Founded in 2008 by Brian Rodgers, Linda Curtis, and Albert Marino, ChangeAustin.org is a political action committee that reports all contributions and expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission as well as the City of Austin. Those reports are online and open to the public for review. We invite your donations of time and money to make Austin a better place for ALL of Austin.
You can read more about Brian Rodgers here in the Austin Bulldog, though he is no longer considering running for the Austin City Council.
ChangeAustin.org is dedicated to bringing the vast majority of voters and local businesses who lack representation in our local government to City Hall. In our view, Austin City Hall is no different than most all government entities. It’s far too much under the influence of special interests and far too closed in how they make decisions. Though we came together after the defeat of Prop 2 (to stop the Domain luxury mall taxpayer giveaway), we realized that the Domain was just one of many wrong-headed decisions by a Council that is out of control.
Essentially the problem is really about us — citizens — and what we want short of the right to complain.
Here are the things we think about us — the citizens — right to better and more honest government:
1) A serious commitment to full transparency and greater public oversight of decisions with far reaching fiscal implications.
2) Champions for locally owned businesses and real leadership to keep our dollars from leaving the community — shoring up our local economy.
3) Policies requiring that development growth pays for itself and make those who benefit bear the costs.
4) Publicly supported plans for our region’s transportation needs (ending the “toll road war”).
5) Respect for the rights of citizens to petition city government, guaranteed by our City Charter and state constitution.
ChangeAustin.org is an amalgam of local activists and local businesses dedicated to activism (Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, and independents who are working together!)-new and old-who believe the future determines the past. Can “we the people” put our deep differences aside for now and work for the common good?
Now that would be real change, wouldn’t it!
Where do we go from here?
In the past only about 10% of Austin voters vote in city council races and 20% in mayoral races, or less than 40,000-60,000 voters. Over 123,000 people voted for Prop 2, and lord knows how many voted against it, thinking that was the “right” way to stop the Domain subsidies.
This web blog is dedicated to educating and activating you, yes YOU reading this blog. Please share your thoughts on any section of this site, don’t forget to sign in to get our emails, and please bring your friends to ChangeAustin.org to join this movement for a new direction for our great city and region!
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