This Sunday, our friends at Springdale Farm are hosting a fundraiser and political rally at Cafe Josie to gear up for a final fight to receive a Conditional Use Permit from city council.
As chair of the bipartisan Texas Farm-to-Table Caucus, I fight every session on behalf of our urban and rural farmers. Farms don’t just supply our restaurants with locally grown, nutritious food. They are the source of our burgeoning farmers’ market scene, partners with our local nonprofits and leaders in community outreach. Springdale, in the heart of my legislative district, hosted more than 1,500 school children last year alone.
Join us for bites and drinks from Cafe Josie, Contigo Catering and Swift’s Attic — and help support one of Austin’s gems.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs
This week I joined other elected officials in meeting with José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. We had a lively discussion about issues that concern both Mexico and Texas, from trade and exports to border security.
More than one-third of Texas’ exports go to Mexico, and — in both directions — trade between our state and Secretary Kuribreña’s country total more than $200 billion per year. Our affiliation with Mexico is vital to our state’s economy, and I look forward to further talks with Secretary Kuribreña and our delegation about improving our relations.
Staffer Appointed to City Committee
Congratulations to my legislative aide, Huey Rey Fischer, who was recently named to the city’s Impact Fee Advisory Committee by Mayor Steve Adler. This committee will study and make recommendations on the capital improvements program, land use assumptions and capital recovery fees. His service will continue through 2019. Sounds like fun!