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    WANG Meetings

    WANG will conduct it’s next board meeting online at the normal meeting time (2nd Monday of the month, April 13, 2020 at 6:30PM) using Zoom.  Please join us for our first virtual meeting using the following information (you can dial in or join us on your computer):

    West Austin Neighborhood Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: West Austin Neighborhood Group – April Board Meeting

    Time: Apr 13, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

     

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    Register in advance for this meeting:

    https://zoom.us/j/162643921?pwd=dTdvekNDSmE3M1E5OHNNeUtMUEFKQT09

    Meeting ID: 162 643 921

    Password: 558303

    Here’s a short tutorial video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQQ) on how to join a Zoom meeting.  A few minutes before the meeting, please click the meeting link below so that you can download a copy of the Zoom application and set up your computer audio and video.  Since you will need an audio/video link, please use a computer or phone which has a camera on it.  Or, you can use one of the following phone numbers to dial in for audio only.

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    Meeting ID: 162 643 921

    Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abfLz7W6o9

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

    COVID-19 Update

    We learned that one of the attendees at WANG’s March 9 board meeting subsequently developed symptoms (on March 15) and later tested positive for COVID-19.  The reason for providing this notice is that it can be difficult to obtain COVID-19 tests, but if anyone who attended the March 9 WANG board meeting starts feeling symptoms, they should absolutely let people know that they HAVE been exposed to someone who tested positive so that it may be easier for them to get tested.

    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 the following information:

    • Incubation for COVID-19 is 2-14 days. So you could be exposed and wouldn’t experience symptoms until 2 weeks later. However, they did say that it is a rare occurrence that someone would be exposed and then experience symptoms after five days or more after exposure.  (In other words, if you attended the March 9 WANG meeting and haven’t experienced symptoms within 14 days of that meeting and you’ve had no other exposure to a positive source, then you probably won’t start to experience symptoms.)
    • The best thing you can do for yourself is to monitor your temperature and your own symptoms.  They said to 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.
    • 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. 
    • As you’re able, wipe down “high touch” surfaces twice daily. Don’t forget sink handles, door knobs, keyboards, phones, remote controls, automatic water dispensers on your fridge, etc.
    • AHD advises people with symptoms that “if you must go somewhere, e.g. the store, etc, to wear a mask and gloves.”  Really, folks with symptoms should make arrangements not to travel anywhere from the home during the 14-day quarantine period, such as by asking friends to pickup/deliver any required items, so the mask/gloves advice is for folks have no other choice.

    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

    Events

     

    Development

     

    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 Muny, 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/events.html 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 Newsletter provides a recap and overview of our work this past few months to preserve and protect the neighborhood from deterioration.  Click to read the 2019 September semi-annual newsletter.  Our new electronic version of our January 2019 Newsletter is available now.

    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 .