Your District 7 Newsletter:
The Festive Edition
VOLUME 17 | Nov. 21, 2017
Dear Neighbors,
I want to tell you how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve you and your neighbors in District 7. To work on your behalf, to make the community I grew up in stronger, is a gift.

On Thanksgiving Day, when it’s my turn at the table to say what I’m thankful for, it’s going to take a while.

While we have a lot of needs in District 7, from drainage and sidewalks to senior services, we also have a lot of hard-working residents who care deeply about their neighborhoods and our city. Most of us look out for one another. We check on in our older neighbors. We help out those in need, either directly or through charitable donations.

I am blessed to represent you on City Council.

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you, too, have much to be thankful for.
Yours in public service,
P.S. The District 7 Office will be open until noon Wednesday, November 22nd and will be closed November 23rd and 24th in observance of Thanksgiving.
Announcing: District 7 Holiday Party
Mark your calendars!

This year's District 7 Holiday Open House will be on December 5th between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. It will be held at Exclusive Reception Hall on 5351 Glen Ridge Dr. We will have tamales, dessert, coffee and tea.

We ask that attendees bring a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank.
Thanksgiving with SAFFE
On November 23rd, from 11 AM to 1 PM, SAPD's SAFFE Substation will host a Thanksgiving lunch for residents. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 210-207-7420.
Complimentary VIA Service to Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner
As has become annual Thanksgiving tradition, VIA is again pleased to offer complimentary service for seniors attending the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. 
On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, passengers 55 and older who are traveling to the Jimenez Dinner can ride VIA bus and VIAtrans service fare-free, to and from the Convention Center. When boarding passengers should inform the operator that they are attending the Jimenez Dinner and show proof of age, with a VIA Senior ID, available at VIA Customer Service Centers, or with other ID showing proof of age.  
The Jimenez Dinner begins at 10:00 AM and continues until 4 PM in Exhibit Halls 3 and 4. Doors open at 9 AM.  
Passengers may use a special temporary bus stop placed closer to the entrance of the Convention Center for this event. 
For trip planning information, please visit or call Customer Service at 210-362-2020. 

VIA is proud to do our part to support the community during the Holidays, and throughout the year. For information about Senior Fare discounts, and other special reduced fares, please visit
Metro Health's ¡Viva Health! Tips
Thanksgiving, beyond the historical significance, is also associated with over-eating - whether attending more than one get-together or having second and third servings, on this day the turkey is not the only one feeling stuffed. With that in mind the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is sharing some tips to help you and your family make healthy choices this thanksgiving day.

  • Use simple substitutes while cooking:
  • Instead of using sugar, consider using a low-calorie sugar substitute. 
  • Use whole-grain breads and pastas. 
  • Instead of whole milk or heavy cream, try low-fat or skim milk. 
  • Bake, grill or steam vegetables instead of frying.
  • Be creative and add some fresh herbs and salt-free spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice or onion, garlic or chili powder. 
  • When entertaining, use smaller dinner plates, that are less than 9 inches in diameter
  • When creating your plate, choose your veggies first, and fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. 
  • Take a walk with family and friends before and after your meal.
  • Get enough rest.
  • If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal. 
  • Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. It will be harder to keep your blood sugar in control, and you’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat.
  • If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal.
  • Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food. 

And 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:
Braun Oaks Blue Santa Toy Drive
Join the Braun Oaks Neighborhood on December 4th for the final Blue Santa Toy Drive Final Pick Up. The final pick up is scheduled for 6 to 6:30 PM at the Braun Oaks Club House, 10555 Tezel Rd. Kids welcome.

The Blue Santa Program was created to help bring holiday happiness to families and children throughout San Antonio. Blue Santa is all about bringing hope and joy to families that struggle to make ends meet during the toughest times of the year: the holidays. Police officers are in a unique position to see the struggles families endure throughout the year. The San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) recognized these difficulties and began partnering with community companies and volunteers to collect food, clothes, toys, and monetary donations to assist thousands of families in our city.
Home for the Pawlidayz
This Friday through Sunday (November 24-26) will be sponsoring each adoptable pet currently sheltered at the San Antonio Humane Society--that means FREE ADOPTIONS!

Thanks to North Shore Animal League and Zappos for Good, every dog, cat, kitten, and puppy at the San Antonio Humane Society will have an even greater opportunity of finding their forever home for the holidays! We're inviting our community to visit the San Antonio Humane Society on 4804 Fredericksburg Rd. (open 12pm - 7pm) to find and take home a lifetime of unconditional love.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the calendar on the Your District 7 website here.
District 7 SAWS Town Hall
Date: November 28
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Leon Valley Community Center, 6427 Evers Rd

SAWS representatives will present to attendees and take questions on the proposed rate changes. Please attend and invite your neighbors.

Public Workshop on VIA's Rapid Transit Corridor Studies
Date: November 29
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Temple Beth-El, 211 Belknap Place

Your valuable comments have helped in the study of four corridors that could support rapid transit options in the future. Community input is needed as we we look at three additional corridors across the region. To participate in the next Public Workshop, you can meet with VIA staff anytime between 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Nov. 29, 2017, or join the online meeting at Thank you for your help in shaping the future of transit in our region.
DSD Academy: Code Enforcement
Date: December 2
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Cliff Morton Development & Business Services Center, 1901 S. Alamo
RSVP to Ximena Copa-Wiggins at 210-207-0221 or email

Braun Oaks Blue Santa Toy Drive Final Pick Up
Date: December 4
Time: 6 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Braun Oaks Clubhouse, 10555 Tezel Rd

Join your community and take pictures with Blue Santa while sipping on hot coca and eating cookies on December 4. Kids welcome. You may drop off toys beginning November 18.

District 7 Holiday Party
Date: December 5
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Exclusive Reception Hall, 5351 Glen Ridge Dr.
Canned food donations for the San Antonio Food Bank are greatly appreciated.
Our Office Staff

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

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