By Councilmember

Meet Roberto

If we haven’t met, my name is Roberto Carlos Treviño.

I’m a border kid from McAllen, Texas. I’m an architect by trade, a pilot that is afraid of heights, and probably know more than I should about Star Wars.

But most of all, it has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your City Councilmember for District 1. During my time in office, I’ve learned that the role of councilmember is one of service through consensus — not divisive politics or personal egos.

As the youngest of two children raised by a single mother,

I’ve had many dreams and aspirations which extended far beyond the literal and figurative borders of my upbringing.  And family played a pivotal role in guiding me to my passions.

The strength of my mother paved my way to success.

Since I can remember, I have been captivated by design and the creative process. This passion led to my desire to become an architect in the “big city” of San Antonio. It seemed like an unachievable goal at the time, and it was difficult to muster the confidence to strive for it. This was the time when I learned that faith and perseverance outweigh handouts and shortcuts.

Years later, I found myself the owner of an architecture practice in San Antonio, my home for over 20 years.

Overcoming barriers along the way, I proved to myself that anything was possible (even earning a pilot’s license while battling a deathly fear of heights).

In 2014, I was unanimously appointed to City Council.

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And I’ve been re-elected by the residents of District 1 in 2015, 2017, and in 2019.

Since day one, I have put my achievements and experience to use in reaching a new goal – one of public service for those who needed it the most. And since then, I’ve focused on just that.

What We've Done

Here is some of what we’ve accomplished together over the years:

2014

Keeping people in their homes

On my first day on the job (literally), the community and I helped Beacon Hill resident Miguel Calzada save his home despite being told it would be impossible.

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2014
2015

Representation on Planning Commission

Changed the composition of the Planning Commission to ensure we have individuals who represent our community.

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2015
2016

Independent Ethics Officer

Proposed an independent ethics officer to oversee City government and truly provide fairness and transparency.

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2016
2016

Spanish Translations

Requested and initiated Spanish Translation for City Services for the first time in San Antonio history.

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2016
2016

City Hall Accessibility

Initiated design contest to make City Hall accessible for differently-abled members of society.

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2016
2016

Protecting Neighborhoods

Create a system to notify neighborhoods of permits and plans that impact neighborhood conservation districts.

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2016
2016

Historic Preservation

Established methods of enforcement for the Preservation of Historic Structures and Neighborhood Character.

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2016
2016

Animal Care Services

Banned the chaining of dogs in people’s yards

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2016
2016

Under 1 Roof Program

Creation of Under 1 Roof program to provide residential roofs for seniors, veterans and residents on fixed and low incomes.

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2016
2017

Protecting the First Amendment

Protect first amendment rights by easing restrictions for safe, peaceful, and legal demonstrations.

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2017
2017

Protecting Seniors + Differently-Abled Individuals

Provide inspections for seniors and disabled people living in residential housing facilities with a goal of preventing or minimizing public health dangers.

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2017
2017

Saving Lerma's Nightclub

Continuation of restoration initiatives for “Lerma’s” historical nightclub.

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2017
2017

Protecting Neighborhoods

Increase burden of proof to validate developers’ demolition of buildings.

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2017
2017

Compatible Development

Ensure infill development zoning is maintaining community compatibility.

2017
2017

LGBTQ+ PRIDE

Installation of San Antonio’s first PRIDE-themed crosswalk.

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2017
2017

Telling our true histories

Relocation of Travis Park Confederate Monument.

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2017
2017

Compatible Development

Regulate multi-family developments to ensure neighborhood compatibility.

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2017
2017

Inter-Governmental Communication

Information data sharing between city entities in order to help residents automatically qualify for benefits and programs.

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2017
2018

Mobile Showers for Unhoused Residents

Proposed the purchase of mobile shower units to serve our homeless population (finally implemented in 2020).

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2018
2018

Sidewalk Master Plan

Created a sidewalk masterplan to essentially double the amount of sidewalks we can produce without increasing our budget.

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2018
2018

Enhanced Permitting Process

Require that requestors of building permits maintain good standing with professionals they hire.

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2018
2018

Protecting Neighborhoods

Reduce density of developments within neighborhoods, and move higher density developments to corridors.

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2018
2019

Sidewalk Squad

Created the Sidewalk Squad to provide San Antonio’s first-ever sidewalk reconstruction service.

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2019
2019

Protecting Monte Vista Terrace

Creation of Monte Vista Terrace Neighborhood Conservation District.

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2019
2019

Protecting Tobin Hill North

Initiation of Tobin Hill North Neighborhood Conservation District

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2019
2019

Renters' Commission

Proposed Creation of a Residential Renters’ Commission to provide representation, advise City Council and give renters a voice.

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2019
2019

Equitable Pay

Fought for Equitable Council Aide Compensation to match City Staff compensation.

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2019
2020

Local Eviction Moratorium

Proposed local eviction moratorium in the wake of economic hardships caused by COVID-19. 

2020
2020

Right to Counsel

Initiated right to legal counsel for renters facing eviction.

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2020
2020

Pausing Disconnections

Initiated pausing of disconnections by CPS and SAWS due to pandemic-imposed economic hardships.

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2020
2020

Right to Cure

Proposed “right to cure” which would have extended the local eviction moratorium by 60 days.

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2020
2020

Telling Factual History

Renaming of Columbus Park and Removal of Christopher Columbus Statue.

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2020
2020

Protecting Homeless Neighbors

Created a Homeless Outreach Program – partnering with social service providers – to give each council district with an on-site outreach representative.

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2020
2020

Supporting Arts + Culture

Proposed City should increase its investment from one percent (1%) to two percent (2%) of all capital improvement projects contained in the City’s capital improvement program to be used for public art.

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2020
2020

Supporting Food + Beverage Workers

Proposed Food and Beverage Worker Relief Program for the industry hurt most by COVID-19.

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2020

Let's keep building together.

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Next Municipal Election: May 1, 2021