Mar 01 2017

March Message From THCA President Cody Doege

Cody Doege,Greetings Neighbors!  Happy March!!
I certainly hope that note finds you all well, what with Spring in the air.  It is hard to imagine that we are facing temperatures in the 80’s this time of year.
As I have mentioned several times in the last few months, we have a lot going on here in Tobin Hill.  We continue to look to our neighbors for help on various committees.  Please let me know if you might be available to volunteer your time. We can connect most easily via – I look forward to hearing from you.
Just what does the “association” in neighborhood/community association represent? For some, it is like minded people coming together to work toward the mutual goal of improving their quality of life.
For others, neighborhood/community associations are responsible for honoring neighborhood history, while strengthening the existing infrastructure. This includes being actively aware of endeavors occurring in and around their community and the entire city, as they relate to home. By doing so, they call attention to the value of their neighborhoods.
Neighborhood/Community associations are some combination of all of the above and conceived during the times when neighbors knew and took care of each other.
The fact of the matter then and especially now, is that justification has to be built on more than a proposition of change. It must include the same motivation that previously prompted neighborhood concern. It’s just that simple and just that complex.
How can neighborhood/community associations provide a foundation for seeking healthier living conditions? Should they advocate for infrastructure improvements like better streets, sidewalks, speed bumps, an effective police presence, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Do those kind of goals make neighborhood/community associations the common voice? Speaking for the leadership of the THCA, I can assure you we strive to work synonymously to achieve like goals..
Living in a Democracy is what is so great about the Land we live in.  Diversity is a good thing…I feel strongly that is why Tobin Hill is a great place to LIVE, WORK & PLAY!!
Until next time,

Cody Doege


Mar 01 2017

THCA 2017 Board of Directors

Cody Doege                      President
Trey Porter                       Vice President
Elyse Galik                        Treasure
Kimberly Fonzo               Secretary/Renter Board Member
Charles Somerset           Residential Member
Malcolm Hartman          Business Member
Larry Polinard                 Business Member
Byron Berkus                  Residential Member
Greg Seiler                       Business Member
Michael Cepek                Residential Member
Vacant                              Residential Member

Mar 01 2017

A Note From Board member Byron Berkus

During our last Neighborhood Association Meeting, we discussed ways for us to come together as a community.  One family fun idea I would like to suggest is participating and/or enjoying the 3rd Annual Mission Reach Flotilla Festival.  Flotilla is a FREE, family-friendly, Fiesta-on-the-Mission-Reach event held by The San Antonio River Foundation, in partnership with the San Antonio River Authority.  The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the newly developed Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project of the San Antonio River, including over 15-miles of hike and bike trails, pavilions and other outdoor recreation amenities the Mission Reach has to offer. It is a great way to spend part of your day outside on our beautiful San Antonio River, while listening to fabulous music, enjoying delicious food from local vendors, shopping a craft mercado, and watching kids experience the festival activities.  Flotilla also includes a water parade, costume contest, and watercraft decorating contest.  The winner of the watercraft decorating contest wins a $1,000 Grand Prize, which I considering entering with my two kayaks, and giving the money to the Neighborhood Association if fortunate enough to win.
Floatilla takes place on Saturday, April 8, between 11am-5pm at the Mission County Park Pavilions.

Visit for entry details for the Flotilla water parade, costume contest, and watercraft decorating contest.
Please let me know if you might be interested in participating.

Mar 01 2017

March Dates To Remember …

Eco Centro meeting site

THCA Membership Meeting on March 23rd at

6:00 pm at the William R. Eco Centro Building

Councilmen’s Office will present and  host a Q&A on behalf of the proposed Historic designation for our neighbors on Mistletoe.  The date and time has not been determined.  A email will go as soon as a date is secured.



Mar 01 2017

El Mardi Gras in Tobin HIll …

El Mardi Gras is a community event in Historic Tobin Hill and the first event for Third Coast Charities to jump start their mission of fostering community and building relationships between businesses and residents. The first annual El Mardi Gras took place in February 2017 and was received with immediate success. 2017’s event featured locally renowned Chefs: Pieter Sypesteyn of Cookhouse Restaurant and NOLA Brunch & Beignets, New Orleans Native John Russ (formerly of Luke), Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh, and John & Jessica Philpot of Hot Joy.

Art was sold from local artists and residents jammed the day away with live music from Bad Banjo Brown and curated musical sounds by Steven Lee Moya.

El Mardi Gras, as a community event helps foster community and build relationships between residents and businesses. Funds raised at this event will go back directly into the neighborhoods we operate businesses in. The funds will provide education, financial relief, and physical assistance to neighbors in need; with workshops, fixing fences, painting houses, landscaping, trash pickup, and more.

THCA photographer Chad Walling was there to grab these images:

Mar 01 2017

Insurance Tips For Historic Homeowners

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is focused on preserving the history of our country through protecting and restoring historic properties. The suggestions bellow were offered by them recently and gather by Ricki Kushner, Chair of the THCA Historic Preservation Committee. Thanks to Ricki for the heads-up.

If your historic home were severely damaged, but not enough to declare a “total loss,” does your policy have high enough coverage limits to repair and restore the building? And will your insurance company pay to hire experienced restoration craftsmen if you have a fire? These are questions you need to consider when insuring your historic property. The following are a few tips to help lower your insurance costs and check to make sure you have the right coverage.

  • Increase your deductible. Most insurance companies give significant premium credits for higher deductibles. Nothing jeopardizes coverage availability and price stability quicker with insurers than several small claim submissions. Increasing your deductible to $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 is a great way to offset the increased premiums associated with insuring your building properly.
  • Insist on Guaranteed Replacement Cost coverage with an insurance company whose claims philosophy allows for the restoration (not just replacement) of your historic home. This would cover you for the full cost of rebuilding, or restoring, regardless of policy limit. Guaranteed Replacement Cost is essential for full protection. Some insurers no longer offer this coverage, or sell it at 115% or 125% of the policy limit, but it is available. Ask your agent to help you find out who offers Guaranteed Replacement Cost for historic homes in your area.
  • Consolidate policies with one insurer, when possible, to achieve package discounts, avoidance of coverage gaps, and easier administration, particularly if common effective dates are used.
  • Itemize” significant valuable items such as jewelry art, antiques, silver, cameras, and musical instruments on a Fine Arts floater, to avoid policy sub-limits and deductibles, as well as to obtain breakage coverage for fragile articles and agreed value for your valuables. Fine Arts coverage is broadly defined, with most insurers able to include painting, sculptures, oriental rugs, folk art, multi-media art, antiques, and other items of rarity or significant value that do not otherwise have a coverage schedule (such as furs). This coverage is typically very inexpensive to purchase.
  • Take advantage of credits. Insurers offer many “credits” that lower the cost of insurance for homeowners who have taken steps to reduce risks. Consider installing central station monitored fire and burglar alarms. Credits are also available for buildings in gated communities, that are built or renovated with masonry construction, and that have had system upgrades. “Loss free discounts” may be given to clients who have not made a claim in a specified time period, usually three years.
  • Purchase “All Risk” coverage on dwelling and contents. Many homeowners’ policies are written on a named peril basis, which provides more restrictive coverage.
  • Choose a quality independent agent or broker who has experience insuring historic properties and can offer you sound advice. Your insurance agent is a financial advisor whose job is to protect what matters most to you in the event of loss.
Mar 01 2017

March Book Club Meeting

March book club will meet Thursday, March 2nd, at the home of Marissa Garza, 402 E Park Avenue, @ 7:00PM.  The selected reading is BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley.  For questions, please call 210.865.2569 or email at kell.a

Mar 01 2017

April Book Club Meeting

April Book Club selection is Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.  We will meet on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM at the home of Alma Rocha, 335 E Park Ave.  For questions or inquiries, or 210-865-2569.

Mar 01 2017

Every Month Is Heart Month … Take Care of Your Heart

Hello Everyone,

Did you know:
*In  America heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women above all
other causes.

*Every 43 seconds someone has a heart attack.

*People with risk factors  for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure and
high cholesterol, may not have any symptoms.

*High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity are preventable or
controllable. Controlling these risk factors could reduce your risk for heart attack or
stroke by more than 80%

*1 in 5 Americans will develop heart failure in their lifetimes.

Know the symptoms of a Heart Attack

Know the symptoms of  Heart Failure

February is Heart Month…Take Care of Your Heart!

Valerie Lelak RN, CPAN, CHFN,  Heart Failure Program  Manager,  Metropolitan Methodist Hospital      off:  (210) 757-2785   cell:  (210)-837-4795

Feb 01 2017

February Message From THCA President Cody Doege

Cody Doege,Greetings Neighbors!!  I hope this article finds you well.

Being in the midst of Tobin Hill, we know how fast things change while other neighborhoods remain relatively stable, changing only incrementally. The too familiar sequence of disinvestment, deterioration and desertion devastates some formerly prosperous and elegant middle and working class communities.  In distressed neighborhoods, gentrification can occur. This term generally refers to fresh investors rebuilding, refurbishing, upgrading and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.

Virtually everyone wants his neighborhood to improve, right? Then why is gentrification so controversial? Because, as communities gentrify, they displace many poorer and blue-collar households. The elderly and families with long historical presence there can no longer afford the escalated rents or property taxes accruing from suddenly posher surroundings. People are forced from the residences and communities in which they had always lived, loved, shopped and raised families across many generations. Gentrification can dramatically change, even cannibalize the culture, businesses, demographic mix and social interaction that once constituted home base.

Tobin Hill will experience increased gentrification above and beyond what’s already happened.  Contributing to this are the significant earnsings on developer financing, the tax incentives and benefits associated with upgrading the housing stock and the profitability of upscale realty rents and sales. These contribute to the sense that one can do very well financially, while doing good for the neighborhood’s housing and economic infrastructure. Government loves the results too. Tax bases and revenues escalate.

Example of this include: rebuilt neighborhood housing comes up to code, while vacancy and crime rates generally decrease. Spending at new businesses increases and neighborhoods long in decline stabilize. Jobs occur with the development and, if done right, jobs for community members follow. Disinherited school districts find renewed demands for excellent schools, along with fresh revenues for their historically depleted tax bases. Often, the gentrified community inhabitants walk, cycle and use mass transit more, somewhat minimizing air pollution and traffic congestion. Millennial’s, for instance, are proportionately giving up car ownership.

Look at the remarkable transformation of the 100-year old  iconic Pearl Brewery campus. What’s occurred is a modern metamorphosis of 22 acres from an ultra distressed, largely abandoned industrial site, to an urban delightful mixed-use complex unlike any other in San Antonio. As a result of the City of San Antonio and its looming proposed Regional Centers integration with the Neighborhood plans, we too are faced with the effects of Downtown Gentrification.

Until Next time!
Cody Doege