Category Archives: Omnibus

SOCA: Austin’s “Kozmetsky Moment”

Since this is Austin, the change agenda’s focus on affordability must also deal with challenges in our local music industry and with our creative arts. SXSW and ACL are booming, but we’re losing creatives as we lose creative opportunities in an ever more expensive city.
We must manage growth to help live music in the Live Music Capital of the World. If we fail, Austin will never produce another Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn or Manuel Donley. Affordable music venues are incubators that allowed Grupo Fantasma, Spoon, and Gary Clark Jr. to develop their craft before launching on the world. This is equally true for the visual and performing arts.
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2017 State of the City Address: The Spirit of Austin

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Mayor Pro Tem, Council Members, City Manager, Distinguished Guests, my fellow Austinites.

There is something magical about this place, our people, our culture and our spirit.

We know that diversity makes us stronger, that taking care of our environment is to our credit and not to our detriment.  We’re laid back and focused.  We’re willing to fail so long as we learn quickly and keep trying. The character of Austin is important to us for a reason. It’s about a quality of life where we don’t thrive despite our weird, diverse, and inclusive values – we thrive because of them!

The State of our City is as wonderfully unique and special as it has ever been.

But that’s not quite the story we always tell ourselves about Austin, is it? There is something else we often tell ourselves about this city, and we say it as if it were a knowing, painful joke:

The best time to be in Austin, we say, was five years before you got here.

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2016: MAYOR ADLER’S YEAR IN REVIEW  

 

2016YEAR OF MOBILITY

  • Crafted $720 million Smart Corridor mobility bond package that will decrease congestion on major arteries and increase safety
  • Voted on CAMPO to prioritize overpasses on Loop 360 to get additional $204 million from Texas Transportation Commission to add to $46 million passed in mobility bond, which will result in being able to drive the length of Loop 360 from Highway 183 to South MoPac without any stoplights
  • Approved Vision Zero Action Plan to improve traffic safety with a goal of zero deaths
  • Started safety improvements on the five most-dangerous intersections in Austin
  • Finalist for U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, leading to the establishment of the Smart State Consortium, a statewide initiative to public-private innovation to Texas’ mobility challenges, the creation of a new research triangle formed by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and Southwest Research Institute, and the establishment of the Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground
  • Won Mayors’ Challenge Ladders of Opportunity Award from U.S. Department of Transportation for pedestrian safety project on Rundberg Lane
  • Despite departure of incumbent ride sharing companies, Austin gained multiple transportation network companies operating at scale with a real choice for fingerprinted drivers
  • Created a taxi co-op, partially deregulating taxis in Austin
  • Welcomed Chariot, Ford’s new on-demand shuttle service, to Austin, the second city it’s operating in after San Francisco
  • Was named one of five global mayors to be an initial member of the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles to galvanize experts and data to accelerate cities’ planning efforts, and produce a set of principles and tools that participating cities, as well as cities around the world, can use to chart their own paths forward.
  • Launched Austin Don’t Rush, a city-wide one-day challenge to get local commuters to do something other than drive alone during rush hour. This resulted in increases in downloads of Capital Metro’s mobile app and ridership increases across their system as well as an 11% decrease in downtown drive times during the morning rush hour.

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Oped: New plan to save live music venues

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We’re going to save our live music venues in Austin. And this is the kind of progress we’re been looking for.

This week our office was selected as a winner of the Neighborly Bonds Challenge, which called on innovative public agencies interested in offering their communities the opportunity to invest directly in local projects. Winning will allow us to work with Neighborly to develop a $10-million minibond to purchase and preserve iconic music venues, fulfilling one of the objectives I laid out in the Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution introduced last February.

I am excited about the possibilities that winning the Neighborly Bonds Challenge offers us. This is not a taxpayer bailout. Instead, this provides our community a way out of a problem that has hurt us deeply for generations. We have already lost clubs we will never get back, such as the Armadillo World Headquarters and Liberty Lunch, places where so many of us fell in love with the special spirit of Austin.

We cannot lose these music venues without losing something that is vital to our identity and to our soul. Austin won’t be the Live Music Capital of the World if we keep losing music venues. Now, thanks to Neighborly, we have a way to do something about it. Continue reading

ADLER ANNOUNCES MINIBOND PLAN TO SAVE MUSIC VENUES

As the official announcement was being made at the Bond Buyer conference in Los Angeles, Mayor Adler announced that the Mayor’s office had submitted one of five winning applications in the Neighborly Bonds Challenge, which called on innovative public agencies interested in offering their communities the opportunity to invest directly in local projects. Winning will allow the Mayor’s office to collaborate with Neighborly to establish a $10-million minibond to purchase and preserve iconic music venues, fulfilling one of the objectives the Mayor identified in the Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution introduced last February.

“I am excited about the possibilities that winning the Neighborly Bonds Challenge offers us. This is not a taxpayer bailout. Instead, this provides our community a way out of a problem that has hurt us deeply for generations. We have already lost clubs we will never get back, such as the Armadillo World Headquarters and Liberty Lunch, places where the Austin became the city we love today. We cannot lose these music venues without losing something that is vital to our identity and to our soul. Austin won’t be the Live Music Capital of the World if we keep losing music venues. Now, thanks to Neighborly, we have a way to do something about it,” said Mayor Adler, who envisions using Neighborly’s expertise, skill, and technology to crowdsource a $10 million investment vehicle that can create permanent affordability for music venues. “This is a creative solution for the creative class.” Continue reading