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VOLUME 111 | October 25, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
This week early voting sites opened in San Antonio for residents to cast their ballots on amendments to the Texas Constitution. Election day is Tuesday, November 5 and early voting runs through Friday, November 1.

Here are some resources about the amendments and polling sites. I hope to see you at the polls during early voting!

Voters Guide

For an explanation of the 10 constitutional amendments on the ballot and nonpartisan, unbiased arguments for and against each, you can:

  • Pick up the League’s Voters Guide from any local public library, or
  • Or go to the League's VOTE411.org website to read the Voters Guide, where it is also available in a form accessible to users of screen readers.

Expanded Early Voting Locations

In addition to usual early voting sites, Bexar County Elections is expanding its early voting locations! Click below to see early voting locations and hours.
Yours in public service,
P.S. Don't forget to join us tomorrow morning for the Ability Strong Parade & Fest! See below for more details.
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval spent Saturday morning at Maury Maverick Library visiting with District 7 residents (and spooky ghosts!) at Coffee with Ana. Pictured above is Preston, a bright 5th grader aspiring to attend MIT who has been building robots since the age of three. If you love Halloween, don't forget to check out your library's spooktacular Halloween offerings like all these scary movies!
Councilwoman Sandoval and Councilman Pelaez featured above with Congressional Staff.

As a member of City Council’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Councilwoman Sandoval traveled to Washington D.C. this week to meet with the offices of Congressmen Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Lloyd Doggett, and Will Hurd as well as some federal offices. Councilwoman Sandoval primarily advocated for:.

  • City reimbursement of support to migrants;

  • Technical assistance and funding opportunities to support the City’s domestic violence efforts from Department of Justice and Health & Human Services;

  • VIA’s grant request to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the redevelopment of the Robert Thompson Transit Center;

  • Funding from the Defense Communities Infrastructure Program (DCIP) which supports infrastructure around military installations with the Department of Defense - Office of Economic Adjustment; and

  • Military funding for Joint Base San Antonio.
The District 7 office teamed up with Nomadik Yoga last week at Woodlawn Lake Park to enjoy a session under the stars! Join us for our next yoga outing on
November 7th at 6:30PM at Woodlawn Lake Park!
This past Saturday, the District 7 team joined the League of Women Voters of Texas 100 Year Strong Celebration. Learn more about the League of Women Voters by visiting their website here.
D7 in the News
Sight of abused dogs in San Antonio prompted meter reader to work on behalf of pets
" She’s crawled through drainage ditches to rescue pups. She’s trudged through knee-high grass and clinging burrs, searching for loose dogs. She tracked a wild, 160-pound pot-bellied pig that ACS officers captured after it had dined on chocolate donuts she had laid out to make an irresistible trail."







Late-night construction noise could lead counil to enact 7 p.m.-7a.m. ban
"It's become a time-honored tradition around San Antonio - ground is broken on a new apartment complex or office building and neighbors are assaulted by construction noise at all hours of the day and night. Relief though, might finally be in sight."

Two City Council Members to Ride Bikes Down Lower Broadway on Sunday
" This Sunday, a flock of cyclists – including at least two San Antonio City Council members – is set to ride south on Broadway along the 3-mile route of a street improvement project slated to begin next year. Organizers hope the ride will bring more attention to San Antonio’s need for more and better bike lanes.

Everything You Need To Know About San Antonio's Tree Canopy (Interview)
Listen in as San Antonio City Arborist and District 7 resident, Mark Bird, provides tips and advice on how to care for your trees this upcoming winter!






CPS Energy offers safety tips ahead of cold front headed to San Antonio
"With colder weather arriving in San Antonio this weekend, CPS Energy is offering a few tips to help its customers stay warm and safe.
The cold front is expected to move in late Thursday afternoon and will bring low temperatures in the 40s by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. San Antonio may also experience a shower or two Thursday evening."

Ana at Your Service
Councilwoman Sandoval and her team are working everyday to help the residents of District 7 solve their problems and make the district a better place for all. Is there something we can help you with? Contact us at 210-207-0870 or district7@sanantonio.gov and we'd be happy to help.
Announcements
Have Coffee with Ana!
Appointments are available for an upcoming Coffees with Ana! 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 district7@sanantonio.gov.
Saturday Code Enforcement Hot Line
It’s new! Saturday Code Enforcement Hotline (210) 207-CODE (2633)
Answered by a Code Enforcement Officer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for faster resolution, the Saturday Code Enforcement Hot Line is way to report common violations seen on weekends:

• Illegal garage sales
• Bandit (illegal) signs...
• Working without proper permits
• Front yard parking
• Right-of-way obstructions
October 16 - November 13:
Public Info Meetings on Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance
The updated Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance will take effect on December 1, 2019. Sick & Safe Leave is a law in San Antonio that requires most employees in San Antonio be given time off needed to be absent from work because the employee or the employee’s family member experiences illness, injury, stalking, domestic abuse, sexual assault or otherwise requires medical or health care, including preventive care, and mental healthcare.  

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health), will be hosting eight free information sessions in different areas of the City of San Antonio which will allow employers and employees to learn more about the updated Sick & Safe Leave ordinance. “Metro Health is available to help employers and employees learn about the new updates to the Sick & Safe Leave ordinance. Our goal is to provide education, technical assistance and tools that businesses need to successfully implement the ordinance by December 1, 2019,” said Jennifer Herriott, Interim Director of Health.
Advance registration is requested for all sessions. To attend one of the free Sick & Safe Leave Information Sessions please register at: https://sasickandsafeleave.eventbrite.com. Upon request Spanish translation or interpretation for the hard of hearing will be available. 

More information on the Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance can be found at www.sanantonio.gov/health and questions can be submitted to paidsickleave@sanantonio.gov, or by calling 311 or 210-207-8458. 
Does your home need repairs to improve health & safety? It's now lead based paint & home weatherization awareness month. #SanAntonio residents are invited to the "Day of the Living Lead" mash party where they can sign up for home improvements + more!
Día de los Muertos, San Antonio’s beloved, cultural event, moves to Hemisfair on October 26th and 27th, offering expanded art booths, ofrendas, music, food and an experience that has become a tradition for all.Now in its 7th year, Día de los Muertos is bigger and better than ever. Experience. Enjoy. Remember. Our loved ones are still with us at Día de los Muertos.
The Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee ( BMAC) & Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee ( PMAC) invite you to the Alamo Area MPO's Walk & Bike Night Spooktacular!

Don a costume (keep it family friendly, please), join us for a game of Transportation Lotería, and catch up on news from the region's active transportation partners!
Join us in celebrating our dearly departed familia, friends, and ancestors at our annual Día de los Muertos celebration! Admission is free!

There will be displays of community altars/ofrendas, live music, face painting for children, food, and more! The evening will highlight readings of literary ofrendas to remember our dead, and calavera poems that poke fun at the living and their untimely encounters with La Muerte or La Catrina. We will also have a procession through the neighborhood, so please join us! Folks are welcome to dress up and bring an instrument or noise maker for the procession.

And now that our clay cooperative MujerArtes is in their new adobe/compressed earth block studio at the Rinconcito, visitors will be able to see the culmination of the women’s hard work and creative endeavors. They will be selling Day of the Dead clay artwork and more!

Concessions of hot chocolate, tamales, and the traditional pan de muerto will be available. Vegan options will be available.

Join us in conserving our traditions and celebrating our cultura in El Westside de San Antonio!

In addition to the Día de los Muertos celebration, the Esperanza will host a series of Day of the Dead workshops IN OCTOBER for community members to learn the various aspects of this cultural tradition. The workshops will include how to make ofrendas/altares, paper flowers, and sugar skulls. For more info on our Day of the Dead celebration, workshops in October, or if you’d like to make an altar, please call 210.228.0201!

Date: Friday, November 1
Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Organizer: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Phone: (210) 228-0201
Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its 42nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Altares y Ofrendas, with even más cultura this year, Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail.

This year, Centro Aztlan is excited to have an outdoor stage with live music featuring students from Network for Young Artists, El Conjunto Heritage Taller, El Tallercito de Son, I Ching Gatos, Juan & Armando Tejada, y Volcán! Bring your dancing shoes, and your appetite too! Food Trucks will be serving up local eats and treats! 
Let's celebrate San Antonio's trees and nature! Arbor Day on Saturday, Nov. 4 from
9 a.m. to noon at Olmos Basin Park. Free event, free trees, and fun activities! For more, visit www.saparksandrec.com
Last year the Neighborhood Leadership Academy went city-wide and had great success among residents in all 10 districts. We are now accepting applications for the 2020 NLA! The application period will close October 31st and classes will begin January 2020. The application is available at www.sanantonio.gov/nla.
At the San Antonio Book Festival, we believe that the best way to expand a child’s world is to instill a love of books. The Festival’s Authors in Schools program helps encourage a passion for reading among children and teens. We pair award-winning authors with underserved, low-income schools throughout Bexar County to deliver presentations to hundreds of students, tell funny stories, share personal journeys, and describe the process of writing their books. All students in attendance receive a free, signed copy of the author’s book to take home

To be considered for this great opportunity apply here!
Battery Electric Vehicles [BEVs] are 100% electric and must be plugged in to an outlet to charge the battery (for example, the Nissan Leaf or the Chevrolet Bolt) while Internal Combustion Engine [ICE] Vehicles use an internal combustion engine and must be refueled using either gasoline or diesel (the most common type of vehicle).
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!
Rolling Ridge Club Neighborhood Meeting
Date: October 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Woodlawn Lake Community Association Meeting
Date: October 29
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Gym, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.

Census Worker Fair
Date: October 30
Time: 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m
Location: Forest Hills Library ,
5245 Ingram Road
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center,
326 John Adams Dr.
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible College, 2369 Benrus
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