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Oct 17 City of Austin Contact Team Stakeholder Meeting

October 29, 2015

Chad Vanderlinden from Friends of Austin Neighborhoods – FAN said I could cross-post his note from the meeting here.

It was pretty well co-ordinated. After an introduction to PCT concepts, groups of guests formed activity groups to document their main observations and concerns about Membership, Meetings, Communication and Enforcement of procedures PCT follow. Most of the guests were either members of a PCT, or folks who were being kept off their own PCT Boards by unfair rules.

The undercurrent is pretty clear; the City is keen to reform PCT and hold them to some minimum operating standards. This could include a uniform by-laws. A meeting with the public of this kind is to ensure that the public can agree that they were consulted. The staff who conducted the meeting did not prompt the guests in any meaningful way, but they seemed very familiar already with the points and solutions we came up with.

At the end of the meeting, all of our group’s main points were shared, and we all had independently come up with essentially the same points and solutions. Leaving the PCT’s to follow the honor system works in a few instances, but where it has broken down, it has broken down in a big way. Many PCT are completely dysfunctional, suffering from lack of transparency and inclusiveness. A popular solution was for the City to host a PCT clearinghouse website where each PCT and it’s Officer’s contacts are published, where it’s bylaws, agendas and minutes MUST be published within reasonable time frames, and that the City would host a neutral listserv used for meeting announcements and activity announcements. This wouldn’t replace Nextdoor, Yahoo Groups, Facebook etc., but would be a mandatory minimum to ensure that no stakeholders are shut out under any premise.

Having NA/PCT Meeting notices in people’s utility bills was also proposed.

What didn’t seem too well fleshed-out yet, is what sort of grievance process neighbors would have when their PCT aren’t functioning fairly, and what sort of sanction the City would take on the errant PCT. When discussed, it seems that the City would prominently publish a contact to send complaints to, and if a PCT has been really bad, the City Council might formally cease to recognize it. A lot of guests liked the idea of ordering a non-compliant PCT to “reboot” with new Board Members, but there really were no solutions to how the City Council could make them do that, and how to avoid further harm to a neighborhood in so doing.


UT College of Liberal Arts

April 12, 2010

UT College of Liberal Arts

Conference: Independence and Decolonization, April 15-17, 2010

Thu, April 15, 2010 • ATT Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus

April 15-17, 2010

Preliminary Info available here.

Full details, including a schedule of panels, forthcoming.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Independent Films

March 1, 2010

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with Independent Films

On March 2, KLRU will commemorate Texas Independents’ Day by celebrating the work of three local filmmakers whose work has reached a national audience on PBS. For the first time ever, three Austin-based projects have been selected for PBS’s Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.

Filmmaker and University of Texas Professor, Paul Stekler will moderate a panel discussion with Michel O. Scott (The Horse Boy), Karen Skloss (Sunshine), and Keith Maitland (The Eyes of Me) starting at 8 p.m. Following the discussion, KLRU will host a screening of the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. RSVP here

Space is limited so RSVP today. For those who cannot attend the screening, you can watch the Independent Lens broadcast of The Eyes of Me at 9 p.m. on KLRU, broadcast 18-1, cable 9.

Discussion starts at 8 p.m. Screening at 9 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

RSVP here

KLRU Community Screenings made possible thanks to our partners
Austin Community College,
The Austin Chronicle, KUT 90.5 FM and Live Oak Brewing Company.

Austin wants Google Fiber

February 28, 2010

The Big Gig Austin Initiative

We are a group  of residents and organizations in support of bringing the Google Fiber for Communities project to Austin.

Click on the Gigabit Internet project to read more about.


The Secret Cabal of Bloggers

December 18, 2009

Suffering from blogger’s block?
Not posting frequently enough?
Tormented by the constant updates of prolific posters?

Julie Gomoll and Jan Triplett have decided to host their first get together this coming December 22nd, Tuesday, 2-4pm at our offices Chase Bank Blg 7600 Burnet Rd (across from St. Louis Catholic Church/ cross street is Northcross Blvd).
The goal: to inspire each other and other fellow bloggers. The clublet is called The Secret Cabal of Bloggers. Click here to register and for more info:
Bring your laptop and we’ll provide munchies. Walk away with your next post and new friends.
No charge. Not a class. Only requirement is your willingness to share ideas, support and encourage others.

Austin Connects

December 17, 2009

Austin Connects

Community Technology Symposium

Community Technology Event Invitation

From The City of Austin, SkillPoint Alliance and Austin Free-Net

Web site:

Join us on Tuesday, January 12, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.   We’re bringing together local government, nonprofits, community-based and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, software and web resource providers, open source advocates and community members with an interest in leveraging our assets to allow all of our community to participate in and benefit from the ever-changing digital age.

Where:  Microsoft Building, 9606 North Mopac, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78759

Cost:    $25 includes lunch and materials, $20 early bird special, $18

Click here for agenda:

Click here for registration and early bird discounts:

Sponsorships and advertising :

Austin, TX workshop on using

December 17, 2009

Deltina Hay of Dalton Publishing is in the process of putting together an all day workshop on building a WordPress powered Website, and will offer a nonprofit discount.  She will let us know when she has the specifics later.

Deltina Hay
Protagonist, Dalton Publishing