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Councilwoman Cabello Havrda Expands Access to Emergency Services, Education and Workforce Development, and the San Antonio Food Bank

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Published on Friday, September 18, 2020

Councilwoman Cabello Havrda Expands Access to Emergency Services, Education and Workforce Development, and the San Antonio Food Bank

CONTACT: Lexi Bachran, (210) 643-6219
Lexi.Bachran@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 18, 2020) – Yesterday Councilwoman Cabello Havrda celebrated the District 6 budgetary victories which reflect the priorities of constituents amid the changing landscape of the ongoing health crisis. Her budget asks include street maintenance, neighborhood patrols, and restoring programming and hours to senior centers, parks, and libraries.
 
As approved in the FY 2020 budget, the Councilwoman is pleased to announce the addition of a full time Enhanced Squad at Fire Station 44. The Enhanced Squad is a new concept to reduce workload and improve response times by ensuring that structural fires and medical emergencies do not have to compete for limited resources. Station 44 is the busiest, single engine, Fire Station in the city. The Squad is anticipated to reduce more than 3,000 responses annually from surrounding units while also providing a reduction in Fire & EMS response times across the region. When emergency services are needed, time is critical, and this will ensure that more residents receive the help they need with the immediacy required.
 
Additionally, the Councilwoman was able to advocate for $500,000 for the Westside Education and Training Center (WETC) which will provide needed space for workforce training and development that will serve residents from across the city. Putting this programming in the heart of Edgewood, will ensure upskilling efforts meet residents where they are and that access to transportation won’t serve as a barrier for individuals and families seeking to find economic security.
 
The Councilwoman also secured funding for a new culinary community kitchen with the San Antonio Food Bank. Councilwoman stated, “We have taken the instability provided by the pandemic and found opportunity. This budget is a testament to the great things we can accomplish together when we remain engaged with those whom we serve and committed to securing our city's future and resiliency.”