As a Tejano, I’m proud to be of Mexican descent. That is why I am going to celebrate el Grito de la Independencia twice this year! On Tuesday, September 15 from 6 to 10 p.m., join me, Univision, Austin General Consulate of Mexico and the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation on the south steps of the Texas Capitol to enjoy the music, ballet and more in honor 205 years independence from Spain.
If you are not able to attend Tuesday night’s celebration, then feel free to hang out with Senator Kirk Watson and me inside the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, September 16 from noon to 1 p.m.
Danza Azteca and Austin High’s Ballet Folclórico will be presenting traditional Mexican dances. It is going to be a great time, so I hope to see you there!
Progress on Homestead Preservation Districts
As I mentioned in last week’s Notes & Noticias, the ball is moving on making my Homestead Preservation District legislation a reality here in Austin. HPDs help cities develop and preserve existing affordable housing opportunities for homeowners. Meetings and community outreach are occurring at the local level now, and an ordinance is being drafted. This is all leading up to a vote to implement an ordinance by the full Austin City Council in November.
This month, on October 23, the Housing and Community Development Committee will get an update on the work done so far to prepare to implement HPDs in Austin — a map of current and potential HDPs shows a big focus on House District 51. I’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.
Transportation Town Hall
Another save-the-date reminder for an event you won’t want to miss! Please mark your calendars for an informative Town Hall meeting with transportation experts from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to update you on transportation projects in and around House District 51.
Please see the blue flyer to the left for more information. I look forward to a healthy conversation.