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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

May everyone have a Merry Christmas! God Bless!

-Melissa

11 Comments:

Blogger MsGibby said...

Merry Christmas, Melissa.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas.

R

Wednesday, December 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feliz navidad chica.

Carlos Atkinson
Your favorite City Commissioner!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Joe
Your friend

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Favorite City Commissioner...lol!!!

-macas

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Blogger Patricia said...

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Patricia A.

FYI: If you try to go to Google and it defaults to the Mexican version, you need to type www.google.com/webhp for the English version and bookmark it. It happened to a relative last week and today I found myself greeted by an all Spanish Google. Google automatically detects which country you're in, so if it happens citywide, we might need to contact them and let them know that despite the jokes, Brownsville really is in the United States.

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Melissa!

Your good friend (favorite maybe..heheh)

Lupita M.

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Anonymous elizabeth said...

merry christmas to all my friends out there. i am traveling and have been in tennessee and north carolina.

will be back in brownsville new years eve.

elizabeth d

Thursday, December 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Herman Otis Powers Jr.

Friday, December 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dangggggg...$1.5 million for Comprehensive Plan. And we paid $800k, hmmmm.

DEVELOPMENT

Austin to consider comprehensive growth plan
How should the city develop in the years ahead? Initiative seeks ideas for crafting a vision.
By Kate Miller Morton

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

When Austin last approved a comprehensive growth plan, the Armadillo World Headquarters was still standing, MoPac ended at Far West Boulevard and the city's population was half of what it is today.

Next year, the city will begin the arduous process of rewriting the now ironically named Austin Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan in an open process that is sure to stir passionate arguments about how Austin accommodates the rapid growth that city leaders project by the end of this decade.

The Austin Tomorrow plan was adopted in 1979. Numerous smaller-scale efforts dealing with issues such as neighborhood preservation, transportation and water quality have taken place in the intervening decades.

The new comprehensive plan won't replace those detailed documents.

Instead, the goal is to document a community-wide consensus on how Austin should deal with its expansion.

"It's an opportunity to have us all take a breath and say, 'What is our overall vision of growth in the city?' said Jim Walker, chairman of the regional planning group Envision Central Texas.

"It's important because it will allow us as a community to define what our goals and visions are for the coming decades and then really plot out how we go about achieving that from a lot of different perspectives, such as land use, transportation, parks and public safety," said Council Member Laura Morrison, who made the need for a new plan a campaign issue.

Austin's leaders and citizens deliberated for nearly a decade before the city adopted the 176-page Austin Tomorrow Plan, but current city officials want to complete the upcoming process in just two years.

"We looked at comprehensive plans in other big cities, and it's almost universal that the plans that took a long time were less successful," said Garner Stoll, assistant director of neighborhood planning and zoning. "The plans that try to do too much got bogged down. It's really to engage the whole community in establishing the broad policy directions."

The planning process will include public participation through workshops, focus groups and online opinion surveys.

Austin has budgeted $1.8 million for the plan, $1.5 million of which will go to an outside consultant.

City Council members will select one of the 16 planning groups that has responded to the city's request for proposals early next year.

Austin has changed a lot since the Austin Tomorrow plan was approved, but Stoll said the city is grappling with many of the same issues, including environmental protection, affordable housing, neighborhood preservation and mobility.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's a word (birongas) I hadn't heard in a loooong time, lol. This came out in a quote today's paper about "cabs ready for drinkers".

Marco Garcia, a local construction worker who recently returned from a job in New Orleans, said he would definitely be calling on a cab company because he plans on "partying" heavily.

"Hey, after working a good season, I'm going to be partying it up," Garcia said. "This is a time for celebration and my birongas and I are going to celebrate."

Wednesday, December 31, 2008  

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