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VOLUME 122 | February 7, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
Back from SA to DC
A delegation of City leaders travelled to Washington D.C. this week to meet with Congressional leaders and federal agencies about San Antonio's legislative priorities, ranging from funding for streets and the bus system to domestic violence reduction programs.

An Update to the City's Neighborhood Registration Policy
The City’s Neighborhood & Housing Services Department is proposing to update the Neighborhood Registration Policy and allow residents to begin new neighborhood associations where one already exists.

I do not support this recommendation. District 7's Neighborhood and Homeowner's Associations have operated under the current Neighborhood Registration Policy for 37 years without any issues. If there must be a policy change, then it needs to come from the neighborhoods themselves. A change like this would only undermine existing neighborhood associations and the work they have done over the past decades.

You can learn more about the proposal below, under the Update to the City’s Neighborhood Registration Policy header, and how to submit your feedback to the city.

Help Us Clean Creekways at Basura Bash
Next Saturday, February 15, the District 7 Team and I will head to OP Schnabel Park for the annual Basura Bash waterway clean up.

Now in its 26th year, Basura Bash volunteers have collected over 600 tons of litter from our rivers and creekways. That’s five times the weight of a blue whale—the largest mammal on earth.

You can register online or sign up with my office by calling Frank Ramirez at 210-207-0870.

DSD Academy Discusses Updating City's Building Code
Also next Saturday is another session of DSD Academy, the Development Services Department’s monthly community education forum. This month’s session is focused on the City’s Unified Development Code, which is scheduled for an update this year.

The Development Code lays out rules for building construction. It answers the questions: What can be built where? What’s required when new buildings are constructed?

For more info on the academy, including time and location, visit here.
Yours in public service,
Councilwoman Sandoval will welcome residents and then converse with residents individually.
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval travelled to Washington D.C. with City Councilmembers and other City leaders to advocate for San Antonio's federal priorities. She is pictured above with Councilwomen Cabello Havrda, Gonzales, Rocha Garcia, Viagran, and Andrews-Sullivan and introducing a panel on trade with Congressman Henry Cuellar.
Councilwoman Sandoval and the San Antonio Police Department spoke to residents of the Donaldson Terrace, Hillcrest, Inspiration Hills, and Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Associations about public safety and ways to be a watchful neighbor.
The District 7 Office attended the jam-packed Monticello Park Neighborhood Association meeting this week. Guest Speaker Gabe Guzman, Transportation & Capital Improvements, discussed street projects coming to the neighborhood.
The District 7 Team joined the Northwest Neighborhood Alliance for a presentation from the Development Services Department on how the City will update the building and development code this year. For more information on the Unified Development Code update process, click here.
Councilwoman Sandoval was presented with the Intercultural Development Research Association's (IDRA) first Gadfly Award. IDRA's mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. She is pictured above with Alicia DeHoyos, a member of IDRA's Chief Science Officer program.

" On occasion, IDRA presents a gadfly award to someone who annoys and arouses others from complacency in the face of dreams yet unfulfilled for children. "
D7 in the News
“No one deserves to live in that kind of fear that a car is going to come into their home,” Ana Sandoval said, who represents District 7.
"Amid rising tension over City Council staffers getting paid less on average and having fewer benefits than regular city employees... the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved increasing the fund set aside to pay their aides by 15 percent Thursday."
"CPS Energy’s solar programs and energy efficiency initiatives will continue for another year while officials ponder the utility’s next energy-saving moves."
Announcements
Applications Sought for City Boards & Commissions
The District 7 Office is looking for applicants for the following Boards & Commissions:


You can apply or view a full list of the boards and commissions  here. Have any questions? Call the District 7 Office at 210-207-0870.
City of San Antonio Update on Novel Coronavirus preparedness and coordination
The City of San Antonio provided updates regarding its coordination with regional, state and federal partners. Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland expects arrivals of passengers on February 7, 2020. Travelers are asymptomatic United States citizens and/or permanent residents and have been and will continue to be screened throughout a fourteen-day quarantine period.
 
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF FEBRUARY 6, 12:00 P.M.

As of today, Bexar County has no reports of any individuals diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus and the risk to the public from this virus continues to remain low. There are 12 confirmed cases in the United States and none in Texas. By contrast, the CDC has estimated that there have been between 19,000,000 and 26,000,000 flu illnesses, which have resulted in approximately 10,000 deaths.  

No Bexar County residents have been referred to the City of San Antonio from the DFW Airport since the President issued a Public Health Emergency declaration. The City and its partners are prepared to begin active monitoring of individuals when they arrive. The active monitoring will be conducted as a partnership between Metro Health and the San Antonio Fire Department Mobile Integrated Health Unit.
 
Information for the Public:
Metro Health continues to maintain an up-to-date website which will provide current updates to anyone seeking information on the situation: www.sanantonio.gov/health/2019ncoronavirus.
 
Information regarding the Novel Coronavirus is also available in American Sign Language at this link: http://sat.ahasalerts.com/ActiveAlerts.aspx?id=1334 
 
How do people become infected with Coronavirus?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.
 
What are the symptoms?
  • Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
 
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
 
How can I avoid infection with Novel Coronavirus?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, nor your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Applicants Sought for SA Climate Ready Advisory Committees
The Office of Sustainability has released the official applications for the advisory committees that will assist in the implementation of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, the Technical and Community Advisory Committee and the Climate Equity Advisory Committee. 

Applications for both Committees can be accessed at http://sanantonio.gov/clerk.
Hard-copy applications are also available at all library branches.

Advisory Committee meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis with a target launch in April 2020.

For questions, help, or to obtain a Spanish version of the application, please contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-6103.
Update to City's Neighborhood Registration Policy
The City of San Antonio’s Neighborhood Housing Services Department sent the following email on January 31, 2020 to Neighborhood Associations and HOA organizations:
Good Evening,

In December, the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department (NHSD) shared proposed administrative changes to the Neighborhood Association & Community Organization Registration Policy. These proposed changes were shared with all City registered neighborhood associations via email. The changes are required to address the following:
 
  • Update and define the process for registration requests involving overlapping registered neighborhood boundaries
  • Update and further define required minimum standards for registration of neighborhood associations
 
As you recall, additional feedback is necessary to inform our administrative policy changes. On February 10, staff will be discussing the neighborhood registration process with the Culture and Neighborhood Services Council Committee to gather policy direction and better understand how Councilmembers use the registry. Soon after this briefing, you will receive an invitation to participate in a survey asking your preference for providing input. City staff will use the survey results to develop engagement opportunities such as small focus groups, community input sessions, and one-on-one conversations.
 
We look forward to your feedback.
 
Thank you,
Verónica R. Soto, AICP
Director
Opportunities to Speak Up
There are four ways you can share your input:

  1. Attend the Culture and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting on Monday, February 10, where councilmembers will discuss the policy. The meeting starts will be at 10 a.m. in the Municipal Plaza Building (114 W Commerce). Parking is available at City Tower, the former Frost Bank building.
  2. Watch the Culture and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting online.
  3. Email comments to Neighborhood Housing Services Department at neighborhoods@sanantonio.gov.
  4. Email comments to members of the Culture and Neighborhood Services Committee:
Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program
VITA is a FREE tax preparation service for individuals and families who earn up to $55,000 per year. All Tax Preparers are IRS-trained and certified.

VITA es un servicio GRATUITO de preparación de impuestos para individuos y familias que ganan hasta $55,000 por año. Todos los preparadores de impuestos están entrenados y certificados por el IRS.
February 8: Jane Dubel Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
Help us kick off a new round of park improvements and recognize park supporters in the community on February 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Jane Dubel Park, 4741 Callaghan Road. We will hold a plant and tree giveaway, as well.
February 15: Sign Up for Basura Bash
Basura Bash is a community clean up effort meant to keep our creeks and waterways free of garbage. Since its beginning, volunteers have collected and disposed of over 600 tons of litter.

Registration for this year’s Basura Bash is now online. The event day is February 15, 2020. STORM (South TX Off Road Mountain Bikers) will again be manning 2 locations: OP Schnabel Park and the Leon Creek at the Buddy Calk Trailhead. Below are direct links for each site.
  
We will be asking participants to arrive at 8:00 a.m. for a briefing on safety procedure and event protocol on the morning of the event.
 
Suggested Attire: long pants/jeans, closed toe shoes, and long sleeves. If you have work gloves, please bring them. Sunscreen and bug repellent is also encouraged. We will have water available but please bring your own water bottle or hydration pack.

To volunteer with the District 7 Office, call Frank Ramirez at 210-207-0870.
February 15: DSD Academy
DSD Academy is back!
Saturday, Feb. 15
9 to 11 a.m.

The City's development code is updated every 5 years. This session will walk you through the whole process, from submitting a proposed amendment to its final approval. Seating is limited, so register today!
February 15: 90 Second Newbery San Antonio Film Festival
BiblioTech and H-E-B Read 3 cordially invite you to attend the 5th Annual San Antonio 90-Second Newbery Film Festival – Saturday, February 15th, 2:00 PM at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center. Free parking is available in the Brackenridge Park Parking Garage on Avenue B.
 
We hope you will join us as we, along with 90-Second Newbery creator and author, James Kennedy, celebrate the creativity and talents of local students as they are challenged to translate Newbery award winning books into 90 second videos!
February 17: West Quill Park Community Meeting
Come learn about design ideas for the future park on West Quill Road. The meeting will be held on Monday, February 17, at 6:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road.
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! Call us for more information.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Park Improvements at Jane Dubel Park
Date: February 8
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Jane Dubel Park,
4741 Callaghan Road
Coffee with Ana
Date: February 8
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Note: Call to make an appointment
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting 
Date: February 10
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Braun Oaks HOA Meeting
Date: February 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
University Park
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: Februrary 11
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Braun Station West 
HOA Board Meeting
Date: February 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Retreat at Oak Hills
HOA Annual Meeting
Date: February 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
French Creek Village HOA Meeting
Date: February 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Councilwoman Spends Valentine's Day with D7 Seniors
Date: February 14
Time: All-day
Location: Various Senior Centers and Living Facilities in District 7
Basura Bash
Date: February 15
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Women's Global Connection Girls Global Summit
Date: February 15
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: University of Incarnate Word
Community Meeting on West Quill Park Design
Date: February 17
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library,
5245 Ingram Road
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