"June has been a busy month filled with important votes about housing affordability and transportation, informed Council Member Gregorio Casar in his last newsletter.
Fair Housing Initiative Passes at Council
I’m proud to say that the Fair Housing Initiative mentioned in our last newsletter passed at City Council! This initiative included a package of ten policy directives aimed at combating community displacement and promoting inclusivity in the face of Austin’s growing economic segregation. With the help of Council Member Renteria, we passed this package of policies as an “all of the above” approach toward getting Austin off the list of most economically-segregated cities in the country. (...)
Council Discusses Potential Mobility Bond
For the past several weeks, the City Council has been discussing a potential November 2016 mobility bond. I have strongly advocated for a robust bond package that reflects the transportation and safety needs of neighborhoods like those in North Austin. For District 4, I've pushed for $85 million in improvements to North Lamar, $75 million in funding for improvements to Airport Blvd, and between $100-$200 million dollars for missing sidewalks and bike trails throughout Austin to make our neighborhoods safer and more connected.
Last Thursday, City Council voted in favor of a $720 million bond package. If approved by voters in November, this will be the largest transportation bond ever passed. To achieve a general consensus, we had to stay up into the early hours of the morning and make several compromises, but I believe that the final Council decision will ultimately improve public transportation, safety, mobility, and livability across our city. In August we’ll be refining the package one last time before putting it before the voters.
Sobriety Center Moving Forward
After more than a decade of work across the community, City Council approved a proposal to bring Austin's first sobriety center to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office near 12th Street. (...) The Sobriety Center will greatly enhance the efficiency of our police officers, who will no longer have to spend many hours (that they could spend in our neighborhoods) going through the process of booking publicly intoxicated individuals at the county jail. (...)"
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