May 01 2021

Tobin Talk: May 1, 2021

Don’t forget to VOTE Tobin Hill!

You can cast your ballot until 7pm. Find a polling place here: https://www.bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department

This week Councilman Treviño requested Development Services and Public Works complete a comprehensive traffic and parking analysis for the southeast section of Tobin Hill (specifically south of Josephine St., east of N. St. Mary’s, west of the San Antonio River, and north of IH-35), to also include the redevelopment of the Borden property, north of Josephine.

Understanding the parking and traffic conditions in the area will help ensure compatible zoning occurs with the appropriate densities and to better plan for needed infrastructure investments, such as repairs to the area streets and sidewalks after decades of heavy commercial traffic, and to handle the volume of people who now, or soon will, call this neighborhood home.

Food Trucks:

Concerns were raised at the April meeting about food trucks operating late at night/early in the morning, after many of the bars and clubs close. After looking up the ordinance that covers food trucks, residents asked for help in enforcing the ordinances. This is the response from the District 1 Council Office on the results of last weekend’s activities related to the food trucks:

I met with Metro Health to discuss the Food Truck policy revision and I was told an additional four food trucks were closed over the weekend for non-compliance of the food truck ordinance.

We will continue to work with Metro Health on enforcement as we work on the draft policy proposal language to review and revise the Food Truck Ordinance.

Thank you.

Jay Podjenski
Chief of Staff

Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, District 1
P.O. Box 839966 | San Antonio | Texas, 78283
P: 210.207.4417

Getting to know the

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

The TABC is the state agency which grants and enforces the licenses for business who sell and distribute alcohol. This agency responds to complaints for violations such as serving alcohol to intoxicated persons or to patrons under the age of 21. Restaurants, bars and clubs must renew their liquor licenses with the TABC every two years.

The TABC has a mobile app which provides a way for the public to use their services. It is a quick and easy way to file complaints for over-serving, and provides license renewal status, information on past violations, and contact information local bars, restaurants, and clubs. Complaints can be filed anonymously, and the public can request notification of the outcome of any complaints they have filed.

Click here to find the mobile app:
https://www.tabc.texas.gov/services/tabc-mobile-app/ 

SAPD:

Chief McManus deployed the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) to our area starting April 15, 2021. This is his weekly report below. Below his report you will see a secondary report from our SAPD SAFFE Officer, Brigitte Robinson.

Update from Chief McManus, April 27, 2021:

This past week, SCU worked the area on Thursday and Friday.  Below is information on the efforts of SCU:

  • Arrested Persons: 1
  • Misdemeanor Charges: 2
  • Felony Warrants: 1
  • Traffic Citations: 10
  • SCU responded to a fight near St. Mary’s and E. Courtland.  One individual fled the scene.  Officers were able to catch the individual who was arrested for having a parole violation and was also booked for disorderly conduct.

Due to scheduled training, SCU did not work the area over the weekend.  The unit will resume coverage Wednesday – Sunday this week.

Chief

WP McManus


Update from SAFFE Officer Brigitte Robinson:

The bus stop by Luby’s has been removed. It’s removal was requested in order to help mitigate problems with vagrancy in the area.

St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol – 4/22/2021-4/25/2021:

  • Parking Citation: 108
  • Traffic Citation: 0
  • Noise Citations: 0
  • Noise reading attempts: 3
  • Public Intox: 0
  • DWI: 1

St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol – 4/15/2021- 4/18/2021:

  • Parking Citation: 54
  • Traffic Citation: 0
  • Noise Citations: 0
  • Noise reading attempts: 2
  • Public Intox: 0
  • DWI: 0

St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol – 4/5/21- 4/11/21:

  • Parking Citation: 30
  • Traffic Citation: 4 warnings
  • Noise Citations: 0
  • Noise reading attempts: 6
  • Public Intox: 1 arrest (SAPD21066503)
  • DWI: 1 SAPD2066541
  • Other activity: 1 Urinating in public x1705454

Officer Brigitte Robinson #265
San Antonio Police Department
Central SAFFE Unit
(210) 207-7413 (office)
(210) 912-6662 (mobile)
Brigitte.neumann2@sanantonio.gov

Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
Neighborhood Meeting, outside at the Terry Ct. Pocket Park:

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00-7:30PM
229 Terry Court

Wear your THCA T-shirt if you have one. Masks encouraged.

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/  

You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Parking problems on your street? 

You can call Parking Enforcement:
210-207-8266
Martin Ruiz: 210-207-2264
Rebecca Abdul-Soud: 210-207-2287

212 E. Dewey: The City of San Antonio’s Zoning Commission will be reviewing the designation application filed in response to a demolition request for the property at 212 E Dewey. It is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, May 18. If you have questions about this designation, please contact THCA’s Historic Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner.
📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

May: Ordinary Grace by Kent Krueger
June: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman

July: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
August: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Contact Kathy for location details.


Committee Meetings:
THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, May 10h at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm meeting details.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases that go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission and Board of Adjustment. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, May 24th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting details.

Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
Apr 20 2021

Tobin Talk: April 20, 2021

Greetings Neighbors,

Last week’s neighborhood meeting was a sober one. Councilman Treviño and Jay Podjenski from District 1 were present as well as SAFFE Officer Brigitte Robinson and Joe Frank Picazo from Chief McManus’s office.  The focus of the discussion was the escalating safety concerns for the residents along the N. Saint Mary’s Strip, including issues of gun shots, noise, parking, litter, and public intoxication, as well as what can be done to work with the businesses along the strip to find ways to mitigate these problems. SAPD promised to add more patrols on the weekends (Thursday through Sunday), including Street Crimes Unit, VICE, and partnering with TABC.

We also discussed the recent murder that happened on Evergreen. The investigation is ongoing and SAPD could not share any information, however they are looking for help in identifying the suspect. You can view that post here.

If you missed the meeting, please read the meeting minutes here.

Below you will find the meeting reminder for our May meeting, which is going to be in-person! We will be meeting outdoors at the Terry Ct. Pocket Park at 229 Terry Court. If you have a THCA t-shirt, please wear it!

Read on for this week’s updates from SAPD and D1, as well as information on other upcoming events.

Food Trucks:

Concerns were raised at the meeting about food trucks operating late at night/early in the morning, after many of the bars and clubs close. After looking up the ordinance that covers food trucks, residents asked for help in enforcing the ordinances. This is the response from the District 1 Council Office on the results of last weekend’s activities related to the food trucks:

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I received an update from Metro Health about their enforcement activities over the weekend and I wanted to provide you all with the information. Below is the communication from them (in blue).

Our inspectors went out yesterday from 9pm-11pm.   Here is a summary of their food truck sweep.

  • 7 mobile food truck vendors were inspected, and 4 were closed for no permit.  We did not inspect the 2 mobiles that we inspected the previous weeks since those had a follow up after our initial visit.
  • All vendors said they stay open until 2:00am or 2:30am.
  • All vendors had access to a facility restroom, but did not have the permission letters from those facilities.  They were informed that they need those letters.
  • We will be following up this coming weekend, especially to follow up on the letters.   We’ll continue to follow up with SAPD to provide an officer for a 2am sweep.

We will continue to work with Metro Health on enforcement as we work on the draft policy proposal language to review and revise the Food Truck Ordinance.

Thank you.

Jay Podjenski
Chief of Staff

Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, District 1
P.O. Box 839966 | San Antonio | Texas, 78283
P: 210.207.4417

Getting to know the

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

The TABC is the state agency which grants and enforces the licenses for business who sell and distribute alcohol. This agency responds to complaints for violations such as serving alcohol to intoxicated persons or to patrons under the age of 21. Restaurants, bars and clubs must renew their liquor licenses with the TABC every two years.

The TABC has a mobile app which provides a way for the public to use their services. It is a quick and easy way to file complaints for over-serving, and provides license renewal status, information on past violations, and contact information local bars, restaurants, and clubs. Complaints can be filed anonymously, and the public can request notification of the outcome of any complaints they have filed.

Click here to find the mobile app:
https://www.tabc.texas.gov/services/tabc-mobile-app/ 

SAPD:

Chief McManus deployed the Street Crimes Unit to our area starting this weekend and this is his report below. Below his report you will see a secondary report from our SAPD SAFFE Officer, Brigitte Robinson.

Update from Chief McManus:

To follow up on our discussion, below is information on the efforts of the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) this past week:

  • Arrested Persons: 3
  • Misd Charges: 6
  • Felony Charges: 2
  • Felony Warrants: 1
  • DWIs: 2
  • Firearms confiscated: 2
  • Warning Citations: 2
    • SCU officers assisted Central in identifying a suspect believed to be responsible for graffiti in the area
    • Officers spoke to employees of the clubs and bars and gathered some intelligence regarding the gunshots in the area
    • Gun shots were fired in the area, and Officers were able to make an arrest and seize the firearm
    • During a proactive traffic stop, officers contacted a gang member with a felony warrant and seized methamphetamine and a rifle

In addition to this activity, patrol officers wrote a total of 54 parking citations in the area.

Chief
WP McManus

Update from SAFFE Officer Brigitte Robinson (Neumann):

St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol – 4/15/2021- 4/18/2021:

  • Parking Citation: 54
  • Traffic Citation: 0
  • Noise Citations: 0
  • Noise reading attempts: 2
  • Public Intox: 0
  • DWI: 0

4/20/21: The destruction of the bus stop on Luby’s started today. It will take a couple of days but it is in the process. I was also told that in a couple of weeks 900 N Main should be starting to renovate.

St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol – 4/5/21- 4/11/21:

  • Parking Citation: 30
  • Traffic Citation: 4 warnings
  • Noise Citations: 0
  • Noise reading attempts: 6
  • Public Intox: 1 arrest (SAPD21066503)
  • DWI: 1 SAPD2066541
  • Other activity: 1 Urinating in public x1705454

4/13/2021: Hope you all are dong well. I just wanted to give you all the updated data for this past week’s directive patrol. I know there is a lot frustration and concern, but know that we are working towards making more progress. Directive patrol, specifically, for the St. Mary’s Strip including the side streets has been in effective for over a month. DWI, vice, and TABC are all aware of the issues and have been working on citations for any/all violations. The sanitary management for the city has also been included for inspections on the food trucks. I’ve been in contact with a few residents and assist on explaining the severity and concerns they have to both the chiefs office and district 1. After speaking with one of the residents today my next steps are to include the fire marshals and the historic association. If there are any other recommendations I am all for ideas. I’m trying to involve every agency and contact that I believe can help push more positive outcomes.

Tobin Hill stretches out towards Main as well and I don’t want you to think that I just focus on the strip. I’ve also been working with TXDOT for providing outreach to the homeless and cleanups. From what I was told Luby’s is staying in busy at least the location on Main. It’s been a long time coming, but the bus stop on Elmira will finally be knocked down. It been a process going through VIA to Luby’s to getting assistance with TX DOT. The Motel across the street has also been being worked on. I was told be the owners they are in the process of possibly selling the property to Budget Lodge that would remodel the whole property. The old Lulu’s is also in the process of being rented out to a chef from California whos opening up a hot dog themed restaurant.

As for the shooting that recently occurred I do not have information I can provide at this time, but as soon as I can I will relay all the details. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your time.

Officer Brigitte Robinson #265
San Antonio Police Department
Central SAFFE Unit
(210) 207-7413 (office)
(210) 912-6662 (mobile)
Brigitte.neumann2@sanantonio.gov

Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
Neighborhood Meeting, outside at the Terry Ct. Pocket Park:

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00-7:30PM
229 Terry Court

Wear your THCA T-shirt if you have one. Masks encouraged.

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/  

You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Join District 1 and the City of San Antonio for a police services review session.

We want to hear from you! Join us April 21 at 6 pm to hear from City Manager Erik Walsh, Chief William McManus, and Councilman Treviño by joining our virtual meeting. We will stream live to our Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/RobertoTrevinoD1

The forum will then open up to your questions and feedback. We greatly value your input and hope you’ll join us for this sessions. If you are interested in viewing the first session, please find the recorded video on Facebook as well.

For more information related to SAPD & Me, please visit sanantonio.gov/sapdandme 

221 Rose Ln: On March 31 a THCA member reported the house at 221 Rose Ln as being partially demolished and left open as a dangerous structure. Board members contacted the City of San Antonio’s Vacant Buildings Case Manager, John Anthony Sanchez. It was determined that the remaining structure was unsafe and could not be salvaged. It was demolished by the city on April 8.

254 E. Russell: The Office of Historic Preservation received a demolition application for the structure at 254 E Russell. The structure isn’t currently designated, and OHP staff is reviewing the property and application. If you have any questions or feedback regarding this property and/or the demolition application please contact Jessica Anderson by Wednesday, April 21.

212 E. Dewey: The City of San Antonio’s Historic Design Review Commission will be reviewing the designation application filed in response to a demolition request for the property at 212 E Dewey. It is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 21. If you have questions about this designation, please contact THCA’s Historic Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner.

📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

May: Ordinary Grace by Kent Krueger
June: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman

Contact Kathy for location details.

Committee Meetings:
THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, April 26th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm meeting details.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases that go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission and Board of Adjustment. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, April 26th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting details.

Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
Apr 15 2021

Tobin Talk: April 14, 2021

Greetings Neighbors,

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our meeting this Thursday at 6:00pm. This month’s agenda will include an update from SAPD about the safety concerns in the neighborhood as well as updates from Councilman Treviño’s office on noise, parking and safety issues along N. Saint Mary’s.

Please read on for info on joining the zoom meeting as well as an update from our SAFFE Officer, Brigitte Robinson (Neumann).

Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
monthly neighborhood meeting via ZOOM:

Thursday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89415750378

Meeting ID: 894 1575 0378

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/  

You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

🚧 Construction Notice 🚧

North St. Mary’s Street
(East Mistletoe Avenue to West Josephine Street)
2017-2022 Bond Project
  • Beginning on Monday, March 29, 2021 through Tuesday, March 30, 2021 SpawGlass Construction will be placing overnight Traffic Control Devices for Phase 1 of construction. This work is limited to East Dewy Place to Ashby. Two way traffic will be maintained in both directions.
Planned activities for the next four weeks:

  • Mobilize equipment
  • Install traffic control devices for phase 1
  • Prepare right of way
  • Begin alternating lane closures
  • Begin CPS gas utility work
  • Please note: Crews will have traffic control devices adjacent to areas they will be working. Please slow down at these areas while working is underway.
More information has been provided by COSA’s Public Works Department here: https://conta.cc/3rpPfsu

Updates from SAFFE Officer Brigitte Robinson (Neumann):

Hope you all are dong well. I just wanted to give you all the updated data for this past week’s directive patrol. I know there is a lot frustration and concern, but know that we are working towards making more progress. Directive patrol, specifically, for the St. Mary’s Strip including the side streets has been in effective for over a month. DWI, vice, and TABC are all aware of the issues and have been working on citations for any/all violations. The sanitary management for the city has also been included for inspections on the food trucks. I’ve been in contact with a few residents and assist on explaining the severity and concerns they have to both the chiefs office and district 1. After speaking with one of the residents today my next steps are to include the fire marshals and the historic association. If there are any other recommendations I am all for ideas. I’m trying to involve every agency and contact that I believe can help push more positive outcomes.

Tobin Hill stretches out towards Main as well and I don’t want you to think that I just focus on the strip. I’ve also been working with TXDOT for providing outreach to the homeless and cleanups. From what I was told Luby’s is staying in busy at least the location on Main. It’s been a long time coming, but the bus stop on Elmira will finally be knocked down. It been a process going through VIA to Luby’s to getting assistance with TX DOT. The Motel across the street has also been being worked on. I was told be the owners they are in the process of possibly selling the property to Budget Lodge that would remodel the whole property. The old Lulu’s is also in the process of being rented out to a chef from California whos opening up a hot dog themed restaurant.

As for the shooting that recently occurred I do not have information I can provide at this time, but as soon as I can I will relay all the details. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your time.

Officer Brigitte Robinson (Neumann) #265
San Antonio Police Department
Central SAFFE Unit
(210) 207-7413 (office)
Brigitte.neumann2@sanantonio.gov

The following data has been provided by SAPD:
St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol Data: 4/5/21- 4/11/21
St. Mary’s Strip Data by Address: 2019-March 2021
St. Mary’s Strip Directive Patrol Data: February & March 2021

221 Rose Ln: On March 31 a THCA member reported the house at 221 Rose Ln as being partially demolished and left open as a dangerous structure. Board members contact the City of San Antonio’s Vacant Buildings Case Manager, John Anthony Sanchez. It was determined that the remaining structure was unsafe and could not be salvaged. It was demolished by the city on April 8.

254 E. Russell: The Office of Historic Preservation received a demolition application for the structure at 254 E Russell. The structure isn’t currently designated, and OHP staff is reviewing the property and application. If you have any questions or feedback regarding this property and/or the demolition application please contact Jessica Anderson by Wednesday, April 21.

212 E. Dewey: The City of San Antonio’s Historic Design Review Commission will be reviewing the designation application filed in response to a demolition request for the property at 212 E Dewey. It is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 21. If you have questions about this designation, please contact THCA’s Historic Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner.

Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

May: Ordinary Grace by Kent Krueger
June: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman

Contact Kathy for location details.

Committee Meetings:
THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, April 26th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm meeting details.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases that go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission and Board of Adjustment. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, April 26th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting details.

Click here to join the Zoom at 6:00PM on April 15, 2021!
Mar 13 2021

Tobin Talk: March 13, 2021

Greetings Neighbors,

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our March meeting this Thursday at 6:00pm. This month’s agenda will include an update from the City of San Antonio on the proposed new SAPD Substation as well as updates from Councilman Treviño’s office on noise, parking and safety issues along N. Saint Mary’s.

Hopefully you were able to attend the virtual meeting the city held about the upcoming construction on N. Saint Mary’s Street. In case you missed it, check out the information provided by COSA’s Public Works Department here: https://conta.cc/3rpPfsu – Note that the Bond Project will begin as early as Monday, March 15, 2020.

This Friday, THCA is excited to help support the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition’s District 1 City Council Candidate Forum. Please join us virtually at 7:00pm Friday, March 19 to hear from all six D1 candidates, with a focus on neighborhood issues.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday at 6:00pm!

Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
monthly neighborhood meeting via ZOOM:

Thursday, March 18, 2020 at 6:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87635132758

Meeting ID: 876 3513 2758

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/  

You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Please join Tier One Neighborhood Coalition and Tobin Hill Community Association for a District 1 City Council Candidate Forum.
March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
Join virtually at: tiny url.com/Tier1NC
or by phone at: 1-346-248-7799
Password: 88519574564#
Construction Notice:

North St. Mary’s Street
(East Mistletoe Avenue to West Josephine Street)
2017-2022 Bond Project

The North St. Mary’s Street Project (East Mistletoe Avenue to West Josephine Street) 2017-2022 Bond Project will begin as early as Monday, March 15, 2020 and is estimated to conclude Fall 2022 weather permitting.

Public Works Planned activities for the next four weeks:
  • Mobilize equipment
  • Install traffic control devices
  • Prepare right of way
  • Begin alternating lane closures
  • Please note: Crews will have traffic control devices adjacent to areas they will be working. Please slow down at these areas while working is underway.
More information has been provided by COSA’s Public Works Department here: https://conta.cc/3rpPfsu

From Councilman Treviño’s District 1 Newsletter:

Committee on Emergency Preparedness Seeks Community Input

The City of San Antonio’s Committee on Emergency Preparedness is seeking input from the community as they study the preparedness and response to the recent winter weather event and make recommendations on future preparedness efforts.

The committee is inviting residents to ask questions or share comments with the committee. Residents can participate by:

• Visiting www.sanantonio.gov/Emergency-Preparedness-Committee;

• Calling 311 or;

• Texting SAEmergency to 55000.

Residents may submit comments and/or questions through March 31.

—————————————

El Comité de Preparación para Emergencias de la Ciudad de San Antonio está buscando opiniones de la comunidad mientras estudian la preparación y respuesta al reciente evento meteorológico invernal y hacen recomendaciones sobre futuros esfuerzos de preparación.

El Comité está invitando a los residentes a hacer preguntas o compartir comentarios con el comité. Los residentes pueden participar mediante:

• Visitando www.sanantonio.gov/Emergency-Preparedness-Committee;

• Llamando al 311 o;

• Enviar un mensaje de texto SAEmergency al 55000.

Los residentes pueden enviar comentarios y / o preguntas hasta el 31 de marzo.

From the desk of State Representative Diego Bernal:

On Monday, March 15, 2021, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are expanding vaccinations to Phase 1C, these are people 50 to 64 years of age. For more information on the new 1C priority group, please click here for English and here for Spanish.

Those who now qualify for vaccines are:

  • Phase 1A, front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities;
  • Phase 1B, people 65+ or people 16+ with a health condition that increases risk of severe COVID-19 illness, including but not limited to: Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, Heart Conditions, Organ Transplant, Obesity, Sickle cell disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Pregnancy. If your health condition is not listed here you may still qualify.
  • Phase 1C (starting March 15, 2021), people 50 to 64 years of age;
  • School and Child Care Personnel. This includes: pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools; Head Start and Early Head Start programs; and licensed child care providers. Click here for the DSHS letter  to vaccine providers.

​To check for vaccine availability, visit any of the following: the Alamodome (text “vaccine” to 55000 to get updates on vaccine availability), University Health SystemWellMedCVS, and HEB. If you would like to view available vaccines near you, click hereIf you have questions, call 311 or dial 210-207-6000, select option 8.

COVID-19 has presented challenges to first responders, adults 50 and older, individuals living with chronic illnesses, our educators, students, and their families; in every aspect of life, nothing has been left untouched by the pandemic.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office via phone at 210-308-9700 or by email at District123.Bernal@house.texas.gov.

 

More soon,
Diego M. Bernal
State Representative
Texas House District 123

212 E. Dewey: The City of San Antonio’s Historic Design Review Commission has reviewed the designation application filed in response to a demolition request for the property at 212 E Dewey, and has recommended the structure be preserved and designated as historic. The next step in the process is for the case to go before City Council. It is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, April 1. If you have questions about this designation, please contact THCA’s Historic Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner. If you’d like to provide feedback to the Councilman about this proposed designation please do so by Wednesday, March 31 to Sydell Brooks in the District 1 Council Office.
Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

April: Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten
May: Ordinary Grace by Kent Krueger
June: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman

Contact Kathy for location details.

Committee Meetings:
THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, March 22nd at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm meeting details.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases that go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission and Board of Adjustment. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, March 22nd, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting details.

Click here to join the Zoom at 6:00PM on March 18, 2021!
Feb 15 2021

Tobin Talk: February 15, 2021

Greetings Neighbors,

We hope you are staying warm and safe during this cold winter weather!

There are two important meetings this week that you won’t want to miss. Tuesday at 6:00pm, please join us as we get an update from the City of San Antonio about the upcoming N. Saint Mary’s road construction. You can tune in by phone by calling 1-(415)-655-0001 and using code 177 255 9689 when prompted, or join the meeting online at http://bit.ly/StMarysStreet , or by using the link on the facebook event page.

THCA will have our monthly meeting on Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm via ZOOM. The city architect will be joining us to give an update on the proposed SAPD sub-station on N. Saint Mary’s, and we will have a guest from SAPD joining us to talk to the membership about their Citizens On Patrol program. You can participate using this link, or by joining with the link on Facebook.

We are looking forward to returning to our in-person meetings, socials and happy hours later in 2021 but in meantime we’ll continue Zooming and hope you’ll join us this week as we continue to work to connect as neighbors, stay informed and preserve our historic neighborhood.

Stay safe and warm!

Construction will be starting soon for improvements on North St. Mary’s Street (from East Mistletoe Avenue to West Josephine Street).
The improvements will include new sidewalks and bike lanes, as appropriate and within available funding.

This meeting is being conducted by the City of San Antonio’s Public Works Department.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
6:00PM

Join the meeting online at http://bit.ly/StMarysStreet

Or you can join the meeting by phone at
1-(415)-655-0001
Use code 177 255 9689 when prompted.

Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
monthly neighborhood meeting via ZOOM:

Thursday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87635132758

Meeting ID: 876 3513 2758

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/  

You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Know a neighbor in need of some help?

San Antonio Community Resource Directory offers resources for assistance with emergency food, food pantries and delivery, clothing, baby supplies, blankets, furniture, health resources, housing, adult and child care, transportation, etc. Resources can be searched for by zip code, and are available in English and Spanish.

https://www.sacrd.org/directory/

Click here to join the Zoom at 6:00PM on February 18, 2021!
Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
Jan 14 2021

Tobin Talk: January 14, 2021

Neighbors,

It’s been a strange year everywhere and Tobin Hill is no different.  While we haven’t been able to be as social as we’d have liked our Association has continued to hang together, weighing in on Historic and Zoning cases, meeting on Zoom to hear about Ballot Propositions, and working with representatives from the the City and Council to address concerns from code compliance to noise complaints.

We are looking forward to returning to our in-person meetings, socials and happy hours later in 2021 but in meantime we’ll continue Zooming and hope you’ll join us at our Annual Meeting and throughout the year as we continue to work to connect as neighbors, stay informed and preserve our historic neighborhood.

Looking forward to it,
Larkin O’Hern

President, THCA
Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s
Annual neighborhood meeting
via ZOOM:Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:00PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88251487099?pwd=a2ZzRzRyS0JEaklvWXVkVDl6d3BvUT09

Meeting ID: 882 5148 7099
Passcode: 684960

Will will be holding our annual election virtually for the first time.

The nominations for the 2021 Board members can be viewed here: https://tobinhill.org/2021-board-nominations/

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/

THCA’s public neighborhood meetings are held monthly via Zoom during the pandemic. You do not need to be a member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote in the election.

If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Per the bylaws, members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election.

Know a neighbor in need of some help?

San Antonio Community Resource Directory offers resources for assistance with emergency food, food pantries and delivery, clothing, baby supplies, blankets, furniture, health resources, housing, adult and child care, transportation, etc. Resources can be searched for by zip code, and are available in English and Spanish.

https://www.sacrd.org/directory/

Click here to join the Zoom at 6:00PM on January 21, 2021!
Click here to renew your membership with THCA for 2021!
Jan 06 2021

2021 Board Nominations

2021 Board Nominations

For President:

Larkin O’Hern, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2018. Larkin was first elected to the THCA Board in 2019 and as President of the Board in 2020. He and his wife Rachel bought a home in Tobin Hill in 2017 and (finally) moved in early 2018! After spending eight years in the Army bouncing from place to place, they were ready to put down roots and loved the community feel of Tobin Hill, its proximity to downtown, and mix of historic preservation with exciting potential. When not working, Larkin enjoys strolling along the Museum Reach, biking the Mission Extension and reading whatever book is up next for the THCA Book Club.

Resident Board Member Nominees:

Paula Starnes, East Magnolia: Resident of Tobin Hill. Paula is a native of San Antonio and grew up on the southside. She bought a house on East Magnolia 30 years ago after renting for 8 years in Tobin Hill. She graduated from Texas State University with a BA in management. She currently serves on the board for the Tri Point YMCA and the zoning committee for the Tobin Hill Community Association. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Paula has been active in women’s organizations in San Antonio and at the state level for over 40 years. In addition to being the previous President of the San Antonio NOW (National Organization for Women) chapter and founding member of the Rape Crisis Center, she worked in IT for most of her career and spent the last 15 years working for a local financial real estate firm which buys mortgage notes, makes investor loans and manages real estate.

 

Joe “Joey” M. Salinas III, Home Ave: Resident of Tobin Hill since 2006.  Joey has been a member of the Tobin Hill Community Association Zoning and Development Committee since 2020.  As a 6th generation Texan with a family seat in Fredericksburg Texas since its founding in 1846 and growing up within a ranching and construction family, Joey has been around historical construction and architecture since birth.  The family construction company hails back to 1946 in Fredericksburg Texas and has worked on many notable homes including the late President LBJ historical ranch home, Lady Bird Johnson’s personal home in Austin, and a plantation in Georgia dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America and also to include many historical churches and public buildings throughout Texas.  Joey has also been an Associate Broker with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty since 2005 and has worked in all historical neighborhoods and ranches in and around San Antonio.  Joey is currently obtaining his MBA with Rice University and also active in both political and organizational committees for Tobin Hill and its pursuit of persevering its heritage and integrity.

 

Business Board Member Nominee:

Lynn Knapik, Broker/Owner, Lynn Knapik Real Estate LLC. – Lynn is both a business owner and resident of Tobin Hill, and has lived at the Pearl since 2010. While a previous connection to Pearl that began when her family moved to San Antonio in 1972 for a job at Pearl is what brought her to the neighborhood, she became an active member of the THCA due to the desire to connect with residents in the area. Lynn has served on THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee for a number of years and is happy to do her part to help preserve the character of the neighborhood. From the beginning of moving to the area, Lynn found a passion for community involvement, starting with the Midtown Brackenridge Master Plan Initiative in 2010; on to SA2020, attending all of the community meetings; eventually be invited by Mayor Taylor to serve on the Midtown TIRZ in 2013. She remains today as a TIRZ board member. During Mayor Nirenberg’s recent Mayor’s Housing Task Force, Lynn served on the Neighborhood Working Group.

Until COVID put many activities on hiatus she was also serving on a SAHA “Move to Work” task force and was a Reading Buddy with second graders a Hawthorne Academy for 6 years. Having moved a house from Alamo Heights to Bandera, TX in 2002, taking it down to the studs, adding on to it, restoring every window and door and so much more over two years of hands-on labor, Lynn came to truly appreciate older homes and the craftsmanship that went into building them and properly restoring them. She has participated in the Historic Home Specialist classes provided by OHP at COSA, even consulting on the classes. She also sponsors the OHP annual Historic Homeowners Fair. Lynn is a promoter of historic neighborhoods, SAISD and recently helped the neighbors in the E French Place Historic District and Terry Court and save their pocket park from “going to the dogs!”

 

The 2021 Board Member election will be held virtually at the Annual meeting in January. Members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election. THCA Board members are elected for two-year terms and are staggered so that half are elected or re-elected in even-numbered years and half are elected or re-elected in odd-numbered years. No member may serve more than four (4) consecutive years on the Board. 

To find out more about the Tobin Hill Community Association, read our Bylaws here.

Aug 16 2020

Tobin Talk: August 16, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,This week the THCA Board invites you to join us for a virtual meeting. We will meet over Zoom this Thursday, August 20 from 6:00pm-7:30. Please visit our Facebook event for details on how to login to the meeting. In-person bi-monthly Neighborhood Meetings will continue to be postponed for now. We will be following the guidelines that San Antonio College/EcoCentro recommends before resuming our face-to-face membership meetings.

The THCA Book Club is on Zoom!  Please reach out to Kathy Cron for Zoom login info. Next month we’ll be reading: Like Water for Chocolate. You can reach out to Kell Austin to get a 15% discount at the TWIG for next month’s book. The Book Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

The Historic Preservation Committee and Zoning and Development Committee have been meeting virtually through email and text as needed. If necessary, a Zoom meeting will be scheduled. Please reach out to Ricki Kushner or Rick Schell for details.Second Friday Socials will continue to be postponed for now.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

Please join us for the
Tobin Hill Community Association’s neighborhood meeting
via ZOOM:

Thursday, August 20, 2020
6:00-7:30PM

Zoom meeting details will be posted on the Facebook eventbefore the meeting.

Meeting minutes from our previous meeting can be viewed on the Tobin Hill website: https://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/meeting-minutes/

THCA’s public neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly. You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so in person at the meeting or on our webpage: https://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Jun 03 2020

Tobin Talk: June 3, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,As the city begins to open back up, THCA will begin slowly opening back up for meetings and events as well, though some of those may look a bit different.

This week, the THCA Book Club is on Zoom! We’ll be discussing Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley by John Carreyrou. Please reach out to Kathy Cron for Zoom login info. Next month we’ll be reading: Albert Camus The Plague. You can reach out to Kell Austin to get a 15% discount at the TWIG for next month’s book. The Book Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

Second Friday Socials: Cody Doege and Chad Walling will be hosting our first Social on Friday, June 12, at 402 E Locust from 6:00-8:00pm. We ask that all neighbors be respectful and conscientious of heath concerns.

The Historic Preservation Committee and Zoning and Development Committee have been meeting virtually through email and text as needed. If necessary, a Zoom meeting will be scheduled. Please reach out to Ricki Kushner or Rick Schell for details.

Bi-monthly Neighborhood Meetings will continue to be postponed for now. We will be following the guidelines that San Antonio College/EcoCentro recommends before resuming our general membership meetings.We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

On Monday, June 1, SAISD transitions to its summer meals program, with some changes from the May schedule. See the list of curbside and bus stop locations and times. In addition, the SAISD Child Nutrition Program has collaborated with the San Antonio Food Bank this summer. Summer meals will now include supplemental food donations from the food bank to help meet the nutritional needs of our community and families. The first distribution will begin Wednesday, June 3 and continue every Wednesday through the month of June. The distribution will take place at all summer curbside locations from 10 a.m. – noon.

El lunes, primero de junio, SAISD pasa a su programa de comidas de verano, con algunos cambios del horario de mayo. Vea la lista de ubicaciones escolares (con un horario de 10 a.m. al medio día para recoger) y la lista de ubicaciones de parada de autobús (los horarios varían). https://www.saisd.net/upload/page/0130/docs/SAISDSummer2020MealsProgram.pdf

El Programa de Nutrición Infantil de SAISD ha colaborado con el SA Food Bank este verano. Las comidas de verano ahora incluyen donaciones suplementales de comida del banco de comida para ayudar a cumplir las necesidades nutritivas de nuestra comunidad y nuestras familias. La primera distribución comenzará mañana miércoles, 3 de junio y comenzará cada miércoles a lo largo de junio. La distribución se llevará a cabo en las ubicaciones escolares de comida para llevar de 10 a.m. al mediodía.

You can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
Residents are encouraged to download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio.
Mar 31 2020

Tobin Talk: March 31, 2020

Greetings Neighbors,

On March 24th, Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff issued a Stay Home Work Safe order for all individuals living within the City of San Antonio and the suburban cities within Bexar County. This means we are ordered to stay home and only leave their homes to perform allowed activities. There are four categories of allowed activities:

  1. Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family and their pets.
  2. Activities to obtain necessary supplies for themselves, their family and household, including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive thru pickup from restaurants.
  3. Working for an exempted business or government that is providing services needed by the public during this crisis.
  4. Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if they maintain social distancing, such as staying six feet away from other people.

All individuals should remain home, except for when securing healthcare, purchasing food and basic supplies, exercising outdoors, or working to provide these basic services to the public.

All public and private gatherings consisting of anyone other than a person’s own household or family are prohibited.

Please click this link to read the full order.

In compliance with these orders, all THCA meetings and events have been postponed, including:

  • Book Club
  • Second Friday Socials
  • Historic Preservation Committee
  • Zoning and Development Committee
  • Bi-monthly Neighborhood Meetings

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming our normal schedule soon.  We’ll let you know as soon as we get these events rescheduled.  Please watch your email or visit the Tobin Hill Facebook page for further updates.  If you have any questions please reach out via info@tobinhill.org or larkin.thca@gmail.com.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. Let’s work together to keep all of our neighbors are safe and healthy by staying home at this time.

The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is offering emergency assistance during COVID 19. Households experiencing an emergency and hardship should submit an assessment online:  https://webapp1.sanantonio.gov/cosasurveysystem/cosasurveysystem.aspx?surveyid=466 #SATX#COVID19SA
You can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
Residents are encouraged to download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio.