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SA Fire Department Now in Elite Class

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Currently, only 10 percent of the U.S. population is protected by accredited agencies. Now the San Antonio Fire Department is one of those accredited organizations.

Agencies become accredited after peer review of their accreditation documents, completion of an onsite assessment, and participation in a public hearing before the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, which gave the green light for the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) to earn this prestigious designation. Accreditation is good for five years.

Only 72 agencies hold accreditation and an ISO Class 1 rating. In 2017, the SAFD was awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the highest score a fire protection community can receive. With both these designations – accreditation and an ISO rating – the San Antonio department is one of the largest agencies (top 4) in the United States to hold both.

This achievement is welcome news for the SAFD, in which an independent review said in 2018 that the death of one of its firefighters and injuries to two others in 2017 could have been prevented. The review said, “The goal of this report is to challenge the San Antonio Fire Department to meet national fire service best practices identified in the recommendations to minimize risk exposure to the men and women of the SAFD.”

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood was also featured in the Blackbook Directory and Yearbook  in 2018 as being a top leader in the San Antonio black community.

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Paid Sick Leave

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – (June 21, 2019) The Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will take effect on August 1, 2019. Paid sick leave is a new law in San Antonio that requires most employees in San Antonio be given time off needed to be absent from work because the employee or the employee’s family member experiences illness, injury, stalking, domestic abuse, sexual assault or otherwise requires medical or health care, including preventive care and mental healthcare.  

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health), will be hosting six free information sessions in different areas of the City of San Antonio which will allow employers and employees to learn more about the paid sick leave ordinance. “Metro Health is available to help employers and employees learn about the new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.  Our goal is to provide education, technical assistance and tools that businesses can use to successfully implement the Ordinance by August 1, 2019,” said Jennifer Herriott, Interim Director of Metro Health. 

To attend one of the free Paid Sick Leave Information Sessions please register at: https://paidsickleavesa.eventbrite.com . Spanish translators will be available at every session.  More information on the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance can be found at www.sanantonio.gov/health/paid-sick-leave and questions can be submitted to paidsickleave@sanantonio.gov, or by calling 311.  

DATESESSION TIMELOCATIONS
Thursday, June 2711:30 AM – 1:00 PMStinson Airport
8535 Mission Rd.
Monday, July 15:00 PM – 6:30 PMUrban Ecology Center8400 NW Military Hwy 
Tuesday, July 29:30 AM – 11:00 AMCentral Library
600 Soledad St.
Wednesday, July 109:30 AM – 11:00 AMPre-K 4 SA East Campus
5230 Eisenhauer Rd. 
Thursday, July 185:30 PM – 7:00 PMCentral Library
600 Soledad
Monday, July 222:00 PM – 3:30 PMSan Antonio Food Bank 
5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy.

For more information please contact Program Manager, Francisco Campos at:  Francisco.Campos2@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-8737.

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Fine Free Program

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San Antonio Public Library Pilots Fine Free Program

Items classified “juvenile” or “young adult” qualify for fine free checkouts

SAN ANTONIO (June 13, 2019) – In an effort to make Library materials more accessible to children and teens, the San Antonio Public Library, will not be charging overdue fines for books and materials classified as “juvenile or “young adult” during a pilot program.  The pilot program, which launched softly on June 3, will extend through spring 2020 at which time it will be evaluated based on community feedback. 

The Library’s FAQ explains more details about the program (guides.mysapl.org/Fine-FreePilotProgram): 

  • The program applies to items classified as “juvenile” or “young adult” returned on or after June 3, 2019.
  • “Juvenile” or “young adult” items returned on or after June 3, 2019 will not be assessed fines regardless of when they were checked out.
  • Lost or damaged items will still be assessed fees.

“The San Antonio Public Library is piloting a program to alleviate the burden families face when it comes to Library fines,” says Ramiro S. Salazar, Library Director. “The Library’s top priority is to mitigate unintended barriers to access and make our services and materials more available to everyone. We recognize that fines can serve as a barrier preventing some families – especially those who do not have disposable income to pay the fines – from returning to the Library because of fines that accrue. We believe that Library fines on juvenile and teen materials disproportionately affect people living in poverty.”

The Library selected the summer months to launch the program, a time when more children and teens are using the Library during the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and Summer Reading Program. Maintaining reading levels throughout the summer is crucial for children and teens as they prepare for the next school year. 

View the Library’s juvenile and young adult collection of books, DVDs, and more by visiting mysapl.org.

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2019 Cavalcade of the Stars

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SAN ANTONIO – The Carver Development Board announces its annual fundraiser, the 2019 Cavalcade of the Stars on Saturday, October 26 at the Henry B. González Convention Center, Bridge Hall.  The annual fundraiser benefits the Carver’s School for Visual & Performing Arts’ Artist Residency/Master Class Program, summer camps, Youth Matinee Series and supports the education programs of the Carver Community Cultural Center.   

The Cavalcade of the Stars begins with a reception and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The concert benefitting the Carver’s education programs begins at 8:30 p.m. featuring R&B artist, Johnny Gill.  

With an unmistakable, unique trademark style, Johnny Gill has altered the sound of R&B music for over three decades with a signature sound that pairs superior singing with extraordinary showmanship, bringing the world classics such as “My, My, My,” “Rub You The Right Way,” “Where Do We Go From Here,” “Perfect Combination,” “Boys To Men,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” “My Body,” and the timeless wedding song, “You For Me” from Tyler Perry’s hit movie Madea’s Family Reunion. With a seemingly endless list of hits, ranging from his time in New Edition to the all-star trios L.S.G. (the late Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat) and Heads of State (Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant), it’s easy to see why Johnny Gill serves as the prototype for the supreme R&B singer. 

Table sponsorship, individual gala and concert tickets are available. For more information, visit thecarver.org or call (210) 210-396-7471.

The Carver Development Board is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to undertake fundraising activities and to provide financial, programming and advisory support to the Carver Community Cultural Center.

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