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VOLUME 75 | January 18, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved a resolution to expand the City's public participation opportunities and transparency. The resolution is a promise from the council to the community. It’s a tool you can use to hold the City accountable, although I hope that you won’t have to!

Additionally, my colleagues and I have spent the last few days interviewing candidates for the City Manager position. We’ve evaluated their experience and talents and worked to get a sense of how they view the job and our city. Late Wednesday night, following hours of deliberation, City Council proposed Deputy City Manager Erik Walsh as the finalist for the City Manager position.

Walsh has dedicated his career to serving San Antonio. With 24 years working for the city to his name, he brings a wealth of experience. However, the process isn’t over. It’s your turn to meet the finalist. You’re invited to come out and meet Walsh at a public symposium this coming Wednesday, January 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the UTSA’s Downtown Campus’ Buena Vista Theater. You can submit a question for him here.

In addition to the public symposium, Walsh will spend the next two weeks meeting with community and neighborhood leaders before City Council takes a final vote on January 31.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval began her term as Mayor Pro Tem on January 17. The Mayor Pro Tem position is an honorary position similar to the Vice Mayor position that other cities have.
City Council adopted principles of public participation on January 17. This resolution is in response to a request from Councilwoman Sandoval for the City to advance its public participation efforts. Additionally, City staff presented an update on the City's efforts to improve its transparency and accessibility.
The Young Women's Leadership Academy (YWLA) celebrated 10 Years of Academic Excellence this month. Community leaders and families recognized the occasion with a weekend ceremony in front of the school. We offer the excellent faculty and students with our congratulations!
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,

Every time it rains, give it twenty or thirty minutes, my backyard is practically underwater. I’ve thought about buying a canoe, but I’d really prefer if the city could put some grates in on my street. My neighbor has a similar issue and has had one for years. Anything you can do to help?

Sincerely,
Swimming on Senisa
Hi Swimming,

This is a concern my team and I hear frequently and, unfortunately, it’s one that isn’t quickly resolved. District 7 is home to the highest concentration of houses located in the floodplain. It’s also home to the city’s largest drainage project—the multi-phase Seeling Channel flood-control project.

Over the last two fiscal years, my office has secured funding for additional drainage projects in our community—one on Neulon Drive and another on Freeman Drive, totaling $2,890,000. Of course, drainage concerns extend beyond Neulon or Freeman.

In addition, my office is requesting the City do more to understand the drainage and alley issues that District 7 residents face. On February 16, my office and the City’s stormwater engineers will host a community meeting at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It’ll be an opportunity for residents to both learn about current flood-control projects and pinpoint on a map where their drainage issues are occurring.

If you’re experiencing flooding, whether it’s your street or your backyard, I hope you’ll join us and bring photos if you have them. By getting a better picture of what’s going on and identifying the areas of greatest need, we’ll make sure the City takes a strategic course of action.

Thank you for the question.
Sincerely,

Ana
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District 7 in the News
"Meaningful public participation is the belief that everyone who is affected by something has a right to be part of that process," Councilwoman Sandoval said.

"'[This is a] commitment from the council to our community,' Sandoval said. 'This is a standard that you can hold us to when we go out and take your input.'"

"The San Antonio City Council approved 10 guiding principles Thursday intended to help increase civic engagement at public meetings, which will now be implemented at each community forum."

"What can the city do to improve transparency and open government? Will tech-based proposals like live-streaming committee meetings and publishing voting records be enough to gain public trust?"

"La concejal Ana Sandoval informó que este 12 de enero se realizará el segundo encuentro para discutir temas como la elección del nuevo administrador de la ciudad."

"La concejal Ana Sandoval invita a la comunidad a estos encuentros para que puedan realizar sus preguntas y conocer a detalle sus propuestas."

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Announcements
CPS Energy Prepared to Assist Federal Employees Affected by Government Shutdown
CPS Energy is ready to help customers who are U.S. Federal employees and who are being affected by the recently launched government shutdown. Specifically relative to their energy bills, CPS Energy has a variety of money-saving and general assistance programs designed to help all customers who have informed us of a hardship
 
  • Burned Veterans’ Discount Program - Program only applies to veterans who have a significant decreased ability to regulate his or her body’s core temperature because of severe burns received during armed conflict or in combat.
  • Military Waiver Program - Provides a deposit waiver to military personnel when establishing service with CPS Energy.
  • REAP – CPS Energy contributes $1 million or more per year to the Residential Energy Assistance Partnership (REAP). This invaluable program is our commitment to provide help to pay energy bills for customers who qualify for assistance.
  • Budget Payment Plan – Customers’ annual energy bill is averaged over the past year, and a fixed amount is billed making it easy to budget energy dollars for the year.
  • Senior Citizen Billing Program – Senior customers are allowed additional time to pay the net amount of energy bills.
  • Senior Citizen Late Fee Waiver – Qualifying seniors over 60 years old can sign up to have their late charges waived.
  • Affordability Discount Program – Customers may be eligible for a discount on their monthly service charge.
  • Casa Verde – Qualifying customers can receive an average of $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to their home at no cost, helping save energy month after month.
  • Disabled Citizens’ Billing Program – Disabled customers on Supplemental Security Income are allowed additional time to pay the net amount of their energy bills.
 
CPS Energy urges customers experiencing financial hardship to contact THEM in an effort to work through mutual solutions to ensure continuous electric and natural gas services. For a list of other money-saving and assistance programs, visit www.cpsenergy.com/assistance or call 210-353-2222 to speak to an Energy Advisor.
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Project Linus
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Friday, January 18
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.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.
Forest Hills Branch Library Bond Community Informational Meeting
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Saturday, January 19
10 a.m. – Noon
Please join Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval and City staff as we share information about the upcoming improvements to Forest Hills Branch Library. These will include enhancements to the children’s, teens, and customer service areas, a community room upgrade with embedded technology for meetings and programming, and public computer area updates.
Basic Principles of Building a Financial Foundation - Increase cash flow and debt management (part 1 of 4)
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 7254)
Saturday, January 19
1 – 2 p.m.
Begin the year with a solid financial foundation plan! Mr. Jagir Patel, Marketing Director of World Financial Group, will discuss basic principles on building a strong financial foundation on various financial topics during a 4 part series. Mark your calendar!
South Texas Role Playing Game Club at Maverick
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Sunday, January 20
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Come out and enjoy Role Playing Game Sundays with games of collaborative storytelling hosted by South Texas Role Playing Game Club and The Crypt Robber’s Union Local #3. The games are fun and easy to learn for both new and experienced players.
January 22: Prescribed Burn on Mission Reach
The San Antonio River Authority will be conducting a prescribed burn in designated areas along the Mission Reach in February. Prescribed burning is a controlled, planned, and scientific sustainable land management tool widely used to manage vegetation under very specific and safe conditions. The burn is conducted by a Certified and Insured Prescribed Burn Manager who is licensed through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The purpose of this prescribed burn is to aid the adaptive management of the ecosystem restoration project resulting in increased native plant species coverage and diversity on the Mission Reach.

The San Antonio River Authority will be hosting an informational meeting for the public to learn more about how the prescribed burns will be safely conducted and the benefits they will provide to the ecosystem.
 
When: Tuesday January 22, 6 p.m.
Where: Stinson Municipal Airport- 8535 Mission Road, Suite A
January 26: Jammin' James Fruit and Nut Tree Adoption
It’s that time of year... join the San Antonio Parks Department for the annual Jammin' Jams Fruit and Nut Tree Adoption at the Pearl on Saturday, January 26 at 8am. Varieties of trees include Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Fig, Lemon, Lime, Nectarine, Olive, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pecan, Persimmon, Plum and Pomegranate. 🍎🍐🍊🍋

The Alamo Forest Partnership and the City of San Antonio's Development Services Department will be on-site to promote food security, canopy coverage, and more!
February 2: DIY Valentine's Day Card at Forest Hills Library
Join the Forest Hills Library staff and patrons to create a unique Valentine's Day card using a picture frame and colorful postage stamps! All supplies will be provided. Spaces in the workshop are limited.

This is an adults class.
February 4: Community Meeting: Preserving Views at Woodlawn Lake Park
The City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation is hosting a community input meeting to discuss the history and significance of Woodlawn Lake and strategies for preserving its unique sense of place for future generations to enjoy. Come prepared to tell stories and share your ideas for protecting views and other important cultural aspects of the park. 

The meeting will be held on Monday, February 2, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Salvation Army Peacock Center, 2810 W Ashby Place.
March 11-15: 2019 Spring Break Camp
Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Spring Break Camp from March 11-15.

Parents can register their kids ages 6-14 online or go to any designated location to register. For more information please click here.

Registration is $3 per child per day activities will include sports, fitness and many fun activities!
Upcoming Events
Public Input Meeting: Forest Hills Library Bond Project
Date: January 19
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Bluffs at West Chase Annual Meeting
Date: January 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grady's Barbecue, 7400 Bandera Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting
Date: January 22
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza, 114 W Commerce St
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
City Council Community Health & Equity Committee Meeting
Date: January 24
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza, 114 W Commerce St
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Dream Week: Chronicles of Anita Hill
Date: January 25
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Rape Crisis Center, 4606 Centerview Dr, Suite 200
*Councilwoman Sandoval will moderate the panel event.*
Leon Valley Town Hall
Date: January 26
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Leon Valley Conference Center, 6427 Evers Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Rolling Ridge Club HOA Meeting
Date: January 28
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr West
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
SASpeakUp: Community Meeting: Preserving Views at Woodlawn Lake Park
Date: February 4
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Salvation Army Peacock Center, 2810 W Ashby Place
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Our Office Staff

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  • Community Outreach Coordinator
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  • Zoning & Case Manager
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  • Josh Jaeschke
  • Policy & Case Manager
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Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
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Maury Maverick Library
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Monday - Friday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.