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Suggestions About Using The Safe And Truthful Packers And Movers Jaipur
posted by Chance Troy on September 15th, 2019 3:15 PM
The people here are doing a lot that they can do with dallas moving company. This is not something that we will love to visit or work for it. They are all trying to tell us what to get with it.
Do I need quality web design for my new startup?
posted by Jones Cody on September 13th, 2019 12:30 AM
Quality web design is hard to find right now, and that's why I recommend that you ask the to design your web. They will do the best job for you, and you will be satisfied with their work.
recommendation for fence repair
posted by Jones Cody on September 13th, 2019 12:11 AM
Some of these fence repairing services aren't as good, and you need to contact the right now to get the best service. The contractor knows about all the repair services in the area.
Lawn Mowing Service Recommendations
posted by Jones Cody on September 12th, 2019 11:58 PM
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New restaurant - Paco's Tacos......
posted by Jones Cody on September 12th, 2019 11:50 PM
These paco's tacos are awesome, and I enjoy eating them a lot. The first time I got to know about these were through when my friend told me there. After that, we started to eat these together, and we have a good time.
Locksmith recommendations?
posted by adam lyth on February 16th, 2019 5:46 AM
Well i appreciate everyone's thought which is helpful in getting the right dallas-locksmith.com/">locksmith firm in their area. Thanks
HOLIDAY TREAT Talented Mueller neighbor seeks project work thru January 3, 2015
posted by D W on December 27th, 2014 1:26 PM
Need a REAL holiday break? Need to start AND finish a project? Talented Mueller neighbor seeks project work thru January 3, 2015 I am wanting to earn extra dollars while on holiday break. Am in my early 50s, journalism degree and MFA in art & design; currently a professional in marketing/communications; responsible, deadline-oriented, forward-thinker for efficiency and organization. I like to get the job done so we can move on to the next task. I am interested in the following: – Administrative: Creating databases, writing, editing, proofreading (Microsoft or Mac programs) – Computer: PC or Mac – Creative: Experienced graphic designer (Adobe Suite); or assistance with a crafts project – Downsizing: Do you really need all that stuff? I am not interested in your stuff but since I downsized car, clothes and equipment several months ago, I now see a clearer road ahead and happy to help you make your load lighter for the new year! Currently on a brief hiatus from these client projects: Light admin/billing for an Austin attorney/judge; database creation for UT and a foster-care counselor in Dallas; also am co-creating children’s books and products (publishing, marketing/PR). I can work at home (Mueller District) or at your place. $25/hour, 8a-6p. Personable, friendly, good listener. Contact me at identify_@hotmail.com Thanks neighbors.
Latest Reconnect Austin Renderings
posted by Mateo Barnstone on April 24th, 2014 2:59 PM
I wanted to post the latest renderings of what could be achieved with I-35 if TxDOT can be persuaded. http://reconnectaustin.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/reconnect_poster_web.pdf Great Streets. Great Bridges. Great Connections This vision turns Austin's biggest barrier to east/west connectivity into a permeable and even inviting place. It involves a two phase approach - in the first phase, construction would depress the main lanes, bridges would built with wide tree'd sidewalks and protected bike lanes and structures would be put in place for a future cap. In a phase 2 - a full cap would be built fully connecting east and west Austin as was done in Dallas through Klyde Warren Park. Thanks to the efforts of Reconnect Austin, much of this has been agreed to already by TxDOT, but they still resisting building bridges that would connect important east/west destinations. If you would like to know more and how to get involved - please click here: http://reconnectaustin.com/get-involved/
Room/carriage/garage apartment for rent??
posted by Ron Garza on December 9th, 2013 8:32 PM
My sister in Dallas has some friends -- a married couple, no kids, no pets -- wanting to live in Austin for 3 months. Does anyone have a furnished apt/condo/house that they would like to rent? Please contact me at RonGarza@hotmail.com. (I've already told them about Craigslist sublets, Airbnb, and Executive Inns. Any other suggestions would be welcomed too). -- Ron
Recurring payment for HOA Dues
posted by kpwickham on June 10th, 2013 9:37 AM
Great article ... news to me that the owner of our HOA company (Associa -- Alliance Association Management) is also a State Senator that actively crafts state law to the advantage his private company."Among the defenders of the current system is State Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas). Carona is not only the author of many of the current HOA laws in Texas, some say he benefits most from it.Carona owns Associa, the nation's largest property management company and the parent company of Principal Management Group"
Google Fiber - Austin
posted by J. Rector on April 10th, 2013 12:06 PM
AT&T announced yesterday that they are also wanting to do High Speed in Austin.http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2013/04/10/att-to-match-google-high-speed.htmlhttp://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/google-fiber-att-target-austin-high-speed-internet-1C9284772
Layla, all black cat with purple collar and tag is still missing
posted by Lorene Wallace on February 1st, 2013 8:38 PM
Layla has not returned, and I thank all you kind neighbors for your loving help. I still have a wondrous cat tale to tell. Yesterday I received two different calls about a black cat hanging out in a storm drain about six blocks away. We checked her out a week ago because of a previous call. So many black cats. So much hope. Yet this one had a green collar and a pink tag, so I knew she wasn't Layla but I also knew she was lost. Stopped off there yesterday and yes! she approached me. A kind neighbor watched over her while I went to get a cat carrier. Didn't have any reading glasses with me so I called a few wrong numbers before reaching her owner, a very nice man, so incredibly happy and incredulous at learning she was/is still around. He was in Dallas on business, lives here, moved six weeks from the Reagan HS neighborhood to one six miles south of there, Onion Creek. Turns out, Roux, this sweet black cat, got out shortly after they moved. Confused maybe, she was trying to get home, and she stopped off here in Mueller. He drove from Dallas last night like a cat out of he>> and picked her up here around 9:30 p.m. It was something out of the movies to see this man lying on the carpet, coaxing his beloved cat out from underneath a chair. Then to see her in his arms. Five weeks missing and found. There is hope. Yes, there is hope.
Traffic operations: signage and alley traffic flow
posted by Curtis LaFaitte on December 10th, 2012 10:27 AM
On a personal note, I would like to thank each and every Mueller resident who has responded to this posting. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, and which law or rule finally gets passed ( only to be neglected by those few), this thread has been the most INTERESTING of any of the blogs to date! Why I now can't wait to hear my notification alarm on my iPad go off, even if it does at 3:38AM at times. It's like a cliff anger on (the old) Dallas series. Thank you all for making this community the passionate, caring, and sometimes politically divisive, but always interesting community that we are. I can definitely say that we are NOT boring [:cheese:]Cheers!
Swimming Pool Closing...Can we take action????
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on July 10th, 2012 10:38 PM
Last Sat morning I counted six babies/toddlers without the proper diapers. The parents of one of the kiddie swimmers didn't even bother to put a bathing suit over the disposable diaper on their little boy. But I can't say I was shocked. I was mortified and frustrated, but not shocked. Over the summer I've talked to a few friends --all of whom I consider responsible parents-- about the poop problems at our neighborhood pool and I was surprised to find that many of them were unaware of 'double diapering' as the only effective tool to prevent poop accidents in the water.Whether the pool redesign will happen or not, something needs to be done ASAP to curtail the issue in the short term. Here are some thoughts (not sure where/who to send them to; pls point me in the right direction if you do know):1) Posting a very large sign by the door stating clearly the need for proper diapering is URGENT. Education is key!2) If it is not yet one, double diapering should be a requirement to admit children that are not toilet trained.http://www.jccdallas.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Swim Diaper Policy&category=Aquatics3) Guards should be asked to remind parents with babies/toddlers of the requirement during sing in AND do a round every once in a while to make sure people are in compliance.4) Make both kinds of diapers available for purchase at the Life Guard station.5) Anyone found with inappropriately diapered children in the pool should be asked to exit the water immediately and be given the option to purchase the diapers at the station or leave the premises.6) Anyone responsible for a poop incident whose child was inappropriately diapered should be issued a hefty fine. Hopefully, this point will be a deterrent (it might be the only one, in fact) for those times when life guards are not on duty.And last but not least, we, residents, have to become proactive when no guards are around. In the most respectful and sensitive manner we can all remind parents of the need to try to reduce the chance of an incident for the benefit of the whole community.Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on these suggestions so I can modify them before sending them to the appropriate person/committee.
Support Urban Rail in Mueller at the Transit Work Group Mtg 6/22/12
posted by doug on June 22nd, 2012 9:17 PM
Kathy, thanks so much for your analysis of the rail situation. Sometimes I wonder about Austinites ability to agree on anything. All of the great cities in the world have a rail system, even Houston and Dallas. I have always been a rail advocate, but it wasn't until I visited Portland a few years ago, that I discovered why I had been such an advocate. There, I took the rail from the airport to within a block of my hotel. I later took the rail to see the Portland Beavers Minor League Baseball team play ball in their downtown stadium (don't get me started about how Austin voters voted down a potential minor league stadium to be built here in town - likely the same voters who voted down rail 10 or so years ago) In fact the week I was in Portland, I rode in a car just one time. I also took the rail back to the airport. DC really is easy to get around in without a car, too. Kathy, some people will just never get it. They will not vote for it or ride it when its built, but I think there are enough of us here now, that its just a matter of time before we do it. I would just rather it had been sooner than later.
Mueller-based business looking for P/T sales help for youth sports expo
posted by Victoria Osborne on May 30th, 2012 9:01 AM
Hello - My company produces a youth sports expo (http://www.PlayHardExpo.com) in the Dallas area. We have just lost one of our sales-people, and are in crunch-mode trying to finish booth sales. We have a database of contacts and leads, and the event sold out last year. 10,000 athletes, coaches, parents, and fans attended the event in 2011, and even more are expected this year. The position pays a small base plus 20% commission. It is temporary - starting ASAP and ending July 25th. You can work from home, or from our office at 6th / Congress. I take the #37 bus when I go downtown. We also develop sponsorships for the City of Pflugerville's annual festivals (Chili Pfest, Deustchen Pfest and the upcoming Pfirecracker Pfest), and may have some opportunities in that project for the right person. Please PM me if you would like more information. My company's website is http:www.striker-ent.com if you would like to learn more about us. Thanks! Victoria
Annoying security system saleman in neighborhood
posted by ret1ree00 on May 5th, 2012 10:07 AM
Here is a post from 2009 regarding security scams. I would recommend reporting aggressive salespersons to the police.Joe"AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcment officials are warning homeowners to beware of home alarm system scams.The Texas Department of Public Safety says any home-alarm salesperson, company or installer should be licensed by the Private Security Bureau. That means they should be carrying DPS Private Security pocket cards which include their photograph.Alarm companies and installers must be licensed by the state, which does criminal background checks.Officials say they are investigating reports of agressive door-to-door sales by unlicensed salesmen and companies in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.DPS says anyone selling alarms door-to-door should be asked to show their security pocket card.(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) "
Man Came to my Front Door Today
posted by misselaine on May 2nd, 2012 9:21 AM
We normally automatically say "no" when this happens to discourage solicitation. However, my husband was already outside, so it was hard to not listen to him. He ended up sitting on the stoop talking to him for almost 30 minutes. He had quite a story to tell, perhaps not true, but CJ asked to see his bullet wounds (that was part of the story, that he was mistaken as someone else and shot many times) and he had 4 or 5 of them, one right in his neck. He also did a timeline of leaving Detroit and going to Dallas where he got into this program to turn his life around. Now he is here. I was mad at my husband because the last lady that did this was part of a scam, I looked up the address of her company. However, this one did check out. It was legit and even Eminem is involved in the program. So, we bought some magazines, ones that we get anyways. But, I would have been freaked out if it was just me that was home.
Looking for good work opportunities!
posted by Steven Cannella on March 28th, 2012 7:00 PM
Fellow Muellerites! I am seeking employment in the Austin area. I have a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and have several years experience in Management, Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing. I spent the last couple years working along a startup company in trade for company ownership. I have since decided to continue my career here in Austin. If you know of anyone or company looking to hire in one or more of the above categories I would be grateful for any information or referrals you may have. If you are personally in charge of the hiring practices at the company you work for, or your own company and are seeking to fill a position, let’s talk. I have pasted the information from my resume below. Anything helps, thank you. Steven Cannella 512.568.5683 stevencannella@gmail.com Work Experience: 2009 - Present: I am currently in Austin Texas and have had an interesting couple of years. I started out working my way into an accessories ecommerce company, Ashard Richley, based out of Dallas Texas. I took on a position as director of marketing in exchange for company share. The majority of my focus is on web development. I am responsible for market research and developing materials associated to our target demographics. I work closely with the president and chief executive officer building strategies and allocating finances for projects. Because it was/is a small company we were expected to wear many hats. I was also responsible for sales and customer service which included inventory control and speaking with a variety of clientele. My responsibilities to the company are merely as an investor at this point. I have studied and researched web based mediums such as web development, search engine optimization and web marketing through social media and cross promotional activity. I have been working as an advisor to many small and startup companies in regards to capital resourcing, business development, and analyzing their current sales/service data to forecast and predict future trends. Although I am not compensated financially in most cases, I am taking it as an opportunity to help others with the skill sets I have obtained through education and my career history. 2009: Harley-Davidson | Sales I took a sales position with Harley-Davidson. My main objective was to learn a new industry and to pick up new skills and qualifications in the process. Although it was an excessive reduction in compensation, I did enjoy my work and learning experience with the company. My responsibilities were to sell inventory, and to service / maintain relationships with current and new clients. Due to the autonomy of the job, I was also able to incorporate retention methods from my previous experiences and apply them to this industry as well. I found this aided me in selling more inventory through relationships and good customer service, which inherently increased company profit. 2007 - 2009: Avail Capital Group | Management After two mergers and layoffs from World Savings (previous employer), I decided to join a startup company, Avail Capital Group. I invested in the company and was named a managing partner. My responsibilities were integrating data from our direct clients, Realtors, title and escrow companies, banks and money managers, and appraisers to increase business opportunities for the company as a development effort. Furthermore, I worked with small business owners and entrepreneurs packaging their idea/s on paper in order to resource and secure financial backing from investors and venture capitalist. I was also responsible for marketing efforts such as print and digital media. As licensing requirements became more stringent, the company found it difficult to obtain resources, which ended in the decision to dissolve the company while it was ahead. 2002 - 2007: World Savings | Sales & Customer Service Management I was able to gain the most experience in my term at World Savings. I started out in our servicing department, processing, underwriting and client services. I was responsible for collection of data and making decisions that would support company guidelines and margins. I then transferred into the sales side of the company focusing on sales, marketing, and eventually client retention. I was again responsible for sales numbers and meeting company quotas. I helped pioneer our national client retention team which eventually accounted for about one third of our company’s profit. After working in the retention department for a couple years, I was given the opportunity to open a satellite center where my responsibilities included, staffing, training and managing approximately 30 national sales and service representatives in our retention department. This also entailed preparing documents and reporting to senior level management, gathering information and developing sales based solutions to increase sales and efficiency. 1998 -2002: Circuit City Stores Inc. | Sales & Business Development I financed the majority of my college education by working for Circuit City. I was responsible for my personal sales numbers and meeting company set quotas. I was also responsible for maintaining and creating new store displays and in store marketing for my department. This included a new way of displaying “open box” items that was recognized by our division and then utilized throughout many Circuit City Stores across the nation. In addition, I prepared bids and contracts for local and state entities as a means to acquire their business. Education: Lowry Mays Business School | Texas A&M University, 2003 B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Development Other: Software Proficiencies & Interests Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, various CRM related software programs, Graphic Design, Web Design HTML & CSS, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver
Urban Rail
posted by ccosart on March 19th, 2012 12:05 PM
There are few things in life for which I can claim genuine insider info, but this is marginally one of them, and I've been told the trend line on likelihood of urban rail being on the ballot in November is downward and under 50%."Progressive" and "Green" Austin is in danger of falling *decades* behind Dallas and Houston on this issue. Sad.Chris
Weekend IT Application Support Job Opportunity at Dell
posted by LiLKiM on March 9th, 2012 11:48 AM
Hi, There is an opening on my team and we are working to fill the position ASAP. The hours are 6 am - 7 pm, Friday/Sat/Sunday. I work from home. The position is really ideal for parents of young kids who need to care for them Mon-Thur. Candidate must be willing to work weekends in addition to having the skills to do the job. Please email me directly with any questions or interest! kimtruong2@gmail.com dallas/information-technology/jobid2203194-application-management-sr.-analyst-jobs" rel="nofollow">http://jobs.dell.com/dallas/information-technology/jobid2203194-application-management-sr.-analyst-jobs Thanks! Kim
NEW Austin Landscape Conversion Incentive: Lawn Remodel
posted by Ming Z. on December 28th, 2011 9:56 PM
Management of HOA need to be fired!!! I do NOT like them AT ALL!!! Their ideas does not fit with Mueller, also not fit with Austin. They need go to work for Dallas kind area.
Home Security Salespersons
posted by Larry Plutko on June 21st, 2011 8:27 PM
Even though this news article is dated, we still have salespersons calling door-to-door on Scales Street this evening and the risk remains the same. Caveat emptor. -------------------------------------------------------------------- AUSTIN (July 7, 2009)—The Department of Public Safety is warning Texas consumers about home alarm system scams and aggressive unlicensed salespeople. The DPS says any home-alarm salesperson, company or installer must be licensed by the Private Security Bureau, which means they should be carrying DPS Private Security pocket cards which include their photograph. Alarm companies and installers must be licensed by the state, which does criminal background checks. Officials say they are investigating reports of aggressive door-to-door sales by unlicensed salesmen and companies in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The DPS says anyone selling alarms door-to-door should be asked to show a security pocket card. “If someone offering alarm-related services shows up at your door unsolicited, ask them for their DPS Private Security pocket card, which will also have their picture,” said Capt. RenEarl Bowie of the DPS Private Security Bureau. “Do not accept any other form of identification as proof you are dealing with a licensed salesperson or installer.” “Beware of aggressive tactics; someone trying to push you into a decision immediately,” he said. “We also have numerous complaints of substandard work and broken promises in these situations.
Meet the Ilfreys (Native Plant Evangelists)
posted by langhugh on June 19th, 2011 2:01 AM
I would like to introduce you to my friends, David and Christy Ilfrey. They are brilliant landscape designers specializing in Native Texas landscapes. I try to reserve the word 'brilliant' for the brilliant, and I think its apt for the Ilfreys. While landscaping with native Texas Plants is somewhat commonplace at Mueller and familiar in Central Texas, the Ilfreys have been preaching about the value of utilizing native Texas plants in the landscape for more than a decade. Feel free to click their link to learn a little about their philosophy. You may also peruse Mueller’s Modification Guidelines as our POA liberally use photos of the Ilfreys' work…without asking permission, I might add. :) http://www.nativedave.com/ http://www.greenamerica.org/greenbusiness/interviews/articles/200806.cfm I met them in Dallas in 2005 where they were becoming a bit of an institution as a landscape authority, but their business is mobile and they travel the state of Texas all year long. This is why I am writing my Mueller Neighbors. David and Christy will be visiting Austin for a couple of days. We would like to invite you to come over for appetizers on Tuesday the 21st at 6:30pm at 4116 Camacho to meet my friends and get a true landscape designer's perspective on landscaping our small lots to unify them with the Mueller Native Texas Landscape. While this will absolutely not be a business presentation, the Ilfreys are in the business of residential landscape design, and I'm sure they would love to talk with your about their design services if you ask. I believe our small lots really lend themselves to a unified landscape design. A design that is low/no maintenance, water-wise, and reflecting our sense of place. Look forward to seeing you Tuesday, Dusty
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Ashley on May 3rd, 2011 9:45 AM
The article requires a subscription, so here is the full text. Article:Trader Joe’s has finally set its sights on Texas.The hip grocer, whose nationwide fan base circles its buildings for grand openings and travels to stock up on its private-label groceries, is looking at multiple locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin.The first store is expected to open in Dallas within the year, and the initial rollout will include 10 stores in Texas.“Dallas, and frankly the entire state of Texas, is a place we’ve wanted to be for a long time,” said Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.In recent years, Trader Joe’s aggressive expansion has skipped Texas. It operates more than 350 stores in 29 states from coast to coast. The company has 169 stores in California, where it’s based near Los Angeles in Monrovia.When management decides to enter a market, Trader Joe’s opens several stores. It entered Chicago in 2000 and now has 18 stores there. Atlanta and its suburbs have six, and Charlotte, N.C., has three stores.“We are a company that grows in a very controlled and thoughtful way in order to maintain the Trader Joe’s customer experience,” Mochizuki said.Trader Joe’s is “actively looking for sites, and we’re anxious to identify some great locations and begin hiring,” she said. The chain is looking both within the city limits and at suburban locations.The privately owned company had sales last year of $8.5 billion, ranking it 21st on Supermarket News’ annual list of largest U.S. grocers. About 80 percent of its foods are private-label groceries. It brags that its offerings do not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.Current specials include two 8-ounce frozen “American Style Kobe Beef Burgers” for $5.99 and a 15-ounce package of Trader Jose’s Chicken Asada for $5.99. The witty labeling includes Asian recipes from Trader Ming’s and French offerings from Trader Jacques.One of its best-known offerings is its $2-a-bottle California wines. The first bottles of Charles Shaw wines were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in 2002, and customers nicknamed it “Two Buck Chuck.” The price varies slightly depending on local taxes and transportation costs.The company communicates with its customers with a Fearless Flyer newsletter, and the official employee uniform is a Hawaiian shirt — the louder the better, according to corporate lore.Small stores’ impactAt about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, Trader Joe’s stores are much smaller than a traditional 50,000-square-foot supermarket.Grocers have stepped up their Dallas-area growth plans. Kroger has a couple of stores under development inside the Dallas city limits. San Antonio-based H-E-B has four Central Market locations in the Dallas area and is looking for more. Whole Foods has opened three stores here in the last three years and now operates eight in the market. Both specialty food stores have more stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth than in any other Texas market.Other grocers have entered the North Texas market in the last few years, including fast-growing independents Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers and Sunflower Markets.There aren’t a lot of new retail developments in the works, so the expanding retailers are gobbling up space in existing shopping centers.Borders is closing stores as part of its Chapter 11 filing in February. At the time of the announcement, the owner of the Borders bookstore at Preston Road and Royal Lane said interest from grocery retailers was especially high.Different directionTrader Joe’s history has a Dallas twist. It started out in 1958 as a chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. By the 1960s, Dallas-based 7-Eleven was growing fast in Southern California and competing with Pronto.Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coloumbe bought the Pronto stores and decided to go in another direction. In 1967, the stores were renamed Trader Joe’s and morphed into a chain of small specialty cheese and wine shops. It later evolved into a neighborhood grocery chain.Trader Joe’s started opening stores outside California in 1993 with a store in Phoenix.There was much speculation when German discount grocer Aldi opened stores in Texas in early 2010 that Trader Joe’s wouldn’t be far behind.The founder of Trader Joe’s sold the company and left in 1987. Mochizuki wouldn’t disclose current ownership, but supermarket trade publications in the U.S. and the business press in Europe have reported that the company is owned by the Albrecht family in Germany.Two brothers of Aldi’s founding Albrecht family split Aldi and the German market in half in 1960 after an argument.Later, Aldi South came to the U.S. with the low-price format from Germany, and Aldi North acquired Trader Joe’s from California.The two companies insist they have separate ownership and don’t share U.S. operations.
Pecan Street Project Goes Live with First Phase of Smart Grid Deployment
posted by Kathy Sokolic on February 1st, 2011 9:19 AM
This is HUGE! It's go time! If you haven't signed up yet, the baseline study is already underway (see below), but there are still many opporunitites to participate! Email now - iwanttoparticipate@pecanstreetproject.org and Garreth and I can answer any questions you may have!! http://www.pecanstreetproject.org Press Release February 1, 2011 Pecan Street Project Goes Live with First Phase of Smart Grid Deployment Project Achieves Installed Cost per Home Under $350 AUSTIN - February 1, 2011 - Pecan Street Project Inc. announced today that it has completed systems installation and has gone live with the first phase of its smart grid demonstration project in Austin's Mueller community. Deployed by Austin-based Incenergy LLC, the home smart grid systems capture minute-to-minute energy usage for the whole home and six major appliances or systems. The project achieved an installed cost per home of $341 ($241 for equipment plus $100 for installation). The systems are deployed in 100 homes at Mueller, all of which are green built and 11 of which have rooftop solar PV systems. This spring, Pecan Street Project will deploy Incenergy systems in a second group of 100 homes outside Mueller that are at least 10 years old. All participants in both groups are volunteers. During the 12-month first phase, project researchers will learn about how homeowners use electricity, gas and specific appliances during the course of the day. This will mark only the second publicly-reported research on the daily energy profiles of Sunbelt homes (the other is a 1999 University of Central Florida study) and the first to incorporate data on output from rooftop solar panels and on the homes' energy efficiency attributes. "The customer will have final say about whether the smart grid is a smart idea," said Pecan Street Project Inc. executive director Brewster McCracken. "The truth is that we - those working on and advocating for the smart grid - need to learn a lot more from customers than they need to learn from us. Before anyone starts prescribing solutions, we must develop a much better understanding of what customers value and how they're using energy now." Together with selected companies, project researchers will use the information gathered from these homes to structure next generation home smart grid systems. These systems, which selected companies will deploy in the project's second phase (beginning March 2012), will provide customers with the ability to manage - even over mobile phones - individual appliances and systems as well as electric vehicle charging and rooftop PV systems. The installation and testing of these next generation technologies will take place in a larger group of up to 1,000 residential and 75 commercial customers. As with the first phase, all participants will be volunteers. Pecan Street Project will issue a Request for Information on February 15, 2011 for companies to deploy home energy management systems and to supply electric vehicles, in-home charging and rooftop PV systems. In the current first phase, data captured from participating homes is wirelessly reported to and securely maintained at the University of Texas's Texas Advanced Computing Center. Project team members from Pecan Street Project, The University of Texas, Incenergy, Austin Energy, Texas Gas Service and Environmental Defense Fund have been conducting field trials of the systems since September 2010. Two residents of the Mueller community serve on the project's executive committee and have participated in the field trial planning and assessment. "There is strong support for this smart grid project in the Mueller community," said Kathy Sokolic, one of the two Mueller residents that serve on the project's executive committee. "Having residents on the project team has played a big role in creating a sense of ownership in Pecan Street Project's work." "People choose to live at Mueller so that they can make a difference," added Garreth Wilcock, the other Mueller resident serving on the project's executive committee, "and participating in this project allows us to contribute to something greater than our immediate environment." Incenergy's system integrates the company's sophisticated energy measurement software with voltage measurement and wireless networking hardware. The system monitors energy usage within a resident's circuit panel (breaker box), sends the information to a gateway system within the residence and transmits the data via the customer's Internet connection to the project's data center. Incenergy was selected in September after a global search. "For smart grid to succeed, customers must embrace it," said Barry McConachie, CEO and founder of Incenergy. "That will only happen if companies like ours offer smart grid systems that create good value for customers and solve real problems they currently confront." The company has developed a mobile app that allows researchers to monitor the data collection on their iPhones and iPads. This has already helped researchers evaluate performance data in real time in the field. "This mobile monitoring capability is already providing a huge benefit to our project's research team," said Pecan Street Project Inc. technology director Bert Haskell. "Our next project phase will integrate customer-centric technology solutions like this - ones that are exciting and easy to use." All participating homes in the project's first phase will receive enhanced home energy audits by auditors licensed under Austin's Energy Conservation and Disclosure Ordinance. A Request for Qualifications for energy auditors recently closed, and Pecan Street Project will announce the firms it has selected later this month. About Pecan Street Project Inc. Headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Project Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) smart grid and clean energy research and development organization. Incorporated in 2009, the organization's board includes representatives from The University of Texas, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Austin Technology Incubator, the City of Austin and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. In September 2009, it received funding from the University of Texas and a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments through an award from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. In November 2009, the organization received a U.S. Department of Energy stimulus grant for a Smart Grid Demonstration Project at Austin's Mueller community. In March 2010, it released a report of recommendations for how to spur energy system advancements. The recommendations were the product of joint industry-university-utility-public sector working groups. For more information or to download the report of recommendations, visit http://www.pecanstreetproject.org. About Incenergy Incenergy is an Austin-based Smart Grid software company and systems integrator that leverages cloud computing and low-cost wireless networked devices to produce cost-effective/ hardware-independent energy management solutions that reduce peak electricity demand for utilities. Incenergy has deployed energy management systems into the modern Agave Community in Austin, has rolled-out commercial building energy management systems through the DSI Systems sales channel in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, is integrated into the smart energy management systems at EDF's Austin office and has recently begun a smart grid pilot project with Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, which serves approximately 80,000 meters in 14 southeastern Texas counties. Incenergy has a nation-wide distribution network with DSI Systems, Inc. (www.dsisystemsinc.com) resulting in more than 14,000 retail storefronts and certified installers. This distribution reach enables utilities to scale up to thousands of connected SmartNode™ endpoints - creating a real-time dispatchable Virtual Power Plant. For more information, visit http://www.incenergy.com
Lawyer
posted by Rod on November 13th, 2010 6:37 PM
http://www.cclaw.com/gourley_resume.html SMU graduate, practices in Dallas.
NEEDED: Ride to Dallas after 3 pm Thu. 10/21 and/or returning Mon. 10/25
posted by andy m on October 19th, 2010 11:37 PM
In the interest of conservation (I'm a cyclist without a car), a little community-building, and with the hope of avoiding 'ridin' the pooch' (Greyhound), if anyone is going to Dallas this Thursday afternoon (10/21) and has space for a rider, please let me know with a private email off-list ASAP. I will share gas, conversation and driving if you wish (I'm licensed and an excellent driver, but not insured). Please be a non-smoker. Also, I'm returning Monday 10/25 afternoon, so would like to carpool if anyone is coming back at that time. It doesn't have to be the same person. Thanks!
Mueller Thanksgiving morning run/walk
posted by Alexa Manza on September 30th, 2010 9:14 AM
I was interested in loosely (emphasis on loosely) organizing a Mueller Thanksgiving morning run/walk on the trail or the streets. I've never organized something like this before so I WILL need help from folks who have run these trails and streets more often than I. As a first pass my idea is we could design a logo and then have t-shirts available for sale at http://www.cafepress.com. That way we wouldn't be handling any money or inventory. We'd have the run/walk around 8am and meet at the Ella Wooten park or "The Spider" and it could just be a 2 mile affair. Dogs and strollers welcome (in the back), runners up front, rest of the pack in the middle. No numbers or timing methods but maybe a balloon arch finish line for fun. My husband's family has a tradition to do a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and the few times we've hosted Tday we've done the official/sanctioned TTrot in Dallas and Houston. This year, because we're in an awesome 'hood, we wanted to share this experience with our neighbors. I'm sure DT Austin has an event and some folks may already have plans to participate. If we decide to organize this then we'll need to get word out ASAP. If you think this is a good idea, have more ideas, would help me (PLEASE!) and/or would like to participate I would love to hear from you. If I get the good stuff back then I'll contact folks via PM and see about having a feasibility meeting at my home to see if we can't get something going. Thanks a lot! Alexa
Pixies Fans?
posted by langhugh on September 21st, 2010 12:17 AM
OK, I have an extra ticket to Tuesday's Any Mueller neighbors have an interest in grabbing a bite to eat and catching the show?
Notice of filing of application for administrative approval fo a site plan case # SP-2010-0239D
posted by anna pinales on September 16th, 2010 1:23 AM
Permit/Case Reference File Name Description Sub Type Work Type Project Name Status Application Date Issue Date Expiration Date 2010-072373 SP SP-2010-0239D The applicant is proposing to construct a pump station with associated improvements. Site Plan Administrative Bldg/Prkg,Clring,Cut/Fill,Spoil Disposal I-H 35 W/WWW Program - Pilot Knob Pump Station and Segment 21.1 Access Road In Review Aug 20, 2010 Related Folders: No FOLDER INFO Information Description Value Case Manager Lynda Courtney Application Date Aug 20, 2010 Application Expiration Date Feb 16, 2011 Smart Growth Zone DDZ 1704 Flag? No Description of Proposed Development Pump Station Watershed I North Fork Dry Creek Watershed Classification I Suburban Watershed Aquifer Recharge Zone No Land Development Jurisdiction 2-Mile ETJ Traffic Impact Analysis Submitted? No Existing Land Use Reservoire Proposed Land Use Pump Station Legal Description 9.932 acres of the Santiago De valle Abstract No. 24 in Travis Co. Tx. Vol 9946 pg 72 R.P.R.T.C.T. and portion of the 378.9400 and 29.02 acre tracts located in Abs. 24, Del Valle S. (11d-1) owned by ernest collins and Floretta Collins; and a portion of the 138.202 and 59.133 acre tracts owned by Jona Acquisition , Inc. Neighborhood Plan Area ? No Master Report Due Date Sep 28, 2010 City Grid Number L13 Limits of Construction [LOC] (Acres) 16.97 Limits of Construction [LOC] (Square Feet) 739213.2 Gross Site Area (Acres) 17.49 Gross Site Area (Square Footage) 761864.4 Addressing Reviewer Kelly Delisio Electric Reviewer David Lambert Environmental Reviewer Mike Mcdougal Flood Plain Reviewer Kevin Shunk Industrial Waste Reviewer Michael Neberman Mapping Reviewer Richard Sigmon Planner 1 Reviewer Elsa Garza Site Plan Reviewer Lynda Courtney R.O.W. Reviewer Mark Boitnott Transportation Reviewer Sangeeta Jain Water Quality Reviewer Ron Czajkowski Wetlands Biologist Reviewer Andrew Clamann AWU Reviewer Howard Neil Kepple PROPERTY DETAILS Number Pre. Street Street Type Dir Suite Type Suite Number City State Zip Legal Desc 8225 DEE GABRIEL COLLINS ROAD AUSTIN 78744 PEOPLE DETAILS Desc. Organization Name Address City State Postal Phone1 Applicant URS Corporation Civil Engineering (Thomas W. Rohlack) 9400 AMBERGLEN BLVD AUSTIN TX 78729 (512)419-5267 Billed To KING ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES INC. (Jason Gray) 2211 S IH 35 AUSTIN TX 78741 (512)350-3438 Engineer K Friese and Associates, Inc. (Dale Murphy) 1120 S CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY, THE SETTING II SUITE 100 AUSTIN TX (512)338-1704 Engineer MWH (Tina Hanson) 7557 RAMBLE RD Dallas TX 75231 (214)360-29 FOLDER FEE Fee Description Fee Amount Balance Fair Notice Fee $200.00 $0.00 Dev Permit Only-Bldg,Prkg,Oth Env $440.00 $0.00 Dev Permit Only-Bldg,Prkg,Oth Env -$88.00 $0.00 Dev Permit Only-Bldg,Prkg,Oth Insp $627.00 $0.00 Dev Permit Only-Bldg,Prkg,Oth Dev Review $1,270.00 $0.00 Dev Permit Only-Bldg,Prkg,Oth Dev Review -$254.00 $0.00 Notification/Renotification $193.00 $0.00 Fair Notice Credit -$200.00 $0.00 PROCESSES AND NOTES Process Description Status Schedule Date Start Date End Date Assigned Staff # of Attempts Initial Intake Closed Aug 20, 2010 Aug 20, 2010 Aug 20, 2010 Intake Group 2 Completeness Check Letter Closed Aug 23, 2010 Aug 27, 2010 Aug 27, 2010 Planner 1 Review 1 Completeness Check Closed Aug 27, 2010 Aug 27, 2010 Aug 27, 2010 Intake Group 1 Mapping Review Approved Aug 31, 2010 Sep 9, 2010 Sep 9, 2010 Richard Sigmon (974-2288) 1 Early Notification Closed Sep 1, 2010 Sep 13, 2010 Sep 13, 2010 Rosa Cervantes (974-6422) 1 Submittal Intake Closed Aug 27, 2010 Aug 31, 2010 Aug 31, 2010 Intake Group 1 Initial Distribution Closed Aug 31, 2010 Aug 31, 2010 Aug 31, 2010 Intake Group 1 Case Manager Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Lynda Courtney (974-2810) 0 Drainage Construction Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Ron Czajkowski (974-6307) 0 Electric Review Approved Aug 31, 2010 Sep 9, 2010 Sep 9, 2010 David Lambert (322-6109) 1 Environmental Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Mike Mcdougal (974-6380) 0 Flood Plain Review Approved Aug 31, 2010 Sep 8, 2010 Sep 8, 2010 David Marquez (974-3389) 1 Industrial Waste Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Anne Zulka (972-1060) 0 Planner 1 Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Elsa Garza (974-2308) 0 Site Plan Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Lynda Courtney (974-2810) 0 R.O.W. Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Tim Vogt (974-7011) 0 Transportation Review Informal Update Req'd Aug 31, 2010 Sep 13, 2010 Sep 13, 2010 Sangeeta Jain (974-2219) 1 Austin Water Utility Review Informal Update Req'd Aug 31, 2010 Sep 2, 2010 Sep 2, 2010 Howard Neil Kepple (972-0077) 1 Water Quality Review Open Aug 31, 2010 Ron Czajkowski (974-6307) 0 Adjust Review Due Dates Open Aug 31, 2010 Intake Group 0 FOLDER ATTACHMENT Description Detail SP-2010-0239D-Case Info Case filed 08/20/2010/Formal Submittal filed 08/31/2010
Looking for a baby monitor
posted by ristexas on August 16th, 2010 7:32 AM
We have this baby monitor for sale ($20):http://www.amazon.com/Graco-Digital-Deluxe-iMonitor-Monitor/dp/B0009UBSFC/ref=pd_sbs_ba_2I have to warn, however, that the range is why we're selling it (we have another baby on the way and will definitely be needing a monitor). It worked well in our 1 story home in Dallas, and in our apartment in Austin where our bedrooms far apart. However, in our 2 story David Weekley rowhouse, it won't work upstairs/downstairs at all. We had extra insulation added between rooms, so that may be why.If someone would like to purchase it but changes their mind within a week, we'll gladly refund the money.Marisa
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:30 AM
Formula One coming to Austin, TX New Yorkers wanted it, a city in New Jersey was rumored to be on the short list, but Austin, Texas will be the site of the 2012 U.S. Formula One Grand Prix, according to the website of F1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone. Take that, Super Bowl selection committee! Speed.com reports that the prestigious event will take place at a purpose-built facility, and promoted locally by Full Throttle Productions, a company with ties to the popular NASCAR racing series. In a statement, the company’s managing partner, Tavo Hellmund, wrote that “few cities if any on America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting an F1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” The agreement calls for the race to take place in Austin each year through 2021. The 2012 event will be the first Formula One race held on U.S. soil since the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will mark the second time that the series has visited Texas, having taken part in a street race in Dallas in 1984. published May 25, 2010- FOXNews.com
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:15 AM
Here is some great information directly from formula1 website.... http://formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/5/10824.html Formula One returns to the United States Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021. “We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.” Mr. Hellmund added: “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” “We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin,” said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage.” Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “Texas’ relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State.” City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City." Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas. “It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world,” stated Hellmund. In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include: - State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry; - USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million; - perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors; - over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles; - over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles; - desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius); - geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US; - hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US; - world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and - large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area. Austin’s National Recognition - Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” - Voted “Greenest City in America” (MSN) - Voted “Least Stressful Large Metro” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Two “Best Cities” in the United States (Money Magazine) - Voted Top Three “Hippest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Five “Safest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Ten “Sports & Fitness Cities” in the USA (Sports Business Journal) Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support. More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:15 AM
Here is some great information directly from formula1 website.... http://formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/5/10824.html Formula One returns to the United States Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021. “We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.” Mr. Hellmund added: “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” “We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin,” said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage.” Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “Texas’ relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State.” City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City." Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas. “It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world,” stated Hellmund. In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include: - State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry; - USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million; - perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors; - over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles; - over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles; - desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius); - geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US; - hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US; - world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and - large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area. Austin’s National Recognition - Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” - Voted “Greenest City in America” (MSN) - Voted “Least Stressful Large Metro” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Two “Best Cities” in the United States (Money Magazine) - Voted Top Three “Hippest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Five “Safest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Ten “Sports & Fitness Cities” in the USA (Sports Business Journal) Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support. More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.
Transportation Issues
posted by Hon on July 9th, 2010 10:50 AM
As a former traffic engineer for the City of Dallas, I applause the ingenuity of simttyhoo. The only thing I would add is to show that left turning is allowed from Airport onto Antone. Of course, left turn refuge pockets have to be installed there. His design not only will reduce the traffic load at Zach Scott/Airport, it also will facilitate the traffic flow for the entire Mueller neighborhood in the long run. This design will also address the concerns of pedestran/biker safety without the installation of a traffic signal at Zach Scott/Airport until the demands meet the traffic signal warrants. It is safe, easy, and economical to implement. Betsy, let 's suggest it to the City of Austin for their consideration. Hon[:rolleyes:]
HOA - scary story
posted by jillians on June 30th, 2010 2:22 AM
An except from the NPR story: Over the past 20 years, HOAs have exploded across Texas. While there are 1,100 municipalities, there are now 30,000 HOAs. And these associations have far more power to take away a citizen's home than any city or county in Texas. The perception that the balance of power has swung too far toward HOAs has begun to permeate the Texas Legislature. Reform legislation has passed the Texas House of Representatives, but no bill has been able to make it through the state Senate. "Associations are a collection of neighbors," says Republican state Sen. John Carona, who represents Dallas. "The goal has to be to work well together — have a harmonious community — and to create a lifestyle that people enjoy and want to be a part of." In addition to representing Dallas, Carona owns the largest HOA management company in the country — Associa, which has more than 100 offices, 6,000 employees and 7,000 HOA clients in 30 states and Mexico. Carona defends the rights of HOAs to foreclose for delinquent dues, even for small amounts. "If an association did not have a means, a forceful means, to collect that money from any homeowner who, for whatever reason, couldn't pay, it places an unfair burden on every other owner in that association," Carona says. "And a burden, quite candidly, that those other members didn't bargain for." There have been complaints that some members of HOA boards have bought HOA-foreclosed properties for a pittance, and then sold them for a hefty profit. In Texas, there are no laws to prevent this. Carona says the best way to address this apparent conflict of interest is not by passing new state laws but by letting the HOAs handle it internally through modification of the association's constitution. "I think that an association can avoid that type of thing by adopting conflict-of-interest rules," he says. Associa is affiliated with Alliance. I can't say if they own it outright, but Senator Carona (Mister we don't need reform legislation, let the HOA's handle it internally. ) is attached to our POA. That makes me very uncomfortable... Pools & drinking fountains may be the least of our troubles.
Homeless RV Park
posted by manijeh Huereca on June 23rd, 2010 3:37 PM
Del Valle needs your support tomorrow!!!!Hi All,Del Valle needs your support tomorrow!!!!The City of Austin will be voting on the Homeless RV Park proposed inDel Valle. This is NOT what Del Valle needs or wants!As listed on Agenda item 83:"Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with theCentral Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess thelikelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land foruse by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program,including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned propertythat is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves andFishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council withinsixty days. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell CouncilMember Randi Shade)"I urge you to be there for Del Valle Tomorrow. Please raise yourvoice and let Del Valle be heard! This was not good enough for otherareas of Austin where it was proposed and shot down, and now they aretrying to dump this in our laps!Please meet us at 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TXIf you would like to speak you need to register at the kiosk at thelocation listed above before the item is called. If more than 5 of uswill register to speak the council will pull it up for discussionduring the meeting. Please register to speak out on this issue thateffects each and every resident of Del Valle.In line follows the agenda. I will be there tomorrow and I hope youwill too. The citizens of Del Valle can come together on this issueand support one another.9:55 AM -- Invocation Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim10:00 AM -- City Council ConvenesApproval of Minutes1 . Approve the minutes of the Austin City Council regular meeting ofJune 10, 2010.Backup MaterialAustin Water Utility2 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a two-year InterlocalAgreement between the University of Texas and the City of Austin Texasfor consulting services regarding chemical usage at the City’s watertreatment plants for a total of $128,000. Funding in the amount of$65,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Operating Budget ofthe Austin Water Utility. Funding for the second year of the agreementis contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Recommended bythe Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup MaterialCity Clerk3 . Authorize the City Clerk to negotiate and execute an InterlocalContract with Travis and Williamson Counties for Election Services.Funding is contingent upon approval of appropriations for the FiscalYear 2010-2011.Backup MaterialContract and Land Management4 . Authorize execution of a contract with JOHN A. WALKER ROOFING CO,INC., Texas City, TX, through the LOCAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASINGCOOPERATIVE for the installation of a single seam roof replacement atthe Old Bakery & Emporium in an amount not to exceed $222,105. Fundingis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Parksand Recreation Department. Cooperative Purchase through the LOCALPURCHASING COOPERATIVE. John A. Walker Roofing INC., is an approvedcontractor through the competitive procurement process authorized byTexas Statute, Local government Code, Chapter 271, Subchapter F. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram). Although this contract is a Cooperative Purchase andexempted under Chapter 791 of the Texas Local Government Code and nogoals were established for this solicitation, 0.84% MBE and 1.26% WBEsubcontractor participation has been met.Backup Material5 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with FACILITIESREHABILITATION, INC. (MBE/MH – 93.18%), Taylor, TX for an AnnualService Agreement for Wastewater Manhole Rehabilitation Rebid –Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity in the amount of $989,500 forthe first year with an option for two, one year extensions. The firstyear extension option is in an amount of $1,187,400 and the secondyear extension option in an amount of $1,424,880 for a total contractamount not to exceed $3,601,780. Funding in the amount of $989,500 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. Funding for the extension options are contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of six (6) bidsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance in Chapter 2-9Aof the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program) by meeting the goals with 93.18% MBE Primecontractor and 2.27% MBE and 4.55% WBE subcontractor participation.Recommended by Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup Material6 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with DON KELLYCONSTRUCTION, INC., Bozeman, MT for the South IH-35 Water andWastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program, Onion Creek WastewaterTie-In Line – Phase 1 in the amount of $1,595,614 plus a $79,780.70contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,675,394.70.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Austin Water Utility. Lowest bid of ten (10) bids received. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) by meeting the goals with 16.96% MBE and 3.93% WBEsubcontractor participation. Reviewed by the Water and WastewaterCommission.Backup Material7 . Authorize execution of Change Order #1 and Change Order #2 to theconstruction contract with AUSTIN ENGINEERING CO, INC, Austin, TX, forthe South IH-35 Water and Wastewater Infrastructure ImprovementsProgram Transmission Main - Segment 4 in the amount of $73,262.75 fora total contract amount not to exceed $878,328.38. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9A of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program) with 5.48% MBE and 2.12% WBEsubcontractor participation to date including these change orders.Recommended by the Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup Material8 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with CASHCONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., Pflugerville, TX, for the South IH-35Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program Segment17/18/19 - Slaughter Lane Extension to Thaxton Road, 48-inch WaterMain in the amount of $2,494,275 plus a $124,713.75 contingency, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $2,618,988.75. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. Lowest bid of seven (7) bids received. This contractwill be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the City Code(Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) through the achievements of Good Faith Efforts with 1.51% MBEand 4.70% WBE subcontractor participation. Reviewed by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup Material9 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with J.S. ELECTRIC,INC. (WBE/FW - 33.40%), Buda, TX, for the Disaster Recovery System -Waller Creek Generator Replacement project in the amount of $380,500plus a $19,025 contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed$399,525. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 CapitalBudget of the Austin Water Utility. Lower of two (2) bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of theCity Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program) by meeting the goals with 12.2% MBE subcontractorand 33.4% WBE contractor participation. Recommended by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup Material10 . Authorize execution of Change Order #4 to the constructioncontract with RANGER EXCAVATING, L.P., Austin, TX, for FM 812 LandfillFinal Closure and Erosion Control Improvements project in the amountof $470,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $6,197,483.50.Funding in the amount of $470,000 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Solid Waste Services Department. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) with 6.55% MBE and 6.32% WBE subcontractor participation todate including this change order. Recommended by the Solid WasteAdvisory Commission.Backup Material11 . Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of eminent domainproceedings for the Waller Creek Tunnel Project to acquire a 9,771square foot drainage easement and a 5,443 square foot temporaryworkspace easement, out of Lots 2, 3 and 4 and a portion of a 20-foot-wide alley vacated by the City of Austin, Block 37, original City ofAustin, Travis County, Texas, in the amount of $397,554. The owner ofthe property is LION OUTDOOR, LLC The property is located at 706 and708 East 4th Street. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department.Backup Material12 . Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of eminent domainproceedings for the Fort Branch WMA Reach 6 & 7 – Truelight Area andEleanor Drive Area Project to acquire a 1,843 square foot permanentdrainage easement out of Lot 16, Block 1, Lincoln Gardens, Section 1 asubdivision in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, in the amountof $4,794.00. The owner of the needed property interests is Elton F.Zulauf. The property is located at 1228 Fort Branch Boulevard, Austin,Travis County, Texas. Funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department.Backup Material13 . Approve an ordinance vacating a portion of the public access ofthe 20 foot wide alley on Block 18, of the Original City of Austin,Travis County, Texas, according to the Map or Plat thereof, on recordat the General Land Office of the State of Texas, adjoining Lots 1-4,and a portion of Lot 5, and Lots 10, 11, and 12 to FINLEY COMPANY anda portion of Lot 8 and all of Lot 9 to LACK & HURLEY, INC. Recommendedby the Urban Transportation Commission and the Planning Commission.Backup Material14 . Authorize the negotiation and execution of a 120-month lease, tobe effective on or about December 1, 2010, for approximately 2,600square feet of nutritional counseling space for the Women Infants andChildren Program of the Health and Human Services Department, locatedat 6801 South IH-35, Suites 1-I and 1-J, from LX-NORTHBLUFF CENTERL.P., Austin TX, in an amount not to exceed $891,754. Funding in theamount of $320,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 OperatingBudget of the Health and Human Services Department. Funding for theremaining lease term period is contingent upon available funding infuture budgets.Backup Material15 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a Design-Build Agreementwith CHASCO CONSTRUCTORS, LTD. L.L.P., Round Rock, TX, for DesignPhase Services in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. The projectconsists of design, demolition, renovation and construction ofBartholomew Municipal Pool, West Enfield Neighborhood Pool, and DeepEddy Municipal Pool. Funding in the amount of $1,000,000 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Amended Capital Budget of the Parks andRecreation Department. Best Value to the City of Austin of ten (10)Request for Qualifications offers received. This contract will beawarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9B of the City Code (MinorityOwned and Women Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program) bymeeting the goals with 33.00% MBE and 37.00% WBE subcontractorparticipation.Backup Material16 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Advance FundingAgreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) forconstruction (relocation) of water lines within the State’s contractto widen FM 734 (Parmer Lane) at Amherst Drive in the amount of$148,128.75. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 CapitalBudget of the Austin Water Utility. Recommended by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup MaterialEconomic Growth & Redevelopment Services17 . Approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute aMaster Development Agreement with CONSTRUCTIVE VENTURES, INC. and TCAUSTIN DEVELOPMENT, INC. for redevelopment of the property currentlyoccupied by the Austin Energy Control Center; adopting building accessand area of refuge requirements; and approving a managed growthagreement. Related to Item #18.Backup Material18 . Approve an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 EconomicGrowth and Redevelopment Services Office Capital Budget of OrdinanceNo. 20090914-003 to appropriate $1,350,000 to fund improvements withrevenues related to the Energy Control Center Master Agreement.Funding in the amount of $1,350,000 is available in developercontributions in conjunction with the Energy Control Center MasterAgreement. Related to Item #17.Backup MaterialHealth and Human Services19 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY INTEGRAL CARE to assist in the Health andHuman Services Department's Communities Putting Prevention to Workfederal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $110,000, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $80,000 for atotal contract amount not to exceed $190,000. Funding in the amount of$110,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available through the grant. Recommended by thePublic Health and Human Services CommitteeBackup Material20 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, to assist the Health andHuman Services Department fulfill its Communities Putting Preventionto Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $13,000, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $9,200, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $22,200. Funding in the amount of$13,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available in the grant. Recommended by the PublicHealth and Human Services Committee.Backup Material21 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT dba CENTRAL HEALTH, to assistthe Health and Human Services Department fulfill its CommunitiesPutting Prevention to Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobaccouse and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year termbeginning June 1, 2010, in an amount not to exceed $295,000, with anoption to renew for one nine-month renewal term, in an amount not toexceed $225,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $520,000.Funding in the amount of $295,000 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund for the Health andHuman Services Department. The grant period is March 19, 2010 throughMarch 18, 2012. Funding for the renewal option is available throughthe grant. Recommended by the Public Health and Human ServicesCommittee.Backup Material22 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith TRAVIS COUNTY, to assist the Health and Human Services Departmentfulfill its Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grantinitiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobaccosmoke, for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010, in an amount not toexceed $120,000, with an option to renew for one nine-month renewalterm, in an amount not to exceed $80,000, for a total contract amountnot to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amount of $120,000 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund forthe Health and Human Services Department. The grant period is March19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for the renewal option isavailable in the grant. Recommended by the Public Health and HumanServices Committee.Backup Material23 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON, SCHOOLOF PUBLIC HEALTH AUSTIN REGIONAL CAMPUS, to assist the Health andHuman Services Department fulfill its Communities Putting Preventionto Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $50,500, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $42,080, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $92,580. Funding in the amount of$50,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available through the grant. Recommended by thePublic Health and Human Services Committee.Backup Material24 . Authorize negotiation and execution of Agreement for SocialServices with YOUTH AND FAMILY ALLIANCE d/b/a LIFEWORKS, Austin, TX,to provide child care voucher services in an amount not to exceed$106,554 for the initial term, July 1-September 30, 2010, with four 12-month renewal options in an amount not to exceed $308,272 per renewalterm, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,389,642. Funding inthe amount of $89,760 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Neighborhood Housing and Community ServicesOffice through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and$16,794 is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Operating Budget ofthe Health and Human Services Department Special Revenue Fund,Certification. The initial period of the contract is July 1 throughSeptember 30, 2010. Funding for the renewal options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets.Backup Material25 . Authorize negotiation and execution of Amendment No. 2 to thesocial service contract with CARITAS OF AUSTIN to reallocate theexisting Community Services Block Grant Direct Financial Assistanceservices and increase funding from other contractors not scheduled toexpend entire grant award, up to $294,038 for a total contract amountnot to exceed $776,320 for the period October 1, 2009 throughSeptember 30, 2010. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department SpecialRevenue Fund, Community Services Block Grant.Backup Material26 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an agreement with SETONFAMILY OF HOSPITALS, Austin, TX, to assist the Health and HumanServices Department fulfill its Communities Putting Prevention to Workfederal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $300,000, with an option to renew for oneeight-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $250,000, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $550,000. Funding in the amount of$300,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available in the grant. Recommended by the PublicHealth and Human Services Committee.Backup Material27 . Approve an ordinance accepting $1,975 in grant funds from theU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH RESOURCES ANDSERVICES ADMINISTRATION, and amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Healthand Human Services Department Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund ofOrdinance 20090914-002 to appropriate $1,975 for the Ryan White Part AHIV Emergency Relief Project Grant program. Funding in the amount of$1,975 is available from the U. S. Department of Health and HumanServices Health Resources and Services Administration. The grantperiod is March 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011. No City match isrequired. Approved the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget.September 14, 2009. Related to #28.Backup Material28 . Approve execution of amendments to four contracts to increasefunding for HIV core medical and support services under the Ryan WhiteHIV/AIDS Program Part A grant program: AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN, INC.in an amount not to exceed $41,431 for a total 12-month renewal amountnot to exceed $963,574 for March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011,and a revised total two-year contract amount not to exceed $1,885,716;PROJECT TRANSITIONS, INC. in an amount not to exceed $3,397 for atotal 12-month renewal amount not to exceed $70,000 for March 1, 2010through February 28, 2011, and a revised total two-year contractamount not to exceed $170,000; WATERLOO COUNSELING CENTER, INC. in anamount not to exceed $32,442 for a total 12-month renewal amount notto exceed $102,211 for March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011, and arevised total two-year contract amount not to exceed $171,980; THEWRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER, INC. in an amount not to exceed $7,301for a total 12-month renewal amount not to exceed $136,066 for March1, 2010 through February 28, 2011, and a revised total two-yearcontract amount not to exceed $264,831. Funding in the amount of$84,571 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget ofthe Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) Special Revenue Fund,Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Project Grant. The grant periodis March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011. Related to #27.Backup MaterialLaw29 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional servicesagreement with Greenberg Traurig, LLP in an amount not to exceed$62,500 for legal services in connection with the negotiation andexecution of a contract for the provision of recycling services.Funding in the amount of $62,500 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Solid Waste Services Department.Related to Items #81 and 86.Backup MaterialNeighborhood Housing and Community Development30 . Approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to negotiateand execute refinancing of the balance owed on the Section 108 Loan(B-94-MC-48-0500) for the Millennium Youth Center as part of theUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s July 2010public offering. $639,208 for the August 2010 debt service requirementand $17,075 estimated closing cost is included in the fiscal year2009-2010 budget of the Neighborhood Housing and Community DevelopmentOffice, Community Development Block Grant Fund.Backup MaterialParks and Recreation31 . Approve an ordinance accepting $50,000 in grant funding from theNational Recreation and Parks Association and amending the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Parks and Recreation Department Operating Budget SpecialRevenue Fund of Ordinance No. 20090915-002 to appropriate $50,000 forthe Summer Food Program. Funding the amount of $50,000 is availablefrom the National Recreation and Parks Association. The grant periodis June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. No City match is required. TheGeneral Fund will not be required to contribute to this grant.Backup MaterialPlanning and Development Review32 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the University of Texas School of Architecture to develop a webbased historic resources survey, in the amount of $25,000. Funding inthe amount of $25,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Planning and Development Review Department.Backup Material33 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 040401-Z-2 to correctthe boundaries of the Crestview/Wooten Neighborhood Plan CombiningDistrict.Backup Material34 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 20080807-074 tocorrect the map designating land use in NPA-2008-0001.02 (DawsonNeighborhood Plan).Backup Material35 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 040401-32A to correctthe description of the boundaries of the Wooten Neighborhood PlanCombining District.Backup Material36 . Approve an ordinance authorizing execution of a Managed GrowthAgreement with CRB-Aviara L.P., to extend the expiration date forcompletion of a project known as Aviara Heights and Residences,located at 7308 Old Bee Caves Road, to January 22, 2020.Backup MaterialPolice37 . Authorize application for $457,140 in grant funding from the U.S.Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the JusticeAssistance Grant Program (JAG). The City of Austin will receive$342,855 and Travis County will receive $114,285. The City will useits JAG funds to pay for equipment for e-citation implementation.Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau ofJustice Assistance, for the Justice Assistance Grant Program, for thegrant period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2013. A cash match isnot required. Related to Item #38.Backup Material38 . Authorize the negotiation and execution of an InterlocalAgreement between the City of Austin and Travis County to accept andadminister the 2010 Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) on behalfof the City of Austin and the Travis County Sheriffs Office. Fundingin the amount of $457,140 is available from the Department of Justice,Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Justice Assistance Grant Program.Related to Item #37.Backup MaterialPurchasing Office39 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with AUSTIN TRUCK ANDEQUIPMENT LTD., dba FREIGHTLINER OF AUSTIN, Austin, TX for thepurchase of seven truck-mounted aerial devices in an amount not toexceed $1,503,554. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of Austin Energy. Lowest bid meeting specifications offive bids received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. To be reviewed by the Electric Utility Commission onJune 21, 2010.Backup Material40 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with INSTRUMENTTRANSFORMER EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, Charlotte, NC for the purchase of24 potential transformers for Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed$167,928. Funding is contingent upon approval of the Fiscal Year2010-2011 Operating Budget of Austin Energy. Lowest bid of six bidsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter2-9D of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. To be reviewed by the Electrical Utility Commission onJune 21, 2010.Backup Material41 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a professionalservices contract with NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC., Austin, TX, forconsulting services for performing a financial and programmatic reviewof Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed $281,000. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of AustinEnergy. This professional services contract is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9B of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. To be reviewedby the Electric Utility Commission on June 21, 2010.Backup Material42 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract withTEXAS ENGINEERING EXTENSION SERVICE, College Station, TX for thedevelopment of a National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) IncidentCommand System (ICS) 300 and 400 training course in an amount not toexceed $53,178. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of Austin Energy. Best evaluated proposal of fourproposals received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. Recommended by the Electric Utility Commission.Backup Material43 . Authorize award and execution of a 12-month requirements servicecontract with TEXAS CRANE SERVICES, San Antonio, TX for the rental andoperation of hydraulic and lattice boom cranes in an estimated amountnot to exceed $116,915, with three 12-month extension options in anestimated amount not to exceed $116,915, per extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $467,660. Funding in theamount of $29,229 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 OperatingBudget of the Austin Energy. Funding for the remaining nine months ofthe original contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Recommended by the Electrical Utility Commission.Backup Material44 . Approve the award, negotiation, and execution of a 60-monthrevenue concession agreement with IN-TER-SPACE SERVICES, INC. dbaCLEAR CHANNEL AIRPORTS, Allentown, PA, for advertising services atAustin-Bergstrom International Airport. This contract is projected togenerate $550,000 in revenue to the City in Fiscal Year 2011. Revenueover the life of the initial 60-month term of the contract isestimated to be $2,750,000. Best evaluated proposal of three proposalsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with 49 CFR Part23 of the Federal Regulations (Airport Concession Disadvantaged OwnedBusiness Enterprises Program) by meeting the goal with 6.61% ACDBEsubcontractor participation. Recommended by the Austin AirportAdvisory Commission.Backup Material45 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with GEXPRO, Austin, TX for programmable logic controllersthe Aviation Department in an estimated amount not to exceed $162,000,with two 12-month extension options in an estimated amount not toexceed $54,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contractamount not to exceed $270,000. Funding in the amount of $13,500 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of theAviation Department. Funding for the remaining 33 months of theoriginal contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9D of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Recommended by the Austin Airport Advisory Commission.Backup Material46 . Approve ratification of payments made to Austin IndependentSchool District (AISD) for operating and maintenance services providedby AISD under an Interlocal Agreement for construction and use of theJ.J. Pickle Elementary School/St. John's Community Center campus, inthe amount of $714,339.16, and authorize negotiation and execution ofan amendment to the agreement for a term of one year, effective onJuly 1, 2010, to reimburse AISD for certain operating and maintenanceservices provided from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2009, inthe amount of $330,111.54, and to reimburse AISD for the same types ofservices provided from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010, inan amount not to exceed $200,000, with an option to renew for one 12-month term in an amount not to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amountof $714,339.16 for payments associated with the ratification wasavailable in Fiscal Year 2002-2003 through Fiscal Year 2008-2009 andis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budgets of theAustin Police Department, Health & Human Services Department, LibraryDepartment, and Parks and Recreation Department. Funding in the amount$530,111.54 for the contract amendment is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Operating Budgets of the Austin Police Department, Health &Human Services Department, Library Department, and Parks andRecreation Department. Funding for the extension option is contingentupon available funding in future budgets. This Interlocal Agreement isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material47 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the County Information Resources Agency, an interlocal governmentagency, to allow the City of Austin to become a member of the CountyInformation Resources Agency. There is no cost to become a member ofthis agency. This Interlocal Agreement is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Related to theFusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material48 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the County Information Resources Agency, an interlocal governmentagency, to allow the City of Austin to participate in theCountyConnect Cooperative Purchasing Program. Procurements under thisInterlocal Agreement will not be made unless funds are available inappropriate departmental budgets. Purchases over the City Manager’sauthorization (currently $52,000) will be submitted for City Councilapproval. This Interlocal Agreement is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority –Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Related to theFusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material49 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthcontract through the County Information Resources Agency CountyConnectCooperative Purchasing Program with METATOMIX, INC., Dedham, MA, forthe purchase of criminal justice software and maintenance in an amountnot to exceed $126,521.72, with two 12-month extension options in anamount not to exceed $19,299.92 per extension option, for a totalcontract amount not to exceed $165,121.56. Funding in the amount of$126,521.72 is available in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.Funding for the extension options is contingent upon available fundingin future budgets. This Cooperative Purchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C ofthe City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Urban AreaWorking Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related to the FusionProject – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material50 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract throughthe County Information Resources Agency CountyConnect CooperativePurchasing Program with SIERRA SYSTEMS, INC., Austin, TX, for servicesrelated to the implementation of criminal justice software in anestimated amount not to exceed $234,612. Funding is available in theHomeland Security and Emergency Management Special Revenue Fund, UrbanArea Security Initiative Grant. This Cooperative Purchase is exemptfrom the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliance withChapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for this contract.Urban Area Working Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related tothe Fusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material51 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthrequirements service contract with i2, INC., McLean, VA, for software,implementation services, and software support in an estimated amountnot to exceed $717,994, with four 12-month extension options in anestimated amount not to exceed $56,646 per extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $944,578. Funding in theamount of $717,994 is available in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.Funding for the extension options is contingent upon available fundingin future budgets. Single Source. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation. Urban Area Working Group approvedacceptance of this grant. Related to the Fusion Project – AustinRegional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material52 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthrequirements service contract through the United States GeneralServices Administration Cooperative Purchasing Program with i2, INC.,McLean, VA, for the purchase of software, software maintenance, andtraining in an estimated amount not to exceed $77,784, with four 12-month extension options in an estimated amount not to exceed $9,237per extension option, for a total estimated contract amount not toexceed $114,732. Funding in the amount of $77,784 is available in theHomeland Security and Emergency Management Special Revenue Fund, UrbanArea Security Initiative Grant. Funding for the extension options iscontingent upon available funding in future budgets. This CooperativePurchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this contract. Urban Area Working Group approvedacceptance of this grant. Related to the Fusion Project – AustinRegional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material53 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract throughthe Texas Multiple Awards Schedule (TXMAS) cooperative purchasingprogram with ROCKFORD BUSINESS INTERIORS, Austin, TX, for the purchaseand installation of modular systems furniture in an amount not toexceed $88,158.10. Funding is available in the Homeland Security andEmergency Management Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area SecurityInitiative Grant. This Cooperative Purchase is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Urban AreaWorking Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related to the FusionProject – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material54 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements servicecontract with GMSL CONSULTING LLC DBA CENTEX SHRED, Austin, TX fordocument shredding services in an estimated amount not to exceed$210,000, with three 12-month extension options in an estimatedamounts not to exceed $90,000 for first extension option, $100,000 forsecond extension option, and $110,000 for the third extension option,for a total estimated contract amount not to exceed $510,000. Fundingin the amount $15,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budgets of various City departments. Funding for theremaining 33 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Lowestbid of three bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material55 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with AIR CLEANINGTECHNOLOGIES, INC, Broken Arrow, OK for the purchase and installationof diesel exhaust emission systems for the Austin Fire Department inan amount not to exceed $764,100. Funding in the amount of $611,360 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009 Federal Emergency Management AgencyAssistance to Firefighters grant. An in-kind match of $152,740 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the AustinFire Department. Sole Source. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material56 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of an 24-monthrequirements service contract with INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONALSOLUTIONS, INC, Westchester, IL to provide Civil Service promotionalexamination services in an estimated amount not to exceed $98,000,with two 24-month extension options in an estimated amount not toexceed $98,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contractamount not to exceed $294,000. Funding in the amount of $33,140 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the AustinFire Department. Funding for the remaining 21 months of the originalcontract period and extension options is contingent upon availablefunding in future budgets. Best evaluated proposal of eight proposalsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation.Backup Material57 . Authorize award and execution of a 14-month requirements servicecontract through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative(BuyBoard) with GOVDEALS, INC., Montgomery, AL for auction services inan estimated amount not to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amount of$30,600 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget ofthe Financial and Administrative Services Department, Fleet Fund.Funding in the amount of $10,625 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Federal Department of Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund for theAustin Police Department. Funding in the amount of $1,275 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Financial andAdministrative Services Department, Materials Management. Funding forthe remaining eleven months of the original contract period iscontingent upon available funding in future budgets. This CooperativePurchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this contract.Backup Material58 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with GRANDE TRUCKCENTER, San Antonio, TX for the purchase of one thermoplastic stripingmachine in an amount not to exceed $468,586. Funding is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Public WorksDepartment. Sole bid received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material59 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with HELLER MOTORSLLP, dba MERCEDES BENZ OF BOERNE, Boerne, TX for the purchase of threeDodge SPRINTER cargo vans in an amount not to exceed $133,620. Fundingis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Vehicle Acquisition Fund.Lowest bid of two bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material60 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with MIDWAY AUTO SUPPLY, INC., Dallas, TX to provideautomotive filters in an estimated amount not to exceed $910,000, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$432,000 for the first extension option, $518,400 for the secondextension option, and $622,080 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $2,482,480. Funding inthe amount of $62,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Financial and Administrative ServicesDepartment, Fleet Fund. Funding for the remaining 33 months of theoriginal contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid meeting specificationof ten bids received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation.Backup Material61 . Authorize award and execution of a contract through the TexasLocal Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) with WHEELED COACHINDUSTRIES, Winter Park, FL, for the purchase of one ambulance in anamount not to exceed $161,746.67. Funding is available in the FiscalYear 2009-2010 Vehicle Acquisition Fund. This Cooperative Purchase isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material62 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with MCKESSON MEDICAL-SURGICAL INC., Richmond, VA to providemedical supplies in an estimated amount not to exceed $782,600, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$371,520 for the first extension option, $445,824 for the secondextension option, and $534,989 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $2,134,933. Funding inthe amount of $33,333 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. Fundingin the amount of $2,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Austin Fire Department. Funding for theremaining 34 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Best-value bid of three bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority-Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material63 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with TOMLINSON’S FEED & PETS, INC., Austin, TX to provide petfood and supplies in an estimated amount not to exceed $528,200, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$260,640 for the first extension option, $312,768 for the secondextension option, and $375,322 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $1,476,930. Funding inthe amount of $10,833 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. Fundingfor the remaining 35 months of the original contract period andextension options is contingent upon available funding in futurebudgets. Lowest bid meeting specification of five bids received. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9D of the CityCode (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram). No subcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore,no goals were established for this solicitation.Backup Material64 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 36-monthrequirements service contract with DAVIS VISION, INC., Plainview, NY,for vision insurance coverage services in an estimated amount not toexceed $2,111,000, with two 12-month extension options in amounts notto exceed $925,000 for the first extension option, and $1,063,000 forthe second extension option, for a total estimated contract amount notto exceed $4,099,000. Funding in the amount of $527,750 is included inthe Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Proposed Operating Budget of the EmployeeBenefits Fund of the Human Resources Department. Funding for theremaining 27 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Visionplan premiums will be paid entirely by employees and retirees. Bestevaluated proposal of ten proposals received. This contract will beawarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material65 . Authorize award and execution of a 12-month professional servicescontract with DIGITAL SANDBOX, INC., McLean, VA for services relatedto the development of a risk and capabilities management program forthe Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in anestimated amount not to exceed $108,792, with one 12-month extensionoption in an estimated amount not to exceed $149,000, for a totalestimated contract amount not to exceed $257,792. Funding in theamount of $27,198 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Urban AreaSecurity Initiative Grant Program. This professional services contractis exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority –Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material66 . Authorize award and execution of a contract through the TexasLocal Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) with NIECEEQUIPMENT, LP, Del Valle, TX, for the purchase and mounting servicesfor one fuel tank truck-body in an amount not to exceed $69,700.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Solid Waste Services Department. This Cooperative Purchase isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material67 . Authorize award and execution of an 18-month requirements servicecontract with AUSTIN ARBORIST COMPANY DBA AUSTIN TREE EXPERTS, Austin,TX., for a tree preventative maintenance program as part of the WallerCreek Tunnel Project in an estimated amount not to exceed $233,802.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Watershed Protection Department. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No Subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Backup MaterialTransportation68 . Approve an ordinance amending Section 12-4-64(D) of the City Codeto reposition the existing 20 miles per hour school zone on Texas OaksDrive and add a portion of Slaughter Lane to the list of streetshaving a maximum speed limit of 30 miles per hour during certain timesin a school zone for students attending Casey Elementary School; andproviding for emergency passage. Funding in the amount of $27,421.68is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of theChild Safety Fund in the Public Works Department for installation ofnecessary signs and flashers.Backup Material69 . Approve an ordinance amending Section 12-4-64(D) of the City Codeto add a portion of Jacaranda Drive and Tallow Tree Drive to the tableof streets having a maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour duringcertain times, for students attending Josephine Houston ElementarySchool; and provide emergency passage. $500.00 for the installation ofsigns is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Child Safety Fund ofthe Department of Public Works.Backup Material70 . Approve a resolution authorizing negotiation and execution of anAdvance Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Texas Department ofTransportation (TxDOT) to activate an American Recovery andReinvestment Act (ARRA) project for the installation of approximately200 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems at intersectionsthroughout the City of Austin; and approve an ordinance accepting$611,419 in grant funds and amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 AustinTransportation Department Special Revenue Fund of Ordinance No.20090914-002 and the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Austin TransportationDepartment Capital Budget of Ordinance No. 20090914-003 to transferand appropriate grant funds. The total grant amount not to exceed$1,000,000 will be provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Austin Transportation Department to provide the $75,000administrative costs as required by the Texas Department ofTransportation.Backup Material71 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional servicesagreement with Public Financial Management (PFM), Austin, for afinancial plan and analysis of financing options for an Urban RailSystem in an amount not to exceed $100,000. Funding is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the TransportationDepartment.Backup Material72 . Approve issuance of a closure permit under City Code Section14-8-3(B)(3) for the Keep Austin Weird-5K event sponsored by BounceMarketing Events, which is to be held on June 26, 2010.Backup MaterialTreasury Office73 . Authorize and direct publication of an Official Notice ofIntention to Issue $22,300,000 City of Austin, Texas, Certificates ofObligation, Series 2010. There is no unanticipated fiscal impact. Afiscal note is not required.Backup MaterialWatershed Protection Department74 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a one year InterlocalAgreement beginning on September 1, 2010 between the City of Austinand THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY, Austin, Texas, for waterpollutant analyses services with five 12-month extensions for $270,000for the first year and $270,000 per extension for a total amount notto exceed $1,620,000. Funding in the amount of $22,500 is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Watershed ProtectionDepartment. Funding for the remaining 9 months of the originalcontract period and extension options is contingent upon availablefunding in future budgets.Backup Material75 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a one-year InterlocalAgreement between the City of Austin and the University of Texas atAustin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (“Wildflower Center”) forservices to study the hydrologic response of green (vegetated) roofsto Austin rainfall events, in the amount not to exceed $10,000.Funding in the amount of $10,000 is available in the CapitalImprovement Project (CIP) budget entitled "Participation WithDevelopers” managed by the Watershed Protection Department.Backup MaterialItem(s) from Council76 . Approve appointments and certain related waivers to citizenboards and commissions, to Council subcommittees and otherintergovenrnmental bodies and removal and replacement of members.Backup Material77 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to review allCity policies, programs and procedures for servicing and supportinglocally-owned businesses and to deliver a report and make policyrecommendations within 120 days to City Council to enhance the City'sefforts to facilitate the growth of locally-owned businesses. (MayorLee Leffingwell Council Member William Spelman Council Member RandiShade)Backup Material78 . Approve a resolution directing the City Clerk to prepare for aNovember 2012 election to submit to the voters a proposed amendment toArticle V, Section 6 of the City Charter relating to the position ofcity attorney. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material79 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to determine thecost to Austin taxpayers of processing plastic bags in the wastestream. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Chris Riley Mayor ProTem Mike Martinez)Backup Material80 . Approve a resolution amending Resolution No. 021003-40 to includethe H.E.B. Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks event as anannual City co-sponsored event; and waiving certain fees andrequirements, and authorizing the payment of certain costs for thisyear’s event which is to be held on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at AuditoriumShores. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material81 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to negotiate withboth Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. and Balcones Resources, Inc. for ashort-term and long-term agreement for recycling services. Related toItem #29. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Council Member Laura MorrisonCouncil Member Randi Shade)Backup Material82 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to implementGreen Steps policy for the City of Austin. (Mayor Pro Tem MikeMartinez Council Member Laura Morrison )Backup Material83 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with theCentral Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess thelikelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land foruse by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program,including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned propertythat is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves andFishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council withinsixty days. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell CouncilMember Randi Shade)Backup Material84 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to establish astakeholder group to develop a workforce development program thatcould incorporate classroom learning and on-the-job training inAustin’s small businesses, and apply for appropriate grants toimplement a pilot program. (Council Member Chris Riley Council MemberWilliam Spelman Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez)Backup Material85 . Approve a resolution endorsing the CreateAustin Cultural MasterPlan and directing the City Manager to implement certainrecommendations from the CreateAustin Community Master Plan. (CouncilMember Laura Morrison Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez )Backup Material86 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to negotiate withBalcones Resources, Inc. to provide the City long-term recyclingservices and to negotiate with Mid-America Recycling, L.L.C., dbaGreenstar, for extension to the current recycling and processingcontract to continue recycling services until a long-term contract isin place. Related to Item # 29. (Council Member William SpelmanCouncil Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material87 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to develop anordinance requiring rest breaks and the provision of drinking waterfor workers at construction sites within the City . (Council MemberWilliam Spelman Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Council Member ChrisRiley)Backup Material88 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to provide adescription of needs and a financial analysis of a possible November2012 comprehensive bond package. (Council Member Sheryl Cole Mayor LeeLeffingwell Council Member Laura Morrison)Backup Material89 . Authorize the payment of certain costs for the South River CityCitizens 4th of July Parade and Picnic which is to be held on July 4,2010, beginning at St. Edwards University and Eastside Drive andending at Little Stacy Park. (Council Member Laura Morrison Mayor ProTem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell)Backup Material90 . Approve the waiver of certain pool entry fees for the Summer DayCamp sponsored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) whichis to be held July 7 and 28, 2010 at Garrison Pool located at 6001Manchaca Rd. (Council Member Randi Shade Council Member Sheryl ColeCouncil Member Chris Riley)Backup MaterialItem(s) to Set Public Hearing(s)91 . Set a public hearing to consider a resolution regarding a requestby Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, located at 3720 Far West Blvd, for a waiver fromSection 4-9-4(A) of the Austin City Code that requires a minimum 300'distance between a business that sells alcoholic beverages and aschool. (Suggested date and time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at AustinCity Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material92 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Michael McHone on adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals regarding theissuance of a building permit for 1915A David Street. (Suggested dateand time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. SecondStreet, Austin, TX).Backup Material93 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Michael McHone of adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals related to a StopWork Order for 1915B David Street. (Suggested date and time: July 29,2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin,TX).Backup Material94 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Nuria Zaragoza on adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals related to 1915ADavid Street. (Suggested date and time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. atAustin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material95 . Set a public hearing for authorization of a Public ImprovementDistrict (PID) for the Indian Hills Area (approximately 240 acres inTravis County west of SH 130 and east of FM 973 at the intersection ofFM 973 and Decker Lake Road). (Suggested date and time: August 5,2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin,TX).Backup Material96 . Set a public hearing for authorization of a Public ImprovementDistrict (PID) for the Whisper Valley Area (approximately 2,066 acresin Travis County east of FM 973 and approximately 782 feet north ofthe intersection of FM 969 and Taylor Lane). (Suggested date and time:August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street,Austin, TX).Backup Material97 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by the ZilkerNeighborhood Association regarding the decision to approve an OutdoorMusic Venue permit for Opa’s, located at 2050 South Lamar Blvd.(Suggested date and time, August 5, 2010 4:00 p.m. at Austin CityHall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material98 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Albert Stowellregarding the decision to renew an Outdoor Music Venue permit for TheAllan House, located at 1104 San Antonio Street. (Suggested date andtime: August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m., at Austin City Hall, 301 W. SecondStreet, Austin, TX).Backup Material99 . Set a public hearing to consider a resolution authorizing theCity Manager to negotiate and execute a Lease and Parkland ImprovementAgreement Between The City of Austin and the Austin Independent SchoolDistrict for the construction and operation of a parking lot inKennemer Swimmin
The most qualified daycare provider.... IN THE WORLD
posted by bpkramer on June 1st, 2010 10:40 AM
Hi, All, My good friend Julieta Garibay has recently experienced a downsize at her place of work in Dallas. She has moved back home in order to limit expenses before her wedding in the fall. She is completely bilingual (Spanish), has her RN degree and Master's in Nursing from UT, and comes from a family of caregivers and teachers. She's absolutely delightful and I vouch for her completely. If you're interested in her availability for daycare both short- and long-term, please PM me. Thanks, Ben
HWY 71, 183, 973, 969 and FM1327
posted by Caraly Foreman on May 12th, 2010 2:17 PM
I also posted this in the Development / Environmental Gravel Pit discussion subforum, but here is an article excerpt from, "Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads" (authored by researchers at the American Association for Justice who examined data on the entire U.S. trucking industry obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), specifically featuring the hazards of TXI's fleets and their lack of oversight and protections to shared roadway users and adjacent landowners. The article was published this last August, 2009 (http://www.justice.org/resources/Truck_Report_Final_082109.pdf): Another good article (based on fact) on the negative impacts that approving TXI's siting and adding 250-750 heavy gravel hauling truck trips A DAY and a 2,000 acre gravel pit less than 50 ft away from adjacent master planned Del Valle area community homes, the new Del Valle Middle School (opens Aug 2010), the Historic Hunter's Mansion/Cemetary, area farms (incl generations owned and renown Pecan and tree farms along the Colorado), parkland, businesses, and county (Hunters Bend, Dunlap, Ellis, and Austin's Colony Blvd Rds) and state highways (FM 969, FM 973, and SH 130) will have. In December 2002, Kim Hughes and her family were driving down a Texas state highway, returning from a holiday shopping trip, when an oncoming 18-wheel truck carrying a trailerload of sand crossed the road’s center line and collided with her GMC Yukon.10 Hughes, her 14-year-old son, 70-year-old mother, and 17-year-old daughter, pregnant with twins, were all killed. He daughter’s 14-month-old son was the only survivor in the car. The driver of the truck, an illegal immigrant named Ricardo Rodriguez was unharmed. Rodriguez had used a fake social security number to get a commercial driving license, and had a history of arrests and truck safety violations. After the crash, Rodriguez admitted to his employers, TXI Transportation Co., that he had entered the U.S. illegally, had exaggerated his truckdriving experience, and had a fake social security number. Despite this, he continued driving for TXI for 18 months. TXI, a major Texas trucking company with more than 150 trucks, has a history of safety problems. A 2006 Dallas Morning News investigation found TXI trucks—over the course of just two years—were involved in 2 fatal crashes and 31 crashes resulting in injuries. This same investigation found, inspectors had pulled TXI drivers over 40 times, and the trucks themselves had failed 28.8% of inspections for such problems as defective brakes, bald tires or broken wheel rims. Yet despite these safety violations, TXI was then, and continues now, to be rated as “Satisfactory” by FMCSA. TXI thus does not appear in the list of companies with safety violations produced here. Which leaves two questions: how can a company with so many clear safety issues, and with such a deadly track record, be considered “satisfactory;” and secondly, just how much worse are the companies that are considered “conditional” or “unsatisfactory?” A 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that “nearly one-third of commercial motor vehicle crashes that states are required to report to the federal government were not reported, and those that were reported were not always accurate, timely, or consistent.”11 As Texas Department of Public Safety Officer John Pellizarri told theDallas Morning News, “If the motoring public knew what was running down the road with them, they'd be really scared.” The fact is the list of unsafe trucks may be merely the tip of the iceberg. So many deadly accidents turn out to involve unsafe trucks that were not recorded as in violation of safety standards that there is reason to believe there may be many more than 200,000 unsafe trucks on U.S. roads.
Gravel Pit Development
posted by Caraly Foreman on May 12th, 2010 2:14 PM
Another good article (based on fact) on the negative impacts that approving TXI's siting and adding 250-750 heavy gravel hauling truck trips A DAY and a 2,000 acre gravel pit less than 50 ft away from adjacent master planned Del Valle area community homes, the new Del Valle Middle School (opens Aug 2010), the Historic Hunter's Mansion/Cemetary, area farms (incl generations owned and renown Pecan and tree farms along the Colorado). parkland, businesses, and county (Hunters Bend, Dunlap, Ellis, and Austin's Colony Blvd Rds) and state highways (FM 969, FM 973, and SH 130) will have. Tthis should also be in the Transp/Traffic section, but here is an article excerpt from, "Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads" (authored by researchers at the American Association for Justice who examined data on the entire U.S. trucking industry obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), specifically featuring the hazards of TXI's fleets and their lack of oversight and protections to shared roadway users and adjacent landowners. The article was published this last August, 2009 (http://www.justice.org/resources/Truck_Report_Final_082109.pdf): In December 2002, Kim Hughes and her family were driving down a Texas state highway, returning from a holiday shopping trip, when an oncoming 18-wheel truck carrying a trailerload of sand crossed the road’s center line and collided with her GMC Yukon.10 Hughes, her 14-year-old son, 70-year-old mother, and 17-year-old daughter, pregnant with twins, were all killed. He daughter’s 14-month-old son was the only survivor in the car. The driver of the truck, an illegal immigrant named Ricardo Rodriguez was unharmed. Rodriguez had used a fake social security number to get a commercial driving license, and had a history of arrests and truck safety violations. After the crash, Rodriguez admitted to his employers, TXI Transportation Co., that he had entered the U.S. illegally, had exaggerated his truckdriving experience, and had a fake social security number. Despite this, he continued driving for TXI for 18 months. TXI, a major Texas trucking company with more than 150 trucks, has a history of safety problems. A 2006 Dallas Morning News investigation found TXI trucks—over the course of just two years—were involved in 2 fatal crashes and 31 crashes resulting in injuries. This same investigation found, inspectors had pulled TXI drivers over 40 times, and the trucks themselves had failed 28.8% of inspections for such problems as defective brakes, bald tires or broken wheel rims. Yet despite these safety violations, TXI was then, and continues now, to be rated as “Satisfactory” by FMCSA. TXI thus does not appear in the list of companies with safety violations produced here. Which leaves two questions: how can a company with so many clear safety issues, and with such a deadly track record, be considered “satisfactory;” and secondly, just how much worse are the companies that are considered “conditional” or “unsatisfactory?” A 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that “nearly one-third of commercial motor vehicle crashes that states are required to report to the federal government were not reported, and those that were reported were not always accurate, timely, or consistent.”11 As Texas Department of Public Safety Officer John Pellizarri told theDallas Morning News, “If the motoring public knew what was running down the road with them, they'd be really scared.” The fact is the list of unsafe trucks may be merely the tip of the iceberg. So many deadly accidents turn out to involve unsafe trucks that were not recorded as in violation of safety standards that there is reason to believe there may be many more than 200,000 unsafe trucks on U.S. roads.
Streets - Update. Threadgill/McCloskey/Camacho
posted by bryan jones on May 4th, 2010 12:22 PM
below is an article from today's Dallas Morning News. not sure that this bodes well for the city (or us).Rodman's Development Co. in Frisco, Along With Another Area Firm, Cut Offices, 330 Jobs04/20/2010The Dallas Morning News By Sheryl Jean, The Dallas Morning News Apr. 20--Two companies are closing offices and cutting more than 330 jobs in the Dallas area by the end of June, reflecting the vulnerability of the economic recovery. Rodman LLC, a Frisco-based site development construction firm that boasts flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman as an initial investor, is closing its Texas operations because it has been unable to find capital, president Rodney Vilhauer wrote in an April 7 letter to the Texas Workforce Commission. Vilhauer did not return phone messages Monday. Rodman's closing will cut 242 jobs statewide, including 224 in Frisco, by the end of the month, according to a mass layoff notice filed with the commission and required by federal law. It also has offices in Austin and San Antonio
Seek Grants to support DVCC Mission
posted by manijeh Huereca on April 30th, 2010 11:00 PM
This message is being forwarded on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The Region VI Office of Minority Health has funds available up to $3,000 per project, for community projects focused on Childhood Obesity. Please review and forward the attached guidelines to any group, CBO, or organization, etc., that are in need of some funds to assist with projects focused on Childhood Obesity. The first attachment, are guidelines if your organization accepts and understand how to process a VISA credit card transaction. Through this process, once your proposal has been accepted and approved, funds would be available and received immediately. The second attachment, are guidelines for those organizations that are not able to process funds through a Credit Card. Please remember this is a small amount but will assist with continued or new projects focused on Childhood Obesity. *Deadline for submission is COB May 28. Postmarked proposals will not be accepted. Proposals must be received by Friday May 28th. Please contact Manijeh Huereca for guideline attachments. If you have questions, please contact: Shandrea McQuirter Jeffery Program Assistant/Budget Analyst DHHS/OPHS/OMH Office of the Regional Health Administrator Region VI 1301 Young Street, Suite 1124 Dallas, Texas 75202 214-767-0398 Phone shandrea.jeffery@hhs.gov hhs.gov/ophs Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities Texas Health and Human Services Commission 4900 North Lamar Boulevard, Mail Code 1910 Austin, TX 78751 Voice: 512.424.6509 Toll-free: 877.316.2822 Fax: 512.487.3455 [:exclaim:]
Hospital Owned Health Plans - Role under Health Reform
posted by John Guest on April 21st, 2010 3:42 PM
I have opined some about the role of Hospital Districts under health reform . . . recall a certain Commissioner of a big health agency telling our Executive Committee that all they'd be serving in the next few years are "illegal aliens". What about the health plans? What will be the role of health plans in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, and Temple that are owned by hospitals? Since this is a place for conversation, I AM JUST ASKING!
Seek Grants to support DVCC Mission
posted by manijeh Huereca on April 14th, 2010 3:41 PM
Funds Available for Women in Apprenticeship Programs A grant competition to fund programs preparing women for careers through apprenticeship programs is underway. Through the Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations program, $1.8 million will be available to organizations for delivering training in construction, advanced manufacturing, transportation and green jobs. The grants will be jointly administered by the Department's Employment and Training Administration and Women's Bureau. News Release and Grant Solicitation WB News Release: [03/30/2010] Contact Name: Jennifer Kaplan or Mike Trupo Phone Number: (202)693-5052 or 3414 Release Number: 10-0367-NAT US Department of Labor announces availability of $1.8 million to assist women in non-traditional occupations WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $1.8 million in funds for up to six Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations grants. "In the America of the 21st century, the role of women in the workplace should be defined by their training and abilities, not their gender," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants recognize that women can — and do — excel in a wide range of professions, from construction and manufacturing to science and engineering. The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping all women gain the skills and on-the-job training that will lead to their long-term success, and I am pleased that today's announcement brings us closer to that goal." The grants, jointly administered by the department's Women's Bureau and its Employment and Training Administration's Office of Apprenticeship, will support preparatory apprenticeship opportunities for women entering the construction industry and other non-traditional sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and green jobs. Grant funding also will support the training of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, employers and labor unions to improve recruitment, selection and retention strategies for women in non-traditional occupations. Eligible applicants include community-based organizations that form a consortium with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor in targeted industries. Organizations must demonstrate their experience in either directly providing or securing job training services, and providing placement and support services to women. Registered Apprenticeship programs will be responsible for placing women in employment through apprenticeship programs in the targeted industries. The solicitation for grant applications is published in today's Federal Register. Please refer to the notice for specific eligibility requirements, the closing dates for applications and other submission requirements. It is available at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-09-03.pdf. For more information about Women's Bureau programs visit http://www.dol.gov/wb. Visit http://www.doleta.gov to learn more about the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs and initiatives. This is a link to ETA's grant application toolkit that may be helpful in applying for a grant: http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit Dolores Bischof Program Analyst US DOL Women's Bureau 525 S. Griffin St., Ste. 735 Dallas, TX 75202 Phone: 972-850-4700 Fax: 972-850-4706 bischof.dolores@dol.gov http://www.dol.gov/wb
MNA Meeting this Saturday!
posted by GP on April 5th, 2010 8:36 PM
Our upcoming Mueller Neighborhood Association meeting will have a featured speaker, Mr. Cross. Mr. Cross will be working on the Art In Public Places (AIPP) exhibit to be installed in Mueller (near the fire station). He will have exhibits and will be speaking about his art installation. For more information about Mr. Cross, please see his bio below. I hope to see everybody there! For more information, please see the event page! Thanks, Grant -------------------- Hunter Cross received his BA from Trinity University in 2003. He has exhibited at Austin Museum of Art, Art Palace, Dallas Contemporary, Abrons Art Center and Arthouse. Cross lives and works in Austin, Texas. As a member of the Open Doors Collective, he co-curated exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary, MASS Gallery and Dougherty Arts Center. Open Doors received a City of Austin cultural grant and an Austin Chronicle nomination for Best Group Exhibition in 2005. He has recently been featured on Art in America's website where he was described in this way: At the age of 29, Cross is at the forefront of a generation of artists formed by the Internet and ideas of collective production and consumption. Cross floats seamlessly between the many vocations he claims—artist, web developer, entrepreneur, and musician—and makes the roles seem like natural corollaries. He is very excited about his first major public art project and looks forward to presenting this idea to the Neighborhood Associations. Please visit http://huntercross.com for more information about Hunter.
Matrix News Network Editorial: The Census is Getting Personal
posted by Rod on March 11th, 2010 10:03 AM
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=4654Well, discussion piece in a Dallas newspaper, but also legal activity in Houston. "Judge puts brakes on Census BureauAttorney: 'Huge victory for the Constitution and for privacy-loving Americans'"Final few sentences of this article are perhaps of particular interest ("he" is the Houston-based attorney, Mr. Brewer, working this particular case pro bono): "Unfortunately, we know the government is capable of misusing census data," he said. "The federal government was only able to find, round up and imprison Americans of Japanese ancestry in 1942 by the illegal use of Census Bureau data." I am receptive to learning about the pros and cons of this issue--interaction with the Federal Government on the Census. Appreciate the posts from neighbors. --Rod
Matrix News Network Editorial: The Census is Getting Personal
posted by Rod on March 11th, 2010 8:34 AM
Dan, Jerry Day has one opinion and the posting about the editorial in the Dallas Morning News "Why the Census is Worth your Time" is another. I found both interesting. Jerry Day advocates Americans being cognizant of the U.S. Constitution, and the rights derived therefrom; his setting of context in terms of legal precedent (the US Constitution and what it states about census-gathering) was, at least as far as my reading of the Constitution and its remarks about the Census, apparently correct. But I cannot claim to be a Constitutional Lawyer. Dan: I don't know anything about chemical contrails. You'll have to educate us all on that one. ( ; (As to anything being sealed and thus held private for 72 years--personally I find that a stretch, but others might not. To a stellar teenage hacker, that just represents a fun challenge!)-Rod
The Census
posted by queeneliz1 on March 10th, 2010 8:50 PM
We should be encouraging people to fill out the Census and return it, as our guest speaker Travis Co. Constable Bruce Elfant explained at the February neighborhood meeting. There are only 10 questions--and your information is also sealed by federal law for 72 years. Some might be interested in this Monday editorial in the Dallas Morning News on Why the Census is Worth Your Time which explodes many of the myths surrounding the Census:
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