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VOLUME 56 | August 31, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
This week continues our dive into the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget and what it means for District 7.

One of the items I’m most excited about is an $11 million increase to the citywide street maintenance program. With more street funding, the City will be able to better maintain our streets and prevent costly street failures.

Also, there’s an additional $10 million in savings from FY 2018’s budget that will be dedicated to repairing deteriorated streets—streets that the City has rated C or D based on their condition. Of that $10 million, $1.3 million is proposed for District 7.

In our Council District, most of our C and D streets are concentrated within Loop 410. However, residents who live outside the loop will still see the effects of the general street funding increase—their streets will receive more preventative maintenance, like sealant applications.

My office receives a copy of the map with the streets and their pavement condition scores. I would encourage you to take a look at it to gain a better understanding of our community's needs.
Yours in public service,
P.S. The District 7 Office will be closed September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
The Week in Photos
Team Sandoval attended SASpeakUp's Budget Input session at Woodlawn Lake Park last Saturday. According to the organizers, it was the most well attended session in the City and included many neighborhood leaders, such as Alex Soto of Woodlawn Lake and Ruben Sanchez of Woodlawn Hills. Alex was even interviewed by Kens5.
Last Saturday, Councilwoman Sandoval joined District 7's very own Ms. Leona R. for her 106th birthday!

Leona is a resident at Morningside Manor. From their Facebook page:
"Leona was born in Belvedere, Illinois on August 25, 1912, the same year the sinking of the Titanic occurred. She has been a resident of San Antonio since 1952, and was an active member of the San Antonio Women's Club for nearly 40 years. Leona has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Today she was surrounded by her four children, Nancy, Lillian, Bill and Bob, and even received a special visit from Councilwoman Ana Sandoval!"
The City of San Antonio has been named a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health prize. This in part thanks to initiatives like Tobacco 21 and the work of the City Council's Community Health & Equity Committee, which Councilwoman Sandoval chairs. Councilwoman Sandoval was interviewed on the state of the City's public health journey as part of the final round.
The American Cancer Society recognized Councilwoman Sandoval as their Guest of Honor at their Cancer Policy Forum in honor of her efforts to pass Tobacco 21. ACS's work has gone a long way to advance cancer research and treatment across the nation and across Texas.
August 30 has been declared Manu Ginobili Day, in honor of the last of the Big Three. City Council began their Thursday meeting with a commemoration of Manu's performance and humility. He was an exceptionally capable player, possessing unconventional style and memorable hair-dos. A banner and mural thanking him have also been placed on over entrance to Council Chambers.
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 with the subject "Ask Ana Anything".
Hi Ana,

What’s going on at 1604 and Bandera? The construction’s been going on for a while and, I’ll be honest, it’s still not clear what the heck is going on out there. Any idea what’s happening?

Thank you,
Befuddled on Bandera
Dear Befuddled,

TxDOT is currently constructing what’s known as a “displaced left turn interchange” at 1604 and Bandera.

Essentially, TxDOT is moving the left turn lanes on Bandera to the outer edges of the road, separating them from thru-traffic. It’s a design that’s been proven to decrease traffic collisions and allow more traffic to pass through the intersection in a single light cycle.

TxDOT has produced a video demonstrating how the design will work I encourage you to watch and share with your neighbors.
For more information, visit TxDOT's project webpage or contact TxDOT’s San Antonio office at 210-615-1110.

Thanks for your question!
Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
Budget Town Hall at Rudder Middle School on September 6
The District 7 Office will host a budget town hall on Thursday, September 6 with District 6 at Rudder Muddle School. We'll discuss what the proposed budget means for San Antonio's northwest neighborhoods, as well as have resource tables to take questions about the budget.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Join us and bring your neighbors!
City Services Friday
Councilwoman Sandoval has heard your feedback and now seeks to give residents an opportunity to speak directly to the city services you call about most. Schedule a 20 minute meeting with a representative from Animal Care Services, Code Enforcement or 311. Take your concerns directly to the city department, learn more about their processes, and gain a better understanding of how city services work together to address the needs of our city.

September 14th – 10 AM to 12 Noon – Code Enforcement
October 5th – 10 AM to 12 Noon – 311
October 19th – 10 AM to 12 Noon – ACS
November 9th – 10 AM to 12 Noon – Code Enforcement

Call 210-207-0870 or email us at to reserve an appointment. Representatives will only meet with pre-scheduled constituents of District 7.
Coffee with Ana and
Community Conversations with the Councilwoman
The next Coffee with Ana will take place in August. The next Conversations with the Councilwoman will take place in September.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line to
Join Councilwoman Sandoval for a discussion on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget and how it will impact District 7!
Councilwoman in the News
"District 7 City Councilor Ana Sandoval says drivers have been asking for change in the area for years, and this is step one. She says the city needs hard data before petitioning for money to pay for improvements and changes in the area."

"Woodlawn Lake Park Neighborhood Association President Alejandro Soto says that it’s important for people to participate in these events. He came interested in learning about park work and street repairs.

'There’s some streets in this area that still need fixing that seem to have been neglected, I want to see what’s going on,' Soto said."

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Labor Day holiday schedule of City services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 to observe Labor Day. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:

  • 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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy a free on-street parking day
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty
  • Parks & Recreation’s four regional swimming pools will be open from 1-7 p.m.: Heritage, Lady Bird Johnson, Southside Lions and Woodlawn.
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place 
  • La Villita and Market Square shops 
  • Parks & Recreation Department’s four regional pools

  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • Centro de Artes Gallery (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas 
  • All Metro Health locations and clinics
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center
  • Bitters Brush Recycling Center and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites 
  • Alamodome Administrative Offices and Box Office
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • SAPD Administration and Records
  • SAFD Administration and Records 
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Pre-K 4 SA offices and education centers 
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • Senior Multi-Service 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 
  • Fitness in the Park and Cultural Classes will not be held
  • Parks & Recreation Community and Senior Centers 
  • Enrique Barrera Community Fitness Center, 5800 Old Hwy. 90 W
  • McFarlin Tennis Center, 1503 San Pedro
  • San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • La Villita Administrative Offices 
  • Market Square Administrative Offices
New 311 CityFlag App Available Now!
The 311SA Mobile App allows you to interact with the City of San Antonio by submitting service requests for concerns that need attention, while earning rewards, strengthening communities and empowering local businesses. City services available through the app include requests for pothole repair, graffiti removal, animal and property maintenance concerns, as well as many more. 

Through the app, citizens are able to flag (geo-locate a service request), attach a photo, and provide supporting information for issues throughout your community. The requests go straight to the appropriate City department for evaluation and investigation. 

The 311SA Mobile App also has a social network feature, which allows sharing and voting on other users flags/requests.
VIA Metropolitan Transit announces Public Hearings on Proposed Service Changes
VIA Metropolitan Transit is hosting public hearings to receive comments on the proposed service revisions scheduled for implementation on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Additionally, multiple routes will undergo minor schedule adjustments and possible route re-pairings for higher efficiency. For a full list of these service changes, please visit The meetings will take place as follows:

5:30 p.m. Doors Open | 6 p.m. Public Hearing

Thursday Sept. 6, 2018
Collins Garden Library
200 N. Park Blvd.
Routes 51 and 54

Monday Sept. 10, 2018
Texas Diabetes Institute
701 S. Zarzamora St.
Route 520

Thursday Sept. 13, 2018
VIA Metro Center
1021 San Pedro Ave.
Routes 3 and 4

Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018
Leon Valley Community Center
6427 Evers Rd.
Route 88


  • Route 103 Zarzamora Prímo - Implement new Prímo route connecting Crossroads Park & Ride with Madla Transit Center along Fredericksburg Rd. and Zarzamora St.
  • Route 672 TAMUSA / Madla Transit Center - Implement a new route to connect Madla Transit Center with Palo Alto Community College, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, and SW General Hospital.
  • Routes 9, 43, and 44 - Increase frequency to every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Routes 82 and 88 - Increase frequency to every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Route 95 - Extend route from Crossroads Park & Ride to Medical Transit Center
  • Route 101 - Rename Route 101 Prímo UTSA / Leon Valley to 501 UTSA / Leon Valley
  • Route 520 - Reestablish Route 520 as new 103 Prímo Zarzamora and adjusting stop spacing.

Comments may be submitted at the public hearings or in writing. A court reporter will be available to accept verbal comments. Written comments may be mailed:
Attention: Government & Community Relations – January 2019 Service Changes c/o VIA Metropolitan Transit, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or by email to For more information, please visit

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VIA meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Persons with hearing impairments may request an 
interpreter 48 hours prior to the meeting by calling TDD (210) 362-2019 or
call VIA Government & Community Relations at (210) 362-2389.
Community Conversation with Neighborhood Association Leaders: Land Use, Zoning, Equity, Revitalization
Join AIA San Antonio, City Council District 1, and the City of San Antonio's Planning Department for a Community Conversation with Neighborhood Association Leaders over:
  • Making Sense of Land Use & Zoning
  • The Role of Equity and Revitalization in Your Neighborhood

The workshop will be held Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the SAC Nursing & Allied Health Center (NAHC) Room 218 (N. Main Ave and W. Dewey Place). Parking is available in lot 22 (off of San Pedro) and lot 23 (off Main Ave).

This workshop is targeted towards community leaders who are looking to engage in the city planning process, and equip them with tools and knowledge to participate in that process. It is open to anyone. 
Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust -- Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas
The Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas has been released for public comment. The public is invited to submit comments on the plan as explained below. Click on the following link to view and download a copy of the plan: Draft Mitigation Plan. Input may be sent to

As part of a court settlement, Volkswagen will be providing funds to Texas cities to aid in reducing pollution.As part of this settlement, the City of San Antonio may receive as much as approximately $73 billion.
City Accepting Applications for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Program
The City of San Antonio’s Neighborhood & Housing Services Department (NHSD) invites all eligible residents to apply for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Program. The program was budgeted with $4.5 million after City Council unanimously approved last Thursday the FY 2019 Action Plan and Budget for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant programs. 

Residents of San Antonio who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, have a clear title to their home, carry home insurance, are current on their property taxes and meet HUD’s income guidelines are eligible to apply until Sept. 14. Eligible residents will be selected through a computerized lottery system and notified by October.

Throughout the month of August, NHSD staff members will attend 18 community events (see attachment) to assist eligible residents with applying to the program in-person. Residents may also download the application online.

The Owner Occupied & Rehabilitation Program assists income eligible homeowners to bring their housing into compliance with local codes and provide safe housing. The program can address the following items for repairs: roof, foundation, electrical / plumbing, windows / doors, lead hazards, energy efficiency and accessibility improvements.
Clean Air for Kids! School Voluntary Anti-Idling Program
It's time to celebrate! THe Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk is one of the nation's largest urban ecosystem restoration projects, and in honor of the five-year anniversary of the October 6, 2013 grand opening, the San Antonio River Authority is hosting a photo contest. We would love to see your photos of the Mission Reach! Over $3,000 in prizes will be awarded!
Clean Air for Kids! School Voluntary Anti-Idling Program
To combat the growing issue of air pollution, the City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability is launching a Clean Air for Kids! School Anti-Idling Program. The program provides a toolkit free-of-charge to schools who want to improve air quality and provides an easy-to-follow methdology to help all people become aware of ways they can help reduce air pollution.

Air pollution is one of the main reasons students with asthma miss an average of 7.6 school days each year in Bexar County. One of the common means by which air pollution, specifically ozone, is produced is by idling vehicles. The School Anti-Idling Program aims to reduce the amount of vehicles idling when picking up students and thus cut the amount of air pollution produced and number of students harmed.
Beacon Hill Academy Seeks Volunteer Mentors
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
The Historic Homeowner Fair is a free event hosted by the Office of Historic Preservation that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. In addition to featuring a curated Exhibit Hall that provides the most relevant resources for homeowners, the Fair offers workshops and learning sessions designed to meet the needs or property owners and DIY renovators.

This year, expect:
  • More than 1,500 attendees
  • Residents from all historic districts
  • More than 55 exhibitors
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Ask-an-Expert sessions

This year's Historic Homeowner Fair will take place on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pearl Stable. Click here for more information.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
SA Speak Up Community Day -- Evento en Español
Date: September 1
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Pearsall Park (4838 Old Pearsall Road)
Tobacco 21 Stakeholder Meeting
Date: September 4
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mission Library (3134 Roosevelt Ave)
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: September 13
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
District 7 Budget Town Hall
Date: September 6
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rudder Middle School (6558 Horn Blvd)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Date: September 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Pkwy)
Save the Date: Dementia Friendly Town Hall
Date: October 4
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 13
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Trunk or Treat with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Trunk or Treat with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*District 7 Staff will be in attendance.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: November 17
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: December 8
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
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  • Chief of Constituent Services & Administration
  • 210.207.2727

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4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
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8700 Mystic Park

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