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San Antonio (January 20, 2023) – Assemblywoman Ana Sandoval chaired the Community Health, Environment and Culture Committee’s final meeting on Thursday and thanked the committee for her tenure.
“Thank you to the past and present members of this committee for their passion and interest in topics that don’t often take center stage in urban policy,” she said. “Guiding influential health, environment and Equity policy work has been exciting.”
The committee, originally called the Community Health and Equity Committee, was created in 2017 by Mayor Ron Nirenberg at the request of Councilwoman Sandoval. It initially oversees “policies, programs, and programs that affect the quality of life of residents…the protection and improvement of the natural environment, the development of public health, education, and equitable social services…climate preparedness and resilience, libraries, solid waste and recycling, parks and other community-oriented services.”
The committee, which was renamed the Community Health, Environment and Culture Committee in 2021, expanded its mandate to include oversight of “activities related to the management of San Antonio’s unique artistic, cultural and historical heritage.”
The commission spearheaded efforts to pass the first Tobacco21 ordinance in Texas, passed a smoke-free park policy, updated board and board policies, declared racism a public health crisis, and passed a policy supporting reading freedom resolution.