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VOLUME 50 | July 20, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
It’s official: air pollution in Bexar County exceeds health based federal standards. Specifically, our air contains too much ozone, otherwise known as smog.

Ozone forms when pollution from cars and industrial sources combine in the presence of sunlight, usually on very warm days. On days with light winds, that pollution builds up to levels that are unhealthy for our sensitive populations, like children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions.

Ozone can cause muscles in the airways to constrict, resulting in shortness of breath. Ozone is known to inflame the airways; aggravate lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis; increase the frequency of asthma attacks; and cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Children are especially vulnerable because their lungs are still developing and they are more likely than adults to have asthma. In fact, Bexar county children have a 50% higher rate of asthma than the rest of the state. The American Thoracic Society, as well as a study commissioned by our City, estimated that reducing ozone would prevent dozens of premature deaths in San Antonio.

While our region has made some strides in reducing pollution over the years, we know we must continue to work hard to protect our community’s health from the impacts of air pollution. I look forward to continuing my work to do just that and to keep San Antonio strong.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval led neighborhood leaders on a VIA bus tour across District 7—from the Seeling Channel to O.P. Schnabel Park—to talk about ongoing projects and initiatives. Thank you to VIA and our neighborhood leaders for joining us!
San Antonio's very own Baby Café was nationally recognized as a "Model Practice Award" by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its exemplary services for new moms and babies. In recognition of the honor, Councilwoman Sandoval delivered a cake to their staff. Learn more about Baby Café here.
Public Art San Antonio welcomed residents out to their community engagement event on Thursday, where residents were able to learn more about public art projects in the community and cast their votes for which bond projects should have accompanying public art pieces. District 7 artist Luis Valderas was among the many attendees.
Thank you to all those who attended the Alamo Master Plan Public Meeting at Thomas Jefferson High School. Kay Hindes, City Archaeologist, gave a presentation on the archaeology of the Alamo. An officer's sword is featured in the photo. If you were unable to make it you, you can view the presentations here and share your comments by emailing: info@thealamo.org
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".
Dear Ana,

Do you know of any opportunities for me to get involved helping animals?

Thanks,
Future Furst Responder
Dear Furst Responder,

Animal Care Services’ (ACS) runs a Pet Pantry to help local pet owners facing financial pressures to feed their pets. Right now, the Pet Pantry is in desperate need of dry pet food and cat litter.

You can donate pet food or gently used pet toys and items at ACS (4710 State Hwy 151), Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and weekends between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, ACS has started a Furst Responder Team to keep residents informed of opportunities to get involved. You can sign up below.

Thank you for your question.


Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval
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Upcoming Office Events
Save the Date: Back to School Fest on August 11!
This year, we are joining forces with Place for Life Church to host a Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 11th. Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Place for Life Church (5820 NW Loop 410)! 

Look forward to:
  • Free backpacks & school supplies
  • Food, fun, & entertainment
  • Community Resource Fair
  • Free school immunizations & physicals

Students must register. Additionally, we are in need of donations. To contribute, please visit the page below or contact our office.
Coffee with Ana and
Community Conversations with the Councilwoman
The next Coffee with Ana and Conversations with the Councilwoman will take place in August. We will announce the dates in this newsletter in July.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Councilwoman in the News
"San Antonio City Council member Ana Sandoval (D7) said local officials had thought because of the EPA’s delay and Abbott’s intervention, the City might get a break."

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Announcements
Level 2 Heat Advisory In Effect
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is notifying the community of a level II “heat advisory” due to rising air temperatures over the next few days. Level II indicates a sustained heat index greater than or equal to 108 degrees Fahrenheit or air temperature greater than or equal to 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

With increasing heat, Metro Health reminds the community to take the following precautions: 
  • Spend time in public/private locations with air-conditioning such as public libraries, recreation centers, senior centers, shopping centers/malls, during their business hours. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. 
  • Stay well hydrated, regardless of your activity level.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and appropriate sunscreen.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Avoid heavy and/or hot foods—they add heat to your body.
  • Limit outdoor activities during the heat of the day. Exposure to full sunshine can increase Heat Index Values by up to 15°F.
  • Monitor those at high risk such as the elderly, infants, young children, and people who are ill or have chronic disease, such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended in a closed, parked vehicle.

Information on cooling centers location are available online at the Office of Emergency Management website. For information about transportation options, please visit www.viainfo.net.

Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are likely health effects resulting from this heat level and heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.

Warning signs of heatstroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Metro Health’s heat plan follows the national weather service levels. The format resembles a countdown, with Level IV stating a normal/routine condition and Level I representing a maximum readiness/excessive heat warning. The heat plan provides information on how individuals can prepare for, prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems. Additionally, the plan provides a list of local agencies which will furnish heat-related assistance during extreme heat weather conditions. We encourage individuals to share this plan with anyone who might utilize this information. Click here to access the heat plan.

Community members can contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at 830-606-3617 or visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices.
CPS Energy Accepting Applications for Board of Trustees, Southwest Quadrant 4
CPS Energy is currently accepting applications from residents who are eligible to serve and who live in the Southwest Quadrant 4 for an upcoming vacancy on its Board of Trustees. Dr. Homer Guevara currently serves as the Trustee for this Quadrant and his term will end on January 31, 2019. 
 
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 CPS Energy service territory. Board members serve for a term of five (5) years and are eligible to serve an additional term. The mayor of San Antonio is an ex-officio member. 
 
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
 
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, shall receive annual compensation in the amount of $2,000. 
 
Regular Board Meetings are typically held on the last Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room on the first floor of the Main Office Building located at 145 Navarro. Additional time requirements for the Board include quarterly committee meetings and, as needed, group and individual work sessions. Visit cpsenergy.com/trustees for an application package which includes a description of the role, qualifications, and map of the Southwest Quadrant 4 area. For more information, call (210) 353-3212. 
 
The deadline for application submission is 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2018. 
Chief McManus' Public Safety Town Hall
Join SAPD Chief McManus for a city-wide public safety update, an overview of SAPD initiatives, and discuss quality-of-life issues and the SAFFE program in UTSA's Richard Lu Auditorium. The meeting is specifically for neighborhood associations and HOA's in Districts 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Saturday, July 21
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
UTSA 1604 Campus, 1 UTSA Circle
Business Building, Room 2.01.02 
Future Land Use Categories Public Meeting
These meetings are an opportunity to learn about an provide feedback on the proposed land use categories used in SA Tomorrow. These categories will define, for instance, what is considered low, medium, and high density development and standardize the land use categories used across various neighborhood and community plans. There are four meetings scheduled:

Thursday, July 26
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Park Clubhouse, 311 Roosevelt Ave

Saturday, July 28
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Southwest Service Center Assembly Room, 6927 W Commerce St

Tuesday, July 31
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Stinson Airport Banquet Room, 8535 Mission Road

Thursday, August 2
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy
Animal Care Services pet pantry cupboard is bare...
It’s a program aimed at helping local pet owners struggling to feed their companion animals in these tough economic times. Now, the Animal Care Services’ Pet Pantry is running low on supplies and the shelter is in desperate need of donations. Run solely on community donations, the ACS Pet Pantry is only open as supplies are available and dry pet food as well as cat litter is urgently needed right now to continue operation. Donations of pet food or other new and gently used pet items can be made at any time during regular business hours-Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shelter is located at 4710 State Highway 151 near the San Antonio Food Bank.
City residents who want to be notified of urgent pleas for supplies, fosters and other ACS needs can sign up for the new “Furst Responder Team” by clicking here. Local businesses or civic organizations can also support the Pet Pantry through the Animal Care Services Pay it Furward program which pairs philanthropy and education.

Residents can find out more by contacting acseducation@sanantonio.gov.
Active Shooter Training on July 26
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department & City Church, are hosting a free workshop on responding and handling active shooter scenarios. The workshop will be presented by Chief Aristides "Harry" Jimenez of the Bexar County Sheriff's Department. 

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness for our families, friends and small business owners on what to expect and how to prepare for a potential confrontation with an armed intruder. 

This event is sponsored by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and City Church.
Maestro's Young Entrepreneurship Camp
The Maestro Entrepreneur Center is hosting their Mind Riot Entrepreneurship for Young CEO Camp this summer. Mind Riot Entrepreneurship for the Young CEO is a week-long camp which will focus on teaching the students design thinking, problem solving skills, money management, and speak an interest in entrepreneurship.

Maestro Entrepreneur Center will be hosting two separate camps. Week 1 will be for middle school aged children and Week 2 will be for high school aged children.

The first week will begin July 23 and is for middle school students. The second begins July 30 and is for high school students. Each week will extend from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1811 S Laredo St. There is a fee of $250. Fee waivers are available for qualifying families. For more information and to RSVP, please email Julie Moore at julie@maestrocenter.org
Boys & Girls Clubs: An Opportunity to Support Youth in District 7
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio invites you to be a Reading Sidekick at Madison Elementary, located in City Council District 7. 

Reading Sidekicks will assist pairs of students as they read books appropriate to their reading level. Sidekicks will read with students, help them with unknown words, ask questions, and assist them with completing reading logs.

What: Volunteer to help kids in District 7 reduce Summer Learning Loss

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 through August 3rd. You do not have to volunteer every day, but repeat volunteerism is encouraged.

Where: Madison Elementary, 2900 W. Woodlawn Ave. 78228

How: Call or email Louis Perez at 210-436-0686 Ext. 2009 or lperez@begreatsa.org. 

Why: One hour of your day could help rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders improve their reading level this summer!
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Project Linus
Date: July 20
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Children's Movie Time
Date: July 20
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan:
Climate Equity Technical Working Group Meeting
Date: July 23
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability (1400 S Flores)
RSVP by emailing lisa.lin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-1449.
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan:
Transportation & Land Use Technical Working Group Meeting
Date: July 24
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: CPS Energy's Northside Customer Service Center (7000 San Pedro Ave)
RSVP by emailing lisa.lin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-1449.
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan:
Waste & Consumption Technical Working Group Meeting
Date: July 25
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability (1400 S Flores)
RSVP by emailing lisa.lin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-1449.
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan:
Water & Natural Resources Technical Working Group Meeting
Date: July 25
Time: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: CPS Energy's Northside Customer Service Center (7000 San Pedro Ave)
RSVP by emailing lisa.lin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-1449.
Date: July 26
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: CityChurch Bandera Road (9341 Bandera Road)
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan:
Energy & Buildings Technical Working Group Meeting
Date: July 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability (1400 S Flores)
RSVP by emailing lisa.lin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-1449.
Date: July 26
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Dominic Church (5919 Ingram Road)
Date: July 26
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Roosevelt Park Clubhouse (311 Roosevelt Ave)
Date: July 28
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Southwest Service Center Assembly Room (6927 W Commerce St)
Date: July 31
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Stinson Airport Banquet Room (8535 Mission Road)
Date: August 2
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 a.m.
Location: Igo Library (13330 Kyle Seale Parkway)
Date: August 7
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Reach section of Riverwalk at Camden & Newell Street
Date: August 11
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Place for Life Church (5820 Northwest Loop 410)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Environmental Stakeholder Meeting on Draft 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
Date: August 15
Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability (1400 S Flores)
RSVP by emailing lisa.lin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-1449.
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