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VOLUME 104 | September 12, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Today, my council colleagues and I voted to adopt the FY 2020 City Budget—a $2.8 billion budget funding streets, sidewalks, and drainage through the next year. As required by state law, the budget is balanced and keeps the City’s tax rate the same as last years.

Over the last several years, we’ve nearly doubled our street maintenance budget each year—from $64 million in FY 2017 to $99 million in FY 2018, and finally to $110 million in FY 2019. Despite the financial challenges we faced this year, we will continue funding our robust street maintenance program with $110 million. Additionally, we ensured funding for 16 new police officers and 4 new park police officers.

This budget includes a $5,000 Homestead Exemption to complement the tax relief homeowners will receive from the state's school finance bill—saving the average homeowner about $128 per year. The new Homestead Exemption goes into effect on October 1.

Below are some highlights.

Drainage:
The budget includes funding to address drainage issues in District 7 alleys that are either in the 100-year flood plain or drain directly into the flood plain. Much of our district alleys was developed between 1930 and 1960, before the City Code included strong requirements for drainage—meaning that alleys in these areas regularly suffer from poor drainage impacting nearby homes.

Sidewalk Repair:
For the first time, the City will have a Sidewalk Squad dedicated to repairing sidewalks. Legally, sidewalk repair is the responsibility of the homeowner, but you and I know just how much of a financial burden that carries and how infrequently people can afford to repair their sidewalk. This is a step forward toward ensuring residents can safely move around their neighborhoods and our city.

Traffic Congestion, Parks Development:
We will continue funding projects like the Bandera Road Corridor Plan, Linear Creek Trailway Expansion along the French Creek, and park development, meaning we’ll continue working to ease traffic congestion along one of San Antonio’s most congested roads and improving the quality of our green spaces and, thus, our quality of life as a community.

Family Violence Prevention: The budget dedicates $1.3 million to family violence prevention. San Antonio suffers from epidemic levels of domestic violence. These efforts take on new meaning in light of the revelation that many mass shooters often have a history of domestic violence.

This budget, combined with funding from the 2017-2022 Bond Package, puts our community on a solid path forward.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
City Council's Inter-Governmental Relations Committee met Wednesday to discuss how to prepare for the next Texas Legislature and seeking reimbursement from the federal government for opening the Migrant Resource Center, among other topics.
City Manager Erik Walsh brought the City's senior staff to present the proposed FY 2020 Budget to a meeting of District 7 Neighborhood Presidents this past weekend.
Congratulations to the Jefferson Neighborhood Association members who have taken on officer positions and committed (and recommitted!) to serving on the association's board. Councilwoman Sandoval administered the oath of office Monday night, officially kicking off their terms of service.
D7 in the News
"The City Council’s committee charged with revising the paid sick leave ordinance met Tuesday for the first time since a citizen-led commission completed its review of the law, deciding it needed more time to study the draft before the full council votes on the revamped ordinance in October."

"Thanks to an unusually hot summer, the City of San Antonio will have additional wiggle room in its 2020 budget to fund more and enhance existing City services, according to a memo City Manager Erik Walsh sent to City Council members on Monday. That means most – but not all – of Council’s more than $10 million budget requests will be funded next year."

"Students are back in full swing now that school has started, but there's one group of kids who are looking for "retired" teachers to give them the education they crave."

"Councilwoman Ana Sandoval is leading a call for retired teachers to volunteer at the Migrant Resource Center."

Announcements
Have Coffee with Ana
Appointments are available for the 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 district7@sanantonio.gov.
September 14: 10th Annual Citizen Preparedness Workshop
The San Antonio Office f Emergency Management (SAOEM) invites you to the Citizen Preparedness Workshop, on September 14th from 9 am to 12 p at the Emergency Operations Center. This workshop connects citizens with the City's emergency management resources and partner agencies. The goal of this workshop is to strengthen the community by equipping citizens with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you and your families recover from an emergency.
 
For additional information or to RSVP contact Ashley Carter at ashley.carter@sanantonio.gov or
210-206-8551.
On September 15, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo cried out to the small town of Dolores, Mexico to rise up against Spanish colonial rule and seize their destiny. Today, Mexico's call for independence takes place in the streets of San Antonio outside Historic Market Square. El Grito is a San Antonio tradition you won't want to miss!

Each day will be filled with free, family fun including multiple stages of live music from local legends, food & artisan booths, and of course, El Grito de Dolores! Check the Facebook event page for more information.
Join the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), preservation professionals, and your neighbors at the 11th annual Historic Homeowner Fair to learn how to maintain your home!

The Historic Homeowner Fair is a free event hosted by OHP that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. The fair provides education to homeowners about caring for and maintaining their properties.
National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is a neighborhood crime and drug prevention event that occurs annually and is celebrated in every city, town and village in the US. 

In addition to increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention programs, NNO also strengthens neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime!"
October 5: The Kelly Gala: A Celebration of Kelly AFB Families
Come join former Kelly AFB employees and their families for an evening of entertainment, reunion, & remembrance!

The celebration will take place Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the St. Paul Community Center at 1201 Donaldson Ave. Tickets are available for $25 per person and $40 per couple.

For more information, please call the San Antonio People of Faith Historical Museum at 210-733-7152, ext. 110 for information.
Survey: Proactive Inspections for Senior Living Facilities
The City of San Antonio Development Services Department wants to know what you think about having proactive inspections for Senior Living Facilities.
The aim is to ensure the health and safety of this vulnerable population.

CPS Energy: FlexSTEP Survey and FlexPowerBundle Survey
CPS Energy will be reaching out to the community to solicit input on FlexSTEP, the next generation of energy management programs for its customers. Seeking feedback from a broad array of customers and key stakeholders, CPS Energy will use the information that it gathers to update, design, and create programs and services that meet the needs of its diverse set of customers.
Upcoming Events
Wonder where your District 7 Team is headed next? Join Councilwoman Sandoval and/or District 7 staff at any of the following events!
Citizen Preparedness Workshop
Date: September 14
Time: 9:00 a.m
Location: 8039 Challenger Drive
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda Dr.
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 17
Time:7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School, 5700 Hemphill Dr
Eckhert Crossing Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Western Hills Christian Church, 8535 Huebner Road
Woodlawn Lake Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 24
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Gym,
1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 25
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library,
5245 Ingram Road
Rolling Ridge Club Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 30
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Club Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 1
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary,
6003 Thunder Dr
National Night Out
Date: October 2
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