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VOLUME 107 | October 3, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Another Wonderful National Night Out

My team and I had a great time crisscrossing District 7 visiting with residents and local law enforcement for National Night Out. A strong community is a safe community. Based on what we saw last night, District 7’s community is as strong as they come.

Whether they’re the neighbor who tells you when you leave your garage door open or the off-duty police officer down the street who walks the neighborhood in the evenings, our neighbors play an important role in keeping us safe. Our SAPD SAFFE Officers and Firefighters rely on their bonds with residents to inform them of anything that is out of the ordinary.

We want to give a heartfelt thanks to the community members and public safety officers who came together. 
A Sick and Safe Time Policy for San Antonio

It’s official: on December 1, San Antonio’s workers will have a new protection: paid sick and safe* time.

City Council took a slow and deliberate look at the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance that petitioners submitted to City Council in 2018. The goal: to ensure the ordinance works for San Antonio by protecting workers and consumers while respecting the complexities of running a business.

These changes went through a long and rigorous stakeholder process that included both advocacy organizations and representatives from the business community. Ultimately, the stakeholders agreed to base this ordinance on the City’s responsibility to protect public health and vulnerable residents.

To see the ordinance, visit here.

*Safe time refers to the time off an employee takes to deal with issues related to domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity for us to learn about what we can do to stop the cycle of violence that causes so much suffering in our community.

In Texas, one in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence. Yet the victim population is larger and includes the children who are traumatized by the violence. 

Throughout this month, the City will be taking the final steps to craft a comprehensive plan to address domestic violence. The City will release the plan on October 30. I’ll include info on it here once it is released.

Ahead of the plan's release, the City has unveiled a new public service announcement titled, "Love Is..." You can see the announcement here or below in the newsletter.
Free Legal Aid on October 26

My office has teamed up with the Legal Legacy Project to offer residents with free legal aid on October 26 at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

We’ll have a diverse group of lawyers available to provide guidance on the following legal situations:
  • Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Family Law
  • Guardianship
  • Homeownership
  • Immigration
  • Landlord-Tenant Dispute
  • Probate & Wills
  • Tax Dispute

You can register here. Please share the word with any neighbors you think might benefit from it.

The driving force behind this event is an incredible young woman, Shilpa, who is in her final year at St. Mary’s Hall. She’s a powerful example of what can be done when someone embraces a spirit of service and open heart.
Yours in public service,
P.S. Don't forget to join us tonight for our first Sunset Yoga at Woodlawn Lake Park, near the tennis courts. We'll get started at 7:00 p.m. and a light dinner will be provided. Hope to see you there!
The Week in Photos
The District 7 Team appreciates all of the neighborhoods who welcomed us for National Night Out festivities. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Councilwoman Sandoval joined City and County leaders to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and unveil the City's new public service announcement, Love Is... View the announcement in full below.
D7 in the News
"[Broadway] has become symbolic in the debate over whether the future of transportation in San Antonio involves carving out physical space for bikes and other vehicle alternatives. At a panel discussion last week, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7) said she considers Broadway the “weather vane” for adding bike lanes to new road projects."

"The federal government awarded San Antonio $4.6 million to protect families with young children from lead in their homes."

"La concejal Ana Sandoval invita a residentes a participar de National Night Out este 1 de octubre, una oportunidad única para conocer a los vecinos y a los oficiales de su comunidad, donde además hay actividades para toda la familia."

"Under the proposal, four lanes would go in each direction while two HOV lanes would be set aside for carpoolers, TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said. The department also has plans for the interchange at Loop 1604 and Interstate 10."

Ana at Your Service
Councilwoman Sandoval and her team are working everyday to help the residents of District 7 solve their problems and make the district a better place for all. Below are examples of cases we worked this week. 
While at a neighborhood's National Night Out get-together, a District 7 staff member noticed graffiti in a drainage channel near the entrance of the neighborhood. They reported it via the 311 SA app on their phone and was pleased to inform the neighborhood that the graffiti was taken care of first thing in the morning.
A constituent called to report that a SAWS asphalt cover would repeatedly break and allow water to seep below the street, which can lead to potholes forming or streets cracking. They had contacted SAWS to repair it two years ago, but it still hadn't been repaired. We contacted SAWS and learned that the request had gotten stuck in their work order system. They sent a crew out immediately to repair the cover.
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Is there something we can help you with? Contact us at 210-207-0870 or district7@sanantonio.gov and we'd be happy to help.
Announcements
Have Coffee with Ana!
Appointments are available for an 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 district7@sanantonio.gov.
October 3, 17: Sunset Yoga at Woodlawn Lake Park
Join us Thursday, October 3 with special guest Councilwoman Ana Sandoval at Woodlawn Lake Park for the first installment of Sunset Yoga! Our second session will take place on October 17th.

Yoga class starts at 7PM, followed by a free nourishing light veggie dinner provided by the Krishna Temple of San Antonio.

Melinda Gonzalez will host a free 1 hour introductory Yoga Class in the heart of West Side San Antonio at Woodlawn Lake. A great opportunity for local yogi enthusiasts and seekers to experience a relaxing sunset with family and friends!

Don't forget to bring your mats!
Come join former Kelly AFB employees and their families for an evening of entertainment, reunion, & remembrance!

The celebration will take place Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the St. Paul Community Center at 1201 Donaldson Ave. Tickets are available for $25 per person and $40 per couple.

For more information, please call the San Antonio People of Faith Historical Museum at 210-733-7152, ext. 110 for information.
October 5-26: Guillermo Del Toro & Spanish Cinema Classics
Every Saturday in October, make your way to the Forest Hills Library at noon to enjoy one of Guillermo del Toro's classic films. For more info, visit the Public Library's event calendar or call the Forest Hills Library at 210-207-9230.
October 9: Town Hall for Fraud Prevention for the Elderly
Senator Jose Menendez invites you to a Town Hall on Fraud Prevention for the Elderly on October 9 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Road, 78238.

Guest speakers:
  • Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar
  • San Antonio Chief of Police William McManus
  • Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales
  • Judge Veronica Vasquez, Probate Court 2
  • Ann Cortez, Texas Adult Protective Services

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information contact Senator Menendez's Office at 210-733-6604 or district26.menendez@senate.texas.gov.
Last year the Neighborhood Leadership Academy went city-wide and had great success among residents in all 10 districts. We are now accepting applications for the 2020 NLA! The application period will close October 31st and classes will begin January 2020. The application is available at www.sanantonio.gov/nla.
According to San Antonio’s Housing Policy Framework, half of all renters in the city spend more than a third of their income on rent. This means that families have less money left over for basic needs like food, transportation, healthcare, and quality of life.

The Housing Tax Credit (HTC) program helps build and preserve affordable housing all over the United States. Since 1986, the program has helped build affordable apartments for about 700,000 households in Texas. The City expects HTCs to fund more than 70% of all affordable apartments in San Antonio.

To receive HTCs, developers apply to the State. They need a letter of support from the City where they want to build. The City of San Antonio is updating our criteria for letters of support.

Councilwoman Sandoval believes in the importance of public participation and hopes you will take the time to share your thoughts on this program.
CPS Energy: FlexSTEP Survey and FlexPowerBundle Survey
CPS Energy will be reaching out to the community to solicit input on FlexSTEP, the next generation of energy management programs for its customers. Seeking feedback from a broad array of customers and key stakeholders, CPS Energy will use the information that it gathers to update, design, and create programs and services that meet the needs of its diverse set of customers.
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!
Sunset Yoga
Date: October 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tennis Courts in front of Woodlawn Lake Park,
1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School, 2369 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center,
326 John Adams Dr
University Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's University AT&T Building, 1 Camino Santa Maria
French Creek Village Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Contact D7 Office for Location
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 14
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave
Fredericksburg Road Merchants' Meeting
Date: October 15
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson Bank,
2900 Fredericksburg Road
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School, 5700 Hemphill Dr
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 21
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda Dr
Rolling Ridge Club Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
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