"...Consider what has happened in the past six months alone: AMOA has hired Richard Gluckman, the New York-based architect known internationally for his renovation of museums in Berlin and Malaga, as well as his work in America on the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The Texas Fine Arts Association has opened the doors to the Jones Center for Contemporary Art at Seventh and Congress, giving the statewide organization its first permanent home in its 86-year history..."
"...Last summer, the Austin Neighborhoods Council's executive committee voted to block the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association from joining the umbrella association, because DANA is a member of Friends of Austin Neighborhoods, a group ANC believes operates against its mission of preserving neighborhoods. According to ANC President Jeff Jack, the situation exposed an issue with the group's bylaws...."
"...Last Wednesday the Austin Neighborhoods Council voted to change the part of its bylaws that governs how new members get admitted. Since the Seventies, the organization has granted automatic entrance to qualifying neighborhood associations (criteria include having a defined boundary and a minimum of 20 members), though the group's executive committee has had authority to remove any organizations it felt violated the criteria..."
"...Working valiantly to fill the love-and-money gap have been the Downtown Austin Alliance and the Austin Parks Foundation, which expect to partner with the city on implementing the Open Spaces Plan. Also supportive are the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Heritage Society of Austin...."
"...Drivers trying to negotiate the rush-hour bottlenecks have created cut-through traffic hazards in the surrounding neighborhoods. Pape, who serves as traffic coordinator for the Old West Austin Neighborhood Association, says that while city officials are sympathetic, little is being done to stem the flow of speeding cars on narrow streets lined with cars parked legally on either side..."
"...Reception to SN's efforts is not universally positive. At February's Brentwood Neighborhood Association meeting, some residents pointed to the boom in enrollment at Brentwood Elementary as countering SN's concern about declining populations of children..."
"...What's left to develop within 10 years (shown in go-for-it green) or beyond (maybe-yes yellow) are sites primarily concentrated on the fringes of downtown. Most lack high-density CBD zoning, and the neighborhood associations just across the downtown boundaries can be relied upon to fight tall buildings that cast shadows in their back yards..."
"...So City Hall enters December and the year-end in a familiar place: plenty of work begun and pending, hanging fire, looking toward February of 2018 (and the early rumblings of an election campaign). To their credit, this week Council altered the weekly schedule to move its most contentious matter – the public hearing on the proposed Austin Police Association contract – to its own Wednesday meeting (still in progress as the Chronicle goes to press), in hopes of providing a little more time for today's (Dec..."
"...Martinez’s own remarks were not policy-heavy, as he recounted his Rockdale upbringing and his arrival in Austin as a young man “with $50 and a trumpet,” and a plan to become a musician. A day job at construction work – “I’m a working-class guy” – eventually led him to the Austin Fire Department as a firefighter, then the Austin Firefighters Association and the presidency of the union, then to eight years of service on the City Council..."
"...And that dialogue takes place with both individuals and with the neighborhood associations. Since Outer Southeast is a much newer and larger area than Albina or the Central City -- in fact, about a third of the district was only recently annexed into Portland, a move that displeases more than a few residents -- its neighborhood infrastructure is less developed than elsewhere in the Rose City. While some of the Planning Bureau's energies are inevitably devoted to what is, in effect, neighborhood building, it approaches the task with some ambivalence. "Our mandate is to involve the citizens, not necessarily the neighborhoods," says Harrison, who devotes two-thirds of the $1 million spent on each community plan to citizen outreach..."
"...Well, maybe not so much sunshine with the Spring Condominium project finally slated for zoning today after weeks of delay, neighborhood types are concerned council will simply rubber stamp the planned residential tower, set for construction at Third and Bowie. Jeff Jack, president of the Zilker Neighborhood Association, and longtime bee in the Downtown development crowd's bonnet, shared with Beside the Point "several different areas of concern" he has...."
"...But when the complaint is just about someone aggressively panhandling, he finds it hard to get good help. "The Red River Merchants Association has gone to town hall meetings with APD and called 311 and 911 when appropriate..."
"...The residents of Agave want to be part of the northeast Austin community, she says, which for many includes becoming part of the Austin Independent School District. "We're very respectful of the Colony Park Neighborhood Association so we want their wishes to be upheld," Larios says, "and I don't think there's anything they've said that we disagree with." From Here to There..."
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"...When households do not have a neighborhood association to fight for an upgraded drainage system and cannot afford a lawsuit or consultant, sometimes the only option left is to pack up. The Watershed Protection Department offers a buyout program to those whose homes stand at risk of sustaining significant damage, typically for homes found with 25- or 100-year floodplains..."
"...The budget season from June through mid-September was ugly, and how. Squabblings in the police association over reorganization efforts led to a "no confidence" vote for Chief Elizabeth Watson, and essential departments that provide for the libraries, streets, and city parks took it on the chin, again...."
"...A couple of years ago, Springdale-Airport Neighborhood Association president Peter Rivera walked out of his house to find multiple trucks pulled up behind his backyard. As he got closer, he noticed that signs on the side of the trailers were for solar panel contractors..."
"...As of last month, for the first time in more than 11 years, I have no "official" role to play in the world of Austin or Texas libraries. (I went from the State Library, to the Texas Library Association, to the city Library Commission, to the boards of the Austin Public Library Foundation and the Austin History Center Association.) So now, as a friend and fan of libraries in general and APL in particular, I guess I'll just have to be a pest the best way I know how...."
"...Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, said he's appreciated the effort to get union representatives together in meetings with local activists, but has been hesitant to endorse many of the initiatives the AJC has brought forward. "My concern with [citizens having more say in policy-making at the department] is that police chiefs have been policing for several years..."
"...If you're like the folks in that room, planning and community activism already quicken your pulse. You're likely a planning or policy wonk or involved with a nonprofit or neighborhood association or task force – and probably a habitué of City Hall..."
"...Deep Eddy isn't unique – Statesman columnist John Kelso recently reported on a tree-cutting dustup in Bouldin Creek; as this story was being written, neighborhood sources alleged another incident in Tarrytown, and the Allandale Neighborhood Association is currently compiling an inventory of protected-size trees to better keep a watchful eye. And Allandale residents already have some familiarity with the Tree Ordinance, as it factors in to the current lawsuit trying to stop the construction of a Wal-Mart at the former Northcross Mall..."
"...Kitchen was introduced by affordable housing advocate and UT Law faculty member Heather Way, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association President Tom Nuckols, and Onion Creek resident Jim Rodriguez, who serves as president and CEO of TexHealth Central Texas, which provides health coverage for small businesses. Kitchen chaired the board of this organization until recently..."
"...Joel Rasmussen is founder and president of the Austin Rental Alliance. He describes his association as “the people following the rules before there were rules.” He too supports removing the testing-the-waters amendment from the ordinance, but bemoans the bad reputation he says just a few party houses give all short-term rentals...."
"...When Texas barbecue began to attract regional and national media attention after the turn of this century, Ruby’s was right there in the thick of things, as well. The restaurant was one of several local joints featured in Russell Yarnell’s 2003 documentary film, Masters of Texas BBQ, and Luke was one of the founders of the Central Texas BBQ Association the next year..."
"...Who: Texas Association of Broadcasters..."
"...The Texas Fine Arts Association (now known as Arthouse) purchased the building that once housed Hegman's Queen Theater and Lerner department store in 1995 while the association was still headquartered in the carriage house at Laguna Gloria. Arts patron Clara Driscoll gave her estate to TFAA in 1943, but TFAA deeded the building and grounds to Laguna Gloria Art Museum (now Austin Museum of Art) in 1961..."
"...Outreach projects, often funded by grants, have become an APL specialty in recent years; the library won the Texas Library Association's "Project of the Year" award three years in a row, all for youth projects, two specifically serving the Eastside. It was these successful outreach programs that, in turn, led Library Journal to name APL its 1993 National Library of the Year. Yet despite their achievements, projects like the VICTORY mentoring program will always be raw meat when the budget axe falls, and a heavy investment in citywide electronic capacity will add further pressure..."
"...However, on June 30, the Formula One Teams Association announced a new partnership with emissions and energy efficiency auditors Trucost. The current plan is to reduce teams' carbon footprints by 15% by 2012, compared to 2009 emissions, and to mandate new fuel-efficient powertrains by 2013...."
"...This week, the Chronicle is hosting the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia Conference, and dozens of visiting journalists (and production and business staffers) are in town, conferring, exchanging reporting methods and story tips, and of course partying. Don't swing any dead cats in the vicinity of Downtown bars, and if you get a chance, give a Texas welcome to that dazed, overheated wanderer shooting group selfies outside Stubb's – she's not just a tourist, she's a writer...."
"...In better news, last week the firefighters union offered a way to break the apparent impasse in contract negotiations by suggesting a change in staffing policy, allowing the "quint" trucks to be manned by only four firefighters. Mike Martinez of the Austin Association of Professional Firefighters said the idea had been under discussion for some time, but was suggested to the department last week in order to free up personnel to help in the Katrina cleanup (teams are already rotating)..."
"...Seasoned Stat: If everyone just agreed that Pearl Snap is the "Official Beer of Austin" as decided by this very publication, then we would have no more wars and everyone could get through I-35 in 15 minutes and find a nice parking spot on a Thursday night Downtown. But apart from offering one of the best beers in the state on a flagship basis (99-pack, lads?), the gang at ABW was also instrumental in helping push the agenda of the state's Craft Brewers Association against HB 3287, SB 2083, and the festering pustules of Big Beer and Big Wholesaler...."
"...Riley doesn't name which seat he's running for (probably because the one he's looking for may not be vacant yet *cough*leeleffingwell*cough*), but instead touts his list of 200 supporters and his background as an environmental advocate (co-founding Austin CarShare) and a voice for downtown, having served on the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association...."
"...When is a neighborhood not a neighborhood? Apparently, when the executive committee of the Austin Neighborhoods Council decides that its neighborhood association members hold opinions contrary to those of the ANC Executive Committee. That's the conclusion to be drawn from the recent ANC rejection of the Downtown Austin NA..."
"...Barry Lewis, a board member of the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, speaking in place of Madge Whistler, a key member of the team that made the 5th Street Community project a success, said there are four key things neighbors hope the Commission will understand and impress upon the Council. First, council and PSC members should take regular ride-outs with police so that they can see first hand what happens on the ground..."
"...Burns is, of course, a bit of a ringer in addition to making his living via the Downtown residential boom, he's also an active member and leader of both the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Austin Alliance. Yet he is not alone in seeing Downtown as no longer the sole province of rich hipsters and equally rich empty nesters..."
"...Several efforts are in the works, not always in sync, ranging from community meetings to redevelopment to proposed city ordinances. A Downtown Austin community forum was recently held at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz to address the APD's freshly minted "Downtown Quality of Life Enhancement Initiative." The event featured representatives of the department's Downtown Area Command, other city officials, the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, and various stakeholders, business owners, and residents (the next forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov..."
"...Although FAN is still fairly small in raw numbers – as of Sept. 9, seven neighborhood associations and about 100 individual members had joined – they've been reaching out with presentations to existing neighborhood associations, and expect to grow..."
"...To stave off more bulldozing, new recommendations on methods to preserve the district recently came forward as part of the Downtown Austin Plan. The tools proposed by consultants ROMA Design Group and HR&A Advisors have sparked much debate among district property owners and among groups including the Heritage Society of Austin (originally opposed, now in support), the Downtown Austin Alliance (supportive in concept, not on the specifics), the Central Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (which hosted a forum), the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, and the city's Design, Planning, and Downtown commissions..."
"...And yet, since Fealy's announcement at last week's meeting, 75dB appears not to be a hard and fast number for either APD or neighbors. Although they represent the interests of downtown businesses and residents, neither the Downtown Austin Alliance nor the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association took an official position on the proposed changes..."
"...Cole's determination may not be enough to cut through the creeping sense of slippage that's making itself felt in Downtown Austin. What may end up being far more effective in the long run is the revitalizing yet nongentrifying tactics being undertaken by Downtown neighborhood groups such as the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Austin Alliance...."
"...("Central Downtown" is defined as Cesar Chavez to 11th Street and San Antonio Street to I-35.) In addition, the DAA also promises to allocate funds for a "Responsible Giving" educational campaign. Already on board are a range of business, hotel, and residential groups, from the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau to the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association to South by Southwest; but the list also includes the Central Presbyterian Church, Saint Mary Cathedral, and the Downtown Cluster of Congregations and Social Agencies.*..."
"...Siff is a former Executive Director of the Austin Parks Foundation, former Texas Director of the Trust For Public Land, former Board Chair of Earth Share of Texas, and former Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Preserve. Siff has also been a leader of the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association and Old Austin Neighborhood Association, and is the former publisher of Quorum Report...."
"...So does Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association President Michael McGill think the new Brazos is more pedestrian friendly? "I think so," he said. McGill lives at the Railyard Condominiums at Fourth and Brazos and has been on both sides of those construction compromises..."
"...This would insure greater flexibility for council. Item 89: Approve a resolution amending Resolution 20070412-015 to increase the number of Waller Creek Citizen Advisory Committee members. (Council Member Sheryl Cole Council Member Chris Riley Council Member Randi Shade) The city's 18 of 19 seats on the board (the other one's picked by the county) would include one member recommended by each of the following groups: the Planning Commission; the Parks Board; the Environmental Board; the Austin Rowing Club; the Downtown Austin Alliance; the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association; Liveable City; the Pecan Street Owners Association; the Hotel Lodging Association; Clean Water Action; the Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board; the Music Commission; and six people from the community at large..."
"...The Old West Austin Neighborhood Association, supported by the Austin Neighborhoods Council, has been leading the charge against Spring. As OWANA leader (and ANA vice-president) Laura Morrison sees it, while the height is "the easiest issue to articulate in this case neighbors on all sides of the central city are concerned about the extension of downtown into established neighborhoods, negating the buffers that have been established..."
"...Ruiz was one of dozens speaking in favor; as Ballet Austin is expanding its Downtown presence, attracting more children into the CBD, she is concerned about their safety. Others in favor included Downtown Commission Chair Perry Lorenz, the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, the Pecan Street Owners Association, the Austin Hotel & Lodging Association, and other assorted booster types..."
"...Chris Riley, president of the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, says that Rhode and wife Annette Harrelson-Hensz are exactly the kind of tenants downtown needs...."
"...As one solution to the booking problem, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association President Chris Riley cited a report by county-hired consultants last year, which recommended examining booking policies and "incarceration practices" to find ways to reduce the number of people arrested in the first place. Riley said the county referred the consultants' report to the Central Booking Coordinating Committee, which hasn't acted on the recommendations -- or even met -- since December...."