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safe for seniors

As a pre-fire former resident of the Wedgwood highrise apartment building there are some city policy/ordinances I would like to see. First, no future approval of apartment residences over 4 stories. Second, all senior residences must have an emergency evacuation PLAN and not just evacuation routes posted at elevators. Third, no more "grandfather" exceptions. Fourth, all senior apartment complexes must have sprinkler systems. ...more »

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WaterSaver / WSUD landscaping on COSA lands by sidewalks

Currently SAWS is offering various incentives to remove grass from residential property, replacing with mulch and native plants - including via the WaterSaver landscape program: http://www.saws.org/Conservation/Outdoor/ Meanwhile in D7, new residential sidewalks on some streets are currently being finalized with the installation of new grass turf on COSA property between the curb and the sidewalk. COSA should work with ...more »

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Update Historic Preservation Guidelines to Support Solar

Current San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) Design Guidelines and recommendations - including for 'additions' and 'exterior maintenance and alterations' - appear to place an unreasonable burden on the installation of (reversible, non-damaging and, in some cases, building and way-of-life preserving) solar panels to rooftops in the city's historic districts. Current San Antonio guidelines appear to encourage ...more »

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What is the city's next Pearl?

Let's not replicate the Pearl

I'll start with this - I personally enjoy the Pearl; I am there almost daily because the Local Coffee is the nearest coffee shop to my eastside office. I go to Cured for dinner, browse the Twig on weekends, drink like I'm still an undergrad at La Gloria, I love the Granary, and I'm counting down to Southerleigh's opening. But I don't think that the Pearl redevelopment is something that the city should seek to replicate. ...more »

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required vehicular emissions testing in Bexar County

It has come to my attention that Bexar county does not require vehicular emissions testing. I also see that diesel vehicles are exempt from testing even in those relatively few counties in Texas that require emissions testing. How might we encourage cleaner vehicles? Lung issues and asthma are a major health issue in San Antonio, in part because of the cedar and oak pollens, but also because the particulate matter and ...more »

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Biggest transportation and infrastructure needs in District 7

My name is Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez and I am running for City Council in District 7 and I want your feedback on the future of our city and District 7. What are the biggest transportation and infrastructure needs you would like our City to address in District 7. For example, I know we need to work on easing the congestion woes on San Antonio roads, specifically on Bandera Road and ensuring citizens have the drainage, sidewalks ...more »

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Increase access to COSA's Outdoor Pools / Place-make with Pools

The City of San Antonio has some great outdoor pools. . . that are inaccessible too many hours of the day, days of the week, and weeks of the year, discouraging outdoor swimming and related activities at our parks and in surrounding areas. It is embarrassing to note that cities including Austin, Miami and even Cleveland and Pittsburgh offer better access to public outdoor pools, typically from sun-up to well after sun-down, ...more »

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What is the city's next Pearl?

UTSA Village

UTSA Main Campus is home to over 30,000 students. We need a University Village that will create a welcome, pedestrian and bicycle friendly multiuser destination for all of San Antonio. Sustainable housing and restaurants, encouragement of arts and creative businesses with mentoring opportunities and recreation destinations for busy students all fit together to make UTSA Main Campus the creative hub of South Texas. Space ...more »

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I think there are three main areas where this could happen.

I think there are three main areas where this could happen. 1. Near Alamo Brewery, there is already so much work being put into that side of town and there is so much room for improvement. Since there is nothing else really happening on the east side and property values are low it make sense for this to happen here. Plus there are plenty of existing retail spaces that are move in ready. 2. Hemisfair could be another ...more »

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Lower voting age to 16 for municipal elections

San Antonio - like the state of Texas - has a persistent and dire low voter turnout problem.. Specifically, a low youth voter turnout problem (most voters in San Antonio are over 50). Roughly 24% of all San Antonio residents are under 18 years old. Voter turnout for municipal elections in San Antonio has remained below 18% since 1997 - dropping to 7% in 2011. To help address low overall and youth voter turnout and encourage ...more »

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Mayoral Campaign

Any thoughts on the race? Adkisson seems like a long shot. Taylor, Van De Putte, and Villarreal - in my opinion - are the candidates with a best shot. I'm voting Villarreal. Haven't really seen anything form Taylor as interim-mayor to make me believe in her. She was pretty ineffective as a council member and hasn't actually done much as interim-mayor. I don't like Van De Putte deciding to jump into the campaign after ...more »

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PROBATE PIRATES

Why, in a city the size of San Antonio, do we only have 2 official Probate Courts? Accidents happen. Everyone gets old. Everyone dies. Probate court is the court that most of use will have to deal with at some point in our lives. Currently we have 3 "visiting judges" taking up the slack. 3 judges that were not elected by the public yet hold awesome power over the lives of your elderly, incapacitated and estates. There ...more »

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