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VOLUME 47 | June 29, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Wednesday night, I sat down with Mayor Ron Nirenberg at local-favorite Barrio Barista for a discussion over Facebook Live. Our conversation spanned many topics, including the fast approaching July 4th celebration at Woodlawn Lake, how we’re working to mitigate flooding in District 7, and our efforts to improve both our environment and our economy. 

You can view the video here.

Next week, District 7 hosts the City’s Official Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. While every Independence Day is special, this one coincides with Woodlawn Lake’s 100th birthday. Hop on the bus or on your bike and come on out! It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss. 

Look for our District 7 Council Office booth. We’ll have information on upcoming events as well as special prizes for the first 50 bus and bike riders to visit our booth. 
Yours in public service,
Office Announcements
Our Office will be Closed July 4 through July 9
Our office will take a summer break from July 4th to July 9th. Please join us at the July 4th Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park.

If you have an emergency during this time, please call 911. If you need city services, please call 311.
July 4th Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park
Join us to Clean Woodlawn Lake Park on July 5th
Join the District 7 office and San Antonio Parks & Recreation as we help keep Woodlawn Lake Park clean and enjoyable to the public. Volunteers will assist parks staff with litter pick up throughout the park. 

Parks Volunteer Services will supply all tools to include litter grabbers, gloves, trash bags, and water. 

Post 4th of July Clean Up
Woodlawn Lake Park
July 5th 2018
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM (volunteers may stay as long as they please or leave early)

Volunteers should meet up at the basketball court by the boat docks on the island house side of the park. 
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval joined Mayor Nirenberg at Barrio Barista this past Wednesday night to discuss issues and initiatives happening in District 7. You can watch the full video here.
Residents came out to Maverick Library to weigh in on how bond funding should be used to improve Nani Falcone Park. Representatives from our office, Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI), and the Parks & Recreation Dept. heard from residents who suggested a range of improvements. If you have input you'd like to share, email our office at District7@sanantonio.gov and we will provide it to TCI and Parks & Rec.
Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed District 7's representatives on the City's Boards and Commissions for breakfast this past weekend. These appointees work on to advocate on behalf of District 7 everyday across a range of topics, including animal welfare, small business development, and oversight of the City's bond projects. This week, we explored ways to support their efforts and improve their advocacy.
This past weekend, our District 7 Neighborhood Leaders gathered for another Presidents' Circle Meeting. Councilwoman Sandoval shared City Council's progress on advancing transparency and fairness and other efforts at City Hall. Afterwards, Code Compliance had a conversation with leaders about what code challenges they face in their own neighborhoods.
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,

I’ve been to Woodlawn Lake for July 4th every year and I have the same issue every year: I always spend a lot of time looking for parking and end up having to park a ways away from the park. 

Thanks,
Tired of Parking
Dear Tired,
If you’re tired of searching for a decent parking spot and having to talk a long walk in the sun to get to the park, consider taking the bus! It’s air-conditioned and relatively inexpensive. There are four routes that go directly to Woodlawn Lake:


Not only could you save some time looking for parking and walking, but you would also help protect our air quality and help ease the traffic congestion that occurs at the end of the July 4th celebration.

Please note: on July 4th, VIA will operate on its Sunday schedule, available below the Monday through Friday and Saturday schedules.

If you have any questions about VIA service or want help planning your route, call VIA at 210-362-2020.

Thank you for your question.


Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
Save the Date: Back to School Fest on August 11!
This year, we are working with Place for Life Church to host a Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 11th. Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Place for Life Church (5820 NW Loop 410)! 

Look forward to:
  • Free backpacks & school supplies
  • Food, fun, & entertainment
  • Community Resource Fair
  • Free school immunizations & physicals

Register or donate today here.
Coffee with Ana and
Community Conversations with the Councilwoman
The next Coffee with Ana and Conversations with the Councilwoman will take place in August. We will announce the dates in this newsletter in July.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Councilwoman in the News
"'In the interest of building public trust around the votes that are taken on this dais, I do not believe that asking for that level of disclosure creates strife,' Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7) said."

"Most of the committee — including District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval and District 9 Councilman John Courage — indicated they were interested in learning more about the options, especially those dealing with zoning and bond conditions."

"[Councilman] Shaw, Councilman John Courage (D9), Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), and Councilman Clayton Perry (D10) all voted in favor of a motion to see the creation of ordinances through those five available avenues with a special focus on zoning and bond conditions, to be revealed at a future date."

"'Woodlawn Lake Park has always been valued by the West Side community,' [Councilwoman Sandoval] says. 'Now in its 100th year, the rest of the city is really taking notice of this vibrant area."'

"Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, who was one of those who brought forth the initiative, said we have all these fantastic and iconic views of San Antonio that we use to promote our city, so we want to make sure when people come those views are still there."

Neighbor of the Week
Share Your Thoughts
NHSD seeks community input regarding boundaries, bylaws, and minimum expectations of registered Neighborhood Associations. The current policy was last updated in 2011, and outlines requirements and procedures for registration, updates, and removal. Policy revisions are anticipated to be presented to City Council in Fall 2018, following extensive public outreach.
Announcements
City announces Independence Day holiday schedule of City Services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to observe Independence Day. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. A Fireworks Hotline to report illegal fireworks in City limits will be available by calling 210-207-0202. 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 be operational from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Parks & Recreation Department’s 23 outdoor pool
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy a parking meter holiday
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty
  • Bitters Complex Brush Recycling, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway
  • Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson Rd.
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • La Villita and Market Square shops
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace 

Closed:

  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • Alamodome Administrative Offices and Box Office
  • All Metro Health locations and clinics
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center
  • Bitters Complex Bulky Waste, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby, & Culebra)
  • Solid Waste Administration Building
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • Pre-K 4 SA offices and its centers
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • Senior Comprehensive 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
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • Parks & Recreation Summer Youth Program and Summer Nutrition Program
  • Fitness in the Park and Cultural Classes will not be held
  • Parks & Recreation Community Centers
  • Parks & Recreation Adult and Senior Centers
  • Enrique Barrera Community Fitness Center
  • McFarlin Tennis Center, 1503 San Pedro
  • San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez
  • La Villita Administrative Offices
  • Market Square Administrative Offices
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Willie C. Velasquez Emergency Services Center
VIA Announces Holiday Schedule for Independence Day
VIA Metropolitan Transit bus routes and information centers will operate on the following special schedule on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in observance of the Independence Day holiday:

  • Bus routes – “Sunday” schedule
  • Information line, (210) 362-2020 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • All information centers – Closed

For assistance in planning trips with VIA, customers may visit VIAinfo.net, or call 210-362-2020. They may also purchase passes and plan trips with the user-friendly VIA goMobile app. Passengers can simply show their phone screen to the operator when boarding. The free app is available on Apple and Android smartphones.
Boys & Girls Clubs: An Opportunity to Support Youth in District 7
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio invites you to be a Reading Sidekick at Madison Elementary, located in City Council District 7. 

Reading Sidekicks will assist pairs of students as they read books appropriate to their reading level. Sidekicks will read with students, help them with unknown words, ask questions, and assist them with completing reading logs.

What: Volunteer to help kids in District 7 reduce Summer Learning Loss

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 through August 3rd. You do not have to volunteer every day, but repeat volunteerism is encouraged.

Where: Madison Elementary, 2900 W. Woodlawn Ave. 78228

How: Call or email Louis Perez at 210-436-0686 Ext. 2009 or lperez@begreatsa.org. 

Why: One hour of your day could help rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders improve their reading level this summer!
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Getting to Know 311
Date: June 30
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
PRIDE Celebration Parade
Date: July 7
Time: All-day; Parade at 9:00 PM
Location: 1824 N Main Ave
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
July 4th at Woodlawn Lake Park
Date: July 4
Time: All-day; fireworks at 9:00 PM
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park (1103 Cincinnati Ave)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Hora de Cuentos - Spanish Story Time
Date: July 6
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Project Linus: Create Hand-Made Blankets for Ill Children
Date: July 6
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Children's Movie Time
Date: July 6
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
VetStrong Grand Opening
Date: July 7
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: VetStrong (1735 Babcock Road)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Festival of Chariots (Ratha Yatra)
Date: July 7
Time: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park (1103 Cincinnati Ave)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Make Ice Cream in a Bag
Date: July 7
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
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