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VOLUME 42 | May 25, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Next Wednesday at 9 a.m. my fellow councilpersons and I will participate in a day-long work session to discuss priorities for next year’s budget. I have already begun to let the council know that District 7 will need more money for streets and sidewalks. In addition, I will request funding for all those speed humps that have been approved but never installed.

Like all City Council meetings, this work session will be broadcast on public access television. Please feel free to tune in. The work session is scheduled to run from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The following channels will broadcast the session:

  • Channel 19 on Grande Communications
  • Channel 20 on Spectrum
  • Channel 21 on antenna
  • Channel 99 on AT&T U-verse

You can also tune in on the City’s website here.
Enjoy your Memorial Holiday Weekend!
P.S. The District 7 Office will be closed for Memorial Day on May 28.
The Week in Photos
Students of the Woodlawn Academy International Baccalaureate program hosted Councilwoman Sandoval this past week to package donated goods and deliver to the Martinez Street Women's Center. Thank you to these students for taking the initiative and improving our community.
In response to safety concerns around Nani Falcone Park, the District 7 Office worked with residents in the Woods End neighborhood, the Police Department, and Parks Police to host a community meeting. Residents met their SAFFE officers and discuss how to report the sound of gunfire and other concerns.
Councilwoman Sandoval congratulated Dr. Lyssa Ochoa at the opening of her new vascular and endovascular clinic, the SAVE Clinic, and spoke on the important work our City has ahead to build healthy communities.
Congratulations to members of Braun Pack 601 on their recent rank advancement ceremony! Councilwoman Sandoval visited the pack to offer gratitude to these future leaders for their work cleaning the French Creek area behind HEB.
Team Sandoval was happy to attend this year’s Senior Day in the Park. Over 50 senior centers enjoyed music, food and fun. We know that seniors are the heart and soul of our communities. We would like to extended a heat felt thank you to Yolanda Leal, this year’s recipient of the District 7 Senior of the Year Award recipient, for the hard work and passion she displays through her generous time volunteering at the Doris Griffin Senior Center. 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 line "Ask Ana Anything".
Dear Ana,

What happened on the Hemphill? My neighbor says she saw on the news that someone got hit, but only ended up with bruises. Is the city doing anything about it?

Thanks,
Pay Attention!
Dear Attention,

It’s true—there was a vehicle-person collision on Hemphill Drive this past weekend. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

Police reports tell us that the driver was distracted, reaching for food the moment they veered off the road and hit someone. This unfortunate incident highlights what a serious problem distracted driving is today. Distracted driving covers anything from using a cell phone, talking, or even eating while driving. Multi-tasking is not a safe way to drive. While this time no one suffered life-threatening injuries, that is not always the case. Every seven seconds someone in the US is injured in a car crash. Every 15 seconds, someone is killed. And distracted driving is part of the problem.

Prior to this incident, residents on Hemphill had expressed concern about speeding on their street, and in April my office authorized funding for the installation of six speed bumps. Three will be installed on Hemphill between El Centro and Laven while the other three are installed between Laven and Benrus. Installation is anticipated this summer.

If your area is having issues with speeding cars or distracted drivers, please notify my office. Although we cannot place speed humps everywhere, it is far too important of a safety issue to ignore.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,
Councilwoman Sandoval
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
Community Conversations with the Councilwoman
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval is committed to being your voice at City Hall. As a part of her ongoing efforts to make your District 7 Office accessible and responsive, we invite you to join us for a "Community Conversation with the Councilwoman". Please join your neighbors to discuss issues affecting our families and our neighborhoods.

These events are open to the public. Upcoming Conversations with Councilwoman Sandoval:

  • May 26 from 10 AM to 11 AM at Corazones on Fire (1024 Donaldson Ave). Representatives from Code Enforcement will attend and take your questions.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line "Community Conversations with the Councilwoman" to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Coffee with Ana
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval values your input (and coffee). That's why we're inviting you to: Coffee with Ana.

District 7 residents have the opportunity to have a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with Councilwoman Sandoval. These conversations are by appointment.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0857 or send an email with the subject line "Coffee with Ana" to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Councilwoman in the News
"City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, who represents the area and is chairwoman of a council committee promoting environmental sustainability, said the city, SARA and San Antonio River Authority have worked since the 1998 flood to 'update flood risk maps and identify and invest in projects to reduce risk.'"

"'I recommended to have speed bumps installed this year, because it was one of the higher traffic streets and the speeds were too high there,' [Councilwoman] Sandoval said."

"Cleghorn helped put together a community meeting with Councilwoman Ana Sandoval and the San Antonio Police Department to see what could be done."

Neighbor of the Week:
Yolanda Leal
Ms. Yolanda Leal assists with distributing and headcount of daily lunches and programs at the Doris Griffin Senior Center. She raises money to contribute toward activities within the senior community to include gifts and care packages for sick seniors, and welcome kits for new residents. Ms. Leal volunteers for the monthly food distribution and often delivers food to those unable to transport their food. She does so with a smile and always has positive and encouraging words to uplift one's spirit.

Ms. Leal has gained the respect of her fellow peers and has become the mediator when issues arise. She is the go-to person when anyone is in need of assistance. They know whatever she does comes from the heart and her compassion for others is unquestionable.

This past week, Ms. Leal won the Senior of the Year award at Seniors in the Park. Congratulations!
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Announcements
Stay Safe Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer vacation season. Last year, there were 19 severe crashes in the Alamo Area over the holiday weekend. Lead by example: drive sober, buckle your seat belt, and control your speed.
Memorial Day Holiday Schedule of City Services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 to observe the Memorial Day holiday. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:

Open:

  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected
  • Police will be on duty
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty
  • 3-1-1 Call Center will operate on holiday hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy a parking meter holiday
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal care officers will be on duty
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place
  • Bitters Brush Recycling Center, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson
  • La Villita and Market Square shops
  • The Parks and Recreation Department’s four regional pools will be open from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28: Heritage, 1423 Ellison Dr.; Lady Bird Johnson, 10700 Nacogdoches; Lincoln Pool, 2803 E. Commerce; and Woodlawn, 221 Alexander Ave.
  • Magistrate Court and Detention Center
  • Fitness in the Park will offer limited classes, visit SAParksandRec.com to view the schedule of classes

Closed:

  • All San Antonio Public Library locations
  • All Metro Health locations and clinics
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • Pre-K 4 SA offices and its centers
  • Senior Multi-Service Centers 
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (seniors or the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for holiday schedule information)
  • City of San Antonio Community Service Centers
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites
  • Child Care Services administrative offices
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Parks & Recreation Community Centers
  • Parks & Recreation Adult and Senior Centers
  • Ron Darner Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 5800 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway
  • Enrique Barrera Community Fitness Center, 5800 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway
  • McFarlin Tennis Center, 1503 San Pedro
  • San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • La Villita Administrative Offices
  • Market Square Administrative Offices
  • Solid Waste Management Administrative Offices
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • SAPD Administration and Records Section
  • SAFD Administration and Records Section
  • Alamodome Administrative Offices and Box Office
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Office of EastPoint
San Antonio Enters Stage 1 Drought Restrictions
San Antonio has not experienced drought restrictions since October 2017, but despite the recent rain, the 10-day average at San Antonio’s monitoring well has dropped to 658.5, requiring a return to Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday, May 21.
Per City ordinance, City Manager Sheryl Sculley in consultation with Robert R. Puente, President/CEO of San Antonio Water System, declared Stage 1 management rules are in effect.

Stage 1 of the city’s drought plan is triggered when the 10-day average of the Edwards Aquifer at the J-17 monitoring well drops to 660 feet or below. According to the city’s Aquifer Management Plan ordinance, coming out of drought stages can be considered 15 days after the aquifer is above the trigger.

“Despite the cooler weather and rain we’ve received this year the region’s water use has driven aquifer levels to drop,” Puente said. “We have an ample supply of water from the Edwards and several other sources, but state law requires us to cut back on pumping when the Edwards Aquifer reaches certain levels.”

When in Stage 1, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per week, based on the last number of your address:

0 or 1 – Monday
2 or 3 – Tuesday
4 or 5 – Wednesday
6 or 7 – Thursday
8 or 9 – Friday

Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed. Water waste, such as water running down the street, is prohibited year-round. However, watering with a handheld hose is still allowed any day, any time.

SAWS offers its water customers $100 or $200 coupons to replace water-intensive grass with drought-tolerant garden beds or permeable patios. The coupons are available through May 31 so customers should act quickly to take advantage of the online offer at GardenStyleSA.com/coupons.

San Antonio Water System provides water and wastewater services to more than 1.8 million customers in the San Antonio region, and continues to set the standard for service within our industry. SAWS is the national leader in water innovation with the largest direct recycled system in the country, the largest groundwater-based Aquifer Storage & Recovery facility in the nation. SAWS was the first in the U.S. in converting methane gas to energy, making this wonderful city…Waterful. For more information, visit www.saws.org.
The South Texas Heat Can Kill. Don't Risk Your Pet's Life!
Summer has not even begun and we’re already starting to see temperatures climbing towards triple digits. There’s even the possibility we’ll hit 100 degrees over Memorial Day. With that in mind, local pet owners need to think twice before taking their pets to the lake or even on an errand or two. Our South Texas heat can put your pet at risk for overheating because dogs cool their bodies by panting which is much less effective than sweating. It’s best to leave your pet at home during hot weather, but if you do want your pet to come along, you must bear in mind:

  •  Fresh water and shelter should always be available. 
  •  Pets most at risk from overheating include: young, elderly or overweight pets, those with a short muzzle or those with thick or dark colored coats.
  • Mind your pets around water-most pets are not natural swimmers and any pet can easily tire and drown.
  • Shade offers little to no protection on a sunny day and cracking the window “a little bit” does very little to reduce the temperature inside a parked car. It takes only ten minutes for the interior of a car to reach 102 degrees on an average 85 degree day and in thirty minutes, that temperature can reach 120 degrees or more.
  • Symptoms of heat stress include excessive thirst, heavy panting, glazed eyes, vomiting, restlessness, lethargy, fever, dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, profuse drooling or salivating and unconsciousness. 
  • If an animal does show signs of heat stress, gradually lower their body temperature and get them to a vet immediately.

If you see a pet locked in a hot car, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number) and go into a nearby store to have the owner paged. If you don’t get a response, call Animal Care Services or the Police Department immediately. Per city ordinance, both Animal Care Officers and the police have the right to break a car’s window if an animal is endangered inside that vehicle. Violations of the City’s law governing animals left in vehicles could face animal cruelty charges if their pet sustains injury or death as a result of their actions.  
Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force Community Meeting
With your input, we now better understand the pressing housing situation that is negatively impacting San Antonio's quality of life. Please join us for an update on what we have documented as well as the actionable steps that we will be recommending to the Mayor and City Council. Share with us what you believe are the most important recommendations to be implemented by the City this year and beyond. Thank you for your tremendous support.

The next community meeting is Saturday, June 2 at the Performing Arts Auditorium at Palo Alto College (1400 W Villaret Blvd.) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
City seeks at-large applicants for the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBOA)
The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to serve as alternates on the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBOA). This board hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Unified Development Code (UDC), Chapter 35 of the San Antonio, Texas Code of Ordinances.  

The board may also authorize variances from the provisions of the UDC. The board functions as a quasi-judicial board and its members are prohibited from discussions about pending cases outside of the formal meeting. The Board requires a quorum of at least nine to convene.  

Meetings are generally held on the first and third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. and typically last four hours. Members are compensated $20 for each seated meeting. Positions will remain open until Monday, June 7, 2018.

Applications are available at https://webapps2.sanantonio.gov/BoardComm/Vacancies.aspx. Interested applicants may obtain more information about the Board of Adjustment at http://www.sanantonio.gov/dsd/zoning.asp#Board_of_Adjustment.

For additional information, call the City of San Antonio Board of Adjustment staff at (210) 207-8208 or (210) 207-7720. For assistance with the application, please contact Brandon Smith, Boards and Commissions Coordinator, at (210) 207-7253. 
San Antonio Recognized for Public Health Policies
San Antonio was recognized today for its policies to improve residents’ health and quality of life. The Alamo city received a Silver Medal from CityHealth , an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
 
CityHealth is a policy assessment of the 40 largest cities in the nation. It provides leaders with a package of evidence-based policy solutions that, if adopted, will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. San Antonio recorded a major turnaround in one year, receiving an overall Silver medal through CityHealth this year. In 2017, San Antonio scored points in three policy areas. This was, however, not enough to earn an overall medal. 
 
“Receiving a Silver medal is evidence that San Antonio is committed to making serious policy changes that will result in improvements to our community’s health,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health). “This recognition energizes us to continue working diligently on improvements.”
 
“Each of the initiatives that led to this recognition – high quality Pre-K for San Antonio’s four-year-olds; complete streets that allow for active transportation; a ban on indoor smoking; a smoking age of 21 or older; and better regulation of food safety in restaurants – was put in place by a City of San Antonio organization that is determined to improve the health and quality of life of our residents,” San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “I appointed Dr. Colleen Bridger to recommend policies that lead to positive change, and I’m glad to see that she and Metro Health are getting the recognition they deserve.”

San Antonio’s 2018 CityHealth Medal Results
Overall: Silver
Affordable Housing: No Medal
Alcohol Sales Control: No Medal
Complete Street: Silver
Earned Sick Leave: No Medal
Food Safety/Restaurant Grading: Silver
Healthy Food Procurement: No Medal
High-Quality, Universal Pre-Kindergarten: Gold
Smoke-Free Indoor Air: Gold
Tobacco 21: Gold
To earn an overall Bronze medal, cities need to receive four or more medals across each of the nine policy categories. To earn overall Silver, cities need to receive five or more Gold or Silver medals. To earn an overall Gold, cities need to receive five or more Gold medals across each of the nine policy categories.

Last year, Houston was the only Texas city with an overall medal of Bronze. This year, San Antonio’s efforts have propelled the city to the highest rank in Texas. San Antonio is the only Texas city with an overall Silver medal. Austin has now joined Houston in having an overall Bronze medal.

Metro Health will continue to work with stakeholders to strengthen current policies and lay a path for San Antonio to earn an overall Gold medal by 2020. This will be accomplished by improving our Healthy Food Procurement and Complete Streets policies to meet the Gold standard in each policy area.
300for300 San Antonio: Pledge to Plant a Pollinator Garden to Celebrate San Antonio’s 300th Birthday
Butterflies, bees, bats and birds…you can help these important pollinators to thrive in your yards and gardens while celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial. The Texas Butterfly Ranch (https://texasbutterflyranch.com/) is working with the community to plant 300 pollinator habitats in honor of San Antonio’s 300th birthday—30 in each of the city’s 10 City Council Districts. This initiative, called 300for300, will help pollinators and will beautify our city.

Residents and businesses in each City Council District are being asked to promote the 300for300 initiative by pledging to plant host and nectar plants important to the survival of pollinators in our community. Butterflies and other insects lay their eggs on host plants so they have plenty to eat as they develop. Nectar plants provide food for pollinators during their adult lives.  

What can you do to take the pledge and help District 7 meets its 300for300 goal of 30 pollinator gardens? Take the pledge by completing a simple form at the Texas Butterfly Ranch’s website at https://texasbutterflyranch.com/300for300/. At this website you will find all the information you need, but here is some basic information to get you started. 

Minimum requirements for a pollinator habitat:
  • At least six different native and/or well adapted, noninvasive plants, including
  • At least two larval host plants (the plants on which butterflies lay their eggs)
  • At least two spring nectar plants (plants that bloom in the spring, providing energy/fuel)
  • At least two autumn nectar plants (plants that bloom in the fall, providing energy/fuel)
  • A diverse mix of spring, summer and fall blooms
  • Try to buy plants at a nursery that does not use pesticides.

For more information about gardening for pollinators, check out the resources located on the Texas Butterfly Ranch (https://texasbutterflyranch.com/) website.
VIA to Host Public Input Meetings on Proposed Service Revisions
VIA Metropolitan Transit will hold two public meetings to discuss proposed service revisions scheduled to take effect August 2018. The changes are due to construction and road/lane closures within the Downtown area.

Two meetings will be held: the first is on Thursday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. at the San Antonio International Center Rio Vista Room (203 S. St. Mary's Dr.). The second meeting is on Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the VIA Metro Center's Eskridge Community Room (1021 San Pedro).
Proposed Comprehensive Land Use Categories
The Planning Department invites the community to review the Proposed Comprehensive Land Use Categories.

The City of San Antonio Planning Department has been working with the community to update the City's future land use categories. The updated future land use categories will implement the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan and provide the City with an easily understandable and flexible land use framework.

For more information, or to schedule a meeting to learn more, please contact Shepard beamon at shepard.beamon@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-0244. More info available here.
The Parks and Recreation Department is registering kids for their 2018 Summer Youth Program. You may register online or in person at a participating community center. The Gilbert Garza Community Center is hosting the Summer Youth Program, but is currently full and offering a wait list for interested residents. For more info, click here.
SA Climate Ready is a community-driven project that will improve the quality of life of all residents by reducing our contributions to a changing climate and making the city and its people better prepared to face our expected changes in climate.

Interested in hosting your own SA Climate Ready meeting with your family, friends, neighbors, or civic club to discuss VISION & PRIORITIES? Our Meeting-in-a-Box tools are online and designed to help you get the conversation going!

For more information and to download the Meeting-in-a-Box toolkit or to volunteer with the planning effort, click here.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Date: May 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Corazones on Fire, 1024 Donaldson Ave
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Date: May 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
Guitarist J.D. Elizondo Performance
Date: May 26
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
VIA Public Meetings on Proposed Service Revisions
Date: May 31
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: San Antonio International Rio Vista Room (203 S. St. Mary's St.)
Date: June 2
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Performing Arts Auditorium at Palo Alto College (1400 W Villaret Blvd)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
VIA Public Meetings on Proposed Service Revisions
Date: June 6
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: VIA Metro Center, Eskridge Community Room (1021 San Pedro)
VIA Public Meetings on Proposed Service Revisions
Date: June 6
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: VIA Metro Center, Eskridge Community Room (1021 San Pedro)
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