Formal and informal leaders from the public, for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based sectors of our neighborhood participated in a panel at the “Restore Rundberg Revitalization Team” meeting on December 12. Despite the meeting’s logistical challenges, this variety of interconnected voices presented us very effectively.
A theme throughout was the future for our children and young people. Specific issues included the lack of afterschool and evening childcare, challenges of single moms raising young men, and lack of career and education support for young adults.
Public safety underlies this. Many speakers noted the importance of APD’s on-the-ground work and the quality of individual officers. However, they also described the personal impact of barriers to accessing police services, including difficulty in reporting sex-related crimes across gender and language, and concern about Travis County immigration enforcement policies.
Angelica Garcia, certified community health worker
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Guerrero Thompson Elementary School choir
Nick Haigh, Santa Maria Village apartments
Lindsey Hutchison, Multicultural Refugee Coalition
Louie Mejia and Ken St bible study
Proyecto Defensa Laboral
Gilma Sanchez, Barrington Elementary
Neighborhood Plan Objectives:
Recommendation 2 Ensure continued communication between area neighborhood associations and the Austin Police Department.
Recommendation 7 Encourage area residents to report all criminal activities that occur in their neighborhood.
Recommendation 20 Encourage greater investment in those properties owned by absentee landlords.
Objective Q.10: Acknowledge the cultural diversity of North Lamar/Georgian Acres.
Objective Q.11: Foster greater communication among all area stakeholders.