Dear Friend,

I hope you're having a happy new year!

It's been one year since I had the honor of being sworn in as District 3's first City Council Member. A year ago, this historic council began taking on the big challenges that face our growing city such as affordability, transportation, and public safety and this year we will do even more. I look forward to serving District 3 another year as your representative at City Hall.


Coming Up In January

Quarter Cent Fund Proposal:
At the end of last year, Council set out guidelines to allocate $1.9 million per district for transportation needs. Council Members, with the help of Austin Transportation and Public Works staff, were tasked with identifying priority projects.

My office gathered a lot of great input from the community by hosting multiple town halls in East and South Austin, attending neighborhood organization meetings, and soliciting calls and emails from residents. This helped us propose a list of low-cost, high-impact transportation projects that will benefit our district.

There's so much more that is needed in our neighborhoods, but this is a good start. I will keep working to make sure we are making the best use of our limited resources for transportation projects. To see the full list of Quarter Cent projects for District 3, please click on the link below:

Neighborhood Plan Contact Teams (NPCTs)

On October 1, 2015 I sponsored and City Council approved a resolution to improve the way our Neighborhood Plan Contact Teams function. The resolution directed city staff to conduct stakeholder involvement and initiate amendments to modify the Land Development Code by adding oversight and compliance requirements for NPCTs. 

If you are not familiar with
NPCTs - they are groups made up of community stakeholders that work with city staff towards the implementation of neighborhood plan recommendations, review and create plan amendments, and serve as the point of contact for the community. You can follow this link to
watch an explanation and discussion of NPCTs by our City's Planning Commission.

Many NPCTs are already functioning well, but since the start of last year we have heard from residents in multiple neighborhoods that a few of these groups purposefully exclude neighbors, refuse to publicize meetings, and fail to keep minutes for the record.

Having served on a NPCT myself, I am aware of the major responsibility these groups are entrusted with. I firmly believe that oversight and compliance requirements will help to ensure that NPCTs are open and inclusive to all neighbors and will result in neighborhood plans that better reflect the community's wishes.

Our first year is in the books and I'm proud of what this office has accomplished. As always, if you need assistance with city issues you can call my office at 512.978.2103 or email my office by clicking the email icon at the bottom of this page . We'll be glad to help.

All the best,
Upcoming Events
January 1st:
New Year's Day

January 9th:

January 11th:
Martin Luther King Day March and Festival
January 21th:
Montopolis Rec. & Community Center Design Event
January 23rd:
Montopolis Rec. & Community Center Design Event
January 27th:
Audit & Finance Committee
January 28th:
Austin City Council Meeting
January 28th:
Govalle Pool Improvement Public Meeting
If you have any events that you would like posted on next month's calendar contact Nic at the email provided at the bottom of the page

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