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Mueller Book Club Reading List -- February-November 2014
posted by queeneliz1 on January 29th, 2014 7:21 PM
Thought I'd post our latest Mueller Book Club reading list here. We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9pm. All neighbors new and familiar are welcome! We post our meeting under Events as well. Please feel free to PM with any questions.-MelanieFebruary 25Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel, by David RakoffLeader: Marilyn Host: Niki March 25Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country (1913).Discussion leader: Barbara Host: Ashley April 29Daniel Siegel, The Mindful Brain (2008).Discussion leader: Judy Host: Shirley May 27Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection (2009).Discussion leader: GlennHost: Greg June 24Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (2009).Discussion leader and host: Amy July 22Elizabeth Crook, The Night Journal (2007).Discussion leader and host: Vicky August 26Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013).Discussion leader: Jen Host: Melanie September 23John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces (1980).Discussion leader: Judy McMullenHost: Lorene October 28Alice Munro, Dear Life (2013). Discussion leader: Barbara Host: Judy and Glenn November 18Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012).Discussion leader: Amy WoodHost: Melanie
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
posted by Elliot Johnson on August 28th, 2013 9:54 PM
Hi John,Unfortunately not.The Tiers are based on your Total consumption which includes Solar and City delivered electricity. Look on your electric bill. They are all based on total consumption, you never 'drop' down a tierBased on your total consumption you pay for the regulatory charge, community benefit, and power supply adjustments this totals 4.65 cents per kwh.The Tier five cost based on David's comment is 14.8 cents while getting back 12.8 cents. I wrote an excel spread sheet and anything above 2500 of production costs you.
Guitar/bass/vocal coaching/drum lessons in Mueller!- $30/hour
posted by Jaybird3YC on May 28th, 2012 5:50 PM
Private music lessons in your home from a Mueller local! $30/hour in: guitar, bass guitar, vocal coaching and beginning trapset drumming (rock drumming). You or your child will receive tailored guidance, based on your interests and abilities. Live recording is often used as an instructional tool, and has been shown to provide strong results. Learn what is the most practical and relevant for you so you can pursue the music you want to! Jason currently teaches individual and group lessons at Austin Area Homeschooler's Association, Odyssey School, Maverick School and Red River Church. "Jason started teaching my daughter when she was 9 and it's amazing to see the progression over time. He is very patient with her and looks for ways to motivate her to bring out the potential he sees in her, which includes adding vocals and songs by artists she enjoys. Her lessons consist of guitar and voice which she eagerly looks forward to twice a week. " -Cherie Werner "Jason is a talented musician and a godly man. He has the ability and commitment to bring out the very best in his students. Our son, who is a senior in high school, is in his second year of Worship Team class with Jason. He also took private singing lessons from Jason." -John and Cynthia Lindsley "Jason has a great ability to connect w/ kids and impart his passion for guitar. " -Elizabeth Castiglioni "My son looks forward to every lesson with Jason. Jason is very good at keeping my son interested while learning even though my son just feels like he is having a good time. The best thing about getting to have Jason teach my son guitar is that he is someone that my son really admires and looks up to." -Rebecca Elias "Jason truly has the gift of teaching and his patience and encouragement to his students is a highly contributing factor to their success. He started teaching my son, Randy, several years ago after he had taken lessons with someone else. Randy was pretty much resigned to thinking he had learned all he could and didn't really want to start with another teacher. Jason was so encouraging and has really brought Randy to a new level of guitar playing, so much so that Randy really enjoys the learning process. He also teaches my other son, David, and David has excelled in guitar and bass. Jason also encourages his students to compose their own music and also record and mix their music." -Judy Mack "My son loves his drum lessons with Jason. Will has some learning disabilities and Jason handles this very well. He is teaching Will to record/produce his own music, as well as play bongos and conga. Will is having a blast!" -Suzanne Pierson "Jason is a one who has grown up before our eyes. His family and church community (Red River Church) have partnered with Hope Chapel for many years. We think Jason is one of the finest and we are honored to have him work with us." -Jack Dorman, Worship Pastor of Hope Chapel About Jason's involvement at N2Worship "On the way home last night [student] was the most excited I've seen her in a long time. You are doing a tremendous job of drawing her talents out of her." -Anonymous Parent of a Student
DIY Surveilance Cameras Round Table Discussion SAT MAY 19TH 3PM
posted by Mary Arnett on May 17th, 2012 9:26 PM
Next CLASP Meeting (Citizen Led Austin Safety Partnership) DIY Surveillance Cameras When: Saturday, May 19th 2:00pm - 3:00pm networking and NW Sign assistance 3:00pm - 4:00pm MAIN EVENT: Roundtable Discussion on DO IT YOURSELF SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS Where: St. John's Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin, TX Park in adjacent parking lot or on street Follow the signs to the main entrance on Wynona Featuring Highland Hills Neighborhood Watch Camera Buffs, Detective Jeff Crawford, and a DROPCAM demonstration (see DROPCAM.COM) Highland Hills neighborhood watch coordinator, David Price, will share his experience with do it yourself surveillance cameras. The format of our meeting will be a roundtable discussion. Allandale Neighborhood Watch has also been busy with this same topic so come if you are in the market for a camera and would like some insights into assessing your needs, placement of cameras, selection and how to best collect the evidence you need if a burglar or other problem comes your way. Other devices will be discussed as well such as trip alarms and game cameras. If you have experience to lend on this topic, please come and share. Detective Jeff Crawford will also be there to give us the APD perspective on how to best collect and submit evidence - the do's and don'ts of your important video taping. There will also be a demonstration of the new DROPCAM video system......a simple, affordable turn key system for videotaping and storage. POSTED BY Mary Arnett Citizen Led Austin Safety Partnership Friends of North Shoal Creek NA CLASPATX.COM 803-1540 cell
Ceiling fan problems - Meritage Homes
posted by smlynntx on December 10th, 2010 10:12 AM
I had that same problem with my ceiling fans, and I am in a David Weekley home. The company that installed the fans was Lighting Connection...I might be mistaken, but the Meritage Sales office can tell you for sure. Johnny is who I spoke with at Lighting Connection and they replaced it under warranty...but the warranty is only for a year. He might be able to work something out with you though. I had another fan that made so much noise and they replaced that too.
Comment on
posted by Rod on July 24th, 2010 1:40 PM
Steve, But the phrase is also often cast as "...for me the glass is half full (empty)..." not only with "see". And thus what of those who are "sight-challenged", and thus better able to gauge the weight (mass)? I agree on the discussion of error. Since we can't measure it, surely a committee assigned the task of finding the phrase that is correct, might end up a definition close to yours. Timothy is now on to quantum entanglement. And there is a finite chance of observing the glass in various states, including as a chicken or bong. David Bohm, protege of Einstein, thought deeply on this issue. Thus his interpretation of the universe as being something akin to a quantum hologram. (Everything is connected.)Kevin, My whole family has now twice seen Willie up close and personal, both times at Bergstrom Austin International Airport, and one time he was flying to Chicago as were we, as he was en route to Europe via the Windy City. Was with his wife and a few band-members. So, he said it was ok to get a picture with him and my family, so I did. As to Bono: The story directly overlaps the Irish using the "F" word so frequently. Johnny, talented physicist, had been away from Ireland (here in the USA for about 20 yrs) and was just getting used to Ireland again after returning to take on directorship of an institute at Trinity College-Dublin. So (children, please close your ears), Bono replied to the friendly offer for a ride with the standard "Feck you!" and the conversation then developed as a proper Irish conversation could. We were amused when a tour book that I grabbed at the airport in Chicago prior to leaving for Ireland, quite handy for Dublin sights and sounds, had the Irish author entreating the readers to "please ignore how often the Irish use the "F" word, as they are a friendly and helpful people, and it has somehow become more or less another routine adjective for us." [One is reminded of Lenny Bruce's classic comedy routine (actually, he was educating) on "The Hard Words".] While Christopher was running around annoying patrons of a cafe in Ireland, it did help for me to be able to tell the owner "he's 1/16th Irish, you know". The guy laughed, and said "Well, perfectly all right then." Toss in Scottish and Welsh, makes me practically kin to Robert Frost, um, maybe that is.Well, related to another thread...from recent conversations with some high ranking folks who have followed with interest another thread on our community blog (all upstanding and outstanding folk even though not Muellerites; Um, Muellerians' Uh, Mueller residents), I think LTC VanderVeld sees the glass as half full. Not that pessimists (realists?) aren't also good eggs...but he seems to be a really good egg!-Rod
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
Random advice needed
posted by momof4 on June 8th, 2010 4:08 PM
Okay, after laughing hysterically at y'all's responses... we are thinking hotels are our friends :)We were trying to save a little dough and add a tiny bit to the adventure side, but it sounds like we won't save any money and will add way too much to the adventure side!John, lawd knows I don't want to live down by the river and I bet gov't cheese is not organic :) Thanks for reminding me of that hilarious skit!And David, I had not thought of the "potty situation" you referred to -- that is a deal breaker for me. Ew. Those who know me well know I am a city girl at heart. I think small town motels will be about as outdoorsy as I want to get.As usual, Mueller rocks ~Felicia
Four more leases signed at Mueller’s retail center
posted by langhugh on September 22nd, 2009 12:38 PM
Additional information, including information from the proprietors, at Austin Business Journal:
Re: Recommendations for window treatments / blinds?
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Popular Mechanics, 911, subsequent counterpoint to their article
posted by Rod on August 1st, 2009 10:24 PM
Simply quoting verbatim:Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (Paperback)http://www.amazon.com/Debunking-11-Mechanics-Defenders-Conspiracy/dp/156656686XQuoting verbatim from that page (and of course, one can always read the comments from those who have READ the book, which are also available on this web site):From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. An emeritus professor of theology with no previous interest in conspiracy theories, Griffin has dedicated himself since 2003 to the "9/11 truth" movement, a group committed to "exposing the falsity of the official theory about 9/11," and this book is a thorough, highly detailed attempt to do just that. As Griffin aptly notes, "the assumption that conspiracy theories are inherently irrational" has recently taken root in American culture, making any attack on the official government record instantly dismissible, but Griffin takes to the difficult task with solid reasoning and true zeal. All but the most dogmatic readers will find Griffin's evidence-from the inconsistencies between NORAD tapes and the 9/11 Commission Report to rigorous exploration into the physics of the collapse-detailed and deeply unnerving. For instance, Griffin considers the fact that firefighters were told, five hours before the fact, that building WTC 7 was going to collapse, despite "the fact that WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, that the available photographs show no large fires, and that fire had never caused a steel-frame high-rise to collapse." Another chilling passage looks at the Pennsylvania crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 through the testimony of those first to arrive, who were unanimous in finding "no recognizable plane parts, no body parts." For anyone who doubts the government's truthfulness regarding the WTC terrorist attack, this well-researched volume will give you a trough full of ideas to chew on.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Review"An emeritus professor of theology with no previous interest in conspiracy theories, Griffin has dedicated himself since 2003 to the '9/11 truth' movement, a group committed to 'exposing the falsity of the official theory about 9/11,' and this book is a thorough, highly detailed attempt to do just that. As Griffin aptly notes, 'the assumption that conspiracy theories are inherently irrational' has recently taken root in American culture, making any attack on the official government record instantly dismissible, but Griffin takes to the difficult task with solid reasoning and true zeal. All but the most dogmatic readers will find Griffin's evidence-from the inconsistencies between NORAD tapes and the 9/11 Commission Report to rigorous exploration into the physics of the collapse-detailed and deeply unnerving. For instance, Griffin considers the fact that firefighters were told, five hours before the fact, that building WTC 7 was going to collapse, despite 'the fact that WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, that the available photographs show no large fires, and that fire had never caused a steel-frame high-rise to collapse.' Another chilling passage looks at the Pennsylvania crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 through the testimony of those first to arrive, who were unanimous in finding 'no recognizable plane parts, no body parts.' For anyone who doubts the government's truthfulness regarding the WTC terrorist attack, this well-researched volume will give you a trough full of ideas to chew on." -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly"Considering how the 9/ll tragedy has been used by the Bush administration to propel us into immoral wars again and again, I believe that David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9/ll deserve to be investigated and addressed." -- Howard Zinn"David Ray Griffin has established himself--alongside Seymour Hersh--as America's number one bearer of unpleasant, yet necessary, public truths." -- Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University"Until we get a complete, honest, transparent investigation--not one based on 'confession' extracted by torture--we will never know what happened on 9/11. David Griffin will never let this go until we get the truth." -- Robert Baer, former CIA case officer and author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil.After reading David Ray Griffin's previous books on the subject, I was over 90% convinced that 9/11 was an inside job. Now, after reading Debunking 9/11 Debunking, I am, I regret to say, 100% convinced. -- John V. Whitbeck, author of The World According to WhitbeckConsidering how the 9-ll tragedy has been used by the Bush administration to propel us into immoral wars again and again, I believe that David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9-ll deserve to be investigated and addressed. -- Howard ZinnDavid Ray Griffin hits another one out of the park by taking on the left gatekeepers and the mass media for the lies and cover-up called "the official story of 9/11/01," which is the greatest conspiracy theory ever perpetrated on the American public. I highly recommend this book for all thinking Americans. -- Meria Heller, producer host of the Meria Heller Show (www.meria.net)David Ray Griffin's Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a superb compendium of the strong body of evidence showing the official US government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies. Tragically, the entire course of US foreign and domestic policies since that date has grown out of these almost certain falsehoods. This single book could (and should) provide the basis for the United Nations International Court of Justice, or some specially constituted global body (independent of the US) to investigate with highest priority, and publicly report its findings about, the charge that unknown elements within the US government, and possibly some individuals elsewhere closely allied to the US, caused or contributed to causing the events of September 11 to happen. -- Bill Christison, former senior official of the CIADavid Ray Griffin, author of 30 books and professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, systematically challenges the principal official and semi-official defenses of the standard account of 9/11 events....Throughout the book's 391 pages, including 61 pages of references, Griffin exhibits exceptional skill in detailed scholarly analysis. He concludes with a call to the reader, and all of us, to bring these issues into full public discussion and to expose the truth about 9/11, whatever it may be. Indeed, such "truth" has certainly not yet been revealed due to extensive gaps and contradictions in official theories that he documents in detail. -- ALA's CHOICEProfessor Griffin is the nemesis of the 9/11 cover-up. This new book destroys the credibility of the NIST and Popular Mechanics reports and annihilates his critics." -- Paul Craig Roberts, assistant secretary of the US Treasury during the Reagan administration
Going Green
posted by Rod on May 29th, 2009 2:33 PM
I don't pretend to be an expert on these issues, I am supplying information that apparently has just been released.Friday, May 29 2009 - Other Important NewsDoctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified FoodIt's not everyday that an organization like the American Academy of Environmental Medicine makes a sweeping statement like this about an issue that directly affects each of us, so we're posting in the "healthy activists needed" category ... And don't miss the related Organic Consumers' "Sustainability Tip of the Week" at the end. Do something ... grow food!– Ed.First, the press release from AAEM:Press AdvisoryMay 19, 2009Contact InformationDr. Amy L. Dean, D.O. Public Relations Chair Member, Board of Directors American Academy of Environmental Medicine 734-213-4901 environmentalmed@yahoo.comThe American Academy Of Environmental Medicine Calls For Immediate Moratorium On Genetically Modified FoodsWichita, KS - The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) today released its position paper on Genetically Modified foods stating that "GM foods pose a serious health risk" and calling for a moratorium on GM foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes "there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects" and that "GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health." The AAEM calls for:* A moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term safety testing and labeling of GM food.* Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community and the public to avoid GM foods.* Physicians to consider the role of GM foods in their patients' disease processes.* More independent long term scientific studies to begin gathering data to investigate the role of GM foods on human health."Multiple animal studies have shown that GM foods cause damage to various organ systems in the body. With this mounting evidence, it is imperative to have a moratorium on GM foods for the safety of our patients' and the public's health," said Dr. Amy Dean, PR chair and Board Member of AAEM. "Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions," said Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM. "The most common foods in North America which are consumed that are GMO are corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed oil." The AAEM's position paper on Genetically Modified foods can be found at http:aaemonline.org/gmopost.html. AAEM is an international association of physicians and other professionals dedicated to addressing the clinical aspects of environmental health. More information is available at http://www.aaemonline.org.About AAEM The American Academy of Environmental Medicine was founded in 1965, and is an international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment. The Academy is interested in expanding the knowledge of interactions between human individuals and their environment, as these may be demonstrated to be reflected in their total health. The AAEM provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water. ###Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified FoodBy Jeffrey M. SmithSeedsofdeception.com's Spilling the Beans, May 2009On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on "Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks."1 They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM's position paper stated, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, "There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation," as defined by recognized scientific criteria. "The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies." (emphasis added)More and more doctors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of AAEM says, "I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically modified foods." Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says "I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it."Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM, says, "Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions." World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava goes one step further. After reviewing more than 600 scientific journals, he concludes that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans.Pregnant women and babies at great riskAmong the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that "children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems" related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies, the children become "the experimental animals."2The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks--compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy.3 The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant.4When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color--from the normal pink to dark blue.5 Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm.6 Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA.7 Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.8Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state of Haryana, India revealed that most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died. In the US, about two dozen farmers reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the same corn.9In the US population, the incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating.Food designed to produce toxinGM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them. Biotech companies claim that the pesticide, called Bt--produced from soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis--has a history of safe use, since organic farmers and others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control. Genetic engineers insert Bt genes into corn and cotton, so the plants do the killing.The Bt-toxin produced in GM plants, however, is thousands of times more concentrated than natural Bt spray, is designed to be more toxic,10 has properties of an allergen, and unlike the spray, cannot be washed off the plant.Moreover, studies confirm that even the less toxic natural bacterial spray is harmful. When dispersed by plane to kill gypsy moths in the Pacific Northwest, about 500 people reported allergy or flu-like symptoms. Some had to go to the emergency room.11, 12The exact same symptoms are now being reported by farm workers throughout India, from handling Bt cotton.13 In 2008, based on medical records, the Sunday India reported, "Victims of itching have increased massively this year . . . related to BT cotton farming."14GMOs provoke immune reactionsAAEM states, "Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation," including increase in cytokines, which are "associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation"--all on the rise in the US.According to GM food safety expert Dr. Arpad Pusztai, changes in the immune status of GM animals are "a consistent feature of all the studies."15 Even Monsanto's own research showed significant immune system changes in rats fed Bt corn.16 A November 2008 by the Italian government also found that mice have an immune reaction to Bt corn.17GM soy and corn each contain two new proteins with allergenic properties,18 GM soy has up to seven times more trypsin inhibitor--a known soy allergen,19 and skin prick tests show some people react to GM, but not to non-GM soy.20 Soon after GM soy was introduced to the UK, soy allergies skyrocketed by 50%. Perhaps the US epidemic of food allergies and asthma is a casualty of genetic manipulation.Animals dying in large numbersIn India, animals graze on cotton plants after harvest. But when shepherds let sheep graze on Bt cotton plants, thousands died. Post mortems showed severe irritation and black patches in both intestines and liver (as well as enlarged bile ducts). Investigators said preliminary evidence "strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . . most probably Bt-toxin."21 In a small follow-up feeding study by the Deccan Development Society, all sheep fed Bt cotton plants died within 30 days; those that grazed on natural cotton plants remained healthy.In a small village in Andhra Pradesh, buffalo grazed on cotton plants for eight years without incident. On January 3rd, 2008, the buffalo grazed on Bt cotton plants for the first time. All 13 were sick the next day; all died within 3 days.22Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany, and horses, water buffaloes, and chickens in The Philippines.23In lab studies, twice the number of chickens fed Liberty Link corn died; 7 of 20 rats fed a GM tomato developed bleeding stomachs; another 7 of 40 died within two weeks.24 Monsanto's own study showed evidence of poisoning in major organs of rats fed Bt corn, according to top French toxicologist G. E. Seralini.25Worst finding of all--GMOs remain inside of usThe only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.26 This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories, possibly for the rest of our lives.When evidence of gene transfer is reported at medical conferences around the US, doctors often respond by citing the huge increase of gastrointestinal problems among their patients over the last decade. GM foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans.Warnings by government scientists ignored and deniedScientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous long-term tests.27 But the White House had ordered the agency to promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO policy. That policy, which is in effect today, denies knowledge of scientists' concerns and declares that no safety studies on GMOs are required. It is up to Monsanto and the other biotech companies to determine if their foods are safe. Mr. Taylor later became Monsanto's vice president.Dangerously few studies, untraceable diseasesAAEM states, "GM foods have not been properly tested" and "pose a serious health risk." Not a single human clinical trial on GMOs has been published. A 2007 review of published scientific literature on the "potential toxic effects/health risks of GM plants" revealed "that experimental data are very scarce." The author concludes his review by asking, "Where is the scientific evidence showing that GM plants/food are toxicologically safe, as assumed by the biotechnology companies?"28Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki answers, "The experiments simply haven't been done and we now have become the guinea pigs." He adds, "Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,' I say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying."29Dr. Schubert points out, "If there are problems, we will probably never know because the cause will not be traceable and many diseases take a very long time to develop." If GMOs happen to cause immediate and acute symptoms with a unique signature, perhaps then we might have a chance to trace the cause.This is precisely what happened during a US epidemic in the late 1980s. The disease was fast acting, deadly, and caused a unique measurable change in the blood--but it still took more than four years to identify that an epidemic was even occurring. By then it had killed about 100 Americans and caused 5,000-10,000 people to fall sick or become permanently disabled. It was caused by a genetically engineered brand of a food supplement called L-tryptophan.If other GM foods are contributing to the rise of autism, obesity, diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, allergies, reproductive problems, or any other common health problem now plaguing Americans, we may never know. In fact, since animals fed GMOs had such a wide variety of problems, susceptible people may react to GM food with multiple symptoms. It is therefore telling that in the first nine years after the large scale introduction of GM crops in 1996, the incidence of people with three or more chronic diseases nearly doubled, from 7% to 13%.30To help identify if GMOs are causing harm, the AAEM asks their "members, the medical community, and the independent scientific community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health."Citizens need not wait for the results before taking the doctors advice to avoid GM foods. People can stay away from anything with soy or corn derivatives, cottonseed and canola oil, and sugar from GM sugar beets--unless it says organic or "non-GMO." There is a pocket Non-GMO Shopping Guide, co-produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology and the Center for Food Safety, which is available as a download, as well as in natural food stores and in many doctors' offices.If even a small percentage of people choose non-GMO brands, the food industry will likely respond as they did in Europe--by removing all GM ingredients. Thus, AAEM's non-GMO prescription may be a watershed for the US food supply.NOTES1 David" rel="nofollow">http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html2David Schubert, personal communication to H. Penfound, Greenpeace Canada, October 25, 2002.3Irina Ermakova, "Genetically modified soy leads to the decrease of weight and high mortality of rat pups of the first generation. Preliminary studies," Ecosinform 1 (2006): 4-9.4Irina Ermakova, "Experimental Evidence of GMO Hazards," Presentation at Scientists for a GM Free Europe, EU Parliament, Brussels, June 12, 20075Irina Ermakova, "Experimental Evidence of GMO Hazards," Presentation at Scientists for a GM Free Europe, EU Parliament, Brussels, June 12, 20076L. Vecchio et al, "Ultrastructural Analysis of Testes from Mice Fed on Genetically Modified Soybean," European Journal of Histochemistry 48, no. 4 (Oct-Dec 2004):449-454.7Oliveri et al., "Temporary Depression of Transcription in Mouse Pre-implantion Embryos from Mice Fed on Genetically Modified Soybean," 48th Symposium of the Society for Histochemistry, Lake Maggiore (Italy), September 7-10, 2006.8Alberta Velimirov and Claudia Binter, "Biological effects of transgenic maize NK603xMON810 fed in long term reproduction studies in mice," Forschungsberichte der Sektion IV, Band 3/20089Jerry Rosman, personal communication, 200610See for example, A. Dutton, H. Klein, J. Romeis, and F. Bigler, "Uptake of Bt-toxin by herbivores feeding on transgenic maize and consequences for the predator Chrysoperia carnea," Ecological Entomology 27 (2002): 441-7; and J. Romeis, A. Dutton, and F. Bigler, "Bacillus thuringiensis toxin (Cry1Ab) has no direct effect on larvae of the green lacewing Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)," Journal of Insect Physiology 50, no. 2-3 (2004): 175-183.11Washington State Department of Health, "Report of health surveillance activities: Asian gypsy moth control program," (Olympia, WA: Washington State Dept. of Health, 1993).12M. Green, et al., "Public health implications of the microbial pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis: An epidemiological study, Oregon, 1985-86," Amer. J. Public Health 80, no. 7(1990): 848-852.13Ashish Gupta et. al., "Impact of Bt Cotton on Farmers' Health (in Barwani and Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh)," Investigation Report, Oct-Dec 2005.14Sunday India, October, 26, 200815October 24, 2005 correspondence between Arpad Pusztai and Brian John16John M. Burns, "13-Week Dietary Subchronic Comparison Study with MON 863 Corn in Rats Preceded by a 1-Week Baseline Food Consumption Determination with PMI Certified Rodent Diet #5002," December 17, 2002 http://wwwmonsanto.com/monsanto/content/sci_tech/prod_safety/fullratstudy.pdf17Alberto Finamore, et al, "Intestinal and Peripheral Immune Response to MON810 Maize Ingestion in Weaning and Old Mice," J. Agric. Food Chem., 2008, 56 (23), pp 11533-11539, November 14, 200818See L Zolla, et al, "Proteomics as a complementary tool for identifying unintended side effects occurring in transgenic maize seeds as a result of genetic modifications," J Proteome Res. 2008 May;7(5):1850-61; Hye-Yung Yum, Soo-Young Lee, Kyung-Eun Lee, Myung-Hyun Sohn, Kyu-Earn Kim, "Genetically Modified and Wild Soybeans: An immunologic comparison," Allergy and Asthma Proceedings 26, no. 3 (May-June 2005): 210-216(7); and Gendel, "The use of amino acid sequence alignments to assess potential allergenicity of proteins used in genetically modified foods," Advances in Food and Nutrition Research 42 (1998), 45-62.19A. Pusztai and S. Bardocz, "GMO in animal nutrition: potential benefits and risks," Chapter 17, Biology of Nutrition in Growing Animals, R. Mosenthin, J. Zentek and T. Zebrowska (Eds.) Elsevier, October 2005.20Hye-Yung Yum, Soo-Young Lee, Kyung-Eun Lee, Myung-Hyun Sohn, Kyu-Earn Kim, "Genetically Modified and Wild Soybeans: An immunologic comparison," Allergy and Asthma Proceedings 26, no. 3 (May-June 2005): 210-216(7).21"Mortality in Sheep Flocks after Grazing on Bt Cotton Fields--Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh" Report of the Preliminary Assessment, April 2006, http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp22Personal communication and visit, January 2009.23Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, Yes! Books, Fairfield, IA USA 200724Arpad Pusztai, "Can Science Give Us the Tools for Recognizing Possible Health Risks for GM Food?" Nutrition and Health 16 (2002): 73-84.25Stéphane Foucart, "Controversy Surrounds a GMO," Le Monde, 14 December 2004; referencing, John M. Burns, "13-Week Dietary Subchronic Comparison Study with MON 863 Corn in Rats Preceded by a 1-Week Baseline Food Consumption Determination with PMI Certified Rodent Diet #5002," December 17, 2002, http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto/content/sci_tech/prod_safety/fullratstudy.pdf.26Netherwood et al, "Assessing the survival of transgenic plant DNA in the human gastrointestinal tract," Nature Biotechnology 22 (2004): 2.27See memos at http://www.biointegrity.org.28José Domingo, "Toxicity Studies of Genetically Modified Plants : A Review of the Published Literature," Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, 2007, vol. 47, no8, pp. 721-733.29Angela Hall, "Suzuki warns against hastily accepting GMOs", The Leader-Post (Canada), 26 April 2005.39Kathryn Anne Paez, et al, "Rising Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Chronic Conditions: A Ten-Year Trend," Health Affairs, 28, no. 1 (2009): 15-25Jeffrey M. Smith is the author of publication Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, which presents 65 risks in easy-to-read two-page spreads. His first book, Seeds of Deception, is the top rated and #1 selling book on GM foods in the world. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, http://www.responsibletechnology.org, which is spearheading the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America. Go to http://www.seedsofdeception.com to learn more about how to avoid GM foods.Spilling the Beans is a monthly column available at http://www.responsibletechnology.org. The website also offers eater-friendly tips for avoiding GMOs at home and in restaurants.www.ResponsibleTechnology.orginfo@responsibletechnology.orgCopyright Institute For Responsible Technology 2009.Sustainability Tip of the Week from Organic Consumers AssociationDownloadable Curriculum Teaches Food SovereigntyFood sovereignty is the right of family farmers to grow food for their families and local markets and the right of consumers to get access to local, healthy foods. This grassroots movement is gaining momentum around the world, and now the National Family Farm Coalition and Grassroots International have put together a series of downloadable curricula to increase understanding of how the food system works, its failures, and the hopeful alternatives that are blossoming throughout the world. The curriculum is divided into four modules: one each for consumers, faith and anti-hunger groups, environmentalists and farmers, all designed to help:• Understand the ways in which current U.S. agricultural, trade and energy policies undermine the right of communities and nations around the world to determine their own food policies;• See how food sovereignty and locally based food systems rooted in social justice and environmental sustainability can be practical alternatives to unsustainable industrial agriculture;• Envision how people can act together across borders to build local food systems and pass fair agriculture, trade and energy policies.Downloaded from: http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20090529123413964Note that on the web site, there are some links that are of course not showing here. -Rod
Paramount Theatre 2009/2010 season tickets
posted by kerry on May 13th, 2009 10:40 AM
The Paramount announced their and I'm wondering if anyone wants to go in on season tickets together. You get better seats this way. [:grin:] I'm interested in these shows- David Sedaris, STOMP, Rufus Wainwright, John Waters Holiday Show, and Sarah Vowell. PM me if you're interested. Thanks!
Earth Day Talk: Energy Efficiency...Muellerites Invited
posted by Rod on April 17th, 2009 11:34 AM
Dusty, Great post, thanks for the information. A press release on polluted waterways that will be discussed on "Frontline". I served on a Swiss National Science Foundation Panel held in Berne, Switzerland, about 6 months ago. One of the issues that several proposals were addressing was pollution of Swiss waterways with pharmaceuticals of various sorts. It seems that this press release is highlighting this. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/ "More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture, and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species is also threatened in both estuaries. As a new president, Congress, and states set new agendas and spending priorities, FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it’s so hard to keep our waters clean. FRONTLINE EXAMINES NEWEST HEALTH HAZARDS IN NATION’S CONTAMINATED WATERWAYS FRONTLINE Presents POISONED WATERS Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS http://www.pbs.org/frontline/poisonedwaters More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health. In FRONTLINE’s Poisoned Waters, airing Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem. “The ’70s were a lot about, ‘We’re the good guys; we’re the environmentalists; we’re going to go after the polluters,’ and it’s not really about that anymore,” Jay Manning, director of ecology for Washington state, tells FRONTLINE. “It’s about the way we all live. And unfortunately, we are all polluters. I am; you are; all of us are.” Through interviews with scientists, environmental activists, corporate executives and average citizens impacted by the burgeoning pollution problem, Smith reveals startling new evidence that today’s growing environmental threat comes not from the giant industrial polluters of old, but from chemicals in consumers’ face creams, deodorants, prescription medicines and household cleaners that find their way into sewers, storm drains, and eventually into America’s waterways and drinking water. “The environment has slipped off our radar screen because it’s not a hot crisis like the financial meltdown, war or terrorism,” Smith says. “But pollution is a ticking time bomb. It’s a chronic cancer that is slowly eating away the natural resources that are vital to our very lives.” In Poisoned Waters, Smith speaks with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who report finding genetically mutated marine life in the Potomac River. In addition to finding frogs with six legs and other mutations, the researchers have found male amphibians with ovaries and female frogs with male genitalia. Scientists tell FRONTLINE that the mutations are likely caused by exposure to “endocrine disruptors,” chemical compounds that mimic the body’s natural hormones. The USGS research on the Potomac River poses some troubling questions for the 2 million people who rely on the Washington Aqueduct for their drinking water. “The endocrine system of fish is very similar to the endocrine system of humans,” USGS fish pathologist Vicki Blazer says. “They pretty much have all the same hormone systems as humans, which is why we use them as sort of indicator species. ... We can’t help but make that jump to ask the question, ‘How are these things influencing people?’” “The long-term, slow-motion risk is already being spelled out in epidemiologic data, studies—large population studies,” says Dr. Robert Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. “There are 5 million people being exposed to endocrine disruptors just in the Mid-Atlantic region, and yet we don’t know precisely how many of them are going to develop premature breast cancer, going to have problems with reproduction, going to have all kinds of congenital anomalies of the male genitalia, things that are happening at a broad low level so that they don’t raise the alarm in the general public.” Smith also investigates the state of Puget Sound’s environment, where decades of pollution have endangered such species as orca whales, whose carcasses have shown high levels of cancer-causing PCBs. “We thought all the way along that [Puget Sound] was like a toilet: What you put in, you flush out,” says Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, who notes that about 150,000 pounds of untreated toxins find their way into Puget Sound each day. “We [now] know that’s not true. It’s like a bathtub: What you put in stays there.” Smith reveals that some of today’s greatest pollution threats stem from urban sprawl and overdevelopment, as new housing and commercial developments send contaminated stormwater into rivers and bays, polluting local drinking-water supplies. Smith speaks with scuba diver Mike Racine, who describes runoff into the depths of Seattle’s Elliott Bay as a “brown, noxious soup of nastiness that is unbelievable.” “The irony is that everybody looks at that [picturesque] scene and thinks that it’s great; everything is right with the world in Elliott Bay,” Racine says. “But in point of fact, not 100 feet away from where they are drinking a nice glass of wine off their white linen, there is this unbelievable gunk coming out of the end of this pipe.” In addition to assessing the scope of America’s polluted-water problem, Poisoned Waters highlights several cases in which grassroots citizens’ groups succeeded in effecting environmental change: In South Park, Wash., incensed residents pushed for better cleanup of PCB contamination that remained from an old asphalt plant. In Loudon County, Va., residents prevented a large-scale housing development that would have overwhelmed already-strained stormwater systems believed to contribute to the contamination in Chesapeake Bay. Reversing decades of pollution and preventing the irreversible annihilation of the nation’s waterways, however, will require a seismic shift in the way Americans live their lives and use natural resources, experts say. “You have to change the way you live in the ecosystem and the place that you share with other living things,” says William Ruckelshaus, founding director of the Environmental Protection Agency. “You’ve got to learn to live in such a way that it doesn’t destroy other living things. It’s got to become part of our culture.” Poisoned Waters is a FRONTLINE co-production with Hedrick Smith Productions, Inc. Hedrick Smith is correspondent and senior producer. The program is produced by Marc Shaffer and directed by Rick Young. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation. Major funding for Poisoned Waters is provided by The Seattle Foundation, The Russell Family Foundation, The Wallace Genetic Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, The Merrill Family Foundation, The Abell Foundation, The Bullitt Foundation, the Park Foundation, and The Rauch Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Town Creek Foundation, The Clayton Baker Trust, The Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, The Chesapeake Bay Trust, Louisa and Robert Duemling, Robert and Phyllis Hennigson, Robert Lundeen, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Prince Charitable Trusts, Ron and Kathy McDowell, Valerie and Bill Anders, Bruce and Marty Coffey, The Foundation for Puget Sound, Janet Ketcham, Win Rhodes, The Robert C. and Nani S. Warren Foundation, Jim and Kathy Youngren, Vinton and Amelia Sommerville and Laura Lundgren. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers and described for people who are blind or visually impaired by the Media Access Group at WGBH. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The FRONTLINE executive producer for special projects is Michael Sullivan. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is David Fanning. pbs.org/pressroom Promotional photography can be downloaded from the PBS pressroom. Press contacts Diane Buxton (617) 300-5375 diane_buxton@wgbh.org Alissa Rooney (617) 300-5314 alissa_rooney@wgbh.org"
Mueller's 1st book club?
posted by queeneliz1 on October 5th, 2008 4:09 PM
Thanks for all the interest. So far I have 8 of us interested - so I'll just jump in and host the first one, Tues., Oct. 28th, 8:30pm at my house. I"ll have a dessert, coffee, and wine, very casual. How about the host picks the book... so Oct. 28th's group will be on The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory. I think we should pick a Tuesday a certain week every month, any preferences? I thought the group could kind of get organized on Oct. 28th and decide on a permanent meeting time. I also created a Group on the site -- any ideas how people can join the group? Or how we create an email list for the book group? other ideas I'll throw out there -- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (comes out in paperback Nov. 25) Texas Book Festival authors - http://www.texasbookfestival.org/Calendar.php Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert Hot, Flat & Crowded about energy-Thomas Friedman or historical/political biography like John Adams by David McCullough If anyone wants to host in Nov. and on feel free to jump in with your book selection. Melanie
July 24 hearing on 2030 Transportation Plan
posted by ret1ree00 on July 12th, 2008 9:53 AM
The following information is posted on TxDOT's site at http://www.txdot.gov/news/021-2008.htm.
Steering Committee Nominees
posted by GP on June 11th, 2008 8:10 AM
For the thirteen steering committee seats on the MNA, we have thirteen nominees! That is great news! As such, at the next meeting (this weekend), we will have a simple paper ballot with all thirteen nominees. As a reference, the nominees are listed below with a (self-provided) description.Thanks,GrantElizabeth ButmanDuring the early stages of the Mueller redevelopment, while Catellus retains majority control of the Property Owners' Association, our Mueller Neighborhood Association is especially crucial to ensure that residents have a forum for discussion and the ability to make our voices heard. As an architectural historian on staff at the TexasHistorical Commission, I am excited by the opportunity to help shape the history of our new development, and I hope that you will consider me for a position on the Steering Committee.Grant FisherMy wife (Ashley) and I moved to Lawless Street about 3 months ago, and have both been active in the neighborhood association since the initial meetings at Genuine Joes. As an active participant in the MNA, I would enjoy serving on the steering committee, representing not only my current neighbors, but also neighbors who have yet to move in.Kerry FisherI'm a UT grad who's lived in Austin for nine years, and I work at UT. I'll be moving to Scales Street in September from my current house in Cherrywood and I'm very excited. I've enjoyed getting involved in the neighborhood by going to the RMMA PIAC meetings for the past year and now the neighborhood meetings, too.Bobby GierischI am a Mueller resident since December, and I have attended the 'neighborhood association' meetings since they were held at Genuine Joe's -- also most of the 'neighborhoods coalition' and Mueller Commission meetings downtown. I am eager to see Mueller develop into a real community, and I am particularly interested in doing all we can to make the POA leadership responsive to the needs and wishes of the resident community.John GuestI am a former health system CEO who now is an association CEO representing (i.e. lobbying for) major teaching hospitals in Texas. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 38 years and have two grown sons, two grandchildren, and a dog named "Jetta". I have served for many years on and for volunteer boards and would like to contribute to the Mueller neighborhood and my Mueller neighbors.Drew HarrisHello, I'm your friendly neighborly lawyer on Lawless Street. I made a career of resolving disputes and coming up with creative solutions to problems, and I hope to be able to use these skills as a member of the Steering Committee.Dusty HarshmanI look forward to ensuring that the Mueller neighborhood is equal to the sum of its parts. Our well-conceived design, our diverse and intelligent residents, our dedicated stakeholders, and our out-of-this-world amenities should equate to a landmark neighborhood. While I believe we'll become a landmark neighborhood, I also hope that there will come a time that Mueller will just be another place in Austin to hang out in all four seasons: Winter, Spri-Summer, Summer, and Fa-Summer. Did I mention how hot its been?Jerry PerkinsI have a lifetime of community service through teaching, research, administration and various other activities, including election to two terms on a POA board (representing 3500 property owners). I would honored to help on the steering committee or in any capacity in which the MNA membership thinks I would useful.Wilson RobertsonI am a husband and father of two small girls, and we will be moving into one of David Weekley's rowhouses as a part of the Affordable Housing Program before November this year. I am a designer and project manager for a local architecture firm and card-carrying New Urbanist. As a member of the MNA Steering Committee, I intend to be a voice for those within the Affordable Housing Program, a voice for those within medium-density dwelling units, and a voice to represent Mueller's role as a participant within the greater Austin area.Rod RuoffI would like to serve on the MNA and play the role of advocate for helping to educate Mueller about "green" issues. There are exciting developments in renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy storage, and related topics, which Mueller could benefit from. A parallel interest is in self-sufficiency, such as related to community-supported agriculture. Cliff SpinacAs a 12 year resident of Austin, after living in New York and Florida, I have come to an understanding about home living in Austin. I would like to be proactive in helping guide the future of our neighborhood to become something we can all be proud of.Kim WineI am Kim Wine, garden court resident, teacher, mom of 2 young boys, wife of Aaron. I helped present Mueller's need for an elementary school to AISD, and plan to continue to keep them informed on the situation. I am admittedly not good at legal mumbo-jumbo, but I feel I have common sense and the ability to see the big picture. My main concerns are making Mueller an open, friendly, safe and family-oriented place to live.Karen ZabreznikAlthough not a Mueller homeowner yet our home is well on its way to being complete in September. I have participated in the Mueller Neighborhood Assn and other Mueller related meetings since the Pioneer process began and we all started signing contracts on homes at Mueller. I am interested in continuing to participate the evolution of our community into a unique and special place to live and our interaction as a community with the surrounding neighborhoods, the POA, city government and other groups with an interest in Mueller.
Re: Intelligence on Phase 2
posted by henningspruth on April 25th, 2008 4:21 PM
I hope they're going to put a Meritage Johnson next to David Weekly's Willie!
Place to Live!!!
posted by recondite92 on March 1st, 2008 11:02 AM
Looks like our house is going to sell before our David Weekley Row House is finished. The buyer wants to close March 28th. David Weekley is telling us we should be able to close sometime in late May. So, we are looking for temporary housing. We really don't want to do the Corporate Housing thing so if anyone has any leads on house sitting, short term rent let me know. A little about us: No pets, I retired Jan.10, 2008 after 31 yrs. working for the city my wife works in the association business same association for 23 years. Any suggestions ideals leads greatly appreciated.John & Sandra
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