City Council, District 3
Our growing city is facing some challenges. We must take bold steps to address our housing and transportation crisis and the threat that flooding and climate change pose to our community. This November, we have an opportunity to make real a investment in the solutions our city needs by voting in support of Propositions A-G. Proposition H will help clarify the process for decisions surrounding the composition of the Planning Commission. The current language that Prop H seeks to change is ambiguous and needs to be updated to avoid confusion. Proposition I is simply meant to make grammatical corrections to the City Charter. Proposition J seeks to erode the progress we have made through 10-1 by circumventing the decisions that geographically representative, democratically-elected council members make on very technical land use issues. It may deter or at least delay action by up to three years on some of the most important issues facing our city like addressing traffic congestion, lack of affordable housing, economic segregation, environmental protection, and flood mitigation. Proposition K has rightly been referred to by many as a dangerous trojan horse. This ballot initiative is a deceitful attempt by far-right anti-Austin political operatives who refuse to reveal their donors to force the City of Austin to waste millions of tax-payer dollars on an unnecessary study to justify reducing and privatizing city services.