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The City is seeking applicants for several at-large and district boards and commissions that help shape and implement local policy. At-large vacancies include 10 slots on the Convention and Visitors Commission, and five slots on the Watershed Improvement Advisory Committee. Applications for at-large positions must be submitted no later than May 5. Seats are also available on district boards including the Animal Care Services Advisory Board (districts 1, 4, & 6), Historic and Design Review Commission (6, 10, & Mayoral appointee), and the Zoning Commission (4 & 6). Applications and a complete list of vacancies can be obtained online at, or at City Hall. City Council will nominate representatives from received applications and conduct interviews at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. For more info, call 207-7257.

Community-Based Organizations Adopt CPS Duties

The Department of Family and Protective Services has chosen the San Antonio area to test a plan for outsourcing foster care, adoption, and case-management from Child Protective Services to community-based organizations. The Texas Legislature authorized the switch for a region spanning 28 counties, including Bexar. “We believe this diverse region contains all the important elements needed to make outsourcing successful, including a mix of urban and rural communities and a strong support of child-welfare efforts by local communities and counties,” said DFPS Commissioner Cary Cockerell in a news release. DFPS is conducting a search for a regional administrator and plans to have the new system operating in San Antonio by December 31, 2007. For more info, visit

Fiesta means no court date

Several municipal offices will be closed Friday, April 28, in observance of the Fiesta San Jacinto holiday. There will be garbage and recyclables pick-up on that date. Closed facilities will include: City Hall, the Central Library and all branches, the Municipal Court (401 S. Frio), Las Palmas, Valley View, and McCreless Community Link Service Centers, and the Household Hazardous Waste Center (7030 Culebra). San Antonio police, fire, EMS, and dead-animal collection personnel will remain on duty.

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