Category: Neighborhood Network

Neighborhood Network

October 20, 2020

Dear Neighbor, In August, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to make significant reductions to the police budget. Now, some city council members who celebrated the cuts have changed their story. You can’t have it both ways. What really happened? It’s confusing. The Austin City Council cut an additional $21.5 million from the city manager’s proposed budget and… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

October 15, 2020

Dear Neighbor, NUA — No Units Available That’s the patrol status when you call 9-1-1 and police can’t respond. And it’s happening in Austin. Forty-seven police cadets are expected to graduate from the training academy next Friday. After that, no more cadet classes are scheduled. Why? Despite rising crime and slower response times, the Austin City Council… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

October 5, 2020

Dear Neighbor, Today is the voter registration deadline for the November 3 election. Five Austin City Council seats are on the ballot. Be an informed voter. Find your council district.
 Early voting begins October 13.
 Election Day is November 3.
 The Greater Austin Crime Commission and a coalition of business and community groups will urge the Austin City Council to make… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

September 28, 2020

Dear Neighbor, The latest Chief’s Monthly Report indicates several crime categories continue to rise compared to last year. In the first eight months of 2020: Murder increased 43%. Auto theft increased 33%. Arson increased 24%. Aggravated assaults increased 17%. Robberies, building theft, vandalism, and burglaries increased. Despite rising crime and slower response times, the Austin City Council voted unanimously last month to cut… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

September 8, 2020

Dear Neighbor, The City-Community Task Force to “reimagine” public safety has met three times for more than seven hours and has yet to discuss any of the Austin Police Department programs and services under consideration to be cut or moved. The task force is scheduled to meet again this week to consider how to organize and structure its work. What is… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

August 31, 2020

Dear Neighbor, Not surprisingly, the community reacted strongly to police budget cuts by the Austin City Council a few weeks ago. More than $21 million and 150 police positions were cut. Another $128.8 million was placed in a “transition budget.” Did it make sense to cut cops when crime is rising and response times are slower? Decide for yourself.… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

August 17, 2020

Dear Neighbor, We told the Austin City Council last month that a majority of likely voters didn’t support cutting cops when crime is on the rise and response times are slower. And they did it anyway. Cutting $21 million now and potentially $128 million more in six months. Council Member Greg Casar sent an email to supporters saying “We won!” after… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

August 14, 2020

Dear Neighbor, I know you’re concerned about what the Austin City Council did yesterday. Same here. We’re worried about police budget cuts when crime is increasing and response times are slower, but also hopeful about opportunities for community involvement in the next few months. In a news conference yesterday, Chief Brian Manley reassured us that despite budget cuts, responding to 911… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

August 12, 2020

Dear Neighbor, Later today, the Austin City Council will begin adopting a budget for the next fiscal year. Nearly 300 speakers have signed up. It’s not too late to contact the mayor and your council member. Use these links to call or send an email.  We can’t afford to cut cops, cancel cadet classes, or reduce overtime when crime is increasing in our… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

August 9, 2020

Dear Neighbor, The Austin City Council will start adopting a budget Wednesday. That’s seventy-two hours left to make your voice heard and stand for public safety. We can’t afford to cut cops, cancel cadet classes, and reduce overtime. A majority of Austin voters support reform, but not cutting cops when crime is increasing and response times are slower. Ask… Read more »