Come and be HEARD! Let city counsel and the mayor know what you think about CodeNEXT!
You will have time to ask questions, get information, or just share your opinion. Community Not Commodity will have stickers to pass out if you want one, and if you want a T-shirt, then get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Now that the CodeNEXT Petition is Certified by the Austin City Clerk, we have this Action Request: Contact the Mayor and Council now! Urge them to put this petition on the ballot in November. Otherwise, you may never get the right to vote on the future of Austin’s development. Then, get to the hearings on CodeNEXT starting THIS Saturday, April 28. And, save the date for Saturday, June 2. (More below)
Remember, we needed 20,000 valid signatures. Austin City Clerk, Jannette Goodall’s 25% random sample revealed a likelihood of over 25,541 signatures or an 86% validity rate – the highest in our memory since 1995.
Mainly, there appear to be two steps that Council can take now to be responsive to the petition now that the CodeNEXT petition is certified. They are required by the Austin City Charter, Article IV, Section 4 to choose one of the two steps. First, they can adopt our petition and allow Austinites to vote on CodeNEXT or secondly, they can vote to place our initiative allowing for a vote for the right to vote on CodeNEXT on the ballot. The Council is considering its direct adoption this Thursday, so stay tuned. But we were reminded by Statesman reporter, Phil Jankowski, in his quick release of the news this morning that:
“It is now up to the Austin City Council to place the referendum on the November ballot. However, the city’s legal department has already told the council that the petition should be considered invalid because it proposes an ordinance that would violate Austin’s City Charter.”
If the Council majority chooses to hide behind their Legal Department and refuse to put the measure up for a vote, they will be doing so at their own political risk. There will be costly and unnecessary litigation, because Council has the authority to put CodeNEXT on the ballot.
Meanwhile, here’s what you to do now that the CodeNEXT petition is certified:
- Contact Mayor Steve Adler and your Council member using this page. Ask them to simply heed the call of this petition and let the people vote on their right to vote on CodeNEXT this November. That is all this petition is — read the petition again here.
- Plan to attend upcoming hearings on CodeNEXT. The first one is this coming Saturday, April 28, in Dove Springs – see here. It starts at 9:30 am. The next one – and likely the big one — is on Saturday, June 2 at City Hall – see here.
- Send money and/or get involved. This is a costly effort. If we have to go to court, it will require more funds. If you want to get involved in IndyAustin, we will be holding meetings in the coming weeks. Sign up here or give us a call at 512-535-0989.
IndyAustin apologizes if we have not been in touch since the filing. We have been taking off much needed time to reflect and rest. We’ll be fully back in the saddle very soon. Meanwhile, celebrate the fact that due to your support, the CodeNEXT Petition is certified!!!
Don’t be a Gomer or a goober! Do you have signatures on the petition for the right to vote on CodeNEXT sitting in your trunk, on your credenza or that YOU MEANT to go get from a neighbor or two?
Get your signatures in pronto. We plan to file the petition sometime next week, so don’t panic but get them into us asap.
We are processing tens thousands of petitions and…it’s not too late for you to turn in some more!
You can come by 309 E. 11th Street (at Trinity — the Public Citizen Office) anytime between 10 am and 7 pm to deliver your signatures.
If you have questions OR still want to get a few more folks to sign, call or text Linda Curtis at 512.657.2089.
Thanks to those who contributed over the last few weeks to our efforts!
We continue to have needs for additional funds – for processing. So keep those dollars comin’! Use the DONATE link above or send a check made out to IndyAustin and mail it to PO Box 41479, Austin, TX 78704. Thank you!
Do the Buy Back Austin Two-Step and get Betty White and Austin off that wrecking ball, y’all!
A petition signer and father of two identified himself yesterday at the County Clerk’s Office as a “downtown resident who pays the highest taxes in Austin.” He continued as he signed the petition, “I can’t even get in and out of my building”, referring to the downtown traffic related to South by Southwest.
If you think Dale Watson was right when he said, “Austin Sold Itself“, how ’bout you doing the BUY BACK AUSTIN TWO-STEP?
We need your help to finish the petition drive for your right to vote on CodeNEXT.
Do the Buy Back Austin Two-Step Today through next Monday!
- Donate whatever you can online today, (or send a check to IndyAustin, PO Box 41479, Austin, TX 78704, and
- Volunteer at your local library this Saturday from 12 to 5. Fill this out.
The Mayor and Council could put CodeNEXT on the ballot themselves but they won’t. Instead, last week City Legal leaked a memorandum to justify lawyering-up to fight against your right to vote on CodeNEXT this coming November.
We have had to threaten to sue the City twice for the right to petition at public locations. What does that tell you as to how important CodeNEXT is to the Austin powers that be? We not-so-fondly call them the Austin Growth Machine. Soon, we will start naming names, though you already know many of them.
In the meantime, think about what City’s willingness to even entertain Amazon’s new headquarters coming here really means. Area residents are already in an uproar about the multiple wrecking balls seen throughout the area. And, with this petition filed soon, the real buy back — with a public vote on CodeNEXT — is fully engaged.
We’re not backing down, but we need your backing to finish. We need hundreds more signatures. And we need thousands more dollars to cover processing costs.
Do the Austin Two-Step! Volunteer, Buy Back Austin and get Austin and Betty White off that wrecking ball, y’all!
The City’s decision to put the word public back in Austin libraries, reported on here in The Austin Bulldog — “City Lifts Ban on Library Petitioning“, is a victory for the right to petition!
Therefore, the CodeNEXT petition drive is extended through this weekend for a turn in on Monday, March 19.
So, please sign up to petition as a volunteer with Indy Austin at your local library this week — especially Saturday!
You might read this piece in today’s Statesman that blames Austin’s “NIMBY” (Not in My Backyard) Austin Neighborhood Council leader, Jeff Jack, for the presumptive “kill” of CodeNEXT. With all due respect to Jeff and the ANC, it isn’t the “NIMBYs” who are killing Austin, or even CodeNEXT. In fact it is the real estate lobby — and their henchman (aka political consultants) like Mark Littlefield who is quoted in the piece — that brought it on themselves.
Did y’all hear about Dale Watson’s move to Memphis? The Austin music icon told KUT the truth when he said that, “Austin Sold Itself“. Some might say it all started years ago when developer and former Mayor Will Wynn slapped a corporate logo on the phrase “Keep Austin Weird”.
I Oppose the Hose Video
By the way, Wynn’s latest gig is apparently working with the water marketers at EndOp (now “Recharge). They’re engaged in the unrighteous siege on the Simsboro aquifer formation going on out in Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties.
Watch the video, “I Oppose the San Antone Hose” that includes some important information on Austin’s current Mayor Steve Adler. It is his quest to keep Austin’s unfettered growth, especially between Austin and San Antonio, in high gear.
And so now, dear Austin, we must change what NIMBY means. It means to us at IndyAustin — Now I Must Beat You. This includes putting the word public back in libraries and in policy making itself.
Get those petitions into us pronto! And yes, sometimes the truth really hurts.