BBB: The Med School, The Innovation District, & the City of Austin
Join UT Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, Central Health President and CEO Patricia Young Brown, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, and Civic Analytics' Brian Kelsey for a discussion about the Med School and its impact on the City of Austin. Moderated by Monitor publisher Mike Kanin. April 28 at the North Door. Free and open to the public.
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Council limits adult-oriented businesses
Don't expect any more strip clubs downtown. City Council unanimously approved an ordinance disallowing adult-oriented businesses within 1,000 feet of a museum or library. This adds them to a list including schools, day care facilities, churches and public parks. The change was spurred by plans to open a strip club on Congress Avenue near the Mexic-Arte Museum and The Contemporary Austin Art Museum. The club’s permit has been reviewed by staff, and if they resubmit the city will have another two weeks to review it, which all but guarantees its disapproval. The ordinance, which takes effect in 10 days, also makes businesses trying to place an adult-oriented business downtown subject to review. Every other board and commission that heard the code amendment — the Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee, the Downtown Commission and the Planning Commission — approved it unanimously.
Patricia Young Brown joins Monitor Forum
Patricia Young Brown, President and CEO of Central Health, will be joining us April 28, for the Austin Monitor's "Beer, Brains, and Betterment" talk on Austin's new medical school and the innovation district. Brown will join UT Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Civic Analytics' Brian Kelsey for a discussion about the Med School and its impact on the City of Austin. Though free and open to the public, those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here.
Travis County supports mobile voting
Travis County Commissioners heard staff updates on House Bills 1615 and 2725 in the 84th Legislative Session. These bills could kill the county’s mobile voting program. The bills were filed after public independent school districts across the state used their mobile voting programs to target specific voters, said Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County Clerk. Giving an example, DeBeauvoir said the ISDs would take mobile voting specifically to Parent Teacher Association meetings when school bonds where on ballots. She said Travis County uses the program to reach out to its rural, elderly and other residents who were less mobile, and do not participate in voter targeting practices. Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to support local control of the program.
Parks Foundation offers lifeguard incentive
Thursday was the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department's "Lifeguard Hiring Day." To celebrate, the Parks Department teamed up with the Austin Parks Foundation to offer the first Lifeguard Hiring Incentive program. As a result, the first 500 lifeguards that are hired, trained and work the first week of the season will receive a $100 VISA gift card. The city will be holding two more hiring days for lifeguards, on May 7 and May 20. For more information, visit the city's website on lifeguarding in Austin. More than 750 lifeguards are needed in order to safely operate Austin's city pools this summer.
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