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Texas Supreme Court Makes Abortion Access for Neglected Teens Even More Difficult
Texas Court adds more rules to judicial bypass law
DAILY News  December 30, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Access Denied: Cap Metro Blocks Blind Contender
Transit agency's Access Committee cries foul over board decision
News Story  October 24, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...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...."

Committee Versus Commission
Public Safety Chairmen Rossmo and Zimmerman trade invitations
News Story  June 11, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Council Reconsiders Committee Structure
"We can make the process more efficient and effective”
News Story  January 19, 2017, by Michael King
"...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..."

Limited Access: Cap Metro Gets Tough on Paratransit
Cap Metro changes could leave disabled customers without a ride
News Story  October 1, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"..."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."..."

Can't Get There From Here
While suburban rail spends and stumbles, Cap Metro's transit-dependent riders wait at the end of the line
News Story  January 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Watson to Take Cap Metro Wheel
Public sector experience clinched the deal for transit board
News Story  June 25, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Linda Watson Hired as New Cap Met CEO
Opinions on the incoming transit chief
DAILY News  June 17, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Navigating Rideshare's Course
City begins stakeholder meetings
News Story  June 19, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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...."

Cap Metro 2020: Sounds Like a Plan
Board gives early nod to restructuring of routes and schedules
News Story  February 26, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Rolling Rebellion at Capital Metro
Budget cuts threaten transit services for the disabled
News Story  April 4, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...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..."

Walker Steps Down as Cap Metro Board Chair
After 11 years, says time for "someone else" to take on "exciting challenges"
DAILY News  March 31, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Anti-Choice Group to Receive $1.6 Million Health Grant
More taxpayer dollars for Carol Everett's the Heidi Group
DAILY News  August 15, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...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...."

Welcome to Capital Metro
Whoever the new CEO turns out to be – she'll have her hands full
News Story  June 18, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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)...."

Watson Takes Cap Metro Wheel
New CEO's first order of business is to clean up transit agency's image
News Story  July 30, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"..."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..."

The Premature Death of the WHAC
How Gov. Greg Abbott killed vital oversight for women’s health
News Story  January 18, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...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..."

Austin's Next Shot at Ending Homelessness
Thanks to an infusion of philanthropic cash, the city and its iTeam embark on a new effort
News Story  August 23, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

Postmarks
The Balcones Situation argued, "Zionism" attributed, and some retaliatory kudos for DAILY TEXAN comics.
Columns  April 20, 2001
"...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...."

Calling All Citizens
The Comprehensive Plan and the waterfront need engaged Austinites
News Story  July 31, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...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..."

Birds vs. People at BCP
At least one Austin resident questions wildlife preserve's human-access policies
News Story  February 25, 2005, by Daniel Mottola
"..."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..."

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