What I’m Doing
In 2017, I promised to be a tireless advocate for infrastructure funding in District 7 and to prioritize projects by greatest need. I pledged to work with communities and transportation partners to bring sidewalks, lighting, and different traffic solutions throughout our neighborhoods.
I advocated and secured a record $130 Million for streets and sidewalks, a 65% increase in funding levels as compared to when I first entered office.
I have brought together the Cities of San Antonio and Leon Valley, TxDOT, and state elected officials to develop a plan for easing congestion on Bandera Road.
I am the only Council person to coordinate street projects with SAWS and CPS, so that you do not pay twice for the same work.
I am developing a district wide lighting strategy, with funding to install hundreds of requested lights across the district.
I promised to work to ensure patrol and SAFFE officers have the resources they need to do their job effectively. I pledged to bolster support for community policing programs like Cellular on Patrol and Neighborhood Watch.
I advocated and secured increased funding that added 78 police officer and firefighter positions during my first term, and was appointed as Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.
During my first term, I was able to clear a backlog of District 7 speed humps dating back to 2013 by securing additional dollars for traffic calming devices to keep our streets safe..
Shaping Our Growth
I promised to make our neighborhoods strong partners in my work at City Hall and to give you a voice in shaping our growth. I pledged to advocate for policies that enhance our quality of life and to protect our natural resources. I made a commitment to put forward policies that would protect the character that makes San Antonio so unique while preparing responsibly for our future.
I implemented a policy in the District 7 Office that requires developers who are seeking zoning changes to reach out directly to the neighborhoods in which they seek to build.
I brought the first-ever Neighborhood Leadership Academy to District 7 and graduated 43 community leaders who are now even stronger partners with the District 7 Office and advocates for their own neighborhoods.
I voted against financial incentives for developers who only build in the center city because I believe more attention needs to be paid to our neighborhoods and not just downtown.
I am overhauling how the city works with citizens: updating the citizens to be heard process, broadcasting council committee meetings, and establishing quality participation criteria for high profile policies under development.
I have held dozens of community meetings to collect your input on issues from park development to the city manager selection.
Accountability & Transparency
I promised to be a full-time councilwoman, and to run an office where emails and phone calls are returned promptly, and where employees are motivated to serve District 7. I pledged to hold regular town hall meetings and to have evening office hours that are accessible to working families. I made a commitment to seek meaningful public input on issues before City Council and to hold myself, city staff, and city contractors accountable to you.
I authored and successfully passed a policy directing city staff to abide by a set of guiding “Principles of Public Participation”, which revamp and enhance how the City engages with residents when creating new policies or changing existing ones.
I hosted four property tax workshops across District 7, where we taught residents how to properly protest their property values, helping them to save hundreds to thousands of dollars of their taxpayer money.
Each month, I make myself accessible by hosting several 1-on-1 coffees with District 7 residents where we discuss the issues that are most important to them.
I am the only Council Committee Chair to video record and livestream my Committee Meetings so that you can stay informed on City decisions.
I have issued over 90 weekly electronic newsletters, to report to you what I’m doing as your representative.
I have successfully advocated for a mandatory annual performance evaluation in the contract for the new city manager.