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VOLUME 83 | March 16, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
The City is getting a head start on next year’s budget and we are asking: what do you want to see in it? More funding for sidewalks, street maintenance, or Animal Care Services? Your first opportunity to get involved in the budget is a Tele-Townhall with City Manager Erik Walsh this Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. You can register here and you’ll get a phone call when it starts on Tuesday evening.

Additionally, I have great news for residents who enjoy our Linear Creekway Trail System or Nani Falcone Park: the City is proposing to connect the park to our creekway trails with construction starting in 2020. This proposal is part of the City's Greenway Trail System Plan, funded by a voter-approved 1/8 cent sales tax. The Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to a public meeting this Thursday, March 21, to learn more about what the project means for the community. It’ll begin at 6:00 at Stevenson Middle School, 8403 Tezel Road.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Welcome to the neighborhood, Fiesta Youth! Councilwoman Sandoval welcomed Fiesta Youth to their new office at Woodlawn Pointe today. Fiesta Youth has served San Antonio's LGBT youth for the last five years by providing them with a safe and accepting environment to express themselves. Learn more about their work at fiesta-youth.org/
Councilwoman Sandoval visited the Memory Café at District 7's Jefferson Outreach, an inclusive space where people living with dementia and their family caregivers can relax, learn, be creative, and socialize with others. The Memory Cafés are hosted by Caring for the Caregiver once a month and are free and open to the public.

Caring for the Caregiver offers a variety of programs. For more info and to sign up for future Memory Cafés, follow Caring for the Caregiver on Facebook or visit https://utcaregivers.org/events/
Congratulations, Univision, for the launch of San Antonio's first Spanish morning show! Viewers can catch Primera Hora from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. on channel 41.
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,

My son just finished his first year of college here in town and is now looking for a summer internship. Do you know anyone looking? Do you know anyone who pays their interns?

Thanks,
Studious on Stone Creek
Hi Studious,

Actually, yes, I do! The City of San Antonio has two opportunities:

The Ambassador Internship program is for young San Antonians who went to high school here and who have completed their first semester of college. Successful applicants are placed in private organizations, non-profits, or in one of the many City departments working to improve our community. 

I’ve had several Ambassador’s serve in my office over the last two summers. They’ve been great and were helpful in organizing our Back to School events and working with constituents. You can learn more and apply here. The deadline is coming up on March 31, so apply soon!

The second opportunity, the Summer Youth Employment Program, is for current or recent high school students in the City. The application just opened today and is available here.

Both programs are eight weeks long, starting June 17 and ending on August 9. They are both great opportunities for San Antonio students to gain work experience over the summer while getting paid for their time.
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 April 6 at our field office at 4414 Centerview Dr, Suite 160.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
District 7 in the News
"'What’s happening in Austin is happening there and we will get an update on that, but we need to keep moving forward. At this point, we did adopt that ordinance and we do have an implementation deadline for it,' said Ana Sandoval, Councilwoman representing District 7."

"A city committee discussed on Monday the ways the city could do more to protect people with disabilities from the city’s 16,000 permitted electric scooters and dockless bicycles."

"Ana Sandoval, concejal del distrito 7, invita al público a discutir un proyecto que busca ampliar circuitos públicos este 21 de marzo."

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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.
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
Metro Health Offering Free Flu Vaccines
Did you know: Flu season runs through the end of May! It’s not too late to get your flu shot & protect yourself today! San Antonio Metro Health is offering FREE flu vaccines to everyone 6 months and older.   Call us today at 210-207-8894 for more information. 

San Antonio Metro Health has 2 clinic locations for your convenience:
East Side Clinic
210 N. Mel Waiters Way
San Antonio, TX 78202
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Walk-In Only
Frank Garrett Center
1226 NW 18th St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Appointments Only
Review the Bexar County Transportation Conformity Plan
The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization presented the draft Transportation Conformity Document and associated air quality modeling runs to the public for review and feedback at a public meeting held Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The presentation can be viewed by clicking the image below.

The public can also review the document and comment online through March 29, 2019 at www.alamoareampo.org/airquality/conformity. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Allison Blazosky at blazosky@alamoareampo.org.
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Saturday, March 23
10 a.m. – Noon

The Ladies' Choice Book Club reads both fiction and non-fiction titles. Please request the books at the reference/information desk.
March 19: Tele-Townhall on the FY 2020
It’s time to speak up, San Antonio! Join us for a special teletownhall meeting with new City Manager Erik Walsh on March 19th at 6 p.m. to learn about the budget and see how you can make a huge difference! When you speak up, big things happen. It’s your City. Let’s talk!

¡Es hora de alzar su voz, San Antonio! Acompáñenos en una reunión por teléfono con el nuevo administrador de la ciudad, Erik Walsh, el 19 de marzo a las 6 p.m. ¡para aprender sobre el presupuesto y ver cómo puede hacer una gran diferencia! Cuando alza su voz, suceden grandes cosas. Es tu ciudad ¡Hablemos!
March 21: Community Meeting on French Creek Trailway Project
Please join the City of San Antonio's Parks and Recreation Department for an open discussion on the new greenway trail project and potential neighborhood connections. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Stevenson Middle School, 8403 Tezel Road. For more information, please contact Lisa Reese at 210-207-3005 or lisa.reese@sanantonio.gov.

March 22-31: 6th Annual International Music Festival
April 6th : Ruck For Veterans
Rucking is a long standing military tradition to put on a backpack and march through various terrain.  

The event is located at the Triple H Ranch, 791 Backhaus Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. The march will be deemed a recreational ruck (non-competitive) and it will be 4 miles long. The terrain varies, from flat to sandy, rocky, some water and grassy. It is primarily flat but there are areas that go up and down mildly angled hills (typical hill country path). Medical support will be available throughout the course in case of emergencies and all ages are welcomed to participate.
April 13: Earth Day
Earth Day San Antonio is an Official Fiesta San Antonio event and is put on by the Westside Development Corporation and The Earth Day Committee. The event seeks to educate San Antonio residents and visitors on the value of protecting the environment and on practices that can preserve or improve our communities. For general inquiries about Earth Day 2019 and ways to get involved please email info@westsidedevcorp.com.

April 13, 2019 
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Lake Park
501 S. Josephine Tobin Dr.
Upcoming Events
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent, 5118 Loma Linda Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School, 5700 Hemphill Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Community Meeting: Proposed French Creek Trailway Expansion
Date: March 21
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stevenson Middle School, 8403 Tezel Rd
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Rolling Ridge Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 25
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Woodlawn Lake Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 26
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Gym, 219 Alexander
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 27
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Stagecoach Run Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Joe Ward Center, 435 E Sunshine Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Meeting
Date: March 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Joe Ward Center, 435 E Sunshine Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
RESCHEDULED: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: New City Park
Date: March 30
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: District 7's Newest Park, 224 W Quill
*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.

CLOSED for Election Day on March 12.