the 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant notice. TIGER is making $500 million available for surface transportation projects. The grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, and community revitalization. The minimum grant request is $10 M with a 20% match. Pre-application is May 4 and final application is due June 5, 2015. Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) is reviewing the Notice of Funding Availability and is coordinating with TCI for possible submission. IGR is also discussing with community partners to coordinate efforts for one regional application.

National Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month and The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is offering numerous events and activities as part of our extensive education and outreach campaign on the Role of historic preservation in achieving economic, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Historic preservation has a demonstrated positive impact on economic development efforts in our community.  It is a tool for neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization that is connected to broader strategies of land use, smart growth, sustainability and job creation.

According to a recent study for San Antonio, historic preservation plays a major role in neighborhood stability and the overall economy and quality of life in the city. Historic neighborhoods also tend to outperform the city as a whole in terms of walkability, transit scores, proximity to parks, and bikeability. The study also revealed that historic buildings attract investment from small businesses and start-up firms which are a crucial component to local economics.

The heritage portion alone of San Antonio tourism industry is responsible for generating $2.5 billion in visitor expenditures, resulting in nearly 52,000 jobs and $1.7 billion in salary and wages. This impact can be attributed to the preservation historic resources that set San Antonio apart from other destinations.

Preservation is not about freezing time or resisting change.  It is about making careful decisions to protect our sense of place and preserve what makes San Antonio unique while supporting economic development.

Furthermore, the Office of Historic Preservation is a leader in the nation for active community engagement by a city preservation department. The Events held during preservation month are a major component to OHP’s education and outreach programs.

To kick off Preservation Month, OHP is hosting the State of Preservation Reception on Friday, May 1, at 11AM, at the Spanish Governor’s Palace.

A few highlights during Historic preservation month include.

  • The Amazing Preservation Race for Adults will take place on Friday, May 8th, which is a fun adventure
  • The annual Amazing Preservation Race for Kids will be held Saturday, May 16th, in the beautiful King William Historic District. This popular free event gives kids the chance to learn about history and buildings while solving clues and being active.
  • On May 19th, we will host the first preservation block party in conjunction with Open in St Paul Square and Downtown Tuesday.

Wrapping up the month, a workshop for using historic tax credits is scheduled for may 29 at sunset station. Sessions will include general information on the state historic tax credit and how to take advantage of the powerful rehabilitation program, which when partnered with the federal tax credit, can result in a 45% tax credit for qualified projects.

We wish to thank the many Sponsors and partners that make these events possible! For more information about all of the events and activities, visit the OHP website at www.sanantonio.gov/historic

Contract Negotiations and Safe Soil Update

This letter provides an update to my March 6 letter regarding two important issues:  the City’s contract negotiations with the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA); and the third-party testing of the soil removed from the Convention Center expansion project site.

Negotiating sessions with the San Antonio Police Officers Association were conducted on March 17, 20, and 31. The police union offered a proposal on March 17, 2015. The City countered on March 20. However, on March 31 the police union did not offer a counter proposal, refusing to continue bargaining until after the City Council election. The general election is May 9, 2015; the run-off election (if necessary) is June 13, 2015. The City has made clear its willingness to negotiate, without regard to the elections and offered to continue meeting in April and May in order to reach resolution.  The San Antonio Police Officers Association has refused to offer any meeting dates and no further negotiating session is scheduled.

The City’s March 20 proposal is a fair and affordable wage and benefit package that meets the policy guidelines established by the City Council and addresses the union’s concerns regarding healthcare (with no premium for employee only coverage and a very modest premium for dependent coverage). As directed by City Council, the City’s proposal keeps public safety spending within 66% of the General Fund budget.  Plus, the average San Antonio police officer nets $14,154 over the three and a half year contract.

The union’s last offer on March 17 is nearly $45 million more expensive than the City’s March 20 proposal. The union’s proposal would allow public safety spending to grow to nearly 70% of the General Fund budget by 2018. Each percentage above 66% equals $10.5 million. Attached is a side by side comparison of the latest proposals of the City and the San Antonio Police Officers Association.

The fire union has yet to come to the table to negotiate.  Both the police and fire contracts expired on September 30, 2014.  However, all terms and conditions continue for 10 years under the “evergreen” provision of the existing collective bargaining agreements. The City challenges the constitutionality of this provision in the contracts because it makes them virtually perpetual and financially binds future city councils.

Regarding the testing of the soil removed from the Convention Center site, on April 7, 2015, the City’s Metro Health Department received the results of the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Report conducted by Weston Solutions, an independent, third-party environmental services company. The study included laboratory analyses of 48 samples taken from 48 acres of City-owned property located at Highway 151 and Old Highway 90 where the Convention Center soil was transported. The soils were analyzed for metals concentrations, including arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium and silver. In addition, samples were analyzed for the presence of volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile compounds and total petroleum hydrocarbons.

The results confirmed the soil is safe and showed concentrations well below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Protective Concentration Levels for both human exposure and groundwater protection. The results indicate the soil is safe for residential use, which is consistent with the data from two previous reports. In fact, the concentrations of chemicals in the soil samples were consistent with typical undeveloped agricultural property in the area.

These results clearly support the decision of the City to efficiently and safely relocate the soil, saving approximately $6 million in unnecessary landfill costs. According to the third-party consultant, additional assessment of the fill soil is not recommended. We are pleased to put this chapter behind us.

As always, please feel free to contact my office with any questions. Thank you for your continued commitment and interest in our city.

Weekly Report

Summer Youth Program – Registration
The registration for Summer Youth Program at Community Center locations began on Saturday, March 28. The Summer Youth program runs from June 15 through August 7, 2015. The program offers a variety of age appropriate activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and includes a free lunch and snack as part of the summer food service program. Registration will continue until all spaces are full. The program registration fee is based on income and family size.

National Travel & Tourism Week
The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is gearing up for National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2 – 10, 2015. This year’s theme, “Travel Is…” aligns with the current national industry-wide campaign to reflect the wide-ranging and robust ways that the travel industry contributes to the U.S. The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is focusing on educating our community, business leaders, legislators, media and hospitality partners on the importance of travel and tourism to San Antonio’s economy. Currently, one in eight San Antonians is employed by the hospitality, which also contributes $13.4 billion annually into our local economy. The official declaration for San Antonio’s National Travel and Tourism Week celebrations will be held on Wednesday, May 6 at City Council Ceremonials

Wheatley Courts
Demolition and crushing is complete. To date, 17,000 cubic yards of crushed materials have been reused as backfill and all onsite utilities have been removed. Building pads are ready and construction is scheduled to begin May 1, 2015.

Pre K 4 SA Student Enrollment
As of Friday, March 27, over 2,000 students have applied for the 2015-2016 school year. The lottery to select students to attend the four education centers will take place on Wednesday, April 8. Pre K 4 SA extended invitations to all participating district superintendents to attend the lottery.

Center City & Downtown Operations – OPEN Program
The OPEN program activates vacant storefronts with temporary retail “pop up” shops. Two events were held in December 2013 and 2014 on Houston Street. The third event will be held in May at St. Paul Square and will feature 20 vendors. A new website promoting the program launched this week at www.opensanantonio.com . The site features vendors, pop up locations, and an event calendar.

Green Fit Friendly Fiesta
Center City & Downtown Operations (CCDO), in partnership with Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD), Metro Health, Office of Sustainability, Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI), Communications and Public Affairs and the Fiesta Commission, held a press conference on March 24 to announce the Fiesta Green Fit Friendly Initiative which promotes recycling, smoke free events, healthy food choices and alternative transportation for Fiesta events. Out of the Fiesta events that qualify for Green Events certification, over 40 events (90%) have agreed to 1:1 recycling and will be smoke free. City staff continues to work with remaining organizations on certification.

Library Celebrates Teen Tech Week
Teen Services at the San Antonio Public Library participated in the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week. This year, 20 library locations presented over 30 programs for approximately 300 teens (13 – 18 years of age). Programs ranged from Lego robotics to computer programming.

For the second year in a row, San Antonio Public Library’s Teen Services was selected to host a special Teen Tech Week event sponsored by Best Buy and the Young Adult Services Association. San Antonio joins libraries in ten other US cities including Washington, DC, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Seattle, St. Paul, and New York.