Bonds & New Campaigns

My work brings me a sense of joy and pride.  That's been the case since I was just a PR intern.  Somehow, in my eleven years of working in public relations, I still have a passion for the work.  It's a tough job that sometimes goes unrecognized.  We write the materials, produce the spots and design the campaigns so that our clients may shine.  We are our own worst salespeople.  But, the driving force for me is the sense of pride I feel when a campaign comes to fruition and when my "clients" are willing to take risks.

At the City of San Antonio, we unveiled a new campaign this week called #NoPartyParents.  The campaign's goal is to remind residents that underage drinking is against the law and adults who provide alcohol to minors will be punished. 

In additional to serious consequences, like violence and drunk driving, underage drinking can have harmful long-term effects, like alcohol and other substance abuse.

  • Kids who begin using alcohol before age 15 are 4.5 times more likely to suffer from substance abuse as adult than those who wait until they are 21
  • The average age of first alcohol use in Bexar County is 11 years old
  • Forty-one percent of high school students describe accessing alcohol through friends and parties as “very easy”
  • Seventy-five percent of youth offenders describe “house parties” as the place where most of their peers drink illegally 

This ordinance was endorsed by the following organizations: San Antonio Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA), Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition, Bethel Prevention Coalition STOP Act Initiative, San Antonio Crime Coalition, National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA) and National Mothers Against Drunk Driving (NMADD). 

Last week, I also had a chance to sit down with our City Manager, Sheryl Sculley and our Director of Transportation and Capital Improvements, Mike Frisbie to talk about what's next for the 2017 - 2022 bond package.  Voters overwhelmingly approved all six propositions and the City is wasting no time making those transformations a reality.