Council Member’s First 100 Days

Council Member’s First 100 Days

One hundred is a landmark in any situation, but is especially note-worthy for a newly elected official. Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and the District 6 team have been hard at work on a variety of issues since the swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on January 6, 2017. The team “hit the ground running” and set the tone for a very productive first term in just these first 100 days. Here are the accomplishments of Council Member’s first few months of service:

  • Boards & Commissions Appointments
    100% of District 6 Commissioners and Board representatives have been appointed as of
    the first 100 days.
  • Boards and Committees on which Council Member serves
    • Austin City Council Committees
      • Vice Chair, Mobility Committee
      • Ad Hoc Legislative Group
      • Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee
      • Housing & Planning Committee
    • Intergovernmental and Regional Boards and Committees
      • Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board (CAMPO)
      • Capital Area Economic Development District Board
      • Capital Area Council of Governments Clean Air Coalition Subcommittee
      • Pecan Street Project
      • Hate Crime Task Force
  • City Policy 
    • Resolutions the Council Member sponsored, co-sponsored, supported 
      • Video Conferencing for Citizen Engagement
        Co-sponsored a resolution to offer citizens more opportunities for engagement during council meetings via district-specific sites off city-hall property. District 6’s Spicewood Springs Library was selected as one of the pilot libraries for the video conferencing program.
      • Immigration Executive Order
        Sponsored resolution condemning President Trump’s attempted travel ban, keeping with Austin’s “solidarity with refugee and immigrant communities” and to oppose all discrimination.
      • LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission
        Lead sponsor of the resolution that created a new Quality of Life Advisory Commission to address the needs of LGBTQ citizens of the City of Austin.
      • Autonomous Vehicles
        Co-sponsored the resolution to support the city taking a proactive approach to make Austin prepared and supportive of autonomous vehicles
    • Annexation
      Stopped an annexation case in Northeast Austin, ceasing unsustainable sprawl and loss of resources. This step initiated conversations for a wholesale rethink of the City’s annexation policies.
    • School District Parity
      Advocated for City consideration of all school districts, especially Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD which represents a majority of District 6. Emphasized the importance of including all involved ISDs as a part of City of Austin education conversation.
  • Community Engagement
    • CodeNEXT
      With the release of the draft text and maps, the office has gone above and beyond to engage with District 6. We have held more meetings about CodeNext than any other district, including holding neighborhood meetings in all corners of the district.
    • Anderson Mill Road
      Following the city’s first-ever community-led corridor study with CM Flannigan’s Northwest Austin Coalition, we have changed the city’s public input process for Anderson Mill Road to make sure community involvement before decisions are made. The community input meeting held in April with nearly 200 in attendance kicked off the engineering process to fix this congested and unsafe corridor.
    • Northwest Austin Coalition Meetings (NWAC)
      CM Flannigan’s NWAC continues to meet monthly to help the community understand how the City of Austin works and how to have our voices heard, already having held meetings on strategic planning, CodeNext, and regional transportation.
    • Oita, Japan Sister City Ceremony
      Participated in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony to honor Oita artist Kuniyuki Shahihara. The artist gifted the city a beautiful piece of original pottery, and the Dougherty Arts afterschool program presented their art to promote world peace.
    • District 6 Field Office Redesign
      Volunteers contributed time, talent, muscle, and loaner furniture to create a constituent-led, community-driven District 6 Field Office.
  • City Proclamations
    • Social Work Month Proclamation
      Council Member read the proclamation at the March 2 City Council meeting declaring March Austin Social Work Month.
    • Black Pride Proclamation
      Council Member read the proclamation declaring March 30 Black Pride Day at the kick-off event for the annual Austin Black Pride celebration of people who identify as black and LGBTQ.
  • Advocacy
    • Immigration
      Council Member Flannigan sponsored a resolution to condemn any Federal actions against Muslim and other immigrant neighbors.
    • Senate Bill 6 & House Bill 2899
      Council Member Flannigan testified during the March 7 hearing of the hotly contested Texas Senate Bill 6 (SB6), the so-called “bathroom bill” And the April 19th hearing of the House version 2899.
    • LGBTQ Human Rights Rally
      In late January, Council Member Flannigan, Mayor Steve Adler, and Congressman Lloyd Doggett spoke at a rally supporting LGBTQ citizens.
    • Affordability Action
      The city’s struggle with affordability is very real and affects all of Austin. Council Member Flannigan co-sponsored the multi-faceted omnibus affordability action plan and continues to advocate for passing its components.
  • Personal
    • Longtime District 6 resident
    • First openly gay man elected to serve on Austin City Council
    • Only renter serving on current Austin City Council
    • First Williamson County resident to serve on Austin City Council

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Thanks to District 6 staffer Lizzy Carol for research and data compiling.
To see pictures and video of Council Member’s first 100 days, click to our Media section AV Club.