Work Session Is During Election Week

RECEIVED Thu., Aug. 14, 2008

To the editor,
    There is one big hitch in the New York consultant group's plans for the redevelopment of the Brackenridge Tract in West Austin [“Naked City,” News, Aug. 15]. They have scheduled a weeklong series of full-day work sessions with public participation. The only problem is, they have scheduled it for the first week of November, right in the middle of the fall elections!
    We have residents who are precinct chairs, campaign volunteers, and even candidates, elected officials, and their staff members living in West Austin. When one of my neighbors brought this up after the meeting, someone on the consultant's team rudely brushed her off and insisted they did not want to disrupt their schedule by changing the dates for the work sessions.
    Everyone in West Austin needs to contact their elected officials and urge them to convince the "powers that be" at UT that we want the work sessions rescheduled for after the November elections. Otherwise the developers and the contractors will have free rein at the meetings, while many of the active people in West Austin are working on the elections.
    Doesn't anybody vote in New York?
Bill Oakey
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