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VOLUME 49 | July 13, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
I have exciting news: next week, we’re bringing the Alamo Master Plan Team out to District 7 to talk about the future of the Alamo. We’ll hear from the team about the three plan proposals to preserve such a critical part of our city’s identity.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Thomas Jefferson High School (723 Donaldson Ave). Bring your neighbors and join the conversation! For more information about the Alamo Master Plan, visit their website here.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
The City's July 4th Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park went off without a hitch! Councilwoman Sandoval spent the day speaking with residents and enjoying the festivities.
The District 7 appointee to the Veterans' Affairs Commission, Ramon Gonzales, opened a new non-profit, VetStrong, dedicated to helping returning veterans turn their houses into homes by providing them with lightly-used furniture and household items. We invite the District 7 community to support VetStrong by donating lightly-used household items and furniture. You can reach them at 210-239-8399.
Councilwoman Sandoval appeared on Kens5 last week to promote our Back to School Bash on August 11. We're working with Place for Life Church to ensure our students are prepared for the school year by providing them with free backpacks, school supplies, immunizations, hair cuts, and physical exams!

We're grateful to work with A Place for Life Church on behalf of our school children and hope you'll register your student or donate to the students and teachers in our community. For more info, visit www.placeforlife.org/b2sb
Last week, neighborhood leaders joined Councilwoman Sandoval for a tour of Port San Antonio to learn about the history of the campus and its impact on the City's economy.
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".
Ana,

I saw that you’re supporting the city creating new gun laws. I worry that the city will disregard our constitutional rights in the name of safety, but without actually making us safer.

Thanks,
Concerned
Hi Concerned,

Two weeks ago, I visited a crime scene where a young man, a Good Samaritan, was held at gunpoint in his own vehicle after giving someone a ride home. He was shaken. I can’t imagine the fear he felt or how long it will take him to recover and feel safe driving once again.

We should not accept gun violence as inevitable. That’s why I’m supporting taking action at the city level to curb gun violence.

During the previous Council’s Public Safety Committee, my colleagues and I considered what the measures the City could adopt to protect our community. Of the five proposals we discussed, none of them would affect law-abiding citizens.

Of the five, I am especially interested in pursuing stronger bond conditions for those charged with family violence or weapons charges. This measure would affect only a very specific portion of the population and only temporarily, but it has a great potential to save lives and keep San Antonio safe.

You can read about the rest of the proposals here. This discussion is just beginning and I would love to hear your feedback as we move forward.

Thank you for your question.


Yours in public service,

Ana E. Sandoval

P.S. Check out the free Active Shooter Training workshop being held at CityChurch Bandera (9341 Bandera) on July 26 at 8:00 a.m. For more information, see the flyer in the Announcements section below or visit the event page here.
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Upcoming Office Events
Alamo Master Plan Public Meeting on July 18
Join the Alamo Master Plan Team for an expanded discussion on the Alamo Interpretive Plan, including presentations of market research, traffic study findings, and site archaeology.

The meeting will be held on July 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School auditorium (723 Donaldson Ave).

For more info, visit the Alamo Master Plan website.
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:
  • 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.
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 in this newsletter in July.

If you have any questions, call 210-207-0870 or send an email with the subject line to district7@sanantonio.gov.
Councilwoman in the News
"This is our first year working with Place for life. We did it on our own last year and had hundreds of kids come out. This year is going to be bigger and better," said Councilwoman Sandoval.

"District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said the project has the efforts of a whole city with one goal: 'As those veterans find a house [we] can help make it into a home,' Sandoval said."

"San Antonio's broad proposal doesn't list specifics, but District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval gave one possible example. 'The conditions of their bond could be that they wouldn't be allowed to have a gun on them,' Sandoval said."

"District 7 City Councilman Ana Sandoval is one of five members on the committee that is looking at ways to curb gun violence."

"'When things like that happen it really makes us think twice,' said District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval."

Neighbor of the Week
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Announcements
Solid Waste Management: Free Landfill Day is this Weekend
Saturday, July 14, San Antonio residents are invited to participate in the City’s Solid Waste Management Department’s free landfill day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the locations below. To dispose of furniture, including mattresses and other bulky items, bring a copy of a recent CPS Energy utility bill showing the Solid Waste service fee and a picture ID. No contractor, commercial industrial or hazardous waste will be accepted at this event.
For more information on Free Landfill Day or SWMD services, visit www.sanantonio.gov/swmd or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SASOLIDWASTE
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Want to see more public art in District 7? Join Public Art San Antonio (PASA) for FREE, family-friendly events to gather your input for future public art and culture opportunities throughout San Antonio.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Ann's Parish Center (714 Fredericksburg Road). Enjoy refreshments, interactive sessions, and learn more about PASA and its journey to place #ArtEverywhere.

Got Milk…or not Milk?
Dr. Colleen Bridger's Health Column
Every so often a new study about why milk either is great or terrible comes out. I don’t know about you, but I hate milk. Just the thought of it sends shivers of nausea throughout my body. So, when the latest study showed a dose-response relationship between milk and death, I was thrilled to think I might actually have a legitimate reason not to have to drink another glass of milk for the rest of my life. However, because in my heart of hearts I will always and forever be a public health research geek, I needed to completely understand this research. So, I went to the original study to better understand the results. That led me to wondering about other studies I might not have seen, so I dug a little deeper.  

I started by doing an Internet search for articles containing both words milk and health. That search returned over 10,000 research articles! So, then I looked at about 100 of those articles in search of the ultimate review article that summarized the results of the 10,000 studies for me. I found a handful of such studies; however, I did not find my answers. It turns out milk is a complicated beverage! Who knew? 

Here’s what I learned: First, most studies that attempted to answer the question of whether milk is good or bad for humans were poorly designed. They didn’t ask the right questions, so they didn’t yield the kind of data I was looking for. Of the studies that withstood the scientific rigor of the nation’s milk experts, the results were mixed and not at all conclusive. Some studies found milk was good for your bones, your diet, your brain and if you’re a woman, good for reducing your symptoms of PMS. Other studies went the opposite way, finding that milk was bad for your bones, bad for your diet and bad for your heart. Still other studies found milk had essentially no effect on your health.  

At this point in my research I started thinking instead about writing an article about the importance of exercise…

Now, I am not one of the nation’s milk experts and I’ve already admitted I’m not a big milk fan. So having put all my cards on the table, I’d like to share my interpretation of the studies. Is milk good or bad for you? It seems a little of both.

It’s bad for you because dairy products are generally high in fat. Many of the negatives associated with dairy intake are really more about the fat intake than they are about the dairy per se. But milk is good for you because the human body does need calcium, and dairy is an excellent source.  

So what’s a person to do? There are a couple good compromises. Fortunately, low-fat variations of most dairy products are readily available on the market today. So, if you like milk, switch to skim and keep drinking it. If you like the other dairy products, look for the low-fat variety and the benefits will probably outweigh the risks.

But if you’re like me and you’d be happy never to lay eyes on milk again, you’re probably not depriving your body as much as you might have believed. Get some calcium every day, either through other non-dairy foods like greens, almonds or canned fish or a supplement. Of course the healthiest beverage in the world is…WATER. 

Either way, make sure to get plenty of exercise. The studies did agree on one thing: Exercise is the most effective way to prevent osteoporosis, regardless of your calcium intake.
Sustainable Business Practices on July 18
Join the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for an open discussion on San Antonio's renewable practices and find out what your role is as a business owner and resident of San Antonio. Featuring guest speakers: Stuart Burnbaum, Bill Hurley & Peter Bella

Community leaders will participate in a discussion to provide a variety of perspectives related to sustainability in our city. Part of the discussion will be dedicated to the city's climate ready/climate action adaptation plan (CAAP) and the role of Climate Action SA (CASA).  

The West San Antonio Chamber is here to help you make informed decisions on the future of your business. For more information, click here.
Active Shooter Training on July 26
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Bexar County Sheriff's Department & City Church, are hosting a free workshop on responding and handling active shooter scenarios. The workshop will be presented by Chief Aristides "Harry" Jimenez of the Bexar County Sheriff's Department. 

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness for our families, friends and small business owners on what to expect and how to prepare for a potential confrontation with an armed intruder. 

This event is sponsored by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and City Church.
Boys & Girls Clubs: An Opportunity to Support Youth in District 7
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio invites you to be a Reading Sidekick at Madison Elementary, located in City Council District 7. 

Reading Sidekicks will assist pairs of students as they read books appropriate to their reading level. Sidekicks will read with students, help them with unknown words, ask questions, and assist them with completing reading logs.

What: Volunteer to help kids in District 7 reduce Summer Learning Loss

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 through August 3rd. You do not have to volunteer every day, but repeat volunteerism is encouraged.

Where: Madison Elementary, 2900 W. Woodlawn Ave. 78228

How: Call or email Louis Perez at 210-436-0686 Ext. 2009 or lperez@begreatsa.org. 

Why: One hour of your day could help rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders improve their reading level this summer!
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Alamo Master Plan Public Meeting
Date: July 12
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson High School (723 Donaldson Ave)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: July 18
Time: 7:45 a.m.
Location: Pico de Gallo (111 S Leona)
Date: July 19
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: SAPD West Substation (7000 Culebra Road)
Dept. of Arts & Culture's Public Art Community Engagement Event
Date: July 19
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Ann's Parish Center (714 Fredericksburg)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Date: July 26
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: CityChurch Bandera Road (9341 Bandera Road)
Date: July 26
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Dominic Church (5919 Ingram Road)
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