Come join us for Austin City Government 101

Would you like to know more about how the city works?

This November, Austin will elect a new mayor and a ten-member City Council coming from geographic districts. This change offers Austinites an opportunity to have more influence in city policy decisions.  You may wonder what kinds of decisions the Council makes.  What does the city manager control?  How is the airport managed? Which roads get resurfaced, and how does our publicly-owned electric utility operate?  Does City Council influence our local schools?

What do you know about the structure of Austin’s governance?  Come learn more about who does what and how to influence the decisions.

The Austin League of Women Voters is partnering with KLRU-TV, the Annette Strauss Institute and KUT 90.5 to provide a program about the functions of city government. Our goal is to increase civic engagement so our city more reflects the interests of ALL Austinites.  There will be two sessions:

On Feb. 8, 2014 Austin City Government 101 – The City Does What?

A panel discussion on the functions of city government, featuring:
  • Terrell Blodgett, Professor Emeritus, LBJ School; and a former city manager
  • Karen Kennard, City Attorney
  • Ed van Eenoo, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
  • Roger Duncan, Former General Mgr, Austin Energy
  • Garner Stoll, Former Imagine Austin Lead Manager
  • Ken Mory, City Auditor

On Feb. 22, 2014 Austin City Government 101 – Speak Out!

A panel and audience discussion on how to effectively communicate with city officials, featuring:
  • Nelson Linder, President, Austin Branch NAACP
  • Honorable Gonzalo Barrientos, Chair, Austin Charter Review Committee
  • Susan Morrison, League of Women Voters

In this session, a number of chairpersons of city boards & commissions will explain what they do and how they relate to the Council.

Both sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon with the doors opening at 9:30 a.m. The sessions are free and open to the public and will be held at the KLRU Studios.  2504-B Whitis Ave // Austin, Texas // 78712

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Community Conversation in Public Education -AISD District 5

The seventh Community Conversation in Public Education will be held for AISD Trustee Districts 6 & 7. Residents of these districts are invited. The meeting will be held in March. Details TBA.

Your Board Hard at Work Planning the Next Six Months Activities

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Austin League to host LWV-Texas Convention in April

The 2014 State Convention will be held at the Doubletree Inn in Austin this year. For more information and to register, click here.

Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise on Lady Bird Lake — On Friday evening, April 25, convention attendees are invited to spend an evening touring Austin from Lady Bird Lake. Evening includes dinner.  To register, click here.

New Voter Registration Certificates

Most Travis County voters have now received their new (orange) voter registration cards. This card now includes the voter’s FORMER name (if the voter included it when s/he registered to vote) in addition to their CURRENT name. This change was mandated by the photo ID law passed by the State Legislature in 2011. If you do not wish to have your former name on your voter card, there are three ways to change it:
1.  Complete a name change online at https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager.
2.  Make the change on the back of your orange certificate and return it to Travis County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 149327, Austin, TX 78714-9327.
3.  Submit a corrected voter registration application with the “change” box selected in person at any tax office location or by mail at Travis County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 149327, Austin, TX 78714-9327.
For assistance by phone, contact the Voter Registrar at (512) 854-9473

Community Conversations on Education

We are convening a wide variety of residents to come together to share and learn how our community could be more effective in conveying and delivering the needs of its students.  Our next conversation is scheduled for October 19th. [Read more…]