ADRIANA ROCHA GARCIA
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.
San Antonio's COVID-19 vaccination sites on the South and West sides now full
All of the 9,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at two distribution sites on the South and West sides are full. The Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center and the Alicia Treviño López Senior Center, both WellMed locations, were announced as no-cost mass vaccination sites this Saturday. We will continue to open more slots as the State provides us with more vaccines. "As we receive more vaccines, we will open registration for appointments based on the number of doses," the joint statement said. When registration for the two sites does reopen, appointments must be made by calling 1-833-968-1745.mysanantonio.com
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.
Cattleman Square Lofts project now partnered with S.A. Housing Trust on affordable housing
click to enlarge Courtesy Image / Alamo Community Group | Sage GroupCattleman Square Lofts is being planned for 811 W. Houston St. Much of the new downtown housing being built is unaffordable to the workers who comprise the downtown hospitality industry. The Cattleman Square Lofts would help fill that need. The Housing Trust Finance Corporation will also issue up to $15 million in tax-exempt multifamily revenue bonds to help pay construction costs. The PFC and Finance Corporation are both entities of the San Antonio Housing Trust.sacurrent.com
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.
Bells Mark City-Wide Moment of Silence for Coronavirus Victims
The bells of San Fernando Cathedral rang for one minute at 9:20 Thursday morning as San Antonio observed a moment of silence to memorialize those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and to honor health care workers. Three of them Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia (D4), Councilman Roberto Trevio (D1), and Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan (D2) attended the meeting via Skype. In Bexar County, the coronavirus has infected 231 residents and killed nine. When we see first responders and health care workers among those being infected, its important for us to pause and recognize that, Nirenberg said. This is a virus that is indiscriminately infecting people of every demographic and ability and level of health.Senior reporter Iris Dimmick contributed to this article.therivardreport.com
Glitter Political: Councilwoman Rocha Garcia Keeps Her Distance but Stays in Touch With Constituents Near Lackland
click to enlarge Jade Esteban EstradaIts St. Patricks Day, and Im sitting six feet away from Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia in the sparsely populated Plaza de Armas. I need to make sure that you all are advocating for the right thing to do in San Antonio. Yeah, we should be doing this.The next phase in addressing the crisis is outreach and messaging, says Rocha Garcia, a marketing professor at Our Lady of the Lake University. Because maybe youre asymptomatic, or because maybe you think you are a little bit younger, you dont think it could affect you. Maybe, eventually, after we see that the disease is gone, maybe well get back handshakes and then eventually, hugs ... or something.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Officials and JBSA Tell Residents Not to Panic Over Lackland Quarantine Site
Further, JBSA told KENS5 it will hold town halls to answer additional questions from residents and base personnel. "We should all be comforted by the extra precautions being taken by federal, state and local health officials," Nirenberg said. "The misconception that folks with the coronavirus are coming to San Antonio is incredibly wrong," she said. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
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.
San Antonio Council Members Want to Create Ethics Officer Position, but the City Charter May Not Allow It
In aninterview, Trevio pointed out that other big cities, including Atlanta, have similar ethics czars.But City Attorney Andy Segovia told the daily that San Antonio's charter already includes a detailed ethics code, meaning voters would need to approve an amendment to create the position. Under state law, the city charter can only be altered at the ballot box.Meanwhile, Trevio and Rocha Garcia argue that their proposal doesn't require a charter amendment.Stay tuned. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
San Antonios Love Is Campaign Targets Domestic Violence
Thats not love.City officials launched a new Love Is public awareness campaign about domestic violence at a Tuesday news conference. It featured the public service announcement with members of City Council explaining what love is and what love is not. Thats because the reason that were here [is that] despite all our collective efforts to reduce and eliminate domestic violence, we have not done so yet. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has been focused primarily on domestic violence prevention in addition to policy, Bridger said. Scott Ball / Rivard ReportOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the City will continue its awareness efforts at the McNay Museums Second Thursday event on Oct. 10.therivardreport.com
New Life Christian Ministry honors 9/11 victims
SAN ANTONIO - New Life Christian Ministry paid tribute Wednesday to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the San Antonio 9/11 Memorial. The memorial events included a keynote address from San Antonio District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, a dramatic reenactment reading from the Joint Base-San Antonio-Lackland Navy Petty Officers Select Team. There was also be a wreath laying ceremony, a reading of victims' names and the playing of taps accompanied by a gun salute. More on 9/11 anniversary on KSAT.com:Memorial climb at Tower of the Americas honors fallen 9/11 heroesJudson ISD honors graduate killed in 9/11 attacks18 years later, experts are still working to identify remains of 9/11 victimsCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Meet Adriana Rocha Garcia, San Antonio's District 4 Councilwoman
click to enlarge Jade Eseteban EstradaResponsible GrowthExpansion of Workforce Training and DevelopmentPlanning for Next Million PeopleOn June 8, the City of San Antonio held runoff elections in three city council races in addition to the mayor's race. Garcia fills the seat that was previously held by Rey Saldaa, who has termed out after serving for the past 8 years. "Sixty-two square miles, the district is huge, so it's not just the South Side of San Antonio. Garcia has held various administrative and consulting communications and marketing positions throughout her life, in organizations like SAMMinistries Furniture for A Cause, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio, Southwest ISD and Project QUEST.Dr. ""We also need to plan for the next million that are coming to San Antonio.sacurrent.com