RUNDBERG AREA EVENTS
5/13/2017 - North Austin Civic Association Payton Gin Street Cleanup from 8:30 to 10:30am Details and contact on the NACA website
5/13/2017 - Lanier High School Futbol rapido tournament from 9am
5/13/2017 - Gardens at Gus Garcia May wordkday from 9am
5/13/2017 - North by North Austin Garden and Art Tour in 16 gardens accros North Austin from 10am to 4pm
Also see Facebook event.
5/13&14+20&21/2017 - West Austin Studio Tour at the Little Walnut Creek library from 10am to 5pm on the Saturdays, and 2pm to 6pm on the Sundays
5/13/2017 - Rundberg-Cameron Street Safety Forum from 1:15 at the Gus Garcia recreation center
5/14/2017 - fourth edition of the new produce market at Labyrinth community garden next to St. John's Episcopal Church from 11am to 1pm
5/14/2017 - North Lamar & Georgian Acres Contact Team meeting from 4 to 6pm at the North Austin YMCA
5/16&24/2017 - Agent Jill Property Appraisal Protest Seminar at Walnut Creek Elementary from 6:30 to 8:30pm
5/17/2017 - Code Next District 4 Mapping Open House at Hart Elementary from 6:30 to 8:30
5/18/2017 - Free ReUse Workshop: Mini succulent shrines with Mary Kraemer at Austin Creative ReUse from 6:30 to 8:30pm
5/18/2017 - North Austin Civic Association (NACA neighborhood association) meeting from 7 to 9pm at the North Austin YMCA
5/18/2017 - Fairy Tale Tea Party at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center from 10am to 12pm
5/20/2017 - Georgian Acres neighborhood association meeting from 11am to 12:30pm at Gethsemane Lutheran Church
5/23/2017 - Eco and the bats show at the Little Walnut Creek library from 11am
5/25/2017 - Restore Rundberg Revitalization Team meeting from 6:30pm
5/27/2017 - North Austin Community Garden Build Day from 9am to 12pm
5/30/2017 - Lanier Future Farmers of America BBQ Fundraiser Food will be ready around 12:30
6/2/2017 - Council Member Gregorio Casar District Office Hours at a City facility in District 4 from 2 to 4pm
If you would like to set up an appointment, please email District4@austintexas.gov or call us at 512-978-2104.
6/7/2017 - Magician John O'Bryant show at the Little Walnut Creek library from 2 to 3:30pm
6/8/2017 - Teen Manga Book Club - Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama at the Little Walnut Creek library from 5:30 to 7pm
6/9/2017 - Tween STEAM: Makey Makey Madness at the Little Walnut Creek library from 3 to 4:30pm
6/10/2017 - Georgian Acres Park Volunteer Day from 10 am to 12pm
6/10/2017 - Vincentian Family Center's Vinny's Fun Fair from 10am to 3pm
6/12/2017 - Minecraft Club at the Little Walnut Creek library from 3 to 4:30pm
6/14/2017 - Rapunzel show at the Little Walnut Creek library from 2 to 3:30pm
6/14/2017 - Manga/Anime Drawing Workshop - That's So Fandom at the Little Walnut Creek library from 7 to 8:30pm
6/15/2017 - North Austin Community Garden's phase II grand opening garden party from 6:30pm to dark
6/15/2017 - North Austin Civic Association monthly meeting at the North Austin YMCA from 7 to 9pm
TIP! Easily add those events to your electronic calendars from the North Austin calendar on the Love North Austin website!
RUNDBERG AREA NEWS
5/11/2017 - KEYE TV - Local businesses fear 'Sanctuary Cities' ban will harm economy, including a testimony from a North Lamar department store employee
5/10/2017 - Fox 7 - Innovative sushi restaurant opens in Austin
5/8/2017 - Settlement Home for Children's Spring Newsletter, including info on how to recognize signs of children abuse, ways to volunteer, achievements by residents...
5/8/2017 - Multicultural Refugee Coalition getting into growing hibiscus
5/7/2017 - Statement from the North Lamar Contact Team
As Austin’s most international district, the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team believes that every resident is a valued member of our community, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, and that when some of our residents live in fear of contact with public officials it makes all of us less safe, and has a negative impact on our community.
See it on their website.
5/2/2017 - Lanier High School library looking for picture books for its parenting students
5/2/2017 - New training for Apartment Leasing and Maintenance Professionals at Goodwill Central Texas
The Goodwill Career & Technical Academy located in the Goodwill Central Texas headquarters, 1015 Norwood Park Blvd. "has partnered up with the Austin Apartment Association and the Texas Apartment Association to offer fast-paced training courses that equip its clients with the skills they need to become Apartment Leasing Professionals and Apartment Maintenance Technicians."
More on the Goodwill Central Texas blog.
5/1/2017 - Council Member Gregorio Casar (District 4) Transportation Improvements Update
4/28/2017 - Austin Monitor - Judge orders Cross Creek Apartment complex to make repairs
4/28/2017 - North Lamar Contact Team's contribution to the City of Austin's discussion on How Can We Make Tourism Help Our City the Most?
Hotel Occupancy Taxes (HOT) must be spent to benefit the areas of the city, sectors of the economy, and workers who generate them. Not all hotel stays are related to downtown, SXSW, or the convention center. People come to Austin for business, or to visit family or friends. Outside of downtown, there are several clusters of business-class hotels and of motels designed for budget travellers. These areas must be served by the HOT revenue, including developing related businesses such as restaurants, and providing transportation and safety features particularly considering visitors, who may be unfamiliar with the surroundings. As well, HOT should be used for workforce and small business development, providing a route for experienced staff and contractors to build their skills and businesses, and increase their income. This is particularly important for the multilingual service sector workforce, to expand Austin's attractiveness to global travellers.
The Visitor Impact Task Force will make recommendations to the City Council about how to best utilize all hotel occupancy revenue to impact tourism by May 31, 2017.
Learn more and read the whole discussion on SpeakUpAustin!.
4/27/2017 - Texas Tribune - Whole Woman Health clinic's reopening in North Austin
4/26/2017 - KEYE - Families seek answers at 'Missing Persons Day' at Texas Capitol, testimony of the sister of Roxanne Paltauf, who was last seen on Rundberg Lane in July of 2006
4/21/2017 - 10 additional trash cans on Rundberg Lane as part of the Rundberg Educational Advancement District
4/19/2017 - Manga Mania at Lanier High School in partnership with the Little Walnut Creek Public Library
4/18/2017 - Community Impact - Celis Brewery set to open in May in North Austin
4/14/2017 - Barrington elementary got a 3D printer
4/13/2017 - Settlement Home for Children's Summer Wish List
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Guest article from Seth at Papa DIY.
While shows like Fixer Upper present both the gritty and glamorous sides of remodeling in Texas, it’s hard to discern just how much you’ll need to put into a home in order to make it attractive to a buyer. If the house isn’t in great shape, you’ll either have to put money into it or come down on the asking price, because buyers won’t haggle much. Also, there are laws in place that prohibit any new construction on a standing dwelling if it is within so many feet of a power line or other utility, so consult a contractor to make sure what you have in mind is feasible.
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"Some sellers think they can overprice and they'll negotiate down. But buyers in this market have been beat up, and think sellers don't come off their price much, if at all," explains Aaron Farmer, owner of Texas Discount Realty.
The time of year will also have a big effect on how many offers you get; fall and winter are the slowest times for buyers to look, while spring and summer are the busiest. The warmer months will dictate how much interest you can generate in your home.
Because there will likely be a lot of traffic coming in and out of your house, staging is key. Some North Austin properties built in the 1960s and ‘70s might need important works like the removal of a wall or popcorn ceiling to sell well. But if your house is in good shape, you probably won’t have to go very far out of pocket to make it look inviting and appealing. Simply having a clean, open home that smells good and has sparkling upgrades--such as newer faucets or light fixtures--will do wonders for your asking price.
The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Curb appeal could make or break a sale, so clean up the lawn and do some light landscaping. Make sure gutters and shutters are in good shape, repair any cracked asphalt or stones, and give the front door a new paint job to cover any scratches.
One of the most important things to keep in mind about the Texas seller’s market is that the entire process tends to move quickly. Because buyers are prepared to move in as soon as possible, you might be done with the sale in thirty days or less, meaning you’ll need to have your new accommodations secured well before hand. If this isn’t possible, consider a lease-back agreement, which would allow you to rent the property from the buyer for a short amount of time so you can get your affairs in order.
Finally, make sure you’re familiar with Texas laws regarding deeds and ownership before you put your home up for sale. Knowing what to expect and being well informed about the laws will help you get through what can sometimes be a tricky process.
By Papa DIY
"Wednesday morning, (...) an Austin City Council budget workshop meeting (...) focused heavily on the Austin Police Department and the City’s attempts to embrace the concept of community policing," reported the Austin American Statesman, noting that "the president of the consulting group tasked with analyzing Austin Police Department’s efforts toward community policing, Matrix Consulting Group, said Austin officers spend the lowest amount of what he called “pro-active” policing time among any other police department he has ever seen."
"While police officers assigned to Downtown spend 69% of their time interacting with the communities they serve in non-emergency settings, the rest of the city’s officers spend only 13%" of their time on "pro-active" activities, noted the article.
"In spite of two studies by outside consultants ordered by the city council which both reinforced the need for more sworn APD officers and civilian staff, the proposed budget for FY 2016-17 offered by City Manager Marc Ott contains funding for 12 new sworn positions and 21 new civilian positions to move existing sworn officers back to patrol (total of 33). APD needs more than 100 new patrol positions. (...) To help fill the gap, the Department is planning to move some sworn officers to patrol and replacing them with civilian positions," informed the Citizen Led Austin Safety Partnership, estimating that "the impact of possibly moving the majority of our District Representatives to patrol and using civilian staff instead would be detrimental to the community policing so needed in our neighborhoods," and asking residents to "plan to attend the city council public hearing on August 17 and city council meeting on August 18 when this portion of the budget will be addressed," and "before then, to contact our Mayor, your city council member, and all the other city council members to tell them to vote for the full funding request by APD and keep sworn officers in our DR positions".
To read the full blog post and access the Mayor and City Council Members' email addresses go to ClaspATX.com.
"The City of Austin Economic Development Department is proud to announce the launch of CAMP: The Cultural Asset Mapping Project" aiming to "develop a comprehensive, community-created map and directory of the places important to arts and culture in Austin," announced the last newsletter of the City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division.
"CAMP will be going into each of the 10 council districts to conduct a Culture Mapping Session to collect suggestions," also announced the newsletter.
Visit AustinTexas.gov/CultureMapping for more information and the list of meetings, also listed on the North Austin calendar for districts 4, 7, 10 and 6.
"A group of neighbors in Northeast Austin is seeking to stop a mental health clinic from coming to 1120 East Braker Lane, saying they are concerned about the safety of children at a nearby elementary school," reported the Austin Monitor.
"Congrats to Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) on the recent renovations to their offices on Airport Blvd," wrote the North Austin Influencers network on their blog, reminding that "EGBI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that extends education, training and connections directly into the underserved areas of our community in a way that is culturally relevant and delivers proven results."
"A woman is dead and three people are injured after a shooting at a North Lamar warehouse," reported the Austin American Statesman, noting that the shooting "appears to be an isolated incident and represents no immediate danger to the public."
Balcones Park has been awarded $200,000 in Neighborhood Partnering Program & Austin Parks Foundation grants and an additional estimated $300,000 in City funds to make the following improvements to Balcones Park within the next two years:
Community input is imperative in this process! We need your ideas! Please come participate, share your ideas, and help shape our wonderful park at upcoming Community Input Meeting:
"The deadline for feedback on the draft Austin Strategic Housing Plan is next Wednesday August 10, 2016," announced the City, inviting citizens to provide input online at SpeakupAustin.org, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person.
From feedback gathered at recent community meetings, it appears that "District 4 is statistically more in favor of funding and legislation to support affordability. Districts 1 and 10 often showed less support for the need of funding and legislation to build affordable housing in Austin," says the draft.
Details of the upcoming community meeting and next steps at AustinTexas.gov.