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Your District 7 Newsletter
VOLUME 21 | Dec. 19, 2017
Dear Neighbors,
Every year at this time, I am awestruck at how close-knit our community is, at how much our neighbors care for, and look out for, one another.

This season, I have been especially fortunate. I’ve talked with countless residents over the last few weeks at the holiday parties of neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, and seniors' groups across District 7, including our own event on December 5 th. I’ve participated in several charity events, and delivered pan dulce to the police officers and firefighters who risk their lives every day to protect us.

I am blessed to have gotten to know so many of you over the last year, and to represent you on City Council. Thank you. 

Have a great holiday season, and a happy New Year.

Yours in public service,
P.S. The District 7 Office will close December 20th in observance of the holidays. It will reopen on January 2nd.
Councilwoman in the News
"Though she voted in favor of skipping such a session, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval agreed that the presentation on Thursday was not as detailed as she expected."

Construction Project Updates
1604/Bandera — Displaced Left Turn Interchange
The first phase of work and is scheduled to finish up in late January. The second phase, which will close the south-to-north turnaround, will begin as soon as the first phase wraps up and will take about five months to get done. Traffic won't switch into the new configuration of the displaced left-turn until after both the first two phases are complete.
Callaghan Road Improvement Project Update
HB Survey Crew setting Blue Tops for Final Grade along Callaghan Road
Badeco and CPS working on a CPS gas line at Evers and Callaghan.
Ongoing Projects
Share Your Thoughts
Mark Your Calendars: District 7 Town Halls
We will be hosting our first State of District 7 Town Hall meetings next month. For the convenience of residents, we’ve scheduled two events.

  • The first Town Hall will be Tuesday, January 23, at Braun Station Elementary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • The second is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, at Jefferson High School, also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Braun Station Elementary is located at 8631 Tezel Road. Jefferson High School is at 723 Donaldson Ave.

We will be talking with you about our community’s future and how we will strengthen District 7. Please plan to attend!
District 7 Office Holiday Hours
The District 7 Office will close December 20th in observance of the holidays. It will reopen on January 2nd.
The District 7 Office Welcomes New Team Member
The District 7 Office is happy to welcome the newest member of our team, Frank Ramirez. Frank attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied Government and Communications and was involved in several organizations including the Liberal Arts Council and UT Leadership Week. While at UT, Frank received the J.J. Pickle Fellowship. Frank comes to our office from Texas House District 118 in the Texas Legislature, where he previously served as Legislative Director and later Chief of Staff. When he’s not serving the residents of District 7, he enjoys reading, playing music, being outdoors, and biking.
City Holiday Hours
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed Dec. 25, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018 in observance of the holiday season. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:

  • Police will be on duty
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty
  • 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-31 
  • SAPD’s detention center and the magistrate court will remain open 
  • Municipal Court will be open Dec. 27 and 28 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected Dec. 26-31
  • Regular Monday, Dec. 25 collection moves to Tuesday, Dec. 26
  • Regular Tuesday, Dec. 26 collection moves to Wednesday, Dec. 27
  • Regular Monday, Jan. 1 collection moves to Tuesday, Jan. 2
  • Regular Tuesday, Jan. 2 collection moves to Wednesday, Jan. 3
  • Bitters and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling will be open Dec. 26-31 
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby and Culebra) will be open Dec. 26-31 
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty Dec. 26-31
  • Animal care officers will be on duty
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be open: 
  • Dec. 26-29 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 30 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Development Services 
  • After-hour inspections will be available Dec. 28 and 29 if scheduled and paid for by 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 22. 
  • Alamodome Box Office will be open from Dec. 26-28, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Downtown parking
  • Visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31- Jan. 1
  • City-operated parking garages/lots will be free Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1
  • La Villita and Market Square will be open Dec. 26-31
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be open Dec. 26-30
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden will be open Dec. 26-31
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • SAFD Administrative Offices
  • 3-1-1 will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 with the exception of emergency concerns related to animals and traffic malfunctions
  • All Metro Health clinics
  • Food and Environmental Division
  • All Senior/Adult Comprehensive Centers and Senior Nutrition Sites
  • Willie Velasquez and Claude Black community centers
  • Child Care Services administrative offices 
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites 
  • Pre-K 4 SA school closed Dec. 22-Jan. 5 
  • Pre-K 4 SA CEO and corporate office  
  • Brush collection
  • Bitters and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1 
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby and Culebra) will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will not be collected Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Dead animal collection crews will be off duty Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • The Darner Headquarters and Park Reservations Office
  • City of San Antonio Community Centers, Adult and Senior Centers, the Natatorium, McFarlin Tennis Center and Barrera Community Fitness Center are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Fitness in the Park Classes closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio 
  • Alamodome Box Office closed Dec. 23-25 and Dec. 29-Jan. 1 
  • Alamodome Administrative Offices 
  • Central Library and all branch libraries will be closed Dec. 24-26, 30-31 and Jan. 1
  • Office of EastPoint
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • Development Services Department 
  • Office of Historic Preservation 
  • La Villita and Market Square Administrative Offices 
  • La Villita and Market Square will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1
AAMPO Seeks Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee Members
Do you ride a bike or care about bicycle mobility and safety? If so, then apply to join the Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee (BMAC)! Hear updates on bicycle plans and projects, and participate in discussions on improving bicycling in the region.

Open positions include:
  • Bicycling Organization
  • Citizen At Large
  • Professional Organization

Learn more and apply at:
Winter Tips from SAWS
With below-freezing temperatures possible this winter season, San Antonio Water System reminds homeowners and businesses in our area to be aware of the dangers of water pipes freezing or bursting in cold temperatures.

One of the most common hazards in San Antonio is freezing run-off from irrigation systems, so turn them off now before they become a liability. When water from spray irrigation systems run off onto sidewalks and roadways, the resulting black ice can cause major problems for drivers and pedestrians.

Plumbing is another issue SAWS would like you to keep in mind.

"While it rarely gets cold enough to cause harm to pipes in our area, it's important to know the steps you can take to help protect your pipes from freezing or bursting," said Anne Hayden, SAWS Communications Manager. "Investing a little time or money now can prevent costly plumbing repairs."

In very cold weather, ice begins to form in plumbing exposed to cold air. This can cause a blockage and excessive water pressure, ultimately causing the pipe to burst. Temperatures rarely drop low enough to cause plumbing to freeze or burst in this area, so many people are not aware of what they can do to help.

Seal openings where cold air can reach unprotected water pipes, like outside faucets. Cold winds can speed up the freezing process. Cover exposed pipes with foam or fiberglass insulation sleeves - the thicker the better.

In cases when there's no internal heat, or if there are extended freezing temperatures, leave cabinet doors open under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warmer room air to circulate around pipes.

While not preferred, you can let faucets drip slowly to keep water flowing through the pipes. Ice might still form, but an open faucet allows water to escape. Note: If you choose this option, SAWS will not be able to credit your account for the excess water use.

Also, please be sure to bring inside or protect plants and pets from freezing temperatures.
ACS's Cold Weather Pet Tips and Zero Tolerance
With the forecast calling for freezing, wet conditions over the next several days, Animal Care Services will have ZERO TOLERANCE for weather related violations. Local pet owners who do not provide adequate shelter and/or who use inappropriate tethers for their outdoor pets face criminal citations from patrolling Animal Care Officers. Remember, it is illegal to use chains as tethers for pets in San Antonio. ACS strongly urges all pet owners to take these simple precautions during foul weather conditions:

  • The best way to protect your pets during bad weather? Bring them inside! Pets (especially cats) are safer indoors. Can’t have your pet inside the house? Purchase an insulated dog house or build a protective enclosure that shields your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest.
  • Certain pets are more vulnerable to the rain and damp than others but no pet likes being outside in a storm. Shorthaired dogs, very young or old dogs and all cats should be brought inside during rainy weather.
  • Always provide fresh, clean water regardless of the season. Check water daily.
  • Be mindful of your pet’s curiosity when bringing them into the garage to ride out the stormy weather. Store all chemicals, paints and other potentially harmful substances out of reach. Antifreeze especially can be deadly to pets.

Residents can report possible animal ordinance violations by calling 3-1-1.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Holiday Movies in the Park: Home Alone
Date: December 19
Time: 5:00 PM - 9 PM
Location: Travis Park, 311 E Travis St.

Activities begin at 5 PM and movie begins at 7 PM.

Enjoy holiday classics under the backdrop of 250,000 twinkling lights in the heart of downtown. Guests can enjoy food trucks, free photos with Santa (Santa is bilingual), and other fun holiday activities. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the City’s Downtown Tuesday program, which offers free parking in City-owned lots, garages and meters on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Come & Go Crafts
Date: December 22
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd.

Join the Forest Hills staff and patrons for creative, self-directed craft activities.
Friday Night Lights!
Date: December 22
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Travis Park, 311 E Travis St.

Kick off the weekend with live holiday music by local performers, free photos with Santa (Santa is bilingual), food trucks, and free gift wrapping services!
OP Schnabel Trailhead Tour & Bike Rodeo
Date: January 6
Time: 10:00 AM - 12 PM
Location: OP Schnabel Park

Enjoy a fun kid's bike rodeo and a guided trail walk that will highlight points along the Leon Creek Greenway Trail System. Come cheer on the kids and learn about the many ways to enjoy your trail green space.

Learn more about the system plan and how you can get involved at:
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