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VOLUME 108 | October 10, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Three Emergency Preparedness Resources For You

This week, I joined City Council at the City’s Emergency Operations Center for a briefing on San Antonio’s disaster preparedness. The Center is responsible for coordinating City operations during disasters and emergencies, and ensuring we're working with Federal and State agencies responding to the emergency, as well. They also provide training for staff and the public – like the Citizen Preparedness Workshop hosted on September 14.

I walked away from the briefing with much more confidence that our community is in good hands in the event of emergency. I will be following up with City staff to discuss how we can even further improve responses in events like the June storm that knocked power out to so many homes in District 7.
This week, we're highlighting three services provided by the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management:

1. AlertSA

AlertSA enables residents to receive emergency notifications and suggested actions on their phone. Residents can register for the service at

2. Ready South Texas

Ready South Texas is a one-stop emergency preparedness site designed to help families, businesses, neighborhoods, and communities prepare for or respond to any type of emergency. The information collected here will help your family plan and prepare for hazards, as well as contribute to the overall preparedness of our community.

Find out more at

3. San Antonio Flood Emergency System

The San Antonio Flood Emergency (SAFE) System is a flood preparedness program that educates the public on how to protect themselves and their property. Their website can be especially helpful to District 7 residents since the district has the highest number of homes and businesses in the flood-plain.

Their website compiles info on a host of flood-related topics, including the City’s flood history, flood insurance, and how to protect your home and business in the event of a flood.

You can learn more at
TxDOT is Working on the Short Light at Bandera & Mainland

We’re pressing TxDOT to fix the mistimed traffic light at Mainland and Bandera Road. There a few things as frustrating as waiting in Bandera, but waiting longer than normal is certainly one of them.

TxDOT knows this is a high priority for residents and have assured us that they’re working diligently to remedy it.

We appreciate the numerous residents who wrote in and called us to ensure we were aware and working on the issue.

National Customer Service Week

This week is National Customer Service Week. For me, it’s a chance to express my gratitude to the City’s customer service operators. That’s why, I visited the 311 Call Center and thanked the operators for their work. Whether it’s a stray dog or an overgrown alley, our 311 operators know how to get your concern to the right person to take care of it. 
Try Sunset Yoga on October 17 at Woodlawn Lake Park

With the fall weather finally starting to come in, I’m happy to invite residents to Sunset Yoga at Woodlawn Lake Park on Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The class is free and open to people of all skills levels.

We’re planning to make this a regular event at the park and, while I can’t make it this time around, I hope to see new and familiar faces at a future class! 
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
City Council welcomed the Young Women's Leadership Academy to Council Chambers to recognize International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls around the world face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
Councilwoman Sandoval spent her Sunday with the community at St. Paul's and St. Luke's Fall Festivals. A special thank you to women of the St. Paul's Altar Society for extending the invitation.
The District 7 Team joined SAPD, Code Enforcement, and Senator Jose Menéndez for Donaldson Terrace's monthly meeting. We had a lively discussion on frequent code violations and some of the City construction projects in the neighborhood.
The District 7 Team spent the evening with the Bluffs at Westchase for the final National Night Out celebration, complete with first-responders and second-helpings. It's always great spending time with our residents, SAFFE Officers from the Prue Substation, and firefighters from Station 49 near Nani Falcone Park.
The District 7 Office held the first Sunset Yoga class at Woodlawn Lake Park. Didn't make it this time? Join us on October 17 at 7:00 p.m. for a free beginner's yoga class and light dinner. A handful of yoga mats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
D7 in the News
"It's been a lengthy process, but a Northwest Side neighborhood hopes new speed dial indicators will help slow down speeders along a busy thoroughfare."

"'Once implemented, Sick and Safe Leave will help us on every single one of those fronts, it is one of those policies that can be not just helpful but transformative,' [Councilwoman Sandoval said."

Ana at Your Service
Councilwoman Sandoval and her team are working everyday to help the residents of District 7 solve their problems and make the district a better place for all. Below are examples of cases we worked this week. 
A constituent called to report that the street light at Crestline and Babcock was cycling too quickly for drivers to get through. As a result, congestion began to back up on Babcock during rush hour. Our office requested the City's Transportation Department investigate the signal and adjust it if necessary. The City's street engineers were able to review and fix the signal. Congestion, no more!
Is there something we can help you with? Contact us at 210-207-0870 or and we'd be happy to help.
Have Coffee with Ana!
Appointments are available for an upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for residents to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to
October 16: City Council Goes on the Road
The San Antonio City Council is going on the road again, bringing enhanced convenience and accessibility to residents during its regularly scheduled B session meeting on Oct. 16. The B session on the road will be held at the Pre-K 4 SA East Education Center beginning at 2 p.m. and will be livestreamed at and the City’s Facebook page. The meeting can also be viewed on the following video providers: Spectrum Cable Channel 21 - Grande Cable Channel 20 - AT&T U-verse Channel 99 or on channel 16.1 with a Digital Antenna.
Public Comment will also be held at the Pre-K 4 SA East Education Center beginning at 6 p.m. Online registration is available from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the day of the meeting (Oct. 16) at Residents may also register in-person in the lobby of the Pre-K 4 SA East Education Center from 4 – 6:00 p.m. A full list of frequently asked questions regarding Public Comment can be found here.  
October 12: Take Part in Creating the Performing Arts Strategic Plan
Play a part in the future of performing arts! The Department of Arts & Culture invites you to a work session to identify strategies to meet the current needs of the San Antonio Performing Arts Industry.

October 12, 2019
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Session starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
KLRN Studios, 501 Broadway St.

Free parking available at KLRN Parking Lot. Boxed lunches will be provided to the first 50 participants.
October 16 - November 13:
Public Info Meetings on Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance
The updated Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance will take effect on December 1, 2019. Sick & Safe Leave is a 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 eight free information sessions in different areas of the City of San Antonio which will allow employers and employees to learn more about the updated Sick & Safe Leave ordinance. “Metro Health is available to help employers and employees learn about the new updates to the Sick & Safe Leave ordinance. Our goal is to provide education, technical assistance and tools that businesses need to successfully implement the ordinance by December 1, 2019,” said Jennifer Herriott, Interim Director of Health.
Advance registration is requested for all sessions. To attend one of the free Sick & Safe Leave Information Sessions please register at: Upon request Spanish translation or interpretation for the hard of hearing will be available. 

More information on the Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance can be found at and questions can be submitted to, or by calling 311 or 210-207-8458. 
October 17: Sunset Yoga at Woodlawn Lake Park
Join us Thursday, October 3 with special guest Councilwoman Ana Sandoval at Woodlawn Lake Park for the first installment of Sunset Yoga! Our second session will take place on October 17th.

Yoga class starts at 7PM, followed by a free nourishing light veggie dinner provided by the Krishna Temple of San Antonio.

Melinda Gonzalez will host a free 1 hour introductory Yoga Class in the heart of West Side San Antonio at Woodlawn Lake. A great opportunity for local yogi enthusiasts and seekers to experience a relaxing sunset with family and friends!

Don't forget to bring your mats!
Last year the Neighborhood Leadership Academy went city-wide and had great success among residents in all 10 districts. We are now accepting applications for the 2020 NLA! The application period will close October 31st and classes will begin January 2020. The application is available at
According to San Antonio’s Housing Policy Framework, half of all renters in the city spend more than a third of their income on rent. This means that families have less money left over for basic needs like food, transportation, healthcare, and quality of life.

The Housing Tax Credit (HTC) program helps build and preserve affordable housing all over the United States. Since 1986, the program has helped build affordable apartments for about 700,000 households in Texas. The City expects HTCs to fund more than 70% of all affordable apartments in San Antonio.

To receive HTCs, developers apply to the State. They need a letter of support from the City where they want to build. The City of San Antonio is updating our criteria for letters of support.

Councilwoman Sandoval believes in the importance of public participation and hopes you will take the time to share your thoughts on this program.
Where We're Going Next
Wonder where your District 7 Team is headed next? Join Councilwoman Sandoval and/or District 7 staff at any of the following events!
French Creek Village Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Contact D7 Office for Location
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 14
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave
Fredericksburg Road Merchants' Meeting
Date: October 15
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson Bank,
2900 Fredericksburg Road
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School, 5700 Hemphill Dr
Sunset Yoga at Woodlawn Lake Park
Date: October 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Near the Tennis Courts at Woodlawn Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 21
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda Dr
Rolling Ridge Club Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Woodlawn Lake Community Association Meeting
Date: October
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Gym, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
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