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VOLUME 58 | September 14, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Yesterday, my council colleagues and I voted to adopt the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.

This year’s budget is great news for District 7. Our community is receiving a record-setting amount of funding for street maintenance and sidewalk construction, but also celebrating progress on many issues—a Bandera Road Corridor study, the Animal Care Services Ambassadors, a new park in Woodlawn Hills, sidewalks for Braun Road, and many more.

The FY 2019 budget dedicates funds to help get District 7 residents moving—both in and out of their cars. A Corridor study along Bandera Road will set the stage for a transformative, congestion-reducing project in the future. I cannot understate the importance of this study, which will make a future project on Bandera more competitive for state and federal funding. This is the first concrete step that is being taken to address Bandera’s congestion and safety woes.

In the meantime, we’ll begin a pilot program to alleviate traffic congestion immediately by providing incentives to get people in carpools or on the bus and reduce the number of cars on the road. Additionally, we’ll see the first sidewalks on Braun Road this year. This first stretch of sidewalks will allow residents to walk and bike to O.P. Schnabel Park.

Through this budget, we are also making progress on drainage. This year will have a project near Parham Avenue, where flood water regularly enters homes. This drainage project will alleviate the flood risk for residents in this area and restore their sense of safety.

This year’s budget also provides funding for the ACS Ambassadors, a new volunteer program at Animal Care Services. Animal welfare was ranked as the third highest priority by City-wide residents in this year’s budget input cycle. This program gives volunteers a new way to get involved and to serve as messengers and educators for animal welfare in our community.

We’re taking advantage of two rare opportunities to add new park space in two fully-developed neighborhoods with high poverty rates: Woodlawn Hills and Donaldson Terrace. The community has voiced strong support for parks at these locations.

After many conversations with residents and reviewing the public input we’ve received, I’m confident this budget reflects the community’s priorities. I want to express my gratitude to all those who made their voice heard.

I’m proud to represent you at City Hall and ensure our community receives the resources it needs to thrive.

As we anticipate heavy rainfall, please be safe this weekend!
Yours in public service,
San Antonio is expecting rain later this afternoon through the weekend. Before hitting the roads for your Friday night & weekend activities, check for closures here.

If you see water on the road, turn around! It's incredibly risky to try to drive through flood waters, even if they don't appear to be deep. Follow US National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio Texas for updates.
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval joined the Hillcrest Neighborhood Association this week as they discuss a zoning case in the area. If you are interested in learning more about zoning, consider attending a session of DSD Academy, viewing their past presentations, or calling our office!
This week, Team Sandoval attended the swearing in ceremony for Jefferson Neighborhood's new board. Senator Jose Menéndez officiated the ceremony. We appreciate the time and dedication put in by the previous board and look forward to working with the new board members!
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".
Hi Ana,

I heard there was an event at Forest Hills Library for the Mayor’s Book Club. I couldn’t make it, but would be interested in hearing which books were recommended.

Thanks,
Bookworm on Braun
Dear Bookwork,

Last Saturday, Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club launched their September book selections with a variety of children’s activities and a book reading by yours truly. It was an exciting time and we were happy to welcome Mayor Nirenberg to Forest Hills Library. This month’s theme is environmental sustainability.
You can find a selection of great, green books, for both children and adults, here.

Let me know if you pick up any of these books! I’d especially enjoy hearing if anyone picks up Living in the Anthropocene!
Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
Safety & Resource Summit at Gilbert Garza Park - September 22nd
The District 7 Office will host a Safety & Resource Summit on Saturday, September 22nd at Gilbert Garza Community Center from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. Councilwoman Sandoval and City Departments will discuss how to maintain a safe home and community. Resources and security vendors will be available to answer questions at the event.

Doors will open at 8:30 and the program will begin at 9 a.m. Join us in learning how to keep your home safe and have an opportunity to win a prize from our vendors! Please register at here or contact our office at 210-207-0870 for more information.
City Services Friday
Councilwoman Sandoval has heard your feedback and now seeks to give residents an opportunity to speak directly to the city services you call about most. Schedule a 20 minute meeting with a representative from Animal Care Services, Code Enforcement or 311. Take your concerns directly to the city department, learn more about their processes, and gain a better understanding of how city services work together to address the needs of our community.

Call 210-207-0870 or email us at District7@sanantonio.gov to reserve an appointment. Representatives will only meet with pre-scheduled constituents of District 7.
2018 Mayor's Housing Summit
The 2018 Housing Summit aims to achieve and maintain healthy growing cities and dynamic and diverse neighborhoods that offer a mix of housing opportunities for all by: 

  • Updating and informing the housing community about the current housing ecosystem;
  • Engaging participants from different disciplines in positive conversations with varied viewpoints;
  • Providing targeted information and seeking feedback on barriers to housing production, especially the production of affordable housing;
  • Advising policy makers and housing providers about necessary local changes; and
  • Promoting opportunities for specific action.

A detailed description of each topic can be found on the work session page found here.

The event will kickoff on September 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center (900 East Market Street)

You can register for the event here. This event is not free, however if you are interested in participating, scholarships are available to attend the Housing Summit. If you wish to apply for a scholarship to attend the Housing Summit, please email  HousingSummit@sanantonio.gov  and provide a brief explanation why you are requesting a scholarship. Scholarship recipients will receive tickets for the full 1 1/2 day Summit, which includes all events.
Coffee with Ana
The next Coffee with Ana will take place in September and appointments are still available! This is an opportunity for residents to schedule a one on one meeting with the Councilwoman.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line to district7@sanantonio.gov.
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Announcements
Diez y Seis Parade
For the first time ever, San Antonio’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commemoration and kick off to Hispanic Heritage Month will feature three signature events combined into one weekend for a grand celebration, in addition to almost 30 official events taking place through October. The two-day celebration on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 will feature the Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade, El Grito San Antonio, and Fiestas Patrias.

The Avenida Guadalupe 37th Annual Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade and Celebration will take place from noon to 10:00 p.m. at Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the Plaza and marches to Historic Market Square where parade-goers can enjoy the newly-combined El Grito ceremony and Fiestas Patrias

The event is Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
El Grito San Antonio
The annual celebration of the Independence of Mexico now takes place in the streets of San Antonio outside Historic Market Square. The highlight of this musical, gastronomic and civic celebration is the historical re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain. Drawing an audience of more than 3,000 celebrants in the last years, El Grito aims at becoming a long-standing tradition for San Antonio and an emblematic event for the entire community, regardless of their background, as well as one of the most significant celebrations of Mexico in the United States. Programming includes live Mexican music, Folklorico dancers, as well as food and craft vendors.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The mass on Monday starts at noon.
CPS Energy extends Board of Trustees application period to Oct. 12
CPS Energy’s Board of Trustees has extended the application deadline to October 12, 2018, for residents who are eligible to serve and who live in the Southwest Quadrant 4 for an upcoming vacancy on its Board of Trustees.

The Board sets policy and works with management to oversee the operation of the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company providing natural gas and electric service. The CPS Energy Board of Trustees is comprised of citizens representing four geographical quadrants of the City of San Antonio, and the Mayor of the City of San Antonio as an ex-officio member. Board members serve for a term of five (5) years and are eligible to serve one additional five (5) year term. Members of the Board must be United States citizens, and must reside in Bexar County within the quadrant they represent. Members of the Board, except the Mayor, receive annual compensation in the amount of $2,000.

The Southwest Quadrant 4 includes the general areas south of Culebra and Grissom Roads and west of IH-35 South from Downtown San Antonio to State Highway 16 and west of U.S. Highway 281. The primary San Antonio City Council Districts represented in the quadrant include City Council Districts 4, 5, and 6, with partial overlap into Districts 1, 3, and 7. To find out which CPS Energy Quadrant you reside in, please enter your address on our website.

Visit cpsenergy.com/trustees for a map detailing the area, the Find My CPS Energy Board Member & Quadrant Information tool, and an application package which includes an overview and role qualifications. For more information, call Board Relations at (210) 353-3212.

The extended deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. CST on October 12, 2018.
New 311 CityFlag App Available Now!
The 311SA Mobile App allows you to interact with the City of San Antonio by submitting service requests for concerns that need attention, while earning rewards, strengthening communities and empowering local businesses. City services available through the app include requests for pothole repair, graffiti removal, animal and property maintenance concerns, as well as many more. 

Through the app, citizens are able to flag (geo-locate a service request), attach a photo, and provide supporting information for issues throughout your community. The requests go straight to the appropriate City department for evaluation and investigation. 

The 311SA Mobile App also has a social network feature, which allows sharing and voting on other users flags/requests.
VIA Metropolitan Transit announces Public Hearings on Proposed Service Changes
VIA Metropolitan Transit is hosting public hearings to receive comments on the proposed service revisions scheduled for implementation on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Additionally, multiple routes will undergo minor schedule adjustments and possible route re-pairings for higher efficiency. For a full list of these service changes, please visit www.vianifo.net/jan2019. The meetings will take place as follows:

5:30 p.m. Doors Open | 6 p.m. Public Hearing

Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018
Leon Valley Community Center
6427 Evers Rd.
Route 88

PROPOSED CHANGES

  • Route 103 Zarzamora Prímo - Implement new Prímo route connecting Crossroads Park & Ride with Madla Transit Center along Fredericksburg Rd. and Zarzamora St.
  • Route 672 TAMUSA / Madla Transit Center - Implement a new route to connect Madla Transit Center with Palo Alto Community College, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, and SW General Hospital.
  • Routes 9, 43, and 44 - Increase frequency to every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Routes 82 and 88 - Increase frequency to every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Route 95 - Extend route from Crossroads Park & Ride to Medical Transit Center
  • Route 101 - Rename Route 101 Prímo UTSA / Leon Valley to 501 UTSA / Leon Valley
  • Route 520 - Reestablish Route 520 as new 103 Prímo Zarzamora and adjusting stop spacing.

Comments may be submitted at the public hearings or in writing. A court reporter will be available to accept verbal comments. Written comments may be mailed:
Attention: Government & Community Relations – January 2019 Service Changes c/o VIA Metropolitan Transit, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or by email to GCR@viainfo.net. For more information, please visit VIAinfo.net.

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ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
VIA meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Persons with hearing impairments may request an 
interpreter 48 hours prior to the meeting by calling TDD (210) 362-2019 or
call VIA Government & Community Relations at (210) 362-2389.
30th Anniversary Celebration at Forest Hills Library
Forest Hills Library will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at its location 5245 Ingram Road. The program will begin at 2 p.m. and scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m. Following the program, there'll be an array of family-friendly events.
Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust -- Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas
The Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas has been released for public comment. The public is invited to submit comments on the plan as explained below. Click on the following link to view and download a copy of the plan: Draft Mitigation Plan. Input may be sent to VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov.

As part of a court settlement, Volkswagen will be providing funds to Texas cities to aid in reducing pollution.As part of this settlement, the City of San Antonio may receive as much as approximately $73 billion.
Clean Air for Kids! School Voluntary Anti-Idling Program
It's time to celebrate! The Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk is one of the nation's largest urban ecosystem restoration projects, and in honor of the five-year anniversary of the October 6, 2013 grand opening, the San Antonio River Authority is hosting a photo contest. We would love to see your photos of the Mission Reach! Over $3,000 in prizes will be awarded!
Clean Air for Kids! School Voluntary Anti-Idling Program
To combat the growing issue of air pollution, the City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability is launching a Clean Air for Kids! School Anti-Idling Program. The program provides a toolkit free-of-charge to schools who want to improve air quality and provides an easy-to-follow methdology to help all people become aware of ways they can help reduce air pollution.

Air pollution is one of the main reasons students with asthma miss an average of 7.6 school days each year in Bexar County. One of the common means by which air pollution, specifically ozone, is produced is by idling vehicles. The School Anti-Idling Program aims to reduce the amount of vehicles idling when picking up students and thus cut the amount of air pollution produced and number of students harmed.
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
The Historic Homeowner Fair is a free event hosted by the Office of Historic Preservation that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. In addition to featuring a curated Exhibit Hall that provides the most relevant resources for homeowners, the Fair offers workshops and learning sessions designed to meet the needs or property owners and DIY renovators.

This year, expect:
  • More than 1,500 attendees
  • Residents from all historic districts
  • More than 55 exhibitors
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Ask-an-Expert sessions

This year's Historic Homeowner Fair will take place on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pearl Stable. Click here for more information.
Last Aqua Zumba Class of the Season
Join San Antonio Parks & Recreation as they light up the pool for one last Aqua Zumba class of the season! The outdoor aqua class will be located at the beautiful Woodlawn Lake Park swimming pool. So bring some trunks and a beat as we groove the night away!
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
CANCELLED: Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: September 13
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Creative Teens
Date: September 14
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Growing Strong-Hunger Action Month
Date: September 15
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Opposing Viewpoints Book Club
Date: September 15
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
District 7 Safety & Resource Summit
Date: September 22
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Gilbert Garza Community Center (1450 Mira Vista)
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Date: September 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Pkwy)
Save the Date: Dementia Friendly Town Hall
Date: October 4
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 13
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Trunk or Treat with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Trunk or Treat with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*District 7 Staff will be in attendance.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: November 17
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: December 8
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
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