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Why Bother? Austin City Government 101

Thanks to the passage of the "10-1" plan changing the Austin City Council to 10 members who each represent a different part of the city, Austin’s form of city government just got a big overhaul, and it can be confusing knowing who does what inside City Hall.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, we're teaming up with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area to host a second forum to answer your questions and to teach you how to make your voice heard at City Hall.

"Why Bother? Austin City Government 101" provides a general overview and education on the functions of Austin’s city government in order to increase civic engagement with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities the new 10-1 form of governance will bring.

Austin City Government 101 – Speak Out! (10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014)

A panel and audience discussion on how to effectively communicate with city officials, featuring:

۰        Nelson Linder, president, Austin Branch NAACP

۰        Honorable Gonzalo Barrientos, chair, Austin charter review committee

۰        Susan Morrison, League of Women Voters

۰        KUT News' Jennifer Stayton will moderate

The forum runs from 10 a.m. to noon with the doors opening at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at the KLRU Studios.  2504-B Whitis Ave. Map to KLRU-TV studios.

The first forum, "Austin City Government 101 – The City Does What?," featuring  City Attorney Karen Kennard, City of Austin Deputy Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo, former Austin Energy general manager Roger Duncan, former Imagine Austin lead manager Garner Stoll and City Auditor Ken Mory, took place on Feb. 8 and is available for viewing online.