Tobin Talk: May 1, 2021

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:

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: 


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.


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)

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

Thursday, May 20, 2021
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:  

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:

Parking problems on your street? 

You can call Parking Enforcement:
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!