Join us online for the final debate of the 2014 Mayoral Runoff. KLRU, KUT, and the Austin Monitor are hosting a debate today at noon between Steve Adler and Mike Martinez. As always, the event is free and open to the public. But, if you can’t make it here, you can join us live on YouTube.
KLRU, Leadership Austin, and The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life recently launched a new website aimed educating and engaging Austinites: imagineoneaustin.org. When voters head to the polls this year they’ll be faced with a very long ballot with lots of new names. This is an historic election year in Austin because voters will elect a new mayor and a new City Council member to represent their geographic region of the city for the first time ever.
On ImagineOneAustin.org you’ll find district maps, information about city wide issues and links to each candidate’s website.
After Election Day, the site will change a little bit to allow neighborhood groups, community organizations, elected officials, and more, to post news and information and to communicate about things happening in their region of the city. We hope to hear from you about what is important in your neighborhood and help you spread the word.
Don’t forget to vote! Early Voting runs October 20th through October 31st. Election Day is November 4th. You can find out more about the site in the video above.
The map in the video is used courtesy Community Impact Newspaper.
KLRU and Austin Urban Land Institute invite you to Civic Summit: Mayoral Candidate Forum. Jennifer Stayton – the host of Morning Edition on KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station – will moderate the discussion around the topics of transportation and governance. Participating in the debate will be: Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Mike Martinez, Todd Phelps and Randall Stephens.
Austin voters will elect 10 council members in November from 10 new geographic districts. They’ll also elect a new mayor, the only person on the dais tasked with governing the city as a whole. KLRU and the Austin Urban Land Institute will host one of the first mayoral debates of the election cycle, just days after filing closes. We’ll hear each candidate’s plan to move Austin forward and find out how each will navigate a new council structure with 10 distinct points of view.
This event will be recorded and will air on KLRU August 28 at 8 pm.
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