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    WANG Meetings

    WANG will conduct its next board meeting online at the normal meeting time (2nd Monday of the month, June 8, 2020 at 6:30PM) using Zoom. All neighbors are invited to attend.

    West Austin Neighborhood Group May Zoom Meeting:

    Topic: West Austin Neighborhood Group – June Board Meeting

    Time: June 8, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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

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

    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  And while the following information is not intended to be medical advice, we have been informed that the Austin Health Department is providing this information:

    • Incubation for COVID-19 is 2-14 days. So you could be exposed and wouldn’t experience symptoms until 2 weeks later. However, AHD did say that it is a rare occurrence that someone would be exposed and then experience symptoms after five days or more after exposure.
    • The best thing you can do for yourself is to monitor your temperature and your own symptoms.  Take your temp twice daily and at the first sign of fever or symptoms, contact your Primary Care Provider or Austin Health Department  (512) 972-5555.
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when outside your home if you cannot maintain 6′ of social distance, and when you go to a store or make essential trips near others. This is a City of Austin Order.
    • IF you do start to experience symptoms, isolate yourself from vulnerable family members.  If you CAN isolate yourself, you should wait until you are free of symptoms for 72 hours before interacting with family or going out in public.  If you are not able to isolate yourself from family members, you should presume that the entire family is infected and make plans to be quarantined without external travel for the next two weeks.
      • This is confusing because shouldn’t we all be quarantining anyways? Yes, absolutely, we should all be quarantining, so basically, do what you have been/should be doing anyways. With one important caveat: IF you start to have labored breathing, and increasing shortness of breath, call 911 or (if you have time and someone to drive you) call the hospital and tell them you’re having symptoms and you’re on your way. 

    Seeking Community feedback for Project Connect:

    This month, Capital Metro and the City of Austin are hosting a series of eight (8) Virtual Community Meetings to familiarize the public with Project Connect before it goes to Austin City Council this June. Project Connect is a bold transit plan that includes a new light rail system, a downtown transit tunnel that makes everyone’s trip faster whether you’re on the train or in your car, new MetroRapid routes and vehicles, a transition to a zero-emissions fleet and much more. Project Connect will connect the entire city and get us moving forward again.

    Could you please share the invitation below with your neighborhoods? We want to make sure your neighbors have an opportunity to participate and ask questions of their elected leaders. The invitation below provides an overview of the Virtual Community Meeting schedule, with a link to the registration page for each event. If your neighborhood wants to focus on one particular Community Meeting, we can send you another thumbnail, specific to that date/time. In addition, if members of the community can’t make it to *any* of the upcoming Community Meetings, they can still provide feedback in the Project Connect Virtual Open House, happening now through the end of May.

    District 10 Council Member Alison Alter held a Virtual Town Hall

    on Tuesday, April 21st. Here are some highlights from that meeting:

    “One of the most important messages was that we need to reach out to our seniors at this challenging time to make sure they feel connected. Beyond a kind word, here are some useful resources you can use or share:

    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.)
    • (April 23, 2020) 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 who are providing take-out / delivery service!! 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.

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