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VOLUME 119 | January 16, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
Join us for the Martin Luther King Jr. March
I’m excited to invite District 7 residents to join my team and I in the Martin Luther King Jr. March this Monday. The Reverend’s legacy is one of triumph by the better angels of our nature—a triumph that’s led to millions of Americans being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Taking part in the march is how we recognize the struggle and progress of the Civil Rights Movement and demonstrate our commitment to continuing that path.
 
You are invited to join us on this leisurely three mile walk. Visit here to get more details and RSVP or call the District 7 office at 210-207-0870. The Monday forecast is currently around 50 °, so dress warmly and comfortably.
 
City Council Public Safety Committee Hosts Community Meeting, January 21
This Tuesday evening, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee is bringing the conversation to the community. My colleagues and I on the committee—Councilmembers Andrews-Sullivan, Viagran, Cabello Havrda, and Perry—will discuss gun safety initiatives and the Police Department’s Mental Health Unit.
 
Gun safety and mental health are urgent topics for our city and it’s important the community is a part of these conversations. Your input helps inform how our city handles both of these challenges.
 
The meeting will be at St. Philip’s College in the Heritage Room of the Campus Center Building. To speak to the committee, residents need to sign up in person onsite before 6:00 p.m. The meeting begins with comments from the public at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Help Us Tally the Homeless Population
Next Thursday, January 23, over 500 volunteers will crisscross the county speaking with San Antonians experiencing homelessness. Given the community importance of this issue, I want to invite you to join us in the effort.
 
The South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) conducts an annual census (or Point-in-Time Count) of Bexar County’s homeless population. Not only does the count tell us how large our homeless population is, it tells us how many of the homeless are veterans, families, or young people. This information is valuable and especially so as the City develops a comprehensive plan to handle homelessness.
 
Last year’s count found that the homeless population had decreased by 6%, down to 2,872 from 3,066. We hope to see that trend continue.
 
The District 7 Team and I will participate and we can use your help! Call our office at 210-207-0870 to sign up for one of two shifts: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. to midnight.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
The San Antonio Police Department, Mayor, and City Council recognized Human Trafficking Awareness Month and urged residents to learn more about how to spot and report human trafficking. Learn more about the signs of this horrendous crime here and learn how to report it here.
The District 7 Team joined the Jefferson Neighborhood Association for their monthly meeting, where we invited residents to join us for the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Public Safety Committee Meeting.
Councilwoman Sandoval visited with neighbors at this week's University Park neighborhood meeting and announced that two new SAFFE Officers are joining the San Antonio Police Department ’s West Substation this month.
D7 in the News
Max Massey / KSAT
In 2020, I will be sitting down with the leaders of San Antonio to talk about current issues in our community, what’s being done to solve current problems, and the future vision of the Alamo City.


A key City Council committee advanced a proposal Wednesday to form a new commission focused solely on renters’ concerns — chiefly rising rents and evictions — over the objections of critics who say it would be better to include those voices in San Antonio entities that include developers and landlords.

Kin Man Hui / Express News
Erica Zucco / KENS5
Through her heartbreak, Castro- and other friends of her daughter - are pushing for change. Right now, registration is open for the "Justice for Erin 5K Run/Walk" and family fun day on February 22nd at Woodlawn Lake Park.


In the wake of heated debate over pay for San Antonio City Council aides and the threat of a lawsuit over allegations of federal labor law violations, a council committee recommended Wednesday that council members evenly divide additional funding for pay raises among their respective offices.

Tom Reel / Express-News
Chuck Blount / Express News

The idea is to start the morning hours with a selection from the coffee program, but if patrons choose to have a beer for breakfast, they can do that, too, at San Antonio’s newest brewery, Longtab Brewing.

The Love Run 5K is a family-friendly event that provides a fun way to bring the community together while supporting poverty relief efforts in our city and all over the world .

Announcements
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Human trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery. Estimates place the number of its domestic and international victims in the millions, mostly females and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money. The term human trafficking usually conjures up images of young girls beaten and abused in faraway places, like Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa. Actually, human trafficking happens locally in cities and towns, both large and small, throughout the United States, right in citizens' backyards.

How to Report Human Trafficking
If you suspect that you or someone else is a victim of human trafficking, please contact Sex Crimes by email: PDSexCrimes.Unit@sanantonio.gov or call the Sex Crimes Unit at 210.207.2313, Monday – Friday, between 7:45 am and 5:45 pm. The after-hours contact number for the Night Detectives is 210.207.7389. If a criminal offense is in progress, please call 911 for a life threatening emergency, or the non-emergency line for a non-life threatening event at 210.207.SAPD or 210.207.7273.
Dreamweek 2020: Creating an Environment for Civil & Civic Engagements
Each annual DreamWeek Summit comprises of hundreds of events presented by local organizations and individuals with the collective purpose: to foster the free exchange of ideas on universal issues affecting the human race. The aim is to invite all to participate in an open and welcoming arena, where real-world issues are engaged in a well-balanced manner, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail. Events take a variety of forms: from symposiums, panel discussions and debates to film screenings, concerts and art exhibits, DreamWeek is a community in reflection.
January 18: Learn About the City Building Code This Saturday
This month, attendees will learn about the City's Unified Development Code, which is updated every 5 years.

What does the code do? In short, it's the set of rules that lay out what our buildings look like, what can be built where, and what's required when new buildings are constructed. For example, the Code answers questions like, "How many trees need to be preserved on this plot of land? How tall can this building be? How many parking spaces does the building need?"

This session will take you through the whole process of updating the code, from submitting a proposed amendment to the its final approval.

The academy is this Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 1901 S Alamo. Call 210-207-1111 for more info.
January 21: City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting
Concerned about crime, gun safety, or mental health? We are too. Join the City Council’s Public Safety Committee as we bring the conversation to the community on January 21 at St. Philip’s College in the Heritage Room of the Campus Center Building.

The committee will hear a briefing on the City’s gun safety initiatives and the Police Department’s Mental Health Unit. You can also participate in the meeting by signing up for public comment.

The Public Safety Committee includes:
District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda, Chairwoman
District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan
District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran
District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry

Watch live at SanAntonio.gov/TVSA

Acompáñanos para escuchar un presentación sobre las iniciativas de la ciudad en cuanto a seguridad en el uso de armas de fuego y de la unidad de salud mental del departamento de policía. También puedes participar en la junta al regístrarte para expresar tu comentario

Puedes ver la junta también en SanAntonio.gov/TVSA
Small Business Owners, We Want To Hear From You!
The City of San Antonio wants to hear from small business owners through a new campaign. The SASpeakUp Small Business Survey asks small business owners what methods they prefer to use in providing feedback to the City on a variety of issues, including City policies and regulations. The survey results will also assist City leaders in understanding the needs of the small business community.
“Small Business owners make up 97% of employer firms in San Antonio,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “Their input is critical to our decision-making process and we want to ensure that we’re doing what we can to hear from them and understand how we can better serve them.”
The survey is available online in English and in Spanish through the City’s public participation website, SASpeakUp.com. The survey is now open and will close on February 14.
January 4-31: 8th Annual Holocaust Learn and Remember
San Antonio Public Library will be hosting its 8th Annual Holocaust Learn and Remember series from January 4-31st, 2020. The 2020 theme, Women in the Holocaust, will focus on women’s unique experiences in persisting through and surviving the Holocaust. This year’s schedule includes:
  • A gallery exhibit entitled Letters to Sala
  • Programs scheduled at various library locations featuring guest speakers that have in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust as well as readers theatre performances of the play Letters to Sala
  • A closing reception featuring Caroline Weinberg, the granddaughter of Sala Garncarz Kirschner who is featured in the gallery exhibit Letters to Sala
 
Founded in 2013 by Ramiro Salazar and Howie Nestel, Holocaust Learn and Remember is an annual series that brings awareness to the Holocaust so that such an atrocity will never happen again.
January 20: City Announces Martin Luther King Jr. holiday schedule of City services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows:

Open:
  • Police will be on duty
  • SAPD’s detention center and the magistrate court will remain open
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty
  • 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center will be open; PetShotz low cost vaccination clinic will be open from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Code Enforcement Officers will be available for inspections and emergency coverage
  • Downtown parking visitors will enjoy an on-street parking meter holiday
  • La Villita shops will be open
  • Market Square will be open
  • All City parks will be open
Closed:
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • SAFD Administrative Offices
  • San Antonio Municipal Court
  • All Metro Health clinics
  • All Senior/Adult Comprehensive Centers and Senior Nutrition Sites
  • Willie Velasquez and Claude Black community centers
  • Child Care Services administrative offices
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites
  • Pre-K 4 SA schools, CEO and corporate office
  • Dead animal collection crews will be off duty
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage for Monday, Jan. 20 will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and those regularly scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 21 will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 22
  • Bitters and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby and Culebra)
  • The Darner Headquarters and Park Reservations Office
  • City of San Antonio Community Centers, Adult and Senior Centers, the Natatorium, McFarlin Tennis Center and Barrera Community Fitness Center
  • Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Alamodome Administrative Office and Box Office
  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • Development Services Department
  • Office of Historic Preservation
  • Planning Department
  • The Carver Community Cultural Center
  • Neighborhood and Housing Services Department
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace will be closed
  • La Villita and Market Square Administrative Offices
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
January 23: Citizens On Patrol Training Class
Residents are invited to take a Citizens on Patrol class on Thursday, January 23rd, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the SAPD Prue Substation, 5020 Prue Rd. COP classes teach you about crimes trends in your area, what kind of suspicious behavior to look for, and how to handle these situations. Refreshments (coffee and donuts, of course) will be served. You can attend by yourself, with a family member, or a neighbor. If you are a board member of an HOA, consider coming with the entire board.

No reservations required--just show up!
January 30: Strategic Development Plan Informal Meet-Up
Join the Strategic Development Plan team at an informal meet-up to learn about and provide input to the Airport’s Strategic Development Plan. This is the third in a series of monthly “coffee klatches” in neighborhoods around the airport. These events are designed to inform about the SDP and get input from airport neighbors and friends.
SDP Coffee Klatch #3
When: Thursday, January 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Revolucion Coffee + Juice, 7959 Broadway St., Suite 500, San Antonio, TX
Parking: In front of the building in the parking lot Topic: Briefing from the Office of the Director
Presenter: Tom Bartlett, Interim Aviation Director, City of San Antonio

RSVP: Click here by Wednesday, January 29 at 9:30 am if you’re planning to attend the event. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!
February 15: Sign Up for Basura Bash
Basura Bash is a community clean up effort meant to keep our creeks and waterways free of garbage. Since its beginning, volunteers have collected and disposed of over 600 tons of litter.

Registration for this year’s Basura Bash is now online. The event day is February 15, 2020. STORM (South TX Off Road Mountain Bikers) will again be manning 2 locations: OP Schnabel Park and the Leon Creek at the Buddy Calk Trailhead. Below are direct links for each site.
  
We will be asking participants to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for a briefing on safety procedure and event protocol on the morning of the event.
 
Suggested Attire: long pants/jeans, closed toe shoes, and long sleeves. If you have work gloves, please bring them. Sunscreen and bug repellent is also encouraged. We will have water available but please bring your own water bottle or hydration pack.
Request a Street Skills class! Available in English or Spanish
Save the Date: Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference, March 25-27
The biennial Texas Trails and Active Transportation (TTAT) Conference brings together those involved with bicycle, pedestrian, and other active transportation and recreation modes from around Texas and the world...and this year's conference is back in San Antonio March 25-27, 2020! Topics focus on issues of economic development, health, safety, and other issues relevant to advancing active transportation and trails.

Find the agenda and registration here. Early Bird registration has been extended through Friday, January 31st.
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! Call us for more information.
Martin Luther King Jr. March
Date: January 20
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 3500 Block of MLK Drive
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 20
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
City Council Public Safety
Committee Meeting
Date: January 21
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Philip's College,
1801 Martin Luther King Dr
City Council Community Health & Equity Committee Meeting
Date: January 23
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Municipal Plaza Building,
114 W Commerce
Homeless Point-in-Time Count
Date: January 23
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Policy Board
Date: January 27
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: VIA Metro Center,
1021 San Pedro Ave
Rolling Ridge Club Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Woodlawn Lake Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 28
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Rolling Ridge Village Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 29
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Call us for more info
Our Offices
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4414 Centerview Dr, Ste #160

Monday - Friday:
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Closed for Lunch:
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Plaza de Armas
100 Military Plaza

Monday - Friday:
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Please call for an appointment.