League of Women Voters
"...In crafting the rules, the Court dismissed recommendations from its own Advisory Committee (made up of prestigious lawyers and judges, many of whom were conservative) that sought to scale back possible breaches of constitutionality. Hays sat on a subcommittee that advised the group and says they were accepting of the ideas to create a process to ensure judges act in a timely manner or to appoint a new judge if he or she refuses to hear the case – but clearly the justices didn’t agree...."
"...In the latest chapter of an ongoing feud over proposed changes to Capital Metro's services for the disabled, some members of the agency's Access Committee are crying foul over a decision by Cap Metro management to block an applicant seeking to fill a seat on the committee. The committee, which is composed mostly of transit users with disabilities, was created under the Americans With Disabilities Act as a mechanism to provide feedback and enforce compliance...."
"...On June 1, just before hearing staff briefings at the final Public Safety Commission to be held under the current administration of appointees, Commission chairman Kim Rossmo voiced his displeasure with the City Council's Public Safety Committee, specifically its chairman, Council Member Don Zimmerman. "I wanted to let the members of the commission know that I asked for a presentation from the Austin Public Safety Committee regarding the interaction and relationship between the two bodies," he noted..."
"...Also moving forward is the ongoing conversation along the dais concerning Council's own committees. Several members have grown increasingly impatient with the committee structure and its burdens – committee chairs began cutting back on meetings last year – and it appears that a majority is finally ready to take action..."
"..."These things cause family issues when you kick people off – and I don't want to use any other word – of their transit system when that's all the choice they have," Diane Bomar-Aleman, chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee, told the board. "This does affect families and relationships; it doesn't just affect their transportation issues."..."
"...If you're at a place that doesn't have seating, you can't just stand there 30 minutes until ... your ride shows up," says Diane Bomar-Aleman, who chairs Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee and who is visually impaired...."
"...Not everyone in the community has that confidence. Disability rights activist Diane Bomar-Aleman, chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee, and the Metro Mobility Working Group (a court-created body resulting from a lawsuit settlement with Cap Metro) openly lobbied against Watson for what Bomar-Aleman describes as LYNX's failure to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act..."
"...Not everyone in the community has that confidence. Disability rights activist Diane Bomar Aleman, chair of Cap Met’s Access Advisory Committee and the Metro Mobility Working Group (the latter a court-created body resulting from a lawsuit settlement with Cap Met) openly lobbied against Watson for what Aleman describes as LYNX’s failure to comply with the American With Disabilities Act...."
"...Two teachers addressed TNCs' ability to offer supplemental income to those who may need it. Boone Blocker, with the Urban Transportation Commission and Capital Metro Access Advisory Committee, said that TNCs need to find a way to cater to all residents, including those disabled, while Joe Woods, vice president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, directed attention toward potential gaps in coverage that may exist with TNC drivers...."
"...Diane Bomar-Aleman – who, as chair of the Access Advisory Committee, has struggled with the agency on such issues – reminded board members that the three-fourths-mile corridor is a minimum requirement. "ADA does not prohibit going outside three-fourths of a mile," she said..."
"...The changes were billed as "procedural" rather than changes in policy, so it was deemed unnecessary to hold a hearing. Cap Metro Access Advisory Committee members took turns blasting STS Director Inez Evans for failing to consult directly with the committee or with the disabled community at-large..."
"...I believe we have shifted the debate that is no longer whether to offer transit, but how: what mix of modes to use, what role to play in the system, where to serve more people. Furthermore I see a growing understanding that transit is about land use and how we shape a different future from business as usual. I’m grateful to the many citizen leaders including the Alliance for Public Transportation, Envision Central Texas, the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Access Advisory Committee, the Customer Service Advisory Committee and other neighborhood groups for their vigorous participation in these important and complex discussions. In addition to improving Cap Metro services, we have set an ethical standard for our business operations that permeates every corner of the agency, from our procurements to our budgets..."
"...Everett has also helped distribute another stream of CPC funding generated by the Texas “Choose Life” license plate sales as an appointee of the attorney general. Additionally, she sits on the Health and Human Services Commission’s Women’s Health Advisory Committee, which advises the state agency on critical reproductive health issues...."
"...Advocates for people with disabilities are determined to keep MetroAccess service at least at its current levels and argue that it should go back to the even broader area it once served. The chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee, Diane Bomar-Aleman, and local attorney Pat Bartel, both of whom have visual impairments, have expressed opposition to hiring Watson for the CEO job, saying the stringency of no-show policies at her Orlando transit agency violate the ADA (Watson denies this)...."
"..."I hope that she will be willing to work to neutralize ... the current way that Capital Metro has been dealing with the disability community," said Diane Bomar-Aleman, the chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee and a harsh critic of the agency's paratransit policies..."
"...Instead of beefing up ways to mitigate the crisis, last June Gov. Greg Abbott killed the life of a committee tasked with providing recommendations and guidance for women's health programs..."
"...Multiply that outward to all the people and organizations and jurisdictions that respond to homelessness, and it feels a misnomer to call what we do a "system." Yet everybody does, including the folks who live it. "People keep getting sucked up in the system," says one of Judy and Bill's fellow members of the iTeam's Homelessness Advisory Committee..."
"...As a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Coordinating Committee, I have been involved in the Bull Creek Preserve public access plan review from the start of the process...."
"...Already on a fast track: selection of a Citizens Advisory Committee. Some council offices are compiling short lists of potential nominees, even though the committee's role, responsibilities, and makeup are yet to be clearly defined..."
"..."I see reactionary environmentalism," Viktorin insists. "Damage is not coming from runners and hikers, but from development around the preserve." Viktorin initiated the reactivation of the BCP's Citizen Advisory Committee to advocate more public use, but he charges that he was denied a seat on the committee by water authority administrators..."