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(April 26, 2012) -- On Saturday, May 12, the citizens of the City of San Antonio will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2012-2017 $596 million bond program for important infrastructure improvements that will affect the UTSA Downtown Campus. Early voting runs Monday, April 30 through Tuesday, May 8.

There would not be a property tax rate increase to fund the proposed 2012-2017 bond program. The city's current property tax rate is projected to be sufficient to fund the debt service payments for the program.

Five propositions are included in the $596 million proposed bond program aimed to improve the quality of life in San Antonio:

  • Proposition 1 -- streets, bridges and sidewalks improvements
  • Proposition 2 -- drainage and flood control improvements
  • Proposition 3 -- parks, recreation and open space improvements
  • Proposition 4 -- library, museum and cultural arts improvements
  • Proposition 5 -- public safety facility improvements

Two projects in proposition 1 relate to improvements for the UTSA Downtown Campus. These two projects will help connect the UTSA Downtown Campus to the rest of downtown San Antonio. They will provide streetscape work, lighting, trees and pedestrian walkways improving the safety for pedestrians around the perimeter of the UTSA Downtown Campus.

One of the projects, the César Chávez Corridor, represents $1.4 million in improved pedestrian connectivity on César Chávez Boulevard between Frio Street to Santa Rosa Street. A second project, Commerce Corridor, represents $1.5 million in improved pedestrian connectivity on Commerce Street between Frio Street and Santa Rosa Street. Both projects will improve pedestrian connectivity from the UTSA Downtown campus to the rest of the downtown community.

In 2007, the City of San Antonio's bond initiative helped fund the UTSA Park West athletics complex with $5.5 million. Park West, benefiting city and county youths, will be developed into baseball, softball, track, soccer, tennis and various practice fields. The Park West April 12 groundbreaking celebration is a result of the 2007 bond proposition 3 line item. The 2007 bond was completed on time and $47 million under budget.

For a full list of improvements, visit the City of San Antonio website. For more information, contact Roland Martinez at 210-207-1011.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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