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VOLUME 124 | February 27, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

In September of 2018, San Antonio teenager Erin Rios Castro was tragically murdered by her boyfriend on her birthday. 

This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and, this week, I want to remember the life of Erin Rios Castro—someone who radiated love and joy. And I want to encourage everyone, especially parents, to learn more about the signs of teen dating violence.

The problem of teen dating violence is bigger than many of us know. We like to imagine that kids will be kids, and by the end of the night, they’ll arrive home safe and sound. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen: dating violence pervades our country. It is not always obvious and rarely confronted directly. Researchers estimate that as many as one in three high school students are the victims of physical or sexual violence committed by someone they are dating.

Our girls and boys deserve a world where they can do what they love and flourish doing it. In honor of this Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Erin Castro, and the many other teenagers who have experienced dating violence, let’s commit to raising awareness of the red flags of teen dating violence.

You can learn more about Erin Castro and the Justice for Erin Foundation that her family has started here. I also encourage all parents to visit LoveIsRespect.org.

Another Successful Community Coffee

Thank you to everyone who joined me this past Saturday at Forest Hills Library for coffee and conversation about your neighborhood. No doubt, the comments I heard most often were the need for more and better sidewalks. I appreciate hearing directly from you. This allows me to take your stories and needs to City Hall and continue working to improve our neighborhoods.

We’ll announce another community coffee soon enough.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval hosted another round of Community Coffee, this time at Forest Hills Library. We had an excellent showing. Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion!
KSAT12 welcomed Councilwoman Sandoval for an interview about her perspective on San Antonio's challenges and future. The interview will air this Sunday at 8 a.m. We'll include a link in the e-newsletter once it's online.
Congratulations, Wildwood on your "Outstanding Neighborhood" Award at this past weekend's National Night Out 2019 Awards and 2020 Workshop. We're looking forward to this year's National Night Out with you.
City Manager Erik Walsh took the stage at the Carver Theater to talk about how the City's engaging disconnected youth--16 to 24 year olds who aren't in high school or college--through the NXT Level program.
Judge Yolanda Huff and the Specialty Courts Coalition hosted a panel discussion at St. Dominic's Catholic Church this past weekend regarding Bexar County's Specialty Courts. The presentation focused on family drug court, domestic violence court, and juvenile post-adjudication drug court. The next specialty courts presentation is March 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at San Antonio Behavioral Health, 8550 Huebner Rd, 78240. For more information about speciality courts, visit here.
D7 in the News
"As we near the last week of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a successful event Saturday added to that cause in a special way."
"Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable breakfast and brunch restaurants around San Antonio, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs."
Announcements
Texas Joint Primary Elections on March 3;
Early Voting Beginning February 18
The Texas 2020 Primary Elections are coming up on March 3. This year’s ballot includes:
  • U.S. President
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House District 20
  • Texas Senate District 26
  • Texas House District 125
  • Texas Railroad Commissioner
  • Bexar County Sheriff
  • Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector
  • Bexar County Commissioners
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • State Board of Education
  • And more. See a sample ballot here.
Early voting began on February 18 and ends today, February 28 at 8:00 p.m.

This year, you can vote at any polling location during Early Vote and on Election Day. The full list of polling locations is available here. There are four locations in or near District 7:
  • Leon Valley Conference Center
  • 6421 Evers Rd, 78240
  • Maury Maverick Library
  • 8700 Mystic Park, 78254
  • Wonderland of the Americas Mall
  • 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201
  • John Igo Library
  • 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy, 78249
  • Great Northwest Library
  • 9050 Wellwood, 78250
The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on VOTE411.org.
Applications Sought for City Boards & Commissions
The District 7 Office is looking for applicants for the following Boards & Commissions:


You can apply or view a full list of the boards and commissions  here. Have any questions? Call the District 7 Office at 210-207-0870.
Applications Sought for City's Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee
Applications are being accepted for the City of San Antonio’s Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC) for 8 positions. Candidates representing the following areas of interest are sought:
 
  • Environmental/Historic category – 1 Alternate
  • Planning Professional – 1 Primary & 1 Alternate
  • Registered Professional Engineer – 1 Primary
  • Development/Real Estate Professional – 1 Primary
  • Community – 2 Primaries & 1 Alternate
 
Those interested in applying may do so by visiting here. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 20, 2020.
 
What is the Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC)?
The PCTAC advises the Planning Commission on the Major Thoroughfare Plan and Unified Development Code amendments and meets as often as necessary. These voluntary committee members are appointed by Planning Commission for overlapping two-year terms. PCTAC members will be involved in the 2020 UDC Amendment Process.
 
When do they meet?
As often as necessary. During the 2020 UDC Amendment Process meetings will be more frequent as PCTAC is integral to the UDC amendment process. The PCTAC 2020 Calendar is also available for viewing online.
 
How do I apply?
You can complete the fillable application attached and return it by email, mail, or submit in person according to the instructions on page 5 of the application.
 
For more information on PCTAC, visit here.
City of San Antonio Update on Novel Coronavirus preparedness and coordination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the City of San Antonio, are working to support Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) as it continues to quarantine American passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.
Metro Health continues to maintain an up-to-date website which will provide current updates to anyone seeking information on the situation here.
 
Information regarding the Novel Coronavirus is also available in American Sign Language here .
 
How do people become infected with Coronavirus?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.
 
What are the symptoms?
  • Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
 
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
 
How can I avoid infection with Novel Coronavirus?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, nor your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Animal Care Services Seeking Feedback on Changes to Pet Sale Laws
Animal Care Services has teamed up with SASPEAKUP to gauge public opinion on proposed revisions that could mean big changes for local pet sales law. An initial public survey done in the summer of 2019 garnered more than 3,200 responses with an overwhelming majority of respondents indicating unregulated pet sales in San Antonio contribute to our local animal overpopulation issues. In response to that feedback, Animal Care Services has drafted a number of proposals revisiting the ordinance to further ensure the health and safety of animals in the community. Proposals include enhanced penalties for violators as well as additional pet sales restrictions. A survey, available in both English and Spanish, can be accessed by San Antonio residents in a number of ways:
 
  • Logging onto www.saspeakup.com
  • Using the special QR code on flyers posted at ACS
  • Via the ACS website (www.saacs.net) and click Pet Sales Survey Highlights banner OR
  • Via the ACS Facebook page @SanAntonioACS
 
The survey runs through March 23 rd. It’s currently illegal to breed or sell dogs or cats, puppies or kittens without a permit from ACS. In addition to mandating humane care requirements like proof of the pet’s rabies vaccinations and microchips, sellers are also required to display their permit numbers anytime they offer the animals for sale.
City Seeks Feedback on Unified Development Code
The City is looking for input on the City's Unified Development Code, which will be updated this year.

What does the code do? In short, it's the set of rules that lay out what our buildings look like, what can be built where, and what's required when new buildings are constructed. For example, the Code answers questions like, "How many trees need to be preserved on this plot of land? How tall can this building be? How many parking spaces does the building need?"

You can take the survey here.
DKMS: Get Swabbed to Save a Life
On October 7, 2019, Harrison started the school day with his annual pediatric check-up. By bedtime he had a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. Boom! His life is forever changed. Instead of spending his days with his 3rd grade class learning multiplication or on the ice with his hockey team, he is fighting for his life with chemotherapy treatments, dozens of daily medications and most recently the search for a life-saving bone marrow transplant donor.

If you are between 18 - 55, all it takes is six minute and a swab of the cheek to get in the game and potentially save a life. You just might be the one person who can help Harrison and other patients in need win the fight against cancer!

For more information, go to dkms.org.
February 24-29:, March 2-6 Bandera Road Lane Closure
Heads Up! Lane Closure on Bandera Road Scheduled for Feb. 24 - 29 and March 2 - 6.
Neighbors, TxDOT will close the left lane on the 1604 Eastbound Access Road, from Bandera Road to Hausman Road, from Feb. 24 to Feb. 29 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and again from March 2 to March 6 between the same hours.
Please be extra careful when driving through the area.
March 4: Bandera Road Business Forum
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS, the Texas Department of Transportation, the cities of Leon Valley and San Antonio, and the West San Antonio Chamber invite you for a focused conversation about traffic and market conditions on SH 16 (Bandera Road) from I-410 to Loop 1604. It's time to make your voice heard so be sure to register to attend by emailing BanderaRoad@pozcam.com. Councilwoman Sandoval will participate in the first session at 7:30 a.m. #SH16BanderaRoad
March 7: Learn about the Unified Development Code Update Process
More information is available at sanantonio.gov/DSD

El Código de Desarrollo Unificado es el cap. 35 del código municipal. Actualizada cada 5 años, establece políticas para el desarrollo de la tierra que incluyen zonificación, plantación, preservación de árboles, construcción de calles, preservación histórica y aguas pluviales. Visítenos para hablar más sobre este proceso el 5 de marzo. Para mas, sanantonio.gov/DSD
March 7: Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women
The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate International Women’s Day by hosting a community-wide summit on Saturday, March 7 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The summit will take place in the Central Academic Building (CAB) 4th Floor, Vista Room 402. Please park in Lot 2B—map attached. Register here.
 
Topics for the International Women’s Day 2020 Summit include:
  • Healthcare
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Domestic Violence
 
The event is FREE and open to the public. Childcare will be available at the event.

University Health System will also be onsite for mobile mammograms. Attendees can schedule an appointment by visiting www.healthyUexpress.com. (Insurance card and ID required).
March 9-13: Spring Break Camp
Take advantage of this timely and affordable resource and pass the word along as well. This is a great opportunity to connect with the community and participate in great activites!
March 14: Donuts and DIY
Join us for our first Donuts & DIY event of 2020! Wood windows are still a HUGE focus for historic homeowners and DIYers, and we'll focus on the basics of wood window repair. This FREE workshop will be a crash-course on window terminology, condition assessments, and essential tools for DIY repair. This course is best for novices, those looking to brush up on their knowledge, or those looking to obtain basic information on tools needed to get started.
 
This event is outdoors and interactive. You bring the questions, we’ll bring the donuts (and coffee)!
 
Saturday, March 14
9:30am - 12:00pm at Beethoven Maennerchor
422 Pereida St, San Antonio
 
Parking: Free parking will be located in the lot adjacent to the garden, around the mansion. Please DO NOT park in the lot at the corner of Pereida and Alamo as that belongs to Liberty Bar.
 
While the event is free, RVSP is required: RSVP TODAY!
March 14: Donuts and DIY
American Organization for Immigrants (AOI) is hosting a free workshop explaining the naturalization / citizenship application process on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at our facility at Woodlawn Pointe, 702 Donaldson Avenue, from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

The organization will provide information about the types of documents that are needed to complete the citizenship application as well as a “practice” interview. The presentations will be conducted in Spanish. After the presentations there will be time for individual consultations.
Girls Empowerment Summit
Coming soon: the City of San Antonio’s inaugural Girls Empowerment Summit! ✨ This free two-day conference for girls between the ages of 14-18 features conversations about self-care, social media awareness and non-traditional career roles for women! Learn more or register here .

Próximamente: ¡la Cumbre Inaugural de Empoderamiento de las Niñas de la Ciudad de San Antonio!  ✨ ¡Esta conferencia gratuita de dos días para niñas de entre 14 y 18 años abordará temas sobre el cuidado personal, el uso con conciencia de las redes sociales y los roles profesionales no tradicionales para las mujeres! Obtenga más información o regístrese aquí .
Where We're Going Next
Wonder where your District 7 Team is headed next? Join Councilwoman Sandoval and/or District 7 staff at any of the following events! Call us for more information.
Braun Oaks HOA Board Meeting
Date: March 2
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Donaldson Terrace
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Thunderbird Hills
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Northwest Neighborhood
Alliance Meeting
Date: March 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Guilbeau Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting 
Date: March 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
University Park
Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Braun Station West 
HOA Board Meeting
Date: March 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
French Creek Village HOA Meeting
Date: March 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call for location
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call for location
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