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Dear <<First Name>>,

A lot has been done at city hall this last month, so here is a brief recap of our busy February.

Also, if you haven't taken our D3 Community Survey just click here.

 
February In Review

 
CapMetro Connections 2025 Transit Plan (Passed):
The Capital Metro Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the Connections 2025 transit plan. With this plan, CapMetro will be focused on more frequent and connected bus networks. Routes designated as "frequent" will increase from 6 to 17 - with services that run every 15 minutes or less. Once the plan is implemented, half of Austin will be within a 1/2 mile of these services. 

The mobility challenges our community faces are complex and multifaceted. I'm grateful for the work that Cap Metro Staff and my fellow Board members undertook to strengthen this plan. I’m especially thankful for the members of the public who shared their personal stories with us. Thanks to them, Connections 2025 will put us on the right path toward building a more frequent and reliable network that offers the innovative transit solutions we desperately need.


To learn the specifics just visit Connections2025.org.
 

Immigrant Legal Aid Funding (Passed):
Last month, City Council passed an important and a much needed resolution to increase funding for legal and counseling services to immigrant families in our city. 

The resolution, proposed by Council Member Casar, added emergency funding to an existing city contract with Catholic Charities of Central Texas. This funding will aid immigrants in securing legal status, obtaining U.S. work authorization, providing counseling services and making Austin a more inclusive and just city.


Austin Tenants' Council Debt Reduction (Passed):
During our February 2nd meeting, council voted to enter into an agreement with the Austin Tenants' Council to provide housing-debt reduction services for clients enrolled in housing stability programs.

Past housing debt and eviction records are known barriers to securing safe, stable, decent, and affordable housing. In many cases, Austin social service agencies encounter these barriers while attempting to provide housing stability for our homeless Austinites. This is a big step in helping our vulnerable population secure new housing and we couldn't be more excited to get this program underway.


Other News
 
 
Battle Bend Neighborhood Park(Ribbon Cut):
Last weekend Austin Parks held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the recent improvements to the Battle Bend Neighborhood Park. Despite the 40 degree weather we had a great time at the new and improved Battle Bend Neighborhood Park!

We couldn't be more thankful for  Austin PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, National Recreation and Parks Foundation, and the group of dedicated neighbors that spent countless hours working to ensure that Battle Bend will continue to meet the needs of, and serve South Austin for years to come.


 
Veteran Park Input:
Our city's Veterans Commission is looking for input from fellow veterans about the memorial that is being built near the Town Lake running trail. If you would like to send input or have questions feel free to contact our Veterans Commission appointee Guillermo Villarreal at bc-guillermo.villarreall@austintexas.gov 

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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