Now that the celebration of our new mayor and District 2 councilperson is over, what next? A couple of weeks ago, a friend described me as “political”. Perhaps I am? Juneteenth is days away and we will spend a lot of resources celebrating our freedom. Have you considered the slow announcement of the abolishment of slavery was steeped in economic and political gain? So much of our quality of life continues to relate to economics and politics.
To name a few:
1. The view from the Hays St. Bridge and the connected open spaces. (Zoning
Commissioner and City Council )
2. The crime rate. (Chief of Police, City Manager, City Council)
3. Sidewalks and Street Improvements (City Department Traffic and Capital
4. Water Rates (San Antonio Water System and City Council)
5. Gas and Electric Rates ( CPS Energy and City Council)
6. Parks Improvements (City Parks and Recreation Department and City Council)
7. Economic Growth and Development (Chambers of Commerce, San Antonio
Economic Development Foundation, City Economic Development Department, and
8. Affordable Housing (San Antonio Housing Authority, Zoning Commissioner, City
Are you getting the picture? Villagers, we have to get involved and unite to create our collective agenda. Consider serving on a board or a commission.
Visit sanantonio.gov for more information on the application process for board and commission service. If that is not your cup of tea, encourage someone you know to step up and serve. We must also hold our leaders accountable.
There are a number of events related to Juneteenth. Family reunions, barbecues, picnics and parties. The annual party in Comanche Park, this year featuring Brick, is June 14 and 15. The Juneteenth parade is June 15 starting at San Houston High School at 10:30 AM and ending at Comanche Park. On June 19 (Juneteenth), we celebrate with a program and festival at Second Baptist Church from 10 AM to 4 PM. All events are free and open to the public. Bring your family, neighbors and friends. More importantly look for our leaders. Take attendance. If you do not see them, contact their office and inquire about their absence.
Spread the news. We are free! We will live free by controlling our destiny. We will take responsibility for our village and hold our leaders accountable to us.
THIS ISSUE’S CHALLENGE:
9. Attend a Juneteenth celebration.
10. Consider volunteering at your homeowners association, on a board or commission.
11. Contact one government leader you do not know and introduce yourself.
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