Your District 7 Newsletter
VOLUME 13 | Oct. 26, 2017
Dear Neighbors,
I’ve been looking forward to this Saturday (Oct. 28) for weeks now.

In the morning, we’ll launch “Coffee with Ana” at the District 7 field office – an opportunity to talk one-on-one with residents about how to improve their neighborhoods.

These Coffees are every other Saturday at our Finesilver Building location at 4414 Centerview Dr., Suite 160. Our November dates are booked up, but we still have a few times open in December. Please call us at 210-207-7704 and ask for Matteo to set up an appointment.

And, of course, we’ll continue “Coffee with Ana” into 2018.

Meanwhile, this Saturday afternoon, we’ll celebrate the arrival of cool weather with District 7 neighbors at Fall Fest. It’s a free event that will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Nani Falcone Park, located at 7625 Mystic Park. We’ll give away food, drinks, tree saplings, rain barrels, and the ever-popular compost pails.

For my part, I’ll have the chance to hear what’s important to you and how your District 7 office can help strengthen your neighborhood. I can’t wait.

See you Saturday!
Yours in public service,
District 7 Fall Fest
You're invited to this year's District 7 Fall Fest on Saturday, October 28th! From 12 PM to 4 PM, the District 7 Office will host Fall Fest in Nani Falcone Park at 7625 Mystic Park. There will be food, drinks, a tree giveaway, and the ever popular compost pails! Bring your family out for some generally spooky, but not too spooky, fun and games.

For more info, contact Bianca Maldonado at 210-207-0873.
Councilwoman in the News
Jefferson High School's architectural grandeur a source...

Just as the United States economy was crashing into the Great Depression, San Antonio voters in 1929 approved a $3.7 million bond for schools. It included more than $1.25 million - about $23 million in today's dollars - to build a new high school ...

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"'I think it will make a wonderful environment, but it does mean we could face some congestion if we’re not careful about how we direct the modes of use…. buses and walking' Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said."

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 line "Ask Ana Anything".
Dear Ana,

My neighbors and I have concerns about the safety of children walking to and waiting at school-bus stops in our neighborhood. Our speed limit is 30 mph, which is too fast.

Please request that the speed limit be lowered to 20 mph during the hours of school-bus pickups and drop-offs. This is a major safety issue and a priority for our neighborhood (Wildwood West)! We have nine stops for the school buses.

Sincerely,
Head Spinning
Dear Head Spinning,

Thank you so much for sharing your concerns. Actually, I’ve been talking a lot with residents and our District 7 staffers about exactly what you’re proposing – lowering the speed limit to 20 mph on streets with school-bus stops at pick-up and drop-off times.

It seems like a common-sense step we can take to make our school kids safer. It would also help put us closer to the citywide goal of Vision Zero – to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to zero.

Readers of AAA, please let us know what you think of this proposal. Send your comments to District7@sanantonio.gov.

We’ll keep you in the loop as this develops.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
Reminder: Early Voting for Constitutional Amendments Election
Early voting for the State's Constitutional Amendments Elections began this past Monday and will go through November 3. Early vote times are below. Early vote locations in or near District 7 are listed below. Residents may vote at any polling location in Bexar County during early vote. The full list of polling locations is linked below.

For a better idea of what is on the ballot, see the Texas Tribune's "Texplainer" article.
Times for Early Vote

Mon., Oct. 23 thru Fri., Oct. 27 ...............................................8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 28, 2017 ...................................................................10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29, 2017 ..................................................................12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. Mon., Oct. 30 thru Wed., Nov. 1...............................................8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 2 thru Fri., Nov. 3 ................................................8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Locations for Early Vote in/near District 7
  • Leon Valley Conference Center, 6421 Evers Rd
  • Maury Maverick, Jr. Library, 8700 Mystic Park
  • Memorial Library, 3222 Culebra
  • Wonderland Mall of the Americas @ Crossroads, 4522 Fredericksburg

For the full list of locations, click here.
Construction Project Updates
Hemphill

Hemphill will undergo street excavation from Benrus to Broadview, beginning in the next 30 days. The project should take between 30 and 45 days. Residents will receive a notice before the work commences.
Holmes High School & Ingram Rd

Holmes High School is currently replacing their Fine Arts Building. As a result of the construction, traffic congestion on Ingram Rd. has increased. Our office has received several calls about this issue and have learned that the construction is anticipated to finish by early December of 2018.
At-Large Positions Open on
City's Planning Commission
The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to fill available positions on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on the master plan for the physical development of San Antonio. Those interested in applying for one of the available positions may do so online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commission at https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacancies

The deadline to submit an application is Monday, October 30, 2017.
The commission also provides recommendations on capital improvements and administers regulations on subdivisions and platting, to include the extra-territorial jurisdiction. Regularly-scheduled meetings are held twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 2 p.m. at the Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center, 1901 S. Alamo St., in the first floor board room. Each term is two years.

For more information regarding the Planning Commission, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Boards/PCTAC.aspx.

For assistance with the application, contact Brandon Smith, Boards & Commissions Coordinator, at 210-207-7253.
Share Your Thoughts
Alamo Area MPO Online Public Meeting
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking public input on 1) Mobility 2045, our region’s long-range transportation plan; and 2) the air quality status of the region.

You can now participate in the development of the Alamo Area MPO's long-range transportation plan online from the comfort of your home. Feedback provided before November 3rd will be shared with the AAMPO's Transportation Policy Board.
Ongoing Public Surveys
Metro Health's Tips for a
Happy, Healthy Halloween
Halloween is around the corner, and that means the start of “sugar season.” With that in mind, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is sharing some advice to manage the amount of sugar you and your family consumes.
 
With almost one-third of children and two-thirds of adults in Bexar County either overweight or obese, it is important for all of us to monitor our sugar intake. This doesn’t mean we have to eliminate sugar completely. It means that those foods with a lot of sugar should be “occasional” foods not “everyday” foods. 
 
Follow these tips to help reduce the amount of sugar kids will consume this month:

  • Make sure your kids have a healthy meal before they go trick-or treating. Full tummies may lessen the amount of candy consumed.
  • Avoid using a large pillow case to collect Halloween candy. Let your child choose a smaller, festive collection bag.
  • Encourage children to take only one piece of candy from each house.
  • Buy snack size Halloween treats, and if you are the one passing them out – hand out one treat to each child, instead of letting them take what they want. This will help control your Halloween budget.
  • Cutting back on sugary treats also includes soda and sugar-sweetened drinks. Offer a festive punch made with sparkling water, a splash of 100% fruit juice and some fruit. 
  • Instead of using sugar to sweeten cider, you can use fruit and spices like cinnamon, cloves, cranberries and orange slices.
  • Some healthier Halloween treats to try are tangerines or small oranges decorated to look like Jack-O-Lanterns (with non-toxic ink), 100% real fruit strips or ropes, snack-sized packages of pretzels, popcorn, dried fruit, trail mix, nuts or pumpkin seeds, and
  • Stay active with a family walk around the neighborhood.
 
And, as the holidays approach, remember the three ¡Viva Health! messages:
  1. Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies, every meal, every day.
  2. For portion control, use a smaller plate.
  3. Drink water, not sugary drinks.
 
Eat well; feel great, every season of the year! For information and materials on the ¡Viva Health! Campaign, visit: http://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/VivaHealth
The Big Fix: Spay/Neuter Clinic
SNIPSA is hosting The Big Fix on October 28th at the Bill Greehey Gymnasium at St. Mary's University. Appointments are required and free for residents in 78201, 78237, 78207, 78228.

For more information or to register, contact 210-237-9400 or visit snipsa.org.
Hidden Treasure: Nani Falcone Park
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 Nani Falcone Park, a place where you can find take your dog, go skateboarding, and even play disc golf!

(Incidentally, it is also where you can enjoy the District 7 Fall Fest this Saturday!)
People playing disc golf.
An aerial view of Nani Falcone Park's frisbee golf course.
Nani Falcone Park is one of just three parks in the City of San Antonio with a disc golf course. The disc golf course is neatly tucked away behind a line of trees next to the adjoining neighborhood. It's a fantastic place to spend time outside with friends, especially with the cooler weather we're experiencing!
To get directions to Nani Falcone Park, click here.
Stage 1 Water Restrictions
Under Stage 1, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per week, as determined by the last number of your street address. To see when your watering days are, click here.

Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed. Water waste, such as water running down the street, is prohibited year-round. However, watering with a handheld hose is still allowed any day, any time.
Upcoming Events
AAMPO Regional Transportation Meeting
Date: October 26
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: VIA Metropolitan Transit, 1021 San Pedro
For more information, please contact Linda Vela at alvarado-vela@alamoareampo.org or call 210-230-6929.

Ladies' Choice Book Club
Date: October 28
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Maverick Branch Library
Join the Ladies' Choice Book Club that focuses on women authors and issues. For the book title, please call 210-207-9060.

Teatro Audaz presents La Llorona
Date: October 28
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Forest Hills Branch Library

Suzuki Violin Performance
Date: October 28
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Maverick Branch Library

SA Parks System Plan Community Workshop
Date: November 8
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Gilbert Garza Community Center at Gilbert Garza Park, 1450 Mira Vista
 
5K Run For Mom
Date: November 11
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Register here .
 
OP Schnabel Trailhead Tour & Bike Rodeo
Date: January 6
Time: 10 AM
Location: OP Schnabel Park, 9606 Bandera Rd.
Our Office Staff

  • Greg Jefferson
  • Chief of Policy & Communications
  • 210.859.1134

  • Ryan M. Garcia
  • Zoning Advisor
  • 210.207.0874

  • Liz McLeod
  • Policy Advisor
  • 210.207.2723

  • Sandra G. Vidaurri
  • Senior Executive Secretary
  • 210.207.7044

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

  • Bianca Maldonado
  • Housing & Neighborhoods
  • 210.207.0873

  • Matteo Trevino
  • Council Aide 
  • 210.207.0872

  • Debbie Dehlinger
  • Volunteer
  • 210.207.0870
Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9am - 5pm

Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

By appointment only.
Please call 210-207-2727
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