A member of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) contacted council members asking for their home addresses despite a charter provision prohibiting the ICRC from considering such information in its mapping process, according to emails obtained by the Bulldog through a public information request.
Four council members or their staffers replied providing home addresses: Alison Alter, Paige Ellis, Mackenzie Kelly, and Leslie Pool, according to the emails dated August 9th to Aug. 17.
The board that governs the implementation of Project Connect has approved its first ever full-year budget of $312.8 million, setting aside funds for design work, right-of-way acquisition, community engagement, and anti-displacement efforts.
Austin Transit Partnership was incorporated by the City of Austin and Capital Metro (CapMetro) last December after voters approved Proposition A, a ballot measure authorizing a new transit tax. The tax of 8.75 cents per $100 property value provides a permanent source of revenue to build and operate a light rail system and expand CapMetro's bus network.
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The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, a group of 14 unpaid Austinites who were selected partially at random from a large pool of vetted applicants, convenes once a decade to perform one of the most essential tasks in city government.
Similar to what happens at the state level when congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn, the city has to redraw its boundaries every decade, to account for population changes.
"We're still seeing a lot of manipulation at the state level with gerrymandering practices… I may not be able to change that gerrymandering at that state level—the rigged drawing of districts that benefit politicians over people—but I can do everything in my power to draw fair lines for the city," Chair Christina Puentes said.
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When Imani Williams woke up after a late-night UberEats shift, she found the $2,800 electric cargo bike she invested in was gone, despite locking the 75-pound bike and taking the battery inside the night before.
Williams is frustrated about how her case was handled after speaking with an Austin police officer. She says she wished the Austin Police Department had been more "efficient" in taking her report and had treated it with more urgency.
But her experience isn't unique. Several other victims of recent property crimes told the Bulldog that they too had difficulty making reports and were frustrated by a seeming lack of follow-up.
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