Your District 7 Newsletter
VOLUME 5 | Aug. 4, 2017

Dear Neighbors,


Bandera Road is the one major thoroughfare that unites our District 7 north to south. It links our homes, workplaces, grocery stores, schools, friends, and family. But travel on the section between Loop 410 and Loop 1604 is too often slow-going, with traffic increasingly brought to a stand-still. 


I am committed to reducing congestion on Bandera. In fact, it is hands-down one of my highest priorities. Our office will be working all possible avenues to get this road moving.


Fortunately, with two recent committee assignments, I'm in a strong position to work to ease the traffic tie-ups. I am a member of the City Council's Transportation Committee, and Mayor Nirenberg has appointed me to the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the agency responsible for distributing federal transportation funds locally.


I will press for solutions to congestion on Bandera on the committee and MPO, in collaboration with Leon Valley officials and the Texas Department of Transportation.


We'll keep you updated on our progress every step of the way.


Also, I’m chairing a new Council committee called the Community Health and Equity Committee, where we will focus on health of all San Antonians and our quality of life. I’ll also work on initiatives to make our neighborhoods safer through my appointment on the Public Safety Committee.


I'll tell you more about my work on these committees in future letters.


Finally, we will be making changes to the District 7 newsletter to make it more user-friendly. If you have any suggestions, including regular features you'd like to see, please let us know. Send an email to, with "newsletter" in the subject line.


Thank you!

Yours in public service,

Back-to-School Health & Wellness Fair 
Backpack Giveaway 

With the new school year just around the, the District 7 Council Office will host our annual Back-to-School Fair on Aug. 19. We’ll hand out free backpacks and school supplies so our students will be ready to hit the books. And the Metropolitan Health Department will provide immunizations and other health services to help kids stay healthy.

Breakfast and  lunch at the event are free!

When:         Aug. 19, 2017

Time:           9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:    Gilbert Garza Community Center, 1450 Mira Vista, San Antonio, TX 78228 

We're Still in Stage 1 Water Restrictions

Stage 1 of the city’s drought plan is triggered when the 10-day average of the Edwards Aquifer drops to 660 feet or below. According to the city’s Aquifer Management Plan ordinance, coming out of drought stages can be considered 15 days after the aquifer is above the trigger.

Under Stage 1, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per week, as determined by the last number of your street address. See graph to the right to see when your watering days are.

Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed. Water waste, such as water running down the street, is prohibited year-round. However, watering with a handheld hose is still allowed any day, any time.

Weigh In on SAWS's New Water Plan

San Antonio Water System’s biggest responsibility is to provide us with clean, affordable water today and for years to come. That requires a lot of meticulous planning — and now is your chance to check SAWS’s work.

SAWS has released a draft of its 2017 Water Management Plan, which sketches out the water sources the utility will tap over the next 50 years to accommodate our area’s growth.

You can comment on the plan through Aug. 15.

Click here to read the report, or visit

Apply Now!
Accepting Applications for Boards & Commissions
How to apply for a Board :

  1. Select 1 or more positions by checking the box for the desired position(s).
  2. Click the 'Apply' button to submit your application(s).

Board names are listed alphabetically as you scroll down the page.
Applying for a Board does not mean there is a vacancy. Please click the following link to view Boards and Commissions Rosters:

Urgent. We are looking to fill the two San Antonio Youth Commission appointments prior to the start for the school

San Antonio Youth Commission
Two (2) members are chosen from each Council District, and the Mayor selects two (2) at-large student members. Members must be students from local high schools. The goals and objectives of the Commission are to respond to current situations affecting young persons and to develop solutions for problems. The Youth Commission further works toward unifying the youth of San Antonio into a positive force for the good of the community. The operational year for the Youth Commission is from August to May. Meetings are held once a month on Sundays at 2:00 PM in the City Hall Media Briefing Room, 100 Military Plaza. Special meetings are called as needed. For more information, please visit: 

VIA Wants to Hear From You!

VIA Metropolitan Transit is inviting the community to comment on Phase II of the Rapid Transit Corridor (RTC) Studies. Learn how your input during Phase I helped shape designs and options as we continue to develop the RTC Studies.

Workshops online to provide your recommendations. Your evaluation will help us create tomorrow’s transportation choices.

Online Workshop runs

through August 5th.  


 Check Out the Historic Homeowner Fair!

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m

  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Workshops and training
  • Education presentations
  • More than 40 exhibitors

Free and open to the public

For more information, visit 

Future Events
Our Office Staff

  • Ruben Lizalde
    Chief of Staff

  • Ryan M. Garcia
    Policy & Zoning Advisor

  • Joseph Bravo
    Constituent Services Liaison

  • Matthew Trevino
    Council Aide 
    210.207.0877 • 210.207.0870

  • Bianca Maldonado
    Housing & Neighborhoods 

  • Liz McLeod
    Policy Advisor

  • Greg Jefferson
    Communications Director

  • Sandra G. Vidaurri
    Senior Executive Secretary

Office Hours

Brass Professional Center

4414 Centerview Dr #160


Monday - Friday:

9am - 5pm

Maury Maverick Library

8700 Mystic Park



9am - 12pm