The Region II North West and North East District Representatives will host a Commander's Forum from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to share information and talk about community concerns with residents and business owners.
The forum will take place at the YMCA located at 1000 W. Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758. Topics will include organizational changes, crime statistics, area initiatives, as well as breakout sessions for each sector. Our guest speaker will be Commander Jamail with the Austin Regional Intelligence Center.
*** Due to election night the Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. ***
The correct location to take clothing donations now is:
Oak Meadows Baptist Church 6905 S Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Austin, TX 78744 (West side of I35 frontage N of Slaughter turn around).
PLEASE sort and bag donations by size and gender. For shoes, put pairs in (clear?) bags enclosing a piece of paper on which you have clearly indicated the shoe size or marking size on the outside (ziplock or produce bags work well)
Call Dwayne @ DSRC if have questions, 512-447-5875. (early reports had an incorrect number for Dove Spring Recreational Center)))
Large companies turn to courts for tax relief
Posted: 5:31 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
By Christian McDonald and Tony Plohetski - American-Statesman Staff, KVUE News
Over the past decade, Walgreens has engaged in a high-stakes game of dominoes across Texas to get its property taxes lowered for dozens of stores.Using a 15-year-old law “” and the state civil court system “” the national retailer has successfully obtained reductions in several of Texas' largest counties, including Bexar, Dallas, Collin and Harris.
* Appeals shift tax burden
* Travis Central Appraisal District lawsuit explorer
Last year, another domino fell. With a long-running pending lawsuit against Travis County, the company brought those victories from other counties to Austin. Instead of taking the case to trial, county officials said they felt pressed into settling and cut Walgreens property tax valuations by $14.8 million, translating into an estimated $350,000 tax savings for the company.
“I cant be held to a decision made by another appraisal district,” Travis County Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler said. “But at the same time, I had to consider that. What if it goes to trial, what would the jury consider?”
Last month, the American-Statesman reported that the property tax revenue Texas counties depend on to pay for schools, the construction and upkeep of streets and for local police protection is coming more and more from residential property owners, and less from large commercial owners and businesses. A three-month joint analysis by the newspaper and KVUE-TV demonstrates in part how and why that transformation has occurred.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network is seeking volunteers to help provide relief to families affected by this week's flooding. Review the needs below to learn more about how you can help.
The Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr., is open for shelter. Families in need of transportation assistance can call the Red Cross at 512-974-0999. Transportation is also being provided by Cap Metro to families at the orange tent located at Quicksilver and Pleasant Valley. Water, bread and baby formul will also be available at that location.
Visit www.adrntx.org to learn more.
I have just spoken to Parker Lane United Methodist Church which is one of the shelters for Onion Creek Neighborhoods.
They are in desperate need of clothes, food, and toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste,soap,etc). They did not mention it, but I am assuming formula and diapers are probably also needed as well.
You can send or deliver donations to:
Parker Lane United Methodist Church
2105 Parker Lane Austin, TX 78741
If you want to donate, I would suggest sending either cash, or gift cards to local grocery stores like HEB or Visa Check cards. Gift cards give the church and volunteers an easy way to immediately help families who have lost everything.
Thank you for helping out these neighborhoods!
~Mary Rudig, editor North Austin Community Newsletter
1,100 homes in southeast Austin were evacuated from three Onion Creek neighborhoods due to severe flooding. Many residents of Austin, particularly those around Onion Creek and Williamson Creek have been flooded and some are still being rescued by helicopters and search and rescue teams. This is major stuff! To add insult to injury, the rains did not even really help fill our lakes.
Austin Fire Department staff are conducting search and rescue operations. This ATX Floods website has a list of low water crossing closures. DO NOT go into flood waters unless you are a trained rescuer:
In particular, stay away from the water in
because wastewater from flooded three wastewater treatment plants and five lift stations has spilled into them. More info on wastewater issuesL:
Operation Blue Santa is a 501(c)(3) - non-profit, community based corporation, organized by the Austin Police Department, with support from the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, Austin Water, and Austin Energy. Each year we provide each family we serve with a full holiday meal and wrapped Christmas gifts for each child under age 14. Our service to citizens of Austin began back in 1972 serving about 20 families, this year we will easily serve over 3800 families. This is only possible because of the goodwill and big hearts of Austin's citizens, businesses, and civic groups that support us each year.
We are actively seeking donations to support Operation Blue Santa. I will be placing donation boxes in 4 different locations:
Summitt Elementary School
Hana World Market
Holy Vietnamese Martyrs
We are collecting dry goods food (cans/boxes/packages items) and NEW toys for both boys and girls, particularly between the ages of 0-2 and 11-14. Please keep food and toys in separate boxes. You can also drop off donations at any Austin Fire Department stations.
Summitt Elementary School has teamed up with APD to help accept and process applications for assistance through Blue Santa. For those families who need assistance this coming holiday, they can come by:
Location: Summitt Elementary School
For those who would like to make a cash donation to Operation Blue Santa, please see below:
Operation Blue Santa appreciates your generosity this giving season.
Please make checks payable to Operation Blue Santa and mail them to the following address:
Operation Blue Santa, c/o APD,
PO Box 689001, Austin, Tx 78768
You can also go to Blue Santa's website: http://bluesanta.org to make donation by credit cards/PayPal.
Last but not least, for information about the Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade, please see the following link: http://www.chuysparade.com/
This is a great opportunity for our children to enjoy the parade and a chance to help those who are less fortunate.
Please feel free to share/post this information. If anyone/group/organization would like to participate and set up collection boxes, I would be more than happy to drop off some donation boxes at their place of operation.
Welcome to Austin Orientation Session
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Road
Free and Open to the Public
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Information Fair | Educational Sessions
Translation Available in Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Korean
This orientation session will explain the basics of living in Austin and is designed to you feel more comfortable with local schools, law
enforcement, finances, health care, and more!
A Rundberg Trash Clean-Up will take place Saturday, November 2 at 10 a.m.
Volunteers invited to join. Meet the group at Barrington Elementary School, 400 Cooper Drive, Austin. Please bring trash bags and gloves if you have them.
The clean-up is hosted by the Austin Police Department, in partnership with
Download the event flyer (PDF).