Upcoming Programs: May-June

These upcoming meetings are designed to help us review and update the existing LWV Austin Area Policy Position Statements in six areas:

  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Health Care
  • Environmental Quality
  • Criminal Justice
  • Affordable Housing

Committees will be formed to review each of the six issues. Members: for more information or to volunteer for a committee, please contact VP of Programs Lea Masiello.

Health Care: Jane’s Due Process

Wednesday, May 17
Unit Meeting – North
7917 West Rim Drive 7:00 – 9 p.m.

Join us for a conversation led by Tina Hester, Executive Director of Jane’s Due Process. Jane’s Due Process (JDP) is an organization whose mission is to ensure legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. Jane’s Due Process is one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to pregnant teens and is considered a pioneer in delivering legal services to this group. The core of the JDP program is its statewide toll-free legal hotline and lawyer referral service. Our speaker Tina Hester served as hotline coordinator for three years and was named Executive Director of JDP in 2011. She has spent her career dedicated to social justice and women’s reproductive health at both the state and national levels. She will update us about teen pregnancy and legal rights in Texas. RSVP to japarken@aol.com or on Facebook.

Education: Foundation Communities

Wednesday, May 24
Lunch at Sierra Vista Learning Center, 4320 S Congress Ave. 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Simple lunch (provided by Foundation Communities) and discussion of the successes of After School Support Services provided by Foundation Communities for ALL students in the neighborhood of their communities. We will learn about their after-school enrichment support programs, attended by over 60% of the neighborhood elementary school. There have been amazing successes to come out of their programs, and the especially impressive way they care for the WHOLE child, providing tutoring, exercise, nutritional information, enrichment activities, and even dinner! RSVP to Julia.Aguilar@foundcom.org or 512-610-7975. Please put “LWV-AA Visit May 24th” in the subject line of your email.

Affordable Housing: CodeNEXT

Sunday, June 4
Sustainable Food Center 2921 E 17th St. Bldg. C 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Specialists in this area will help us understand how the City of Austin’s new land use CodeNEXT maps will affect the development of more affordable housing in Austin. We will hear from these individuals (and possibly others): Greg Anderson, Director of Operations, Habitat for Humanity; Francisco Enriquez, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Glasshouse Policy; Jim Duncan, a leading national urban planner, from Duncan Associates; and Amy Wong Mok, Founder & CEO of the Asian American Cultural Center and President of the Asian American Community Partnership.

Greg Anderson, Director of Operations, Habitat for Humanity, https://www.austinhabitat.org/. Greg Anderson joined the Austin Habitat team in January 2015 after spending five years at City Hall as Policy Director for Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole. He has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development, including the 360 Condominium Tower and the Austin Habitat for Humanity Community Home Center and currently serves on the City’s Planning Commission.  Greg received both his MBA and his undergraduate degrees in Urban Studies and Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas in Austin.

Francisco Enriquez, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Glasshouse Policy, a first of its kind policy crowdsourcing think tank based in Austin, Texas. An advocate for citizens of the Austin community in the local and state government. Enriquez believes that people want to be a part of the political conversation and help shape public policy but don’t have an easy way to do that. Glasshouse Policy holds forums, online discussions and events to get people involved in local politics.  https://glasshousepolicy.org

Jim Duncan, Urban Planner  http://www.duncanassociates.com Jim has been one of America’s leading urban planners for more than half a century. He co-authored the best-selling APA publication, “Growth Management Principles and Practices” and wrote the “Public Infrastructure” chapter in the ICMA “Planner’s Greenbook.”   Jim has served as national president of the American Planning Association and as president of its Florida chapter.  He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor of his profession.  Jim has a master’s degree in regional and city planning from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Texas at Austin.  OU has honored him with both an Outstanding Alumni Award and a Regents Alumni Award, the University’s highest honor short of an honorary degree. 

Amy Wong Mok is the Founder & CEO of the Asian American Cultural Center and the President of the Asian American Community Partnership. She currently serves on Austin Arts Commission, the Board of KLRU, Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council, Inc., and chairs the Advocacy Committee on the Board of AAEYC (Austin Association for the Education of Young Children). She is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas Center for Education Policy and a member of AARO (Austin Area Research Organization). 

Environmental Quality: TESPA

Thursday, June 22
Sustainable Food Center 2921 E 17th St. Bldg. C 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The subject will be “Fighting for the Protection of the Edwards Aquifer.” The director of TESPA (Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association tespatexas.org), Jim Blackburn, will discuss his research, legal pursuits, and action alerts to help keep water flowing through central Texas. See the report, “Protecting Water in the Texas Hill Country,” by Jim Blackburn, and much more by clicking here.

Jim Blackburn is a practicing environmental lawyer and planner. He is a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University and is the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Blackburn is the Co-Director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice. Blackburn authored The Book of Texas Bays, published in 2004 by Texas A&M Press, and he has written a new book, A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017.

RSVPs are appreciated for all program attendance. They are not absolutely necessary except for the Wed., May 24 lunch. Please join us for some very interesting discussions. Contributions of healthy snacks are ALWAYS welcome!

May 2017 VOTER Newsletter Available

Our monthly newsletter with lots of information about what is happening at the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area is now available. You can download the pdf file of the newsletter and/or subscribe to get future versions sent to your email address. Better yet, join the League to get the newsletter every month along with the other benefits of League membership.

Here is a summary of upcoming events taken from the latest VOTER newsletter. Check out the League calendar for more info.

CodeNEXT Map District Meetings

Please plan to attend one of the upcoming CodeNEXT Map Open Houses in your district and others. The City of Austin is making big decisions for the future with the feedback it receives from public engagement events.

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite our outdated and complicated Land Development Code. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin.

Not sure what district you’re in? Find out here.

Register now: 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

LWV Austin is pleased to invite its members to the Annual Membership Meeting!

This meeting, for members only, is more than just a meal and mingling with fellow members. It is our annual business meeting when, among other things, we select officers and board members for expired terms; approve the FY 2018 budget, and handle items of business such as amendments to bylaws.

LVW Austin Annual Membership Meeting
12 pm Saturday, May 20, 2017
Trinity United Methodist Church
4001 Speedway, Austin, TX

 RSVP here | Download the Workbook | Map

This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, May 20th at noon at the Trinity United Methodist Church with a catered lunch for $10.

In conjunction with the meeting, the Board of Directors provides the entire membership with an Annual Workbook (PDF)If you can’t download the workbook, call the League office at 512.451.6710 or email LWVAustin@LWVAustin.org to request a copy. The 2016 Annual Meeting minutes are available here (docx format).

The Annual Workbook provides important information for both new and long-serving members about:

  1. Issues to be voted upon during the Annual Meeting, and
  2. The League’s structure, history, recent and current finances, recent and current programs, the League’s progress and significant contributions of lifetime members.

Votes to be taken during the Annual Meeting include:

  • Changes in the bylaws
  • Adoption of local programs
  • Adoption of the 2017-18 budget
  • Election of officers and directors
  • Election of a chair and two members of the nominating committee

Please read the Workbook prior to the meeting and bring the workbook and your questions/comments to the meeting. You will also be presented with information and opportunities regarding personal involvement in League activities. 

Members: please RSVP and pay the $10 lunch fee ASAP by clicking here!


Thank you for your engagement with and support of the League of Women Voters – Austin Area!

May 6 Election – Voters Guide Coverage – Four Counties

May 6, 2017 Local Elections

Early Voting – April 24 – May 2
Last day for County Elections Office to receive applications for Ballot by Mail – April 25

Look for the release of the May 6th Local Election Voters Guide on this website, shortly before April 24, in English and Spanish.

Travis County Election Office

Bee Cave
• City Council
• Special Tax Issue
Lakeway
• City Council
• Bond Proposition
• Special Election
Pflugerville ISD
• Board of Trustees
Round Rock ISD
• Round Rock ISD Bond Propositions

Williamson County Election Office

Georgetown
• Mayor and City Council
• Georgetown ISD
    o Board of Trustees
    o Proposition
Round Rock
• Mayor and City Council
• Charter Amendment Propositions
• Round Rock ISD Bond Propositions
Cedar Park
• City Council
Hutto
• City Council
• Hutto ISD Board of Trustees
Taylor
• City Council

Bastrop County Election Office

Bastrop
• Mayor and City Council
• Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees
Smithville
• City Council
• Smithville ISD Board of Trustees
Elgin
• Elgin ISD Board of Trustees

Caldwell County Election Office

Martindale
• Mayor and City Council
• Proposition

Hays County Election Office (NOT included in our Voters Guide)

Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6
• Directors and Propositions
Hays
• City Council
• Hays Consolidated ISD
    o Board of Trustees
    o Bond Proposals
Dripping Springs
• City Council
• Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees
San Marcos
• Propositions
• San Marcos Consolidated ISD
    o Board of Trustees
    o Bond Proposal
Wimberley
• City Council

Meetings with Austin City Council Members

You’re Invited!

There is still room at the table for joining the conversations with our City Council Members. Please attend and be part of these interesting discussions. All meetings are at City Hall in conference rooms on the second floor, either 2152 or 2155. We will gather in the downstairs lobby fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled appointment. 

Due to limited space in City Hall conference rooms, these meetings with City Council Members are limited to LWV Austin members only. Please come early to get a seat at the table. Council Members would like us to limit attendance to ten people only.

If you wish to attend, you must RSVP to Lea Masiello at leamasiello@gmail.com. After receiving ten reservations per meeting, participation will be closed.

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, District 6
Wednesday, March 22 at 1:00 – 2:00
City Hall Conference Room 2152

 

Council Member Sabino Renteria, District 3
Wednesday, March 22 at 2:30 – 3:00
City Hall Conference Room 2155

 

Council Member Ann Kitchen, District 5
Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00 – 1:30
City Hall Conference Room 2152

 

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, District 9
Thursday, March 30 at 10:00 – 10:30
(location to be identified)

The entrance to the parking garage is on Guadalupe between 2nd and Cesar Chavez. Park in any non-reserved spots.  Take the steps or elevator to the ground floor.  Once in City Hall, Ms. Tovo’s office is located on the 2nd floor. Please bring your parking ticket for validation by the receptionist.