Your District 7 Newsletter
VOLUME 15 | Nov. 9, 2017
Dear Neighbors,
I’ve talked about SAWS’s proposed rate increase with District 7 residents at neighborhood-association meetings and public events, on the street, and in line at the grocery store. It’s clear to me that too many of our constituents’ questions remain unanswered. Same here.

We now have a little more time to get the answers we need.

City Council had been scheduled to vote today on SAWS’s proposed rate increase. But in order to allow time for more discussion, the item was postponed to Dec. 7.

As you’ll recall, the utility is seeking increases of 5.8 percent and 4.7 percent in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

To be clear, I believe it’s absolutely necessary for SAWS to invest enough in repairing and replacing water- and sewer lines to keep its system in good working order – for now and well into the future. But as I wrote in an Oct. 25 letter to SAWS chief executive Robert Puente, there’s a difference between understanding the need for additional revenue to make these investments and supporting the rate increase as proposed.

SAWS owes ratepayers a better explanation of why they could do with no less than the rate hikes they sought. That’s why I was prepared to vote for a delay of today’s vote on the utility’s rate proposal.

I will ask SAWS executives to come to District 7 to explain their rate-increase request directly to you, their customers.

Special Veterans Day note: In observance of Veterans Day, our District 7 office will be closed Friday.

To our vets in District 7, I offer my heartfelt thanks. You gave so much for your country. You protected the United States in times of danger, and made us safer. I honor your sacrifices and your patriotism.
Yours in public service,
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 line "Ask Ana Anything".
Dear Ana,

I’ve got a couple of issues I’d like to discuss with the District 7 office, but weekdays are tough for me because of family and work obligations. Suggestions?

Sincerely,
Pressed for Time
Dear Pressed,

Too few hours in the week? Sounds familiar!

How are your Saturdays?

Call your District 7 office at 210-207-7044 to set up an appointment with a D7 staffer at the Maverick Library satellite office Saturday between 9 and noon. Or call the same number for the next available opening for “Coffee with Ana.”

Hope that helps.


Yours in public service,

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval
Doris Griffin Senior Center
Councilwoman Sandoval had the chance to step out of the cold and into the Doris Griffin Senior Center yesterday afternoon. The Doris Griffin Senior Center is truly a gem in District 7.
Veteran's Day City Service Schedule
City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017 to observe Veteran’s 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 
  • Bitters Complex (Brush Recycling), 1800 Wurzbach Parkway
  • Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center, 8963 Nelson Rd.
  • Centro de Artes Gallery at Market Square
  • Food Inspectors, Vector Control and Air Quality Technicians on duty
  • Alicia Trevino Lopez and Doris Griffin senior centers 
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites (Frio City Rd., Rigsby, & Culebra) 
  • 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
  • Office of EastPoint
  • 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
  • La Villita Administrative Offices 
  • Market Square Administrative Offices 
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • Willie C. Velasquez Emergency Services Center
  • Brush collection
  • SAFD Administrative Offices
Councilwoman in the News
"Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said she had mixed feelings about Courage’s proposal because she knows some of her contributors would have likely not given to her campaign had they needed to disclose their occupations and employers."

"Many in need of health insurance coverage in the United States may not know that now is the time to enroll."

Volunteers Needed
District 7 Ad Hoc Social Committee
Have the party-planning itch? Like community involvement? We are forming a District 7 ad hoc committee to assist us with special social events like a holiday party. We will probably meet during business hours at the Centerview office. For more information call Debbie at 210-207-0870 or email debra.dehlinger@sanantonio.gov.
No Graffiti SA
Itching to wipe out some graffiti? Need community service hours? What better time than the present? DSD's No Graffiti SA has an event coming up in District 7 on November 18th:

  • 300 Noriega Ave, 5-10 volunteers

If you are interested in finding out more, email Lisa McKenzie at lisa.mckenzie@sanantonio.gov, who will provide you with the registration application. If you are part of a group and want to plan an event for future months, please submit the application now.
Editor's Note: Newsletter Changes
The newsletter has been getting a bit long...
Even though the content we feature here is important content, there is no arguing: the newsletter is too long. That's why this week, we're embarking on an experiment. this week, we're launching " Your District 7", an online resource for District 7 residents.
On this site, you will be able to access a wide range of information that’s important to District 7 residents, including construction project updates, local events, and public input surveys. The weekly feature, Ask Ana Anything, also has a home on the website.
So what does this mean for the newsletter?
Some sections have been shortened. For example, in the Construction Updates section, you'll now see a list of current construction projects. Clicking any of those listed projects will take you to Construction Project Updates page on the Your District 7 site. Similarly, the Events section now includes a link to a the Events page on Your District 7.
Construction Project Updates
SAWS C12 Sewer Project -- Donaldson Ave. Closure & Water Interruptions
On Thursday, November 9th the intersection at Donaldson Ave. and St. Cloud will be closed for approximately one month. There will also be a water outage for residents between St. Cloud and Seeling from 9 AM to 5 PM. The detour route is identified with on street signage.

Questions or concerns can be addressed with S.J. Louis at 210-863-0062 or Cecilia Picazo with SAWS at 210-233-3750.
New Guilbeau Rd
Beginning November 13th, TCI will begin work on New Guilbeau Rd from NW Loop 1604 to Old Tezel Rd. The work will include base repairs, wedge milling, and the placement of a new layer of asphalt on the road surface. The work is anticipated to last until December 9th, 2017.

If you have any questions, concerns or need special accommodations you may contact Mario Sarabia at 210-207-1428 or mario.sarabia@sanantonio.gov or Hugh Guillen at 210-207-8230 or hugh.guillen@sanantonio.gov.
Ongoing Projects
Share Your Thoughts
Ongoing Public Surveys
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit the Your District 7 event calendar here.

SA Parks System Plan Community Workshop
Date: November 8
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Gilbert Garza Community Center at Gilbert Garza Park, 1450 Mira Vista
Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival
Date: November 10-11
Time: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location: Hemisfair Park, 434 S Alamo St.
"Dare To Be A Hero For Kids" 5k Walk/Run
Date: November 11
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park, 9606 Bandera Rd.
Registration begins at 8 AM. Race begins at 9 AM. To register, click here.

Mayor's Housing Policy Task Force
Date: November 14
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad St.
Meeting is open to the public. There will be Spanish translation services available. Free parking is available in the library garage.

311 Ambassador Training
Date: November 18
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: 8130 Inner Circle Rd
RSVP to Paula Stallcup at 210-207-7983 or email paula.stallcup@sanantonio.gov

Vision Zero SA Bike Ride
Date: November 19
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Games Plaza, Hemisfair Park
Visit www.VisionZeroSA.com for more info.

DSD Academy: Code Enforcement
Date: December 2
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Cliff Morton Development & Business Services Center, 1901 S. Alamo
RSVP to Ximena Copa-Wiggins at 210-207-0221 or email ximena.copa-wiggins@sanantonio.gov
Hidden Treasure:
 Your District 7 Newsletter Archive
City government is big and complex. It can be intimidating, but shouldn't be. To help you get the most of your government, every week we will dedicate part of the District 7 newsletter to City services you may not be aware but that you might find useful.

This week, we're highlighting our new District 7 Newsletter Archive.
In our office's ongoing efforts to realize District 7 resident's vision of an open, accessible government, we have made all of the weekly newsletters available on the City website. Just joined the newsletter and interested in what the Councilwoman wrote in her letter a few weeks ago? A month ago? You can go back and view all of the District 7 Newsletters at your convenience.
To visit the archive, click here.
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