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Maid Marian in a Stolen Car
posted by mab on September 10th, 2014 3:47 PM
I have 4 tickets to Sat night's 7:30 PM performance at Whisenhunt Theater in the round at Zach Scott. Tickets were originally $45/ea but price is negotiable. Synopsis: GREATER TUNA creator and ZACH's TRU, Jaston Williams stars in his hilarious and insightful new play about his life as an actor, on stage and behind the scenes. True stories and reenactments, like his very first play performance in San Antonio,"Hamlet Con Queso," will keep you in stitches with this gifted storyteller.
Free stuff
posted by Lorrie on July 21st, 2014 2:38 PM
Pet feeder/waterers are gone. Thanks to Theresa for taking them to San Antonio shelter! Glad they will help some animals.Tree Gator Jr. is still available (this is used to water your tree slowly)PM me with your address if you'd like it and I'll drop it off at your house.
Home Gym for sale $300.00
posted by SandJsRoost on April 30th, 2014 2:02 PM
My sister who lives in San Antonio is selling her home gym. This is a professional grade gym made by"Body Solid". Buy the gym and she will throw in a recumbent bike. The catch is you will have to dismantle the and pick up the gym in San Antonio. $300.00. Google "Body Solid" gym equipment and you will see this is a very good buy. She is also selling: Antique, Vintage Singer Sewing Machine and Table. Open- 47-1/2 inches, Closed - 29-1/2 inches and 17 inches deep. Great, working condition with the original feet and parts to the machine. This is not just a plain of black Singer Sewing Machine. Table refinished sewing machine has lots of schroll work on the base and the machine itself. From a pet free/smoke free home. $200 or best offer. Pick up is in 78218 If interested PM me and I will send you a photograph.
FREE ticket for San Antonio Concert
posted by Greg Buford on January 22nd, 2014 2:10 PM
Dear Friends, I have a FREE Ticket to see Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate tonight in San Antonio. I am driving my 17-year-old to this show of two of his favorite bands in S.A. tonight. Unfortunately, his friend going with him got big-time grounded and now we have a FREE ticket. We'll leave at 4:30 and be home about 10:30. I believe this show is appropriate for a boy or girl of 16+ only, but that's your call; I'm squeamish. Call me at 512-320-1988. Greg Buford gregbuford@global.t-bird.edu
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
posted by Elliot Johnson on December 18th, 2013 8:53 AM
Its all about input to the utility from citizens, the Electric Utility Commission, and from the city council especially because of the inconsistencies outlined in the Rabago article. With statistics (which this math is all about) you can manipulate the numbers to any desired outcome, by the input numbers you use.Clay Baker and Karen Haddon discussed this at the EUC meeting, asking AE to provide them with the numbers they gave to the folks that created/updated the VOS.Because of citizen input, CPS delayed its VOSWell, in a statement made today and again via its online blog, the San Antonio utility wrote, "CPS Energy has agreed to delay changes to its rooftop solar net metering program for one year as it works with local installers to come up with an equitable solution." The utility is forming a working group after having recently hosted a town hall with solar installers and stakeholders.http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/San-Antonios-CPS-Backs-Off-Solar-Net-Metering-Power-Grab
ATTENTION: SOLAR OWNERS!
posted by Susan Egan on December 18th, 2013 6:37 AM
In case y'all didn't see my posting on FB, there are many "methods" used to calculate VoS... San Antonio's figure is half of Austin's, for example, so there are many known inconsistencies in methods. It's not really a matter of public input.A lengthy article on the subject: http://www.irecusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/IREC_Rabago_Regulators-Guidebook-to-Assessing-Benefits-and-Costs-of-DSG.pdf
Urban Rail at Mueller
posted by schnauzerhouse2 on June 23rd, 2013 2:25 PM
To those interested in Urban Rail at Mueller: The urban rail discussion has been ongoing for years with close Catellus and MNA interest/involvement so there’s a long history that some of you may not be aware of. I’d like to fill you in on some details so that we’re all on the same page before next week’s Project Connect workshops. I have served on the MNA Steering Committee the past 2 ½ years and have represented Mueller at various TWG/urban rail meetings. I am no longer serving on the MNA Steering Committee, but still have a great interest in bringing urban rail to Mueller. Janeka Rector and I both attended the TWG meeting on June 7, 2013. Janeka is our representative currently serving on the MNA Steering Committee and is continuing the MNA’s outreach/efforts to bring urban rail to Mueller. Project Connect is a long-range plan for transit in Central Texas. At the TGW meeting earlier this month, the North Corridor was defined as the area north of the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake) (southern boundary), Texas 130 (eastern boundary), Georgetown (northern boundary), and MoPac (western boundary). (Note that the North Corridor does not include transit options to ABIA, San Marcos or San Antonio). Project Connect includes multiple modes of transportation: urban rail, commuter/regional rail, rapid bus, additional express lanes on MoPac and I-35 (maybe). The only one of these modes that will have a direct effect on Mueller is urban rail. Each of these modes is in various stages of implementation, i.e. Rapid Buses have already been purchased using a federal grant and will soon be put in service along the Lamar/Guadalupe corridor. Urban rail and commuter/regional rail is awaiting voter approval (hopefully next year for urban rail), will take years to build and projections show completed urban rail coming to Mueller in the early 2020’s, and that assumes that the bond issue is approved or other funding (i.e. leasing ABIA) is obtained next year AND that Mueller is included in Phase 1. (You have probably already heard that certain Austin residents are behind a proposal to move the Guadalupe/Lamar/Pickle Lab/Domain route to Phase 1 and Mueller/Hancock to a later phase.) One of the main reasons that Mueller would likely stay in Phase I is that in late 2011 the Mueller Neighborhood Association with Catellus’ backing voted in FAVOR of having the urban rail maintenance facility located on Mueller grounds. This action was well-received by the TWG and most City Council members, including Mayor Leffingwell. Catellus is to meet with City officials later this month or early next month regarding acreage and exact site of this facility. My understanding from PIAC and Let’s Talk presentations by City officials and Dee Desjardin/Greg Weaver from Catellus was that the maintenance facility was likely to be located near the Market District (HEB) at the end of Philomena Street and that it would be between 2 and 5 acres in size, but that nothing has been finalized. Earlier this month (June 7, 2013) the TWG approved moving forward with the Project Connect plan with three alternative proposals that include all modes of transportation including urban rail, but also other modes of transit in the North Corridor. Route maps which illustrated these alternatives were flashed on the screen very quickly so I was not able to identify whether any or all of the alternatives included urban rail to Mueller. Mayor Leffingwell, chair of the TWG, said that these three alternatives would be presented to the public for review at the meetings scheduled for next week, that the alternatives would be narrowed to ONE by the end of the year (2013) based on public input, and that he hoped it would be placed on the ballot for voter approval in May or November 2014. Janeka, Kathy Sokolic and I plan to attend the Project Connect meeting at Dobie scheduled Tuesday, June 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Janeka and I are leaving Mueller for the meeting about 4:45 p.m. if anyone else would like to ride with us. It’s really great to be part of a community like Mueller where so many residents are actively engaged in making this an even better place to live. Thank you for your interest and involvement in urban rail and I look forward to meeting you and working with you in promoting urban rail’s coming to Mueller. If we work together, we can make this happen! Don Dozier Dozier3d@hotmail.com
Wanted- George Strait Tickets
posted by the Morales Family on May 31st, 2013 9:23 AM
Anyone wanting to sell George Strait ticket for his San Antonio show?
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Wanna see Texas turn blue?
posted by Lorrie on March 12th, 2013 11:24 AM
Exciting news: President Obama's National Field Director Jeremy Bird and the Battleground Texas team joined Mayor Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro in San Antonio last Sunday and then came to Austin last night to talk about the plan to turn Texas blue! Visit: http://battlegroundtexas.com to learn more. If you can, sign up to volunteer (doing data entry, registering voters or canvassing). If you can't volunteer, please donate. We need money to open offices around the state and Jeremy has promised that all money will stay in Texas and be wisely spent. Thanks!
Donations for family
posted by Kathy Sokolic on November 19th, 2012 12:52 PM
Neighbors - A coworker of mine in San Antonio was in Ohio caring for her ailing parents when her house was destroyed by a fire. Her family is safe, but they have lost everything. In our Austin office, we are taking up a collection for the family, and I thought I'd see if anyone had some items to donate. For clothes, my co-worker, Julie, is about my size, so, women's clothes size 2-4. Not sure how old the kids are, but Bella is a size 10-12 girls, and Max is size 8-10 boys. They can use anything you were thinking of getting rid of... Also, if you were thinking about getting rid of some furniture or appliances (or anything) in the near future, especially staples like beds, please let me know. We can provide transportation and logistics. If you are feeling generous, gift cards and monetary donations will also be welcome. I can come pick up anything you have to donate, or you can leave donations on our porch - 4104 Lawless. Contact me for pick up - ksokolic@gmail.com or 512-809-3497 Thank you! Kathy
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posted by meg_and_austin on October 23rd, 2012 8:29 AM
We adopted our dachshund Milo from Diamond Dachshund Rescue in San Antonio, and found the experience totally worth the drive. They really took the time to match us with the right doxie for our personalities and lifestyle, and they give you a full week with the dog at home to see if it's a good fit before you officially adopt. You can check out currently available dogs on their website, and if they know you're coming from Austin they'll arrange for you to meet a few at once. I'd highly recommend them!!!!
UT's Dept of Slavic & Eurasian Studies - Seeking Host Families - 11/2 thru 11/10
posted by Mark Barnett on September 11th, 2012 5:52 PM
The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas is seeking host families for a delegation of higher education specialists visiting from Ukraine, November 2-10, 2012, as part of the U.S. Congress's Open World Program (http://www.openworld.gov). Two Open World delegations of environmentalists were home hosted in Mueller earlier this year – one from Kazakhstan, the other from Ukraine – by the Center for Safe Energy, and it was a perfect fit! The program coordinator from those two groups is now coordinating this UT delegation. Several of the past host families are again volunteering for this group, but we need a few more beds. We hope to have them all housed together in Mueller again, not only so they can be near each other, but also so they can get to know the warm and open community there that made the last two delegations so special. The delegates have not been to the US before and are required to stay with host families in order to get a better sense of American life. The group of five delegates will meet with local higher education peers on standardized testing methods, as well as with government representatives to learn about educational policy. They will also have meetings with standardized testing groups in San Antonio. At this point we know that the group will be composed of one man (fluent in English), four women (at least one fluent), and a female facilitator. Our interpreter is male and will also need housing. We can work with host families' schedules and they can be involved as much or as little as they like. The delegates will be at meetings and cultural events throughout the day, returning to the homes after dinner and/or evening events. We do like to plan at least one dinner at each host home earlier in the week to get hosts and delegates acquainted (interpretation provided as needed). There is also a final banquet on one of the last nights for all hosts and delegates. If you are interested in hosting or being involved, please email Tamara Kowalski at for more information. Hope to hear from you soon!
Support Urban Rail in Mueller
posted by doug on June 25th, 2012 2:30 PM
Here's an op-ed from Robert Spillar, COA Trans. Dept. Director where he discusses multi-modal transportation options: http://www.austin-mobility.com/news/austin-business-journal-op-ed-no-single-solution-to-trafficJune 22, 2012Austin Business Journal Op-Ed: ‘no single solution to traffic’The Austin Business Journal printed a guest editoral by Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar on June 22, 2012.Urban rail will be one of many ways to fight trafficPremium content from Austin Business Journalby Rob Spillar, Contributing WriterFriday, June 22, 2012In a recent editorial, the Austin Business Journal poses the question if Urban Rail can “be a key component in Austin’s solution to traffic woes.”As the director of the Austin Transportation Department, I’m quick to point out that there is no single “solution to traffic woes.” National transportation experts agree.In Austin, that is especially true because our transportation challenges are complex. Short of tearing up neighborhoods and threatening community icons, there is no simple solution to our congested travel system.Our congested roads are an unfortunate byproduct of being an economically successful and dynamic urban area. What our city does not have, as compared to many of our peer cities competing for private sector investment, is a wide array of travel options for people to commute and move spontaneously.Our metro area added about 150 people a day between 2010 and 2011, the ABJ recently reported. And, as noted in his 2011 State of the City address, the mayor has said “Austin’s traffic problems are the direct result of our dramatic, ongoing population growth, and our dramatic, ongoing failure to invest in the systems and infrastructure we need to stay ahead of it.”What the city is doing, in concert with our regional partners, is pursuing a holistic approach to mobility — walking, biking, high-capacity transit and driving — to give our citizens reliable and affordable ways to get to where they live and work throughout the region.Urban rail is an important part of a much larger, highly networked road and transit system developing throughout the Austin region. It does this by providing multiple connections to the currently operating MetroRail line serving Austin to Leander, the emerging MetroRapid bus serving South and Northwest Austin planned for 2014, and the planned regional rail line connecting Georgetown to San Antonio.Infrastructure investments, such as urban rail, shape land use and development patterns and can ensure that Austin maintains its charm and quality of life for residents of all ages and backgrounds, even as its population continues to skyrocket. In short, it will help keep Austin like Austin.We’ve also heard from other cities that rail investment generates jobs and economic growth by providing an anchor for private sector investment. That means every Austinite benefits from the increased property and sales tax revenue generated from large transportation projects because it directly supplements the city’s general revenue fund. That fund pays for services such as Austin’s police, firefighters and parks.Robert Spillar, P.E.Director of TransportationAustin Transportation Department
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.) "
Boy Scout mulch sales
posted by brent240wat on January 31st, 2012 9:46 AM
I'm a proud Eagle Scout from Troop 410. We used to collect recycled newspapers for our fund raisers, under Scout Masters OE Meyers and Paul D Watson. When did the Troop move to Austin? We were located in San Antonio at Callahan and Loop 410 (Near St Lukes) in the 1980's.I encourage everyone to help these youngsters get off their Playstations and get outdoors.
Pet Insurance and Vet
posted by Debby Loomis on December 22nd, 2011 8:45 AM
For many, many years I have taken our dogs to Mueller's own Dr. Anna Chan at Abraham Vet Clinic. It's at 18th and San Antonio and they are great people.
Solar Powered Trash Compactors
posted by doug on June 28th, 2011 4:58 PM
From the COA: The City’s Solid Waste Services Department is piloting 20 solar trash compactors near and around the University of Texas campus and City Hall.Seventeen are along Guadalupe Street, between 30th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; two on San Antonio Street and one at City Hall. The pilot project is the first time recycling has been offered on public rights of way in Austin.Solar panels on top of each receptacle power the trash compactors, allowing the containers to hold up to four times as much trash as regular containers. In addition, these receptacles use radio signals to send automatic messages to the SWS Todd Lane facility when it’s time to empty the trash cans.Crews are working these locations every three to four days compared to daily for regular containers. SWS will continue to monitor results to see if it’s worth installing them in other high-traffic locations. See photos.
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.
Follow Up on Park Trash and Additional Cans
posted by stew_sc on May 10th, 2011 7:57 PM
I just opened bids on a park project near San Antonio, which included 9 trash cans - decent looking ones. The average unit cost was $600 with 7 bidders.
Mortgage shopping
posted by cliffjstx on May 10th, 2011 11:05 AM
I am not very familiar with David Weekly's finance options, but I did refinance with the RBFCU ( Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union ).https://www.rbfcu.org/ Along with their great rates, they have online posted "todays rates", application, and mortgage calculations/estimates. I found their special offer for an unusual 11 year refinance especially attractive.They have been actively recruiting new customers in Austin, as they open new branches in Austin, and spread out away from their San Antonio and Houston roots (from the original military base customers).I have found that they have very competitive rates for savings and checking, and they are also a great place for my banking needs.
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.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never VIP 3D Movie Tickets Sneak Preview
posted by mam469 on December 25th, 2010 5:32 PM
2 tickets for sale Justin Bieber Sneak Preview VIP tickets. Locaton: San Antonio, Texas Santikos Palladium 17703 IH 10W San Antonio, Texas Wednesday, February 9, 2011 $200 cash for pair of tickets. (I purchased them for my daughter who is a huge fan, and we won't be able to attend) Call Melissa 657-1822
9/7/10 Infact Daily article: possible new "outdoor entertainment" zoning category prompted by Allan House
posted by Mark Holzbach on September 16th, 2010 4:15 PM
"Planning Commission mulls zoning category for ‘outdoor entertainment" By Kimberly Reeves A downtown law firm using its site as an outdoor wedding venue has spurred the Planning Commission to consider a possible “outdoor entertainment” venue use, a situation that could put similar sites across the city in limbo, if approved. The Allan House, at 1104 San Antonio St., has a website devoted to its location as a wedding destination, calling itself a “best-kept secret” and a “hidden oasis,” as well as “historic grounds for special events.” The historic grounds part includes use of its lawn as an outdoor venue for such events, be it weddings or corporate shindigs. Those uses, it appears, get noisy to residential neighbors. According to the discussion at the Planning Commission’s Codes and Ordinancessubcommittee last month, owners of 1104 San Antonio keep pulling temporary outdoor entertainment venue permits for what have become ongoing events. The question has arisen whether such uses are temporary or actually permanent. That action by one property owner begged the question whether a permanent use category ought to be built into a zoning category. Staff acknowledges that the current definitions in city code are ill-fitting. The discussion amongst the commissioners, still unresolved, has been whether a new use should be created under the “CS,” or commercial services, zoning category. The code provides for an “outdoor entertainment” use, which appears to be best suited for spectator sporting events, such as a sports arena, racing facility, or an amusement park. None of those seem close to the description of a wedding venue, which has led to the discussion of a potential new use category. This would be a new category of uses – possibly deemed “outdoor entertainment limited” -- that could be applied to venues such as Caswell House, Mercury Hall, Green Acres and theTexas Federation of Women’s Clubs Mansion. It could even apply to places such as theFour Seasons. Creation of such a new category would require significant work on the part of the city, according to Jerry Rusthoven with the Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department. Unsaid is the fact that no one in city government relishes the thought of shutting down weddings because they occur in improperly sanctioned venues. As in, no one in city government wants to be reason a bride did not get her dream wedding on the lawn of a particular Austin estate because of the lack of zoning or a permit. The Planning Commission subcommittee did consider, briefly, other options. Applying a use, based on the noise levels at the event, did appear to be a possible, if clumsy, option to address the issue. Further discussion appears likely on the category, with the possibility of the Austin Neighborhoods Council weighing in on a final recommendation.
A/C Repairman?
posted by Sherri Kempf on August 24th, 2010 9:58 AM
We highly recommend R&M Mechanical - 928-2470. They're located 1/2 mile from Mueller. Our garage tenant's HVAC system completely went out last week. When we called Casa Mechanical (the Standard Pacific HVAC contractor), we were told they couldn't be there for 2 days. We immediately called R&M and the technician, Bill, was out there within 2 hours. They HVAC system had a complete failure which resulted in replacement of the thermostat, controller, an air handler fuse and the compressor. The technician worked with the manufacturers to ensure that all parts were under warranty and could be exchanged. He also ordered a new compressor from San Antonio, had it shipped overnight and installed the next day. He told us that the compressor for the garage unit was undersized and mismatched with other components of the HVAC system (e.g. 1 ton compressor matched with 2 ton coil). After talking with a fellow neighbor with a garage apartment, he had experienced a similar repair last summer on his SP garage apartment. Ironically, over the weekend, we started experiencing the same problem in the main house that you're having with your Meritage home. The air conditioning is all being diverted to the downstairs causing it to run 3 degrees below it's usual setting, while the upstairs is warm. We called R&M this morning and the technician is coming out on Wed morning (tomorrow) to take a look at it. Maybe you can schedule him for tomorrow as well. Hope this helps!
About Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveld and his honorable service to the USA--to fellow Texans
posted by Eiremanlite on July 19th, 2010 7:51 AM
Rod (et al):I think frequently overlooked news outlets that deserve to also hear from engaged citizens are the defense outlets, such as The Army Times, Military Review (a professional scholarly bimonthly journal), Defense News, Stars & Stripes newspaper, and perhaps the military legal journal, which I am not sure about but certainly exists in some form. As a retired Army public affairs officer (retired as LTC), who has dealt somewhat with the Army's and other DoD internal and external audiences and the media that serve them, I can attest to the likelihood that these readers and their serving newspapers and journals would also very much want to hear what people think about the colonel and his posture toward the ongoing Gitmo reality, whether in support or opposition. Consider especially the San Antonio community, since it serves such a high density of retired and active military, and hosts the flagship hospital serving wounded servicemembers from the everlasting wars.bcm
About Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveld and his honorable service to the USA--to fellow Texans
posted by Rod on July 18th, 2010 12:16 PM
Neighbors interested in potentially joining me as coauthors for an op-ed piece for the newspapers listed below, please either respond publically or pm me, thanks. Also, as you see in the bullet below, there is a trivial way to privately write to Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn on this topic, which is how my letter reached both of them. Talking points could include, e.g., what is shown below. Rod • Lt. Col Vandeveld, a highly decorated member of the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps who served as both a soldier in combat and a prosecutor for almost 20 years, is in danger of losing his honorable retirement. • Lt. Col. Vandeveld spoke out against the Constitutional abuses that have been occurring at Guantanamo Bay. He was ordered by a judge to testify for the defense in the case of detainee Mohammed Jawad about the abuses that occurred, including abusive interrogations, evidence withheld from the defense, judicial incompetence, and confessions coerced through torture. He was then subpoenaed to testify before Congress regarding the Military Commissions Act of 2009, where he again spoke the truth, stating, "the military commission system is broken beyond repair." • In return for his honesty under oath and the public outrage that followed, Lt. Col. Vandeveld was retaliated against and the military issued him his first ever negative performance evaluation. • Lt. Col. Vandeveld swore to protect and defend the Constitution and he should be rewarded, not punished for doing so. • On June 1, the Army Promotions Board met to decide whether or not to allow Lt. Col. Vandeveld to retire honorably or recommend that he be prematurely discharged from the Army Reserves; their decision has not been issued yet. • The Senate has the power to help Lt. Col. Vandeveld, because they must approve the 2010 US Army Reserve Judge Advocate Colonels Promotion List. • I am pleased that my Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, responded to my letter on this issue by stating "I appreciate the Lieutenant Colonel's years of military service and believe he should receive the full benefits to which he is entitled." • I hope that Senator Hutchison and/or Senator Cornyn places a hold on the board's promotion list if it does not include Lt. Col. Vandeveld's name because it means he has likely been recommended for early discharge. My fellow Texans should please consider visiting http://www.whistleblowers.org to send a letter and let our Senators know they support this action. Texas Newspapers Austin American-Statesman letters@statesman.com Corpus Christi Caller-Times ctletters@caller.com El Paso Times opinion@elpasotimes.com Houston Chronicle viewpoints@chron.com San Antonio Express-News letters@express-news.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.
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
Moving Company Recommendations?
posted by lkwinchester on June 23rd, 2010 2:35 PM
3 Men Movers - the one with headquarters in Houston - has moved us many times. Several times in Houston and most recently several weeks ago they moved my husband's office here in Austin - they also have offices in Austin and San Antonio. They show up on time and are very efficient. They charge a one time trip charge - then it is by the hour with, I think, a two hour minimum. This company is owned by a woman and they get really good marks from the Better Business Bureau.
Economic Development
posted by Angela Farris on June 2nd, 2010 12:46 AM
NALCAB - the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, with support from Citi will host NALCAB 2010 Summit on Building Wealth in American Communities in San Antonio, Texas August 12 & 13, 2010. HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez along with Congressman Ciro Rodriguez are among the confirmed speakers to confirm our conversation regarding the following themes.Integrating affordable housing, support for entrepreneurship & family wealth building services to build wealth in our nation’s asset-poor communities;Planning affordable housing and regional transportation infrastructure in tandem to ensure economically and environmentally sustainable development;Developing asset-building infrastructure and initiatives in colonias on the US-Mexico Border and in emerging Latino communities such as in the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South. Strategizing ways for Latinos who show high rates of entrepreneurship can access capital and technology.To learn more about NALCAB and to register for the Summit visit at http://www.nalcab.org! NALCAB’s national events are where all of NALCAB’s efforts and programs intersect and NALCAB members have the unique opportunity to connect with their peers from around the nation. This summit will attract 200 executive level asset building practitioners, funders and public policy makers from across the country.We look forward to seeing you!Register NOW!NALCAB's 2010 Summit on Building Wealth in American CommunitiesAugust 12 & 13 at San Antonio, TXwww.nalcab.org
Severe Weather and our Homes
posted by Anita S. on May 17th, 2010 7:38 PM
Remember that our homes are built to be much tighter than others for energy efficiency reasons. This means that they are even more susceptible to blowing out walls & windows during during a tornado than other homes. The National Weather Service is not predicting tornadoes right now, but very strong winds and possible hail. If you see tornado signs, open windows! Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Travis County, TX until 7:45 pm CDT, Mon., May. 17, 2010 Updated 17 May 2010 7:25 pm Local Time Issued by The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio, TX 6:50 pm CDT, Mon., May. 17, 2010 ... A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 745 PM CDT FOR NORTH CENTRAL HAYS AND WEST CENTRAL TRAVIS COUNTIES... AT 646 PM CDT... NWS METEOROLOGISTS CONTINUED TO DETECT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL... AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. ONE SEVERE STORM... LOCATED FROM BEE CAVE TO LAKEWAY... WAS MOVING EAST AT 5 MPH. ANOTHER STRONG TO SEVERE STORM WAS NEARLY STATIONARY AT ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF DRIPPING SPRINGS. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING AREA INCLUDE MANSFIELD DAM. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TUESDAY MORNING FOR SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS.
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
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!
Creating Healthy Physical Activity Opportunities
posted by manijeh Huereca on April 14th, 2010 3:45 PM
From: National Latino Children's Institute Salsa, Sabor y Salud Training in San Antonio, TX May 13-14, 2010 LIMITED AVAILABILITY: http://www.nlci.org/salsa/Event Downloads/May2010/Salsa Registration General_pub.pdf Salsa, Sabor y Salud, an award winning program, received the 2007 American Dietetic Association/American Dietetic Association Foundation Presidents' Circle Award for Best Nutrition Education. This is the first national program to provide creative, comprehensive, culturally and linguistically relevant tools specifically designed to encourage healthy lifestyles among Latino families in order to decrease childhood obesity. NLCI developed the curriculum and kit in partnership with Kraft Foods and content experts in the areas of nutrition and fitness. As stated by Dr. Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, "Salsa, Sabor y Salud does much more than just tell communities what to do. It offers communities culturally relevant tools that people can actually use to become healthy and stay healthy. In other words, Salsa, Sabor y Salud is successful because it builds on the strength of the family-oriented Latino culture." The eight-session program assists Latino families with children ages 12 and under to make healthy choices for eating and incorporating activity into their daily lives. Salsa, Sabor y Salud represents a grassroots approach to teaching about healthy lifestyles by training facilitators to educate families in their community network. A facilitator training will be held in San Antonio, TX on Thursday May 13 and Friday May 14, 2010 for any organization, agency or school interested in implementing the program. Please see our facilitator training webpage for more details. http://www.nlci.org/salsa/salsatraining.htm Program highlights: Winner: 2007 American Dietetic Association/American Dietetic Association Foundation Presidents' Circle Award for Nutrition Education The 2005 evaluation of the program conducted by the Center for Prevention Research Development at the University of Illinois shows that 93 percent of those participanting in the program reported that their families are eating more nutritious meals. Since 2003, NLCI staff has trained over 400 facilitators in over 100 organizations to implement the program, reaching over 32,000 family members in 14 states and Puerto Rico. This program has been made possible through generous support from Kraft Foods. For more information contact Director of Programs: Angelica Valle phone:210-228-9997, ext. 224 email: angelica@nlci.org More About NLCI http://www.nlci.org Training will be held at World Trade Center 118 Broadway Conference Room 236 San Antonio, TX 78205 National Latino Children's Institute | 118 Broadway, Suite 615 | San Antonio | TX | 78205
Mueller Substation
posted by Daniel Sallier on March 23rd, 2010 11:12 AM
Nice to see you can at least comprehend humor. There are only 4 1/2 public courses in Austin genius. Not that you'll come down from your soap-box. Speaking of, those green things you brag about must not account for much otherwise you'd not need the energy sub-station. You are only fooling yourself as for keeping your carbon footprint down. "Woo look at me, I drive a tiny car... but required massive amounts of extra electricity to survive in my hood.. but it's ok as long as I don't have to see it I can pretend that I'm doing awesome..."My city money is also going to maintain your pool on Mueller.Now take your self inflated ego along with your fake utilitarianism unethical hypocritical offended self to therapy and don't forget to call mommy afterward.
Mueller Substation
posted by AnotherPiperDown on March 23rd, 2010 10:32 AM
Somebody should tell the people who run the following website there are only 4 1/2 golf courses in Austinhttp://www.austinareagolf.com/To call my previous example "fruitless" is more than mildly amusing, I assume you mean I was trying to compare apples to oranges (which is fruit)... I used it merely to exemplify that while keeping austin beautiful in one area, its uglifies another big time. It was just an attempt to illustrate the massive amount of central texas' most precious resource being used for golfers and that, while it keeps the MoWilly part of Austin beautiful, it affects the Lake Travis part... (People in this 'hood are in to facts and figures regarding stuff like that, like their solar powered rain collector smart cars)Where you lose credibility with me (besides trying to convince us there are ONLY 4 1/2 courses in Austin) is that, while the majority of us may not be golfers, your trying to insult us by reasoning that a golf course in Austin is insufficiently similar to a golf course in San Antonio regarding water use. Or is the grass kept green at MoWilly using something other than water? Not to mention I'm damn sure Morris Williams Golf Course is not self sustaining with greens fees... So, while off topic regarding the power substation (or not depending on how you look at it), between the disproportionate amount of water used per user (for golf courses in general) and the fact that our city money is being used to keep you playing golf... my sense of utilitarianism ethics is completely offended.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UtilitarianismI understand your passion for what you love and absolutely encourage you to find constructive ways to ensure that it stays the way it is... Getting on the neighborhood forum and telling us we are horrible humans and liars for something we had no say in probably won't get you a lot of support here (if you need an example of that, I could provide a link to the beginning of this forum)
Mueller Substation
posted by Daniel Sallier on March 23rd, 2010 9:01 AM
You feel threatened? That was/is not my intention. That seems to be a pattern around here.I didn't then and don't now have time to list the boycotting efforts already started against Mueller businesses but yes that movement will only grow as the destructive behavior on the part of Mueller/Catellus grows.Austin is not part of the Hill Country and nowhere near the size of San Antonio so your graph and diatribe on that are fruitless. This city has FOUR and 1/2 (Hancock, the original ACC, is a nine-hole) golf courses. One of which by your snide references you obviously know we are losing. That's a far cry from the 46 in your example.
Doubletree Hotel Austin press conference
posted by nofly nofly on March 17th, 2010 12:00 PM
AE911Truth press conference to take place in Austin, TX March 20, 2010 Doubletree Hotel in Austin on Saturday 3/20/10 from 3 - 9 PM Organized by Ron Avery, Architect Full details at http://www.ae911truth.org/info/177 All Texas architects and engineers are encouraged to attend this Press Conference. Contact Ron at taphouse@sbcglobal.net From the Press Release This Press Conference is held exclusively to announce that over a thousand (1,114) architects and engineers have signed a petition at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth.org) calling for a new independent investigation into the demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and to reveal the conclusions of architects and engineers who have studied the destruction of these buildings. All news reporters are welcome to attend and ask questions of our presenters from 1 to 9 PM. This event is sponsored by petition signing architect, Ronald F. Avery and his meetup group, and both "We are Change" meetup groups in San Antonio and Austin. (...) Alex Jones, International journalist and producer of PrisonPlanet.com & InfoWars.com, will address the importance of the truth about 911; Dr. Bob Bowman, retired Air Force Colonel and head of Star Wars under Reagan, will address the 911 Commission "Omission" Report; Ron Avery, architect, will describe the structural system of WTC Twin Towers; Dr. Al Hays, environmental engineer, will present the evidence of Nano-thermite found in all dust samples at the WTC; Derek Johnson, E.I.T. with foundry experience, will review the partial "free fall" collapse of the 47 story WTC Building 7 and the NIST report. Mr. Avery will use drawings, models and videos to illustrate his reasons for signing the petition. Al Hays and Derek Johnson have also signed the petition.
OANA boundary issue - pros and cons of modification - please reply and contribute your views
posted by Blake Tollett on January 17th, 2010 8:17 PM
My name is Blake Tollett. I own the properties at 601 and 603 West 12th Street and at 1202 San Antonio Street. I came to Austin to attend law school in 1973 and have lived over in West Austin for the last 30 plus years. I currently serve on the board of West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG) and was on the volunteer interim board of the Original Austin Neighborhood Association (OANA) and now serve on its just elected board. Back when, I served with Chris Riley when he headed the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA) and we worked on the unsuccessful attempt to block the expansion of the County booking facility intrusion into the neighborhood. I probably have the most hesitation of any member of the current OANA board of directors about retaining the historical southern boundary of the organization. As Mark points out above, things have changed significantly in the area bounded by Guadalupe Street, the lake, Lamar Boulevard and West 7th Street over the last 10 years. When OANA formed, I don't think there were any true residents in that area, or at least I can't remember there being any. For that matter, besides the Posada del Rey and the Regency Apartment and some scattered smaller apartment/condo complexes and a few retained single family residences, there weren't too many folks living above West 7th Street in the 1970's.The Interim Board of Directors of OANA addressed this issue of the southern border of the neighborhood association back in April of 2009. As the minutes of that meeting reflect (see our website), there was a unanimous vote of the 30 or so people in attendance that the southern border of OANA be shortened to West 7th Street, more or less, and possibly include Shoal Creek itself (as what affects downstream impacts upstream). This unanimous vote of the interim directors present along with all of those in attendance was as a recommendation to the to be elected board and the general membership. At the same meeting we recommended that to be a member of OANA required either residence in or ownership of property within the boundaries of the neighborhood association.This vote was not based necessarily on fear of "those folks in the towers" or "wrong minded developers" taking over the neighborhood association. What was on my mind, and I led the April 2009 meeting, was that by retaining the area below West 6th-7th Street, we were taking on more responsibility than we should handle. We are all residents of the area, but I thought the neighbors living in the larger complexes might actually have their own associations that represent them as well as may not have the same priorities that the northern half of the neighborhood has. I am sure we have common goals, especially quality of life issues, and I am sure we can work together to achieve those goals. My concern is whether all this area should be under the OANA umbrella. I understand very well strength in numbers, but individual organizations can be bound together through common purpose for strength also.As an aside, I am not too sure anyone has truly asked our new neighbors to the south if they want to be a part of OANA. Regardless, I am fine if the general membership, especially those who attend the meeting on the 20th, votes to reaffirm the boundaries of the neighborhood association as going down to the lake. There are a ton of things going on right now, and there is plenty of work for everyone who can spare the time.Blake 01-17-10
Pecan Street - Press Release
posted by Ashley on January 14th, 2010 8:11 AM
FYI
Pecan Street - Press Release
posted by Ashley on January 14th, 2010 8:11 AM
FYI
Moving on Jan 7th 2010! At&t v Time Warner
posted by Anita S. on January 3rd, 2010 7:06 PM
We had Grande at our previous home and miss them very much. No, they do not serve our neighborhood. If you're interested, call to let them know you want their service. The company had gotten bogged down with debt and weren't able to expand for a while, but recent news indicates they might be ready to start expanding again. With both AT&T and Time Warner already servicing us, we probably aren't prime expansion candidates unless they hear a lot of interest from our neighborhood, though.http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/Grande_Communications_no_longer_up_for_sale.htmlhttp://www.grandecom.com/about_grande/press_room/press_release.php?pid=197Anita
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