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VOLUME 102 | August 29, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Starting the Conversation on a Voluntary Gun Buyback Program

While much of our recent attention has been on preventing rampage shootings, accidental shootings continue to happen at an alarming rate and demand our attention and action.

Each year in Texas, 609 kids are injured or killed by guns. The most recent shooting in San Antonio occurred just three weeks ago when two teenage boys accidentally discharged a handgun they had been playing with.

Often, these children found the gun—unsecured—in their own home before either shooting themselves or a friend.

It’s a tragic event that happens far too often. That’s why I joined my colleagues Councilman Courage and Councilwoman Andrews-Sullivan earlier this week to introduce their proposal for a voluntary gun buyback program. It’s one possible option in what needs to be a multi-pronged approach to reducing gun violence.

As proposed, the program would use funds from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, so it would not require taxpayer dollars. 

You may have read that gun buyback programs don’t reduce criminal shootings or street violence. That’s true. But that’s not our goal. Our goals for the program are simply to reduce the odds that a child stumbles on their parent’s gun and accidentally harms themselves or their friends and family and to offer people who may no longer want their guns a safe way to dispose of them that ensures they do not fall into the wrong hands.

Rest in Peace, Mayor Lila Cockrell

Mayor Cockrell will always hold a larger than life place in San Antonio's history. Not only was she the first woman to serve as San Antonio's Mayor (and the first female mayor of one of the top 10 cities in the U.S.), she was the first woman to chair the board of CPS Energy (then known as City Public Service), the first president of both the Texas Municipal League and the San Antonio Parks Foundation. She even helped to bring the Spurs to San Antonio during her term as mayor.

Perhaps her most important contribution to San Antonio was her commitment to smoothly transitioning our City Council from citywide elections to single-member districts at a time when the idea wasn't as accepted as it is today.

Although she passed today, her legacy lives on in our city.

You're Invited to Learn about National Security and Climate Change

As the climate changes across the world, military officials are asking: what does this mean for national security? With temperatures continuing to rise and both storms and droughts becoming more severe, how will countries maintain stability? Similarly, we at the City have wondered: will San Antonio remain a top place for military training? If not, what would that mean for our economy and the hundreds of thousands of local jobs in the defense sector?

It's an important topic for San Antonio. That’s why I want to make sure you received an invitation to the World Affairs Council's panel on National Security and Climate Change this coming Thursday, September 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Weathered Souls Brewing Co., 606 Embassy Oaks #500. I hope to see you there!
Yours in public service,
Editor's Note: The District 7 Field Office off of Babcock and Callaghan will be closed this coming Friday, August 30. The District 7 Office at City Hall will remain open and available at 210-207-7044 or district7@sanantonio.gov.

Both District 7 Offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.
The Week in Photos
Woodlawn Lake Park welcomed the District 7 Office and SABullyFree this past weekend for a screening of One Chance, a documentary about the rise of world champion boxer and San Antonian Robert Quiroga. Following the movie, the audience held up their phones and took the SABullyFree pledge.
A hearty thank you to the Solid Waste Management Department! Not only did they do an excellent job removing brush and fallen branches after the June storm, but they also turned the brush into mulch they could provide to the community.
Can We Talk, an organization of over 65 women's organizations, hosted the City Councilwomen for a discussion on the Status of Women in San Antonio.
D7 in the News
"Lila Cockrell, San Antonio’s first woman mayor and the first of her gender to lead one of America’s 10 largest cities, died Thursday."

"The proposal’s goal 'is to reduce the number of weapons that could fall into the hands of bad actors or mentally unstable persons through illegal gun transfers, theft or accidental means,' according to a memo from the council members."

"Most Council members favored the City’s newly revamped climate plan after changes were made that stripped some of the most controversial ideas. However, one Council member still took issue with the language."

Announcements
August 29: Retablos Fronterizos / Postcards from the Border Exhibit
The Mexican Cultural Institute is very pleased to invite the public to the opening of the exhibit "Retablos Fronterizos" (Postcards from the Border) from Joel Salcido next Thursday, August 29th at 6pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 643 E Nueva St. 
 
This exhibit is part of the Fotoseptiembre Festival 2019 and will display a series of photographs and moving literary vignettes that portray the moral, economic and cultural dignity of those living along the 1,254 mile Texas-Mexico border. 
September 5: Climate & Security - A Conversation in Military City, USA
Join us for a discussion about climate change as viewed through the lens of national security and global stability, including the additional consequences it may pose for Military City, USA. 

The panel will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Weathered Souls Brewing Co. at 606 Embassy Oaks, #500, 78216.
September 11: Citizenship Information Sessions
Become a citizen! American Gateways presents a citizenship information session at several libraries that will introduce you to the process of becoming a citizen.

Learn what documentation is needed for the next step of filling out an Application Form.

Join American Gateways at Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Rd., on Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m.
September 14: 10th Annual Citizen Preparedness Workshop
The San Antonio Office f Emergency Management (SAOEM) invites you to the Citizen Preparedness Workshop, on September 14th from 9 am to 12 p at the Emergency Operations Center. This workshop connects citizens with the City's emergency management resources and partner agencies. The goal of this workshop is to strengthen the community by equipping citizens with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you and your families recover from an emergency.
 
For additional information or to RSVP contact Ashley Carter at ashley.carter@sanantonio.gov or
210-206-8551.
September 21: 11th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Join the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), preservation professionals, and your neighbors at the 11th annual Historic Homeowner Fair to learn how to maintain your home!

The Historic Homeowner Fair is a free event hosted by OHP that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. The fair provides education to homeowners about caring for and maintaining their properties.
Survey: Proactive Inspections for Senior Living Facilities
The City of San Antonio Development Services Department wants to know what you think about having proactive inspections for Senior Living Facilities.
The aim is to ensure the health and safety of this vulnerable population.

CPS Energy: FlexSTEP Survey and FlexPowerBundle Survey
CPS Energy will be reaching out to the community to solicit input on FlexSTEP, the next generation of energy management programs for its customers. Seeking feedback from a broad array of customers and key stakeholders, CPS Energy will use the information that it gathers to update, design, and create programs and services that meet the needs of its diverse set of customers.
Upcoming Events
Wonder where your District 7 Team is headed next? Join Councilwoman Sandoval and/or District 7 staff at any of the following events!
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School, 2639 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center, 326 John Adams
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary, 6003 Thunder Dr
Northwest Alliance Meeting
Date: September 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel
Guilbeau Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Guilbeau Park Community Center, 9214 Caen
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave.
University Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AT&T Center, St. Mary's University, 1 Camino Santa Maria
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent, 5118 Loma Linda Dr.
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 17
Time:7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary School, 5700 Hemphill Dr
Eckhert Crossing Neighborhood Meeting
Date: September 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Western Hills Christian Church, 8535 Huebner Road
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