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    WANG Meetings

    WANG will conduct its next board meeting online at the normal meeting time (2nd Monday of the month, August 10, 2020 at 6:30PM) using Zoom. All neighbors are invited to attend. Please register for this meeting using the following link:

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

    West Austin Neighborhood Group Monthly Meeting

    When: Aug 10, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrdO-trjsqGdxUxuVfBtOUuFudIhMbGxCZ

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    We will be sending updates to our members and E-News subscribers via E-Newsletter. Please subscribe by sending your email address to

    WANG Public Safety Event with Council Member Alter

    Current WANG Members, please join us on August 6th 2020 at 6:00 PM for a Zoom Meeting conversation with Council Member Alter about Austin public safety budget and the future of public safety in Austin. This virtual event is an opportunity to share your thought and feedback on public safety with Council Member Alter. This meeting is open to current WANG members. To register, please email 

    Black Lives Matter

    On June 11, 2020, WANG sent the following Resolution to the Mayor, Austin City Council and City Manager, concerning the Austin Police Dept.’s action against nonviolent demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd and racist practices by police throughout the country:

    RESOLUTION
    WHEREAS the West Austin Neighborhood Group has witnessed the Austin Police Department’s abuse of power over the past several weeks in responding to the protests related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and in support of #BlackLivesMatter; and

    WHEREAS we have been shocked by the Austin Police Department’s failure to respond appropriately so as to protect and serve the people of Austin and the nonviolent demonstrators; and

    WHEREAS we have been outraged by the excessive use of force by the Austin Police Department on peaceful demonstrators exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly, injuring many participants, some severely;

    THEREFORE, the West Austin Neighborhood Group resolves the following, calling upon the City Council to take action:
    1. To reallocate funding of the Austin Police Department to increase training for police officers responding to nonviolent demonstrations;
    2. To develop and adopt policies, procedures and practices for the Austin Police Department to eliminate the use of so-called “less lethal” weapons (such as, bean bag ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray) in crowd control during nonviolent demonstrations;
    3. To eliminate any physical assault on non-violent/peaceably protesting demonstrators and other civilians (bystanders, medics, and press) with batons, shields, or fists;
    4. To conduct an investigation of the officers using excessive force on non-violent demonstrators, including spraying crowds with pepper spray and tear gas, and shooting rubber bullets and bean bags into crowds; and
    5. To adopt Item 50 and Item 95 on the City Council’s agenda for June 11, 2020, which call for the following:
    • Zero racial disparity in traffic stops, arrests and citations.
    • Banning all choke holds and strangleholds
    • Having police exhaust all other alternatives, including de-escalation and less lethal force options, prior to resorting to deadly force
    • Requiring officers to report all force used
    and
    Approve a resolution relating to City of Austin policies on police use of force; on police munitions, equipment, and technology; on policing tactics; and on the upcoming cadet class.
    ADOPTED: /s/ Holly Reed, President
    DATE: June 10, 2020

    COVID-19 Update

    Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt extended stay at home orders – for the latest, please see https://www.austintexas.gov/department/covid-19-information/stay-home-order  . The Order requires residents to stay at home, except for essential activities and essential businesses, to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the Order requires the public to wear fabric face coverings when conducting essential activities or work. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s Coronavirus website or the Austin Public Health’s COVID-19 website. Austin/ Travis County residents can find up to date information on the City’s Orders, Health Providers and Community Resources at www.austintexas.gov/COVID19

    Resources for Senior Citizens:

    If you would like to volunteer to make sure our seniors, especially our solo seniors, know they are not alone during this pandemic, you can find several volunteer opportunities (virtual and otherwise) on the Aging Services Council of Central Texas website.”

    Local Businesses Helping During COVID-19 Pandemic:

    • Randalls Special Hours for Seniors, Pregnant Customers, or Immuno compromised Customers: Tuesday & Thursday from 7-9 a.m. On Sunday, April 26th, Randalls stores will begin opening at 6 a.m. This gives seniors and immuno compromised customers an extra hour to shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6-9 a.m.)
    • H-E-B and Favor Delivery have introduced a new service that allows customers to have grocery essentials delivered straight to their doorstep in two hours or less. In addition to H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery, Texans can now use Favor’s new Express Delivery service, to have products delivered from every H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V’s store in Texas, with no membership fees or minimum order requirement. Express Delivery from H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V’s is available seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. via the Favor app or favordelivery.com.The H-E-B & Favor Senior Support Program provides seniors (60+) with delivery of groceries and essentials via its dedicated web ordering service or phone line. Seniors can place same-day grocery orders through the Senior Support Program’s Easy Ordering & Delivery website from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week. The Senior Support Line phone ordering service is available by calling 1-833-397-0080, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. For more information on the Senior Support Program, visit favordelivery.com/seniors.
    • Mozart’s Coffee has opened the Boat Town Market, a store with essential items, face masks, health and safety items and more! https://mozartscoffee.com/
    • Please support our local restaurants and small businesses who are providing online service, take-out / delivery. Maudie’s, Pool Burger, 68 Degrees, Beer Plant, Food Food and others are working hard to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.

    LDC Rewrite/CodeNEXT Version 2

    In the Petition Rights Lawsuit Filed Dec 12, the Court issued a decision in favor of the plaintiffs on all issues against the City of Austin, concluding that the City failed to give the required notice and failed to recognize legitimate protest rights.  As a result, this decision appears to void the City Council’s votes on first and second readings approving the Land Development Code changes.  In addition, this decision confirms that the state law provision of valid petition rights can be used to required a super-majority vote by City Council to approve zoning changes where 20% of the nearby neighbors oppose the zoning change.

    We are grateful to the citizens who helped organize and support the petition rights lawsuit.  What can you do next?

    • To donate to the legal fund that will be used to defend our right to petition, go to the Community Not Commodity (CNC) website and click donate. Here is a link to that specific webpage: https://donateway.com/donate/jrK7BSBb/community-not-commodity/paymentIt is very important that you indicate “Yes” in the rectangle that says: “You want funds to go for protest litigation.” That way the funds you give will go to a special account for payment of the lawyers.
    • Go to www.austintexas.gov/LDC  and find your property and zone on the D10 zoning map to see what is allowed.
    • Write to Council and Mayor at https://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members
    • File a protest at www.fileyourprotest.com– Note: The deadline has been extended.  It is important to file.  If you do not file once the LDC rewrite has been passed, you will lose your right even if the lawsuit prevails.
    •  Follow what Community not Commodity is doing.
    • Talk to friends, co-workers, and acquaintances who live in other districts – show them what is happening and encourage them to write to their council member

    Our District 10 Council Member, Alison Alter, is one of three Council Members who DO NOT SUPPORT the up-zoning in Transition Zones proposed by the Land Development Code Revision.

    And Council Member Alter’s Newsletter regarding the LDC Revision can be seen here: https://app.getresponse.com/view.html?x=a62b&m=cLHRg&u=STGys&y=k&dont_redirect=1
    SAVE MUNY!
    The West Austin Neighborhood Group is committed to preserving the historic Lions Municipal Golf Course. MUNY, as it is known to locals, has been a part of Austin for almost 100 years as the city’s oldest and most beloved public course. MUNY is a treasured urban green space and was recently recognized as a nationally significant civil rights historical site as the first public course in the South to racially integrate. Based on the course’s compelling role in the civil rights movement and in Texas golf history, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. But Austin is in danger of losing this invaluable property to development. These organizations are working together to preserve MUNY:
    • Save Munywww.savemuny.com a grass roots organization, has worked since 1973 to preserve Lions Municipal Golf Course as an inclusive, affordable place for all Austinites to enjoy the game of golf and the outdoors.
    • The Save Historic Muny District (SHMD) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2019, to help fund Muny’s preservation
    • The Muny Conservancy, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, is working to raise funds to purchase, restore and preserve Muny as a public golf course, and recreation space, forever.
    Please help us save this historic Austin green space!! Visit http://www.savemuny.com to participate, and spread the word!

    New HEB Store:  HEB has prepared a website with architectural drawings and other details.  HEB would like input from neighbors regarding their plans for a new store where Randall’s is currently located.   Please send comments to Leslie Sweet, Director of Public Affairs: You can email the design team at .  You can access HEB’s traffic study for the site here: Lake Austin Blvd. Traffic Study 2019.

    Red Bud Trail Renovation Project:  Please view the plans.  You can review answers to the questions they were sent here.

    Walsh Boat Landing Improvements:  Improvements are scheduled to start mid-September.  More Information here.

    Exposition Construction:  Water line upgrades and maintenance have started on Exposition Blvd.  For more information visit the Exposition Water Improvements page.

    Newsletter

    WANG’s Semi-annual Print Newsletter provides a recap and overview of our work during the past few months to preserve our neighborhood.  Click to read the 2019 September semi-annual newsletter.  Our new electronic version of our January 2019 Newsletter is available now. WANG’s May/ June 2020 Print Newsletter will be delivered to all residences in the WANG area. For questions about advertising please email Haidar@WestAustinNG.com

    Who We Are

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG) is a non-profit organization of residents with the shared goal of preserving West Austin and protecting it from deterioration. WANG is concerned with community development, ecology, safety, and any other matters that indirectly and directly affect the quality and character of the neighborhood and the City of Austin.

    Comments? Complaints? Input?

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    Comments? Complaints? Input?

    Please send us an email with any comments, complaints, or concerns about neighborhood matters by clicking .