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VOLUME 67 | November 15, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Day-in and day-out, my team and I talk to residents about elements that shape our quality of life: streets, sidewalks, drainage channels, alleys… The list goes on. People ask, “When will my street be worked on? When will we get a sidewalk?”

That’s why my team and I sent a letter to District 7 residents this past month listing this year’s funded infrastructure projects. I would have loved to include more information—we could write a small book on the topic—but we had to be mindful of our budget for printing.

I’d like to share with you how my office works and the City select street projects. The two main factors we consider are (1) the condition of the pavement and (2) public input.

First: the pavement condition. The Transportation & Capital Improvements Department (TCI) is continually assessing the condition of the streets using advanced tools. The traffic engineers score the pavement condition on a scale of 1 to 100. Streets with higher scores are in better condition than streets with lower scores. It is much less expensive to repair a street with a higher score than one with a lower score. Sometimes streets with higher scores get preventative maintenance so that they don’t fall into disrepair. Sometimes streets with lower scores are so expensive to repair that we must wait until a bond available to improve it. 

Second: public input. This is where 311 and my office come in. Residents call in and we record which street projects are important to you. Perhaps you’ve been advocating for street work for decades or your neighborhood hasn’t received funding for roadwork in years. That’s something we’d like to know when we sit down with TCI. Unfortunately, we don’t have a comprehensive record of everyone who called or emailed before I took office. My team relies on residents to identify community issues by calling 311 first, then following up with our office.

What happens when TCI and my office know a street needs repair or preventative maintenance? There’s a plan for that: the Infrastructure Maintenance Plan (IMP), to be exact (and you can view it here). The IMP is a plan outlining the City’s maintenance projects over the next five years. Streets in need of repair or preventative maintenance (a slurry seal, for example) are added to the IMP based on their pavement condition and the City’s budget for the year. Some are scheduled one year in advance, some three years, and some five years. Because there are so many streets that need work (we have 403 miles of streets in District 7 alone), just getting a street on the list is an important first step!

Once a street makes it on the list, my office will do our best to advocate and secure funding. This budget year, my office did very well. In fact, they knocked it out of the park and secured a record-setting amount of maintenance funding.

I hope that helps. If your street isn’t on the IMP and you think it needs maintenance or repair, please contact my office. While I cannot promise it will be repaired immediately, knowing that it’s in need of repair will help us gain a better understanding of the need and priorities in the District. And we can use that to advocate for more funding.
Yours in public service,
Office note: Our office will close on November 12 in observance of Veterans Day and from November 19 to 23 in observance of Thanksgiving Week.
The Week in Photos
We had a wonderful time this past Saturday at Puppies & Pumpkins. Neighbors brought their families and dogs and left with pet treats, painted pumpkins, and lovely new trees and plants. Thank you to all who joined us!
Photo courtesy of David Goree.
Photo courtesy of David Goree.
Photo courtesy of David Goree.
Councilwoman Sandoval sat down for the Women's Transportation Seminar to discuss the future of the City's transportation system and how young planners and engineers will play a role in designing it.
City Council unanimously approved a Women's Equity Resolution on Thursday, expressing their desire for the City to develop comprehensive strategies to address women's experiences with domestic violence, poor health outcomes, and lack of access to economic opportunity.
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 "Ask Ana Anything".
Hi Ana,

I had some new stuff I could donate for the veterans event you’re putting on and I guess I’m wondering if it’s too late. I can drop some off, but only after work. Do you still need donations? Can you accept them after work?

Thanks,
Warm-Hearted on Wigwam Drive
Dear Warm-Hearted,

Thank you for your interest in being part of Operation Cold Front this Saturday. While my office has been gearing up for the event, the interest in it has grown beyond our initial expectations. We could certainly use more goods to provide our veterans and would love to accept your donations.

Specifically, we’re in need of new:
  • Fleece blankets (50 inches by 60 inches is preferred)
  • Space heaters, preferably with an automatic shut off feature to prevent home fires
  • Unisex jackets in sizes L, XL, XXL

My office can accept donations during business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4414 Centerview Dr, Suite 160. We can also arrange to accept donations after hours if you call us during normal business hours at 210-207-0870.
Sincerely,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
The District 7 Office is teaming up with the AARP and VetStrong to host Operation Cold Front. We’re offering blankets, hats, coats, gloves, scarves and space heaters to veterans who can provide proof of their service. We'll also have flu shots and an osteopaths on site.

If you’ve served and could use some support this winter, call 1-888-SA-4-VETS to register today. You'll be able to pick up items on November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at VetStrong (1735 Babcock).

If you want to show your appreciation for our veterans, you can drop off donations of new blankets and winter clothing at my office or at VetStrong.
Coffee with Ana: Make an Appointment Now!
Appointments are available for the upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for residents to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Councilwoman in the News
"Join AARP this Saturday for "Operation Cold Front" in partnership with VetStrong and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval."

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Announcements
City announces Thanksgiving holiday schedule of City services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 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. 23
  • SAPD’s detention center and magistrate offices 
  • Wednesday and Thursday collections for recycling, organics and garbage will be collected on Wed, Nov 21.
  • Friday collections for recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected Friday, Nov. 23
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty Friday, Nov. 23
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty on duty Friday, Nov. 23
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be open Friday, Nov. 23
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23
  • La Villita and Market Square will be open on Friday, Nov. 23
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be open on Friday, Nov. 23
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden will be open Friday, Nov. 23
  • Pre-K 4 SA Corporate Office will be open Nov. 19-20

Closed:
  • 3-1-1 will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 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
  • 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. 19-23
  • Pre-K 4 SA Corporate Office closed Nov. 21-23
  • Darner Central Operations Facility (including the Park Reservations Office)
  • Fitness in the Park Classes
  • 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. 22
  • Bitters Complex (Brush Recycling), 1800 Wurzbach Parkway is closed Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson Rd. is closed Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby and Culebra) are closed Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will not be collected Thursday, Nov. 22. 
  • Dead animal collection crews will not be on duty Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • Development Services Department One Stop
  • Alamodome Box Office will reopen on Nov. 23
  • Central Library and all branch libraries will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • La Villita and Market Square Administrative Offices will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 and will reopen Nov. 26
  • La Villita and Market Square will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square will be reopen on Saturday, Nov. 24 at regular hours
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Project Linus
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Friday, November 16
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Do you like to knit, crochet or quilt? Join Project Linus and create hand-made blankets or seriously ill and traumatized children. Please bring some supplies for your blanket project.
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
Saturday, November 17
10:00 a.m.

The Ladies' Choice Book Club reads both fiction and non-fiction titles. Please request the books at the reference/information desk.
November 15: Community Meeting on Alamo Area's Long-Range Transportation Plan
AAMPO invites you to attend public meetings that will be held across the region to discuss Mobility 2045 and how it relates to air quality. Meetings will be held in Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall Counties from November 1 -15. All remeetings will be similar in format and content. You can also participate online from October 28-November 19, 2018.

The Bexar County meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the VIA Metro Center Community Room at 1021 San Pedro Avenue. The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m.
November 17: Forest Hills Library Celebrates National Caprese Day
Start your Thanksgiving with a Caprese Salad Making Class on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Forest Hills Library.

Combine tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil, olive oil and pepper for this traditional Italian salad. All ingredients provided!
November 17: Run the River 5k
November 19-21: Parks & Recreation holds Thanksgiving Camp
Now Registering for #SAParksandRec Thanksgiving Camp, Nov. 19-21. Ages 6-14 will enjoy sports, fitness, games and holiday crafts! The cost is $3/per day and includes a lunch and snack. 

Visit saparksandrec.com or a participating community center to register.
November 27: CPS Energy's Board of Trustees Hosts Public Input Session
CPS Energy Board of Trustees will host a second Flexible Path public input session on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Villita Assembly Building, 401 Villita Street San Antonio, Texas, 78296
 
CPS Energy is offering free parking beginning at 4:30 at Navarro Street Garage, 126 Navarro.
 
CPS Energy Board of Trustees will be available to receive comments from members of the community. Individuals who wish to speak should fill out a registration card between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Individuals who do not wish to speak will have the opportunity to submit written comments.
 
This Public Input Session is free and open to the public
November 27: "The End of Meat" Movie Screening
The San Antonio Vegan Society and VOICE for Animals will host a screening of "The End of Meat" at the Central Library (600 Soledad). The event begins at 6:15 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:50 p.m.

Holiday food donations will be collected for 2- and 4-legged friends and given to the San Antonio Food Bank (vegan pantry items) and SARA Sanctuary (dog and cat food/treats).

Need info? Visit the San Antonio Vegan Society Facebook Page or call VOICE for Animals at 210-737-3138.
December 2: Musical Bridges Around the World Presents “Phantasmagoria” on December 2 at San Fernando Cathedral
Internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO – have thrilled audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This Grammy-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble will perform with countertenor Jacob Ingbar, alumnus of the Juilliard School, The Aspen Opera Center, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Houston Grand Opera's Young Artists Vocal Academy. The concert is part of the Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral.

The event will take place at San Fernando Cathedral at 115 Main Plaza. It is a free event.

Musical Bridges Around the World is a nonprofit that unites, educates and inspires through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming. MBAW public programs reach more than 80,000 people annually free of charge. For more information, visit www.musicalbridges.org or call (210) 464-1534.
December 17: Star Party with the SA Astronomical Association
Join the SA Astronomical Association and Forest Hills Library on Monday, December 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Star Party.

Be there for an evening of star gazing and looking at Mars, Saturn, and Orion.

The SA Astronomical Association bring their telescopes and expertise to Forest Hills for a premium Star Party.

Telescopes will set up on White Tail Dr on the sidewalk leading up to Villarreal Elementary.

The program will be rescheduled if it is cloudy or rainy.
Alamo Commutes App offers over 2,400 rewards for Smart Commutes
The AAMPO commuter assistance program, Alamo Commutes, new mobile app now offers over 2,400 rewards for users. The free Alamo Commutes app is available for download in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store or visit the Alamo Commutes website at www.alamocommutes.org.

The app has three primary features:
  • Find a carpool match.
  • Log your smart transportation trips.
  • Earn rewards for your smart trips.
  • Emergency Ride Home assistance.
Thanks to a new partnership with Entertainment Rewards, the Alamo Commutes app now offers more rewards for users! The rewards are organized by category and proximity. The most popular rewards include:

  • A raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card
  • Buy one get one free pizza at Papa Murphy’s
  • Buy one get one free donuts at Krispy Kreme
  • Buy one get one free admission to the Witte Museum
  • Two free tickets to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
  • 40% off at Hobby Lobby
  • 20% off at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and much more!

Earn points to redeem for rewards by recording your trips taken by carpool, transit, walking, biking, and telecommuting. 100 points is equivalent to $1 in rewards. Each new user begins with 1,000 free points.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
Oaks on French Creek HOA Meeting
Date: November 15
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
*District 7 Staff will be in attendance.*
Date: November 15
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: VIA Metro Center (1021 San Pedro Ave)
Date: November 17
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Begins at S. Alamo and E. Nueva, next to La Villita
Date: November 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: VetStrong (1735 Babcock Road)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: November 17
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Date: November 17
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Guilbeau Park HOA Meeting
Date: November 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Guilbeau Park Community Center (9014 Rue De Lis)
Braun Station East HOA Board Meeting
Date: November 21
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Braun Station East Clubhouse (9350 Knighthood)
Date: November 27
Time: 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Villita Assembly Room (401 Villita Street)
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)
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Constituent Services & Administration
  • 210.207.2727







Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

CLOSED November 12 in observance of Veterans Day
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

By appointment only.
Please call 210-207-2727.

CLOSED November 12 in observance of Veterans Day