We extend our deepest gratitude for this GARGANTUAN Breaking News about Amazon’s dealing with the City of Austin to investigative journalist, Ken Martin at The Austin Bulldog and the ever-present open government watchdog, Bill Aleshire. Thanks to their efforts, our public information requests filed a few weeks ago to open up the Amazon deal hit pay dirt. But don’t just trust us, read this!

“Amazon Bid Made Without Council Okay”

This morning Bill Aleshire said, “Enthusiasts for Amazon coming here refer to it being a ‘whale’ for economic development. But look closer. Amazon is a killer whale of affordability for current residents and taxpayers.”

Think about 50,000 employees moving to Austin with an average salary of $100,000. Austin’s average salary is $64,000.

Ken Martin's The Austin Bulldog

Ken Martin’s The Austin Bulldog

Surely, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out this would put Austin’s affordability crisis in overdrive.

The Bulldog story tells us how fast and furiously the tail (the “Austin growth machine”) wags the dog – Austin City Hall. Moreover, the story tells you just what we can do to finally make that mad dog heel!

Get your clipboard folks!

And, help us finish the CodeNEXT petition drive at any or all of these events.

Saturday, March 3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, is Austin Parks Day. Join Community Not Commodity and IndyAusti as we petition at park’s around the city!!

Monday, March 5, 7 to 9 pm, Austin Energy: Tune-In, Turn-In Petition Update with Bill Aleshire

Tuesday, March 6, 7 am to 7 pm, Volunteers to Petition at Election Day polls!

Saturday, March 10, 12-5 pm, Barton Springs Reopening Splash — come sign the petition on CodeNEXT and spread the word!

Saturday, March 10, 12 to 5 pm, Petitioners will be Austin Public Libraries — more soon about this event. For now, save the date!

And please note: Be sure to read Miss Ora’s (Council member Ora Houston) wonderfully written warning about CodeNEXT.

By the way, did you see that CodeNEXT recently lost one of its most important supporters, the Austin Justice Coalition – thanks for the tip from Community Not Commodity.

And, here’s our friend, Andrew Dobb’s piece just out, “Debunking the Housing Supply Myth.”

Keep it up, Austin. And soon we will share some other plans we have up our sleeves. But for now this petition drive completion comes first.

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