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VOLUME 61 | October 4, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
My team and I joined 27 neighborhoods this past Tuesday for the annual National Night Out celebration. I’m incredibly proud and thankful to have such an active community.

Through National Night Out, we reaffirm our partnership with law enforcement agencies to keep our neighborhoods safe. It’s working together that has contributed to this year’s city-wide drop in crime.

Just like SAPD, our office looks to you to keep us informed of what’s going on in your neighborhood. It’s only in partnership with you that we can ensure your neighborhoods receive the City services it needs in a timely manner.

Thank you to all the neighborhoods who welcomed me and my team to their events. We all had a wonderful time.

Tonight, I’ll join Mayor Nirenberg in delivering remarks at a town hall about making San Antonio a dementia friendly city. It’s an opportunity to begin a community conversation about an issue that is only expected to become more pressing. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 47 million people worldwide lived with dementia. They expect that number to hit around 140 million by 2050—and cities are not prepared for it.

Consider spending five to seven minutes to become a dementia friend.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval joined San Antonio's Metro Health Department this week to announce the beginning of the Tobacco 21 Ordinance. As of October 1, it is now illegal to sell tobacco to persons under 18 years of age--persons who #DontNeedIt.
City Council honored the four men who heroically pulled the driver out of a burning 18-wheeler on Highway 281 in mid-September. After seeing the 18-wheeler roll over and begin to catch fire, Joe Garcia, David Garcia, Steven Garcia, Ralph Sanchez and Robert Brogan, pulled over and worked to aid the driver out of the burning big rig. Thanks to their courage and compassion, the driver is alive and well today. Read more here.

More than just local heroes, David (left) and Joe (right) Garcia are both alumni of Thomas Jefferson High School! David graduated in '97 and Joe graduated with me in '93.
Beloved City Arborist--and District 7 resident--Mark Bird has been named as the Texas Arborist of the Year from the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Congratulations Mark! District 7 greatly appreciates your work!
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 looked forward to enjoying the cooler weather this week, but the mosquitoes have been awful! They’re everywhere! I tried to enjoy National Night Out and was eaten up. Does the City have anything to help get rid of these darn things? 

Thanks,
Vexed by Vector
Dear Vexed,

Beyond being a nuisance, mosquitoes represent a challenge to public health because of the disease they spread. To help reduce the mosquito population, make sure to get rid of any standing water in your yard and consider using a natural mosquito repellant.

If your community is experiencing overwhelming amounts of mosquitoes, let my office know and we will work with Vector Control to address them. My office also has a limited number of mosquito “donuts” you can place in standing water that stop the reproduction of mosquitoes.
Yours in public service,
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
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.
Coffee with Ana: Make an Appointment Now!
Appointments are available for the upcoming Coffee's with Ana's! 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.
District 7 in the News
"Tabaco en lata, cigarrillos y cigarros electrónicos no podrán ser vendidos a menores de 21 años, según señala una nueva ordenanza que entró en vigor este 1 de octubre."

"Los menores de 21 años no podrán comprar productos de tabaco desde este 1 de octubre.había sido planteada en septiembre de 2017."

"MOVE Texas and the New Leaders Council San Antonio hosted a voter registration party at San Antonio’s Burleson Yard Beer Garden with speakers including, former United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, council members Ana Sandoval and Manny Pelaez, as well as 408th Civil District Court Judge Angelica Jimenez."

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Announcements
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.
Per city ordinance, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, in consultation with SAWS President/CEO Robert R. Puente, declared the end to Stage 1 and 2 drought restrictions effective Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

The extreme rainfall has sent the 10-day average for the Edwards Aquifer above the trigger of 660 feet msl and the National Weather Service is predicting above normal precipitation for the rest of the year. As a result, SAWS has advised the City Manager that it would be appropriate to end the drought restrictions that have been in place since May.

Investing SAWS customer dollars in diversification of water sources, such as the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and desalination plant, has enabled San Antonio customers to avoid more severe drought restrictions seen elsewhere in the region in recent years. 

While the city is returning to year-round watering rules, residents can save money on their future sewer charges by reducing their water use over the next few months. Winter averaging calculates the average of water used in three billing cycles between November and March to set customers’ sewer charges for the following year. More information on winter averaging, including billing cycles, is available here: saws.org/WinterAverage.

This is also the perfect time to take advantage of SAWS WaterSaver coupons. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15. Additionally, customers who complete their landscape project and submit a photo of their new installations by November 11 will receive a $50 mulch coupon.
Tricentennial Hosts Final "Serve 300 SA Days"
The San Antonio Tricentennial’s Serve 300 SA initiative will host its final volunteer event on October 13, 2018 with city-wide sustainability-focused events. Volunteers can register online at https://sanantonio.galaxydigital.com to select a project. Registered volunteers will receive commemorative t-shirts, refreshments and will be entered to win door prizes.
 
The Tricentennial Commission carried out three previous Serve 300 SA Days, featuring multiple service projects across San Antonio. The service projects correspond to four specific categories: Infrastructure Improvement, Commemorative Week, Education Support and Sustainability.
 
Seven sustainability focused projects are in need of volunteers on October 13, 2018. Those projects, in partnership with local non-profits include:
 
  • Planting and cleanup of the Woodlawn Lake Park’s Centennial Garden
  • A drainage channel graffiti abatement and beautification project between Marbach and Pinn Road
  • The Mission San Juan Community Farm, showcasing historical crop choice and distributing harvested food
  • A playground build at Cuellar Park (site has reached volunteer capacity)
  • Painting and beautification of SA Threads Grounds
  • Gardening, pulling weeds, planting, watering and learning about sustainable gardens through the University of Incarnate Word’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership
  • Y Achievers Urban Community Garden work through planting, fertilizing beds, cleaning alleys and walkways and working in the aquaponics lab
 
Official Tricentennial events, including service opportunities are available at www.sanantonio300.org. The Serve 300 SA initiative is made possible by the support of community sponsors NuStar, Valero Whataburger, AARP and Citi.
 
Photo caption: Serve 300 volunteers share why they joined the legacy.
City of San Antonio Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Affirmative Action
The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to fill positions on the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee. The Planning Commission advises City Council on the master plan for the physical development of San Antonio.The Board of Adjustment (BOA) holds public hearings to hear requests for special exceptions, variances and appeals of administrative interpretations or decisions. Apply online by Oct. 1 at https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacancies.

For more information regarding the Planning Commission, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Boards/PCTAC.aspx. For assistance with the application, call 210-207-7253.
Maverick Elementary hosts Recycle Drives to raise funds for New Outdoor Learning Space
Maverick Elementary School has been a participant of the National Pepsi Co recycle challenge for the past three years. The school has placed in the top 10 nationwide for two years in a row!

The school accepts #1 & #2 plastics and aluminum cans. Funds raised will go towards the ECO Club's vision of creating an outdoor learning center for the students to enjoy. This year, the Pepsi Co Recycle Rally has doubled the top five prizes!
Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) kicks off the 21st season of its Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral beginning with a performance by Korean pianist Sung Change at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 21. The concerts series is free with a dessert reception with the artist(s) after each performance. Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral are patterned after the free public performances in historic European locations, such as Venice and Amsterdam. 

MBAW is a nonprofit arts organization that creates multicultural performances by international classical, jazz and ethnic folk musicians and performing artists. For more information, visit www.mbaw.org.
Apply for Under One Roof Funds
The Under One Roof Program repairs or replaces worn and damaged roofs with new, energy-efficient roofs for qualified homeowners. This year, the program is accepting applications city-wide.

The eligibility requirements for the program follow:
  • Property must be within San Antonio city limits and have Homestead Exemption
  • Property taxes must be current (no prior year taxes due)
  • Be a US citizen or Legal Resident with no prior liens or Judgments
  • Property must be SOLEY owned and occupied and less then 1500sqft
  • Must meet established HUD Income limits income guidelines,
  • Gross income must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
Passport & Vital Records Day at the City Clerk's Office: Oct. 13
Join the City Clerk's Office for Passport and Vital Records Day in San Antonio! Will your next vacation or business trip take you outside the US? No matter where you go, a US Passport will get you back home.

Visit the City Clerk's Office on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Municipal Archives located at 719 South Santa Rosa (78204). The Vital Records Division will also be open for those who need a Birth Certificate and were born in Texas.

For more information, please call 210-207-4214.

For passport information, forms, and fees, please visit: www.travel.state.gov
For vital records forms and fees, please visit www.dshs.state.tx.us

Passport photos can be taken for an additional fee.
Office of Sustainability invites community to give input on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
Share your thoughts on San Antonio's first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan at one of the Office of Sustainability's Open Houses. There is one scheduled in District 7 at the Young Women's Leadership Academy on Saturday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. For more info, contact SAClimateReady@utsa.edu, call 210-207-06103, or visit SAClimateReady.org
Military Retiree Appreciation Day, October 20
To honor Military Retiree Appreciation Day, JBSA will host a BAMC Health Fair to include:
  • Flu shots & vaccinations
  • Pharmacy drug take-back
  • Walk-in mammograms
  • Nutrition services
  • Prescription glasses (if prescription is less than 1 year old)
  • TRICARE information
  • Appointment services
  • Clinic services
  • and more

Participating services will include:
  • Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Walk-In ID Card Services
  • Casualty & Mortuary
  • Exchange Services
  • Retiree Activities Office
  • Retired Enlisted Association
  • Veteran Benefit Administration
  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • Bexar County Veteran Services
  • San Antonio Veteran Center
  • South Texas Veteran Affairs
  • and more

The event is open to all military retirees, those transitioning into retirement, their spouses, and active duty. For more information, please call 210-221-9004.
VIA offers Fare-Free Bus Rides on VIVA Routes for Museum Month
In recognition of Museum Month in San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit is offering fare-free service on all VIVA routes (11, 40 and 301) every Saturday in October.

Make the connection to culture aboard VIA and explore the heart of San Antonio.
Lecture by Bruce King: The New Carbon Architecture
Bruce King, author of The New Carbon Architecture: Building to Cool the Climate will present his lecture at San Antonio College’s McCreless Theatre on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Mr. King is a world renowned architect and expert in green and sustainable building.

The evening begins with an Earth Block Machine Demonstration hosted by Advanced Earthen Construction Technology (AECT) at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments, including a cash bar. The lecture starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing.
AACOG: TCEQ Non-Attainment Informational Meeting 
On behalf of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, we invite you to attend the upcoming informational meeting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regarding the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) nonattainment designation of Bexar County for the 2015 eight-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). In response to this action, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is reaching out to San Antonio area stakeholders.  

Working with the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), an informational meeting is scheduled to take place on October 8, 2018, at 10:00 am. The meeting will take place at AACOG’s Al Notzon Board Room (8700 Tesoro Drive; San Antonio, TX 78217). Topics will include issues related to marginal ozone nonattainment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact TCEQ’s Brian Foster, Senior SIP Project Manager, at brian.foster@tceq.texas.gov or at (512) 239-1930.
Continuity Planning for Small Businesses
403(b) Plans for Nonprofits
The State has proposed a draft plan for how to spend the $200 million dollars Texas will receive as part of the EPA’s settlement with Volkswa6gen. The funding will be used to reduce air pollution throughout Texas. The state is proposing to send approximately $73 million dollars to the San Antonio area (Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson Counties.)
 
The public is invited to submit comments on the plan or attend public meetings. For more information on the proposal, as well as public meetings, please visit https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/trust/. Input may be sent to VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov.
 
The City of San Antonio will be submitting public comment advocating for funding for our area.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
Dementia Friendly Town Hall
Date: October 4
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
*Councilwoman Sandoval will deliver remarks.*
Crochet Social
Date: October 7
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
Date: October 7
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Travis Park (301 E Travis St)
Date: October 11
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: McCreless Theater at San Antonio College (1819 N Main Ave)
Date: October 12
Time: 4:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Market Square (514 W Commerce St)
Oktubrefest at Market Square
Date: October 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Young Women's Leadership Academy
Date: October 13
Time: varies
Location: varies
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)
Date: October 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Artpace San Antonio (445 N Main Ave)
City of San Antonio Construction Job Fair
Date: October 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Southwest Service Center (6927 W Commerce)
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.*
Conversations on Civility
Date: October 29
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Oblate School of Theology
*Councilwoman Sandoval will serve as a panelist.*
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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