TO SEE HISTORY IN THE MAKING, STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 1450 N.E. Loop 410, flew to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump Jan. 20. According to a release, “Social studies teacher Mary Lutka … works to make classes come alive, and last spring she proposed to students that they attend the 2017 presidential inauguration. After months of fundraising and planning, it’s happening.” According to a school official, “Students will see government in action.” About 70 percent of the student body is compromised of minorities and 60 percent are economically disadvantaged at the tuition-free charter school with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

THE SAN ANTONIO CREDIT UNION RECENTLY OPENED  its first Financial Health Center in historic Southtown, at the corner of South St. Mary’s and South Alamo streets. The Southtown Financial Health Center is a part of the credit union’s “bold initiative to identify new ways the not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative can serve the needs of its members within the communities where they live, work and play,” according to a statement.

ALAMO HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL ROCKETRY STUDENTS WERE HONORED, along with rocketry teacher Colin Lang, with the SystemsGo Goddard Level Diamond Award for recent successful launches at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The students joined 47 other Texas high school teams to showcase their rocket-building and launching skills at the Army-run facility. The annual event is endorsed by NASA and certified by The Space Foundation.

THE ONGOING SAN PEDRO CREEK IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT is making headway in its first phase, officials said. According to a series of weekly reports, highlights of the project include crews installing barrier and traffic control devices from the tunnel inlet to Houston Street; tree removal and demolition of the concrete channel will begin once trees have been tagged;  a bore pit will be placed at the entry of the City Hall parking lot on Dolorosa Street. The Sundt-Davila team will coordinate with the city regarding parking and  the entry and exit at the lot. Crews continue to work on horizontal drilling on Houston to allow for the relocation of utilities.

DISTRICT 1 COUNCILMAN ROBERTO TREVIÑO ANNOUNCED A RE-ELECTION BID on Dec. 14 at Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery, 218 Produce Row. Trevino was joined by friends and supporters, as well as former District 1 City Council members Mary Alice Cisneros, Roger Perez and Roger Flores. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade also attended. The election is May 6.

MIKE GALLAGHER, THE DISTRICT 10 COUNCILMAN, HAS SAID he won’t run again for his City Council seat in the May 6 election. Gallagher, a retired Air Force colonel and well-known Northeast Side leader, was appointed to the council in January 2014.

He won his first election in 2015 with 81 percent of the vote. Gallagher said he was happy his office could address safety, economic development and infrastructure issues in District 10 during his tenure.

He spearheaded a move toward safe exchange zones for consumers using websites like Craigslist when they meet in person to make transactions, and a ban on handheld phones while driving. “We will continue focusing on protecting our neighborhoods through strong police/community relationships and the (San Antonio Police Department’s San Antonio Fear Free Environment program),” he said. “We will also continue to work closely with the neighborhoods on potential zoning issues that may have an impact on their areas.” The veteran neighborhood leader said he also plans to continue working on the revitalization of the Northeast Corridor along Perrin Beitel and Nacogdoches roads. In addition, he will remain on the city’s Charter Commission, which is looking at a possible revision election in the near future. Feb. 17 is the filing deadline for mayoral and council candidates, and the final day an election can be called for May 6.

ALAMO HEIGHTS CARRIED OUT A TREE-PRESERVATION PROGRAM Jan. 16 to Jan. 30, with an aim to maintain and trim branches during the dormant stage to make it easier for utility and emergency vehicles to pass. The cutting is needed to keep a 13-foot-6-inch access required by emergency apparatus, according to the city. Trimming during the dormant stage will allow a fuller canopy in spring, officials said.

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