Callaghan Ribbon Cutting
Councilman Lopez, District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, City of San Antonio staff and community members celebrated the completion of the Callaghan Road (Culebra Road to Commerce Street) construction project.
The project widened and reconstructed Callaghan from Culebra to Commerce, to include dual turn lanes at the Culebra intersection, a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, sidewalks, curbs, driveway approaches, a raised landscaped median, and necessary drainage and traffic-signal improvements.
The drainage work included construction of a new storm drain system, culverts, and a drainage channel along Callaghan. In addition, the project realigned the road to remove a severe "S" curve. A landscaping plan includes Cedar Elm, Texas Mountain Laurel, and Live Oak along the new alignment. Other key improvements were the extensions of Martin Goland for Southwest Research Institute and Stiffkey for residents of the Canterbury community. Stiffkey provided another outlet for the residents.
Nationwide Ribbon Cutting
Nationwide Insurance unveiled a new state-of-the-art, green building in Westover Hills during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility is home to nearly 1,500 Nationwide associates today, and will be able to house 2,000 total employees, for which the company is currently hiring. The company also announced grants from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation totaling $92,500 to four local charities, including San Antonio Foodbank, San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross, Hispanic Religious Partnership for Community Health and SAMMinistries.
The 280,000 square foot San Antonio campus, located near the intersection of Hyatt Resort Drive and SR 151, features:
- Industry leading safety standards. The San Antonio campus is the first commercial building in the country to qualify as FORTIFIED by the Institute of Business & Home Safety, meaning it exceeds code to withstand natural hazards such as hurricanes, wildfires, and windstorms.
- Industry leading "green" standards. The U.S. Green Building Council certifies the building for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). This classification covers water and electricity usage, waste management, tree preservation, the use of natural light and ergonomic design of interior spaces.
A high tech cafe, which provides a variety of fast and casual restaurant options. Associates can also order food from their smartphone or touch screen to avoid waiting in line. A status screen alerts them when their food is ready.
- Onsite health services, fitness center, outdoor sports court and landscaped courtyards with walking paths.
- Flexible sit and stand workstations.
Girl Scouts Grand Opening
On October 2nd, Councilman Lopez attended the ribbon cutting. Through a partnership facilitated by the Westside Development Corporation, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSST) and Edgewood Independent School District (EISD), has officially opened the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center.
After closing the Coronado/Escobar Elementary School campus in 2011 in anticipation of state budget cuts, EISD is leasing nearly 40,000 square feet of the facility to GSST for three years. Along with serving girls and adults throughout Bexar and surrounding counties, the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center will provide direct services to thousands of girls and their families through weekly troop meetings, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and robotics lab, MacBook Learning Lab and Girl Genius tutoring sessions.
District 6 Board & Commission Vacancies
Brooks Development Authority
The Brooks Development Authority is comprised of 11 members appointed by the Mayor and each City Councilmember for staggered two-year terms. The membership is made up of various categories to include representatives from Academic Institutions, the Community, Financial sector, Real Estate industry, Technology and Research industry, and to include the City Manager's and Mayoral Representatives. The Board's duty and obligation is to position Brooks City-Base as a premier location for science, research, technology and business through creative economic development. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 AM.
For more information, please visit http://www.brookscity-base.com/AboutUs/BDA/.
Liaison: Debbie Perales - (210) 678-3302
City Commission on Veterans Affairs
The City Commission on Veterans Affairs is comprised of 11 members who reside in the City of San Antonio and are appointed by the Mayor and each City Councilmember for two-year terms. Members are individuals from the public and private sector that are retired military. Their mission is to serve as the community's liaison and advocate for veterans' affairs. They advise the City Council on issues affecting San Antonio Veterans and their families and make recommendations for improving services. The Commission meets quarterly on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM, in the Frost Bank Building, 100 W. Houston, Suite 1900.
For more information, please go to http://www.sanantonio.gov/oma/veterans.aspx
Liaison: Sandra Bagwell or Frank Sherman - (210) 207-3919
Linear Creekway Parks Advisory Board
The Linear Creekway Parks Advisory Board is comprised of 11 members appointed by the Mayor and each City Councilmember for two-year terms. The Board is charged with providing input and advice to staff and the City Council regarding acquisition and appropriate development of linear parks along major creeks and rivers and their tributaries in the San Antonio Area. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM, usually in the Media Briefing Room, City Hall, 1st Floor, 100 Military Plaza.
For more information, please go to http://www.sanantonio.gov/creekways/.
Liaison: Brandon Ross - (210) 207-6101
Rogers Road Update
The Mountain View Acres Phase 1 project at the intersection of Mount Helen
and Mount Crosby with adjacent drainage easements is being constructed to
include box culverts with construction limits to allow for conveyance of the
water. Recently the telephone and water utility adjustments have been
completed. Once the box culvert is completed the street intersection
will be reconstructed and is estimated to be completed by January 2013.
Mountain View Acress Phase II is currently at the preliminary engineering
phase. The construction of the culverts at Mt. Evans Rd. and drainage
channels will alleviate the flooding issues in Mountain View Acres
City Council Appointments
For the 2011-2013 City Council term, Mayor Julian Castro has made council
appointments for council committees. I have been appointed by the Mayor to serve
on the following City Council Committees:
- Educational Excellence Committee (Chairman)
- Economic and Community Development Council Committee
- Infrastructure and Growth Council Committee
- Intergovernmental Relations Council Committee
I have also been appointed to serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization
Transportation Policy Board (Vice-Chair), Fireman and Police Pension Fund, San
Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corporation, Alamo Area Council of
Governments and Committee of Six - Workforce Solutions Alamo.
School Zone Changes
In early April 2012, the Department of Public Works will be adjusting the
posted afternoon time periods on some of the school zone signs within
several school districts. For school zones without flashing beacons, the
signs will be changed from stating '2 p.m. - 4 p.m.' to state '2 p.m. - 5
p.m.', which will better reflect the ending of the school day for many
middle or high schools city-wide. The school zones impacted by this change
are adjacent to the following campuses:
Alamo Heights ISD
Alamo Heights Jr High School
Brentwood Middle School
Garcia Middle School
Kennedy High School
Memorial High School
Truman Middle School
Harlandale High School
Leal Middle School
McCollum High School
Terrell Wells Middle School
Woodlake Hills Middle School
North East ISD
Bradley Middle School
Eisenhower Middle School
Jackson Middle School
Krueger Middle School
MacArthur High School
Madison High School
NEISD Alternative School (Rampart)
Nimitz Middle School
Roosevelt High School
White Middle School
Garcia Middle School
Hobby Middle School
Neff Middle School
Rudder Middle School
Stevenson Middle School
Zachry Middle School
Connelly Middle School