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VOLUME 60 | September 28, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
This year marks the 100th birthday of Woodlawn Lake Park. To celebrate the occasion, my office and I are hosting Happy 100th, Woodlawn Lake on Friday, October 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We’re working together with Councilman Roberto Treviño and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department to throw a fantastic event and we hope you’ll come out.

Although the lake was created in 1887, it wasn’t until 1918 that the land was donated to the City. It has a storied past that includes speedboat racing and title fights, afternoon paletas and evening jogs. Neighbors have found its charm so compelling that they’ve formed community groups to take care of it—beginning with the West End Improvement Group and continuing with the Woodlawn Lake Community Association.

This Friday, we’ll have fireworks, food trucks, mariachis, and a screening of Disney’s Coco with Spanish subtitles at 7:30 p.m. Rumor has it that Mayor Nirenberg will deliver a birthday proclamation and State Representative Justin Rodriguez will join us, too!
Yours in public service,
The Week in Photos
The District 7 Office threw a successful Safety Summit last week at Gilbert Garza Community Center. Residents heard from SAPD, Animal Care Services, and Code Enforcement about the things they can do to ensure their homes and neighborhoods are safe. You can view the recording of the event here.
Councilwoman Sandoval joined the Sunshine Estates Neighborhood Association to honor the co-founder and president Gracie Villarreal with a Distinguished Service Award. She stepped down at the meeting. Additionally, one lucky resident went home with a Tricentennial book.
First Lady Erika Prosper, Councilman Trevino, and Councilwoman Sandoval teamed up to visit Bonham Academy and talk about the importance of literacy and the library, as well as to promote this month's topic of the Mayor's Book Club: environmental sustainability
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,

What is City Services Friday? And why?

Thanks,
Interested on Inspiration Drive
Dear Interested,

Thanks for the question! City Services Friday is a new approach we’re taking to empower residents by connecting them directly to City departments. Each session will feature a different City department and serve as an opportunity for residents to discuss their concerns or learn more about the how the City works.

So far, we’ve been able to host conversations between residents and Code Enforcement. Some had complicated cases they wanted action on while others just had questions about how Code Enforcement operates. Neighbors left with greater insight and a better sense of how to take ownership of their communities.

This coming Friday, October 5, we'll have representatives from 311 available to meet with residents. It's a great opportunity for anyone who feels like they're case was incorrectly marked as "closed". Call my office at 210-207-0870 to make an appointment today. Future sessions will feature Animal Care Services on October 19 and Code Enforcement on November 9.
Yours in public service,
Connect with Your Councilmember
Upcoming Office Events
City Services Friday
Councilwoman Sandoval has heard your feedback and now seeks to give residents an opportunity to speak directly to the city services you call about most. Schedule a 20 minute meeting with a representative from Animal Care Services, Code Enforcement or 311. Take your concerns directly to the city department, learn more about their processes, and gain a better understanding of how city services work together to address the needs of our community.

Call 210-207-0870 or email us at District7@sanantonio.gov to reserve an appointment. Representatives will only meet with pre-scheduled constituents of District 7.
Coffee with Ana: Make an Appointment Now!
Appointments are available for the upcoming Coffee's with Ana's! 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.
District 7 in the News
"District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval said the plan is to elevate the roadway over box culverts so that there's less flooding and less traffic in the French Creek Village neighborhood, which leads to the park's secondary entrance."

"The proposed rules, which would update the City’s development code to include and define 'firearm,' 'firearm sales,' and 'gunsmiths,' would also give residents a say in where certain property uses are allowed, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7) said, the same way the City is able to regulate the location of liquor stores."

"Voting in favor of the ordinance were Mayor Ron Nirenberg and council members Roberto Trevino, William Cruz Shaw, Rebecca Viagran, Rey Saldana, Shirley Gonzales, Ana Sandoval, Manny Palaez and John Courage."

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Announcements
30th Anniversary Celebration at Forest Hills Library
Forest Hills Library will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at its location 5245 Ingram Road. The program will begin at 2 p.m. and scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m. Following the program, there'll be an array of family-friendly events.
Tricentennial Hosts Final "Serve 300 SA Days"
The San Antonio Tricentennial’s Serve 300 SA initiative will host its final volunteer event on October 13, 2018 with city-wide sustainability-focused events. Volunteers can register online at https://sanantonio.galaxydigital.com to select a project. Registered volunteers will receive commemorative t-shirts, refreshments and will be entered to win door prizes.
 
The Tricentennial Commission carried out three previous Serve 300 SA Days, featuring multiple service projects across San Antonio. The service projects correspond to four specific categories: Infrastructure Improvement, Commemorative Week, Education Support and Sustainability.
 
Seven sustainability focused projects are in need of volunteers on October 13, 2018. Those projects, in partnership with local non-profits include:
 
  • Planting and cleanup of the Woodlawn Lake Park’s Centennial Garden
  • A drainage channel graffiti abatement and beautification project between Marbach and Pinn Road
  • The Mission San Juan Community Farm, showcasing historical crop choice and distributing harvested food
  • A playground build at Cuellar Park (site has reached volunteer capacity)
  • Painting and beautification of SA Threads Grounds
  • Gardening, pulling weeds, planting, watering and learning about sustainable gardens through the University of Incarnate Word’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership
  • Y Achievers Urban Community Garden work through planting, fertilizing beds, cleaning alleys and walkways and working in the aquaponics lab
 
Official Tricentennial events, including service opportunities are available at www.sanantonio300.org. The Serve 300 SA initiative is made possible by the support of community sponsors NuStar, Valero Whataburger, AARP and Citi.
 
Photo caption: Serve 300 volunteers share why they joined the legacy.
City of San Antonio Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Affirmative Action
The City of San Antonio is seeking applicants to fill positions on the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee. The Planning Commission advises City Council on the master plan for the physical development of San Antonio.The Board of Adjustment (BOA) holds public hearings to hear requests for special exceptions, variances and appeals of administrative interpretations or decisions. Apply online by Oct. 1 at https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacancies.

For more information regarding the Planning Commission, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Boards/PCTAC.aspx. For assistance with the application, call 210-207-7253.
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
The Historic Homeowner Fair is a FREE event hosted by the Office of Historic Preservation that brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions. In addition to featuring a curated Exhibit Hall that provides the most relevant resources for homeowners, the Fair offers workshops and learning sessions designed to meet the needs or property owners and DIY renovators.

This year, expect:
  • More than 1,500 attendees
  • Residents from all historic districts
  • More than 55 exhibitors
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Ask-an-Expert sessions

This year's Historic Homeowner Fair will take place on September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pearl Stable. Click here for more information.
CPS Energy extends Board of Trustees application period to Oct. 12
CPS Energy will hold a Board of Trustees Candidate Information Session on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Interested candidates are invited to attend this session and open house in the CPS Energy Board Room located at 145 Navarro St. Complimentary parking is available in the CPS Energy Lot 2, located at 121 Navarro St.

There will be an open house at 5:00 p.m. The information session will begin at 6:00 p.m.
CPS Energy’s Board of Trustees has extended the application deadline to October 12, 2018, for residents who are eligible to serve and who live in the Southwest Quadrant 4 for an upcoming vacancy on its Board of Trustees.

The Board sets policy and works with management to oversee the operation of the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company providing natural gas and electric service. The CPS Energy Board of Trustees is comprised of citizens representing four geographical quadrants of the City of San Antonio, and the Mayor of the City of San Antonio as an ex-officio member. Board members serve for a term of five (5) years and are eligible to serve one additional five (5) year term. Members of the Board must be United States citizens, and must reside in Bexar County within the quadrant they represent. Members of the Board, except the Mayor, receive annual compensation in the amount of $2,000.

The Southwest Quadrant 4 includes the general areas south of Culebra and Grissom Roads and west of IH-35 South from Downtown San Antonio to State Highway 16 and west of U.S. Highway 281. The primary San Antonio City Council Districts represented in the quadrant include City Council Districts 4, 5, and 6, with partial overlap into Districts 1, 3, and 7. To find out which CPS Energy Quadrant you reside in, please enter your address on our website.

Visit cpsenergy.com/trustees for a map detailing the area, the Find My CPS Energy Board Member & Quadrant Information tool, and an application package which includes an overview and role qualifications. For more information, call Board Relations at (210) 353-3212.

The extended deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. CST on October 12, 2018.
Sales Age of Tobacco Increased to 21
In an effort to reduce the number of tobacco related deaths and disability, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District began the process to officially increase the age to purchase tobacco to 21 years within the city of San Antonio last year. Based on public health research, community support and citizen input, San Antonio City Council approved a local Tobacco 21 ordinance in January. The ordinance becomes effective October 1, 2018.

Beginning October 1st, retailers will not be permitted to sell tobacco products to individuals under 21 years of age. Evidence indicates that, 95% of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 21 and 88% were younger than 18 years old, an age that is particularly vulnerable to nicotine, its effects and addiction.  

Prohibited items include: tobacco products that are smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to a cigarette, a cigar, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, an electronic smoking device (e-cig), including liquids used in electronic smoking devices, or hookahs. 

The new law does not include tobacco cessation aids such as nicotine patches.  

For more information, please visit www.sanantonio.gov/tobacco21 or call (210) 207-0135.
AACOG: TCEQ Non-Attainment Informational Meeting 
On behalf of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, we invite you to attend the upcoming informational meeting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regarding the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) nonattainment designation of Bexar County for the 2015 eight-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). In response to this action, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is reaching out to San Antonio area stakeholders.  

Working with the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), an informational meeting is scheduled to take place on October 8, 2018, at 10:00 am. The meeting will take place at AACOG’s Al Notzon Board Room (8700 Tesoro Drive; San Antonio, TX 78217). Topics will include issues related to marginal ozone nonattainment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact TCEQ’s Brian Foster, Senior SIP Project Manager, at brian.foster@tceq.texas.gov or at (512) 239-1930.
Continuity Planning for Small Businesses
403(b) Plans for Nonprofits
Volkswagen Settlement Funding May be Coming to the San Antonio Area
The State has proposed a draft plan for how to spend the $200 million dollars Texas will receive as part of the EPA’s settlement with Volkswagen. The funding will be used to reduce air pollution throughout Texas.
The state is proposing to send approximately $73 million dollars to the San Antonio area (Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson Counties.)
 
The public is invited to submit comments on the plan or attend public meetings. For more information on the proposal, as well as public meetings, please visit https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/trust/. Input may be sent to VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov.
 
The City of San Antonio will be submitting public comment advocating for funding for our area.
Upcoming Events
To view more events, visit our calendar on the website here.
Senator Jos é Men é ndez's School Safety Forum
Date: September 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: UTSA Downtown Campus (501 W Cesar Chavez Blvd), La Villita Room in the Durango Building (DBB 1.116)
RSVP: District26.Menendez@senate.texas.gov
10th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Date: September 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Pkwy)
Ladies' Choice Book Club
Date: September 29
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park
Spain's Contribution to the American Revolution
Date: September 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park
Crochet Social
Date: September 30
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park
National Night Out
Date: October 2
*Councilwoman Sandoval and District 7 staff will attend National Night Out events across the District.*
Save the Date: Dementia Friendly Town Hall
Date: October 4
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
*Councilwoman Sandoval will deliver remarks.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 13
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Trunk or Treat with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: October 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
*District 7 Staff will be in attendance.*
Conversations on Civility
Date: October 29
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Oblate School of Theology
*Councilwoman Sandoval will serve as a panelist.*
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: November 17
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
Tween Night with the YMCA at O.P. Schnabel Park
Date: December 8
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Location: O.P. Schnabel Park (9606 Bandera)
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