Patrick Von Dohlen

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San Antonians suggest new names for Robert E. Lee High School

San Antonians suggest new names for Robert E. Lee High School

After unanimously deciding  on Aug. 29 to remove the Confederate general’s name from the school, NEISD asked for suggestions for a new school name.

The board asked that name suggestions reflect an idea rather than person and “embody a wholesome image that would be expected to stand the test of time.”

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.
Homestead Tax Exemption

Homestead Tax Exemption

Several council offices have proposed a local homestead tax exemption to provide meaningful property tax relief for our residents as appraisals continue to rise. As it stands they are in favor of providing relief to homeowners with a homestead tax exemption, but they want to make sure they hear from you first.

Take the District 9 Homestead Tax Exemption Survey here.

FBI: San Antonio sees 58 percent increase in murders, more crime in general from 2015 to 2016

FBI: San Antonio sees 58 percent increase in murders, more crime in general from 2015 to 2016

SA is in a bad way according to the FBI. It’s time to re-prioritize City priorities from false social justice issue and get back to the basics of infrastructure and public safety issues to improve our quality of life again.

Crime is out of control as City Officials spent over $258,600 to unnecessarily remove Confederate Memorial from Travis Park. This money could have funded 5 new police officers on the SAPD to help fight crime and provide greater protection for citizens.

To read more from KTSA, click here.

Climate Program Manager: Wasteful Spending

Climate Program Manager: Wasteful Spending

It seems the Paris Accord Revolution was more than a progressive statement.

The city manager is wasting no time (just money) with this newly posted job of “Climate Program Manager.” The “Manager” will need sub-employees and we as taxpayers are probably looking at another million dollars per year to cover this new wing of local government.

Will this person measure the carbon footprint of each human being, born and unborn?

Why can’t this person also be the Diversity & Inclusion employee? The objectives are very close.

Special Projects Manager (Climate Program Manager) 
City of San Antonio  145 reviews – San Antonio, TX 78205

$61,016 – $103,728 a year
Under administrative direction, is responsible for managing and coordinating the development and implementation of the City of San Antonio’s climate program, as well as complex administrative projects or activities that require a high degree of specialized knowledge. Conducts research, provides data, makes recommendations, and implements solutions to achieve project goals and objectives. Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff. 

This position is an “unclassified” position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: 

  • Manages and coordinates projects and activities between various divisions, City departments, public agencies, and/or private sector representatives related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the city’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, including community engagement, establishing carbon footprint reduction targets and strategies, and measuring and reporting progress.
  • Maintains community relationships and fosters community-wide initiatives and cooperative partnerships to advance and promote climate protection and sustainability; communicate the financial and environmental benefits of implementing best practices; and achieve measurable progress on reducing the community’s and city governments’ carbon footprint.
  • Assist the Chief Sustainability Officer in integrating climate initiatives into broader sustainability goals and help the city develop as a national climate and sustainability leader.
  • Track international, federal, and state policies, trends, funding opportunities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Seeks and evaluates information from a variety of sources; provides specialized reports as requested by management.
  • Oversees coordination between divisions/departments throughout duration of projects.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations.
  • Coordinates and prepares reports and correspondence in response to requests for information from City Manager’s Office and Mayor & Council Offices; may also prepare City Council agenda material such as ordinances, council memos, etc.
  • Suggests and implements management solutions to address new or ongoing problems within department or division.
  • May assist in preparing and monitoring of annual departmental or divisional budget.
  • Serves as departmental/divisional representative at conferences and meetings.
  • May supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.


JOB REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in Climate Change, Environmental Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Planning, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree.

APPLICANT INFORMATION: 

  • If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing. Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
  • Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application.
  • Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months. One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks. If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Physical requirements include frequently lifting/carrying up to 5 pounds and occasional lifting/carrying up to 15 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to sitting, standing, reaching, walking, twisting and kneeling to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment with occasional exposure to hazardous materials, bodily fluids, infectious diseases and unfavorable fumes, vapors and odors.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

  • Knowledge of climate science and greenhouse gas accounting and reporting protocols.
  • Knowledge of best practices in community engagement.
  • Knowledge of administrative and management practices.
  • Knowledge of research techniques, methods, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of presentation requirements and methods.
  • Knowledge of accounting methods, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of public administration practices and local government issues.
  • Skill in utilizing a personal computer and associated software programs.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Ability to implement policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management and the general public.


Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months. One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university. 

APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO IN THIS POSITION MUST RECEIVE SATISFACTORY RESULTS FROM PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING, REFERENCES, BACKGROUND CHECKS AND CREDENTIAL VERIFICATION. ADDITIONALLY, SINCE THIS IS A SENSITIVE POSITION, SELECTED APPLICANTS MUST COMPLY WITH THE TEXAS LAW ENFORCEMENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM ACCESS POLICY, AND YOU ARE SUBJECT TO INTERVAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 49 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. 

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: 
http://www.sanantonio.gov/HR/CareerCenter.aspx 
Human Resources Department 
San Antonio, TX 78205 
210-207-8705 

[email protected]gov 

Position #2018-00016 
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER (CLIMATE PROGRAM MANAGER) 
RA 

Special Projects Manager (Climate Program Manager) Supplemental Questionnaire 


1. 
What best describes your highest level of education? 

Some High School 
High School Diploma or GED recognized by the Texas Education Agency or a regional accrediting agency 
30+ completed semester hours (credits) from an accredited college or university 
60+ completed semester hours (credits) from an accredited college or university 
Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university 
90+ completed semester hours (credits) from an accredited college or university 
120+ completed semester hours (credits) from an accredited college or university 
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university 
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university 
PhD, JD, or other Post Graduate Degree from an accredited college or university 
None of the above 


2. 
How many years of increasingly responsible experience do you have in Climate Change, Environmental Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Planning, or Business Administration? 

Less than one year 
1 year 
2 years 
3 years 
4 years 
5 years 
6 years 
7 years 
8 years 
9 years 
10 years 
11 years 
12 years 
13 years 
14 years 
15 years or more 
I do not have experience in public administration, urban planning, real estate development, architecture, or finance. 


3. 
How many years of supervisory experience do you have? 

Less than one year 
1 year 
2 years 
3 years 
4 years 
5 years or more 
I do not have supervisory experience. 


4. 
Are you a current regular full time CoSA employee? 

Yes 
No 


5. 
I UNDERSTAND that this position is an “unclassified” position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason. 

Yes 
No 


6. 
Select any of the following items you have at least three (3) years of experience working with: 

Project Management 
Process Improvement 
Business Process 
Performance measures 
Climate Action Plans 
Promoting Climate Protection 
Sustainability 
None of the above 


7. 
Describe your experience working with a climate protection program. What was your role? What was the outcome? 

* Required Question

Applications being Accepted for At-Large Positions on City’s Planning Commission

Applications being Accepted for At-Large Positions on City’s Planning Commission

The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to fill available positions on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on the master plan for the physical development of San Antonio. Those interested in applying for one of the available positions may do so online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commission at here.

The deadline to submit an application is Monday, October 30, 2017.

This is good info for private citizens wanting to get involved in local civic government. Things won’t change if private citizens don’t engage in the public square!

Councilmen question cost of removing Confederate statue

Councilmen question cost of removing Confederate statue

“We were told in the beginning it would be $150,000,” says District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, who voted against removal.

Actually taking it down cost $147,775, but a big police presence ran up the bill by $103,809 – mostly in officer overtime. Add in some replanting costs, and the total bill was $258,680.

“I was surprised to see that and kind of shocked,” Councilman Perry says.

So was District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who voted in favor of removal.

“Being told directly to my face by a city director that this was $150,000 and no more, then to see this – I think that deserves further research,” Councilman Brockhouse says.

The D10 “ProLife” Councilman is naive to City norms of broken processes, and the D6 “Businessman” Councilman is an expert on city broken processes but was hood-winked. The rest of Council are Uber-progressives. It’s going
to be a long 1.5 yrs.

To read more form Fox San Antonio, click here.

Haskin Park has been restored back to a play place

Haskin Park has been restored back to a play place

Haskin Park has been restored back to a useful play place for SA youth with a new play ground jungle gym to boot. Approximately $175,000 from last year’s City Budget paid for the new equipment. Then strangely in the Parks & Rec portion of the 2017 Bond Package, another $300,000 was given to improve Haskin Park. What was the purpose of this bond money???

Haskin Park is a small park just over an acre in size. The Hut hindered public use and impeded residential security adding to the fact that certain City Officials skirted objective zoning laws to sneak its existence into the Park. It’s crucial that everyone follows the City’s zoning laws especially those who work for the City. The citizens owe a debt of gratitude primarily to a single private citizen who lives in District 10 and who gave up almost a year of his commercial development business life to fight for justice. It shouldn’t have to be this way but this is another example of a broken process that needs to be stopped. Thank you John. Private citizens need to get involved in the public square to protect parks and hold public officials accountable.

These photos were taken after clearing out the Google Fiber Hut, and during  the removal of the foundation and the Hut. 

Authorities identify man who jumped off Loop 1604 ramp onto U.S. 281

Authorities identify man who jumped off Loop 1604 ramp onto U.S. 281

“A San Antonio highway has reopened after a person jumped from the westbound Loop 1604 exit ramp onto U.S. Highway 281, officials said.

Joshua Velasco, 35, was identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office Wednesday afternoon.”

Do we need to put fences on highways to protect objects from being thrown off of them onto passerbys, including sadly, human bodies?

To read more from My SA, click here.