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VOLUME 113 | November 7, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
Ahead of this year’s Veterans Day, I plan on taking time to recognize and honor the military service of so many American men and women.

The day takes on a special significance here in Texas, where over a million veterans live, and in San Antonio, where military service is entwined in the fabric of our city’s 300-year history. It's what makes us proud to be called Military City, USA.
Residents are invited to observe Veterans Day at the Alamo on Monday at 9:00 a.m. The plans for the day include firing demonstrations, living history, and giveaways for all military and veterans.

Additionally, if you haven’t already seen it, the City’s Office of Military & Veteran Affairs hosts a calendar of events related to veterans. It includes everything from veterans hiring events to art exhibits and parades.

To all the veterans who call San Antonio their home, or are just passing through, we salute you. I also want to give a special shout out to my colleagues on City Council who have served our country--Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, Councilman John Courage, and Councilman Clayton Perry.

On a different topic, I'm proud to announce that, this month, the City Council's Public Safety Committee is going on the road. The community is invited to see first-hand how local government works and meet members of City Council, the Police Department, and the Fire Department.

This is just one of the ways we're making local government more accessible and transparent to our most important stakeholders: San Antonio residents.

A part of the meeting will be dedicated to hearing your suggestions, comments, and concerns on public safety (just make sure to sign in when you get to the meeting!).

The first Public Safety Committee Meeting held in the community will take place on November 19 at John Jay High School, 7611 Marbach Road, at 6:00 p.m. Future meetings will take place in Districts 2, 3, 7, and 10. I hope to see you there!
Yours in public service,
P.S. We're celebrating another veteran this weekend: veteran Spurs player Tony Parker. City Council formally declared Saturday, Nov. 9, as Tony Parker Day in recognition of his time with the Spurs. Merci, Tony!
Editor's Note: The District 7 Field Office will be closed this Friday, November 8, from noon to 5:00 p.m. and all-day on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
The Week in Photos
Councilwoman Sandoval stopped by a community meeting on a proposed zoning change in the Woodlawn Hills neighborhood. The District 7 Office asks all property owners seeking a zoning change to meet with the neighbors who will be impacted by the change. Meaningful public input always improves zoning proposals.
Councilwoman Sandoval has spent nearly the last year working with Police Chief McManus in her work as the Chairperson of the Public Safety Committee. We were grateful to have him visit with our neighborhood presidents to discuss community safety and the San Antonio Police Department's new initiatives.
The Oak Hills Rotary Club hosted Councilwoman Sandoval for a discussion on the domestic violence in San Antonio and what steps the City is taking to reduce it. A big thank you to Braun Station East resident John Legris for the invitation.
Councilwoman Sandoval spoke with small business owners in the Maestro Entrepreneur Center's 12-Week Cohort Program. These business owners have spent the last few months hearing from expert business owners on how to grow and accelerate their operations. Last night, they had a chance to pitch their services to potential clients.
The Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Association hosted their monthly meeting this Monday and heard from the District 7 staff, the area's SAPD SAFFE Officer, Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, Senator José Menéndez's staff, and a Code Enforcement Officer.
Councilwoman Sandoval had the pleasure of sitting down with students at St. Mary's University to discuss the role of innovation in making sure residents receive quality services. Thank you to the Harvey Najim Center at St. Mary's University for the invitation.
While in Monterrey for a global conference, Councilwoman Sandoval accepted a challenge on behalf of San Antonio to plant 40,000 trees. To meet the challenge, the City has started convening local partners to make a plan.
During this week's City Council meeting, Councilwoman Sandoval hosted Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller to perform the meeting's opening invocation. Following the invocation, she was sworn in as Mayor Pro Tem, meaning that whenever the Mayor is absent from a meeting or unavailable to deliver a speech, Councilwoman Sandoval will take his place.
D7 in the News
"Every day cities, towns, and villages across the country face challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness. An effective response by municipal leaders requires a comprehensive, multi-sector approach."

"When Malena Gonzalez-Cid heard about the Texas Commission on the Arts’ Cultural Districts Program, she immediately wanted to find a way for Centro Cultural Aztlan, which she has led for 32 years, to be involved."

"The shining jewel of San Antonio’s 2017 bond package — at $850 million its largest ever — was the $42 million transformation of Broadway into a livable “complete street” with broad sidewalks, dedicated bicycle and bus lanes and shade trees that might invite European-style outdoor cafes to blossom."

"A procedural move to include bike lanes in the design for a lower Broadway Street renovation project failed Monday, but a separate zoning vote could still bring the issue before City Council for a vote next year."

"When cricket enthusiasts wanted to show City officials how much they desired a place to play their sport, they showed up to an informal meeting with Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger armed with bats, balls, and other equipment. They were prepared to provide a full tutorial to demonstrate their passion."

Ana at Your Service
Councilwoman Sandoval and her team are working everyday to help the residents of District 7 solve their problems and make the district a better place for all. Below is an example of cases we worked this week.
A resident called the office requesting we meet with her and her neighbors at an senior living facility with concerns about their rent increasing. We met with a large group of residents at the property to listen to their concerns and see how we could help. Since City Council does not have power over rent rates, we arranged for the residents to meet with community resources. These included the City's Neighborhood and Housing Department so they could learn about their housing programs; the San Antonio Food Bank so they could enroll in food assistance programs; and the City-County Joint Commission on Elderly Affairs so they could advocate for their needs and learn about more resources for them.
Is there something we can help you with? Contact us at 210-207-0870 or district7@sanantonio.gov and we'd be happy to help.
Announcements
Have Coffee with Ana!
Appointments are available for an upcoming Coffees with Ana! This is an opportunity for residents to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Councilwoman.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
City announces Veterans Day holiday schedule of City services
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 to observe Veterans Day. Public safety and emergency services will remain in operation. Other City services will operate as follows: 
 
Open:
  • Recycling, organics recycling and garbage will be collected
  • Police will be on duty
  • Fire and EMS personnel will be on duty
  • 3-1-1 Call Center will be operational from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Downtown visitors will enjoy a parking meter holiday
  • Dead animal collection crews will be on duty
  • Animal Care Officers will be on duty
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • La Villita and Market Square shops
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • City Parks and Natural Areas
  • Bitters Brush Recycling Center, 1800 Wurzbach Parkway
  • Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson Rd.
  • Alicia Trevino Lopez and Doris Griffin Senior Center (with limited services)
  • Limited Fitness in the Park and Cultural Classes will be offered- see November schedule for details
  • Pre-K 4 SA centers and corporate office
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites

Closed:
  • Alamodome Box Office and Administrative Offices
  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • All Metro Health clinics
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • Senior Comprehensive Centers, with the exception of those listed above
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (seniors or the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for holiday schedule information)
  • City of San Antonio Community Service Centers
  • Child Care Services Administrative Offices
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • SAPD’s Administration and Records Section
  • Parks & Recreation Community Centers
  • Parks & Recreation Adult and Senior Centers
  • Enrique Barrera Community Fitness Center
  • McFarlin Tennis Center, 1503 San Pedro
  • San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez
  • Airport Administrative Offices
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace
  • La Villita Administrative Offices
  • Market Square Administrative Offices
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Willie C. Velasquez Emergency Services Center
  • SAFD Administrative Offices
  • Solid Waste Management Administrative Offices
Free Landfill Day Is This Weekend
Saturday, November 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.
Lending a paw during National Shelter Appreciation Week
In recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, November 3rd-9th, Animal Care Services is encouraging residents to recognize the invaluable role animal shelters play in the community. ACS offer a variety of programs to assist pets and people alike including: FREE and low cost services including hosted vaccination and microchip clinics, spay/neuter opportunities, a robust placement program, educational events as well as performing animal control and investigations for the City of San Antonio. The shelter at 4710 State Highway 151 also reunites lost pets with their owners and helps ensure public safety by acting as the rabies control authority for Bexar County. The public can help the animals at ACS in a variety of ways:
  • Practice compassionate, humane pet care. Every day. 
  • Donate monetary gifts to sponsor adoptions, help cruelly treated animals recover or even fund spay/neuter surgeries. Residents interested in donating to ACS can do so through the City’s secure portal here: https://ebiz.sanantonio.gov/acsdonations/default.aspx
  • Host a donation drive for newspaper, bedding and gently used pet gear. ACS’s wish list can be found on Amazon at: http://a.co/9LqZ9hb
  • Volunteer your time. Walk a dog. Brush a cat. Volunteers can find out more by emailing acsvolunteer@sanantonio.gov.
  • Foster a litter of puppies or help another pet in need. Get more info at acsrescue-foster@sanantonio.gov.
  • Report animal cruelty and neglect in the City of San Antonio to 311.
  • Adopt a pet at Animal Care Services…or with any of San Antonio’s many wonderful shelters or rescue organizations.
 
National Shelter Appreciation Week is typically marked the first full week of November.
Nov. 16: San Antonio Solar Festival
We are getting ready for our upcoming Solar Fest event on Saturday November 16th at Hemisfair from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is our largest community outreach event that is free to the public and is a fun, family friendly event showcasing solar, energy efficiency, CPS Energy Rebates, fun activities like Goat Yoga and Face Painting, and a lot more! We would love if you are able to come by the event. We will have a kick off announcement with an opportunity to speak if you would like, at 11 AM at our stage. I have included the flyer below. Let me know if you are available and interested in coming by! 
Nov. 16: Vision Zero World Day of Remembrance 2019
Join the City of San Antonio in observing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This day acknowledges individuals who have been injured or have lost their lives on the world's roads, along with emergency service workers who respond to those events.

The event begins 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 16 at Fire Station #26 at 4140 Culebra Road.

In partnership with San Anto, Vision Zero will dedicate a mural that illustrates life on Culebra.
NOW AVAILABLE: Saturday Code Enforcement Hot Line
The Saturday Code Enforcement Hotline is now live! You can now report code violations on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (210) 207-CODE (2633). Some common violations that occur on weekends:

  • Illegal garage sales
  • Bandit (illegal) signs...
  • Working without proper permits
  • Front yard parking
  • Right-of-way obstructions
We need your help! Please share some information with us regarding your experience as a migrant in San Antonio. The information you share will help the City of San Antonio and its partners develop ideas to better serve the migrant community through a strategic planning processes.
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!
University Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's University AT&T Building, 1 Camino Santa Maria
French Creek Village Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Contact our office
Maverick Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Brigid's Convent,
5118 Loma Linda
Culebra Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Esparza Elementary,
5700 Hemphill
Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Joe Ward Community Center,
435 E Sunshine
Rolling Ridge Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 25
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr W
Woodlawn Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: November 27
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Hills Library,
5245 Ingram Road
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible College,
2369 Benrus
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: December 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Pastoral Center,
326 John Adams
Woodlawn Lake Community Meeting
Date: December 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Woodlawn Lake Gym Wifi Room, 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Our Offices
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr, Ste #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for Lunch:
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

CLOSED:
  • FRIDAY, NOV. 8 FROM NOON TO 5PM
  • ALL-DAY MONDAY, NOV. 11
Plaza de Armas
100 Military Plaza

Monday - Friday:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Please call for an appointment.