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VOLUME 115 | November 26, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
With the holiday season upon us, I'm looking forward to all of the neighborhood and community meetings across the district. The good cheer, hot chocolate, and spirit of gratitude and joy make this one of the best times of the year to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.
Holiday Tree Lightings

The District 7 Council Office is proud to bring back the Holiday Tree Lightings to Woodlawn Lake and Nani Falcone Park this December! We’ll enjoy coffee and cookies, and sing songs around the tree. 
Thursday, December 5
Woodlawn Lake Park
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

1103 Cincinnati, near the island house
Thursday, December 12
Nani Falcone Park 
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

8716 Mystic Park, near the pavilion
I wouldn’t be nearly as excited for these get-togethers were it not for the donations from State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher, State Representative Ray Lopez, County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, and H-E-B. And, of course, we owe the Parks & Recreation Department for their help facilitating the event.
Three Community Meetings regarding Bandera Road in December

The Bandera Road Task Force invites you to get an update on their work at one of two public meetings on December 10 and 11 or online between December 10 and December 31.

The task force looks forward to presenting you with an update on their investigations.

You won’t see any construction proposals at these meetings—we’re not quite there yet. The goal of these meetings is to update the public on the task force’s work. you'll see traffic counts, patterns, and get to weigh in on problem locations along Bandera.
Tuesday, December 10
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.*
Brandeis High School

Open House: Cafeteria
Presentation: Auditorium

13011 Kyle Seale Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78249
Wednesday, December 11
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.*
Leon Valley Community
and Conference Center

Open House: Community Center
Presentation: Conference Center

6421/6427 Evers Road
Leon Valley, TX 78238
*Overview presentations will be given at: 5:15 p.m. | 5:45 p.m. | 6:15 p.m.

There’s also an online public meeting that will be available online from December 10 to December 31. Visit www.txdot.gov and search for “SH 16 Bandera Road” to find it.

You can sign up for email updates by emailing BanderaRoad@pozcam.com.
Yours in public service,
Editor's Note: The District 7 Office will close from November 27 to 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Week in Photos
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Woodlawn Academy's third grade students to tour Municipal Chambers and teach them about City Council. It was especially fun to invite the students to be City Councilmembers and take votes on what kind of food to serve in the cafeteria next year, whether to buy a Playstation 4 for the cafeteria, and whether to start classes later in the day.
The City Council's Public Safety Committee held their first meeting out in the community at John Jay High School. We had a thorough discussion on the City's approach to homelessness and services for the homeless. We'll host the next meeting out in the community as well, so look out for more details here.
San Antonio received a gold medal from CityHealth for healthy policies. CityHealth specifically recognized San Antonio's Tobacco 21 ordinance and efforts to pass a Sick and Safe Leave ordinance.
On Friday, November 22, the San Antonio Police Department held a graduation ceremony for Cadet Class 2019-B. A total of 50 cadets graduated, comprised of 43 men and 7 women. With the graduation of Class 2019-B, there are currently two cadet classes ongoing with a total of 120 cadets.
The National Chicano Student Walkouts Conference invited Councilwoman Sandoval to honor those students who, 51 years ago, walked out of class to protest discrimination against Mexican American students in public schools.
D7 in the News
"San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance is once again on hold. The controversial law requiring San Antonio employers to provide paid sick leave to an estimated 354,000 workers who don’t get the benefit had been scheduled to take effect Dec. 1."

"Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai on Friday granted a temporary injunction to local business groups, blocking the City of San Antonio once again from implementing its paid sick leave ordinance."

"Judge Peter Sakai on Friday granted a temporary injunction as a coalition of businesses and associations fights the controversial ordinance. The coalition had argued the ordinance is unconstitutional and goes against the state’s minimum wage act, while supporters argue it’s necessary for thousands of working families."

Announcements
Dec. 5 & Dec. 12: District 7 Holiday Tree Lighting
The District 7 office is hosting two holiday tree lighting events to celebrate the upcoming holidays with our neighbors. Please join us for cookies, coffee, carols!
Thursday, December 5
Woodlawn Lake Park
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

1103 Cincinnati, near the island house
Thursday, December 12
Nani Falcone Park 
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

8716 Mystic Park, near the pavilion
We are grateful to State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher, State Representative Ray Lopez, and County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez for decoration donations and to Parks & Recreation for production facilitation, and HEB for providing the trees.
District 7 Senior Holiday Luncheon
Dec. 10 and 11: Bandera Road Public Meetings
Bandera Rd. Lane Closures
From November 24th - November 27th, TXDoT will be working to place pavement markings and words on Bandera Rd. from Quincy Lee to Legend Trail. Alternating lane closures will be occurring from 9:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. with weather permitting.
City of San Antonio Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:

Open:
  • 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. on Friday, Nov. 29
  • SAPD’s detention center and magistrate offices
  • Wednesday and Thursday collections the week of Thanksgiving for recycling, organics and garbage will be collected on Wed, Nov 27.
  • Normal Friday collections for recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected Friday, Nov. 29
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty Friday, Nov. 29
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty on duty Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be open Friday, Nov. 29
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29
  • La Villita and Market Square will be open on Friday, Nov. 29
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be open on Friday, Nov. 29
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden will be open Friday, Nov. 29
  • Pre-K 4 SA Corporate Office will be open Nov. 25-26
  • Alamodome Box Office will be open on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30
  • All City parks are open
  • Brush, Bulky and HHW drop-off centers will be open on Friday, Nov. 29

Closed:
  • 3-1-1 will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 with the exception of emergency concerns related to animals and traffic malfunctions
  • All Metro Health clinics
  • Alicia Trevino and Doris Griffin Senior Comprehensive Centers
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (seniors or the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for holiday schedule information)
  • Food Inspectors and Vector Control Technicians
  • Parks & Recreation Community Centers and Adult & Senior Centers
  • The San Antonio Natatorium, McFarlin Tennis Center and Barrera Community Fitness Center
  • Willie Velasquez and Claude Black Community Centers
  • Early Education & Child Care Assistance Services Administrative Offices
  • Head Start Administrative Offices and school district sites
  • Pre-K 4 SA Centers closed Nov. 25-27
  • Pre-K 4 SA Corporate Office closed Nov. 27-29
  • Darner Central Operations Facility (including the Park Reservations Office)
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • SAFD Administrative Offices
  • Brush collection will not operate Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Bitters Complex (Brush Recycling), 1800 Wurzbach Parkway is closed Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson Rd. is closed Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby and Culebra) are closed Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will not be collected Thursday, Nov. 28.
  • Dead animal collection crews will not be on duty Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Solid Waste Management Administrative Offices will be close Nov. 28 and Nov. 29
  • Animal Care Services will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • Development Services Department One Stop
  • Central Library and all branch libraries will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 and will remain closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29
  • Alamodome Admnistrative Offices will be closed Nov. 28 and 29
  • Alamodome Box Office will be closed on Nov. 28
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • La Villita and Market Square Administrative Offices will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 and will reopen Dec. 2
  • La Villita and Market Square will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square will be reopen on Saturday, Nov. 30 at regular hours
Tax Assessor-Collector reminds Taxpayers who want to pay property tax in two Half-Payments that the First Half-Payment for the 2019 Property Taxes is Now Due
San Antonio, Texas - Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti reminds Bexar County property owners, who choose to enroll in the County’s Half-Payment Plan for 2019, that the first half of their tax bill must be paid by Monday, December 2, 2019. Under the Half-Payment Plan, the second half of your tax bill is not due until June 30, 2019. 
 
“Our Half-Payment Plan is a way to help our citizens budget their money and to help make paying their property taxes easier. It allows our citizens to pay their taxes in two payments instead of one. We are reminding our taxpayers that Monday, December 2nd is the deadline to participate in this plan and to pay the first half of their property taxes,” said Albert Uresti, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector.
 
“Because the last day of November is on a weekend, we are able to extend the deadline until Monday, December 2nd this year. All Tax Office locations will be open until 6:30 PM this Monday to allow our taxpayers additional time to visit our offices. Citizens can also use the convenience of paying online or by mail. If you mail your payment, be sure your payment is postmarked by December 2nd,” said Albert Uresti.
 
The Vista Verde downtown office of the Tax Assessor-Collector, located at 233 N. Pecos La Trinidad, will have two curbside drop-offs available from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 PM on Monday, December 2nd. The Southside, Northeast, and Northwest substation locations will also have a curbside drop-off from 2:30 PM until 6:30 PM.
 
The Half-Payment Plan remains a popular choice with Bexar County business owners and residential property owners who have their homes paid off or who do not have an escrow account with a mortgage company. 
 
“We are expecting nearly 80,000 citizens to enroll in our Half-Payment Plan for 2019. The mission of the Bexar County Tax Assessor Collector’s Office is ‘To Help Keep Families in their Homes’.  The Half-Payment Plan is one of the tools we use to help with our mission,” stated Albert Uresti.
 
In addition to the Half-Payment, Quarter-Payment, and Pre-Payment Plans offered by the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office, under Uresti, Bexar County is the first and only county out of 254 counties in the State of Texas to offer its Senior Citizens, Disabled Citizens, and Disabled Veterans a “10-Month Property Tax Payment Plan”.
 
If residents need more information or want to confirm the amount due, they may visit the Tax Office website at www.bexar.org/tax, or call the Tax Office at (210) 335-2251. Credit card and electronic check payments may also be made on-line through the Tax Office website at www.bexar.org/tax or by phone at 1-888-852-3572. 
SAWS: Save Water Now, Save Money in 2020
While we’re enjoying milder fall weather, your plants and lawns are already preparing for winter dormancy. That means they don’t take in as much water this time of year.

So the best thing you can do for them — and your wallet, too — is  turn off your irrigation system  to eliminate excess watering.

To learn more about how shutting off your irrigation system can help you save money this upcoming year by visiting here .
CPS Energy: Minimize the winter energy blues
A strong cold front has made its way to San Antonio today, bringing a blast of colder air and gusty winds. As the winter weather sets in, it can be difficult to think of ways to reduce your electricity usage but there are many ways to keep it down despite the chilly temperatures.

Your heating system can use more than half of the energy in your home. Setting the thermostat between 68 to 70 degrees, when you’re at home and bumping the temperature setting down a few degrees when you are away can help save you money. 

While cooler temperatures can cause havoc on our energy bills there are simple things you can do to stay warm, save energy and minimize the impact of winter.

  • Bundle up. Throw on a heavy sweater, warm socks and cozy up under a warm blanket.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed when the heat is on.
  • Do not block heat registers or air returns with curtains or furniture.
  • Close the damper on fireplaces when not in use.
  • Open drapes to let warm sunlight in during the day. Close them at night to reduce heat loss.
  • Conserve hot water. Take short showers or shallow baths.
  • Make sure ceiling fans are running in a counter clockwise direction during the winter. Don’t forget to turn off fans when you leave the room!

For additional energy-saving tips, visit cpsenergy.com .
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1: This weekend at SAPL
Crochet Social
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Pk., 78254)
Sunday, December 1 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
 
Story Time
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Pk., 78254)
Monday, December 2 | 10:15 & 11:00 a.m.

LEGO Time
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Pk., 78254)
Monday, December 2 | 3:30 – 4:30pm
Dec. 5: CPS Energy's People First! Community Fair
Dec. 7 : The Great Loose Leaf Tea Experience
Discover the taste of quality loose leaf teas that go from tea farm to tea cup and contain all organic ingredients.

Forest Hills Branch Library
Saturday, December 7, 2:00 PM
5245 Ingram Rd. 78228
Dec 7: 2019 Winter Sports Slam
Dec. 9: Free Legal Clinic
Dec. 13-14: Holly Daze Rock!
Dec. 14: Free Legal Clinic
Dec. 16: Cardistry
Dec. 20 - January 6: Holiday Camp 2019
We need your help! Please share some information with us regarding your experience as a migrant in San Antonio. The information you share will help the City of San Antonio and its partners develop ideas to better serve the migrant community through a strategic planning processes.
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!
Rolling Ridge Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 25
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 27
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library,
5245 Ingram Road
Braun Oaks Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Oaks Clubhouse,
10555 Tezel Road
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible College,
2369 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center,
326 John Adams
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary School,
6003 Thunder Dr
Woodlawn Lake Community Association Meeting
Date: December 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Gym Wifi Room, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Public Meeting on Braun Road Sidewalk Project
Date: December 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: YMCA at O.P. Schnabel,
9606 Bandera Road
District 7 Holiday Tree Lighting
Date: December 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park,
1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Public Meeting on Monticello Park Streets Bond Project
Date: December 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Presbyterian Church,
950 Donaldson Ave.
Braun Station East
Mini-Christmas Village
Date: December 7
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station East Clubhouse,
9350 Knighthood
District 7 Holiday Tree Lighting
Date: December 12
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Nani Falcone Park,
8716 Mystic Park
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4414 Centerview Dr, Ste #160

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Closed for Lunch:
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK:
NOVEMBER 27 - 29
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Please call for an appointment.

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