Early Voting Begins!

by Christine Bloemsma

Hello, neighbors, and happy fall!  As one of our MANY neighborhood Volunteer Deputy Registrars of voters for Travis County, I wanted to bring together some important election information for you all in one place, and I’d like to ask you to add voting to your calendar for this busy season if you were registered to vote on or before Monday, October 7, 2019.

Generally, the attention and turnout will be on the national primaries and Presidential elections in March and November of 2020, but remember: odd years are worth your time as well!

Historically, odd-year elections get lost in the shuffle.  Texas voter turnout in 2017?  Less than six percent.  Travis County generally has a more-energized electorate, but still brought out only 13.4% of registered voters in 2017.

What’s on the ballot?

To be sure what you’ll see before you go, Travis County voters can use the “voter lookup” feature on this web-page:  https://www.votetravis.com/vexpress/display.do which will find the voter and display a sample ballot.

The League of Women Voters also has a very thorough, nonpartisan voter’s guide: https://lwvaustin.org/voter-guide/

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – General Election (Constitutional)

Early Voting:
Monday, October 21, 2019 – Friday, November 1, 2019

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (received, not postmarked):
Friday, October 25, 2019

Travis early voting locations: https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locations.html

Williamson early voting locations: https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Elections/Voting-in-Person/Early-Voting

**NOTE:  the two-county site at McNeil High School’s Performing Arts Center will not be open this year.  Travis County voters may vote at Northwest YMCA across McNeil from the high school. Williamson ballots will not be available at that location.Your vote is your voice!  See you around the neighborhood!

Wells Branch Crime Initiative

by Craig Smith, Major
Law Enforcement Bureau
Travis County Sheriff’s Office

During the months of June and July of this year, TCSO noticed an increase in burglary and theft in the Wells Branch area.  This was determined by using data collected monthly and prepared by an analyst.  This type of analysis helps us pinpoint where crime is increasing, as well as help us pro-actively work to prevent crime.  Captain Poole, who oversees our East Area Command, worked with his staff to come up with a crime initiative targeting burglary and theft in the Wells Branch area.  The initiative was four weeks in length, using various units such as, Auto Theft, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, and the Special Response Team.  Teams of deputies and detectives conducted surveillance, utilized bait vehicles and packages, and increased traffic enforcement.

The four week initiative was very successful, resulting in the following:

  • 3 recovered stolen vehicles, valued at $48,913.00
  • 1228 traffic citations issued
  • 27 persons arrested
  • 14 Felony Charges
  • 14 Misdemeanor Charges
  • 4 Felony Arrest Warrants
  • 17 Misdemeanor Arrest Warrants
  • 8 DWI Arrests
  • Stolen property recovered, valued at $8,700.00
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Flynn Lee and Nelson Linder address the residents of Wells Branch during the TCSO Townhall on September 7 at the WB Rec. Center.

I am very pleased with the work done by everyone involved.  I am confident this will impact the crime in Wells Branch and help make the community a safer place.  The holiday season has started and we will continue to monitor crime statistics so that we can immediately address areas of concern.

A video of the presentation by Captain Poole is available on the WBNA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WBNA.WellsBranchNeighborhoodAssociation/videos/2690101737688542/

Donations to ATXHAW

Once again, we’ll be collecting donations for those experiencing homelessness at Extreme Clean this Saturday, October 12, from 8am-2pm.  Please see below for a list from their website of items NEEDED as well as those accepted.

Austin Humanists at Work
Humans helping humans…no strings attached

Welcome to our traffic light shopping guide! Below is a list of our staple items, which was last updated on October 1, 2019.  Your donation is tax-deductible!  We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

For a complete list of everything we do and don’t accept, please see our Donate page.

As of February 24th, 2019, we cannot accept clothing (t-shirts, jeans, shorts, etc.). We continue to accept accessories that can be placed on our giveaway line, such as socks, underwear, bras, shoes, belts, hats, etc. If you’re not sure whether to donate a certain item, please email donations@austinhumanistsatwork.org.

Green Light (we really need these items!):

*Nail clippers
*Women’s underwear
*Non-perishable grab and go foods
*Hair oil/ leave-in conditioners for coarse hair
*Grab and go fruit for the day of the Giveaway
*Toilet paper
*Combs/brushes/hair picks (brushes and combs for all hair types)
Lip balm
Hair elastics
Emergency blankets
Insect repellent
Men’s underwear

*means that we are completely out of these items!

Yellow Light (we probably have enough of these items, but a few more wouldn’t hurt):

Women’s socks
Men’s socks
Mouthwash, dental floss

Red Light (we don’t need any more of these items right now):

Soap & body wash
Toothbrush covers
First aid kits
Baby wipes
Cotton balls
Floss picks
All feminine hygiene
All plastic Ziploc style bags