Category: Neighborhood Network

Neighborhood Network

August 4, 2020

Dear Neighbor, We’re number one, but it’s not good news. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Austin ranks first among the fifteen largest US cities for percentage increase in murders this year and third in robberies. A week from tomorrow, the Austin City Council begins budget adoption. The proposed budget includes cutting 100 police positions, and several council members… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

July 28, 2020

Dear Neighbor, In two weeks, the Austin City Council will vote on a budget that cuts 100 police officers. Call and email the mayor and council members urging them not to cut cops. A new poll shows a majority of Austin voters oppose reducing the police department budget and cutting cops. There is strong support for public safety reform but not reducing police officers when violent crime… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

July 15, 2020

Dear Neighbor, At the Austin City Council’s direction, City Manager Spencer Cronk released a proposed budget this week that cuts 100 police officers. What does that mean for the community? Download our Crime in Austin report. It details crime by council district, response times, traffic fatalities, and other public safety information. Please read it for yourself and decide. Can we afford to cut cops?… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

July 6, 2020

Dear Neighbor, At the Austin City Council’s direction, City Manager Spencer Cronk is expected to propose a budget next Monday that cuts nearly 100 police officers. “Defunding” the police department makes everyone less safe. Smart police reform is possible without jeopardizing the safety of our businesses, churches, neighborhoods, and schools. If the Austin City Council supports… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

June 10, 2020

Dear Neighbor, Tomorrow, the Austin City Council will vote unanimously to approve three resolutions that impact public safety. Positive policy changes are overshadowed by parts that put the community at risk. Policing reforms are possible without jeopardizing the safety of our neighborhoods. The community wants good policing, not fewer officers. We need your help now. Item 95 indefinitely… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

June 9, 2020

Dear Neighbor, George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has changed our community. We hear and share the anger, frustration, and worry that so many are voicing. Keeping everyone safe has been our commitment for more than twenty years. Police reform is possible without risking public safety. The community wants good policing, not fewer… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

June 8, 2020

Dear Neighbor, You can’t solve one public safety crisis by creating another. During this generational moment, the community has an opportunity to join together and make Austin safer for everyone. On Thursday, the Austin City Council will vote on resolutions that impact the police department and public safety in our community. The Greater Austin Crime… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

June 7, 2020

Dear Neighbor, You’re going to hear from me every day this week. The stakes are high at City Hall. George Floyd’s death was a homicide. It was wrong and has caused the country and our community to face hard truths. During this generational moment, we have an opportunity to join together to make Austin safer… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

June 3, 2020

Dear Neighbor, George Floyd’s death in Minnesota was a homicide. It was wrong and has caused the country and our community to face hard truths. Not everyone feels safe. Not everyone is safe. In this historic moment, we face a pandemic and protests for justice. Lawlessness undermines the voices of those betrayed by a system that marginalizes… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

May 30, 2020

Dear Neighbor, Many Americans are angry. The pandemic, politics, and public safety collided this week. Austin has a long tradition of community engagement, which includes peaceful protests and rallies.  We support the Austin Police Department and the rights of protestors.Regrettably, demonstrations today have resulted in arrests for criminal acts. Lawlessness and violence aren’t how we solve problems,… Read more »