Geographic Representation http://kut.org en Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here http://kut.org/post/running-austin-city-council-time-file-here <p>Austin City Council hopefuls are trickling into City Hall to file for a place on the ballot.</p><p>The application period, opened yesterday, goes through August 18. While currently just <a href="http://austintexas.gov/cityclerk/elections/ballotapplications2014.html">a handful of people have filed</a>, the election is generating excitement that's hard to come by in local politics</p><p>Jannette&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/city-clerk">is Austin's City Clerk</a>. But if you didn't know that, you'd think she's a wedding planner –&nbsp;for months,&nbsp;Goodall&nbsp;and her staff have been prepping for this moment.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"You're kind of planning for the big ball, you know? It's kind of fun," she says.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159780683&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 10830 at http://kut.org Running for Austin City Council? The Time to File is Here Dais Gets Renovated Ahead of Changes at City Council http://kut.org/post/dais-gets-renovated-ahead-changes-city-council <p>Come November the Austin City Council is going to look a bit different. The council will expand from six at-large-elected &nbsp;members to 10 members elected by citizens within their district — plus the mayor, naturally. In anticipation of the change, the city is revamping the council's dais.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:36:30 +0000 KUT Staff 10763 at http://kut.org Dais Gets Renovated Ahead of Changes at City Council Austin's Turning the 10-1 Districts and a Notorious Tank Farm Into Art http://kut.org/post/austins-turning-10-1-districts-and-notorious-tank-farm-art <p>Flanked by poster board renderings and city officials, urban planners and arts nonprofits gathered in City Hall Wednesday to announce that two Austin community art projects will receive federal and private funding from the organization <a href="http://www.artplaceamerica.org/">ArtPlace America</a> totaling $656,500.</p><p>Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole said that Austin, whose population has increased by nearly 70 percent since 1990, is being looked at by the rest of the nation as a hub for artists and art-making.</p><p>“All eyes are on Austin for a lot of reasons, but one of the reasons that we have to be very proud of is our creative class,” said Cole. “The work that the artists are doing to bring such vibrancy and diversity to our city – the nation is watching and we are receiving funds for that.”</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:00:44 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10680 at http://kut.org Austin's Turning the 10-1 Districts and a Notorious Tank Farm Into Art Austin: What's the One Thing That Would Make Life On Your Block Better? http://kut.org/post/austin-whats-one-thing-would-make-life-your-block-better <p>What's the one thing that would make life&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on your block</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;better? </span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Largey 10226 at http://kut.org Austin: What's the One Thing That Would Make Life On Your Block Better? Council Member Mike Martinez Joins Race for Austin Mayor http://kut.org/post/council-member-mike-martinez-joins-race-austin-mayor <p>Austin City Council member&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/biography/council-member">Mike Martinez</a>&nbsp;announced this morning he will run for mayor.</p><p>His campaign will officially kick off April&nbsp;5, with Martinez planning campaign announcements in each of Austin's 10 new City Council districts.</p><div>"Because of the new district system and because we have moved our election to November, obviously it‘s going to be the highest voter turnout in a mayoral election than we have ever seen in the history of Austin," Martinez says. "Typically in May we see 30 to 40 thousand voters. We anticipate well over 200,000 voters in this November election, so that will be a major, major difference this year.”&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:22:23 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9996 at http://kut.org Council Member Mike Martinez Joins Race for Austin Mayor Laura Morrison Says She Will Not Run for Austin Mayor http://kut.org/post/laura-morrison-says-she-will-not-run-austin-mayor <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This article is written by KUT's City Hall reporting partner, the</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Austin Monitor</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Council Member&nbsp;Laura Morrison, who has served on the Austin City Council for nearly six years and has been considered a likely candidate for&nbsp;Mayor&nbsp;on the November ballot told the&nbsp;<em>Austin Monitor</em>&nbsp;today that she has decided against the race.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Morrison, 59, said decision was a difficult one for her. “I love this job and it’s been … very complicated and difficult. It’s taken me a long time to make this decision.”&nbsp;&nbsp;Weighing all the pros and cons of a race that might cost up to a million dollars, Morrison said, “I just think a different future is what’s right for me.”</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Jo Clifton 9991 at http://kut.org Laura Morrison Says She Will Not Run for Austin Mayor Austin's Political Players Look to Gain Seats on New City Council http://kut.org/post/austins-political-players-look-gain-seats-new-city-council <p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">This article was co-produced&nbsp;as part of an ongoing City Hall reporting partnership between the <a href="http://www.infactdaily.com/">Austin Monitor</a> and KUT. Listen to the audio story broadcast on&nbsp;KUT in the player below.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With single-member districts soon to become a reality,&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin City Council</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;candidates are already lining up to crowd what promises to be a very full November ballot. Austin's political insiders and outsiders alike are trying to get a handle on an election that promises to shape the city for years to come.</span></p><p><strong>Roger&nbsp;Borgelt</strong>&nbsp;is vice chairman of the&nbsp;<strong>Travis County&nbsp;Republican Party</strong>. He also served as co-chair of&nbsp;the&nbsp;<strong>Austinites&nbsp;for Geographic Representation</strong>&nbsp;– the group responsible for getting 10-1 on the ballot. He says that he is excited about the promise of more localized, neighborhood representation, as well as the possibility of conservatives (or at least fiscal conservatives) taking some of the 11 open City Council seats.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132793502&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:10:08 +0000 Elizabeth Pagano & Joy Diaz 9698 at http://kut.org Austin's Political Players Look to Gain Seats on New City Council Candidates Are Already Declaring for Austin Mayor http://kut.org/post/candidates-are-already-declaring-austin-mayor <p>Austin City Council elections are still some nine months out – but the races are already heating up.</p><p>Today saw one of 2014’s first official announcements for mayor: <a href="http://patsyforaustin.com/">Patsy Woods Martin</a>, a former executive with the <a href="http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/">United Way for Greater Austin</a>, and founder of umbrella charity organization <a href="http://www.ilivehereigivehere.org/">I Live Here, I Give Here</a>. (Disclaimer: Martin also launched online giving campaign <a href="http://www.ilivehereigivehere.org/programs/amplify_austin">Amplify Austin</a>, which KUT participated in last year.)</p><p>Martin is the latest in an increasingly crowded field of official and unofficial candidates. The <em>Austin Chronicle</em> <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2014-01-23/the-pols-just-keep-on-coming/">has a comprehensive rundown of candidates</a>. Martin is joined officially by Bill McLellan, whom the <em>Chronicle</em> describes as a “former 3M executive, chief development officer at Family Eldercare, and longtime civic activist.”</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:00:41 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9627 at http://kut.org Candidates Are Already Declaring for Austin Mayor MAP: With 10-1 Map In the Books, Austin Concludes Redistricting (Update) http://kut.org/post/map-10-1-map-books-austin-concludes-redistricting-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission voted unanimously last night to certify the district maps for future city council elections.</p><p>The group split the city into ten districts. Starting next November, voters in each district will elect a single city council member. Previously, all council members were elected at-large.</p><p>Check out this interactive version of the district map:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="440" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http:%2F%2Faustinredistricting.org%2FFinal%2Fab9Plan1120.kmz&amp;hl=en&amp;sll=30.2961,-97.732971&amp;sspn=0.608281,1.014862&amp;t=h&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.295832,-97.733002&amp;spn=0.521726,0.797882&amp;z=10&amp;output=embed" width="580"></iframe><br /><em><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=http:%2F%2Faustinredistricting.org%2FFinal%2Fab9Plan1120.kmz&amp;hl=en&amp;sll=30.2961,-97.732971&amp;sspn=0.608281,1.014862&amp;t=h&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.295832,-97.733002&amp;spn=0.521726,0.797882&amp;z=10&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></em></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:49:59 +0000 Carrie Powell & Laura Rice 9263 at http://kut.org Is This City Hall's Most Powerful Leader Under Austin's Change to 10-1? http://kut.org/post/city-halls-most-powerful-leader-under-austins-change-10-1 <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This article was co-produced with KUT News’ Joy Diaz as part of an ongoing City of Austin reporting partnership between <a href="http://www.infactdaily.com/">In Fact Daily</a> and KUT. Listen to KUT's&nbsp;broadcast story in the audio player below.</em></p><p>Among the changes that will accompany the start of districted representation for <strong>Austin City Council</strong> members, at least one unintended consequence is causing some level of civic heartburn for interests represented by figures ranging from current sitting Council members to the outspoken face of the 10-1 movement: A potential shift in the way things get done at City Hall.</p><p>That change, should it play out, will find the office of <strong>City Manager</strong> – the unelected executive arm of city government&nbsp;–&nbsp;&nbsp;becoming a much more powerful position. “The City Manager, at least temporarily – until people find their footing – is going to have a substantial amount of power,” said longtime Austin political organizer <strong>David Butts</strong>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121813382" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:22:10 +0000 Mike Kanin 9259 at http://kut.org Is This City Hall's Most Powerful Leader Under Austin's Change to 10-1? MAP: Austin Redistricting Commission OKs Final Council Districts http://kut.org/post/map-austin-redistricting-commission-oks-final-council-districts <p>After some last minute changes, the <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/">Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission</a> unanimously approved a map for Austin’s new City Council districts last night.</p><p>Most changes to the map were relatively minor, especially <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-holds-its-last-input-meeting-geographic-council-districts">compared to previous revisions</a>. South Austin District Five, for instance, was extended to reach up to Lady Bird Lake.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:35:46 +0000 Ryan Groves 9215 at http://kut.org MAP: Austin Redistricting Commission OKs Final Council Districts Austin Holds Its Last Input Meeting on Geographic Council Districts http://kut.org/post/austin-holds-its-last-input-meeting-geographic-council-districts <p>Thursday night was the final public input meeting for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission – the group drawing Austin's ten new city council districts.</p><p>Held at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin, it was a homecoming of sorts. The same places the commission’s first input meeting <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-redistricting-group-asks-how-should-we-draw-district-maps">back in August</a>.</p><p>While many district boundaries have evolved, the district containing the Millennium Complex – District 1 – really hasn’t between the commission’s <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/maps/interactive-preliminary-map/">preliminary</a> and <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/maps/interactive-proposed-final-map/">final proposed</a> maps.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120267985" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:41:03 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9193 at http://kut.org Austin Holds Its Last Input Meeting on Geographic Council Districts MAP: The Newest Changes to Austin's Proposed City Council Districts (Update) http://kut.org/post/map-newest-changes-austins-proposed-city-council-districts-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austinites have just two more opportunities to <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/AustinRedistrictingICRCPublicInputHearingWorksheetv2.pdf" target="_blank">weigh in</a> on a proposed city council district map.</p><p>A citizens group is dividing Austin into 10 geographic districts. Starting next November, each district will elect one city council member. Everyone will vote on the mayor.</p><p>The district-drawing group is expected to approve the final map soon.</p><p><a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/meeting/public-input-meeting-13-south-of-lady-bird-lake/" target="_blank">Wednesday's public meeting</a> is at The Lodge on Dawson Road in south Austin. It starts at 6:30 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/meeting/public-input-meeting-14-north-of-lady-bird-lake/" target="_blank">Thursday's public meeting </a>is at the <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=The+Millennium+Youth+Entertainment+Complex&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Millennium+Youth+Entertainment+Complex&amp;cid=0,0,12498822906579303611&amp;ei=qHaDUuLEDOWu2AWM2ICYAQ&amp;ved=0CIMBEPwSMAs" target="_blank">Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex</a> on Hargrave Street in east Austin. It also starts at 6:30 p.m.</p><p><a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/maps/interactive-proposed-final-map/">Click here</a> to see an interactive version of the "official proposed final map" drawn by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:20:01 +0000 Laura Rice & Jody Serrano 9115 at http://kut.org MAP: The Newest Changes to Austin's Proposed City Council Districts (Update) Citizens Weigh in on District Maps That Will Shape the Face of Austin City Council http://kut.org/post/citizens-weigh-district-maps-will-shape-face-austin-city-council <p>The holiday season will bring more than presents for Austinites. It will also bring maps outlining the boundaries for 10 City Council districts — if the grueling process of tweaking and finalizing the districts wraps up in time for Christmas.&nbsp;</p><p>But the <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/">Independent Citizen's Redistricting Commission</a> — the volunteer citizen group <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/maps/interactive-preliminary-map/">charged with drawing the maps</a> — is accepting comments on its preliminary map during a regular meeting <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/meeting/regular-meeting-general-business-tentative/">tonight</a> and a public input meeting <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/meeting/public-input-meeting-10-precinct-tbd/">Wednesday</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116373623" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:09:41 +0000 Joy Diaz 8981 at http://kut.org Citizens Weigh in on District Maps That Will Shape the Face of Austin City Council MAP: Here's the Rough Draft of Austin's New City Council Districts (Update) http://kut.org/post/map-heres-rough-draft-austins-new-city-council-districts-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: The group of Austinites in charge of drawing geographic city council districts is <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=198180" target="_blank">meeting this evening</a> for the first time since approving a preliminary map.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/" target="_blank">Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission</a> is splitting the city into ten parts &ndash; each will be represented by a city council member.</p><p>But some people have expressed concerns that the <a href="http://www.austinredistricting.org/maps/interactive-preliminary-map/" target="_blank">districts the commission has drawn so far</a> don&rsquo;t accurately represent communities. For example, right now, District 7 runs along Mopac from North of Parmer Lane to Lady Bird Lake. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:25:17 +0000 Mark Gwin & Laura Rice 8821 at http://kut.org MAP: Here's the Rough Draft of Austin's New City Council Districts (Update) At Austin City Council: Property Tax, Budget Hearings; Tweak to 10-1 Council; Google Fiber & More http://kut.org/post/austin-city-council-property-tax-budget-hearings-tweak-10-1-council-google-fiber-more <p>The Austin City Council convenes today to another crowded agenda. Here’s a rundown:</p><ul><li>Sound off on the <strong>proposed city budget, property taxes and fees</strong></li></ul><p>Lots of council action won’t happen until much later today: Several public hearings are set for this afternoon related to City Manager Marc Ott’s <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/not-able-keep-taxes-fees-rise-austins-proposed-city-budget">proposed city budget</a>, which the council is currently discussing. There’s public hearings on the proposed property tax rate, Austin Energy and Austin Water rates, and additional proposed fee increases (trash, drainage, etc.)</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:17:14 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 8523 at http://kut.org At Austin City Council: Property Tax, Budget Hearings; Tweak to 10-1 Council; Google Fiber & More Austin Redistricting Group Asks: How Should We Draw District Maps? http://kut.org/post/austin-redistricting-group-asks-how-should-we-draw-district-maps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last November, Austin voters approved a plan to fundamentally change the city’s elections and form of government: Right now, all City Council members run citywide and represent all of Austin. But after&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/now-prop-3-passed-backers-look-stay-part-process" style="line-height: 1.5;">the passage of Prop 3</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, beginning next year, they’ll be elected by district.</span></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:15:51 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8488 at http://kut.org Austin Redistricting Group Asks: How Should We Draw District Maps? Now Hiring: Austin's Citizens Redistricting Commission http://kut.org/post/now-hiring-austins-citizens-redistricting-commission <p>When <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/live-blog-its-election-night-austin">Austinites voted last fall</a> to create the independent commission that will draw the city’s new geographic City Council districts, 14 citizens from all walks of life were chosen to be part of this commission.</p><p>The understanding was that average Austinites would lead the process. But it turns out the commission may hire an entire staff to give them a hand.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:17:18 +0000 Joy Diaz 8415 at http://kut.org Now Hiring: Austin's Citizens Redistricting Commission Austin's Redistricting Commission Gets Filled Out Tonight http://kut.org/post/austins-redistricting-commission-gets-filled-out-tonight <p>Austin’s new <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/term/redistricting-commission">Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission</a> is expected to be fully in place tonight. That’s the group of Austin residents who will draw the city’s first geographic council districts.</p><p>Last November when voters approved the charter that changed the city’s form of government from at-large to geographic, they also approved the establishment of the commission in two steps.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:58:17 +0000 Joy Diaz 8111 at http://kut.org Austin's Redistricting Commission Gets Filled Out Tonight First 8 Members Chosen for Austin Redistricting Commission http://kut.org/post/first-8-members-chosen-austin-redistricting-commission <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Austin is one step closer to drawing new geographic district maps for the city council. Eight names were drawn yesterday at City Hall to serve on the city’s new </span><a href="http://www.kutnews.org/term/redistricting-commission" style="line-height: 1.5;">redistricting commission</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and they have already received their first assignment.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:57:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 7849 at http://kut.org First 8 Members Chosen for Austin Redistricting Commission