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VOLUME 114 | November 14, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Taking Steps to Protect the Edwards Aquifer

In September, an energy company proposed laying a crude oil pipeline over portions of the Edwards Aquifer. Although the company is no longer proposing a pipeline over San Antonio's primary source of drinking water, the situation revealed that the Edwards Aquifer is vulnerable.

Our community has a long history of protecting the Edwards Aquifer, and for good reason: it supplies 80% of our water supply.

This week, the City Council’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee discussed what we could do to ensure the safety of our water supply. The City doesn’t have any regulatory authority over pipeline projects, so the discussion focused on how the city could work with the state to protect the aquifer.

Further, the resolution would direct City staff to investigate what measures our state government could take to help protect our community. For example, can the state require companies to complete an environmental impact study for proposed pipelines?

Another possibility: could the state allow for public input on a proposed pipeline route? The state’s Public Utility Commission gives affected communities a chance to weigh in on the routes of power lines—a solution might be as simple as the state giving residents a say in pipeline routes.

To be clear, this work focuses on protecting the Edwards Aquifer from a pipeline because it could threaten our water supply. It is not a call to arms to oppose all pipeline projects.

In fact, natural gas pipeline’s may play an important role in transitioning our economy away from coal and toward natural gas and, eventually, renewable energy.

Natural gas pipelines even give energy companies a reason to capture natural gas that leaks from fracking projects, for example, instead of letting the gas leak into the atmosphere and accelerate climate change. And, of course, there’s the fact that building a single pipeline would take a whole fleet of commercial trucks off the road.

Thank you, Sul Ross Football!

I want to share a special thank you to the Sul Ross football team for their selfless work this past weekend. When they called us to ask if we had any volunteer opportunities, we knew immediately what residents could use help with: alley clean up.

This past Saturday, we all met on Kentucky Ave to help a block of older residents clean up debris people dumped in their alley. The football team removed old tires, tree branches, and even a toilet.

Thank you, Sul Ross Rebels!

Public Safety Committee Hits the Road

As a reminder, we’re taking the City Council’s Public Safety Committee into the community this Tuesday, Nov. 19, at John Jay High School. You’ll be able to hear directly from the Police and Fire Departments about their Mental Health Unit and Homelessness Programs. The meeting will also allow for comments by members of the public.

Public Safety Committee members include myself as the chairperson, District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda, District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry.

The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. Consider joining us!

Save the Date: Holiday Tree Lightings


Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
We owe a big thank you to the Sul Ross Rebels for their excellent service to the community this past weekend. We appreciate your effort and hard work.
Councilwoman Sandoval will take on Mayor Nirenberg in a game of volleyball this Saturday at the Young Leaders Fair, hosted by the Young Women's and Young Men's Leadership Academies. Councilwoman Sandoval stopped by the Young Women's Leadership Academy to practice with Leah, a senior volleyball player.
The City Council's Governance Committee discussed creating a Small Business Advisory Commission and strategies to promote equal pay for women in San Antonio. The council heard from the President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Diana Sanchez, and Lily Casura, the Director of Equity at YWCA--and a former District 7 intern!
D7 in the News
"With a crude oil pipeline over San Antonio’s main water supply averted – for now – City officials are weighing whether to formally oppose such projects in the future."

"The San Antonio City Council approved the purchase of a new records management system for the police department Thursday, which will cut the time it takes officers to produce reports in half and give the public quicker access to those reports."

"'Not only do I think that it will be an improvement for the (police) force, but for all residents of San Antonio,' said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval at Wednesday’s City Council meeting."
"San Antonio City Council unanimously agreed Thursday to use $6 million special area tax revenues to fund protected bike lanes on Avenue B and North Alamo Street — streets adjacent to Broadway Street — for one mile as it travels north from downtown."

"Sandoval perceives that there is wiggle room in the bond language and argues that the power to interpret that language should rest with the council. She suggests that city staff took it upon itself, however, to fill in any ambiguities in the project."

"Beginning in January, when only three electric scooter companies will be permitted to operate in San Antonio, there likely will be only 3,000 of them on the streets. They’ll be legal to ride all night long — no curfew."

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 is an example of cases we worked this week.
A resident saw one of her neighbor's dogs tied up with a chain and without access to water. After she reported her concern to 311, Animal Care Services visited her neighbor and asked to see their dogs. The ACS Officer saw that there were two dogs. One of them had a chain tied around their neck without water, food, or shelter and only mild shade. The other dog was seen entering and exiting the backyard through a hole underneath the fence. The ACS Officer issued eight citations and educational materials about the City Code and responsible pet ownership.
Is there something we can help you with? Contact us at 210-207-0870 or district7@sanantonio.gov and we'd be happy to help.
Announcements
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 district7@sanantonio.gov.
Minimize the winter energy blues
A strong cold front has made its way to San Antonio today, bringing a blast of colder air and gusty winds. As the winter weather sets in, it can be difficult to think of ways to reduce your electricity usage but there are many ways to keep it down despite the chilly temperatures.
Your heating system can use more than half of the energy in your home. Setting the thermostat between 68 to 70 degrees, when you’re at home and bumping the temperature setting down a few degrees when you are away can help save you money. 

While cooler temperatures can cause havoc on our energy bills there are simple things you can do to stay warm, save energy and minimize the impact of winter.

  • Bundle up. Throw on a heavy sweater, warm socks and cozy up under a warm blanket.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed when the heat is on.
  • Do not block heat registers or air returns with curtains or furniture.
  • Close the damper on fireplaces when not in use.
  • Open drapes to let warm sunlight in during the day. Close them at night to reduce heat loss.
  • Conserve hot water. Take short showers or shallow baths.
  • Make sure ceiling fans are running in a counter clockwise direction during the winter. Don’t forget to turn off fans when you leave the room!

For additional energy-saving tips, visit cpsenergy.com .
Nov. 16: DSD Academy is Back!
We are getting ready for our upcoming Solar Fest event on Saturday November 16th at Hemisfair from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is our largest community outreach event that is free to the public and is a fun, family friendly event showcasing solar, energy efficiency, CPS Energy Rebates, fun activities like Goat Yoga and Face Painting, and a lot more! We would love if you are able to come by the event. We will have a kick off announcement with an opportunity to speak if you would like, at 11 AM at our stage. I have included the flyer below. Let me know if you are available and interested in coming by! 
Nov. 16: San Antonio Solar Festival
We are getting ready for our upcoming Solar Fest event on Saturday November 16th at Hemisfair from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is our largest community outreach event that is free to the public and is a fun, family friendly event showcasing solar, energy efficiency, CPS Energy Rebates, fun activities like Goat Yoga and Face Painting, and a lot more! We would love if you are able to come by the event. We will have a kick off announcement with an opportunity to speak if you would like, at 11 AM at our stage. I have included the flyer below. Let me know if you are available and interested in coming by! 
Nov. 16: Vision Zero World Day of Remembrance 2019
Join the City of San Antonio in observing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This day acknowledges individuals who have been injured or have lost their lives on the world's roads, along with emergency service workers who respond to those events.

The event begins 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Fire Station #26 at 4140 Culebra Road.

In partnership with San Anto, Vision Zero will dedicate a mural that illustrates life on Culebra.
Dec. 5: People First! Community Fair
Dec 7: 2019 Winter Sports Slam
Dec. 10 and Dec. 11: Bandera Road Public Meetings
Dec. 13-14: Holly Daze Rock!
We need your help! Please share some information with us regarding your experience as a migrant in San Antonio. The information you share will help the City of San Antonio and its partners develop ideas to better serve the migrant community through a strategic planning processes.
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!
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary,
5700 Hemphill
Braun Station East Community Improvement Association
Board Meeting
Date: November 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda
Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Joe Ward Community Center,
435 E Sunshine
Rolling Ridge Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 25
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 27
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library,
5245 Ingram Road
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible College,
2369 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center,
326 John Adams
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