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VOLUME 85 | March 30, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
My office is excited to announce our 2019 Property Tax Appraisal Workshops. District 7 residents who attended last year’s workshops reported reducing their property appraisals by as much as $25,000 dollars.

These workshops help our residents save money and lower their property tax burden. We expect they will fill to capacity once people receive their property tax assessments, so register early!

Additionally, the City’s FY 2020 Budget Input survey is now open on SASpeakUp.com. It’s an opportunity to let the City know what your priorities are for next year’s budget while it’s still in its early phases. SASpeakUp has a number of other surveys open right now, including ones on scooters, City parks, and SA Tomorrow.

Additionally, my office has received comments regarding the Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concession Agreement with the San Antonio Airport. At this time, my staff is recording the feedback received and working on a response. Video of council meetings is available here.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, Woodlawn Hills President Ruben Sanchez, and numerous residents to cut the ribbon to District 7's newest park! Look out for public meetings later this year to determine how the Parks Dept. develops it!
Councilwoman Sandoval attended the Woodlawn Lake Community Association this week and provided the community with a certificate of appreciation! Thank you for all the work you do to make your community and District 7 great!
Councilwoman Sandoval speaks with District 7 neighbor and founder of Rolling Inspiration, Chris Salas. Rolling Inspiration is a support group that assists with connecting individuals who have experienced spinal cord injuries to resources and information.
Councilwoman Sandoval joined Project MEND SA, Councilman Saldana, Precinct 2 Commissioner Rodriguez, and Judge Nelson Wolff by spending the day in the life of a wheelchair user. Councilwoman looks forward to continue working with Project MEND to increase accessibility throughout District 7.
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce welcomed Councilwomen Sandoval, Viagran,and Gonzalez for a discussion on the future of women in business and leadership roles within the city of San Antonio.
Ask Ana Anything
One of the ways Councilwoman Sandoval wants to give you the answers you need about city government is through "Ask Ana Anything", a recurring part of the weekly District 7 newsletter. Have a question for Ana? Email it to district7@sanantonio.gov with the subject "Ask Ana Anything".
Dear Ana,

I saw that your office is holding property tax workshops, which I appreciate, but why not just lower property taxes instead? Seems a lot easier to me.

Thanks,
Seeking Tax Relief on Seeling
Hi Seeking,

Thank you for the question. It’s one I get frequently and am happy to discuss.

What the property tax debate boils down to is this: are we willing to cut essential City services—like our libraries, parks, and street maintenance—to save residents $2 to $5 a month?

I understand that every dollar counts. Yet there are better ways to saving residents money without cutting the City’s budget by $7 million—the same amount as District 7’s entire street maintenance budget.

Day-in and day-out, residents ask me and my office what we’re doing to make ensure District 7 has well-paved roads, enough police officers on the streets, and adequate parks for families to enjoy. And the truth is that the City has done is part. In fact, the City has lowered the property tax rate four times in the last ten years. If lowering the tax rate solved the problem, we wouldn’t be in this situation.

Solving the property tax problem is in the hands of the Texas Legislature. Though I support the City’s Legislative Agenda and its goal of getting meaningful tax relief, residents need relief sooner rather than later. That’s why my office is holding the Property Tax Appraisal Workshops.

Residents who attended last year’s workshops told us that they reduced their appraisals by as much as $25,000. That translates into real savings.
Yours in public service,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Have Coffee with Ana!
Spots are available for upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for District 7 residents to schedule a twenty minute, one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

Coffees are held on the first Saturday of the month. The next Coffee will be held on May 11 at our field office at 4414 Centerview Dr, Suite 160.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
2019 District 7 Property Tax Workshops
Join Councilwoman Sandoval and District 7 residents to learn how to protest your home's appraisal value.

There will be 4 chances to attend:

  • April 6, 2:00PM at Maury Maverick Library(8700 Mystic Park)
  • April 17, 7:00PM at St. George Maronite Church (6070 Babcock Road)
  • April 29, 7:00PM at Leon Valley Community Center (6421 Evers Road)
  • May 9, 7:00PM at Young Women's Leadership Academy (2123 W Huisache)
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Announcements
SA Climate Ready collecting community input on draft of
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan
SA Climate Ready, an initiative led by the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Navigant, has released the draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). With a focus on equity, the plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. The CAAP is a data-driven plan that outlines the policies and steps that serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.

A city’s response to climate change can be framed around two separate pathways for action: mitigation and adaptation. San Antonio’s CAAP identifies strategies for both, presents a detailed discussion of these strategies and includes efforts to support planning and funding discussions. The CAAP also includes a community GHG inventory, climate projections and a path to carbon neutrality.

The CAAP is the result of an intensive community process that brought together a diverse coalition of 91 community leaders as part of a Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups and solicited significant input from the community-at-large.

The public is invited to provide their feedback on the draft plan, as well as share their visions and priorities for a climate-ready San Antonio by visiting saspeakup.com or e-mailing sustainability@sanantonio.gov.

To view the draft CAAP, visit saclimateready.org. Printed copies are also available in City of San Antonio public libraries.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax return preparation to hard-working taxpayers earning up to $55,000 annually. District 7 has the following VITA locations:

  • Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
  • St. Mary's University's Center for Legal and Social Justice, 2507 NW 36th St.
  • The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas St.
  • Westfall Library, 6111 Rosedale Ct.

Don't forget to take with you your:
  • Driver's license or photo ID
  • Social Security card or ITIN for all family members
  • All W-2 forms
  • 1099 forms
Take the ACS Pledge
This pledge serves as your promise to your pets and to our community that you will be a caring, humane pet owner. Of course we think there's no better option than adoption...but no matter how you met your pet, you can embrace responsible pet ownership every day!

Get your pet fixed,vaccinated & microchipped.
Shut that gate! Keep your pet safely in the yard! 
Be a good neighbor. Obey all S.A. pet laws.
RESPONSIBLE owners make SAFER neighborhoods!
Fitness in the Park
The San Antonio Parks & Recreation department is hosting free fitness classes throughout the year!

Visit here to view the schedule and call 210-207-3221 for additional information.
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Book Sale
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Maverick Friends' semi-annual Book Sale. Includes books, books on CD, DVD's and music CD's.

April 3rd: Goodwill Career Fair
The event will be attended by more than 50 employers seeking to fill hundreds of full and part-time positions across numerous industries to include manufacturing (Steves and Sons, Takumi Stamping, Inc.), food service (Frontier Enterprises), government entities (City of San Antonio, U.S. Customs and Border Protection), and healthcare organizations (AQTS Home Health and South Texas Center for Pediatric Care). 
 
Job seekers should dress professionally, bring an updated résumé and photo identification, and be prepared for on-site interviews. 
 
Individuals needing support prior to the career fair are encouraged to visit a Goodwill San Antonio Good Careers Center for assistance with effective résumé and cover letting writing skills, interview exercises, and application submission guidance.
 
Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend.
 
For additional Career Fair information or to receive résumé and interview assistance at one of Goodwill San Antonio’s Good Careers Centers, individuals should call (210) 924-8581 or visit www.goodwillsa.org/services/career-centers.  
April 6th: Sustainable Saturdays
The West San Antonio Chamber is hosting its 2nd Sustainability Saturday on April 6th.

These workshops are meant to raise awareness and encourage engagement in the sustainability of our city, its environment and eco-system. We will focus primarily on opportunities for action on behalf of individuals and entrepreneurs based on the recommendations made by the CAAP plan. The April session will feature a conversation centered on the importance of preserving our water resources and how extreme climate activity can affect our city (heavy rains and prolonged droughts).  

The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and we would like to invite Councilwoman Sandoval, or a member of her staff, to join us at the workshop on Saturday, April 6th.  

The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is excited to announce its 2019 author lineup, which includes more than 100 local, regional, and national authors who will appear at the 7th annual festival. This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned authors such as An American Marriage novelist Tayari Jones, USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, recent Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina, historian Douglas Brinkley, and more. This signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art.

SABF is a free, family-friendly event that draws more than 20,000 festival goers to downtown San Antonio for a full day of author presentations, panel discussions, book sales, signings, children’s and teen activities, and food trucks. SABF showcases first-time novelists and established writers, introducing attendees to new literary talents and connecting them with their favorite authors. A detailed schedule of the Festival’s author sessions is available at festival.saplf.org.
April 6th : Ruck For Veterans
Rucking is a long standing military tradition to put on a backpack and march through various terrain.  

The event is located at the Triple H Ranch, 791 Backhaus Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. The march will be deemed a recreational ruck (non-competitive) and it will be 4 miles long. The terrain varies, from flat to sandy, rocky, some water and grassy. It is primarily flat but there are areas that go up and down mildly angled hills (typical hill country path). Medical support will be available throughout the course in case of emergencies and all ages are welcomed to participate.
April 13th: Earth Day
Earth Day San Antonio is an Official Fiesta San Antonio event and is put on by the Westside Development Corporation and The Earth Day Committee. The event seeks to educate San Antonio residents and visitors on the value of protecting the environment and on practices that can preserve or improve our communities. For general inquiries about Earth Day 2019 and ways to get involved please email info@westsidedevcorp.com.

April 13, 2019 
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Lake Park
501 S. Josephine Tobin Dr.
Upcoming Events
Book Festival
Date: April 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Property Tax Workshop
Date: April 6
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park
Register here.
Earth Day
Date: April 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park, 501 S. Josephine Tobin Dr.
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Property Tax Workshop
Date: April 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. George Maronite Church, 6070 Babcock Road
Register here.
District 7 Property Tax Workshop
Date: April 29
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leon Valley Community Center, 6421 Evers Road
Register here.
District 7 Property Tax Workshop
Date: May 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Young Women's Leadership Academy, 2123 W Huisache Avenue
Register here.
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Staff
  • 210.207.2727

  • Lexi Bachran
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • 210.207.0875

  • Charlie Mazuca
  • Neighborhood Engagement Officer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Debbie Dehlinger
  • Super Volunteer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Julio Arroyo
  • Executive Secretary
  • 210.207.7044

  • Bianca Maldonado
  • Chief of Policy & Communications
  • 210.207.0873

  • Matteo Trevino
  • Communications Coordinator
  • 210.207.0872

  • Frank Ramirez IV
  • Zoning & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0874

  • Josh Jaeschke
  • Policy & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0858
Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

Monday - Friday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.