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Dear <<First Name>>,

As we jump into the spring season, City Hall has been working very hard to pass significant and meaningful resolutions.
 
March In Review

 
LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission(Passed):
On March 2nd, City Council voted to create a Quality of Life Commission that would take a look at the challenges the LGBTQ community faces and work towards community based solutions. With this vote Austin joins Houston as the second city in Texas to establish this type of commission and its about time. 


Sidewalk & ADA Ramp Improvements (Passed): 
In 2016, City Council passed a resolution deciding on how to best use our Quarter Cent Fund to tackle transportation issues. In addition to the Quarter Cent Fund allocation, Austin passed the much needed 2016 Transportation Bond. So you'll begin to see several transportation improvement projects pop up throughout D3 and we will try to keep you informed. 

In our last February Council meeting we passed a construction contract with MAC, Inc., for sidewalk and ADA compliant ramp improvements. If you'd like to know more about sidewalks in District 3 here is a handy map of the East and South Austin improvements.
 
Mexican American Cultural Center Plan (Passed):
You don't need to known me for very long to know that I love our ESB-MACC. Other community activists and I spent decades trying to get the land designated, the bond election passed, and the building built. So I was very excited to vote for an agreement with the original architects of the MACC, CASABELLA ARCHITECTS, to provide design and planning services for the next phases of growth.

CASABELLA has a long history of working with and expertise in the community. I'm excited to see their vision for our MACC.

Easter Seals Central Texas, Inc (Passed):
Last month, City Council voted to partner with Easter Seals Central Texas to use Community Service Block Grants that will fund low-income residents and help them attain self-sufficiency and transition out of poverty by providing rent and utility assistance. Easter Seals Central Texas, Inc. will process payments to landlords and utility companies on behalf of low-income residents. 

Since 1937 Easter Seals Central Texas has continuously served those in need and we're glad to be partnering with them for this much needed block grant.
 
Capital IDEA Increase Funding(Passed):
During our March 23rd meeting, council voted to increase funding to Capital IDEA  for workforce development services. Capital IDEA helps graduates from their nursing program find employment in medically-undeserved areas, ensuring that Austin clinics and hospitals have adequately trained nursing staff regardless of location. 

If you don't know about Capital IDEA, it is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to get working adults out of poverty and into living wage careers through education and career advancement. Since 1998 Capital Idea have given non-traditional students the opportunity to reach their full potential by getting an education while providing financial stability for them and their  family. 


 
Other News
 
 
Jeremiah Program Austin (Ribbon Cut):
At the beginning of March, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening to a new campus for the Jeremiah Program in District 3! Their new development will provide 35 determined single mothers and their young children with safe and affordable housing, on-site early childhood education, and a supportive environment to pursue a college education all next door to Austin Community College.

We couldn't be more thankful to work with a program that offers one of the nation's most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty and prosperity two generations at a time in District 3.

Congressman Doggett, Rep Eddie Rodriguez, & I joining with Mark Rodgers, & Jeremiah Staff.

CodeNEXT - Council On Your Corner:
The long awaited maps for CodeNEXT will be released on April 18th, so I'll be holding our first codeNEXT town hall on April 22nd at St. Elmo Elementary. Keep an eye out for an email with more specifics, but for now you can you can download a copy of the entire Draft Land Development Code by clicking this link. 

If you'd like to comment on the draft, you can reach the CodeNEXT team through this
online comment tool.

National Park Competition(Competing): 
Each year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) collaborates with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on the Meet Me at the Park initiative to provide 16 communities with a $20,000 grant to improve local parks.

Last year, our Battle Bend Neighborhood Park won and the transformation was unbelievable! This year the NRPA Grant Contest includes District 3's Parque Zaragoza. You can vote and nominate every day in April, so please support your local park and remember to vote daily. 

Comal Park Community Input:
On March 25th I atteneded the Community Input Meeting at Comal Park held by our amazing Austin Parks and Rec staff. With the input provided by our community, Austin Parks and Rec will be able to make improvements that are neighborhood priorities.

If you were not able to attend, please take a look at these images, and complete this questionnaire to tell Austin Parks and Rec your priorities. The more input we have the better we can create a park that fits our communities needs.


As usual, please don't hesitate to call if you have any city issues or questions. (And don't forget to check out the left sidebar for direct links to some pretty important info.)

All the best,

Pio
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