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VOLUME 45 | June 14, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Yesterday, the Ethics Review Board presented their recommended changes to the City’s Ethics Code and Municipal Campaign Finance Code to the City Council.

The board has worked on these improvements for over two years, met with each council member, and presented to the Governance Committee and the City Council twice. The recommendations they presented yesterday were nearly identical to those we heard last year and for a good reason: they are right for our City.

These recommendations reflect input I’ve heard directly from residents. Among others, they include common-sense updates, such as:
  • Limiting the entertainment gifts councilmembers can receive;
  • Requiring candidates to disclose campaign contributions from developers seeking City support on proposed affordable housing developments;
  • And requiring candidates to disclose campaign contributions from the lawyers who represent people seeking zoning changes.

You can view the rest of the recommendations here.

While some continue to say that our system isn’t broken, I have heard directly from District 7 residents about the need for improvements. We had the opportunity to act on these recommendations last year and chose to wait. Choosing to pass up this opportunity yet again sends the wrong message.

I’ll continue to push for the adoption of these recommendations. Making our government processes more transparent and fair cannot wait. Let’s do the right thing and strengthen our City’s Ethics and Municipal Campaign Finance Codes.

As always, my office welcomes your input. Email us at district7@sanantonio.gov or call and share your thoughts at 210-207-0870. And remember, Citizens To Be Heard takes place nearly every Wednesday night and is an opportunity for you to advocate for your priorities directly to the Mayor and City Council. You can sign up to speak in advance here. Sign up is available on Wednesday.
Yours in public service,
Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force
The Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force will present their recommendations to the City Council this coming Wednesday, June 20. Their preliminary recommendations can be found here and the briefing memo that the City Council receives here.

Please consider attending the meeting or watching it live on either the City website or public access television.
The Week in Photos
Wednesday night, CPS Energy invited the public to learn more about their Flexible Energy Plan and to take part in a Citizens To Be Heard session with their Board of Trustees. Currently, CPS Energy's Board of Trustees does not have a regular Citizen's To Be Heard section at their meetings. This was one of Councilwoman Sandoval's expressed wishes when she supported Dr. Willis Mackey appointment to the Board, who agreed to work to expand CPS Energy's public input channels.
Last Saturday, Councilwoman Sandoval joined neighborhood advocates from all over the city to deliver the keynote address at the Bowen Center for Neighborhood Center's annual Neighborhood Day. She spoke about the importance of responsible growth, the progress we've made improving how we fund street maintenance, and the need to reexamine how the City distributes funding for drainage projects. You can view the whole speech here.
City Council recognized Women Veteran's Day today, June 14. Today, City Council and the District 7 Office recognize and appreciate the sacrifices and contributions women have made to ensure our country's safety.
Councilwoman Sandoval attended the recent graduation of SAPD's newest class of police cadets last Saturday. Congratulations to all of the new members of the San Antonio Police Department--we look forward to your service.
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 line "Ask Ana Anything".
Dear Ana,

It is HOT outside. When do the public pools open? The pool at Woodlawn Lake has been open for a while, but it was a little crowded the last time I went.

Thanks,
Pool-Ready
Dear Pool-Ready,
Three things are reliable in San Antonio: our love for our Spurs, the quality of our tacos, and the intensity of our summer heat.

Luckily, our City pools will open this Saturday, June 16. District 7 residents have several great public pools to choose from, including those at Gilbert Garza, Joe Ward, Monterrey, Sunset Hills, and Woodlawn Lake Park.

Regardless of whether you’re out at the pool or just outside, please make sure you stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. In this weather, heat strokes are possible, but entirely preventable. 

Thank you for your question.

Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
safeTALK Training for Suicidal Awareness
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, each day around 20 veterans commit suicide. With your help, we can save lives. Please join the Disrict 7 Office of Councilwoman Ana Sandoval for a half day safeTALK training for suicidal awarenesss. This free event will be hosted by the District 7 Office and led by the District 7 City Commission on Veterans Affairs appointee, Ramon Gonzales (LPC) who will be teaching techniques on identifying and intervening with individuals with suicidal thoughts. CEU's will be provided at no additional charge.

There are two opportunities to join us on June 18 at the Rape Crisis Center (4606 Centerview Dr, Suite 200).
If you're interested in learning more about the safeTALK curriculum, please visit their website at: https://www.livingworks.net/programs/safetalk/
Free Yoga Class for International Day of Yoga
Councilwoman Sandoval invites you to roll out your mats for International Day of Yoga. Meditate and experience serenity at:
Woodlawn Lake Gym
1103 Cincinnati Dr
June 21, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
YMCA at OP Schnabel Park
9606 Bandera Road
June 21, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Space is limited. Register today!
Community Conversations with the Councilwoman
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval is committed to being your voice at City Hall. As a part of her ongoing efforts to make your District 7 Office accessible and responsive, we invite you to join us for a "Community Conversation with the Councilwoman". Please join your neighbors to discuss issues affecting our families and our neighborhoods.

These events are open to the public. Upcoming Conversations with Councilwoman Sandoval:

  • June 16 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at Pericos Mexican Restaurant at 10820 Bandera Road. Representatives from Transportation & Capital Improvements will be on hand to speak with residents.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line "Community Conversations with the Councilwoman" to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Coffee with Ana
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval values your input (and coffee). That's why we're inviting you to: Coffee with Ana.

District 7 residents have the opportunity to have a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with Councilwoman Sandoval. These conversations are by appointment.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0857 or send an email with the subject line "Coffee with Ana" to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Councilwoman in the News
"I firmly believe that some of the strongest actions can be taken at the local level. I think that communities lead...and countries follow them, [Councilwoman Sandoval said]."

"The changes related to the Ethic Review Board should have been implemented years ago, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7) said."

"Unlike the San Antonio Water System, City Council, and other local government entities, CPS Energy does not have public comment periods at its monthly board meetings. Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), the only City Council member who spoke at the meeting, called it 'historic' for the utility to hold a public hearing before its board."

Neighbor of the Week:
Share Your Thoughts
NHSD seeks community input regarding boundaries, bylaws, and minimum expectations of registered Neighborhood Associations. The current policy was last updated in 2011, and outlines requirements and procedures for registration, updates, and removal. Policy revisions are anticipated to be presented to City Council in Fall 2018, following extensive public outreach.
Announcements
San Antonio Enters Stage 2 Drought
San Antonio has been under Stage 1 drought restrictions for less than a month, but dry, hot conditions have caused the Edwards Aquifer 10-day average to drop to 650 feet, requiring Stage 2 water restrictions.

Stage 2 of the city’s drought plan is triggered when the 10-day average of the Edwards Aquifer at the J-17 monitoring well drops to 650 feet or below. According to the city’s Aquifer Management Plan ordinance, coming out of drought stages can be considered 15 days after the aquifer is above the trigger.

Watering restrictions are not suggestions – they are municipal laws that will
be enforced. Watering days stay the same in Stage 2 as in Stage 1, however the hours during which watering is allowed are shortened. Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated day. Watering with a hand-held hose is still allowed any time on any day.

Watering days are determined by the last number of your address:
  • 0 or 1 – Monday
  • 2 or 3 – Tuesday
  • 4 or 5 – Wednesday
  • 6 or 7 – Thursday
  • 8 or 9 – Friday
  • No watering on the weekends

If you observe water waste, the best way to report it is online at saws.org/WaterWaste. Customers can also call SAWS Conservation at 210-704-SAVE (210-704-7283). Please provide as much information as possible, including location, time of day, a brief description of the problem, and how long it has been
going on.

For more information about the ordinance and Stage 2 watering rules, visit saws.org/drought.
Texas Tribune's Upcoming Panel Conversation  
Join the Texas Tribune for lunch and a conversation with San Antonio-area legislators: State Senator José Menéndez, Senate District 26, and State Representative House District 119, Roland Gutierrez, and State Representative House District 124, Ina Minjarez, moderated by Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith.

The event is free, open to the public, and includes a light lunch. 
When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 12:30pm-1pm
Where: San Antonio College - Victory Center (1819 North Main Avenue, 78212)
Women Veterans Day Block Party
Join the Office of Senator Jose Menendez at the Women Veterans Day and Block Party on June 15th from 3pm-7pm! Enjoy meeting new friends, network, and have dinner with other women Veterans and their families. Get valuable information from Veteran Service Organizations.

  • Community Partners, and Vendors
  • Gift Bags for the first 100 Women Veterans
  • FREE Zoo Admission tickets for the family
  • Parking available at Brackenridge Park
  • Food

Speaker: State Senator José Menéndez
If you would like to participate in a photo slideshow, please send Military Service picture to laly@sacvf.org (add name and location of photo). E-mail Subject: Women’s Veteran Event San Antonio 2018.

When: Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3pm-7pm
Where: Koehler Pavilion at Brackenridge Park (3700 North St. Mary's Street, 78209)
Get to Know 311!
You're invited to learn more about 311 and how to access city services from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm this June 30 at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). All are welcome to join. To RSVP or request more informatin, please email 311CustomerService@sanantonio.gov
Proposed Comprehensive Land Use Categories
The Planning Department invites the community to review the Proposed Comprehensive Land Use Categories.

The City of San Antonio Planning Department has been working with the community to update the City's future land use categories. The updated future land use categories will implement the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and provide the City with an easily understandable and flexible land use framework.

City Council will vote on the proposed land use categories on Thursday, June 20.

For more information, or to schedule a meeting to learn more, please contact Shepard beamon at shepard.beamon@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-0244. More info available here.
All City Pools Open on June 16
All outdoor City pools open this weekend on Saturday, June 16. Enjoy free group lessons and free aqua fitness classes. For more location specific information such as operating hours, swimming schedules and lessons, click here.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Project Linus
Date: June 15
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Children's Movie Time
Date: June 15
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Conversations with the Councilwoman
Date: June 16
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Pericos Mexican Restaurant (10820 Bandera Road)
*Councilwoman Sandoval and representatives from Transportation & Capital Improvements will be in attendance.*
Date: June 18
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Rape Crisis Center (4606 Centerview Dr, Suite 200)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: June 18
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Rape Crisis Center (4606 Centerview Dr, Suite 200)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Alamo Plan Public Meeting
Date: June 18
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Ron Darner Park Operations Headquarters (5800 Enrique M Barrera Pkwy)
Community Input Meeting: Bond Funding for Gilbert Garza Park
Date: June 18
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Gilbert Garza Community center (1450 Mira Vista)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Alamo Plan Public Meeting
Date: June 19
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center (8400 NW Military Hwy)
Alamo Plan Public Meeting
Date: June 20
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa at Brooks (7610 S New Braunfels Ave)
Date: June 21
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Woodlawn Lake Gym (1103 Cincinnati Dr)
Date: June 21
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera Road)
Alamo Plan Public Meeting
Date: June 21
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: San Antonio Garden Center (3310 N New Braunfels Ave)
Councilwoman Sandoval Joins Mayor Nirenberg for Facebook Live
Date: June 27
Time: 9:00 PM
Community Input Meeting: Bond Funding for Nani Falcone Park
Date: June 28
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Getting to Know 311
Date: June 30
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
VetStrong Grand Opening
Date: July 7
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: VetStrong (1735 Babcock Road)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
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