Hi there! My name is Linda O'Neal and I'm a Vietnamese immigrant from Austin who teaches civics and history at Akins High School. I am running for City Council, District 9. I am not connected and I don't take money from special interests, which means I only serve you. We are a generous community. We pass one expensive bond after another, and yet, our problems are worse, not better. So what gives? We are not holding our city leaders accountable. They make promises about affordability, and yet, rent is still too damn high. They talk about transparency, and yet this is the most secretive council that I can remember. Time to get the old guard out and get someone in who really cares about the city. You can check out my platform on my website, but I will quickly give you a snapshot of what I am all about.
1) CodeNEXT: the deal ain't perfect, but let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. People have a right to be heard. We have a housing crisis, and doing nothing is serving no one. Other cities who are dealing with the same housing crisis are frantically trying to change their zoning laws so that they can build more housing. CodeNEXT aims to make the permitting more efficient, saving time and money. Those are good things. There are three issues that should be addressed: a) we need to protect the public from lead poisoning. D9 has the highest amount of demolitions of all the other districts and if CN ever passes, there will be more. We can significantly reduce lead poisoning if we used wet demolition versus dry demolition. W/ dry demos, lead dust travels at a radius of 600 feet, BUT with wet demolitions, we cut how far lead dust travels by half. Best method is the Baltimore method... FYI, many of our public schools have lead in the water. b) Affordable housing is not written into the code, we just hope that affordability happens if we build more c) the NIMBYs and old Latino and African American groups have formed a strange alliance. While urbanists believe that CN will bring in more affordable housing, marginalized groups have been lied to in the past. "Affordable" housing programs have turned into legal nightmares, in the past. So if we build, we really need to rebuild our relationship with the Hispanic and Black communities.
2) Professional Soccer! If Precourt pays property taxes, they can play ball. City Council talk a lot about affordability, but the only tax credits they give are toward big businesses. We need to give tax credits to landlords who give long leases.
Check out my platform at: lindaonealdistrict9.com
Look, I really need your support. I have a donation button on my website. If you can help, great. But what I really need is your vote.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Remember, Linda Listens.