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VOLUME 89 | April 25, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
I’m excited to invite you to a community meeting about one of the biggest challenges facing our district: identifying traffic relief solutions and revitalizing Bandera Road between Loops 1604 and 410.

The meeting will be this Monday, April 29, at City Church Bandera Road, 9431 Bandera. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and we will kick off the program at 7:00 p.m. You can RSVP here.

Here's just a preview of what we've learned:
  • This stretch of Bandera Road carries about 60,000 vehicles daily.
  • TxDOT's own research has found that drivers are 4 times more likely to crash on Bandera than on similar roads in the state.
  • Residents want to see traffic congestion decrease in addition to safety improvements for all users of the road--including those on foot and on bike.

In addition to the community meeting, we've launched a survey. Take a moment and tell us what your priorities are for Bandera Road's future.

We are finally getting the ball rolling on what seemed unsolvable for so long. Once our community identifies a solution and secured funding, we’ll transform the stagnant, frustrating road into one that is moving and thriving. 
Let's get Bandera moving,
Editor’s Note: The District 7 Field Office on Centerview Drive will be closed on Friday, April 26, in observance of Fiesta San Jacinto. We will reopen on Monday, April 29.

The District 7 Field Office at the Maverick Library will be closed during early voting, April 22nd through April 30th, and on Election Day, May 4th, as it is within 100 feet of a polling place. If you wish to speak to District staff, please call 210-207-0870, or visit us at 4414 Centerview Drive, Suite 160.
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval shared her winding road to serving on City Council with UTSA undergraduates considering multidisciplinary studies. The moral of the story: your education can take you anywhere--including places you haven't thought of yet.
Fiesta is San Antonio at its most vibrant! As part of the festivities, City Council and the Mayor joined the river barge parade, complete with their sashes and fiesta medals.
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,

Why do we need a corridor plan for Bandera Road? I plan on going to the meeting on Monday, but thought I’d ask beforehand. 

Thanks,
Wondering on Wickersham
Hi Wondering,

Thank you for your question. I think a lot of residents have the same question.

The plan accomplishes two goals. First, it helps make a project on Bandera Road more competitive for state and federal funding.

Over these past two years, I’ve served on the executive board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization—the organization that awards federal funding for transportation projects. One of the main lessons I’ve taken from the experience is that solid community backing and a preliminary plan are practically required to get funding.

Second, the plan will give our community a chance to settle on priorities for the road. All of us agree that we want to spend less time in traffic. Yet this is an opportunity to envision the corridor’s future. That’s why we plan to ask residents questions like, which businesses do we want along Bandera? What can we do to increase quality of life in the area?

We’ll have to live with whatever modifications are made to Bandera Road for a long time. I’m proud we’re ensuring that the community will shape the solution.
Yours in public service,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Have Coffee with Ana!
Spots are available for upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity available each month for District 7 residents to schedule a twenty minute, one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

Coffees are held on the first Saturday of the month. Our April Coffee is all booked up, but the next Coffee will be held on May 11 at our field office at 4414 Centerview Dr, Suite 160. The following Coffee will be held on June 1 at our field office at the Maverick Library.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
April 29: Bandera Road Corridor Plan Community Meeting
Last year, Councilwoman Sandoval brought together the Texas Department of Transportation, the City, and our neighbors to develop a comprehensive solution to congestion on Bandera Rd and a revitalization of the corridor that connects one end of the District to the other. Because this issue is important to you, the City of San Antonio is working jointly with TxDOT to engage the public, identify congestion relief solutions, and bring more desirable businesses to Bandera Rd.

Join the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department, staff from the Districts 6, 7 and 8 Council Offices and Councilwoman Sandoval to kick off the Bandera Rd Corridor Plan on April 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at City Church on 9431 Bandera Rd.

For more information visit the San Antonio Planning Departments website here.
2019 Property Tax
Workshop Series
Join Councilwoman Sandoval and District 7 residents to learn how to protest your home's appraisal value.

There will be four workshops:

  • April 6, 2:00PM at Maury Maverick Library(8700 Mystic Park)
  • April 17, 7:00PM at St. George Maronite Church (6070 Babcock Road)
  • April 29, 7:00PM at Leon Valley Community Center (6421 Evers Road)
  • May 9, 7:00PM at Young Women's Leadership Academy (2123 W Huisache)
District 7 in the News
"'Coordination and collaboration between the City and the County is critical in this area and many others so that we provide the best value to our taxpayers and the best service to our community,' Councilwoman and City Council Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Ana Sandoval said. 'I am proud to see us work together to streamline bail hearings for our community.'"

"[Councilwoman Sandoval] not only has a passion for the environment, but also getting educated about issues that concern her. So how did she respond to the strong blowback to the city's plan on climate change from the business community and, in particular, the energy sector? She took responsibility for it."

"Local leaders are cracking down on what they say are illegal dump sites, including a giant pile of roofing shingles on the city’s east side."

"Though she remembers that her surroundings felt “a lot like Disneyland,” she couldn’t see a future for herself in the Bay Area. But what she did see was an opportunity to bring her education and experience in climate science, public health and chemical engineering back to her hometown of San Antonio to help make it the best city it could possibly be."

"'By passing this law, we are really saving lives,' Councilwoman Sandoval says."

"Now, anyone who is arrested will go before a City of San Antonio magistrate instead of having two sets of judges. This is expected to save taxpayers about $200,000 a year."

"The Baby Cafe is once again open for business, but under a new name: the San Antonio Lactation Support Center. They celebrated their re-opening Tuesday morning."

Neighbor of the Week
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Announcements
City Announces Fiesta San Jacinto holiday schedule of City Services
SAN ANTONIO (April 19, 2019) — City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Friday, April 26 to observe the Fiesta San Jacinto holiday. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:
 
Open:  
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected as usual on Friday, April 26. Residents who normally receive a collection service on a Friday will continue as scheduled.
  • The Bitters Brush Recycling Center, located on 1800 Wurzbach Parkway and the Nelson Gardens Recycling Center, located at 8963 Nelson Rd. 
  • The 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Police will be on duty
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty 
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday 
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty
  • Sanitarians will be on duty
  • La Villita shops
  • Market Square shops and administrative offices
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden 

Closed: 
  • All San Antonio Public Library locations
  • Pre-K 4 SA Education Centers and Administrative Offices
  • Animal Care Services lobby and adoption center will be closed on April 26 and will re-open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27
  • Municipal Court, located at 401 S. Frio
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • SAFD’s Administration and Records Section
  • The Alamodome Box Office and Administrative Offices
  • Metropolitan Health offices
  • Café College
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed on April 26 and 27
  • La Villita administrative office
  • Head Start and After-School Challenge Sites
  • Senior Multi-Service Centers
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (Seniors and the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for complete holiday schedule information)
  • Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers, Adult and Senior Centers, McFarlin Tennis Center, Jesse James Leija Gym, Woodlawn Gym, Enrique M. Barrera Fitness Center, San Antonio Natatorium, and the Ron Darner Parks and Recreation Headquarters and Administrative offices. In addition there will be no dance or music classes at San Antonio parks.
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • The Bitters Bulky Waste Collection Center, located at 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, the Culebra Bulky Waste Center and Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 7030 Culebra, the Rigsby Bulky Waste Center located at 2755 Rigsby and the Frio City Road Bulky Waste Collection Center located at 1531 Frio City
City and County Announce Plans to Collaborate on Magistrate Process
SAN ANTONIO (April 23, 2019) — Today the Bexar County Commissioners Court approved an agreement for the City and County to collaborate on a central magistrate process. The City will oversee bail hearings for those arrested by a law enforcement agency and transported to the Justice Intake and Assessment Annex. Currently, the City’s judges perform 65 percent of magistration for arrests.
 
“This collaborative effort between the City and the County will improve our local criminal justice system and will eliminate redundancies and create a smoother process for all who process through the court system,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said.
 
The agreement between the City and the County will eliminate the need for two court systems by having a single set of judges to process bail hearings. City judges are appointed by City Council and are reviewed every two years. The agreement also creates a cost sharing model in which the County will pay the City to process bail hearings.
 
“Coordination and collaboration between the City and the County is critical in this area and many others so that we provide the best value to our taxpayers and the best service to our community,” Councilwoman and City Council Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Ana Sandoval said. “I am proud to see us work together to streamline bail hearings for our community.”
 
By the terms of the agreement, the City will provide magistrate services 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The County will provide video services and equipment for City magistrates to conduct the work remotely.
 
The City Council will consider the agreement at their regularly scheduled meeting on May 2, 2019.
Jefferson Outreach Seeks Volunteer Drivers
Jefferson Outreach is an organization that offers assistance to people over 60. One of its important services is to provide free transportation to seniors having medical and other appointments. Currently the organization has fewer drivers than people needing the service. If you are interested In assisting, call (210) 734-5016 or go by 2201 St. Cloud
City Seeks Applicants for the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees 
SAN ANTONIO (April 22, 2019) – The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to fill one (1) slot on the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees. The term of office expires December 31, 2019. The VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees is comprised of 11 members, of which five (5) members are appointed by the City Council for staggered two-year terms. Members must be qualified voters residing within the VIA Metropolitan Transit Service Area.
Members receive compensation of $50.00 per meeting of the Board attended, not to exceed five meetings or a maximum of $250.00 any calendar month. Board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM at the VIA Metro Center.
Applications will be accepted until Monday, May 6, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. Applications are available at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacancies. 
For assistance with the application process, please contact Brandon Smith, Boards & Commissions Coordinator, at (210) 207-7253.
Birth Certificates Not Available at Great Northwest Branch Library Due to Closure from April 15 – May 5, 2019
The Great Northwest Branch Library will be closed for improvements from April 15 – May 5, 2019. Should you need a birth certificate, please check with one of the three open Library Branches for births from 2005 to present in San Antonio. Birth Records are sold Monday through Friday from time of opening, which varies day to day per location, until 5 PM:

  • Thousand Oaks Branch Library, 4618 Thousand Oaks, (210) 207-9190

  • Las Palmas Branch Library, 515 Castroville Road, (210) 207-9200

  • Mission Branch Librar, 3134 Roosevelt Avenue, (210) 207-2704

Birth Certificate and Death Certificates are also sold at our main Vital Records Office open Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM located at 719 S. Santa Rosa.
For more information on fees and application requirements, call 210-207-4214 or visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/Municipal-Archives-Records/Birth-Death-Records
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
San Antonio Public Libraries Closed for Fiesta on Friday, April 26
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. – Noon
The Ladies' Choice Book Club reads both fiction and non-fiction titles. Please request the books at the reference/information desk.
Earth Fiesta
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Saturday, April 27
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Celebrate Recycling & Environmental Sustainability. Learn about earth-friendly practices and conservation with local organizations including tree adoptions with San Antonio Parks & Recreation. Recycling/gardening, crafts for kids & more!
Project Linus
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Friday, May 3
11 a.m.
Do you like to knit, crochet or quilt? Join Project Linus and create hand-made blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children. Please bring some supplies for your blanket project.
Citizenship Information Session
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Saturday, May 4
2 – 3 p.m.
American Gateways presents a citizenship information session and to offer you information about the benefits, requirements and process of applying for citizenship.
Attend any of the available sessions to learn more about the citizenship application process.
Upcoming Events
81st Annual Battle of Flowers Association Band Festival
Date: April 25
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: SAISD Alamo Stadium, 110 Tuleta Drive
District 7 Property Tax Workshop
Date: April 29
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leon Valley Community Center, 6421 Evers Road
Register here.
Bandera Road Corridor Plan Community Meeting
Date: April 29
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Church (9432 Bandera Rd.)
District 7 Property Tax Workshop
Date: May 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Young Women's Leadership Academy, 2123 W Huisache Avenue
Register here.
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Staff
  • 210.207.2727

  • Lexi Bachran
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • 210.207.0875

  • Charlie Mazuca
  • Neighborhood Engagement Officer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Debbie Dehlinger
  • Super Volunteer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Julio Arroyo
  • Executive Secretary
  • 210.207.7044

  • Bianca Maldonado
  • Chief of Policy & Communications
  • 210.207.0873

  • Matteo Trevino
  • Communications Coordinator
  • 210.207.0872

  • Frank Ramirez IV
  • Zoning & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0874

  • Josh Jaeschke
  • Policy & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0858
Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

Monday - Friday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The District 7 Field Office on Centerview Drive will be closed on Friday, April 26, in observance of Fiesta San Jacinto. We will reopen on Monday, April 29.

The District 7 Field Office at the Maverick Library will be closed during early voting, April 22nd through April 30th, and on Election Day, May 4th, as it is within 100 feet of a polling place. If you wish to speak to District staff, please call 210-207-0870, or visit us at 4414 Centerview Drive, Suite 160.