We are doing something novel this year - we are trying to give people the right to make up their own minds. Please click 'read more' if you are the kind of person who prefers to think for yourself about important voting issues.
Single Member Districts - yay or nay?
The F1 deal, the Water Treatment Plant, the debate to hire 2 police officers versus 49 police officers last year, the rampant overspending on downtown projects, the Imagine Austin fiasco - the list goes on and on. Something needs to be done about City Council, but the question is what?
We have a guide to this issue here:
There are links to various articles and at the bottom, our stance on this subject.
I also want to point your attention to this recent post by Austinites for Geographic Representation. North Austin has a very high Asian population and there's been concern about making sure Asians get a fair chance, so I think this post is extremely relevant to us in North Austin:
May Election for City Council
And then there is the City Council's myopic viewpoint. In a City where we have projects like Mueller, the Triangle, and the Domain, it is very telling when a Council member stands up at a North Austin meeting and says "We have to spend money on downtown because that's where we get 60% of our revenue."
Could it be that spending most of the City's money to only get 60% back is reason why the City can't keep even our pools open and had to cancel the Trail of Lights? We need change and we need fiscally responsible people down at City Hall. The question is who should that be?
On April 18th, we will have a forum where those running for Mayor and City Council will have to stand up and tell us where they stand on North Austin's issues.
The forum will be at St. Albert's Catholic Church on Metric (just pass ACC's campus). Doors open at 6:30, forum is from 7pm-8:30pm. Please come, so you can make your own decision about who you want representing you down at City Hall.
Austin Bulldog is posting pieces on candidates. Here are the ones they've done so far.
As we get articles and news on voting, we are posting under this tag, so you can read them
We also have a list of early voting places and other voter info here:
$400 million Bond Package - yay or nay?
If you are getting a sense of deja vu, its because we did this back in 2010, only it was 90 million dollar transportation bond. Now the City is back, asking for another 400 million. Just like the bond in 2010, most of the projects being proposed won't benefit the top 10 zipcodes of Austin. That's because, per the City's unwritten policy, those zipcodes are considered to be too far North or South.
The North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods and Sustainable Neighborhoods believe bond projects should be weighted by need and population, not proximity to downtown. We are asking that the bond package include the North Lamar/Burnet Transportation study, which would benefit 20% of the City and also 3 of our 6 bus routes with highest ridership. But-
You are the one who needs to look at the study and decide if you support these improvements to Lamar and Burnet. Also, we are going to tell you up front there will be a price tag - a hefty $60 to100 dollars more in home taxes - if you decide to vote for this bond package.
We have a guide to this issue here:
Again, there are links to this issue and our stance on this subject.
You can also still go online and take the survey about the bond package here:
If you do support the North Lamar/Burnet repair, the main projects are:
#13 - Burnet Rd Corridor Improvements
#21 - N Lamar Corridor Improvements
#88 - N Lamar Streetscape & Roadway Imprv/Research to Rundberg
Those who did the study have graciously lent us their materials and displays. We will have the North Lamar/Transportation Study available for you to look at on April 18th at the Candidate's Forum. The doors will open at 6:30pm and we have the hall until 10pm, so there will be plenty of time to look the study over and then make your decisions.
Finally, although its not an Austin issue, there is a good overview to Obama's health care act over at Black Doctor. A lot of people are trying to undermine this act, so please take the time to read through the article and decide for yourself if you want these reforms or not:
Now I am going to ask one small favor from each of you. Please pass this link on. Together, we can all get Austin back to REAL Democracy: BY the people, and FOR the people.
I will see y'all on April 18th!
Editor, North Austin Community Newsletter
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