Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Take the City's comprehensive survey!

Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Survey
Take the Kick-Off Survey!

Couldn't make it to the Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Open House on October 12? That's okay: You can still take the kick-off survey: tell us what Austin's strengths and weaknesses are, as well as what you think can be done to improve Austin! The results of this survey will be used to shape the first Community Forum Series, the week of November 9.
El Nuevo Plan de Planificación Completo de la Ciudad de Austin: Díganos lo que piensa de Austin

Find out more at the Comprehensive Plan webpage

Austin Police Department monthly meeting

Come join the Austin Police Department Central East Area Command for our monthly meeting. We will share and discuss issues and concerns to improve the quality of life and community policing within your neighborhood.

Items to be reviewed and open for discussion:

o Current Statistics
o Operations
o Command Accomplishments

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 6:30 P.M.
East Sub Station - Conference Room
812 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78702

For more information, please contact the Central East District Representative line at 974-8106.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tuesday Oct. 26 CANA meeting!

Join us for the monthly CANA meeting 6:30 – 8pm in the basement of Zion Hill Baptist Church, 1701 Chestnut Ave.

This is an important meeting with election of new officers - come meet the new officers and join us in thanking the prior officers!

We hope to see you there!

How Do You Envision Austin's New Central Library?

The Austin Public Library Commission invites the Austin community to attend Public Input Meetings for the new Central Library with the architectural team of Lake | Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. The goal of this process is to capture the vision, values, and ideas of the community. Your input is crucial to ensure that the new Central Library meets your needs. The following five Public Input Meetings have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for citizens to meet the design team and to offer input.

* Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
* Wednesday, October 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
* Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Hall/Council Chambers, 301 W. Second St.
* Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St.
* Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave.

If you are unable to attend these Public Input Meetings, you may submit suggestions online. New Central Library suggestion cards will also be available at all Austin Public Library locations and at City Hall.

Once the public input is collected and sorted, recurring themes will be identified as priorities. These priorities will be considered as the design is developed. The design team will share these priorities and the designs with the Library Commission and the City Council at the project's approval milestones.

The tentative schedule for the new Central Library project is as follows:

* September 2009 ~ Design Team Consultant Contract Finalized
* November 2009 ~ Citizen Input/Programming Process Initiated
* April 2010 ~ Construction Manager at Risk Contract Executed
* May 2010 ~ Commissioning Agent Contract Executed
* Spring 2010 ~ Schematic Design Completed (30% Design)
o * Library Commission Briefed
o * Council Approval
* Fall 2010 ~ Design Development Completed (60% Design)
o * Library Commission Briefed
o * Council Approval
* Summer 2011 ~ Design Phase Completed
* Winter 2011 ~ Construction Begins
* Fall, 2013 ~ Construction Completed
* Spring 2014 ~ Grand Opening

For additional information about the new Central Library please call Cindy Jordan, Project Manager, 512-974-7183 or John Gillum, Facilities Planning Manager, at 512-974-7495 or visit http://www.cityofaustin.org/library/

October 21- East Side Fair Launch Party

Join us for the East Side Fair Launch Party (Oct. 21, 6-8pm at the Carver Museum) so we can share our vision with you and so you can help us shape it into something spectacular!

We imagine a day of music, dance, spoken word, art, food, vendor booths, kids activities, fun, and new landscaping that will showcase and celebrate all things East Austin. Of course, it'll only authentically represent East Austin if you are involved.

Press release:




Bicycle route system, East 12th Street from IH-35 to Springdale + Pleasent Valley/Chestnut

To Stakeholder, Property Owner, and/or Tenant:

Attached is a scanned copy of the E 12th St (IH-35 to Springdale Rd) on-street parking modification notice mailed out to all Stakeholders, Property Owners and/or Tenants whose property is adjacent to E 12th St on Friday 10/16. The parking modification will be implemented as described in the attached document and link below.

Click on the link below to view the striping plan:

Link to Striping Plan shown in notice: http://tinyurl.com/COA12th

You are receiving this notice because you are registered with the City and represent a neighborhood association or are the contact for a stakeholder group. Please forward this notification to relevant people within your organizations.


ttached is a copy of the on-street parking modification notice for the installation of bicycle lanes mailed out to all Stakeholders, Property Owners and/or Tenants on Friday 4/17 whose property is adjacent to Pleasant Valley/Chestnut between E. 7th Street and Manor Road.

To view a detailed of the parking modifications please visit the following web site: http://tinyurl.com/COAChestnut

You are receiving this electronic notice because you are registered with the City and represent a neighborhood association or are the contact for a stakeholder group. Please forward this notification to relevant people within your organizations.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

If you LUV Austin... Come Celebrate AUSTIN STYLE!!!

if u LUV austin...

Come Celebrate… Austin style!

Monday, October 12, 2009 3pm–8pm
at the Austin Convention Center

Live musical performances by:
Suzanna Choffel ♥ David Garza ♥ Sara Hickman ♥ Ryan Harkrider
Jeff Lofton ♥ Drew Smith

Learn the “Thriller” moves with the folks from Alamo Drafthouse
and be part of “THRILL THE WORLD!”

Food! Fun! Activities for Kids! FREE PARKING!!!

Click the link below to RSVP:

*For more on the Austin Comprehensive Plan go to http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/compplan/

Capital Metro Fare Increase Proposal

Please share with your neighborhood and business contacts. If you have questions regarding the public meetings, contact Dinita Caldwell at 512-389-7434 or via email at Dinita.caldwell@capmetro.org.

Capital Metro Fare Increase Proposal

Capital Metro is resuming the public process that may lead to a fare increase as early as January 2010. The proposal would change Capital Metro’s base fare from .75¢ to $1.00

For the long term financial sustainability of the transit agency, the Capital Metro Board of Directors voted to move forward with a fare increase proposal at their September 28th board meeting.

Capital Metro staff will be seeking public feedback on the proposed fares.

Please consider attending on of the following public meetings:

* Downtown- Capital Metro Transit Store

323 Congress Ave

Tuesday, October 13, Noon- 1:30pm

Bus Routes: All downtown routes

* East- ACC Eastview Campus

3401 Webberville Rd, Room #8111

Monday, October 19, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Bus Routes: 2,17,300

* North- Goodwill Community Facility

1015 Norwood Park Blvd, #1124

Tuesday, October 20, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Bus Routes: 325, 339

* South- ACC South Campus

1820 W. Stassney Ln, #1130

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Bus Routes: 3, 311

Attend the Public Hearing with the Capital Metro Board

* Capital Metro Headquarters

2910 East 5th Street

Wednesday, October 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Bus Routes: 17, 100, 300, 320

v Can’t attend a meeting, email your feedback to farecomments@capmetro.org or call 512-385-0190

Friday, October 9, 2009

Digital Fusion Fest invitation

Austin Energy Low-income energy workshop set for service providers

Austin Energy is hosting a training and collaboration workshop for representatives of social service agencies, area churches and non-profits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Commons Conference Center at the J.J. Pickle Research Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Building #137. The media are invited.

This annual day long meeting focuses on the City of Austin’s Customer Assistance Programs, administered by Austin Energy, and how the agencies can work with the Utility to enhance delivery of the programs. Contact: Carlos Cordova, 505-3576, 802-2008 pager

Support the people who clean up Chestnut!

Hello Neighbors,

Hope you all are doing well! I had an interesting discussion with our trash man this morning that I wanted to share. He informed me that it would really help him out a lot if we put our recycling and trash can about 5 feet apart. He said that it is really difficult for him to pick them up with his arm thingy without knocking them over if they are close together. I told him we would make sure to keep the trash cans separated in the future and he asked if I could spread the word to my neighbors. I had no idea this was a problem for them, so I thought I would let you all know just in case.

I'm not sure if you all made it out to this recent event at Austin Studios (Trash Project). Kyle and I went and ever since then i have found a new appreciation for our trash folks.

Feel free to spread the word!

Hope you all have a great weekend:-)


National Night Out!

Chestnut neighbors had a blast October 6 at National Night Out in our park!

Peter Daniels has photos on Flickr.

Thanks to A New Entry for organizing the event!

Rosewood Halloween Party

Saturday, OCTOBER 31, 2009
6:00 - 8:00PM
Rosewood Recreation Center Park Pavilion
1182 Pleasant Valley Rd.

This FREE event is open to the community. Participate in the costume parade,
enjoy free food and treats, play carnival games, and learn about community resources.

The Alamo and Rosewood Recreation Centers are having a Halloween event at Rosewood and invite your collaboration. If you would like to represent your community organization and hand out information and candy, please let us know. If you know of an organization that would like to participate, pass it on!

We would like for you to be a part of this event by giving out candy and providing information about your services on Halloween night at the Rosewood Outdoor Pavilion. You can do this by completing the application below and returning it to Peter Freeman (Phone: (512) 974-4280, Fax: (512) 974-4412, Email: peter.freeman@ci.austin.tx.us) with Central East Weed and Seed by October 22nd.

Name of Organization:

Contact Name:



Phone: Fax:

Name of game/activity booth:

Booth set-up includes one booth and two chairs:

(Additional space must be negotiated; additional chairs and/or tables, as well.)

Electricity needed? Yes No

Extra Chairs & Tables? (Available only for those providing games)

Chairs Tables

Please make sure to fax this form ATTN: Peter Freeman at Fax: (512) 974-4412 or e-mail: peter.freeman@ci.austin.tx.us

For more information please call Peter Freeman at 512.974-4280 or Doris Marshall at 512.474.2806