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VOLUME 77 | January 31, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
Today, after a month of interviews and town halls, my council colleagues and I appointed Erik Walsh our new City Manager.

A City Manager is tasked with a lot of responsibilities—chief among them the responsibility of implementing policies that City Council passes and ensuring the delivery of quality City services. After having worked with Mr. Walsh over the past year and a half and interviewing him earlier this month, I am confident he will excel in the role.

Additionally, I want to share that the City Manager contract we approved today will require an annual performance review. The Council owes the City Manager a reoccurring and honest assessment, just like any other City employee receives, and the public deserves to know that their representatives are holding the Manager’s performance accountable to a high bar.

Mr. Walsh will work with outgoing City Manager Sheryl Sculley over the next month to ensure a smooth transition of responsibility. His official start date is March 1, 2019.

I look forward to working closely with Mr. Walsh to secure funding and resources for District 7 and address our greatest needs.
Yours in public service,
P.S. The newly released draft of the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan is online now. You can view it 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
Braun Station East held their annual meeting Saturday, where outgoing President Michele Dalbis-Robledo was recognized for her service and incoming President Doug Christensen was welcomed to the position. We appreciate Michele's years of advocacy and offer our congratulations to Doug.
Councilwoman Sandoval visited with the neighbors at Monticello Park, along with representatives from Code Compliance and SAPD's SAFFE unit. It was a full crowd--although conspicuously missing was the wild pig that has been roaming the neighborhood over the past week. Have you see the pig? Call our office at 210-207-0870 and let us know where you spotted it!
Healthy Futures of Texas' Youth Advocacy Council welcomed Councilwoman Sandoval for a far-ranging conversation on public health and opportunities for young people to get involved in the democratic process. Know someone who might be interested in serving on the Youth Advocacy Council? Send them to the Youth Advocacy Council website for more information.
Councilwoman Sandoval stopped by KABB/Fox 29 this past Tuesday to encourage residents to vote in the special election for House District 125. Whoever becomes the next State Representative will be looked to as a partner at the state level on a variety of issues, including Bandera Road's traffic. You can find more information here.
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 caught a couple moments of the Public Safety Committee on Facebook Live (thank you for streaming that, by the way). I couldn’t watch for too long, but what I did see seemed like an interesting discussion about where police officers should go after making an arrest. What’s going on?

Thanks,
Questioning on Quill
Hi Questioning,

Thanks for tuning in! The discussion going on revolves around how and when SAPD will move detention and magistration services from the Frank Wing Municipal Court building to the County’s new Justice Intake and Assessment Annex.

My colleagues and I on the Public Safety Committee heard a briefing from SAPD’s Police Chief on the situation from last week.

City and County staff, along with elected officials, are collaborating on this issue. In the coming years, the City’s Frank Wing Center will be demolished as part of the UTSA Downtown Campus Expansion, thus it is critical for the City to begin to make long-term plans for our detention needs.

I’ve completed tours of both facilities to ensure I understand the situation. As we work toward a solution, my commitment to you is three-fold: 
  1. To find a solution that lets our police officers get back on the streets quickly;
  2. To find a solution that ensures those who are arrested are treated fairly and can get through the process in a timely fashion;
  3. And to do my part to improve the working relationship between the City and County.

Thank you for the question.
Yours in public service,

Ana
Connect with Your Councilmember
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 Coffee on February 2 is booked to capacity.

To make an appointment, call 210-207-0870 or send an email to district7@sanantonio.gov.
District 7 in the News
"District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, who heads the Public Safety Committee, said she thought it was important to initiate a conversation about next steps, even if the answers aren’t readily available."

"'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.
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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.
Report E-Scooter Issues on 311
The 311SA mobile app now allows users to report dockless vehicle parking violations. Users can take a photo of the dockless vehicle issue and upload it to the app. Issues including improper parking, unsafe riding, blocking of sidewalks and vehicles that have fallen over can be reported. 
 
Issues can be flagged 24/7 on the app, which is free and available for download in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Additionally, residents can report violations by contacting the 311 Customer Service office, which is open seven days a week, or by contacting dockless vehicle providers directly.
SAWS Email Notifications
SAWS customers and stakeholders can now sign up to receive email alerts. Just tell them your email address and they'll send you a message whenever a SAWS committee or board meeting agenda is posted. They'll even let you know if a meeting is canceled or rescheduled.
 
Email alerts are available for:
  • SAWS Board of Trustees
  • Capital Improvements Advisory Committee
  • Citizens Advisory Panel
  • Community Conservation Committee
  • Sustainability Stakeholder Committee
 
To sign up, visit saws.org/notify.
This Weekend at San Antonio Public Library
Jazz: An American and Musical Triumph | Black History Month
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Road, 78228)
Friday, February 1 - 28
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Forest Hills celebrates Black History Month 2019 with CDs and books showcasing classic jazz music and musicians. "Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as 'one of America's original art forms'".
Project Linus
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Road, 78228)
Friday, February 1
11:00 a.m.

Join Project Linus and create hand-made blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children. Please bring some supplies for your blanket project.
Basic Principles of Building a Financial Foundation - Building a strong financial foundation (part 2 of 4)
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Road, 78228)
Saturday, February 2
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Begin the year with a solid financial foundation plan! Mr. Jagir Patel, Marketing Director of World Financial Group, will discuss basic principles on building a strong financial foundation on various financial topics during a 4 part series. Mark your calendar!
Standing Up: German Resistance to Nazism
Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Road, 78228)
Saturday, February 2
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This lecture investigates main cases of resistance within Germany to the Nazi regime. Moreover, it looks at important factors to help understand the level of resistance in the Third Reich.
January 2 - February 2: Restaurant Week
Restaurant Week is going on until this Saturday, February 2. During this opportunity, make sure to check out restaurants participating in District 7:

Sangria on the Burg, 5115 Fredericksburg Road, 78229

Two Step Restaurant & Cantina, 9840 W Loop 1604 N, 78254

Menu offerings: $25 breakfast/brunch, $15 lunch, $35 dinner, and $45 dinner.
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!
January 31: Tele-Town Hall on SA Parks System Plan
The Parks & Recreation Department will host a Telephone Town Hall Meeting on January 31 at 7:00 p.m.

How should San Antonio manage and expand its parks over the next 10 years? Join us for this telephone town hall event to learn more about the draft SA Parks System Plan and give your opinion. The day of the event, call: 1-888-400-1932.

De qué manera debe San Antonio operar y expandir sus parques durante los próximos 10 años? Únete al "Telephone Town Hall", evento el jueves 31 de enero a las 7:00 p.m. en el que podrás conocer más acerca del borrador del plan del sistem de parques sa y brindarnos tu opinión. Día del evento, llama: 1-888-400-9342.
February 2: DIY Valentine's Day Card at Forest Hills Library
Join the Forest Hills Library staff and patrons to create a unique Valentine's Day card using a picture frame and colorful postage stamps! All supplies will be provided. Spaces in the workshop are limited.

This is an adults-only class.
February 4: Community Meeting: Preserving Views at Woodlawn Lake Park
The City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation is hosting a community input meeting to discuss the history and significance of Woodlawn Lake and strategies for preserving its unique sense of place for future generations to enjoy. Come prepared to tell stories and share your ideas for protecting views and other important cultural aspects of the park. 

The meeting will be held on Monday, February 2, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Salvation Army Peacock Center, 2810 W Ashby Place.
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 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.
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
Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 31
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Joe Ward Community Center, 435 E Sunshine Dr
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Rolling Ridge Club Annual Neighborhood Meeting
Date: January 31
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Clubhouse, 5306 Rolling Ridge Dr West
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Braun Oaks Neighborhood Board Meeting
Date: February 4
Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: Braun Oaks Clubhouse, 10555 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
SASpeakUp: Community Meeting: Preserving Views at Woodlawn Lake Park
Date: February 4
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Salvation Army Peacock Center, 2810 W Ashby Place
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Ingram Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: International Bible School, 2369 Benrus Blvd
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Donaldson Terrace Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: 326 John Adams
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Elementary, 6003 Thunder Drive
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Northwest Alliance Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 6
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Braun Station West Clubhouse, 8630 Tezel Road
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Guilbeau Park Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Guilbeau Park Community Center, 9214 Caen
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
Wildwood Neighborhood Meeting
Date: February 7
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Grady's BBQ, 7400 Bandera
*District 7 staff will be in attendance.*
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.*
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.*
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