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VOLUME 84 | March 22, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
As our city grows and housing prices continue to rise, I increasingly see residents at risk of losing their home. Elderly neighbors who struggle with maintaining their home, or apartment dwellers whose rent has shot up as a result of new improvements in their area.

Yesterday, I voted in favor of a Risk Mitigation Policy that provides emergency funding to people at risk of losing their homes. It’s a vote I took with our community’s vulnerable residents in mind.

The policy includes assistance relocation for individuals facing unaffordable rent increases and emergency assistance for families facing unforeseen challenges.

San Antonio is experiencing exponential growth, but we’re taking steps to ensure that growth doesn’t come at the expense of our longtime residents. The Risk Mitigation Policy is part of a larger effort to keep our City affordable and welcoming.

I want to extend my thanks to City staff and the community members who came together to craft this policy.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval joined the District 7's seniors at the Senior Spring Fling at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
The Council District 7 Office connected over 50 volunteers from El Paso with Pat Neff Middle School to help provide 200 to 300 vulnerable families and their children with food. Read the story here.
The Women's Transportation Seminar awarded Councilwoman Sandoval and City of Leon Valley Mayor Chris Riley with Honorary Memberships after hosting the Councilwoman for a conversation on the City's Climate Action & Adaptation Plan.
Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed District 7 resident Alayah Benavidez, otherwise known as Miss Texas USA. Ms. Benavidez received official recognition from the City Council and Mayor for her achievement as Miss Texas USA and efforts to promote reading and writing with her "Read the Way" campaign.
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,

Yes, a 25 MPH in neighborhoods sounds good, SAPD needs to enforce it if it’s going to work.

Thanks,
Cautious on Colebrook Dr
Hi Cautious,

For those who missed it: in the March 9 edition of this newsletter, I expressed my support for a bill at the Texas Legislature that would save lives by reducing the neighborhood speed limit from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. Cities across the country have reduced their speed limits to 25 MPH and found their pedestrians, bikers, and drivers were safer because of it.

Many District 7 residents just like you wrote to my office to express their support, as well as their belief that a speed limit change would only work if SAPD enforced it.

You’re right. This legislation would only be successful if SAPD enforced it. If the bill becomes law, I would make sure SAPD knows that District 7 residents don’t just want the law changed, they want it enforced, too.
Yours in public service,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Have Coffee with Ana!
Spots are available for upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for District 7 residents to schedule a twenty minute, one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

Coffees are held on the first Saturday of the month. The next Coffee will be held on April 6 at our field office at 4414 Centerview Dr, Suite 160.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
District 7 in the News
"On this day, city councilmember Ana Sandoval was at the cafe, singing along. Jefferson Outreach is in her district, but she said San Antonio has a large and growing older population, so the conversation about dementia must be citywide."

"'This is an excellent example of equity and climate adaptation improving the lives of 2,500 of our most vulnerable residents,' District 7 City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said. 'Thank you, Councilwoman Gonzales, for your leadership on this initiative.'"

"Staff members at Pat Neff Middle School on Evers Road are trying to put a dent on hunger."

"Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), who has experience working on climate and air quality issues, said, 'It’s extremely rare for this kind of plan to have a [detailed cost analysis] because it has such a long range, to 2050.'"

"'The problems are very visible to anyone paying attention,' said Melanie Cawthon, executive director of disAbilitySA, an organization that assists people with disabilities."

"Ana Sandoval, concejal del distrito 7, invita al público a discutir un proyecto que busca ampliar circuitos públicos este 21 de marzo."

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Announcements
SA Climate Ready collecting community input on draft of
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan
SA Climate Ready, an initiative led by the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Navigant, has released the draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). With a focus on equity, the plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. The CAAP is a data-driven plan that outlines the policies and steps that serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.

A city’s response to climate change can be framed around two separate pathways for action: mitigation and adaptation. San Antonio’s CAAP identifies strategies for both, presents a detailed discussion of these strategies and includes efforts to support planning and funding discussions. The CAAP also includes a community GHG inventory, climate projections and a path to carbon neutrality.

The CAAP is the result of an intensive community process that brought together a diverse coalition of 91 community leaders as part of a Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups and solicited significant input from the community-at-large.

The public is invited to provide their feedback on the draft plan, as well as share their visions and priorities for a climate-ready San Antonio by visiting saspeakup.com or e-mailing sustainability@sanantonio.gov.

To view the draft CAAP, visit saclimateready.org. Printed copies are also available in City of San Antonio public libraries.
Animal Care Services Shelter Seeks Supply Donations
Today is the first day of spring and flowers aren’t the only thing growing this season! As winter comes to an end, the weather becomes warmer and many female animals come into heat. During the following months, we can expect an overwhelming amount of kitten and puppy litters coming into the shelter, so we need the community’s help.

A list of needed supplies can be found at our Amazon donation link at https://amzn.to/2UH2XXz and foster parents are needed to assist with litters in that lifesaving program. During San Antonio’s litter season many residents report finding seemingly abandoned kittens or puppies. Animal Care Services has created a special educational video that details what should be done when this occurs and it can be found on the shelters website at SAACS.net. Additionally, free and low cost spay and neuter information can also be found on the website and residents are urged to sterilize their pets as this is the only 100% means of combating unintended litters.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax return preparation to hard-working taxpayers earning up to $55,000 annually. District 7 has the following VITA locations:

  • Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
  • St. Mary's University's Center for Legal and Social Justice, 2507 NW 36th St.
  • The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas St.
  • Westfall Library, 6111 Rosedale Ct.

Don't forget to take with you your:
  • Driver's license or photo ID
  • Social Security card or ITIN for all family members
  • All W-2 forms
  • 1099 forms
Take the ACS Pledge
This pledge serves as your promise to your pets and to our community that you will be a caring, humane pet owner. Of course we think there's no better option than adoption...but no matter how you met your pet, you can embrace responsible pet ownership every day!

Get your pet fixed,vaccinated & microchipped.
Shut that gate! Keep your pet safely in the yard! 
Be a good neighbor. Obey all S.A. pet laws.
RESPONSIBLE owners make SAFER neighborhoods!
Metro Health Offering Free Flu Vaccines
Did you know: Flu season runs through the end of May! It’s not too late to get your flu shot & protect yourself today! San Antonio Metro Health is offering FREE flu vaccines to everyone 6 months and older.   Call us today at 210-207-8894 for more information. 

San Antonio Metro Health has 2 clinic locations for your convenience:
East Side Clinic
210 N. Mel Waiters Way
San Antonio, TX 78202
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Walk-In Only
Frank Garrett Center
1226 NW 18th St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Appointments Only
Review the Bexar County Transportation Conformity Plan
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization presented the draft Transportation Conformity Document and associated air quality modeling runs to the public for review and feedback at a public meeting held Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The presentation can be viewed by clicking the image below.

The public can also review the document and comment online through March 29, 2019 at www.alamoareampo.org/airquality/conformity. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Allison Blazosky at blazosky@alamoareampo.org.
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Saturday, March 23
10 a.m. – Noon

The Ladies' Choice Book Club reads both fiction and non-fiction titles. Please request the books at the reference/information desk.
March 22-31: 6th Annual International Music Festival
March 26: Medical Center Area Regional Center Plan
The City of San Antonio Planning Department is hosting an Open House for public review and comment on the Draft Medical Center Area Regional Center Plan.

The open house meeting format allows you to attend ay any time between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. as there will be no formal presentation. Planning staff will be on hand to answer your questions about the draft plan and the planning process.

The meeting is on Tuesday, March 26, at the UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium Foyer at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

To view the draft plan prior to the open house, please visit https://medical-center.sacomplan.com.

El Departamento de Planificación de la Ciudad de San Antonio está organizando una reunión estilo "Casa Abierta" para la revisión pública y comentarios sobre el proyecto del Plan del Centro Regional del Área de Medical Center.

El formato de reunión estilo "casa abiertos" le permite asistir en cualquier momento entre las 6:00 y las 8:00 p.m., ya que no habrá presentación formal. El personal de departamento estará disposición para responder a sus preguntas sobre el proyecto del play y el procese de planificación.

La reunión es en Martes, marzo de 26, at UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium Foyer a 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

Para ver el proyecto del plan antes de la reunión, por favor visite https://medical-center.sacomplan.com.
The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) is excited to announce its 2019 author lineup, which includes more than 100 local, regional, and national authors who will appear at the 7th annual festival. This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned authors such as An American Marriage novelist Tayari Jones, USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, recent Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina, historian Douglas Brinkley, and more. This signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art.

SABF is a free, family-friendly event that draws more than 20,000 festival goers to downtown San Antonio for a full day of author presentations, panel discussions, book sales, signings, children’s and teen activities, and food trucks. SABF showcases first-time novelists and established writers, introducing attendees to new literary talents and connecting them with their favorite authors. A detailed schedule of the Festival’s author sessions is available at festival.saplf.org.
April 6th : Ruck For Veterans
Rucking is a long standing military tradition to put on a backpack and march through various terrain.  

The event is located at the Triple H Ranch, 791 Backhaus Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. The march will be deemed a recreational ruck (non-competitive) and it will be 4 miles long. The terrain varies, from flat to sandy, rocky, some water and grassy. It is primarily flat but there are areas that go up and down mildly angled hills (typical hill country path). Medical support will be available throughout the course in case of emergencies and all ages are welcomed to participate.
April 13: Earth Day
Earth Day San Antonio is an Official Fiesta San Antonio event and is put on by the Westside Development Corporation and The Earth Day Committee. The event seeks to educate San Antonio residents and visitors on the value of protecting the environment and on practices that can preserve or improve our communities. For general inquiries about Earth Day 2019 and ways to get involved please email info@westsidedevcorp.com.

April 13, 2019 
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Lake Park
501 S. Josephine Tobin Dr.
Upcoming Events
City Council Community Health & Equity Committee Meeting
Date: March 28
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W Commerce St.
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
View the agenda here.
NEW DATE: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: New City Park
Date: March 30
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: District 7's Newest Park, 224 W Quill
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Cesar Chavez March for Justice
Date: March 30
Time: 10:00 a.m.
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Book Festival
Date: April 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Earth Day
Date: April 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park, 501 S. Josephine Tobin Dr.
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Staff
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  • Lexi Bachran
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
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  • Charlie Mazuca
  • Neighborhood Engagement Officer
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  • Debbie Dehlinger
  • Super Volunteer
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  • Julio Arroyo
  • Executive Secretary
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  • Bianca Maldonado
  • Chief of Policy & Communications
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  • Matteo Trevino
  • Communications Coordinator
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  • Frank Ramirez IV
  • 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:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

Monday - Friday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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