City, Cap Metro, AISD Launch Community Engagement Program:
AISD, city leaders encourage open dialogue with community:
Austin leaders engage residents through Conversation Corps program:
Meanwhile, the City has yet to give any dates for meetings on their website:
Which does not bode well for the new initiative. The problem has never been a lack of meetings open for public engagement.
The problem is:
1) refusal to schedule meetings on weekends and weeknights when more people can attend
2) refusal to hold meetings in places (like outside of downtown) that won't put an burden on people who don't live in the core
3) refusal to hold regularly scheduled meetings in the 10 zipcodes with the greatest population:
4) Refusal to give citizens at least 45 days notice on meetings, so they can ask for time off of work, and arrange for childcare.
5) a lack of alternative methods to post meetings for citizens who do not have regular access to internet, such as offering a robo-call service, posting meeting info at rec centers and libraries, using Austin Energy bills to communicate, or asking public schools to include the information in their weekly communication (generally through backpacks) to families.
Some of the issues could be addressed, both cheaply and effectively, by creating virtual meetings--one of the 10 suggestions that Love North Austin has posted here: