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CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite our outdated and complicated Land Development Code.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 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
• City Council
• Bond Proposition
• Special Election
Pflugerville ISD
• Board of Trustees
Round Rock ISD
• Round Rock ISD Bond Propositions

Williamson County Election Office

• 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
• City Council
• Hutto ISD Board of Trustees
• City Council

Bastrop County Election Office

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

Caldwell County Election Office

• 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
• 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
• 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 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.

State of the City Dinner

Everyone is invited to our 25th annual

League of Women Voters Austin Area

State of the City Dinner

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton, 6505 N IH 35, Austin


Susan Dawson
President, E3 Alliance (Education Equals Economics)

Making Democracy Work Awards
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
ThunderCloud Subs

6:00 pm Reception, Silent Auction, Cash Bar
6:45 pm Dinner, Program, Live Auction

Get your tickets by February 24
$65 members, $75 non-members, includes parking
Reserved table for eight, with premium seating
$650 members, $800 non-members
(See post below for other interesting options.)

Register here

or send a check to LWVAA – 1011 W. 31st, Austin, TX 78705