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Austin Staff (not Council) Delay CodeNext
 
The reality of the CodeNext mess finally set in.  Today City Staff announced that the 3rd draft of the comprehensive rewrite of the City's land development code would not be released on November 28th, but instead in mid-February.  City Council consideration of the now 1200 page "simplification" of the Land Development Code would be pushed well beyond the April deadline set by Mayor Adler and a majority of City Council.
 
This is a welcomed step, but it comes with a bit of a bad taste.  Several City officials, including the Mayor, had attempted to paint neighborhood and environmental leaders arguing the draft code as too far gone to be cleaned up by April as out-of-touch obstructionists.    Now staff agrees.  It's unfortunate the City Council didn't take this step last month instead of adding another $2 million to the CodeNext consultant's contract, which had already ballooned from $2 million to $6 million.  Stay tuned - but enjoy the holidays knowing that the brakes have been applied to the CodeNext freight train. 
 
Hope to  see you this weekend at the studio of master recycled metal sculptor Barry George.  Join us for great art, conversation and hot coffee.  Barry has created some fabulous new pieces for this show. The studio is at //www.google.com/maps/@30.261174,-97.7332339,17z" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f%3D001NiNNpwA3Iirkno53RDh4DgIGmLqnMQqWeZDAnd7F2GyleXr-wv4DxfGZMtD3E0EvZ4hB2TQcz5CealEw9d5eD8mKdGuZeiImsmTtoU89IjQz_dhZMLqSTVVU_k-REfCh7K87RJLz-HDYBuypu6QGV_z5ibcHo5C8xJL-5Xj78PiQDoxZGMhBF1uvAfYL4ROHFP1rnNGUvLQOox5GDwZvI7lmCVwf_And%26c%3DBMkMm-5f5_hdMsJXQy11RXb7JJU1ToZozX2Z3TPnOWr3WpMqhEQ3xw%3D%3D%26ch%3DZivSEVPyPsZ_cFLt9cXM_A8RPAX2i8B__cS1KI78jhxW4ITt2mZvfg%3D%3D&source=gmail&ust=1511296812020000&usg=AFQjCNGHKdv6tWHDd_tQlM4WwRPkXKIwoA">204 Attayac St. in East Austin.  We will be there 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.  See ya there! 
 
 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th, 6 pm - midnightat the American Legion Charles Johnson House. $15 suggested donation at the door.  Auction donors and sponsors have free admittance. 

Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing---and a photo booth!  You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer! 
 
VOTE for SOS as 2018 Community Action Non-Profit Partner at Wheatsville
voting ends MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY November 10th
 
If you are a Wheatsville Co-op owner please take a moment now and go to their election page and vote for SOS to be a 2018 Community Action Partner. We are so thankful that Wheatsville supports local non-profits by helping them raise funds and awareness.  See how they do it HERE.  You can vote HERE.  Thanks Wheatsville! 
 
 
 
Hope to  see you this weekend at the studio of master recycled metal sculptor Barry George.  Join us for great art, conversation and hot coffee.  The studio is at 204 Attayac St. in East Austin.  We will be there 10am - 5pmSaturday and Sunday.  See ya there! 
 
 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday PartyFriday December 8th, 6 pm - midnight at the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing so be sure to join us!  
 
You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer! 

November 2, 2017

Barry George will be donating proceeds from his work again this year to SOS! Join us both weekends of EAST at his studio; Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19 to see his amazing recycled metal work and support SOS.
Barry's studio is located at 204 Attayac Street in East Austin.  Show is from 10am - 5pm.  
 
 
Mark Your Calendars for theSOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th,  6pm - midnightat the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  
 
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October 25th, 2017
VOTE "YES" ON TRAVIS COUNTY PROPOSITION B
 
 
 
 
Early voting started yesterday, Monday, October 22nd, for Travis County and Austin ISD Bondelections and for votes on 7 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.  The Save Our Springs Alliance Board of Directors urges a "yes" vote on Travis County Proposition B.  If approved, Proposition B would provide $75 million for county parks projects and $16.6 million to purchase conservation easements aimed at preserving open space and protecting water quality. 
The parks funds would expand parks and greenways in eastern Travis County and provide up to $11 million to expand county parks along the Pedernales River.  Conservation easement funds would be available for conservation of open space all around the county.    We need more funding to buy park land before it's too late, but this is a good step forward.  
 
 
 
 
 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th,  6pm - midnightat the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  

Barton Springs University 2017     
 
 
Tuesday's Barton Springs University hosted over 800 high school students and a  
few hundred more college students and others to day of learning from an incredible team of water, land, and environmental experts.   See photos  
HERE
 
We thank all of our sponsors and partners (see below) and our amazing presenters,volunteers,and BSU participants!
 
Partners 
City of Austin Parks & Recreation, Watershed Protection, Water Utility and Austin Resource
Recovery * University of Texas' Environmental Science Institute * Texas State University
Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District * U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service * Texas
Parks & Wildlife * Save Barton Creek Association * Sierra Club * Texas Campaign for the
Environment Lone Star Sierra Club

Sponsors 
            
 
Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund | Texas Environmental Preservation Fund | Roger Worthington | Jenny Clark | Tracey Whitley /Roger Baker |  Barkley Houses | Meredith Dreiss | Dick Kallerman  | Barry George | Sheridan & Perry Lorenz | Brian Rodgers | Charles and Sylvia Zeller 
Code-What's Next?; Metal Art Meetup 
 

SOS has joined with several other Austin groups to co-host Code-What's Next? - a community workshop and information exchange. Join local community leaders to talk about equity in Austin and CodeNEXT.  Together, we'll organize and amplify our voices to put our people and our environment before developer profits. RSVP on Eventbrite and  
 
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Please plan to come for this community art sale and get together at Pacha Organic Cafe. Artist Barry George, the amazing recycled metal sculptor will be there along with SOS staff. Share our facebook event here! Join our meetup here
 
 
 
Austin's rapid growth challenges us to educate newcomers about the fragile world of Barton Springs and the Aquifer.  Please help us continue our education programs such as Barton Springs University,  free eco-tours, and summer at the pool outreach events by making a donation to SOS.  
 
Thank you for your consideration. 
 
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