Upcoming Neighborhood Team meetings / Reuniones del equipo del vecindario

Second quarter regular meeting Saturday, June 8, 2-4pm at North Austin Community Center (YMCA), 1000 W Rundberg.
La reunión regular del segundo trimestre el sabado 8 de junio, 2-4pm, Centro Comunitario North Austin (YMCA), 1000 W Rundberg.

There are lots of smaller gatherings and project activities between quarterly meetings. Check out the calendar and the articles on our site for something that interests you, and join our email list.

Hay muchas reuniones de grupos pequeños y actividades en proyectos entre las reuniones trimestrales. Consulte el calendario y los artículos en nuestro sitio por algo que le interesa, y unirse a nuestra lista de correo electrónico.

As Austin’s most international district, the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team believes that every resident is a valued member of our community, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, and that when some of our residents live in fear of contact with public officials it makes all of us less safe, and has a negative impact on our community.

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Comida de verano para niños y jovenes / Summer meals for kids and teens 2019

Complete list / lista completa Eat right, find a site! / ¡Come Bien, Encuentra un Sitio!

watermelonVarias escuelas, parques y otros sitos en nuestra área ofrecen comidas saludables gratuitas durante el verano a cualquier persona de 18 años o menos a través de un programa del ministerio de agricultura de EEUU. Para obtener más información, llame al 211 o text FOODTX a 877-877. Eso es CUALQUIER persona de 18 años y menos – no importa de dónde eres, donde vives, donde (o si) vas a la escuela.

Several schools, parks, and other sites in our area offer free, healthy meals during the summer to anyone 18 and under through a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. For more information, call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877. That’s ANYONE 18 and under – it doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you live, where (or if) you go to school.

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Our AISD School Leadership / Nuestro liderazgo escolar de AISD

    • Walnut Creek Elementary Principal Dr Dinorah Bores was named Austin ISD’s principal of the year for 2019. Since she’s been at Walnut Creek, they’ve built on their arts programs by adding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities and improving identification and delivery of special education student needs.
      La directora de la primaria Walnut Creek, la Dra. Dinorah Bores, fue nombrada la directora del año de Austin ISD en 2019. Desde que estuvo en Walnut Creek, construyeron sobre sus programas de artes al agregar actividades de STEM (ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) y mejoró la identificación y la entrega de las necesidades de los estudiantes de educación especial.
    • Guerrero Thompson Elementary Principal LaKesha Drinks has been named an Executive Director of School Leadership for Austin ISD. While she was at Guerrero Thompson, they received distinctions for their academic achievement, while building an engaged parent volunteer corps. In her new role, she’ll support and coach elementary principals.
      La Directora de la Primaria Guerrero Thompson, LaKesha Drinks, fue nombrada Directora Ejecutiva de Liderazgo Escolar de Austin ISD. Mientras estaba en Guerrero Thompson, recibieron distinciones por sus logros académicos, mientras formaban un cuerpo de padres voluntarios comprometidos. En su nuevo oficio, ella apoyará y entrenará a los directores de primaria.
  • Steven Covin has been named Principal at Lanier High School. He has been serving as the interim principal. He has spent his entire career at Lanier, starting as an english teacher, and picking up a master’s degree in special education along the way.
    Steven Covin fue nombrado Director de la Escuela Secundaria Lanier. Él ha estado sirviendo como el principal interino. Ha pasado toda su carrera en Lanier, comenzando como maestro de inglés y obteniendo una maestría en educación especial en el camino.
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DRAFT Minutes Special Electronic Meeting regarding 711 W Powell future land use May 2019

The neighborhood team held a special electronic meeting relating to the 711 W Powell neighorhood plan amendment initiated by City Council, to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for 0.8 acres from Mixed Use to Higher Density Single Family.

The meeting was announced by individual and group email, and facebook. Votes were accepted by email, voice, and text. Thanks everyone for your participation!

May 15-22 Vote to NOT SUPPORT the change was announced by Vice Chair Colin MacDougal.

Objective L.2: Maintain a balanced residential character throughout the planning areas.
Recommendation 130: Encourage developers to take advantage of the
incentives to provide affordable housing in new mixed use developments.
Objective L.10: Establish a mixed use district at the southern end of the planning areas.

Complete ballot text

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North Lamar International District Merchant Association

The North Lamar International District Merchant Association made their public debut in March 2019, with two weekends of a wildly successful Asian Night Market.

They’ve been organizing behind the scenes for a couple of years, supported by the city’s economic development department and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. The initial core membership group is centered around North Lamar/Braker, but they plan to extend to include our European, Middle Eastern, African, Latin American, and even Cajun businesses as well.

Interested in being a member or sponsor? Message the merchant association on facebook or contact them through their website.

Objective Q.10: Acknowledge the cultural diversity of the planning areas
Recommendation 22: Organize and promote neighborhood events with an
emphasis on the cultural diversity found throughout the planning areas.
Recommendation 23: Encourage the location of minority-owned and -run
Objective Q.11: Foster greater communication among all area stakeholders.

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Sudden Violent Death 2012-present

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Objective Q.1: Promote public safety through community organization.
Objective Q.2: Ensure public safety throughout the planning areas.
Objective T.5: The streets within the planning areas should be safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Objective T.6: Improve the safety of pedestrians traveling along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.11: Improve the safety of pedestrians.
Objective T.12: Improve security at Capital Metro bus stops.
Objective N.4: Improve street lighting in the planning areas.
Objective N.5: Improve safety throughout the planning areas.
Objective L.3: Establish North Lamar Boulevard as a mixed use, pedestrian-friendly

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Meeting with Councilman Casar on continuing high rate of violent crime

Members: Karen Bissett, Winston Chapman, Julia Foree, Monica Guzmán, Lisa Hinely, Colin MacDougal, Vanessa MacDougal, Daniela Nuñez, Larry Reagan, Tina Sanchez, Rodney Thrailkill
Guests: Jenny Black, Eric Byrd, Joseph Cain, Lisa Carraway, Greg Casar, Neesha Davé, Rachel Castignoli, Tere del Castillo, Caro DuBois, Ricardo Garay, Angelica Garcia, Sobe Gomez-Chou, Mark Grayson, Nick Hudson, Tandera Louie, Kevin Owens, Seneca Savoie, Meme Styles

The meeting was announced in english and in spanish through individual and group email as well as social media. Northgate-area apartment managers and I35-corridor apartment residents received a hand-delivered written invitation. APD was asked not to attend.
Most attendees were bilingual english/spanish. At the beginning of the meeting, attendees agreed to continue in english.

The meeting began with individual introductions. Most attendees shared an organizational affiliation, or where and how long they have lived in the North Lamar/Rundberg area. Some mentioned concerns about violent crime, or that an intervention to reduce crime would cause another sort of harm.

The discussion was framed as how to have less serious violent crime. That is, not how police or the criminal justice system should respond after the violence, but taking action ahead of time, so that the violence never happens.

As participants shared possible solutions related to some aspect of serious violent crime, a common theme of supporting community-based and peer connection emerged:
– Some residents urged more simple personal interaction with neighbors
– Paraprofessionals and program structures such as community health workers to connect family violence resources
– Community-based peer coaches

Participants also proposed mobile delivery of preventative actions by professionals other than law enforcement, such as health screening vans, social worker patrols, and emergency mental health response.

Related topics were raised:
– Unsafe pedestrian experiences, especially for high school and middle school students on their way to school, resulting from poor infrastructure as well as harassing behaviours.
– Language barriers and varying cultural expectations of domestic safety
– Prostitution
– Limited access to health care providers

A program model subgroup is researching and connecting with other groups in Austin. The desired timeline is to identify a model for study or pilot funding in the City’s 2019-20 budget.

The meeting time ended before we considered the need for regular tracking from APD on serious violent crime rate in North Lamar/Rundberg neighborhoods.

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