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VOLUME 52 | August 3, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Recently, my council colleagues and I heard the story of Molly, a six-month old dog. Left outside without any shade for days, Molly sustained severe burns; she was lucky to be taken to Animal Care Services for medical treatment and today is alive and well with her new family.

What Molly suffered was completely preventable. Today, my colleagues and I approved an ordinance requiring pet owners to provide outdoor pets with access to shade at all times. It’s a measure we’re taking so that our ACS officers have the tools they need to protect pets across the city.

Additionally, I’m happy to announce that I have urged city staff to create an ACS Ambassador Program. There’s a clear will in the community to work more closely with ACS to promote animal welfare in the city—I want to ensure residents can act on it. Please stay tuned for the launch of the program. We will need dedicated volunteers—like the great ones we have in our district.

And lastly, I'm proud to announce that I am a new dog owner! Read more about my rescue dogs in the Neighbors of the Week section.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval addressed 135 young women preparing for STEM careers at San Antonio College's 2018 Girls STEM Summit. She shared with them stories about how her experience pursuing an engineering degree as a woman and discussed how bringing people of diverse backgrounds made teams more effective by giving them more approaches to different problems.
The District 7 Volunteer Team wrapped up another round of graffiti wipeout in the Eckhert Crossing neighborhood last Saturday! ✔️

Want to join us for the next round? Interested in helping clean our District 7 parks? Contact our office and let us know!
Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed two new residents to District 7! Read more about them below, in the "Meet Your Neighbor" section and find out how you can help Councilwoman Sandoval name them!
We greatly appreciate the service of the students at the Young Women's Leadership Academy. Over 150 students spent several hours cleaning Woodlawn Lake Park last Friday. Thank you for beautifying our district!
Every day is free landfill day for CPS customers at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Center at 7030 Culebra. The drop off center is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, click here.
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,

I’ve been trying to take my kids to the pool as much as possible this summer. Is there anything the city is planning for the kids?

Thank you,
Pool Papa
Dear Pool Papa,

Yes—this year’s Back to School Splash Bash is actually coming up tomorrow, August 4!

Each year, the Parks Dept. hosts the Back to School Splash Bash at one of the many pools across the city. It’s an excellent event. Everyone is invited to Kingsborough Pool (350 Felps) from 1 to 3 p.m. for swimming, games, and a chance to winsome brand new school supplies.

City pools will be open for just 10 days more this year before closing on August 13, so make sure to hit the pools soon! 
Thank you for your question.

Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval
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Upcoming Office Events
Save the Date: Back to School Fest on August 11!
This year, we are joining forces 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:
  • St. Mary's Ratter Man and UTSA's Rowdy the Roadrunner!
  • Free backpacks & school supplies
  • Food, fun, & entertainment
  • Community Resource Fair
  • Free school immunizations & physicals

Students must register. Additionally, we are in need of donations. To contribute, please visit the page below or contact our office.

Specific supplies we are seeking donations of:
  • Backpacks
  • Boxes of facial tissue
  • Glue sticks
  • #2 pencils
  • Black and blue pens
  • Wide rule spiral notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • 3 ring binders (1 inch to 3 inch)
  • Folders with pockets and brads
  • Scissors (blunt blade)
  • Highlighters
  • Wide rule loose leaf paper
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Red pens
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Pencil pouches or boxes
  • Hand soap
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 when they are available.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line to
Councilwoman in the News

"Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), a climate scientist who chairs the Community Health and Equity Committee, is assisting [the effort to develop a non-attainment plan]."

Neighbors of the Week
This week, District 7 welcomes two new constituents: my two puppies!
My significant other and I adopted these two adorable doggies at our City’s Animal Care Services Facility on Highway 151. Thanks to the work of City staff and partnerships with organizations like Pets Alive and others, puppies are finding forever homes every day. 

This little white puppy was timid when I met her at Pets Alive. She didn’t bark for over 24 hours after I brought her home. Now she won’t stop! She enjoys splashing in water and running in the back yard. 

The larger puppy, who is approximately 6 months old, was playful, friendly and ready to go to her new home when I saw her at the ACS kennels. While we only had plans to bring home one dog, how could we say no to those honey eyes and wagging tail?

I am inviting District 7 residents to help us name them. ! Submit your best dog names by either visiting here or replying to the newsletter with your suggestions. I’ll announce the two winning names in next week’s newsletter.
Additionally, as part of the many services they provide, ACS offers free dog training to all ACS Adopters and free classes for all pet owners on subjects ranging from "How to Potty Train Your Pet" to "How to Handle Aggression." I’ll be taking advantage of them—you should, too!
Share Your Thoughts
City Council to host Public Hearing on Paid Sick Leave -- Aug. 8
City Council will conduct a public hearing Aug. 8 to gather community input on the proposed paid sick leave ordinance. An alliance of community groups gathered about 144,000 signatures seeking an ordinance mandating that employers in San Antonio provide paid sick leave to workers. 

City Clerk Leticia Vacek announced that petitioners gathered enough valid petition signatures to certify the petition on Thursday.

The Aug. 8 public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 114 West Commerce St., 78205.
O.P. Schnabel Park Community Meeting
The Parks Dept. wants your help in developing a concept plan for the newly acquired O.P. Schnabel Park Land. The concept land will guide future development of the park land when funds are available.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Middle School (6558 Horn Blvd).
Parks & recreation Dept. Inviting Community Members to Join Park Trail Watch
The Parks and Recreation Department invites community members to attend a Park Trail Watch Orientation to learn about park safety and how to join the Park Trail Watch volunteer team. 
The presentation will be hosted by Park Police and Volunteer Services and will cover common trail and safety concerns, trail etiquette, and trail watch volunteer duties. 

Upcoming Orientation Dates: 
Thursday, 8/9/18, SAPD North Substation, 6:30-8pm
Thursday, 8/23/18, Phil Hardberger Park, 6-7:30pm

Please call 210-207-2899 or email to reserve your spot today.

To volunteer for this program, we ask that: 
  • Volunteers must be 18 and older
  • Volunteers should be friendly and outgoing
  • Volunteers serve at least four hours per month
  • Volunteers must successfully pass a criminal background check

Park Trail Watch Volunteers are active in the following parks:
  • Hardberger
  • McAllister 
  • OP Schnabel
  • Howard W. Peak Greenway

For questions on Parks and Recreation Department volunteer opportunities, please contact Meredith Tilley, Program Manager, at 210.207.8603.
City accepting nominations for SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards
The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability is now accepting nominations for its third annual SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards. The award honors businesses and organizations that showcase breakthroughs and innovations using the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic and environmental. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Nomination forms are available here

The SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards honor programs, projects and building structures that promote sustainability and engagement with San Antonio residents and their surroundings. The awards also spotlight the City’s SA Tomorrow initiative, which plans for the San Antonio area to grow by another one million residents by 2040. Each category covers projects that support the goals of the SA Tomorrow Plan in the areas of energy; food systems; green buildings and infrastructure; land use and transportation; natural resources; public health; and solid waste resources.
For more information on the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Awards, contact the Office of Sustainability at (210) 207-6103.
SA Speak Up's 2018 Community Days
It's your city, make your voice heard! Learn about the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget with your friends and family. It's your chance to meet your neighbors, city leaders, and learn more about city services while enjoying free entertainment, free health screenings, and fun giveaways!

The events in and closest to District 7 include:
  • August 20 at Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • August 25 at Woodlawn Lake Park from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Tobacco 21 Stakeholder Meetings
The City of San Antonio's Tobacco 21 Ordinance will take effect October 1, 2018. Tobacco prevention stakeholders to include tobacco retailers are invited to attend and learn about the implementation of the new ordinance. The meetings will take place at the libraries below. Free parking will be available.

One of the four meetings will be held at Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road) on August 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, you can email
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
Hora de Cuentos (Story Hour)
Date: August 3
Time: 11:00 to noon
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Project Linus Knitting Group
Date: August 3
Time: 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Children's Movie Time
Date: August 3
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road)
Date: August 7
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Reach section of Riverwalk at Camden & Newell Street
Date: August 8
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
Date: August 11
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Place for Life Church (5820 Northwest Loop 410)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Environmental Stakeholder Meeting: Climate Action & Adaptation Plan
Date: August 15
Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability (1400 S Flores)
RSVP by emailing or call 210-207-1449.
O.P. Schnabel Park Concept Plan Meeting
Date: August 16
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rudder Middle School (6558 Horn Blvd)
Dementia Friendly San Antonio Interest Meeting
Date: August 16
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: UT Health San Antonio, Alternate Teaching & Learning Center, Room 3.304 (7703 Floyd Curl Dr.)
Date: August 20
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center (8400 NW Military Hwy)
Date: August 25
Time: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park (1103 Cincinnati Ave.)
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