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VOLUME 99 | August 1, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Residents often ask us what they can do to make their neighborhood safe from crime. As chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, I’m bringing you three tips to improve neighborhood safety this week.

1. Engage your SAPD SAFFE Officers.

The San Antonio Police Department's SAFFE ("San Antonians for Fear Free Environments") Officers can help you and your neighbors improve neighborhood safety. Each SAFFE Officer works with different neighborhoods and areas where they focus on resolving community crime problems with the cooperation of community residents.

My office works frequently with our SAFFE Officers and often sees them at neighborhood meetings providing updates on safety concerns in the community. Call my office, tell us know which neighborhood you live in and we'll connect you with your SAFFE Officer.

2. Become a Citizen On Patrol (COP)

SAPD’s Citizen On Patrol is a community involvement program that gives residents the skills to assist law enforcement and Code Compliance in securing their neighborhoods. For example, COP participants learn what information is helpful to provide when calling in a crime, the do’s and don’ts of neighborhood patrol, and how to report violations of the City Code. Classes are offered almost monthly at SAPD’s Prue and West Substations. You can view the map of substation locations here and you can view the COP class schedule here.

3. Participate in the City’s Citizen Preparedness Workshop
 
The San Antonio Office of Emergency Management hosts an annual Citizen Preparedness Workshop in September to provide residents with the knowledge and skills to handle emergencies. This year’s theme is “Preparing for Everyday Emergencies.” District 7 staff will be in attendance and we hope to see you there. You can register here.
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
Thank you to the incoming 6th grade students at the Young Women's Leadership Academy who participated at our Senior Fan Giveaway and helped clean up Woodlawn Lake!
These great volunteers from the Young Women's Academy helped seniors carrying their fans to their cars - we could not have done it without their help!
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval introduced herself to the incoming 6th graders of the Young Women's Leadership Academy and thanked them for their hard work that led to a successful Senior Fan Giveaway.
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval and Parks and Recreation came together to discuss the future of the new park at
224 W. Quill Dr.
Constituents voted on the park amenities they would like to see featured in this new park.
Councilwoman Sandoval and Transportation & Capital Improvements presented bond project information to neighbors in the Jefferson and Monticello Park Communities.

To find out more about the $3.6 million project, click here
311 Director Paula Stallcup discusses some features that will be added to the new 311 website with members of the Woodlawn Lake Community Association.

Even though Council was on break in July, results and hard work never take a break. Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) employees are currently working to improve the road surface on Babcock from Hillcrest to Loop 410. The work to be done includes base repairs, wedge milling and the placement of a new layer of asphalt on the road surface.

We want to thank them for enduring the extreme heat to make our city better!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project give our office a call at
210-207-0870.
Neighborhood of the Week:
Braun Station West
Situated in the Northwest sector of the city and located inside Loop 1604 between Guilbeau and Braun Roads is the Braun Station West Community Improvement Association (BSWCIA). Comprised of 1151 homes and three underdeveloped lots, this community was established in 1974. Known for its great recreational facilities, BSW can boast of two swimming pools, three lighted tennis courts, a soccer field, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, two playgrounds, two picnic areas and a fabulous clubhouse. This clubhouse is where the Northwest Alliance holds its monthly HOA meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. The hard-working nine-member elected Board of Directors and a salaried full-time property manager run the Homeowner’s Association and meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 7pm and residents are always welcome! The HOA also employs a full time clerk, part time deed restriction officer and high school and college student lifeguards.

BSWCIA is known for keeping its annual dues one of the lowest in the city, while offering many amenities to its residents, such as the following HOA-sponsored annual resident events: the Children’s Easter Egg hunt, Back-to-School Party, Community Garage Sale, Yard-of-the Month recognition, Annual Residents’ picnic, Children’s Christmas Party and the very competitive Christmas Lighting Contest! Located in the Northside Independent School District, Braun Station West children attend Braun Station Elementary, Coke-Stevenson Middle School and John Marshall High School. A great place to live, residents can join various HOA clubs like BSW Women’s or BSW Book Clubs, BUNCO, Table game night, or enroll in tennis and swim lessons or acrylic painting and other groups.
If you haven't submitted an article for your neighborhood or homeowners association, please do at debra.dehlinger@sanantonio.gov.
D7 in the News
In the heart of the Deco District, right across the street from the Woodlawn Theater, families gathered at Jewel of Art Dance Studio to gear up for National Dance Day.


With more than 62 acres - which includes a lake and walking trails - Woodlawn Lake Park is a favorite for many locals.
Front and center of the park is its famous lake. Filled with ducks, chicks, and geese, you can take a seat and take in the view.
There are more than 600 heat-related deaths in the United States each year, but vulnerable populations, particularly senior citizens and children, are at a higher risk. 

In 2014, the San Antonio City Council approved naming the center after Griffin, who has advocated for seniors’ rights for many years and was executive director of the Jefferson Outreach for Older People.

She’s also a nine-term member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. The nonprofit group, founded in 1979, is made up of 116 seniors, 60 years and older, elected to two-year terms by peers from across the state.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action Day for the third consecutive day this week for the San Antonio area for tomorrow Friday, July 26, 2019.

Announcements
August 17: Back to School Bash
This year, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, State Representative Ray Lopez, and County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez have teamed up to promote school readiness with a Back to School Bash on August 17.

The Back to School Bash will run from  9:00 AM to noon at Gilbert Garza Community Center, 1450 Mira Vista Dr. We'll have  school supplies, low-cost  immunizations, and  hair cut vouchers for kids, while supplies last. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Plan to join us and say hello to your favorite mascots, city departments, education organizations, and representatives.
August 5-August 9: Bandera Rd & Loop 1604 Lane Closure
From 9AM to 3PM, the left lane along the Loop 1604 frontage road from Bandera to Hausman Rd. will be closed for the Displaced Left Turn Lane Project. No ramps along this area will be closed.

Work will be done to correct signal heads and remove temporary illumination on wooden poles.

If you have any questions, please call the project supervisor, Pete Groff at
210-473-6615.
August 8: People First! Community Fair
Join CPS and community partners for a FREE family-friendly event to learn about saving energy - especially during these hot summers, saving money and about our rebates and programs like Casa Verde. 

People First! Community Fairs - Thurs. 08/08 - 5:30-7:30pm St. Luke Catholic Church Hall 4603 Manitou Dr. San Antonio, TX 78228 

✔️ Learn about programs (like Casa Verde) 
✔️ Find out tips you can do now to #saveenergy #savemoney 
✔️ Free food & prizes 
✔️ Family friendly

 
September 7: The Amazing Youtube Workshop
Ready to become a “content creator”?

Attend this event and learn how to craft You Tube videos and create podcasts for yourself or your organization.

"How to be a Youtuber" presented by the San Antonio You Tuber group and Geekdom members at 1:15 pm at forest Hills Branch Library on September 7th.

This local YouTuber group promotes and supports new and veteran YouTubers. The group offers workshops on branding, collaboration, analytics, graphic design, and much more. They meet regularly at Geekdom headquarters.
 
September 7: The Amazing Podcast Workshop
“The Power of Podcasting for Yourself and/or Organization” presented by Gameday Media at 2:30 pm at Forest Hills Branch Library on September 7th.

Geekdom partners, Gameday Media, have been on the forefront of developing niche programming verticals including Tailgate Radio, Fitness and Faith, The Family Brain and League of Legends Radio available on digital platforms Apple.

 
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.
Paid Sick Leave
On July 24, 2019, an agreement to extend the implementation date of the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance was accepted in civil court proceedings. As a result of the court order, the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will be implemented on December 1, 2019 instead of August 1, 2019. The Paid Sick Leave Commission will continue to consider the ordinance and has committed to recommend revisions to City Council for consideration in the next 45 days.

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

Survey: FlexSTEP
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.

This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Summer Kids Movie
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd.
Friday, August 2nd
3:00-4:30 p.m.

Get out of the Summer afternoon heat and enjoy a family friendly movie! All adults must be accompanied by a child.
Teen Summer Program
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd.
Friday, August 2nd
3:00-4:00 p.m.

Join other teens for a summer of fun including crafts, games, snacks and more! When you attend an event, log it toward your 8 activities required to receive a free limited edition Teen Summer t-shirt!
"Phases of the Moon" T-Shirt Workshop
Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Rd.
Saturday, August 3rd
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Create a T Shirt with the phases of the moon using fabric paint and stencils.

This is an adults only program.
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 Meeting
Date: August 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School, 2369 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Meeting
Date: August 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center, 326 John Adams
Thunderbird Hills Meeting
Date: August 6
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary School, 6003 Thunder Dr.
Northwest Alliance Meeting
Date: August 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
French Creek Village Meeting
Date: August 8
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Contact the District 7 office for the location.
CPS Energy's People First! Community Fair
Date: August 8
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Luke's Catholic Church, 4603 Manitou
Jefferson Meeting
Date: August 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Avenue
University Park Meeting
Date: August 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AT&T Building, St. Mary's University, 1 Camino Santa Maria
SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Back to School Bash
Date: August 17
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Location: Gilbert Garza Community Center, 1450 Mira Vista Dr.
Culebra Park
Date: August 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary, 5700 Hemphill
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