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Dear Constituents & Friends,
 
April is off to a busy start. I and my staff are making preparations for a smooth transition to the new Councilmember. We will still be here in the office until at least May 31. One of the big things my staff and I are working on is the Tezel Road Community Building Meeting this coming Thursday, April 13th (tomorrow) from 6pm-8pm at 6644 Tezel Road. I want your input on what you would like to see in this building so I hope to see you there.
 
I would like to announce that we will be having a Final Town Hall Meeting in the beginning of May (TBD). Come and hear all that has happened in the District during my tenure and what is planned for the future. Please stay tuned for our next E-News issue for more details.
 
If you would like more information on events in the District and in San Antonio, I encourage you to follow me on Facebook or Twitter .
 

Ray Lopez
Councilman Ray Lopez
 
 
We want to know what services you would like to have at this location. We will have the S.A. Parks Dept., Greenway Trails Dept., VIA, SAPD, SAPD Bike Patrol and more to answer any questions you may have. We will have food and refreshments available so please join us and let us know what you want in your community.

 




The Hidden Heroes campaign seeks to create national awareness and support for the 5.5 million loved ones providing care to a
wounded , ill or injured service member or veteran . The campaign encourages these military caregivers to come forward and self-identify, so they can receive the resources they critically need. 

Alfred Dominguez is the District 6 volunteer representative for the City of San Antonio Commission on Veteran Affairs. They serve in an advisory capacity on legislative issues affecting the city's military population. They also try and get the word out about assistance available to veterans whether governmental or private. If you'd like to know more, the website is http://www.sanantonio.gov/oma, and then select the "City Commission on Veterans Affairs" link. There are also helpful veteran services links on the page. They are currently working on a project to get military caregivers signed up to the Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Dole Hidden Heroes Campaign. The national registry connects military caregivers with helpful resources and support.
 
If you are a caregiver of a military veteran or injured service member, you are encouraged to visit https://hiddenheroes.org/ and consider enrolling. Even if you don't sign up, there's a resources link on the website. Additionally, there is information below on obtaining free Texas vehicle license plates for veterans who have received certain medals and can provide documentation. If you have any questions, you may call the district office or email Alfred at  wxman10@hotmail.com.
 
FREE Texas Vehicle License Plates & Lifetime Registration 
 
Texas legislators recently passed a bill that expanded acceptable military medals which allow registration fees to be waived.

 A military member who has received one of the medals listed below will be provided a free set of license plates and vehicle registration fees will be waived as long as the military member registers that vehicle in the state of Texas.  

One medal can only be used to waive registration for one vehicle.  For instance, a military member with multiple MSMs can only register one vehicle using the MSM medal.  However, a person who has earned two different types of medals listed can register two vehicles in this program, and three different medals equal free registration for three vehicles, etc...  Keep in mind that these license plates depict a military medal, which does identify them as either a present or former military member.  
    
HOW:  Bring the following items with you to the vehicle registration office:
     1) A completed application form (attached)  
     2) A copy of your DD214 or Record Brief (vMPF) with the award listed (proof  of earned metal)  
      3) An ID
  • Air Force Cross,  
  • Air Medal,  
  • Air Medal with Valor,  
  • Airman's Medal,  
  • Army Distinguished Service Cross,  
  • Bronze Star,  
  • Bronze Star with Valor,  
  • Coast Guard Medal,  
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal,  
  • Defense Superior Service Medal,  
  • Distinguished Flying Cross,  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Army  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Defense  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Homeland Security,  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Transportation  
  • Distinguished Service Medal, Navy  
  • Legion of Merit  
  • Meritorious Service Medal  
  • Navy and Marine Corps Medal  
  • Navy Cross  
  • Prisoner of War Medal  
  • Silver Star  
  • Soldier's Medal  
  • Surviving Spouse
 
Google Fiber is bringing its services to San Antonio. There building a new fiber-optic network for our city, and they are completing work on the first neighborhood to receive Fiber service in District 6.

They will be expanding their scope to more neighborhoods soon. If you run into any issues during construction, Google Fiber wants to hear from you. You can give them a call at (877) 454-6959.

 
San Antonio Advances Smart Cities Initiatives
       
The City of San Antonio's Office of Innovation held a full-day Smart Cities Readiness Workshop on March 21 to discuss and develop a road-map to guide San Antonio to a Smart Cities future.
 
San Antonio City Council approved funding to support smart city
initiatives in the areas of transportation, sustainability and digital connected living. These initiatives help residents enhance livability, work-ability, sustainability, and resilience using information and communications technology.  Becoming a smart city allows digital transformation to take place in a socially inclusive way that also strengthens business opportunities in the city where it's implemented 
 
More than 100 participants attended the workshop, including a dozen city departments, VIA Transit, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio River Authority, CPS Energy, Joint Base San Antonio, local chambers of commerce, non-profits, universities and leading smart cities solutions providers. Discussions included guiding principles and best practices for an integrated and cross-cutting smart city. The workshop was delivered by the Smart Cities Council
, whose partners and advisors have contributed to more than 10,000 smart cities projects internationally.

Current smart city initiatives are focused on reducing traffic congestion, improving pedestrian safety, providing access to Wi-Fi, increasing LED street lighting in city neighborhoods, improving emergency response with the use of drones in fire operations, and enhancing customer service through the use of 311 and Parks mobile apps, and community kiosks 
 


  
Animal Care Services will host a series of public meetings across the community to discuss potential revisions to local animal laws as well as the shelter's Strategic Plan. San Antonio residents are invited to offer input at any of the remaining meetings which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following dates and locations: 
  • April 18th         Miller's Pond Community Center, 6075 Old Pearsall
  • May 4th            Harlandale Community Center, 301 Sussex
  • May 16th          Melendrez Community Center, 5909 West Commerce
Residents who cannot attend a community meeting are encouraged to provide their input via an online survey available on the Animal Care Services website at www.saacs.net. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

The meetings and the survey will both serve as a tool to gather input on suggested changes to the Chapter 5 animal ordinance as well as feedback on ACS' mission and changing role in the community. Animal Care Services year to date live release rate is 91.4% with no reduction in intake. More than 64 hundred citations have been given to animal law violators so far this fiscal year.
  
Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior One Stop Center 
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