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June 12, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
Council Discusses Police Procedures and Reimagining Public Safety

This Wednesday, June 10, City Council heard a presentation from Police Chief McManus and City Manager Erik Walsh on police officer training and discipline.

This discussion was held in response to the days of protest centered around police reform and the tragic deaths of people of color by law enforcement throughout the country. You can view the full discussion here.

I’ve often heard Chief McManus say that in many cases, "we cannot arrest problems away." Yet, we continue to send our police officers into neighborhoods with crime problems, expecting crime to go down, and we are surprised when it doesn't. We must ask ourselves, do our neighborhoods have the resources they need? Do residents have opportunities to earn a decent living? Do those with addiction problems have access to treatment centers? Do those with mental health problems have access to treatment?

I'll share an example: each month, 1,100 people in San Antonio experience a psychiatric crisis so severe that the police department must transport them to a hospital. It is obvious to me that our health and social services are underfunded and underperforming, and we’re expecting the police to fill the gaps. That expectation is unrealistic. It has set us up for failure. It’s not fair to our law enforcement officers and it’s not fair to our community.

We must explore other, more effective ways to solve social issues. Investing in violence prevention programs like Stand Up SA and community development programs like My Brother’s Keeper can help victims of violence and reduce crime in our community.

Next Steps on Policing

The Mayor has charged the Health and Equity Committee which I lead, with evaluating "best policing practices to help promote race and gender equity in our community and to review mental health de-escalation measures." In addition, the Public Safety Committee will be hosting three listening sessions on policing. You are invited to attend and share your input. More information is below.

Share the Streets Kicks Off on Cincinnati Ave

As of this Monday, June 8th, Cincinnati Ave is officially the City’s first “shared street,” where walkers, joggers, and cyclists can use the road without worrying about through traffic. You can view the Facebook Live Ribbon Cutting here .

If you’ve been to a park lately, you’ve seen how packed they can get. This initiative began as a way to give people more room to exercise and get some fresh air while maintaining social distance.

I want to thank the Public Works Department, Activate SA, St. Mary’s University, the Woodlawn Lake Community Association, and University Park Neighborhood Association for their support of the project.

The trial run will last until July 5th. Try it out!
COVID-19 Continues in San Antonio

We have seen a dramatic rise in COVID-19 infections over the past few days. We urge you to continue practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering. Please protect yourself and our community!
Yours in public service,
District 7 Initiatives
Facebook Live Every Wednesday

Thanks for joining us on Facebook Live this past month! Join us next Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. for a conversation with Harvard Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams on racism as a public health crisis.
Help us Serve Our Seniors

While many of us are now able to return to day to day activities. this is not the case for our seniors, as they must continue to be extra careful in protecting their health. To make sure they have what they need, our office is calling our District 7 senior citizens. With our volunteers, we have contacted over 1,200 senior citizens so far.

But we could use your help. If you could spare some time to make a few calls, please contact us by email or phone.
Local Updates
COVID-19 Updates

  • As of June 11th, there are 4,012 cases of COVID-19 in Bexar County. Of these, 2,271 individuals have made a full recovery. Unfortunately, we have had 84 deaths attributed to the virus in San Antonio.
City Opens Cooling Centers
District 7 residents can visit Gilbert Garza Community Center to find relief from the summer weather. A complete list of cooling centers can be found here .
2021 Budget Virtual Town Hall Meeting
COVID-19 will affect next year's budget. Tune in on June 20th to make your voice heard on the services that matter to you! Watch on SanAntonio.gov/TVSA
City Council creates a forum for dialogue about policing in San Antonio
The San Antonio City Council Public Safety Committee will host three community listening sessions to gather feedback on policing in San Antonio. The meetings will be livestreamed on TVSA or on the City’s Facebook page . Find more information here .
June 20: 6th International Day of Yoga
The event will happen on June 20th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will help raise funds for local yoga teachers who have been impacted by the pandemic. Click here to Sign up for FREE.
Engage Online
COVID-19 Community Survey
Metro Health launched a COVID-19 Community Survey to gather information on symptoms, testing, and social distancing behavior in the San Antonio community.

The survey can be taken by calling the Metro Health hotline at 210-207-5779 or clicking here.
Public Health Reminders
Stay Informed
Click any of the following buttons for reliable information about COVID-19. Additionally, you can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
Community Resources
The following buttons link to community resources should you need any assistance. If you need a service that is not listed below, please contact our office at 210-207-0870 or by email at District7@SanAntonio.gov.
See a full listing of resources here.
Local Job Listings
Help Your Neighbors
Looking for a way to help your neighbors during this time? Here are a few ideas:
See more ideas on how to get involved here.
District 7 Council Office
During this time, the District 7 Office is continuing to work for you. We are taking the following precautions to protect your health and ours:

  • We are taking your phone calls and emails.

  • We are calling into neighborhood association and HOA meetings. If you would like help hosting a video or conference call for your NA/HOA meeting, call us!

  • We are postponing in-person office events for the time being.

Contact us by calling 210-207-0870 or emailing us at District7@SanAntonio.gov

We appreciate your understanding.