Your District 7 Newsletter
VOLUME 16 | Nov. 16, 2017
Dear Neighbors,
I know from our conversations that many of you still have questions about SAWS’s request for rate increases for 2018 and 2019. I do, too.

That’s why I’ve asked SAWS officials to hold a Town Hall meeting in District 7 – to make their case for the rate hikes and address your concerns and questions. So please join us Tuesday, November 28, at the Leon Valley Community and Conference Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The address is 6427 Evers Road.

As many of you know, Mayor Nirenberg pulled the proposed rate increase from City Council’s November 9 agenda because several members believed we didn’t have enough information on which to base a decision. I was one of those Council members.

I am determined to use the additional time to get answers.

So please plan to attend this important Town Hall!

Thank you, and see you there.
Yours in public service,
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 line "Ask Ana Anything".
Dear Ana,

What is the deal with the new median in front of Maverick Library on Mystic Drive?

Dear Perplexed,

Thank you for this question – it comes up frequently.

In October, the City’s Transportation and Capital Improvement Department built a median with ramps and new street markings between Maverick Library and Nani Falcone Park. The project cost $50,000.

This project is all about safety – safety for those going to the park, those riding their bikes, and those behind the wheel. Pedestrian medians both encourage drivers to slow down and provide a safe path for people to cross the street.

Speeding vehicles on Mystic, between Bandera Road and Guilbeau, has been a persistent problem. We expect the new median to go a long way to improving safety for everybody.

I hope that answers your question.


Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
Councilwoman in the News
"District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said she asked the mayor to postpone the vote to give SAWS officials time to address residents’ concerns about the way the utility is using their money, and confusion over how to calculate their bills."

"Kuenstler said San Antonio Councilwoman Ana Sandoval is involved in the project, as her district contains part of Bandera Road."

Volunteers Needed
District 7 Ad Hoc Social Committee
Have the party-planning itch? Like community involvement? We are forming a District 7 ad hoc committee to assist us with special social events like a holiday party. We will probably meet during business hours at the Centerview office. For more information call Debbie at 210-207-0870 or email
Today: Tobacco 21 Town Hall
The Tobacco 21 Coalition and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will hold a Tobacco 21 Town Hall meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at La Orilla del Rio Ballroom located at 203 S. St. Mary’s Street, Suite 385.

Metro Health will host the town hall meeting to listen to residents and answer questions about its efforts to raise the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21 years of age. The meeting will also be held virtually on Facebook live at Facebook/SAMetroHealth.

Questions from the public can be emailed ahead of the town hall to:
ACA Enrollment is Open
ACA Enrollment Is Now Open. What Do San Antonians Need...

ACA enrollment is currently underway for Bexar County residents. To schedule an appointment for enrollment, call 211 or 311 or visit the EnrollSA website here: Enrollment will continue until December 15th.

Read more
Construction Project Updates
SAWS C12 Sewer Project -- Donaldson Ave. Closure & Water Interruptions
On Thursday, November 9th the intersection at Donaldson Ave. and St. Cloud will be closed for approximately one month. The detour route is identified with on street signage.

Questions or concerns can be addressed with S.J. Louis at 210-863-0062 or Cecilia Picazo with SAWS at 210-233-3750.
New Guilbeau Rd
Beginning November 13th, TCI will begin work on New Guilbeau Rd from NW Loop 1604 to Old Tezel Rd. The work will include base repairs, wedge milling, and the placement of a new layer of asphalt on the road surface. The work is anticipated to last until December 9th, 2017.

If you have any questions, concerns or need special accommodations you may contact Mario Sarabia at 210-207-1428 or or Hugh Guillen at 210-207-8230 or
Ongoing Projects
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Ongoing Public Surveys
Thanksgiving with SAFFE
On November 23rd, from 11 AM to 1 PM, SAPD's SAFFE Substation will host a Thanksgiving lunch for residents. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 210-207-7420.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
Project Linus
Date: November 17
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd
Join Project Linus, a group that creates handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill or traumatized. Please bring your own supplies and become a "blanketeer".

Ladies' Choice Book Club
Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
Join the ladies' choice book club that focuses on women authors and issues. For more information and the title of the book please call 210-207-9060.

The Spare Parts Mini Art Museum Exhibit
Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 1:30 PM - 3 PM
Join Forest Hills Library for a one-day art exhibit of Spare Parts Mini Art Musuem. We will be celebrating the Museum's return from Columbia and installing the newest exhibition, Call and Response, featuring 24 artists from San Antonio and beyond.

Vision Zero SA Bike Ride
Date: November 19
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Games Plaza, Hemisfair Park
Visit for more info.
Public Workshop on VIA's Rapid Transit Corridor Studies
Date: November 29
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Temple Beth-El, 211 Belknap Place

Your valuable comments have helped in the study of four corridors that could support rapid transit options in the future. Community input is needed as we we look at three additional corridors across the region. To participate in the next Public Workshop, you can meet with VIA staff anytime between 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Nov. 29, 2017, or join the online meeting at Thank you for your help in shaping the future of transit in our region.
DSD Academy: Code Enforcement
Date: December 2
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Cliff Morton Development & Business Services Center, 1901 S. Alamo
RSVP to Ximena Copa-Wiggins at 210-207-0221 or email

Braun Oaks Blue Santa Toy Drive Final Pick Up
Date: December 4
Time: 6 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Braun Oaks Clubhouse, 10555 Tezel Rd

Join your community and take pictures with Blue Santa while sipping on hot coca and eating cookies on December 4. Kids welcome. You may drop off toys beginning November 18.

The Blue Santa Program was created to help bring holiday happiness to families and children throughout San Antonio. Blue Santa is all about bringing hope and joy to families that struggle to make ends meet during the toughest times of the year: the holidays. Police officers are in a unique position to see the struggles families endure throughout the year. The San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) recognized these difficulties and began partnering with community companies and volunteers to collect food, clothes, toys, and monetary donations to assist thousands of families in our city.
Hidden Treasure:
 Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force Website
City government is big and complex. It can be intimidating, but shouldn't be. To help you get the most of your government, every week we will dedicate part of the District 7 newsletter to City services you may not be aware but that you might find useful.

This week, we're highlighting the new Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force website.
Here's how the website describes the purpose of the Task Force:

The Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force consists of five (5) advisors appointed by the Mayor to assist with the development of a comprehensive and compassionate policy framework to address the pressing affordable housing challenges that our city faces with input from community stakeholders.

El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Politica de Vivienda del Alcalde consista de cinco asesores por el Alcalde para ayudar con el desarrollo de un marco de política comprensivo y compasivo para abordar los desafíos apremiantes de vivienda asequible que nuestra ciudad enfrenta con aportes de los interesados de la comunidad.
To visit the site, click here.
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