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VOLUME 120 | January 23, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
Martin Luther King Jr. March
The weather could not have been better for San Antonio's 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March the largest march in the nation. I was especially grateful that my team and I were joined by Don Rios, President of the Culebra Park Neighborhood Association, and Pete Araiza of the Ingram Hills Neighborhood Association.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy lives on, as well as his challenge to stand up on the side of justice in moments of challenge and controversy. Civil rights, human rights, and compassion are all values espoused in this legacy and by your District 7 Council Team.

Drop by Community Coffee this Saturday at Maverick Library
I want to invite you and your neighbors to drop by the Maverick Library this Saturday, January 25, between 10 a.m. and noon to chat with my team and me. We’ll have coffee and light snacks. Come by and tell us what's on your mind.

Can’t make it this Saturday? Visit us at our next Community Coffee on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Forest Hills Library. Hope you can make it!

National Mexican American Civil Rights Institute Finds Home at Our Lady of the Lake University
Last year, veteran educator Dr. Paul Ruiz, District 7 resident Dr. Gloria Rodriguez, Dr. Enrique Peña, and other civil rights advocates began meeting in the District 7 Field Office on a mission: to tell the story of the Mexican American Civil Rights struggles and successes in San Antonio and across the nation.

Among the struggles and successes are the 1968 U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s Hearings on Mexican Americans in the Southwest; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), founded here in San Antonio; and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, founded here in San Antonio by Willie Velasquez.

Within one year, the group officially formed the new non-profit, the National Mexican American Civil Rights Institute, obtained $500,000 in seed funding, and found a home at Our Lady of the Lake University. This is the first organization of this type in the nation. Congratulations to them.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
The weather was perfect for this Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. March. The march was a great reminder of Dr. King's moral courage and of how the pursuit of justice is best done as a community.
Councilwoman Sandoval is proud to count herself as an early supporter of the National Mexican American Civil Rights Institute and is proud to have the first organization of this type in San Antonio.
The District 7 Team joined the Bluffs at West Chase HOA for their annual meeting, where we talked about the Bandera Road Corridor Project and addressed community concerns. SAPD SAFFE Officer Shaun King provided safety tips to the community during the meeting.
The Culebra Park Neighborhood Association welcomed the District 7 Team to their monthly meeting for a discussion on the bond improvements scheduled for Gilbert Garza Park.
City Council's Public Safety Committee held their meeting in the community at St. Philip's College, where City staff spoke about the Police Department's Mental Health Unit and the Fire Department's Integrated Mobile Health Unit.
D7 in the News
As a new decade begins, City Hall reporter Garrett Brnger has been talking with members of the San Antonio City Council about their New Year's resolutions.

The San Antonio area is days away from another Busted Sandal Brewing Co. location.
Through her heartbreak, Castro- and other friends of her daughter - are pushing for change. Right now, registration is open for the "Justice for Erin 5K Run/Walk" and family fun day on February 22nd at Woodlawn Lake Park.
Announcements
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Human trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery. Estimates place the number of its domestic and international victims in the millions, mostly females and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money. The term human trafficking usually conjures up images of young girls beaten and abused in faraway places, like Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa. Actually, human trafficking happens locally in cities and towns, both large and small, throughout the United States, right in citizens' backyards.

How to Report Human Trafficking
If you suspect that you or someone else is a victim of human trafficking, please contact Sex Crimes by email: PDSexCrimes.Unit@sanantonio.gov or call the Sex Crimes Unit at 210.207.2313, Monday – Friday, between 7:45 am and 5:45 pm. The after-hours contact number for the Night Detectives is 210.207.7389. If a criminal offense is in progress, please call 911 for a life threatening emergency, or the non-emergency line for a non-life threatening event at 210.207.SAPD or 210.207.7273.
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.
Metro Health Reports Three Pediatric Flu-Related Deaths; Reminds Residents to Get Flu Vaccinations
Metro Health reports three pediatric flu-related deaths in Bexar County. For medical confidentiality and privacy reasons, Metro Health will not provide additional identifying information.  

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) reminds the community that it is not too late to get the flu vaccine as it is still the best prevention against flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged six months and older, with rare exception. People age 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or kidney and liver disorders are more susceptible to serious influenza complications, so the flu vaccine is especially important for them.
 
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District recommends a three step approach to protect yourself and others from the flu:

  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Wash hands often and maintain good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs, including covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue, your arm or sleeve.
  • If you get the flu, complete all medication doses prescribed by your doctor and stay home.
 
It is not too late to get your flu shot. Schedule your appointment by calling 210-207-8894. Free flu shots are still available while supplies last at our two clinics located at:
 
Eastside Clinic
210 Mel Waiters Way • San Antonio, TX 78202 • 210.207.8894
Open: Monday – Friday • by appointment only
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
 
Frank Garrett Center
1226 NW 18th St. • San Antonio, TX 78207 • 210.207.8894
Enter: from Hamilton Ave. & Albert St.
Open: Tuesdays & Thursdays • by appointment only 
8:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M.

**Please Note: Clinic may close early and without notice if full to capacity and total service transactions cannot be completed by 4:30 p.m.**

To find the latest flu activity data, click HERE. To find a vaccination site near you, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online Flu Vaccine Finder tool.
Applicants Sought for SA Climate Ready Advisory Committees
Today, the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability released the official applications for advisory committees that will assist in the implementation of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The Technical and Community Advisory Committee and the Climate Equity Advisory Committee will provide expertise and input, gather and review the latest scientific information and best practices, deliver annual reports, and engage the community, among other actions. Residents are invited to apply at www.sanantonio.gov/clerk. Hard-copy applications will also be available at all library branches.
Today, the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability released the official applications for advisory committees that will assist in the implementation of the SA Climate Ready Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The Technical and Community Advisory Committee and the Climate Equity Advisory Committee will provide expertise and input, gather and review the latest scientific information and best practices, deliver annual reports, and engage the community, among other actions. Residents are invited to apply at www.sanantonio.gov/clerk. Hard-copy applications will also be available at all library branches.
 
“The creation of the committees marks an important milestone in the process of implementing San Antonio’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Doug Melnick. “Residents who serve on these committees will make history; they will help to ensure that San Antonio is resilient for generations to come.”
 
The Technical and Community Advisory Committee will advise City staff and City Council on the implementation of the CAAP, while serving as a forum for the community to offer input on climate action and sustainability. The Climate Equity Advisory Committee will advise City staff and City Council on the advancement of equity-centered implementation of the CAAP.
 
As the CAAP is centered in equity, membership in both committees will represent those who live and work within the City of San Antonio—inclusive of indigenous persons, communities of color, low-income residents, LGTBQIA+ persons, persons of varying ages and abilities, and other individuals with diverse expertise and perspectives.
 
The Office of Sustainability will conduct an initial review of applications in February 2020, with a goal of Council consideration of the complete slate of committee members in March 2020. Advisory Committee meetings will be scheduled on a quarterly basis beginning April 2020.
 
The San Antonio City Council adopted the CAAP in October 2019 with a 10-1 vote. The plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapting the city to the effects of climate change, while serving as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution in June 2017.

For questions, help, or to obtain a Spanish version of the application, residents can contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-6103. Residents are also able to receive in-person assistance by appointment.
City of San Antonio's Airport Advisory Commission Seeks Applicants
Applications are being sought for the City of San Antonio’s Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) for 11 positions. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
The primary purpose of the AAC is to advise the Director of Airports regarding policies, air transportation initiatives, and noise-related issues affecting the City’s Airports. The City is seeking applicants in the categories of Aviation Industry (1 slot); Business Community (3 slots); Federal Aviation Administration (1 slot); General Community (4 slots); Ground Transportation (1 slot); and Travel & Tourism Industry (1 slot).

Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the San Antonio International Airport. Members of the Commission receive no compensation. For more information, please visit h ere.
ConnectSA Seeks Public Input
ConnectSA is working on a comprehensive plan to address the challenge of moving people and goods efficiently within and through our region. Your input is important and needed as part of this comprehensive plan.
 
Please take this brief survey.
Survey is open until Friday, January 31.
CAST Schools Call for Applications
Calling all incoming 9th and 10th graders! Want to jumpstart your career while still in high school, earn up to two years of college credit, and connect to industry mentors? Tuition-free and open to all Bexar County students, CAST Schools are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year! Choose from five different career and college-focused high schools today!

Find your purpose and discover your dreams. To learn more and APPLY TODAY, visit: https://castschools.com/
January 25: AlamoPROMISE Information Session
The AlamoPROMISE program makes college more accessible to graduating seniors by providing the support necessary to earn a certificate or associate's degree at one of the five Alamo Colleges: Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, and St. Philip's College.

Join the Alamo Colleges District and Northwest Vista College's Community Health Workers for an information session on the AlamoPROMISE program on January 25 at the Westside Education & Training Center, 563 SW 40th St, 78237.

There will be a session from 9 to 10 a.m. for community partners to learn how to become a community ambassador for the AlamoPROMISE program and a session from 10 a.m. to noon for current high school seniors.
January 25: MedDropSA Collects Unused Medications
January 25
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rigsby Bulky Waste Collection Center
2755 Rigsby Road
May 9
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brooks City Base
8261 Boyle Road
September 19
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alamo City Christian Fellowship Church
6500 I-35 North
Questions about the best way to dispose of unused and expired medicines?

Prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines can pose a risk to the environment when flushed down the toilet or thrown away and dumped into landfill. In addition, prescription drug abuse is a growing issue for law-enforcement. Removing these medications from homes can help curb abuse and avoid accident ingestion by keeping drugs out of the reach of unintended users. No sharps or needles are excepted.
MedDropSA is this safe easy way to dispose of unwanted, expired over-the-counter and prescription medications. Simply bring any unwanted medicines along with other household hazardous waste items to the city of San Antonio's mobile collection events.
January 27-30: Community Input Forums on Homeless Strategic Plan
The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services (DHS), in conjunction with the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), has partnered with HomeBase/Center for Common Concerns to conduct an assessment of the current homeless response system, perform a gap analysis, and help develop a 5- to 10-year Homeless Strategic Plan to enhance the City’s current efforts.

As part of the process, we invite constituents within the City of San Antonio to provide input on the strategic planning process during a series of community forums. Below is the schedule and registration links for upcoming community forums. We hope to see you there!

Monday, January 27th
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center
1226 NW 18th St., San Antonio, TX 78207

Tuesday, January 28th
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Northeast Service Center (Tool Yard)
10303 Tool Yard, San Antonio, TX 78233

Wednesday, January 29th
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Great Northwest Library
9050 Wellwood, San Antonio, TX 78250

Thursday, January 30th
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Claude Black Community Center
2805 E Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78203
January 30: Strategic Development Plan Informal Meet-Up
Join the Strategic Development Plan team at an informal meet-up to learn about and provide input to the Airport’s Strategic Development Plan. This is the third in a series of monthly “coffee klatches” in neighborhoods around the airport. These events are designed to inform about the SDP and get input from airport neighbors and friends.
SDP Coffee Klatch #3
When: Thursday, January 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Revolucion Coffee + Juice, 7959 Broadway St., Suite 500, San Antonio, TX
Parking: In front of the building in the parking lot Topic: Briefing from the Office of the Director
Presenter: Tom Bartlett, Interim Aviation Director, City of San Antonio

RSVP: Click here by Wednesday, January 29 at 9:30 am if you’re planning to attend the event. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!
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 8:30 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.
Request a Street Skills class! Available in English or Spanish
Save the Date: Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference, March 25-27
The biennial Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference brings together those involved with bicycle, pedestrian, and other active transportation and recreation modes from around Texas and the world...and this year's conference is back in San Antonio March 25-27, 2020! Topics focus on issues of economic development, health, safety, and other issues relevant to advancing active transportation and trails.

Find the agenda and registration here. Early Bird registration has been extended through Friday, January 31st.
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.
Doris Griffin Senior Center's 5th Birthday
Date: January 24
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Doris Griffin Senior Center,
6157 Northwest Loop 410 #410
Community Coffee with Councilwoman Sandoval
Date: January 25
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Maverick Library,
8700 Mystic Park
Braun Station East Community Improvement Association Annual Meeting
Date: January 25
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Policy Board
Date: January 27
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: VIA Metro Center,
1021 San Pedro Ave
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Rolling Ridge Club
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Woodlawn Lake
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Rolling Ridge Village
HOA Board Meeting
Date: January 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Woodlawn Hills
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 29
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Wildwood HOA Meeting
Date: January 30
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Braun Oaks HOA Board Meeting
Date: February 3
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible College, 2369 Benrus
Monticello Park
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Donaldson Terrace
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Thunderbird Hills
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Northwest Neighborhood Alliance Meeting
Date: February 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Guilbeau Park HOA Meeting
Date: February 6
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
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
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