"...If you want to know what kind of friendships Cindy Wood has developed over her 25 years as an Austin comedienne, just look at the legion of luminaries from the comedy and music scenes turning out for Cindy & Friends, a benefit performance hosted by Esther's Follies Sunday, April 6, to help Wood cope with the cost of treating Lyme disease. Of course, the Follies' current cast, including master illusionist Ray Anderson and Esther's empress Shannon Sedwick, will be on hand to do sketches and musical numbers, but several Follies alums – Kerry Awn, De Lewellen, and Amos Ewing – are also jumping back in the Pool..."
"...So far, Wood can still do everything at Esther's she's always done, save one magic trick with Ray Anderson. "I can still jump and flip and dance and sing and act and bust my ass backstage," she says..."
"...Sometimes it can be hard to celebrate a victory. As the results rolled in, and the situation for Democrats nationwide seemed bleaker, newly elected Austin Independent School District trustee Cindy Anderson joked that, like many Americans, she had considered emigrating..."
"...She says she knows it's her job to do her best with the material – even when she's performed it five shows a week, 50 weeks a year, for years – and that her "sense of duty" keeps it fresh. She takes her cue from Ray Anderson, the illusionist who also joined the Follies in '89 and with whom she's worked so closely in the magic acts..."
"...In a Facebook post, Saldaña said that 75% of AISD students hail from minority households, and that since 2000 there have been at least three minority board members each year. He worried that number could go down to two this November, pointing to the empty seat in the At-Large Position 8 race between Cindy Anderson and David Quintanilla and District 2, where Andy Anderson challenges incumbent Jayme Mathias..."
"...Incumbent Mathias usually votes for the good of the district, but his grandstanding and abrasive personality infuriate even supporters. His opponent, Andy Anderson, has taken the daring anti-teacher stance in his campaigning..."
"...• Eastside Memorial at the Johnston Campus would move to the former Alternative Learning Center, historically known as Old Anderson, the district's first African-American high school. This puts it within walking distance of Austin Community College and Huston-Tillotson University, opening up more early college opportunities...."
"...The Austin ISD Board of Trustees met for the first time in 2019 on Monday night, and the sometimes tense discussion gave a glimpse of the immense challenges district leaders face over the next six months as they sketch out and adopt next year's budget. The meeting was bookended by two comparatively celebratory moments: Arati Singh's swearing-in as At-Large Place 9 trustee, and the election of new board officers (District 6 Trustee Geronimo Rodriguez will remain board president, while At-Large Place 8 Trustee Cindy Anderson will become vice president, and D5 Trustee Amber Elenz will be secretary)...."
"...The first at-large hopeful, Cindy Anderson, already knows AISD's governance intimately. The vice president of the Austin Council of PTAs, she said, "I got to the point where I thought I had done as much work as I could on the outside." She considered running in her home seat of District 6 in 2014, "but the timing wasn't right." However, this time she's planning to file, with many of what she calls "issues that are obvious to folks" (budget, overcrowding, underenrollment, and teacher salaries) on her agenda..."
"...But boundary changes would almost certainly infuriate school communities in several trustee districts. At-Large Trustee Cindy Anderson thinks shifting boundaries would be more difficult than it might appear..."
"...Trustees Ann Teich and Jayme Mathias confirmed late last week that the board's attorney was looking into ways in which the PAC policy could be clarified. Although the five trustees who questioned Celebration's rental agreement (Teich, Mathias, Ted Gordon, Cindy Anderson, and board VP Yasmin Wagner) cited confusion over the policy as motivation for exploring action at a board operations meeting in September, the church's anti-LGBTQ views appear to have played a role in the decision for at least two trustees...."
"...In a final moment of political ribbing Monday evening, Saldaña's fellow trustees forced him to propose the motion for his own resignation, before accepting his resignation on a 6-0 vote. (Trustees Jayme Mathias and Cindy Anderson were absent; Ted Gordon was away from the dais at the moment.) Board President Kendall Pace said she would accept Saldaña's exit with "great sadness, disappointment, mixed feelings, and I'm going to pout about this." Gordon, now the only minority trustee, called Saldaña "in many ways the conscience of this board." Praising his departing colleague's pivotal role in developing a districtwide equity self-assessment and in-house (and historically underutilized) business program, he told Saldaña: "It has been an honor and privilege to serve with you."..."
"...AISD's board of trustees swore in its newly elected and re-elected members Monday. Amber Elenz (District 5), Jayme Mathias (District 2), Ann Teich (District 3), and Yasmin Wagner (District 7) return, with newly elected At-Large Place 8 trustee Cindy Anderson joining the fold..."
"...However, he's faced personality clashes behind the scenes, often over procedural matters and presentation of board unity. Yet he gained the union endorsement when he drew Andy Anderson as an opponent..."
"...Marisa Anderson (Portland, OR.)..."
"...Eastside Memorial will move to a new school on the historic L.C. Anderson campus; the Liberal Arts and Science Academy will take over the current Eastside campus (formerly Johnston High); and LBJ High will expand its second floor, currently occupied by LASA, as well as its planned medical college early prep program (see "AISD's Big Balancing Act," June 23)...."
"...But make no mistake: We're not choosing Flannigan because he's the only alternative. Since his defeat in 2014, Flannigan has proven himself a dedicated district leader, hosting his own community meetings and lobbying to include Anderson Mill Road on the Mobility Bond..."
"...Although other trustees agreed that Gordon raised valid concerns, they said they were frustrated by his decision to go to the media instead of bringing his issues to the board. (Gordon said he has done so in the past, but to ineffectual response from the board and district administration.) "At the end of the day, we all have to work together to improve academic outcomes for all students," said Place 8 Trustee Cindy Anderson...."
"...Don't worry, if you lost track, Death Race 2050 is nothing at all to do with Paul W.S. Anderson's 2008 Death Race, or its prequels, or even 1975's Paul Bartel-directed midnight classic Death Race 2000...."