Join KLRU and our community partners for Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 forums.
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 22
TIME: 10 am (doors will open at 9:30 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Austin’s form of government just got a big overhaul, and it can be confusing knowing who does what inside City Hall. KLRU is teaming up with The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, The League of Women Voters of Austin Area and KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR Station, to host two forums to answer your questions and to teach you how to make your voice heard at City Hall.
The first forum, taped February 8, is now online. Joining us for the discussion were City Attorney Karen Kennard, City Auditor Ken Mory, Deputy CFO Ed Van Eenoo, and recently retired Assistant Director of Planning and Development Garner Stoll. It was moderated by Joy Diaz of KUT News. You can see part two of this discussion here.
Our next forum will take place this Saturday, February 22, from 10am to noon and will focus on how citizens can better communicate with their city government. Nelson Linder, President of Austin’s NAACP chapter, Gonzalo Barrientos, Chair of the Charter Revision Committee, Susan Morrison, League of Women Voters, as well as a number of city board and commission members will participate in the discussion.
Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is a general overview and education on the functions of Austin’s city government in order to increase civic engagement, with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities the new 10-1 form of governance will bring. It is part of our Why Bother? initiative, an effort with the Annette Strauss Institute and KUT 90.5. It is aimed at increasing civic engagement in Austin through voter education. Watch the other programs in the Why Bother? series on klru.org