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VOLUME 103 | September 7, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
In 2017, a San Antonio Police detective was found to have mishandled more than 130 special victims cases. But since then I've been proud to learn that SAPD has turned an awful situation into an opportunity to thoroughly improve how they handle cases.

Chief McManus shared an update at this month's Public Safety Committee meeting. Among other changes, SAPD has given the Special Victims Unit its own captain instead of sharing with the Homicide Unit. The Special Victims Unit is responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes against people which includes family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, sex offender registration and crimes against children.

Additionally, SAPD has made the following improvements:

  • Added two sergeant positions to the Special Victims Unit;
  • Changed staffing assignments so that victims can see a detective at the police station closest to their home;
  • Require a supervisor to review a case before it is considered closed;
  • Established a practice of providing regular updates to crime victims;
  • Updated case software; and
  • Established an audit schedule for cases.

I am glad to see these improvements in action. Our Public Safety Committee also heard an update on SAPD's traffic safety efforts. Committee members requested SAPD to develop a plan to reduce neighborhood speeding. Stay tuned for how that initiative develops.

If you would like to watch the Public Safety Committee meeting, or any other committee, board, or council meetings, the City of San Antonio now live streams them for your convenience. You can watch the last Public Safety Committee meeting here.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval thanked the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for its support of SA Climate Ready at a press conference this week. The West Chamber of Commerce is the first chamber of commerce in San Antonio to adopt such a resolution.
Chief McManus and SAPD presents to the Public Safety Committee regarding improvements to the Special Victims Unit.
Councilwoman Sandoval and the District 7 office attended the graduation of Police Cadet Class 2019-A, welcoming 45 new cadets from the force and our community!
Rudy Nino presented updates on the Bandera Rd. corridor at the Northwest Alliance meeting. For more information, please visit the Planning Department's website here.
District 7 attended a panel event on Climate Change and National Security hosted by the World Affairs Council.
City Council attended a tribute to Former Mayor Lila Cockrell, which opened witha performance of a George Gershwin medley by the San Antonio Symphony.
D7 in the News
"The San Antonio Police Department has undergone massive changes in its special victims unit. This is following a now fired detective who allegedly mishandled more than 130 cases."

"A local credit union’s construction of state-of-the-art, sustainably built office towers has prompted some City Council members to wonder how the City could incentivize more sustainable development."

"Mentorship, training and recruitment would help increase the number of women working in top levels of city government."

"The name spelled out in blue block letters on the end cap of a busy Northwest Side neighborhood shopping center gives little indication that what’s offered inside is about life and death."

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Announcements
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month
San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) joins the American Library Association (ALA), and libraries nationwide, in celebrating National Library Card Sign-Up Month during the month of September.

In its 33rd year, National Library Card Sign-Up Month is a time when the ALA and all libraries raise awareness about the important role that libraries play in child development as well as in their pursuit of education. 

Bexar County residents can sign-up for a library card in person by visiting SAPL locations.

Getting your library card in person:

  • Stop by a SAPL location
  • Present a photo ID and/or proof of current address – such as a valid driver’s license
  • If your photo ID does not include your current address, you can use something like a utility bill if it includes your current address.
  • Children under 18 may be issued cards if accompanied by a parent or guardian with a photo ID and proof of current address

Those interested in immediate access to SAPL’s digital catalog can sign-up for 30-day access through the online registration form.

A SAPL card allows you to do more than just borrow books and other materials. Your library card provides you with thousands of resources, including magazines, tools to research your family tree, and even download free digital media – like audiobooks and music.

Visit the Library’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mysapl) to win weekly prizes during National Library Card Sign-Up Month and to learn about upcoming programs and events. For more information about National Library Card Sign-Up month and how to obtain a library card, please visit www.mysapl.org/
September 11: Citizenship Information Sessions
Become a citizen! American Gateways presents a citizenship information session at several libraries that will introduce you to the process of becoming a citizen.

Learn what documentation is needed for the next step of filling out an Application Form.

Join American Gateways at Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Rd., on Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m.
September 14: 10th Annual Citizen Preparedness Workshop
The San Antonio Office f Emergency Management (SAOEM) invites you to the Citizen Preparedness Workshop, on September 14th from 9 am to 12 p at the Emergency Operations Center. This workshop connects citizens with the City's emergency management resources and partner agencies. The goal of this workshop is to strengthen the community by equipping citizens with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you and your families recover from an emergency.
 
For additional information or to RSVP contact Ashley Carter at ashley.carter@sanantonio.gov or
210-206-8551.
September 21: 11th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Join the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), preservation professionals, and your neighbors at the 11th annual Historic Homeowner Fair to learn how to maintain your home!

The Historic Homeowner Fair is a free event hosted by OHP that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. The fair provides education to homeowners about caring for and maintaining their properties.
Survey: Proactive Inspections for Senior Living Facilities
The City of San Antonio Development Services Department wants to know what you think about having proactive inspections for Senior Living Facilities.
The aim is to ensure the health and safety of this vulnerable population.

CPS Energy: FlexSTEP Survey and FlexPowerBundle Survey
CPS Energy will be reaching out to the community to solicit input on FlexSTEP, the next generation of energy management programs for its customers. Seeking feedback from a broad array of customers and key stakeholders, CPS Energy will use the information that it gathers to update, design, and create programs and services that meet the needs of its diverse set of customers.
Upcoming Events
Wonder where your District 7 Team is headed next? Join Councilwoman Sandoval and/or District 7 staff at any of the following events!
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School, 2639 Benrus
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave.
University Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AT&T Center, St. Mary's University, 1 Camino Santa Maria
Citizen Preparedness Workshop
Date: September 14
Time: 9:00 a.m
Location: 8039 Challenger Drive
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent, 5118 Loma Linda Dr.
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 17
Time:7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School, 5700 Hemphill Dr
Eckhert Crossing Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Western Hills Christian Church, 8535 Huebner Road
Woodlawn Lake Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 24
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Gym, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 25
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
Rolling Ridge Club Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 30
Time:7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Club Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 1
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary, 6003 Thunder Dr
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