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VOLUME 69 | November 30, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Yesterday, City Manager Sheryl Sculley announced her plans to retire in June 2019. It comes after 13 years of service – an era in terms of City management.

In that time, Ms. Sculley has transformed how our City operates, making it more efficient, more sustainable, and fiscally stronger than ever before. She has had tremendous accomplishments in her tenure. Chief among them is the strong, capable team of excellent professionals she has assembled among the ranks of City staff.
I have no doubt that our City will continue to be strong because of this legacy.

The search and selection process for the next City Manager will begin immediately. My office will provide updates throughout the process.

Additionally, my colleagues and I met with City staff earlier this week to discuss my request for the City to advance its public participation efforts.

While most of the improvements are still in the works, the City has launched a newly designed SASpeakUp website that makes it easy to find out about the City’s public input opportunities—whether their meetings, surveys, or tele-townhalls. Bookmark it and let me know if it is helpful!
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
The District 7 Office hosted Operation Cold Front, which provided veterans with cold weather clothing and space heaters. Hundreds showed up to prepare for the winter weather and stayed to enjoy burgers and conversation. We thank all those who made it out and made the event possible, especially our excellent volunteer team.
Councilwoman Sandoval stood with Councilman Cruz Shaw and Metro Health Director Colleen Bridger to recognize World AIDS Day in honor of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and to combat the stigma associated with the disease. Do you know your HIV status? Learn more about how to get checked here.
Following months of planning, Council approved the purchase of land in Woodlawn Hills in order to create a new park in the neighborhood. Woodlawn Hills President Ruben Sanchez testified to City Council about how the new park will benefit families and children in the area. Next, community input meetings will be held to plan the future of the park. Meetings will be announced in the newsletter.
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 with the subject "Ask Ana Anything".
Hi Ana,

What are the plans for this holiday? When is the holiday party? And will your mom be bringing her champurrado?

Partying on Palatine
Hi Partying,

Thanks for your question and yes, my office will host two holiday celebrations this month. The first one will be on December 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the island house at Woodlawn Lake Park. We’ll kick off the holiday season by lighting the tree, enjoying some refreshments, and singing some holiday tunes!

The second open house will be on December 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We’ll have refreshments at Maverick Library before walking over to Nani Falcone Park and hanging ornaments on a tree. I hope you’ll save the date and join us!

If you happen to visit the Donaldson Terrace neighborhood holiday party, you might have the chance to taste some of my mom’s champurrado. I have to say, I’ve always enjoyed it, but never expected it to garner its own following. If you’re a Donaldson Terrace resident and a hot chocolate-fan, I’ll see you Monday evening at the St. Paul’s Community Center.

Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
Celebrate the Holidays with Councilwoman Sandoval!
This year, our office will host two holiday celebrations: one at Woodlawn Lake Park and the other at the Maverick Library and Nani Falcone Park.

In advance of the celebrations, we'll be collecting toys at our office for the Blue Santa Toy Drive. Drop donations of new toys at 4414 Centerview Drive, Suite 160, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 13

Island House at Woodlawn Lake Park

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We'll light and decorate the tree, enjoy refreshments,
and more!
December 18

Meet at Maverick Library; we'll walk to Nani Falcone Park

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

We'll decorate the tree, enjoy refreshments,
and more!
Coffee with Ana: Make an Appointment Now!
Appointments are available for the 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
District 7 in the News
"Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, who leads the health and equity panel, has grave concerns about coal — “one of our dirtiest fuels” — and thinks the council has yet to have a detailed discussion of cost-benefit comparisons of coal, renewables and other energy sources."

"The San Antonio City Council is expected to move forward on a plan to create a new city park on the Northwest Side. If approved, the park would be located in the Woodlawn Hills neighborhood, in District 7, near Bandera Road and Hillcrest Drive."

"Most members of the public safety committee — including District 2 Councilman William Cruz Shaw, District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval and District 9 Councilman John Courage — lauded the department’s support for cite-and-release."

"En lugar de ir a la cárcel por delitos menores, una persona podría simplemente recibir una multa."

Neighbor of the Week:
Cynthia Ipina
The concept that a neighborhood can be a community with people who care and look out for each other is not simply an ideal for Cynthia Ipina but a reality for which she has been a catalyst for over twenty years. In her neighborhood the elderly are not alone; neighbors, especially Cynthia, check in on each other and even call sons and daughters to gently remind them of aging parents’ needs. She feels strongly that through creating a network of one’s community all can benefit. Monthly she and her husband oversee a yard sale at Sul Ross Middle School where the Culebra Park Neighborhood Association (Cynthia is the vice-president) raise funds for the association, and neighbors earn money for food and medicine. There will be one this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sul Ross, 3610 Callaghan.

Cynthia also believes in everyone having a voice and contributing, doing his or her part, and knowing that one person can make a difference. Her key beliefs are to have will-power and to be a fighter. As she says, “Stand, even if you stand alone,” which she has had to do at times. And a fight she is readying for is a fight against cancer. Cynthia just found out that she has kidney cancer and will have an operation for removal on December 10. Our thoughts are with you, Cynthia, and we are very thankful to have you as our neighbor.
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This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Christmas Gift Tags DIY Craft Workshop
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Saturday, December 1
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Make your own unique gift tags for all those special holiday presents! All craft supplies will be provided. Spaces for the class are limited. This is a craft class for adults only.
December 2: Musical Bridges Around the World Presents “Phantasmagoria” on December 2 at San Fernando Cathedral
Internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO – have thrilled audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This Grammy-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble will perform with countertenor Jacob Ingbar, alumnus of the Juilliard School, The Aspen Opera Center, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Houston Grand Opera's Young Artists Vocal Academy. The concert is part of the Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral.

The event will take place at San Fernando Cathedral at 115 Main Plaza. It is a free event.

Musical Bridges Around the World is a nonprofit that unites, educates and inspires through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming. MBAW public programs reach more than 80,000 people annually free of charge. For more information, visit or call (210) 464-1534.
December 13: Handbell Choir Concert
Handbell Choir Concert
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Thursday, December 13
4:30 p.m.

Join the Forest Hills Library for this concert by the Handbell Choir from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. They will be performing holiday favorites.

A handbell choir rings bells of recognizable music with melodies and harmony. A handbell choir or ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever those notes appear in the music. 
December 17: Star Party with the SA Astronomical Association
Join the SA Astronomical Association and Forest Hills Library on Monday, December 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Star Party.

Be there for an evening of star gazing and looking at Mars, Saturn, and Orion.

The SA Astronomical Association bring their telescopes and expertise to Forest Hills for a premium Star Party.

Telescopes will set up on White Tail Dr on the sidewalk leading up to Villarreal Elementary.

The program will be rescheduled if it is cloudy or rainy.
December 22: San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble Concert
SA Youth Wind Ensemble Concert
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Thursday, December 22
2:30 p.m.

Join the Forest Hills Library for this concert by the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble performing holiday favorites.

The San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble (SAYWE) was founded as the premier honor wind ensemble for youth in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Its purposes are to provide a positive musical experience for advanced musicians and to supplement music education programs in the public and private schools in the region.
Upcoming Events
Braun Station East & West's December to Remember Event: A Mini Christmas Village
Date: December 1
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station East Clubhouse (9350 Knighthood)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
State Senator Jose Menendez's Holiday Party
Date: December 1
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: St Luke's Catholic Church (4603 Manitou Drive)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Eckhert Crossing Neighborhood Holiday Party
Date: December 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Western Hills Christian Church (8235 Huebner Road)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Holiday Party
Date: December 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Donaldson Terrace Meeting House (326 John Adams Ave)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Rolling Ridge Club HOA Meeting
Date: December 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse (5306 Rolling Ridge Drive West)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Holiday Party
Date: December 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School (2369 Benrus)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Holiday Party
Date: December 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary School (6003 Thunder Drive)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: December 8
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
State Representative Justin Rodriguez's Holiday Party
Date: December 11
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leon Valley Community Center (6427 Evers Road)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Office hosts Holiday Celebration at Woodlawn Lake
Date: December 13
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park Island House (1103 Cincinnati Ave)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Office hosts Holiday Celebration at Nani Falcone Park
Date: December 22
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Our Office Staff

Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

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

By appointment only.
Please call 210-207-2727.