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Conspiracy Theories Abound in 1604 Toll Meeting

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The San Antonio Toll Party was stationed outside the Alzafar Shrine Temple last night getting those both coming and going to sign their petition against tolling.  Many people made the circuit through the TxDOT Open House, gathering brochures and literature, inspecting the schematics and environmental assessment, and watching the conceptual video between 6 and 7.  About 400 people stayed for the public meeting at 7.  Citizen comments ranged from “I just want a choice” to Michael Wikman channeling Howard Beale from Network paraphrasing the famous line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.”  Most of the speakers were opposed to the project.  

$550 million City of San Antonio Bond Proposal

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On May 12, 2007, San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to consider the City of San Antonio’s $550 Million Bond Program. The program includes 151 projects designed to improve and enhance existing, as well as acquire or construct, new, local streets, bridges, sidewalks, drainage facilities, parks, athletics facilities, libraries and public health centers.

Five propositions supporting the bond program will be included on the ballot: Proposition 1 - Streets, Bridges and Sidewalks Improvements; Proposition 2 - Drainage Improvements; Proposition 3 - Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Athletics Improvements; Proposition 4 - Library Improvements; and Proposition 5 - Public Health Facilities Improvements. Voters will be asked to consider each proposition individually.

All sides of San Antonio will benefit from projects proposed in the bond program. Many projects address infrastructure needs in a specific area while several projects have a regional or city-wide benefit for all residents. A majority of the projects were recommended by four Community Bond Committees, comprised of 128 residents, who utilized a comprehensive public participation process to obtain community input on potential projects to be incorporated into the program. Ninety-three percent of the Committees’ recommendations were adopted by City Council as part of the bond program to be put before voters.

The $550 million program is the largest municipal bond program in San Antonio history. The program can be achieved without a property tax rate increase due to San Antonio’s expected strong economic growth and the City’s disciplined debt management plan. The bonds will be repaid with property tax revenue the City collects on an annual basis. Bonds will be issued, and each project funded, over a five-year period (2007 through 2012). Several proposed projects combine City bond resources with other entity funding to complete needed improvements.

Stone Oak street With 8-Foot Drop-Off Repaired

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Posted by:  Laura Berryhill

A neighborhood street divided by an eight-foot cliff has finally been fixed.

The uneven street was on Knights Cross off Stone Oak Parkway in far north San Antonio.

City Council says two separate developers built the street and never connected it. The eight-foot drop-off caused a problem for neighbors living on Knights Cross.

"It's quite inconvenient because we have children that go to Bush Middle School, " said Mikel Hill, who lives in Stone Oak. "We have to drive all the way around to get them to school."

After nearly a year of construction and a price tag of half a million dollars, Knights Cross is now connected. The repaired street opens to traffic today.

Celebrate Fiesta in Stone Oak at "A Taste of the Northside"

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Join us for a relaxing evening under the South Texas stars!

On Wednesday, April 25th, Brighton will be hosting its largest fundraiser of the year, the 8th Annual A Taste of the Northside, an official Fiesta® event.  This evening event includes over 40 types of international wine, beer, and food from over 20 of San Antonio’s finest restaurants.  In addition, A Taste of the Northside will feature live musical entertainment, a prize drawing, and a silent auction.

"A Taste of the Northside" has become one of the fastest growing Fiesta traditions.  Your ticket is your passport to a wonderful selection of wine and beer samples, as well as delicious food from a variety of local restaurants.  Live music by Texas Tide & Jeff Griffith will provide the perfect background music to the beautiful hill country atmosphere. 

Flashing Traffic Signals on US 281 at Overlook Parkway

SAN ANTONIO * The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun flashing the new traffic signals on US 281 at Overlook Parkway to notify motorists in preparation for full activation in one week.  The traffic signals will be fully operational beginning Wednesday, March 28, 2007.  The flashing period is very important for safety reasons so that motorists traveling on US 281 can get used to seeing these signals everyday and so they can be better prepared to stop when the signals are activated. 

The $457,000 project that began November 1, 2006 was one of three locations for the placement of new traffic signals. The other locations included US 281 at Marshall Road and FM 306 (in Comal County).

MORATORIUM BILL GETS VETO-PROOF

Bill to abolish Transportation Commission heard today. Keep the calls coming....
Action item: Call your reps to sign on to HB 154

If you're tired of TxDOT doing what it wants in spite of the massive public outcry, then let's get behind this bill! The House Transportation Committee has heard these two outstanding bills and we want them to pass out of committee. If ordinary people get involved, these can become law!

Here are the bills:
HB 154 - (author Pickett) - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer. Hooray, this one is KEY to making TxDOT accountable to WE THE PEOPLE!

Healthy Kid's Day at the Mays Family YMCA

Please join the Mays Family YMCA for a wonderfully healthy and informative event.  It's the National Healthy Kid's Day, April 15th from 2-4pm at the Mays Family YMCA located at 21654 Blanco Road.   Health professionals and businesses from the Stone Oak community will be sharing their expertise on a variety of health related topics and providing free screenings and giveaways.  For more information go to www.ymcasatx.org

Public Hearing for Tollroads

Posted courtesy of the SA Toll Party.com webiste

We've spent years challenging tolls on our freeways and the TTC. Our hard work is paying off. Legislators who seek real change have set a public hearing for March 1st!

This is huge! It is very important that everyone who has a concern or issue with toll roads, public private partnerships, and especially the Trans Texas Corridor attend this public hearing and if possible offer personal testimony to the Senate Committee.

This means you, your family and friends!

Reagan Student Stabbed

A freshman student was stabbed Wednesday at Reagan High School. The stabbing took place in the courtyard around 2:00, in a fight involving three teens. A 14 year old boy was stabbed in the chest and airlifted to University Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Two students have been taken into police custody in connection with the stabbing. 

Vasopressin Trauma Trial to Begin Enrollment

Vasopressin Trauma Trial to Begin Enrollment

Study aims to reduce death due to shock