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VOLUME 59 | September 21, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Please join my team and I at our first District 7 Safety Summit tomorrow from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Garza Community Center at 1450 Mira Vista. SAPD, the San Antonio Fire Department as well as representatives from Animal Care Services, Code Enforcement, and CPS Energy will join us to discuss safety in our homes and our community.
We’ll focus primarily on concerns heard from the Culebra Park, Woodlawn Heights, Loma Terrace, and Mira Vista neighborhood. However, all residents can benefit from participating. We’ll talk about how to make your homes safer, options for street lighting, and how to monitor safety in our community. I do hope to see you there!
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval went door to door this past week to invite residents to the District 7 Safety Summit this Saturday and connect residents with their SAPD SAFFE Officers. Join us tomorrow, Sept. 22, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Gilbert Garza Community Center to learn how to secure your home and neighborhood.
The City of San Antonio was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health prize. During the application process, Councilwoman Sandoval met with representatives to discuss why San Antonio's strides toward building a healthy city make our City worthy of the award. You can read more about the award here.
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller welcomed Councilwoman Sandoval to the Grand Reopening of the Archdiocese's Archives, following a period of extensive renovation. The archives serve as a sacramental and historical record for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The book shown above includes records from between 1703 to 1783.
Students of St. Mary's University's School of Science heard from Councilwoman Sandoval at their Science & Technology Career Fair, where she spoke about the joys of having a STEM background and how it has shaped her perspective.
Councilwoman Sandoval attended the Mayor's Housing Summit this past week, where community and civic leaders discussed the City's housing situation and strategies to improve affordability and preserve diverse neighborhoods.
Team Sandoval attended the Folklorico performance at Nichols Elementary School, where a troupe performed traditional Mexican dances, changing costume with each different dance. The performance sought to connect students to foster connection with and couriosity of traditional Mexican art.
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,

So cool to see that we won a Culture of Health prize! Why did we win it though?

Healthy near Huppertz
Dear Healthy,

This week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that the City of San Antonio was selected from a pool of over 200 applicants to win their Culture of Health prize. It’s a coveted designation that recognizes our City’s commitment to grow along healthy lines and the steps we’re taking to ensure residents of every San Antonio community have a fair chance to live healthy lives.

A number of initiatives made it possible for San Antonio to win this award, including our initiatives to ensure quality pre-K service to families across the City, to prioritize historically neglected neighborhoods in our street maintenance plans, to the unique care provided to the homeless at Haven for Hope. This prize isn’t a recognition of a “job well done,” but instead a recognition of a “we’re just getting started.” 

 Read the full write-up on our selection here.

As part of the prize, the City will receive $25,000 and be connected with other cities that we may learn from as we proceed. 

Additionally, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is currently producing a short documentary about San Antonio’s health initiatives. You can view the trailer here:
Yours in public service,
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
Safety & Resource Summit at Gilbert Garza Park - September 22nd
The District 7 Office will host a Safety & Resource Summit on Saturday, September 22nd at Gilbert Garza Community Center from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. Councilwoman Sandoval and City Departments will discuss how to maintain a safe home and community. Resources and security vendors will be available to answer questions at the event.

Doors will open at 8:30 and the program will begin at 9 a.m. Join us in learning how to keep your home safe and have an opportunity to win a prize from our vendors! Please register at here or contact our office at 210-207-0870 for more information.
City Services Friday
Councilwoman Sandoval has heard your feedback and now seeks to give residents an opportunity to speak directly to the city services you call about most. Schedule a 20 minute meeting with a representative from Animal Care Services, Code Enforcement or 311. Take your concerns directly to the city department, learn more about their processes, and gain a better understanding of how city services work together to address the needs of our community.

Call 210-207-0870 or email us at to reserve an appointment. Representatives will only meet with pre-scheduled constituents of District 7.
Coffee with Ana: Make an Appointment Now!
Appointments are available for the upcoming Coffee's with Ana's! This is an opportunity for residents to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to
District 7 in the News
"La concejal del Distrito 7, Ana Sandoval, realiza un recorrido en un vecindario hispano con la finalidad de involucrar a la comunidad en acciones de seguridad."

"'By parking in accessible parking, it protects [disabled individuals] from being hit by another vehicle, from having a heart attack because they are not supposed to walk far or even just the exhaustion of having a physical or mobility disability,' said [Melanie] Cawthon [who serves as the District 7 Disability Access Advisory Committee], who added that accessible parking is a safety issue, not a convenience issue."

Neighbor of the Week:
Melanie Cawthon
Do you know anyone who attended school in the Ft. Sam District all the way from first through twelfth grade? Achieving this seeming impossibility for a “military brat” is Melanie Cawthon, co-founder and executive director of disABILITYsa, an organization created in 2007 with the “mission is to educate, advance, and engage individuals with disabilities by sharing information, creating opportunities, and strengthening organizations that serve them.” Melanie’s goal is to move San Antonio forward in becoming an inclusive and disability-friendly community. She feels an important facet is for people with all types of disabilities to become involved in local government and exemplifies this by serving as the District 7 appointee to Disability Access Advisory Committee.

Melanie describes herself as being altruistic and determined, characteristics well aligned with her life work, but marries these with a passion for having fun. And when asked about a future goal, her answer was simple: sleeping! For more information on the organization, please go to

Melanie was also featured in the news this past week commenting on the importance of only using handicapped parking if you are handicapped. You can read the article here.
Share Your Thoughts
City of San Antonio Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments
The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to fill positions on the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments. The Planning Commission advises City Council on the master plan for the physical development of San Antonio.The Board of Adjustment (BOA) holds public hearings to hear requests for special exceptions, variances and appeals of administrative interpretations or decisions. Apply online by Oct. 1 at

For more information regarding the Planning Commission, visit For assistance with the application, call 210-207-7253.
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
The Historic Homeowner Fair is a FREE event hosted by the Office of Historic Preservation that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. In addition to featuring a curated Exhibit Hall that provides the most relevant resources for homeowners, the Fair offers workshops and learning sessions designed to meet the needs or property owners and DIY renovators.

This year, expect:
  • More than 1,500 attendees
  • Residents from all historic districts
  • More than 55 exhibitors
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Ask-an-Expert sessions

This year's Historic Homeowner Fair will take place on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pearl Stable. Click here for more information.
CPS Energy extends Board of Trustees application period to Oct. 12
CPS Energy’s Board of Trustees has extended the application deadline to October 12, 2018, for residents who are eligible to serve and who live in the Southwest Quadrant 4 for an upcoming vacancy on its Board of Trustees.

The Board sets policy and works with management to oversee the operation of the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company providing natural gas and electric service. The CPS Energy Board of Trustees is comprised of citizens representing four geographical quadrants of the City of San Antonio, and the Mayor of the City of San Antonio as an ex-officio member. Board members serve for a term of five (5) years and are eligible to serve one additional five (5) year term. Members of the Board must be United States citizens, and must reside in Bexar County within the quadrant they represent. Members of the Board, except the Mayor, receive annual compensation in the amount of $2,000.

The Southwest Quadrant 4 includes the general areas south of Culebra and Grissom Roads and west of IH-35 South from Downtown San Antonio to State Highway 16 and west of U.S. Highway 281. The primary San Antonio City Council Districts represented in the quadrant include City Council Districts 4, 5, and 6, with partial overlap into Districts 1, 3, and 7. To find out which CPS Energy Quadrant you reside in, please enter your address on our website.

Visit for a map detailing the area, the Find My CPS Energy Board Member & Quadrant Information tool, and an application package which includes an overview and role qualifications. For more information, call Board Relations at (210) 353-3212.

The extended deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. CST on October 12, 2018.
Join San Antonio's Metro Health and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a roundtable discussion about what businesses need to know about Bexar County's marginal non-attainment air quality designation. The discussion will take place Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Mission Library (3134 Roosevelt Ave).
New 311 CityFlag App Available Now!
The 311SA Mobile App allows you to interact with the City of San Antonio by submitting service requests for concerns that need attention, while earning rewards, strengthening communities and empowering local businesses. City services available through the app include requests for pothole repair, graffiti removal, animal and property maintenance concerns, as well as many more. 

Through the app, citizens are able to flag (geo-locate a service request), attach a photo, and provide supporting information for issues throughout your community. The requests go straight to the appropriate City department for evaluation and investigation. 

The 311SA Mobile App also has a social network feature, which allows sharing and voting on other users flags/requests.
30th Anniversary Celebration at Forest Hills Library
Forest Hills Library will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at its location 5245 Ingram Road. The program will begin at 2 p.m. and scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m. Following the program, there'll be an array of family-friendly events.
Volkswagen Settlement Funding May be Coming to the San Antonio Area
The State has proposed a draft plan for how to spend the $200 million dollars Texas will receive as part of the EPA’s settlement with Volkswagen. The funding will be used to reduce air pollution throughout Texas.
The state is proposing to send approximately $73 million dollars to the San Antonio area (Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson Counties.)
The public is invited to submit comments on the plan or attend public meetings. For more information on the proposal, as well as public meetings, please visit Input may be sent to
The City of San Antonio will be submitting public comment advocating for funding for our area.
Mission Reach Photo Contest
It's time to celebrate! The Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk is one of the nation's largest urban ecosystem restoration projects, and in honor of the five-year anniversary of the October 6, 2013 grand opening, the San Antonio River Authority is hosting a photo contest. We would love to see your photos of the Mission Reach! Over $3,000 in prizes will be awarded!
Last Aqua Zumba Class of the Season
Join San Antonio Parks & Recreation as they light up the pool for one last Aqua Zumba class of the season! The outdoor aqua class will be located at the beautiful Woodlawn Lake Park swimming pool. So bring some trunks and a beat as we groove the night away!
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
District 7 Safety & Resource Summit
Date: September 22
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Gilbert Garza Community Center (1450 Mira Vista)
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Coffee with Ana
Date: September 22
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: District 7 Field Office (4414 Centerview Dr)
*By appointment.*
Crochet Social
Date: September 23
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
National Voter Registration Day
Date: September 25
Register to vote on National Voter Registration Day at any public library. Learn more about registering to vote from the Bexar County Elections Department.
Public Input Meeting: O.P. Schnabel Park Entrance & Bridge Bond Project
Date: September 27
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library (8700 Mystic Park)
Senator Jos é Men é ndez's School Safety Forum
Date: September 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: UTSA Downtown Campus (501 W Cesar Chavez Blvd), La Villita Room in the Durango Building (DBB 1.116)
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Date: September 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Pkwy)
National Night Out
Date: October 2
*Councilwoman Sandoval and District 7 staff will attend National Night Out events across the District.*
Save the Date: Dementia Friendly Town Hall
Date: October 4
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
*Councilwoman Sandoval will be in attendance.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 13
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Trunk or Treat with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*District 7 Staff will be in attendance.*
Conversations on Civility
Date: October 29
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Oblate School of Theology
*Councilwoman Sandoval will serve as a panelist.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: November 17
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: December 8
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Constituent Services & Administration
  • 210.207.2727

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Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9am - 5pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

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