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VOLUME 116 | December 7, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
With the Holiday Season picking up steam, Neighborhood and Homeowner’s Associations have started hosting their holiday get-togethers. Just this week, my team and I have enjoyed visiting with neighbors at Donaldson Terrace, Ingram Hills, and the Northwest Alliance and hosting our Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Woodlawn Lake.

If you’ve already started thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, I have one for you to consider: I resolve to get involved in serving my city and my community. Here are three ways to consider!

First, you could join your Neighborhood or Homeowner’s Association. My staff and I attend as many of the neighborhood meetings as we can so that we can provide City updates and help with community concerns. Joining your association is a great way to wet your feet if you’re new to the area. Already a member? Maybe it makes sense to start considering serving on the board.

Second, you could consider volunteering with the District 7 Office. Whether it’s just once or if it’s on a regular basis, we could always use extra hands at events or in the office.

Third, you could apply to serve on a City Board or Commission. City Boards and Commissions involve residents in local government, Some, like the Community Action Advisory Board, give residents an opportunity to provide input on proposed policies and programs. Others, like the Building Standards Board, task residents with interpreting the City Code. Some require technical expertise, while others don’t.

Right now, there are openings on the following boards and commissions:


You can view a full list of the boards and commissions here. Don’t hesitate to contact my office to ask questions and learn more about the various opportunities to serve the community.

Don’t forget: there are several events happening next week. The Bandera Road Community Meetings are on Tuesday at Brandeis High School and Wednesday at the Leon Valley Community and Conference Center. Both take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Then, our second annual Holiday Tree Gathering at Nani Falcone Park takes place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Hope to see you at soon!
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
It was such a joy to connect with neighbors at our Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Woodlawn Lake Park. The Mariachi Orgullo Mexicana and Montessori School's The Samiches provided the musical entertainment for the evening while our community leaders placed handmade ornaments on the tree to represent their neighborhoods. We're looking forward to enjoying more cookies and caroling at Nani Falcone Park this Thursday. Look out for the rest of the photos on our Facebook page as we post them in the next couple of days.
A special congratulations to District 7 resident and Girl Scout, Baylie Flinn, for speaking to her City Council for the first time! Baylie received her Woman's Suffrage and Government badges for testifying to City Council about the need for more trash cans and recycling bins in public spaces to help keep our city clean. Congratulations, Baylie, and we hope to see you at City Hall in the future!
The Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Association welcomed Councilwoman Sandoval and her family's famous champurrado to their holiday party this week.
Sidewalks are coming to Braun Road! The City's Transportation & Capital Improvements Department hosted a community meeting on the proposed design of the project to gather feedback, take questions, and provide perspective on the upcoming project. Missed the meeting, but have questions? Call our office and we'll be happy to help.
Residents of the Woodlawn Hills neighborhood h ad a chance to take a sneak peek at the new Freeman Dr. Drainage Project —one of several projects chipping away at District 7's long-standing flood-control needs. Questions about the project or flood control in general? Don't hesitate to give us a call.
The Annual Ingram Hills Holiday Party is not one to miss! Local talent graced this year's stage for a night of song and poem. Featured above is the association's very own President, Mike Phillips, bringing out his guitar.
D7 in the News
“Anyone who has tried to drive on Bandera Road during rush hour will understand the urgency of this effort,” Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval said. “This meeting is an opportunity to share our progress with the community and invite their feedback on the corridor’s future.”

"Texas PACE Authority's "Property Assessed Clean Energy" program enables businesses to get low-cost loans to install solar panels, as well as water conservation, energy-efficient and renewable energy projects on their properties. "

Announcements
The District 7 office is hosting a holiday tree gathering to celebrate the upcoming holidays with our neighbors. Please join us for cookies, coffee, carols!
Thursday, December 12
Nani Falcone Park 
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
8716 Mystic Park, near the pavilion
We are tremendously grateful to HEB for donating the tree and to our City’s Parks and Recreation staff for helping to make it happen. Special thanks to State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher, State Representative Ray Lopez, and County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez for decorations donations.
The Marathon will begin at 7:15 am and the Saturday 10k/5K will begin at 7:30am. At most points along the course, pedestrians and bicyclists may cross the course during safe gaps in runners. Please follow the discretion of a traffic controller if present. The streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route.

For more information about the route and specific closures, please visit the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon's website here.
December 9-13: Bandera Lane Closures
TXDoT will be closing lanes on Bandera and NW Loop 1604 beginning on Monday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, December 13th at 4:00 p.m.

These closures will include:

Bandera Road, from Legend Trail to Cooter Browns Saloon, will have one right lane closed between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday.

The loop 1604 frontage road, Eastbound from Bandera Road to Hausman Road, will have one left lane closed between the hours of 9:00 and 3:00 PM daily. All ramps will remain open at all times.
December 10 and 11: Bandera Road Public Meetings
December 9: Free Legal Clinic
December 14: Free Legal Clinic
December 16: Cardistry
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!
Braun Station West Children's Christmas Party
Date: December 8
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
Meeting on Proposed Traffic Calming on Timberhill Dr
Date: December 9
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Driggers Elementary,
6901 Shadow Mist
Hillcrest Neighborhood
Christmas Party
Date: December 9
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Baskin Elementary Cafeteria, 630 Crestview Dr.
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave.
Braun Oaks Holiday Party
Date: December 9
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Oaks Clubhouse,
10555 Tezel Road
Public Meeting on Bandera Road Corridor Project
Date: December 10
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Brandeis High School,
13011 Kyle Seale Parkway
Public Meeting on Monticello Park Streets Bond Project
Date: December 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Presbyterian Church,
950 Donaldson Ave.
University Park
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's University's AT&T Building, 1 Camino Santa Maria
Public Meeting on Monticello Park Streets Bond Project
Date: December 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Presbyterian Church,
950 Donaldson Ave.
Public Meeting on Bandera Road Corridor Project
Date : December 11
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leon Valley Community & Conference Center, 6421 Evers Road
Braun Station West
HOA Board Meeting
Date : December 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
District 7 Holiday Tree Gathering
Date: December 12
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Nani Falcone Park,
8716 Mystic Park
French Creek Village HOA Meeting
Date: December 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda Dr.
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School,
5700 Hemphill Dr.
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