Breaking News! Moments before we pushed the button on this alert, we received notice of this lawsuit filed by Bill Aleshire with the Texas Supreme Court to stop the City of Austin’s interference with the CodeNEXT petition ballot language!
Four forceful women leaders on the Austin City Council made the sucker stadium not YET a done deal!
Now that the glitter has fallen on the stadium deal. Get this. The Adler Majority (including, surprisingly, Kathie Tovo) has sent the negotiations for the stadium behind closed doors.
The City Manager and the Richard Suttle-Precourt lobby team will sign it WITHOUT a review or even a VOTE of your elected officials on the Austin City Council!
The Adler majority it out of control. They are allowing the Mayor to reward his friends and try to punish you, Austin voters. All with a smile on their faces.This includes continued and concerted interference with your right to vote on citizen’s petitions. (To be fair, this does not include Tovo.)
These four leaders on the Austin City Council fought for you last Wednesday with honesty and intelligence.
Watch these short videos of Ora Houston , Alison Alter, Ellen Troxclair and Leslie Pool in action last Wednesday. Thank you, ladies!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP US REACH OUT ACROSS AUSTIN:
Like IndyAustin on Facebook and get your Austin pals to do the same.
Hey, Austin. It’s your city if you exercise your rights.
We’ll show you just how you can exercise those rights real soon. But right now we need your help to get the word out in affordable ways through social media.
Yes, finally Mayor Steve Adler pulls CodeNEXT. it’s great BUT, media coverage today indicates that Austin voters and neighborhoods will have the unify the city. Because the Mayor’s majority is still throwing down. Watch these clips and tell us we’re wrong. We’ll try to show these tonight at the pub too.
Come celebrate tonight — 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Local Post Pub, 7113 Burnet. (Program starts at 7:15). Facebook Event page here.
Watch these two short clips!!!
We taped this KEYE-TV interview with Bill Bunch yesterday. Remember, Save Our Springs was a supporter of the petition drive on CodeNEXT. Bill was one of the attorneys who won our court battle. Bill explains how Austin can now move forward as a community. Then, watch the next clip — with Adler majority still at war — especially District 6 Jimmy Flannigan.)
Bill Bunch of SOS explains how Austin can now finally move forward together to deal with changes to the land development code — do it incrementally and respect Austin!
In this clip from KXAN-TV at 1:27 note District 6, Jimmy Flannigan, make an outlandish claim that Austinites never wanted to do anything at all for 30 years on transportation and development solutions. Uh, how about decades of attempts to get the Council to do help Austin’s growth pay for itself, Jimmy? (Just some of this work is parked here.)
Austin pals, rich, middle and poor, come on over tonight to get one of these $100 Adler bills. We have lots more work to do now that we’ve got momentum. Sucker Stadium next, then November!
(PS If you can’t make it tonight, sign in to volunteer and/or send a donation to IndyAustin, PO Box 41479, Austin, TX 78704 or donate online here.)
We get why Precourt lobbyists are invoking Nelson Mandela as they rush this sucker-soccer stadium. They need someone believable to snooker Austin as they get their paws on prime publicly owned property at McKalla — in the middle of an affordability crisis!
Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s action late on Friday is truly audacious. The Mayor must have been working like greased lightening with Precourt lobbyist Richard Suttle. All we see is an altered agenda for a previously scheduled staff briefing on the budget set for Wednesday to a Special Meeting on the Stadium. And, the city released the “new” soccer deal. It’s called a term sheet.
If you can join us at City Hall on Wednesday, please do. The Mayor is supposed to announce this morning just what time he’s calling us all in from on high to City Hall. (We’ll let you know.)
Mark our words. IF Austin works together (including genuine soccer fans), we can demand and get a real deal. Or the bums rush we’re getting from lobbyists and the Mayor will help forge the final end to using sports as a cover for grabbing taxpayer dollars.
AND, most important, we need your help to bring Austin together at this event on Thursday night where we, the citizens, will discuss OUR options~!
No Sucker-Soccer Stadium Without a Public Vote!
Thursday, August 2, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The Local Post Pub, 7113 Burnet Rd (here on Facebook or share this message)
We will share with you plans developing to run a vibrant effort across the city to win your right to vote on this stinky deal.
Note: The CodeNEXT petition drive left us broke. We need your financial and volunteer support to make this happen!
Join us on Thursday, or send a check to:
IndyAustin, PO Box 41479, Austin, TX 78704, or
Give online here.
You’ll get a kick out of our 8-minute segment on Friday’s Todd and Don show on KLBJ-AM.
We heard discussion about the stadium went on all day.
Let’s join together to teach all of Austin Mandela’s most important lesson. Only the citizens have the real power to make change for the better.
Read our latest posts on the Sucker-Soccer Stadium here and here to get some of the details on why this “deal” doesn’t add up for Austin.
Court orders CodeNEXT on the ballot! Read the Court Order here.
Travis County District Judge Orlinda Naranjo just ruled that the citizens petition measure to secure your right to vote on CodeNEXT, or any comprehensive land development revisions, be placed on the November ballot. That’s right. And you’re going to have to vote YES on this measure in November.
This Statesman article begins with this extraordinary sentence:
“CodeNEXT will appear on November’s ballot and likely pour kerosene on Austin City Council elections this year just just as campaign season begins to ramp up.”
Court Orders CodeNEXT on the Ballot, Austin Voters Still the Boss
Please ask yourself now how the heck three attorneys on the city council (Steve Adler, Ann Kitchen and Delia Garza) couldn’t understand this very basic legal point made and accepted by the court. The Judge explains this so clearly in her ruling we suggest you just read it.
Instead, petitioners had to seek relief in court. Therefore, we are all very thankful that the court orders CodeNEXT on the ballot. And, please do not forget that the Texas Constitution and the City Charter of the City of Austin guarantees you your petition rights.
Now, despite what the Statesman has to say, whether Mayor Steve Adler or Ann Kitchen get reelected (Garza was already elected for her second and last term), is totally up to the voters. And, whether you will have good choices in all Council races up in November is a very serious question.
You stood up and got the job done on the petition drive. What’s your next step?
We will help you figure that out! Just send us a note or call us 512-535-0989, especially if you want to come to a meeting. Or fill out our volunteer section here.
It Should Not Go Without Saying
We all owe a debt of gratitude to attorneys Fred Lewis, Bill Bunch and in the background of the Statesman picture is Bobby Levinsky. Then there were scores of activists and neighborhood people who carried the petition, our donors, and the 31,000 people who signed for something very simple.
As Fred Lewis put it at the hearing:
“This isn’t about CodeNEXT. It’s about democracy.”
Petitioners filed suit yesterday seeking a Writ of Mandamus.
Representing us all, petitioners filed suit seeking a court to order the City of Austin to put the petition for your right to vote on CodeNEXT on the November ballot. This request for a Writ of Mandamus is very clear. It reiterates what we have told you all along. That is that the Council is obligated to put the measure on the ballot, without judgement.
Pay attention to these two words — “ministerial duty,” defined in Webster’s Legal Dictionary as:
A ministerial act or duty is a function performed without the use of judgment by the person performing the act or duty.
Now, IF the Council were to use their judgement on placing the petition on the ballot, they could have done so on their first vote. But the majority chose not to. And, at today’s final hearing on CodeNEXT, the Council members who are really listening can plainly see what’s going on. Austinites are very divided on CodeNEXT and likely mostly opposed to it. Is this why the majority has a listening problem?
Here is the list of speakers at today’s hearing. See the line up?
Total Citizens: 231
You can watch it here LIVE or if you miss it, go to the Archives.
Petitioners filed suit yesterday seeking an expedited case in Travis County District Court. And the petition signers Nelson Linder, Susana Almanza, Jane Rivera, Gilbert Rivera, Michael Hebert, Jeff Jack, Mary Ingle, and D. Lauren Ross, Ph.D., put their names forward to represent us all. This most importantly includes the nearly 26,000 verified voters who signed as certified by the Austin City Clerk on April 23.
We all owe many thanks to attorneys Fred Lewis and Bill Bunch (of Save Our Springs Alliance) for their efforts. Moreover, we appreciate how fast y’all moved!
Petitioners filed suit to defend democracy that we wrote here about last week.
Please volunteer with us by filling this out or just call us at 512.535.0989. Thank you all!