Open Government data
The City of Austin is one of seven cities worldwide and the only U.S. city to participate in the Open Government Partnership’s inaugural pilot in 2017. As the program draws to a close, Austin is celebrating civic innovation at an open government showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the new Central Library. “The City of Austin’s commitment to improving systems of governance alongside one-third of the world’s population is a testament to our spirit of innovation,” said Kerry O’Connor, Chief Innovation Officer.
Dems gear up for election
The 2018 elections have already kicked off. Now is the time to get engaged and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Among Travis County Democrats running are Judge Steve Kirkland for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 2; Judge R. K. Sandill for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 4; Kathy Cheng for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 6; Judge Maria (Terry) Jackson for Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals; and Judge Ramona Franklin for Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7.
Public input for 2018 bond
The Bond Election Advisory Task Force, established by the Austin City Council in 2016, is providing several opportunities for the public to weigh in on a potential 2018 bond. Feedback opportunities in multiple languages include interactive town halls, an online survey, by calling Austin 3-1-1, and an online bond simulator. The Task Force has seven remaining town halls scheduled throughout the city. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, Spicewood Springs Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Northwest Recreation Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Hampton Branch Library at Oak Hill.
Municipal Court hours change
Effective Dec. 1, the operational hours for the downtown location of the Austin Municipal Court, 700 E. 7th St., will change. The court will still remain open 12 hours most days, with extended hours on Thursday. The new hours for this location will change to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday. This change is being made so the Court can better accommodate the needs of the people seeking Court services, and so the Court can better allocate staff during peak times of use. According to an analysis, most people come between 5-7 p.m., while less than five percent of the Court’s business is conducted between 7-10 p.m.
Muslim women casting call
The creative team behind the Norwegian drama, SKAM, is looking for Muslim women ages 17-19 years old to audition for a lead role. The show will film in Austin on a schedule that will have minimal intrusion on students’ school commitments. Prior acting experience is not required, and if cast, talent will be paid professional scale. Interested applicants should send their name, phone, email, birth date, current city of residence and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Shoal Creek plan
The Planning and Zoning Department has released the draft North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan. The draft plan is the result of an extensive planning process which included public meetings, online surveys, and small group discussions. Members of the community are invited to an Open House to review and comment on the draft plan. The Open House will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in the Pillow Elementary School cafeteria.