Notes & Noticias: Pause & Remember

Dear Friends,

Today has been a long day filled with meetings across the city. We all have incredibly busy lives with work, community projects, families and so much more. We often get distracted in the mix of things. I hope we can all take a moment to pause and reflect on the significance of this historic and tragic day 13 years ago.

Friendly Reminder about Diez y Seis de Septiembre

Mexican Independence is a rich part of the heritage for so many Tejanos. In honor of that spirit, Senator Kirk Watson and I will be sponsoring the annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration in the Texas Capitol Rotunda. Her Excellency Rosalba Ojeda, Consul General of México, will deliver El Grito. There will also be performances by Mariachi El Romance and Austin High’s Ballet Folklorico.

This family-friendly event will be on Tuesday, September 16 at noon and is free and open to the public.

Google This Great News

Tuesday morning at Palm Elementary, Google Austin announced that it would fully fund the classroom requests of nearly 120 schoolteachers in a five-county area including Travis and Hays counties in House District 51.

The teachers were identified through an education crowdfunding site called

Google’s donation of about $88,000 in supplies and materials for our Austin-area kids shows a tremendous commitment at the local level.  Nearly 10,000 of our schoolchildren will directly benefit from this gift. I applaud Google for its dedication to our students and their educators.

Update on Zavala Air Monitors

Good news! The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has deployed its second air monitor near Zavala Elementary school to ensure we’re meeting air quality standards at a nearby metal castings facility.

The data from the air monitor is available to anyone on the TCEQ web site by simpling visiting this link and selecting Austin 5th Street daily or Austin 5th Street monthly. Data is collected on an hourly basis. The first air monitor at Zavala was deployed in 2009.