City struggling to keep homeless outreach team staffed
Started in 2021 following some smaller-scale pilot programs, the outreach team has 11 positions - one for each city council district and another for downtown. But in the little over a year-and-a-half since the first team members started, the city says it has had five resignations from the team.
Effort begun to ease online access for Spanish-speakers to register for Covid-19 vaccines
AdShe said it would help given that some may find it more difficult than others to access the information. Garcia Rocha said she had a similar problem trying to access the translation for University Health’s website on her iPhone. A spokeswoman for University Health said it’s working on a website in both English and Spanish that would not require translation services. AdIn addition to its bilingual operators who assist with vaccine reservations, WellMed also has a Spanish-language website. RELATED: How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in San Antonio when appointments are available
Southwest ISD breaks ground Friday on $24 million aquatics center
SAN ANTONIO – The Southwest Independent School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 35,000-square-foot aquatics center on Friday. According to a press release from Southwest ISD, the aquatics center will be one of only a handful of aquatics centers south of Highway 90 and will provide students with opportunities for swimming instruction as well as host competitions. “The aquatics center has been a longtime dream for Southwest families. The press release said the $24 million facility was approved by voters during the 2018 bond election, with the city contributing $4 million. AdExterior rendition of new Southwest ISD aquatics center.
Two COVID-19 vaccination sites coming to San Antonio’s South Side, West Side
SAN ANTONIO – Two more COVID-19 vaccination sites are coming to the city of San Antonio. San Antonio Councilwomen Rebecca Viagran, Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia and Ana Sandoval announced two more COVID-19 vaccination sites Saturday morning in a press briefing. The South Side vaccine site will be located at WellMed Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center and will officially launch Monday, Jan. 11. City councilwomen said the vaccine site on the South Side will distribute 1,000 doses of Moderna each day. RELATED: City of San Antonio to convert Alamodome into mass, no-cost COVID-19 vaccination site
District 4 councilwoman aims to provide vaccine information to Spanish-speaking constituents
And so it is critical that we do not leave these folks behind,” Rocha Garcia said. Many people who live in District 4 only speak Spanish, so Rocha Garcia is making sure the Spanish speaking community is informed by leaning on the local media outlets. “We reached out to one of our Spanish stations and held a vaccine information session with them,” Rocha Garcia said. Rocha Garcia and her team are scouting different locations for possible vaccine distribution sites when the supply becomes available. Rocha Garcia said many people don’t have access to internet in her district.
Two San Antonio city council members call for ‘equitable’ approach in COVID-19 vaccinations
SAN ANTONIO – Two city council members who represent San Antonio’s South Side want officials to focus on the most vulnerable communities of the city when distributing COVID-19 vaccinations. The first doses of the vaccine will be reserved for front-line health care workers. The city’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that some of the most active COVID-19 cases are located in South Side ZIP codes. Still, healthcare workers in those hospitals can get vaccinated at the other San Antonio hospitals that will receive the first doses. Both council members thanked the hospital systems who are receiving the vaccine for providing it to health care workers across the city, regardless of where they work.
San Antonio’s District 4 deemed COVID-19 hotspot as local leaders work to create more resources
SAN ANTONIO – District 4 is just one of several coronavirus hotspots around San Antonio. Vanessa Sanchez lives in District 4 and says the spike in cases makes her worried for her loved ones. She brought her five children to a walk-up testing site off Southwest Military Drive and South Zarzamora Thursday afternoon. The mobile testing site is just one of several across the district. She said the majority of the people in her district that test positive are hispanic.
Coronavirus update San Antonio, Aug. 14: Councilwoman shares story of loss amid pandemic, plan of action for District 4
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday night. Here are a few of the highlights:Nirenberg reported 43,823 total COVID-19 cases and 578 total deaths in Bexar County , as of Friday, an increase of 150 new cases. Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, who represents District 4 on the Southwest Side, shared a personal story during tonights briefing. She said her extended family has been very affected by the coronavirus, with 14 of her cousins requiring hospitalization. Rocha Garcia said many of her family members had to be placed on ventilators and received plasma to help them recover.
San Antonio City Councilwomen to distribute free safety supplies to microbusinesses
SAN ANTONIO San Antonio City Councilwomen Adriana Rocha Garcia, Shirley Gonzales, Melissa Cabello Havrda and Ana Sandoval have partnered with some local businesses to distribute free safety supplies to micro-businesses and nonprofits in city council districts 4,5,6 and 7. The Councilwomen along with the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Maestro Entrepreneur Center, Southside First, West Side Development Corporation and Port San Antonio will supply area micro-businesses and nonprofits with hand sanitizer, masks, and a touchless thermometer. The supply distribution will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 11 at the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, 3006 Gen. Hudnell Drive. According to a statement by the city of San Antonio, small businesses and area nonprofits combine to be the largest employer in San Antonio, illustrating a clear need for support during the COVID-19 health crisis. The event is a continuation of several district events and the city-wide distribution at the Alamodome in May.
San Antonios District 4 distributes personal protective supplies to small business owners
SAN ANTONIO Face masks, thermometers and hand sanitizer filled dozens of safety supply kits given to small business owners on Friday morning. "She said, '(Councilwoman) Rocha, this is so great. Unfortunately, my mom's small business wasn't able to leave because it's literally like two people at the restaurant.' And I thought, 'Goodness, we need to do something," Rocha Garcia said. Rocha Garcia said about 300 people registered for Fridays giveaway.
D4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia shares her New Year’s resolution
SAN ANTONIO – As a new decade begins, City Hall reporter Garrett Brnger is talking with members of the San Antonio City Council about their New Year's resolutions. District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia says she wants to build her district’s economic momentum. To see more resolutions from other San Antonio City Council members, click here.