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VOLUME 93 | May 31, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Sitting at the dais this week, it struck me just how much we’ve accomplished for our community in these past two years: dozens of sidewalks constructed, scores of new police officers beginning their first patrol, hundreds of street maintenance projects completed, and thousands of residents engaged.

We held eight property tax workshops to empower residents; hosted over 30 community meetings and events; issued over 90 e-newsletters; and resolved thousands of concerns brought to our attention.

Now, having just taken a new oath of office this past Wednesday, all I can say is that I’m eager to double down on our efforts and ensure District 7 receives the resources and funding we need. 

I’m grateful, humbled, and entirely ready to serve our community.
Yours in public service,
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The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval and her colleagues who won the election without a run-off were sworn in for their second term this Wednesday evening before their friends and families.
Thank you Pastor Michele Jech from City Church Bandera Road to deliver the opening prayer to City Council. We were grateful for your invocation!
Councilwoman Sandoval kicked off MetroHealth's community meeting on air quality in San Antonio. The City of San Antonio is currently crafting a plan to improve air quality and come into federal guidelines. Take the survey here.
Connect with Your Councilmember
Have Coffee with Ana!
Spots are available for upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity available each month for District 7 residents to schedule a twenty minute, one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

The next Coffee will be held June 15th.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
District 7 in the News
“This is a sobering report that every San Antonian needs to be familiar with. Too often, we talk about gender inequality as if we ended it decades ago. This report makes clear that our work is far from over,” Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, District 7, said in a press release.

"Several council members wanted more done to encourage helmet wearing and some questioned the scooter curfew model."

"Council member Ana Sandoval said she wanted helmets to be mandatory, but she didn’t think a majority on Council would back her up."

"While she's confident the store will do well, female-owned businesses and earnings is something District 7 San Antonio City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval wants to look at."

Construction in the Community
In addition to posting construction notices on Nextdoor, we're beginning to include construction notices and updates right here in the District 7 newsletter! Have any questions about a project? Contact us at 210-207-0870 or district7@sanantonio.gov.
Mainland Intersection Improvement Project Ongoing
Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) is currently working to improve the intersection at Mainland and Bandera Road by widening Mainland to add a right-turn lane onto Bandera. The work began this month and is estimated to be complete by the end of the summer, 2019 ( weather permitting).
Street Repairs beginning in Rolling Ridge Club
Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) will begin working to improve the road surfaces of Clearview (from E Rolling Ridge to Callaghan), Round Oak (from Clearview to Cul-de-sac), and E Rolling Ridge (from Clearview to 410 Frontage Road). The work to be done includes base repairs, wedge milling and the placement of a new layer of asphalt on the road surface.

TCI contractor Lone Star Paving will begin work on June 4th, 2019 and is estimated to be complete by July 3rd, 2019 ( weather permitting).
Street Repairs beginning on W Broadview Dr
Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) will begin working to improve the road surface of W Broadview Dr (from W Quill Dr to Freeman Dr).

TCI contractor J&P Paving Co. will begin work on June 4th, 2019 and is estimated to be complete by June 11th, 2019 ( weather permitting).
Share Your Thoughts
Air Quality Survey

The City of San Antonio would like to hear from you on Air Quality in our community. Please complete this brief survey. Thank you!
 
La ciudad de San Antonio le gustaría saber de usted sobre la calidad del aire en nuestra comunidad. Por favor complete esta breve encuesta. Gracias!
Teacher Enrichment Initiatives Survey (ONLY FOR TEACHERS)

The Alamo STEM Ecosystem Professional Development Conference is seeking input on Teacher Enrichment from teachers.
Announcements
City Council Votes to Require e-Scooters Usage Off of Sidewalks
City Council voted to amend the City's e-scooter ordinance to prohibit their use on sidewalks, effective June 30, 2019. This is in response to numerous concerns from residents concerned with safety and access for residents with disabilities.
Enjoy the Outdoors Smoke And Tobacco-Free Beginning June 1
Beginning June 1, San Antonio’s parks and plazas will be smoke and tobacco-free. The smoke/tobacco-free policy provides the opportunity to change community norms around tobacco use and models healthy lifestyle choices which help reduce tobacco use among youth.

San Antonio joins 52 other Texas municipalities that have adopted tobacco/smoke-free parks ordinances.

“By adopting this policy, San Antonio is helping reduce the rate of tobacco use in the community and is demonstrating that our parks and public plazas are where people go to improve their fitness and enjoy nature,” notes Xavier Urrutia, Director of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department.
 
Smoking and all forms of tobacco use is prohibited in the following:

  • All City parks
  • Greenway Trails
  • River Walk
  • Market Square
  • La Villita
June: Project Cool 
Since 1997, the City of San Antonio (Human Services, Fire Department) Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Inc., United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and community/corporate partners have coordinated Project Cool to provide heat relief to senior residents 60 years of age and older across the city through donation and free distribution of 20-inch box fans to seniors in need.

Donations of box fans can be dropped off at any San Antonio Fire Station in the city between June and September.

If you would like to request a box fan please call 211.
PSA from CPS Energy: Don't Fall Victim to Scams from Fake CPS Energy Callers
In 2018, CPS Energy saw an increase in the number of customers reporting to have been victimized by someone representing themselves as a CPS Energy employee to steal money from them. CPS Energy urges their customers to be on full alert for individuals posing as CPS Energy employees either by phone or in person.

Knowing how CPS Energy operates is the first step to recognize imposter activity. CPS Energy says if customers receive calls from anyone claiming to be from the utility who threatens to cut off service if payment is not made immediately, they should hang up and call customer service directly at 210-353-2222.

Payments can be made through Manage My Account (MMA), a free online portal. MMA also provides CPS Energy customers with monthly energy use information, a view of their billing statement and payment arrangements options.

Last year, CPS Energy received a combined 1,799 reports from both residential and commercial customers who fell victim to scams. In all, thieves were able to steal nearly $52,000, an increase of $20,000 from 2017.

CPS Energy employees will:

  • NEVER threaten to disconnect service at your home or business
  • NEVER call residential or commercial customers to request payment by phone
  • NEVER ask a customer to purchase credit cards or prepaid cards (for example, Amazon gift cards) and call back with payment
  • NEVER ask to enter a customer’s home or business unless the customer initiates a request for service or receives prior notification

Signs that the call is a scam:

  • Threatening to cut off power. Scam artists demand quick action as a scare tactic
  • Asks customer to purchase any prepaid card to make payment
  • Once the imposter gets the card’s PIN or security number, it’s like wiring money. The funds cannot be recovered
  • Sends customer to CVS Pharmacy/Office Depot/Walgreens to make a payment
  • Refuses option to pay at H-E-B, claims it takes 24 hours to receive payment
  • Claims recent payment was not received or was misapplied
  • Gives customer 30 minutes to pay or get shut-off
  • Caller claims someone from CPS Energy is on the way to turn power off
  • Asks customer for banking information
  • Caller asks customer for their account number
  • Supplies customer with an account number to apply a payment
  • Gives a toll free (i.e.: 1-800 or 1-844) number to have customer call back with payment

Other tips to keep you safe:

  • Use Manage My Account to get access to your account balance and to pay your bill directly
  • Customers may also sign up for AutoPay to have monthly bills automatically withdrawn from their bank
  • Know your account number…because the thieves won’t
  • Don’t always assume it’s CPS Energy calling, thieves are using sophisticated technology to clone our customer service phone number

If you receive a phone call at your home or business by someone claiming to be from CPS Energy and demanding payment hang up! And if someone approaches your home or business claiming to be CPS Energy, always ask for an employee ID. If you feel like you’re in immediate danger, you should call 911.
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Next Wave Technology
Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Road
Monday, June 15
2-5 pm
What is 3D Printing? Join us in learning about the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model. It's changing the way we produce objects, from tools and toys, to food, and even body parts!
Book Talk
Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Road
Monday, June 24
6 pm
Free books for adults when you sign up for three months of Book Talks. Read 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh' by Carl Zimmer this summer with others!
Mayor's Summer Reading Club: Over The Moon
Any San Antonio Public Library
June 1 - August 3
This summer we are over the Moon in celebration of Apollo 11 and the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Registration begins on June 1 and you can register at any public library.
June 1: Get Fit SA 5k
June 1: 4th Annual Neighborhood Day
Mark your calendars for Neighborhood Day on June 1, 2019 at UTSA Downtown - Buena Vista Building. Author of the Turquoise Table, Kristin Schell, will deliver the keynote address - Putting Neighbors back in the Neighborhood. 

This half-day summit will feature workshops on prime issues facing neighborhood leaders including engaging with local officials, building leaders from within, understanding and working with city and county services, and networking with each other. Coffee and breakfast tacos will be served.
June 8: Sustainable Saturday
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a Sustainable Saturday educational roundtable on June 8 at 10 a.m. at St Luke's Catholic Church, 4603 Manitou Road. RSVP is required.
June 8-9: Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights seeks Volunteers for Child Advocate Training
Serve as a child advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence, trafficking, abuse and extreme poverty. Child advocates meet with children while they're detained and throughout deportation proceedings, learn their story over time, and advocate for the child's best interest. Help fight for a child's safety and well-being alongside young center attorneys and social workers.

All volunteers must be 21+ and pass a background check and tuberculosis screening.

For more information contact, Nicole Cooper at ncooper@theyoungcenter.org
June 10-August 2: San Antonio Parks & Recreation Summer Youth Program
June 14: Splash Into Swimming Fun at City Pools!
Starting June 14th all City pools will be open!

Open Swim
• Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
• Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Lap Swim
• Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (Friday @ Woodlawn) - 7:30am to 9:30am

Reservations for regional pools have started! 
Book your next event or special occasion at a pool! Contact 210.207.3299

For more information please visit the Parks & Recreation website here .
June 22: Citizenship Workshop / Taller de la ciudadania
Citizenship Workshop at South San ISD
10am - 2pm at 5622 Ray Ellison Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78242

The AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers are hosting a citizenship workshop on June 22, 2019 from 10am - 2pm at the South San Antonio ISD Administrative Building located at 5622 Ray Ellison Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78242 . For more information please contact: jaguereca@southsanisd.net, afarias@southsanisd.net, or (210) 977-7080.
 
Taller de la ciudadania en South San ISD,
10am - 2pm at 5622 Ray Ellison Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78242 

El sindicatio AFL-CIO y el sindicato de los Maestros estan organizando un taller de la ciudadania en las instalaciones administrativas de South San Antonio ISD ubicado en 5622 Ray Ellison Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78242 a las 10am - 2m. Para informes comuniquese con: jaguereca@southsanisd.net, afarias@southsanisd.net, o llame al (210) 977-7080.
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!
Monticello Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Grace Presbyterian, 950 Donaldson Ave
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible College, 2369 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center, 326 John Adams
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary, 6003 Thunder
Northwest Alliance Neighborhood Meeting
Date:Wednesday, June 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel
Our Office Staff

  • Joseph Bravo
  • Chief of Staff
  • 210.207.2727

  • Lexi Bachran
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • 210.207.0875

  • 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

Lunch
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Maury Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park

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

Saturday:
Office will be closed on
June 1