Time for City Council Elected at Large to End

RECEIVED Wed., March 28, 2012

Dear Editor,
    What do we have to do to dismantle the current City Council "at large" system that we have now? I live in Steiner Ranch. I have zero representation in the current council. Those of us who have "grown up" and "given up" on living in Travis Heights, Barton Heights, Allandale, Crestview, Brentwood, etc. I couldn't care less about the boardwalk around Lady Bird Lake, or incentives for Downtown development.
    I would like the lanes on 620 to be marked clearly, and the lanes on RM 2222 to be marked as well. When we have a car accident out west, people die. Speed limits out here average around 60 mph. This is more important to me than 2% of the population using an improved trail around Lady Bird Lake.
    It seems like this council will do whatever it takes to please the Downtown crowd, but don't realize there is more to Austin than Downtown.
    I hope I can vote for a council member for my area soon, and I hope an Eastsider can vote for someone from their neighborhood as well. We need an open discussion to do what's best for this city.
    The City Council at large has to go. Let's get it done. Now.
Professor L. Scott Walker
Austin Community College
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