I want to personally invite you to our neighborhood and neighborhoods in District 5, where you will find the heart of what San Antonio means for many of its residents. Many, who were raised in our city, have incredible memories of growing up in the Westside and Southside of San Antonio. Our neighborhoods have the design for the kind of modern infrastructure that can transform cities into communities where everyone has the chance to live comfortably. People want to increase and enjoy neighborhood walkability, bike lanes, wider sidewalks, accessible public transportation, and streets designed to calm traffic. Our constituents need affordable housing in neighborhoods that have easy access to stores, eateries, healthcare centers, and pharmacies that meet people's basic needs. They need schools, libraries, and parks where children and families can learn, improve their health, and have fun. Being able to live near places of worship is also an important aspect of living in a vibrant neighborhood. District 5 is home to some of the city's most historic and beautiful sites. It has a unique culture that you will not find anywhere else, and it is kept alive with the help of very kind and loving neighbors. As Councilwoman, my goal is to continue helping District 5 evolve into a part of the city where vibrant neighborhoods and complete streets are standard.
EARLY LIFE AND UPBRINGING
Shirley Gonzales was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who started their own business in the heart of the West Side. She was raised to appreciate her family's culture, which she shares with many residents of District 5. Her fondest childhood memories were visits to the popular District landmarks like the Malt House, visits to downtown, and walks along the Commerce and Buena Vista corridors. Shirley is an avid cyclist, and she enjoys spending time with her family at District 5 parks.
Education and Career Accomplishments
Shirley attended Ursuline Academy and went on to earn both a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She has been working in her family-owned business for 20 years and enjoys being a strong corporate leader in supporting educational institutions and organizations making a difference in her neighborhood.
Boards and Committees
For my third term, I am excited to have been selected by our mayor to chair the Comprehensive Plan Committee, which will focus on areas like overall city growth, transportation, housing, jobs and economic competitiveness. The following is a list of committees I currently serve on as part of council:
- Comprehensive Plan Committee (Chair)
- Transportation Committee
- Economic and Workforce Development Committee
- Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee
I also serve on the following boards and committees:
- Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee
- Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #11
- Housing Committee
- Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #30 (Chair)
Professional and Personal accomplishments
- Successful Small Minority Business Owner in the Westside of San Antonio.
- On two separate occasions while serving as CEO, her store, experienced significant growth under her leadership.
- Developed and implemented program which reimburses college tuition to workers who have been employed at Bill’s Pawn and Jewelry for more than one year.
- Continuous support of the following organizations or institutions: Girl Scouts of America, Lanier High School Vocational Program, Guadalupe Culture Arts Center, Guadalupe Community Center, San Antonio Food Bank, Central Catholic High School, Bonham Academy, Sembradores de Amistdad, St. Mary's University, and the Mexican American Unity Council.
- Created training program between the San Antonio Police Department and San Antonio Pawnbrokers Association to assist pawn employees in recognizing stolen property.
- Successfully lobbied city council to adopt L.E.A.D.S online, a third party data transfer, to allow SAPD to view all pawn transactions in San Antonio while protecting the privacy of individual customers.
- Headed the transition and complete implementation of state of the art industry software and security system.
Professional and Community Involvement
- West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Texas Association of Pawnbrokers, Former Board Member
- National Pawnbrokers Association Member
- San Antonio Development Association, Former Board Member
- Small Business Advisory Committee, Former Board Member
- Leadership San Antonio Alumni
- Leadership SAISD Class of 2013
- Chair for the 2014 15th Year Anniversary of the Mexican American Unity Council Scholarship Awards Gala
My Invitation to You
Come and visit or live in District 5, thanks to leaders before me and to my optimistic leadership style, the best is yet to come. I look forward to serving our constituents and working closely with neighborhood leaders, non-profit organizations, small businesses, religious leaders, schools, health providers, and educational leaders so that together we can build a greater District 5