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City of Austin plans to fix erosion and improve shoreline landscaping along part of the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail – the public is invited to give input at July 19 meeting

City of Austin officials from the Watershed Protection and Parks and Recreation departments will host a community briefing on Tuesday, July 19, about plans to restore the banks of Lady Bird Lake along a short section of the hike and bike trail on the Shoal Creek Peninsula.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 325 at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road.

Erosion is currently threatening the hike and bike trail on the peninsula, a manmade finger of land jutting into Lady Bird Lake at the mouth of Shoal Creek, near the Seaholm Power Plant site. There is a small pedestrian bridge connecting the tip of the peninsula to the main shoreline of the lake.

The City of Austin will present two different solutions to the erosion. One is to shore up the banks using limestone boulders. The other possibility is to remove part of the peninsula allowing Shoal Creek to flow directly into the lake. This would include building a second pedestrian bridge near the mouth of Shoal Creek. Both options include landscaping and possible improvements to the trail along the peninsula.

Construction is likely to take about six months, starting in 2012. Portions of the hike and bike trail near the peninsula will be closed during construction.

More information is available at http://www.austintexas.gov/watershed/shoal_creek_peninsula.htm

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City Council Election Day – June 18th

Polls are open today, Saturday June 18th, until 7pm.  This is an important run-off for City Council, Place 3 candidates Randi Shade and Kathie Tovo.

All registered voters in Austin can take part in this election and a driver’s license is the only ID required.  Unlike early voting, though, you must cast your ballot at your specific precinct location.  To find that pollling location, you can visit the Travis County Clerk’s site here:

http://www.traviscountytax.org/showVoterNameSearch.do

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Vote Today! City Council Place 3 Runoff.

It’s a runoff and your vote counts. Even if you didn’t vote in the general election, you can vote Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but you have to do it in your precinct polling location (see below for help).

 

The DANA board endorses Randi Shade. Randi is  committed to making sure the city grows sustainably. She’s a critical thinker and a strong advocate, and she cares deeply about doing what’s right for our city.

 

Randi is also endorsed by the Austin Police Association, Austin Progressive Association, Austin Firefighters Association, Building Owners and Managers Association, Austin Board of Realtors, and so many others, including most Democratic clubs that endorsed in this race.

 

If you live downtown, you are most likely voting in one of the following locations:

  • Precinct 445: Travis County Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe St.
  • Precinct 444: Travis County Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe St.
  • Precinct 438: Sanchez Elem. School, 73 San Marcos St.
  • Precinct 266: Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Ave.
  • Precinct 250: Mathews Elem. School, 906 West Lynn St.

 

To find your specific polling place, click here.

 

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Downtown Austin Transportation Management Association Seeks Transportation Solutions

by Josh Allen

Traffic congestion led the Downtown Austin Transportation Management Association (DATMA) to form with the goal to help more people come downtown in fewer vehicles.

No doubt downtown is an attractive place to work with a growing residential population, thriving retail sector, and a strong, educated workforce that wants to work near the concentration of restaurants, cultural events and entertainment venues. But, with 90,000 people working downtown, many commuters face stop-and-go traffic on crowded roads.

Research shows that a transportation management association (TMA) could reduce the number of single occupant vehicles traveling to downtown by 2 to 10 percent, which correlates to 2,800 to 9,800 vehicles daily in Austin’s core.

TMAs, which exist in over 150 cities, typically educate about transportation alternatives and help find ways to make those alternatives feasible choices for downtown employees as well as residents and visitors.  In Portland’s Lloyd District, the TMA advocated for changes in bus routes and discounted commuter passes. Over 10 years, commuters using transit increased from 21% to 41%, trips on bicycles increased from 1% to 5%, and many people began carpooling.

DATMA formed in March with an initial 9-member board, including DANA member Roger Cauvin. In the coming months, DATMA will hire an executive director who will focus on program development and membership recruitment.

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Place 3 Run-off Election

Be sure to vote in the upcoming Place 3 run-off election!

Early voting for this election is Monday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Election day is Saturday, June 18.

Click here for Early and Mobile Voting Locations and info.

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