Next District 4 Meeting is Monday, March 24, 6:30 pm at St. John's Community Center, 7500 Blessing Ave.
We started off our last District 4 meeting, February 17 at ShowPlace Lanes, with Melinda Schiera summarizing what we had itemized as our area's priorities going forward into the new 10-1 representation at City Council from the first meeting
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Domenic Schiera announced the domain for
District 4: http://austindistrict4.org. The site will
have maps, events, candidate information, voter information, district 4 issues,
meeting dates, summaries of meetings and more. Content will be curated and
edited by the editorial board which currently consists of Domenic Schiera and
Randy Teich. To submit a story or be on the editorial board, send an email to
will also be a forum for users to take part in the conversation. The site will
be going live within the next few weeks.
Don Shepard gave a presentation about
vacant property, data available from the City and etc., and gentrification vs.
Laura Pressley presented Restore Rundberg
Revitalization Team’s current top four 4 goals: revitalize four key properties
in the Rundberg area, establish a community center and health clinic with the
needs of the elderly a priority, introduce after-school programs for children 10
and older, and achieve accountability for enforcement of housing and property
Caro Dubois discussed some statistics about the voter population in Dist. 4. There are approx 27,000 who are registered to vote in Dist. 4, and that is actually about 82% of the eligible voters. The catch is that 23,770 of the voting age population in Dist. 4 are not U.S. citizens, and therefore not eligible to vote, and that figure is twice what it is in Districts 1, 2, or 3. Groups such as Austin Interfaith will be block-walking next Fall to register voters and get out the vote. We as a group discussed the possibility of holding a neighborhood festival on Labor Day - pulling together all the ethnic variety of our District to celebrate our diversity, have food trucks with various ethnic foods, fun for kids so that families will attend, have each of the neighborhoods represented, and conveniently enough - have a Voter Registration table/tent. We need to discuss this further at our next meeting.
For the next meeting, Randy Teich is requesting Council-member
Laura Morrison and/or the Director of Public Works to present what a campaign
for a District 4 candidates might look like. We will also dive into plans for a
District 4 Candidate Forum. Do you have candidate forum questions in mind
Attendees decided the need to create District 4 fliers.