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VOLUME 74 | January 13, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Over the past week City Council reviewed applications for the city manager position. Whereas the City Council directs the bus, the city manager is, in a sense, in the driver’s seat. He or she gets us there – ensuring consistency and professionalism in delivering city services. Selecting the next city manager will likely be the single most important action I take as your representative. That is why I want to thank those who made it out to our Community Conversations this week to learn about the process and share their thoughts. The feedback I received will help me prepare for next week’s interviews with the applicants. If you didn’t make it out to either conversation, email my office to share what’s important to you in how the city is managed.

Thirty one individuals applied for the position of City Manager. This morning, Council selected six candidates to interview. Their names and resumes are available online here.

On top of that, I’d like to share three more important updates. 

  1. As of Monday, former State Representative Justin Rodriguez (HD-125) became County Commissioner Rodriguez (Precinct 2). Per state law, in the event of a vacancy on the court, the County Judge selects a replacement to serve until the next general election, which will be in November of 2020. The special election to replace Representative Rodriguez will take place on February 12, 2019.
  2. On Thursday, City Council appointed Councilman Art Hall to serve as the District 2 Councilmember. He will serve through the end of Councilman Cruz Shaw’s original term, May 2019. I offer Councilman Hall my congratulations and look forward to working with him.
  3. This week, City Council will consider a resolution as part of my work in improving how we conduct community participation. The resolution outlines ten principles that, if adopted, will guide the city as it designs public participation in activities–public meetings, for example. It’s one of a number of requests I’ve made to make the city more accessible and user-friendly. I’ll talk about what the resolution means for residents next Monday on “The Source” on Texas Public Radio 89.1 FM at noon. You can leave a voicemail in advance or call in during the hour and ask me a question. The number is (210) 614-8980. The principles are available here for your convenience. If you support the message of these principles, I encourage you to let us know! Please send us an email, give us a call, or visit us at Citizens to be Heard on Wednesday, 6 p.m. or Thursday, 9 a.m. in the Municipal Plaza Building. More info on Citizens to be Heard here.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
We appreciate all those who joined us for our Community Conversations this weekend. We had a great showing and appreciate Commissioner Justin Rodriguez for joining us, Sheriff Javier Salazar for leading the pledge, and NowCastSA for recording the discussion.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced San Antonio as a winning city in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. The selection places the City into a two-year acceleration program that will provide powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat its near-term carbon reduction goals. As a Climate Challenge Winner, Bloomberg Philanthropies will work the city to achieve the following actions by 2020:
  • Meet electricity demand for municipal operations from 100% renewable sources.
  • Increase the number of electric vehicles in the city fleet and expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations citywide.
  • Reduce energy consumption in municipal and private buildings through deep energy retrofits and building energy benchmarking and disclosure programs.
  • Improve the transit experience and develop an implementable plan for a modern, multi-modal transportation system.
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 don’t understand. Why couldn’t Art Hall take a seat on the dais immediately after City Council appointed him? Does this mean that he doesn’t get to interview the candidates for city manager? Is Council doing anything to make sure District 2 is represented in the interviews?

Sincerely,
Perplexed on Placid
Dear Perplexed,

On Thursday, City Council approved Art Hall’s interim appointment to the District 2 council vacancy by 7-3. Yet without 2/3 of the votes (a "supermajority"), which for this was 8 votes, a City Code prevents Councilman Hall from formally beginning his service on council until after a ten-day delay period.

On Monday my colleagues and I will consider an amendment to the City Code to allow all appointees to begin service immediately regardless of whether or not there is a supermajority. If approved, Councilman Hall can begin participating in the hiring process immediately.

Thank you for your question.
Sincerely,

Ana
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District 7 in the News
"Tuesday, city officials and City Councilor Ana Sandoval hosted a meeting to discuss plans for Woodlawn Lake Park. It's one of many parks getting upgrades using bond money."

"By an 8-2 vote in December, with Rey Saldaña and Ana Sandoval opposing, City Council approved revisions to the Inner City Reinvestment and Infill Policy, or ICRIP, and the Center City Housing and Incentive Policy, or CCHIP."

"Ana Sandoval, concejal del Distrito 7, nos habla sobre la importancia del puesto del administrador para San Antonio y quién se perfila al puesto."

"La concejal Ana Sandoval informó que este 12 de enero se realizará el segundo encuentro para discutir temas como la elección del nuevo administrador de la ciudad."

"Mayor Ron Nirenberg has appointed District Seven Councilwoman, Ana Sandoval, as committee chair."

"'We're starting off 2019 with a cleaner environment for everyone to breathe healthier,' Sandoval said."

Neighbor of the Week:
Mary Rogers
You have probably heard of the idea that a person’s name influences their personality. We may now have proof because if you know Mary Rogers, you will not be surprised to learn that her maiden name is Lively. And lively she is! Her family is hails from West Virginia going all the way back to 1690 and the American Revolution. She and her husband came to San Antonio because of the military in 1963, and it is our good fortune that they stayed. And after a career that spanned working for General Electric and Kelly in defense contracting, Mary retired—to work for the good of the community, San Antonio, and District 7. Mary served on the City's Board of Adjustment for fourteen years as the District 7 appointee and has been appointed by five District 7 city council members. The Board of Adjustments considers whether exceptions can be made to the City Code (called variances) and is a quasi-judicial board, meaning it operates independently of City Council. The way she became involved? She was asked to watch a meeting; at the end of it, she said, “Yeah, I can do that.” Mary, always dedicated, is firm about the work of the Board of Adjustment for she knows it is serious business. People pay money to come before the Board, and they deserve thorough consideration. The Board’s decisions affect their lives. 

Mary is for historic preservation, against mass tree clearing (especially heritage trees), and for saving historic buildings. Thus she is involved in a number of activities close to her heart and passions: the Conservation Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. A mother, grandmother, and great, great grandmother, Mary Rogers serves as an example of a person dedicated to persevering and helping her community and neighbors in her distinctively lively fashion.

City Council District 7 is very glad to have her as our neighbor.
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Announcements
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center in Dire Need of Blood Donations
The Southwest Blood & Tissue Center is appealing to the public to donate blood and for organizations to organize blood drives. During National Blood Donor Month in January, STBTC will thank donors with a $10 H-E-B gift card. Donors giving platelets or type O blood will receive a $20 H-E-B gift card, to help replenish these blood supplies

For more information and to schedule a donation, visit here or call 210-731-5590.
Clean Brush Pickup Week of January 14
The Solid Waste Management Department(SWMD) has recently delivered notices to customers in District 7 notifying them of upcoming curbside collection of clean brush.

For more information about what can be picked up please visit SWMD's web page here.

Click here to find out when your brush pickup date is.
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!
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Project Linus
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Friday, January 18
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Do you like to knit, crochet or quilt? Join Project Linus and create hand-made blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children. Please bring some supplies for your blanket project.
Forest Hills Branch Library Bond Community Informational Meeting
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)
Saturday, January 19
10 a.m. – Noon
Please join Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval and City staff as we share information about the upcoming improvements to Forest Hills Branch Library. These will include enhancements to the children’s, teens, and customer service areas, a community room upgrade with embedded technology for meetings and programming, and public computer area updates.
Basic Principles of Building a Financial Foundation - Increase cash flow and debt management (part 1 of 4)
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 7254)
Saturday, January 19
1 – 2 p.m.
Begin the year with a solid financial foundation plan! Mr. Jagir Patel, Marketing Director of World Financial Group, will discuss basic principles on building a strong financial foundation on various financial topics during a 4 part series. Mark your calendar!
South Texas Role Playing Game Club at Maverick
Maverick Branch Library (8700 Mystic Park, 78254)
Sunday, January 20
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Come out and enjoy Role Playing Game Sundays with games of collaborative storytelling hosted by South Texas Role Playing Game Club and The Crypt Robber’s Union Local #3. The games are fun and easy to learn for both new and experienced players.
Upcoming Events
Councilwoman Sandoval is guest on Texas Public Radio's "The Source"
Date: January 14
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Join the conversation! Tune in at 89.1 FM and call in at live hour [12 to 1 p.m.] at (210) 614-8980 to make a comment on the show.
Jefferson Neighborhood Association Meeting
Date: January 14
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Culebra Park Neighborhood Association Meeting
Date: January 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary, 5700 Hemphill Drive
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Braun Station West Annual Meeting
Date: January 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station Elementary, 8631 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Pheasant Creek HOA Annual Meeting
Date: January 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Rhodes Elementary, 5714 N Knoll
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Public Input Meeting: Forest Hills Library Bond Project
Date: January 19
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Bluffs at West Chase Annual Meeting
Date: January 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grady's Barbecue, 7400 Bandera Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting
Date: January 22
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza, 114 W Commerce St
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
City Council Community Health & Equity Committee Meeting
Date: January 24
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza, 114 W Commerce St
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Dream Week: Chronicles of Anita Hill
Date: January 25
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Rape Crisis Center, 4606 Centerview Dr, Suite 200
*Councilwoman Sandoval will moderate the panel event.*
Leon Valley Town Hall
Date: January 26
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Leon Valley Conference Center, 6427 Evers Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Rolling Ridge Club HOA Meeting
Date: January 28
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr West
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
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