Save the Date: State of the City Dinner & Auction

State of the City

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the LWV-AA 2018 State of the City Dinner and Auction on March 7, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Register HERE today for Early Bird Tickets!

Donations for Auction Needed

If you would like to make a donation for the auction, please click here for the donation form.

Award Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for the State of the City Awards. If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out this form before December 15.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to Sponsor the State of the City Dinner, please click here for more information.

 

Photos from 2017’s State of the City Event:

Our Position on AISD Bond Proposition

The League of Women Voters Austin Area encourages you to vote FOR the Austin Independent School District Bond Proposition.

Early voting is Monday, October 23rd to Friday, November 3rd. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. You may vote at any polling place in the County. Look for the “Vote Here” signs.

The League has long supported Austin AISD in its efforts to provide a strong education through goals at all grade levels.

Bonding is the cornerstone of school district financing for capital expenses — new schools, for example — as opposed to the day-to-day costs of items such as salaries. Under state law, a district must seek voter approval to issue bonds. With approval, it can sell the bonds on a timetable of its choosing and pay them off with tax money. That spreads the cost for infrastructure over time, rather than taxpayers facing a massive upfront rate hike every time a district needs a new campus.

This bond is more than $1 billion ($1,050,984,000). AISD has called for a comprehensive 25-year facilities master plan that aims to modernize the district and all its campuses. With many aged school buildings and the long overdue maintenance of most, this bond money alone will not cover the 25 year-plan. But the League believes this will be a very good start to the district’s 21st Century plans. There will be no tax rate increase and all the money raised through bonds remains in AISD.

We trust that AISD will focus on the problems associated with diversity in our schools. The League supports equality of opportunity in education. AISD should have as its goal to meet, if not exceed, the state and federal accountability standards for achievement, attendance, dropout rates and completion rates in each school in the district, and to reduce the disparity in performance among schools.

LWV-AA CodeNEXT Recommendations

Action Alert: CodeNEXT

LWV-AA hosts an expert panel on CodeNEXT and affordability on June 4, 2017

Members of the League of Women Voters Austin Area have attended meetings on the proposed City of Austin CodeNEXT land development code in all ten Austin council districts. LWV-AA also hosted a public forum with experts on land development and housing affordability, to give us insight into these crucial issues in Austin. 

After careful review of the proposed code and consideration of the public input, the League offers these comments and suggestions to specific parts of the code. They conform to these principles of the League:

  • An open and transparent system of governance; 
  • More public participation in the land development process;  
  • Adequate opportunity for the public to weigh in on decisions; 
  • Opportunity for decision makers to receive more public input to carefully weigh the issues before them.

View LWV-AA’s CodeNEXT Draft #2 Recommendations, October 2017 (PDF)

View LWV-AA’s previous CodeNEXT Draft #1 Recommendations, June 2017 (PDF)

If you agree with these recommendations, please contact your City Council Member and request they support the League’s suggested comments. If you don’t know which council district you live in, click here for details.

Upcoming Programs: October

The following 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

Members: if you’d like to volunteer for a Positions Update Committee, please consider attending our Informational Lunch on October 11 at 11:30-1 at Cafe Express, OR send an email to VP of Programs, Lea Masiello.

Education and Criminal Justice:

One Judge’s Response to Truancy with an Innovative Approach to Support Families

South Unit Meeting:
Wed, October 11, 7pm9pm
11001 La Roca Cove, Austin, TX 78739 (map)
Hosted by Charlotte Slack
 

North Unit Meeting:
Wed, October 18, 7pm – 9pm
7917 W Rim Dr, Austin, TX 78731 (map)
Hosted by Judy Parken
 
Justice of the Peace Susan Steeg presents her innovative program to decriminalize truancy by providing social services and support to families. This is an important meeting for the Education and Criminal Justice Position Update Committee members.
 

Education:

Innovative Education at Austin Community College

General Meeting:

Wed, October 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
6101 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752 (map)
(Meet in front of the Social Staircase, ACC Highland Campus)
 
This meeting highlights how the ACC Highland Campus supports student success, transforms learning and develops the Austin Area workforce. Tour the Math Accelerator with 600 computer stations, the largest in the country. After a tour of the Learning Lab, LWV-AA will hold a forum with speakers from ACC administration, the Math Accelerator, ACC students representing the adult population seeking an associate’s degree, faculty from Free Minds, and faculty from the Biosciences Incubator. This general meeting will be of particular interest to members of the Education Position Update Committee.