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VOLUME 38 | April 27, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
I hope you are enjoying a safe, fun, and festive Fiesta. As we prepare for the Battle of Flowers weekend and look forward to our Tricentennial Commemorative Week, this city abounds with reminders of its storied past and monuments to its hopeful future. Each day between May 1 and May 6, the SA300 Tricentennial Commission will hold events commemorating San Antonio’s vibrant history in celebration of our city’s 300th birthday. For information on events planned next week, click here.

Commemorative Week presents an opportunity to reflect on what makes San Antonio special, and serves as a reminder of our duty to preserve those special characteristics for our children and future San Antonians. It is in this spirit I authored a Council Consideration Request (CCR) with my colleague, District 2 Councilman William "Cruz" Shaw, to direct city staff to explore the protection of views of iconic landmarks.

“Viewshed protections” are intended to preserve scenic “views” of historic landmarks, like the view of Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower from Woodlawn Lake Park. In the coming weeks, this policy will come before the full City Council for consideration. For more information on this initiative, please click here or listen to today’s interview on The Source. I look forward hearing your thoughts on this proposal and informing you of what transpires next.

Viva Fiesta!
Yours in public service,
P.S.: Per a request I received at Coffee with Ana, here is the City's mowing schedule.
Office Note: The District 7 Office will be closed today, Friday, April 27th, for the Battle of the Flowers.
The Week in Photos
On Tuesday, Team Sandoval visited the Woodlawn Lake Neighborhood Association meeting. Pictured above are Alex (far right) and Ester Soto (center) who have served as President and Secretary for the Neighborhood Association for many years. Thank you for your dedicated service!
This past Wednesday, Councilwoman Sandoval visited the Glen Oaks neighborhood in response to community concerns about the area's free-roaming peacocks. Neighbors met Wednesday night at a meeting facilitated by City Council District 8 (the neighborhood is in both Districts 7 and 8).
TPR's The Source hosted Councilwoman Sandoval and Shannon Miller, the Director of the Office of Historic Preservation, for a discussion about expanding viewshed protections to protect the views that make our city a desirable place to live, work, and visit.
Councilwoman Sandoval took part in the Senior Fiesta hosted by the William and Catherine Booth Salvation Army Apartments this past Tuesday.
The 2018 Earth Day Celebration took place in Woodlawn Lake Park. Here, Councilwoman Sandoval and Mayor Nirenberg present the AACOG Air Quality Stewardship Awards to VIA Metropolitan Transit and to the City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability.
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 saw on Nextdoor your posting about a zoning case in my area [Culebra Park]—something about a military lighting overlay district? What does that mean for me?

Thanks,
In the Dark
Dear In the Dark,

Our city’s history is varied and made rich by the number of threads that compose it. One such thread is our legacy as Military City USA. For decades, our city has served as a home for those training to serve our nation.

Now, our city is becoming brighter—literally. Earlier this year, City Council heard from military leadership that new developments have been creating too much light pollution at night, which interferes with night training for pilots. 

A Military Lighting Overlay District, or MLOD defines an area around a military base and regulates how lights are positioned in order to reduce light intensity glare, and light pollution. The MLOD would not necessarily prohibit new lights, but would regulate their orientation and positioning. For example, new businesses in the MLOD would be unable to use big “Hollywood-style” search lights and new developments would have to position light fixtures so that they face down.

It’s important to know what an MLOD does not do. The new MLOD will not be retroactive. For example, the overlay district will not require you to change anything about the lighting around your home or businesses; it only applies to new developments.

In District 7, the new overlay district would affect parts of the Ingram Hills, Culebra Park, University Park, Woodlawn Lake, and Woodlawn Hills neighborhoods. 

For more information please visit here or contact John Osten with questions.

Sincerely,

Councilwoman Ana 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 12 from 10 AM to 11 AM at Barrio Barista (3735 Culebra Road)
  • May 26 from 10 AM to 11 AM at Corazones on Fire (1024 Donaldson Ave)

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.
All District 7 Property Tax Workshops are Booked to Capacity
All of the District 7 Office's property tax workshops are booked to capacity. Our office is maintaining a wait list in case space frees up at one of the workshops. If you are interested in getting onto the wait list, please contact our office with your name, phone number, and email address and we will notify you when a location is confirmed.
Councilwoman in the News
"At the meeting’s outset, several residents and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said the Comprehensive Plan process has failed to adequately include and engage residents and their ideas and concerns, and is methodically discarding their neighborhood plans."

"City Council is considering more protections for the views and vistas surrounding historic places, landmarks and cultural resources in San Antonio."

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Announcements
Ongoing
City Announces Fiesta San Jacinto holiday schedule of City Services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Friday, April 27 to observe the Fiesta San Jacinto 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 as usual on Friday, April 27. Residents who normally receive a collection service on a Friday will continue as scheduled.
  • The Bitters Brush Recycling Center, located on 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, and the Nelson Gardens Recycling Center, located at 8963 Nelson Rd. 
  • The 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Police will be on duty
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty 
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday 
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal Care officers will be on duty
  • Sanitarians and air quality inspectors will be on duty
  • La Villita shops
  • Market Square shops and administrative office
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
 
Closed: 
  • All library locations
  • Pre-K 4 SA Education Centers and Administrative Offices
  • Animal Care Services lobby and adoption center will be closed on April 27 and will re-open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28
  • Municipal Court, located at 401 S. Frio
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section, which provides reports, background checks and fingerprint services
  • The Alamodome Box Office and Administrative Offices
  • Visit San Antonio Visitor Information Center
  • Metropolitan Health offices
  • The Office of EastPoint
  • Café College
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed on April 27 and 28
  • La Villita administrative office
  • Head Start and After-School Challenge Sites
  • Senior Multi-Service Centers
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (Seniors and the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for complete holiday schedule information)
  • Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers, Adult and Senior Centers, McFarlin Tennis Center, Jesse James Leija Gym, Woodlawn Gym, Enrique M. Barrera Fitness Center, San Antonio Natatorium, and the Ron Darner Parks and Recreation Headquarters and administrative offices. In addition there will be no dance or music classes at San Antonio parks.
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • The Bitters Bulky Waste Collection Center, located at 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, the Culebra Bulky Waste Center and Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 7030 Culebra, the Rigsby Bulky Waste Center located at 2755 Rigsby and the Frio City Road Bulky Waste Collection Center located at 1531 Frio City
NISD Bond Election
Elections for the 2018 NISD Bond Package and Alamo Community College District's Board of Trustees is going on right now!

You can vote early between April 23 through May 1. Election day is May 5.
Call for Volunteers for Tricentennial Commemorative Week
The Tricentennial Commission is searching for volunteers to give back to San Antonio during Commemorative Week as part of its Serve 300 SA initiative. Serve 300 mobilizes partner agencies and volunteers with community service opportunities throughout the Tricentennial year. Volunteers can sign up for seven different community service opportunities during Commemorative Week, with more events slated for the fall.
 
Volunteers who register online at www.sanantonio300.org will receive a Commemorative Tricentennial T-Shirt. The Serve 300 SA initiative is made possible by generous sponsorships and volunteer commitments from Valero, NuStar and Whataburger.
 
"Valero is excited to include Serve 300 in our ongoing volunteer activities supporting local communities. We look forward to Commemorative Week, an exciting week of events and festivities with many opportunities to lend a helping hand to San Antonio. We encourage all residents to join us by volunteering and enjoying this city-wide celebration,” said Joe Gorder, Chairman, President and CEO of Valero.
 
Nearly 6,500 volunteers have participated in Serve 300 SA events and have contributed more than 17,000 hours of community service to 45 partner agencies.  
 
“There is no better way to commemorate San Antonio’s legacy than by helping those in need. We are proud to be working with the Tricentennial Commission to give back to the community that we call home,” said Bill Greehey, Chairman of NuStar Energy.   
 
To kickoff Commemorative Week, volunteers will join Corazon Ministries, Inc. to serve as Café Corazon Chefs for a Day. Volunteers will prepare freezer meals that will be served in future weeks to help homeless neighbors. The San Antonio Food Bank will provide cooking and nutrition demonstrations.
“At Whataburger, we believe in honoring history as we look to the future, and our community has established some incredible traditions over the past 300 years. We’re proud to volunteer alongside fellow San Antonians during Commemorative Week and encourage everyone to get involved as we invest in our city’s culture,” said Pam Cox, Whataburger Vice President of Customer Engagement & Brand Communication.
 
Volunteers will also come together with First Presbyterian Church for a Habitat for Humanity called Project 300. The volunteers will convene on May 6, 2018 to help build homes for those in need. Volunteers will also help develop native plants at Woodlawn Lake Park on May 5, 2018 to provide a habitat for birds, butterflies and park wildlife. The garden will commemorate San Antonio’s Tricentennial and Woodlawn Lake’s Centennial anniversary. 
 
Interested participants can register online at https://sanantonio.galaxydigital.com. 
 
COMMEMORATIVE WEEK SERVE 300 EVENTS:
  • May 1, 2018: Corazon Ministries Café Corazon Chef for a Day
  • May 2, 2018: United Way Shoebox Project 
  • May 3, 2018: Walzem Family Y Achievers Community Garden
  • May 5, 2018: San Antonio Food Bank Mission San Juan Historical Demonstration
  • May 5, 2018: United Way Shoebox Project
  • May 5, 2018: Woodlawn Lake Community Association Centennial Garden Workday
  • May 6, 2018: First Presbyterian Church Project 300 – Habitat for Humanity 
 
Residents are encouraged to sign up as individuals, teams and business groups. All volunteers who register online at www.sanantonio300.org will receive a commemorative Tricentennial T-Shirt.
 
A complete list of events, including service opportunities is available at www.sanantonio300.org. The Serve 300 SA initiative is made possible by the support of community sponsors NuStar, Valero, Whataburger, AARP of San Antonio and Citi Bank.
"Sound the Alarm" Fire Safety
The American Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio is inviting our community to join the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on May 12 from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. Volunteers will install free smoke alarms into the following neighborhoods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: University Park, Woodlawn Lake, Memorial Heights, Loma Vista and Prospect Hill. For more information, or to volunteer, visit soundthealarm.org/sanantonio or call 210-224-5151. 
Military Appreciation Weekend May 5-6 at Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston--Open to the Public
In celebration of the City of San Antonio’s Tricentennial, you are cordially invited to attend Military Appreciation Weekend, 5-6 May at Joint Base San Antonio—Ft Sam Houston. The Post will be OPEN to the PUBLIC (Harry Wurzbach gate) and ENTRANCE and PARKING IS FREE.  Great opportunity for the community of San Antonio to learn about the military.

6 May is Military Appreciation Day which marks the final day of the Tricentennial’ s Commemorative Week. Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston will be open to the public on both the 5th and 6th to commemorate the City’s 300 year rich military history. 

The 5-6th of May festivities include a polo match, awards ceremony, Joint Forces Retreat, a VIP reception, and performances by renown military ceremonial units to include the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team, Army Black Dagger Jump Team, The Army Old Guard, 1st Cavalry Division Cav Charge, historic tours, concert and fireworks.

We hope you can attend one or both days.
Metro Health Shares ¡Viva Health! Tips to Stick to Healthy Eating Habits during Fiesta
It’s time for Fiesta once again! The 11-day celebration is known for its parades, heritage and food. But celebrating for so many consecutive days does not need to derail your healthy eating habits. Metro Health wants to encourage you to have a healthy game plan before attending any Fiesta event. 

Here are some simple tips to keep you energized and feeling great throughout the celebration:

  • Eat before going to an event. Eating before attending the event will help you prevent cravings for unhealthy food items loaded with sugar, salt and fat. 
  • Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep in mind that sugary beverages and alcohol can cause you to be dehydrated, especially in the Texas heat. Choose water when available or find a booth that serves some refreshing Aguas Frescas. 
  • Choose fruits and vegetables. Fruit cups and roasted corn are some options available at fiesta that will provide you with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Share your food. Sharing a food item with family or friends will help keep your portions and calorie intake controlled.
  • Get plenty of rest. If you will be attending multiple Fiesta events, it’s important to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each day. The lack of sleep can make you more inclined to choose unhealthy food options.

Remember the three ¡Viva Health! messages, even during Fiesta:
  1. Drink water, not sugary drinks
  2. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, every meal, every day
  3. For portion control, use a smaller plate

Eat well; feel great! For information and materials on the ¡Viva Health! Campaign, visit: http://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/VivaHealth
Applications for positions on the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation being accepted
Applications are being accepted for the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation for three at-large citizen positions. Applications are available online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commissions at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacancies. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, April 30, 2018.  

The Corporation is seeking candidates primarily with a background and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: (1) managing, evaluating and/or investing in startup companies, particularly in the biosciences and IT industry; (2) banking and securities investment; (3) evaluation and recruitment or retention of companies which create community economic benefit.

For assistance with the application, contact Brandon Smith, the City’s Boards & Commissions Coordinator, at 210-207-7253. 
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 1
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Location: Main Plaza
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 2
Various events around town. See website for details.
Date: May 2
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 2
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: St. George Maronite Church, 6070 Babcock Road
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 3
Various events around town. See website for details.
Date: May 3
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W Commerce
Date: May 4
Various events around town. See website for details.
Date: May 4
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Location: Hemisfair Park, Tower of the Americas Courtyard, 434 S Alamo
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 4
Time: 9:30 - 10:00 AM
Location: UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E César E. Chávez Blvd
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 5
Various events around town. See website for details.
Grand Opening: San Pedro Creek Culture Park
Date: May 5
Time: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: San Pedro Creek Culture Park, 715 Camaron Street
Date: May 6
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Location: Main Plaza
Date: May 6
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Roosevelt Park, 331 Roosevelt Ave
Date: May 7
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Leon Valley Conference Center, 6427 Evers Road
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 12
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Barrio Barista, 3735 Culebra Road
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: May 20
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, 1715 N. Zarzamora
Date: May 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Corazones on Fire, 1024 Donaldson Ave
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
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