Reminder! When dialing a number in Austin, Austinites will be required to dial the appropriate area code, then the seven-digit telephone number for any local call to be completed.
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Intermittent night time lane closures will begin on MoPac (Loop 1) between Lady Bird Lake and Parmer Lane beginning Sunday, May 19, 2013 and continuing through the end of July.
Meeting Point: 11635 Parkfield, which is between Swearingen and Barchetta.
We'll meet at the Parkfield entry to the park at 9am and should be done in a couple of hours. Please wear protective clothing and,if you have one, bring one of the many devices that can impale or grab litter at a distance. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Ozone Advance seeks your feedback about what's going on with
the local air quality planning efforts. Now through June 30, participate in this
survey and they will prepare a set of recommendations for local elected offices,
with a new regional air quality plan submitted to EPA before December 31.
After you complete the survey you can sign up to receive updates at the same link. The Chamber encourages you to help Ozone Advance to spread the word and reduce your own emissions.
As part of Capital Metro's commitment to be a transparent and fiscally responsible organization, they are reviewing their fare structure in an effort to create a simplified, equitable and sustainable system. So that they can explore various options, they have asked an outside expert to evaluate the fare structure and make recommendations.
The findings of this fare study will be made public at the May 20 meeting of the
Capital Metro board of directors.
City Council postponed the Austin Energy Board ordinance to May
23rd. If you were planning to be at city hall at 7 p.m. please
remark your calendar for May 23rd.
Reminder about this Saturday, May 18,2013 Brownie Community Day Fair. All business and organizations will need to arrive by 8:30am. If the weather changes by Saturday : snow or rain it will be postpone until Fall 2013.
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Applicant Review Panel to make final recommendations to City Council for
Citizens Redistricting Commission
The panel charged with recommending who potentially should draw the 10
geographic Council districts will present its 60 names to the Austin City
Council on May 16.
The Applicant Review Panel for the City’s first Citizens Redistricting
Commission has narrowed an initial pool of 444 people. Each Council Member may strike one applicant from the list of 60.
The remaining names will be placed in a drawing for eight spots on the
14-member Redistricting Commission. City Auditor Kenneth Mory will conduct that drawing at 12:30 p.m. May 22 in the Boards and Commissions Room at City Hall, 301 W. Second St.
“We had an incredible applicant pool of well qualified residents,” said
Applicant Review Panel Member Caroline Limaye.” It was very difficult to narrow
down the list to 60. We’d like to encourage those that applied to please stay
involved and engaged in this very important process and time in our
Once the eight members have been confirmed, they will select the remaining six.
It is expected that the Citizens Redistricting Commission will determine the
boundaries for the 10 single-member Council districts by the end of the
The three Austin residents serving on the Applicant Review
Michele DeFrance, Senior Auditor, Texas State Auditor’s Office.
Caroline Limaye, Auditor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Carol Feller, Auditor.
According to the City Charter, each of the Applicant Review Panel Members
must live in Austin; be licensed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy;
and have at least five years of auditing experience.
For additional meeting information and back-up materials on the Applicant
Review Panel’s work, visit www.austintexas.gov/10-One.
About the 10-ONE Redistricting Process
City of Austin voters approved Proposition 3, a City Charter amendment commonly referred to as “10-ONE,” in November 2012. The Charter amendment provides for the election of City Council Members from 10 geographic single-member districts, with the Mayor elected from the City at-large, beginning with the November 2014 election.
The amendment calls for the creation of a three-member Applicant Review Panel and a 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission.
The City Auditor was tasked with initiating and widely publicizing an
application process and taking all reasonable and necessary steps to get a
diverse pool of applicants.
Two propositions pass, but voters reject two more
Austin ISD is reeling tonight, as two of its four bond proposals were
defeated at the ballot box. Voters backed two measures, totaling $490 million
for urgent renovations and technology upgrades, but rejected two more. Now the
district will be reading the tea leaves on the narrowness of the vote, as all
four measures circled around 50% support.
By close of voting,
38,946 residents of the district – 10.25% of all registered voters – cast a
ballot. In the final results, Prop. 1 (Health, Environment, Equipment and
Technology) passed by a razor-thin 50.62%, while Prop. 3 (Academic and Building
Infrastructure Renovations) had the healthier margin, passing by 51.13%.
However, Prop. 2 (Safety and Security and Relief from Overcrowding) failed by
roughly half a percent, falling 49.74% to 50.26%. Prop. 4 (Academic Initiatives,
Fine Arts and Athletics) took the worst beating of the night, going down with
only 48.9% support.