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VOLUME 22 | Jan. 4, 2017
Dear Neighbor,
I hope you had a happy and safe New Year!

I also hope you had the chance to watch or participate in our City’s 300th-anniversary celebration on New Year’s Eve. It was freezing at Hemisfair Park, but the event was a lot of fun, and the crowd loved it.

2018 will be a great year for District 7. At the end of it, our community will be stronger and better-positioned for prosperity.

That’s our vision, and our motivation, for the coming year.

In the meantime, please join me for the State of District 7 Town Hall. We’ll talk about our priorities for the district, and the steps we’ll take to achieve them.

We’ve scheduled two meetings for your convenience.

• The first Town Hall will be January 23th at Braun Station Elementary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• The second will be January 30th at Jefferson High School, also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please make attending the State of District 7 Town Hall one of your New Year’s pledges.

Thank you.
Yours in public service,
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,

It’s time to take down the Christmas tree. What are our options for disposing of them?

Timber!
Hi Timber!

I’d like to encourage you to turn your Christmas tree into mulch instead of tossing it into a landfill. The City’s Solid Waste Management Department makes it easy for you.

Please click here for the details.

The drop-off dates are coming up fast – January 6 & 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and January 13 & 14, also from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check the link above for locations.

Just a few simple rules:
• If your tree is taller than six feet, please cut it in half
• No tree bags
• Please make sure all the ornaments and lights are off
• No wreaths, garlands, or plants accepted

Hope that helps. Happy mulching!

Sincerely,
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
Announcing: State of District 7 Town Halls
Councilwoman in the News
Brockhouse and council members Ana Sandoval, Manny Pelaez, Rey Saldaña and Shirley Gonzales all seem impressed by the CMT program, but voiced concerns about privacy and said they would want assurances that the personal data users must supply the company before its app can be downloaded would be kept anonymous.

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Announcements
Application Available for Climate Action Plan's
Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups
The City of San Antonio is taking applications from community members interested in serving on the committee and working groups charged with developing San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, called SA Climate Ready. Being climate ready means playing our part in helping reduce the impacts of climate change while preparing our citizens, businesses, institutions and infrastructure for the inevitable changes that will impact our community.

On June 22, 2017, City Council approved a resolution in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA). Consistent with the goals of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan and Metro Health’s strategic plan, the Paris Climate Agreement commits to exploring the potential benefits and costs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the scientific community in consensus that climate change is occurring, it is in the best interest of the City of San Antonio to address the challenges associated with climate change head-on. While climate change is a global issue, its impact is felt at the local level. From more extreme weather pattern such as heat, drought and flooding, we have an opportunity now to be proactive in how we build, how we establish future transit plans and how we manage our natural resources. The work that we do today will help keep San Antonio safe, competitive and more equitable.   

This plan, which will be developed over the next eighteen months, will cover municipal operations and the community sector with a focus on developing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to current and projected climate impacts. 

Applications will be accepted from Dec. 22 through midnight of Jan. 12, 2018. Selections will be made the week of Jan. 15 and our first meetings will be held in early February 2018.

For additional information, please visit saclimateready.org or contact us at sustainability@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-6103.
Dreamweek begins January 5th
Each annual DreamWeek Summit comprises a series of events designed with a singular purpose in mind: to foster the free exchange of ideas on universal issues affecting the human race. The aim is to invite all to participate in an open forum where real-world issues are discussed in a well-balanced manner, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail. Events can take a variety of forms, from symposiums, panel discussions and debates to film screenings, concerts and art exhibits.

2018's Dream Week begins this January 5th.

For more information, visit: http://dreamweek.org/

For a full schedule of events, click here.
Mulch Your Christmas Tree for Free
Customers of the City of San Antonio Solid Waste Department can turn their live Christmas trees into mulch by bringing them to one of nine locations from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on January 6, 7, 13 and 14. Residents who do not receive regular curbside collection from the Solid Waste Department for trash, recycling or organics but who do pay the environmental fee on their CPS Energy bill may participate as well. 

At these drop-off locations, please note:

  • Trees over 6 ft. should be cut in half
  • All lights, decorations and stands, including wooden stands, should be removed
  • Trees should not be bagged
  • No wreaths, garlands or plants will be accepted

The nine locations are:

  • Rusty Lyons Sports Center, 6300 McCullough, 78212
  • Bitters Brush, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, 78216
  • Southeast District Center, 7402 S. New Braunfels, 78223
  • Southside Drop-Off Center, 5450 Castroville Road, 78227
  • Northeast District Center, 10303 Tool Yard, 78233
  • Northwest District Center, 6802 Culebra Road, 78238
  • Nelson Gardens, 8963 Nelson Road, 78252
  • Eisenhower Park, 19399 NW Military Highway, 78257
  • Stone Oak Park, 20395 Stone Oak Parkway, 78258

In addition to these special dates and locations, the Bitters Brush and Nelson Gardens locations are open most every day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will accept trees the entire month of January. Christmas trees can also be placed in the green organics carts for regular curbside collection service, but must fit loosely in the cart with the lid able to close. Cut the tree into sections if necessary.

In one to two weeks after the special drop-off dates, free mulch will be available at the Bitters Brush and Nelson Gardens locations while supplies last.

Visit www.sanantonio.gov/swmd for more information.
Rebates for Tree Planting
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses. Not only do trees help you save energy, but they increase property value and are crucial to a healthy environment. 

Let's work together to plant trees all over San Antonio -- starting in your own yard. To make the deal even sweeter, after you purchase and plant a tree, we'll give you a $50 rebate!

Put some green in your yard... and back in your wallet:

  • Trees must be five gallons or larger and from the qualified species list on the application form.
  • Rebates of $50 for each eligible tree are awarded on a first come, first serve basis -- until program funds are exhausted.
  • There is a lifetime limit of five rebates per address.
  • Application must include a photocopy of the original sales receipt for trees purchased, as well as a photocopy of a recent CPS Energy bill and be postmarked by 5/15/18.
  • Trees must be purchased between 10/1/17 and 4/30/18.
  • Tree rebate applications for 2017 - 2018 available now.

For more information and tree rebate applications, click here.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Bilingual Story Time
Date: January 5
Time: 11:00 AM - 12 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd.

Preschoolers and older toddlers are welcome to enjoy stories and songs in English and Spanish that develop literacy skills and foster curiosity. This program is recommend for 3 to 5 year olds.
OP Schnabel Trailhead Tour & Bike Rodeo
Date: January 6
Time: 10:00 AM - 12 PM
Location: OP Schnabel Park

Enjoy a fun kid's bike rodeo and a guided trail walk that will highlight points along the Leon Creek Greenway Trail System. Come cheer on the kids and learn about the many ways to enjoy your trail green space.

Learn more about the system plan and how you can get involved at: www.saparksandrec.com
Public Meeting: Future Land Use
Date: January 16
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Cantilever Room, 900 E. Market St.

The City of San Antonio Planning Department is updating the City's future land use classifications and we want your input!

The updated classifications will create consistency across the entire city's land use plans. These land use classifications will be an important tool in implementing the recommendations and policies from the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, which influences how the city will grow and developer over the next 25 years.

Your input is crucial to the SA Tomorrow initiative and planning for the city's future.

Free parking is available in the Convention Center Garage located at 850 E. Commerce at the corner of Commerce St. and Bowie St.
District 7 Graffiti Removal Volunteer Opportunities
Date: January 20
Location: 5111 Glen Ridge and 5455 Glen Ridge

The No Graffiti SA Team is looking for volunteers to help beautify the community by ridding San Antonio of unsightly graffiti. If you are interested in signing up, contact the District 7 Office and we will connect you with the No Graffiti SA Team.
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