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VOLUME 78 | February 8, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
This week, I traveled to Washington D.C. with a group of City leaders to tell Washington how they can help our community in the upcoming legislative session. I spoke with Congressional leaders, like the Chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation, and asked for financial support to improve and maintain our strained transportation system. With Washington's help, we can have a better transportation system that gives our residents safe options for getting around, like walking, cycling and rapid bus service. I also had the privilege of meeting Congressman Will Hurd, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the new (and first female) Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Martha Bárcena. 

It is an honor to represent you here in San Antonio and in Washington, D.C.
Yours in public service,
P.S. Interested in doing something about climate change? Please join me on Feb. 19 to learn about San Antonio's proposed plan to fight climate change and prepare for more extreme weather. See announcements below or visit here.
Office note: Due to early voting, the District 7 Office at the Maverick Library will be closed from January 28 to February 8 and again on election day, February 12. To learn more about the Special Election for House District 125, visit here.
The Week in Photos
Councilman John Courage, Councilwoman Sandoval, Mexican Ambassador Martha Bárcena, and Councilman Clayton Perry stand for a photo on the annual SA to DC Federal Legislative Trip.
Councilwoman Sandoval kicked off the conversation on “Meeting the National Infrastructure Challenge” with Congressman Chip Roy and representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National League of Cities while on the SA to DC trip.
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 noticed some surveyor’s stakes in the creek that runs next to Nani Falcone Park. I asked my neighbors and we’re all wondering what that’s about. Is something being built in the creek?

Curious on Kingsway
Hi Curious,

I have exciting news: the City is proposing to connect Nani Falcone Park to the Howard Peak Greenway Trail System via the French Creek Greenway. The project is in the early planning phase and would involve constructing 1.3 miles of trailway. Construction could begin as early as 2020 and be complete by 2021 and would also include a parking area where Mainland intersects the creek.

Additionally, the City is proposing to construct a trailhead for the Huebner Creek Trail at Crystal Hill in 2020.

These greenways have connected many residents to our City’s parks and opportunities to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. I’m glad that more District 7 residents will have access to them within the next two years.
Yours in public service,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
Have Coffee with Ana!
Spots are available for upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for District 7 residents to schedule a twenty minute, one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

Coffees are held on the first Saturday of the month. The next Coffee will be held on March 2 at the our field office at the Maverick Library.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
District 7 in the News
"'Through extensive community involvement, we’ve arrived at a plan that frames how San Antonio will guarantee our children and grandchildren have a healthy climate to live and thrive in,' City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said. 'Working together with this plan as our guide, we’ll curb climate change’s most disruptive effects.'"

"La concejal Ana Sandoval invita a la comunidad a participar en este evento donde se hablará del futuro de este espacio público."

The District 7 Office invites the community to participate in a discussion on drainage concerns and flood-control efforts. We are seeking input to understand the areas of greatest need and to provide an update on flood control projects in the community.

The conversation will be held on February 16 from 10:30 to noon at the Young Women's Leadership Academy (2123 W Huisache Ave.)

For more info call 210-207-0870 or email district7@sanantonio.gov.
Neighbor of the Week:
Wendy Long
Meet Ms. Wendy Long, a compassionate animal lover whose caring nature goes beyond the call of her personal five dogs. Wendy describes herself as being from “all over.” Originally from Michigan, Wendy has also lived in Fort Worth, Houston, Boerne, and San Antonio over the last sixteen years, spending the last seven in seven (District 7, that is).

When Wendy’s neighbor and Oak Hills Paws Group colleague nominated her for this recognition, she said “Wendy deserves a medal!” and after a short conversation with her, District 7 agrees! Wendy says it must be her purpose in life to help animals, “it’s almost a reflex, I see an animal and my steering wheel turns on its own. The next thing I know, I’m posting on Nextdoor.” Wendy is a full-time rescue worker and is very proud of the Oak Hills Paws Group, which she describes as “very grassroots.” The group provides treatment, spay-neutering, and microchipping to every pet they rescue. The group has assisted over 400 animals in the last 6 years.

The Oak Hills Paws Group is sustained by donations. She is very thankful for the Oak Hills Community Association, which promotes the Paws Group in the donations section of their annual flyer. According to Wendy, "What’s most needed is fosters willing to hold the pet temporarily while we find the pets owner or permanent placement. Rescuing is extremely emotional work, some days it can bring you to your knees, but to see the look in an animals eyes when they know they’re finally safe is something I never get tired of. What I really hope is that someday we will no longer be needed!”

Wendy said there are many neighbors in District 7 who do a lot for their community, and we agree. District 7 is home to many stories and citizens like Wendy, stories of neighbors helping neighbors, and in this case, even the critters inside the District! We would also like to congratulate Wendy and her Oak Hills colleagues for finding such an innovative solution to a community issue.

Way to go Wendy!
Share Your Thoughts
Announcements
SA Climate Ready collecting community input on draft of
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan
SA Climate Ready, an initiative led by the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Navigant, has released the draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). With a focus on equity, the plan includes strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. The CAAP is a data-driven plan that outlines the policies and steps that serve as a pathway to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, which City Council supported with a resolution on June 22, 2017.

A city’s response to climate change can be framed around two separate pathways for action: mitigation and adaptation. San Antonio’s CAAP identifies strategies for both, presents a detailed discussion of these strategies and includes efforts to support planning and funding discussions. The CAAP also includes a community GHG inventory, climate projections and a path to carbon neutrality.

The CAAP is the result of an intensive community process that brought together a diverse coalition of 91 community leaders as part of a Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups and solicited significant input from the community-at-large.

The public is invited to provide their feedback on the draft plan, as well as share their visions and priorities for a climate-ready San Antonio by visiting saspeakup.com or e-mailing sustainability@sanantonio.gov. A public meeting on the draft CAAP will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Central Library, 600 Soledad.

To view the draft CAAP, visit saclimateready.org. Printed copies are also available in City of San Antonio public libraries.
City's Airport Advisory Commission Seeks Applicants
Applications are being accepted for the City of San Antonio’s Airport Advisory Commission (AAC) for 12 slots total; 2 slots expiring March 18, 2020 and 10 slots expiring March 18, 2021. Those interested in applying may do so online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commissions at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacancies.  
The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 22, 2019.
 
The primary purpose of the AAC is to advise the City’s Aviation Director regarding policies affecting the San Antonio International and Stinson Municipal Airports. In addition, Commissioners act as advocates for the San Antonio Airport System to the public, airlines, regulatory agencies, and other beneficiaries of air transportation. 
 
The City is seeking applicants for stakeholders in the following categories: Airport Lessee (1 slot), Alamo Area Council of Governments (1 slot), Aviation Industry (2 slots), Business (2 slots) and General Community (3 slots) Organizations, Ground Transportation Industry (1 slot), and Travel & Tourism Industry (2 slots). Representatives from neighborhood associations in areas located near the City’s airports are also encouraged to apply.
 
Meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the San Antonio International Airport and members of the commission receive no compensation. For assistance with the application please contact Brandon Smith, Boards & Commissions Coordinator, at 210-207-7253.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax return preparation to hard-working taxpayers earning up to $55,000 annually. District 7 has the following VITA locations:

  • Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road
  • St. Mary's University's Center for Legal and Social Justice, 2507 NW 36th St.
  • The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas St.
  • Westfall Library, 6111 Rosedale Ct.

Don't forget to take with you your:
  • Driver's license or photo ID
  • Social Security card or ITIN for all family members
  • All W-2 forms
  • 1099 forms
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Standing Up: German Resistance to Nazism
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road, 78228)
Saturday, February 9
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join the Forest Hills Library staff and patrons for a discussion of the book called Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. All are welcome to visit the branch library.
Project Linus
Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Road, 78228)
Friday, February 15
11:00 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.
January 19th-March 1st: Public Art San Antonio Call for Artists
The Department of Arts & Culture is seeking applicants in the categories of Public Artist and Support Services/Collaborative Partners!

A pre-submittal conference will be hosted on Tuesday, February 5 at 4:15 p.m. at the Central Library. The call will close on March 1. For more information and to apply, for more info visit getcreativesanantonio.com!
January 25th-March 12th: Recycling Expo for Parents and Students
The City of San Antonio's Solid Waste Management Department is hosting a recycling expo. Curby and Friends will be in attendance and they hope to see you and your family for one (or more) of the six dates!

Education, activities, games, prizes and presentations are designed for grades Pre-K to 12th.

Meet Curby and learn how we can protect our City and the greater environment by recycling!
February 6-13: VIA Metropolitan Transit Hosts Public Hearings
VIA Metropolitan Transit is hosting public hearings to receive comments on the proposed service revisions scheduled for implementation on Monday, May 6, 2019. Additionally, multiple routes will undergo minor schedule adjustments and some routes will be replaced by Mobility on Demand service pilot project for higher efficiency. The hearings will take place as follows:
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Thousand Oaks Library
4618 Thousand Oaks Drive, 78233
VIA Route: 502, 14
 
Thursday, February 7, 2019
VIA Metro Center
1021 San Pedro, 78212
VIA Route: 3, 4

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Brentwood Middle School
1626 Thompson Place, 78226
VIA Route: 62, 524

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The Tool Yard
10303 Tool Yard, 78233
VIA Route: 502

The following are the proposed service changes:
  • Route 100 Primo – Downtown route will be modified, and some Downtown stops will be moved.
  • Route 515 Southcross – Long-term detour to operate on VFW between S. Presa and Mission.
  • Route 640 Valley Forge – Route will be replaced by Mobility on Demand service pilot project.
  • Route 641 Knollcreek – Route will be replaced by Mobility on Demand service pilot project.
  • Route 642 Nacogdoches – Route will be replaced by Mobility on Demand pilot project.
 
Comments may be submitted at the public hearings or in writing through the date provided below. A court reporter/transcriber will be available to accept verbal comments. Written comments may be mailed Attention: Government & Community Relations – May 2019 Service Changes c/o VIA Metropolitan Transit, P.O. Box 12489, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or by email to GCR@viainfo.net. All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019, in order to be included in the public hearing record. For more information, including maps of some of the proposed changes, please visit https://www.viainfo.net/.
February 9: Free Landfill Day
Saturday, Feb. 9, San Antonio residents are invited to participate in the City’s Solid Waste Management Department’s free landfill day from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations. To dispose of furniture, including mattresses and other bulky items, bring a copy of a recent CPS Energy utility bill showing the Solid Waste service fee and a picture ID. No contractor, commercial industrial or hazardous waste will be accepted.
For more information on Free Landfill Day or SWMD services, visit www.sanantonio.gov/swmd/events or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SASOLIDWASTE.
February 16: 25th Annual Basura Bash River and Waterway Clean-Up
It's that time of the year! The 25th Annual Basura Bash will be taking place Saturday February 16th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Join your neighbors in cleaning up the San Antonio watershed!You can also recycle your e-waste (no T.V.'s please!) at the District 1 Field Office located at 1310 Vance Jackson during Basura Bash on February 16th.

Register online to secure a spot in the clean-up location nearest you at basurabash.org
February 20: Walk & Bike Night
Make plans to join representatives from local government agencies to learn what bicycle and pedestrian related initiatives they have in store for the coming year and beyond! Walk & Bike Night is on Wednesday, February 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro.
February 23: American Organization for Immigrants hosts Citizenship Workshop
The workshop will explain the process to obtain citizenship for a legal permanent resident. Attendees will have the chance to review and learn about the naturalization application, the interview, and the documents that must be provided for the application.

There is no cost for the workshop. The explanations will be in Spanish. Volunteers will be on-hand to assist during the review.

The workshop will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 23 at 702 Donaldson Ave. For information, call 210-253-0752.

El taller se explicará el proceso para obtener la ciudadanía para un residente permanente legal. Vamos a revisar y explicar la solicitud de naturalización, la entrevista y los documentos que tienen que ser proporcionado para la aplicación.

No hay ningún costo para el taller. Las explicaciones serán en español.

Habrá voluntarios para ayudarle como se revisa el formulario de solicitud.

Para información llama al 210-253-0752.
February 24: Musical Bridges Around the World Presents “Pastiche” at San Fernando Cathedral
 Lilya Zilberstein, 1987 gold medalist of the Busoni Piano Competition performs with violin virtuoso Emanuel Borok, former concertmaster of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The concert is part of the Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral presented by Musical Bridges Around the World.

The concert will be on Sunday, February 24 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the San Fernando Cathedral.

Musical Bridges Around the World is a nonprofit that unites, educates and inspires through culturally diverse performing and visual arts programming. MBAW public programs reach more than 80,000 people annually free of charge. For more information, visit www.musicalbridges.org or call (210) 464-1534.
March 11-15: 2019 Spring Break Camp
We all like to be efficient and save on energy costs. Whether it's winter heating or summer cooling, CPS Energy has programs and rebates to help you save.

Come visit with CPS Energy at their People First! Community Fair to learn about simple things you can do now to save on your energy bill. Programs like Casa Verde offer free weatherization improvements for qualifying home owners and renters and their Affordability Discount Program helps qualifying customers pay their bill.

The event will be on March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crown Jewel Ballroom at 1416 Callaghan Road.
March 11-15: 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!
Upcoming Events
Jefferson Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jefferson United Methodist Church, 758 Donaldson Ave
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
University Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's University's AT&T Center, 1 Camino Santa Maria
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Eckhert Crossing Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Western Hills Christian Church, 8535 Huebner Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Inspiration Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Colby Glass Elementary, 519 Clearview Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Braun Station West Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
District 7 Community Conversation: Drainage and Flood-Control
Date: February 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Young Women's Leadership Academy, 2123 W Huisache Ave
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Date: February 18
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Villita Assembly Buiding, 145 Navarro
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Date: February 19
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Central Library, 600 Soledad
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Staff
  • 210.207.2727

  • Lexi Bachran
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • 210.207.0875

  • Charlie Mazuca
  • Neighborhood Engagement Officer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Debbie Dehlinger
  • Super Volunteer
  • 210.207.0870

  • Julio Arroyo
  • Executive Secretary
  • 210.207.7044

  • Bianca Maldonado
  • Chief of Policy & Communications
  • 210.207.0873

  • Matteo Trevino
  • Communications Coordinator
  • 210.207.0872

  • Frank Ramirez IV
  • Zoning & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0874

  • Josh Jaeschke
  • Policy & Case Manager
  • 210.207.0858
Office Hours
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

Monday - Friday:
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Closed during Early Voting, January 28 to February 8 and on Election Day, February 12