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VOLUME 80 | February 22, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
I’ve spent the past few weeks meeting with residents and businesses to discuss the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. I am encouraged when I hear residents support a practical and responsible approach to protecting people and places from the harms of climate change.

In case you haven’t heard yet: The City released a draft of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan last month. The plan sets out two goals: (1) identify how to protect our community from climate change’s most devastating effects and (2) plan how a community can prepare for a changing climate that will bring drier, hotter days and more severe weather. You can read the plan here or get a copy at any San Antonio library. You can also request a presentation for your neighborhood, business, or greater community from the Office of Sustainability by visiting here.

I'll continue to provide updates on the plan until it goes to City Council for a vote. Currently, we're planning to vote on it in May 2019. I encourage everyone to share their ideas and thoughts through the Climate Action survey.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed residents at the this week's open house on the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan. Didn't make it? Don't worry! Submit your feedback here.
City Council presented the City's 2018 Sustainability Awards on Wednesday to the following award winners: CVF Homes; the Trinity University Center for Sciences and Innovation Green Roo; LPA, Inc. Office; SAISD's Clean Green Yellow School Bus Machines Program; the Earthen Construction Initiative; and Industry Leader Larry Graf. Learn more about their efforts by watching the awards video here.
UT Health Science Center holds a Monthly Memory Café at Jefferson Outreach. Are you caring for someone with dementia? The Memory Cafés are excellent opportunities to connect with other caregivers and pick up a couple of new skills, too. For more information, call us at 210-207-0870.
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 "Ask Ana Anything".
Hi Ana,

I read about the plan to take down 300 billboards. How cool! Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of them. Anyway, I do hope the city and company stick to that plan. Who can I send my feedback to?

Thanks,
Happy on Hemphill
Dear Happy,

I’m glad to hear about the plan, too. For those who haven’t heard already, the City is considering changing the City Code to allow a billboard company to add 12 new digital billboards to the backs of existing billboards. In exchange, the company would remove nearly 300 billboards across the City.

It’s a win-win deal that I will support, although the details haven’t been settled on. The City has a couple of specific things they want to hear from residents via SASpeakUp.com, such as: Do you have any concerns with digital billboards? Should we have billboards removed from historic streets or scenic streets?

I hope you’ll participate and thank you for the question.
Yours in public service,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Have Coffee with Ana!
Spots are available for upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for District 7 residents to schedule a twenty minute, one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

Coffees are held on the first Saturday of the month. The next Coffee will be held on March 2 at our field office at the Maverick Library. It is booked to capacity. The next Coffee will be held on April 6.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
District 7 in the News
"Neighbor complaints prompted the city to take action. Since the warrant was involved in summer 2018, the changes have been significant. [Councilwoman] Sandoval pointed to SAPD records showing 93 service calls between July and December, a 65 percent reduction."

"District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said anything passed at City Hall is made stronger with input from different perspectives."

"'What the city does adopt in the end is something that will improve quality of life,' she said. 'There’s some sense out there that this is about over-regulation or taking cars away from people.'"

"'This is really just a framework,' Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7) said. 'We don’t know what the final form of these programs will take at this point in time. All we’re saying is, for instance, we know that electric vehicles will allow us to reduce emissions from gas-powered vehicles.'"

"'I have seen environmental innovation spur jobs, spur new economies,' said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), a supporter of the plan who has experience working in air-quality issues. 'That is my hope for San Antonio.'"

Gonzales, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7), and Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4) pushed to prioritize protected bike lanes. Saldaña, who chairs the transportation committee, said one of the only two votes he ever regretting casting as a councilman was when he supported removing bike lanes from South Flores because it bolstered the idea that the city’s infrastructure would be driven by vehicles.

Neighbor of the Week:
Marisol De La Cruz
What does one do with a degree in political science? Work for the legislature? Teach? Or open a small business called the Koffee Kup? And, of course, the latter was the choice for Marisol De La Cruz, a St. Mary’s grad, who opened her specialty restaurant in Jefferson Village (1025 Donaldson) last year. Marisol had experience as a barista but didn’t realize her future until she noticed the “for lease” sign while eating at Chile, Tomate y Cebolla a few doors down. The space had been several other businesses, but at some point in the past it had been the Koffee Kup; thus, as Marisol says, she took a “leap of faith,” and a namesake coffee nook was created.

Her desire was to create a community space, a gathering place, as “coffee brings people together.” And her cozy space does just that. Her bestsellers are Mexican Mocha, a chocolate lover’s delight, and The Cuban, espresso poured over raw cane sugar; however, Marisol’s personal favorite is Ethiopia Yirgacheffe black coffee. She also uses a San Antonio roaster: locally owned, locally roasted! In addition to delicious coffee, Marisol serves kolaches, scones, and paninis at lunch. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Friday from 7 am-2 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8-2. There are also some evening hours for board game nights. Visit their Facebook page here.

Her vision doesn’t stop with coffee; Marisol is starting Domingo (Sunday) on Donaldson, an artisan market, in Jefferson Village. The first one will be March 10th in front of her shop and Dibble’s from 11 am to 2 pm. It will feature eight to ten vendors. The plan is to have Domingo on Donaldson quarterly. You can email her here.

Don’t just smell the coffee. Go by and have a cup for we are fortunate to have Marisol, a Culebra Park resident, as our neighbor!
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Announcements
SA Climate Ready collecting community input on draft of
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan
SA Climate Ready, an initiative led by the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Navigant, has released the draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). With a focus on equity, the plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. The CAAP is a data-driven plan that outlines the policies and steps that serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.

A city’s response to climate change can be framed around two separate pathways for action: mitigation and adaptation. San Antonio’s CAAP identifies strategies for both, presents a detailed discussion of these strategies and includes efforts to support planning and funding discussions. The CAAP also includes a community GHG inventory, climate projections and a path to carbon neutrality.

The CAAP is the result of an intensive community process that brought together a diverse coalition of 91 community leaders as part of a Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups and solicited significant input from the community-at-large.

The public is invited to provide their feedback on the draft plan, as well as share their visions and priorities for a climate-ready San Antonio by visiting saspeakup.com or e-mailing sustainability@sanantonio.gov.

To view the draft CAAP, visit saclimateready.org. Printed copies are also available in City of San Antonio public libraries.
Center City Development & Operations Department promotes transparency with publicly accessible housing incentive database
To inform San Antonio residents about Center City Housing Incentive Policy (CCHIP) projects and how these projects contribute to increasing density and providing a variety of housing options in the center city, the City’s Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO) developed a publicly accessible online database of all active CCHIP agreements that the department monitors. This information demonstrates a commitment to best practices for government agencies, but also increases existing transparency efforts which have been a priority for the City of San Antonio.
 
The free database provides links to each CCHIP incentive agreement, names of developers involved in these agreements, number of housing units facilitated, private investment commitments, incentives offered and other contractual terms. The database also identifies the variety of housing affordability options the program has incentivized in the center city and surrounding area. The CCHIP offers a package of incentives to promote housing in the center city. Eligible Projects may receive City Fee Waivers, SAWS Impact Fee Waivers, Real Property Tax Reimbursement Grants, and infrastructure grants based on the terms outlined in the CCHIP.
 
“Housing is the foundation of any neighborhood and it is necessary to create a vibrant urban core,” said John Jacks, CCDO Director. “CCHIP creates a stronger downtown for everyone by encouraging density and growth in the center city through a variety of housing types at different affordability levels. When combined with other economic development incentive programs, CCHIP contributes to a mixed-use urban core that is necessary to enhance and diversify the downtown economy.”
 
All active CCHIP agreements managed by CCDO can be viewed at www.sanantonio.gov/CCDO/IncentiveAgreements. New agreements will be added as they are executed.
CivTech SA Announces 2019 Residency and City’s Civic Challenges
CivTech SA, powered by the City of San Antonio and Geekdom, have announced the 2019 Residency, which will provide the opportunity for respondents to transform the City using technology and business ideas to build innovative solutions to civic challenges.
 
Registration for the Residency Program is now live on the City’s website. Interested parties are invited to apply to the program to support enhancements in various City departments. Registration is available HERE or at www.civtech-sa.com.
 
The challenges to be resolved by the selected team(s) are as follows: 

  • CHALLENGE 1: How can we reduce the amount of waste created by property deconstruction?
  • CHALLENGE 2: How can the City encourage diverse participation on City Commissions & Boards? 
  • CHALLENGE 3: How can the City connect its citizens to affordable housing?
  • CHALLENGE 4: How can local government better connect to private sector services?
  • CHALLENGE 5: How can we address challenges faced by our City’s homeless population?
  • CHALLENGE 6: How can we uplift the small business community?
  • CHALLENGE 7: How can the City help panhandlers transition into a safer lifestyle?
 
Last year’s CivTech SA Residency Program saw success with Reckon Point as they took on the Aviation challenge and Kinetech Cloud as they tackled the Department of Human Services (DHS) challenge. Reckon Point focused on the Airport Challenge to collect and manage flight information and unify the Airports current mapping applications. Kinetech worked with the DHS to digitize the Utility Assistance Application to alleviate paper-based processes while providing real-time application status tracking for applicants.

For more details on CivTech SA and the Residency program and registration, visit: https://www.civtech-sa.com.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax return preparation to hard-working taxpayers earning up to $55,000 annually. District 7 has the following VITA locations:

  • Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
  • St. Mary's University's Center for Legal and Social Justice, 2507 NW 36th St.
  • The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas St.
  • Westfall Library, 6111 Rosedale Ct.

Don't forget to take with you your:
  • Driver's license or photo ID
  • Social Security card or ITIN for all family members
  • All W-2 forms
  • 1099 forms
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park
Saturday, February 23
10:00 a.m. - noon

The Ladies' Choice Book Club reads both fiction and non-fiction titles. Please request the books at the reference/information desk.
Black History Month 2019 Concert
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
Saturday, February 23
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble presents a special concert in celebration of Black History Month 2019.
Project Linus
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
Friday, March 1
11 a.m.

Do you like to kit, crochet, or quilt? Join Project Linus and create hand-made blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children. Please bring some supplies for your blanket project.
January 19th-March 1st: Public Art San Antonio Call for Artists
The Department of Arts & Culture is seeking applicants in the categories of Public Artist and Support Services/Collaborative Partners!

The call will close on March 1. For more information and to apply, for more info visit getcreativesanantonio.com!
January 25th-March 12th: Recycling Expo for Parents and Students
The City of San Antonio's Solid Waste Management Department is hosting a recycling expo. Curby and Friends will be in attendance and they hope to see you and your family for one (or more) of the six dates!

Education, activities, games, prizes and presentations are designed for grades Pre-K to 12th.

Meet Curby and learn how we can protect our City and the greater environment by recycling!
February 24: Musical Bridges Around the World Presents “Pastiche” at San Fernando Cathedral
 Lilya Zilberstein, 1987 gold medalist of the Busoni Piano Competition performs with violin virtuoso Emanuel Borok, former concertmaster of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The concert is part of the Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral presented by Musical Bridges Around the World.

The concert will be on Sunday, February 24 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the San Fernando Cathedral.

Musical Bridges Around the World is a nonprofit that unites, educates and inspires through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming. MBAW public programs reach more than 80,000 people annually free of charge. For more information, visit www.musicalbridges.org or call (210) 464-1534.
February 25: Community Meeting: Public Art for Seeling Channel
Public Art San Antonio is seeking community input for a public art project in the Seeling Channel area. Tell them what you think about public art in Seeling Channel area: take the survey at SASpeakUp.com, attend the community meeting on Monday, 2/25 at 6:00pm at Jefferson High, or call Public Art Project Manager Sarah Farwell (210-207-5951).

Comparte su opinión sobre como la Ciudad puede crear arte público para la zona del Canal Seeling cerca del Parque Woodlawn Lake! Tome nuestra encuestra en SASpeakUp.com
February 25: Community Meeting: Salvage & Deconstruction
Meet up with your neighbors to learn how the City is working with you to reuse, repurpose, and upcycle for a more sustainable San Antonio. Attend the Community Meeting on Monday, 2/25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

Reúnase con sus vecines para aprender cómo la Ciudad está trabajando con usted para reutilizar y reciclar para un San Antonio más sostenible. La plática es lunes, 2/25 a Central Library.
March 11-15: 2019 Spring Break Camp
We all like to be efficient and save on energy costs. Whether it's winter heating or summer cooling, CPS Energy has programs and rebates to help you save.

Come visit with CPS Energy at their People First! Community Fair to learn about simple things you can do now to save on your energy bill. Programs like Casa Verde offer free weatherization improvements for qualifying home owners and renters and their Affordability Discount Program helps qualifying customers pay their bill.

The event will be on March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crown Jewel Ballroom at 1416 Callaghan Road.
March 11-15: 2019 Spring Break Camp
Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Spring Break Camp from March 11-15.

Parents can register their kids ages 6-14 online or go to any designated location to register. For more information please click here.

Registration is $3 per child per day activities will include sports, fitness and many fun activities!
Upcoming Events
Community Meeting: Public Art for Seeling Channel
Date: February 25
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Thomas Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting
Date: February 26
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W Commerce St
*You can view the meeting on Facebook Live here.*
City Council Community Health & Equity Committee Meeting
Date: February 26
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza Building, 114 W Commerce St
*You can view the meeting on Facebook Live here.*
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: New City Park
Date: March 2
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: District 7's Newest Park, 224 W Quill
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Conversation: Drainage & Flood Control
Date: March 4
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Grace Presbyterian Church, 950 Donaldson Ave
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Braun Oaks HOA Board Meeting
Date: March 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Braun Oaks Clubhouse, 10555 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School, 2369 Benrus
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary, 6003 Thunder Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
TxDOT Open House & Public Hearing on 410 Project
Date: March 5
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Northside Activity Center, 7001 Culebra Road
NW Alliance Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 6
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Guilbeau Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Guilbeau Park Community Center, 9214 Caen
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
French Creek Village HOA Meeting
Date: March 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Braun Station West HOA Board Meeting
Date: March 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Staff
  • 210.207.2727

  • Lexi Bachran
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • 210.207.0875

  • Charlie Mazuca
  • Neighborhood Engagement Officer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Debbie Dehlinger
  • Super Volunteer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Julio Arroyo
  • Executive Secretary
  • 210.207.7044

  • Bianca Maldonado
  • Chief of Policy & Communications
  • 210.207.0873

  • Matteo Trevino
  • Communications Coordinator
  • 210.207.0872

  • Frank Ramirez IV
  • Zoning & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0874

  • Josh Jaeschke
  • Policy & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0858
Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

Monday - Friday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.