Daily Archives: 12/17/2013

Austin is Getting Much Wealthier

brian-kelsey-pic(Community Matters)Austin is getting much wealthier: In 2000, 14% of households in Austin (city) had incomes of at least $100,000. In 2012, it was up to 24%. In 2000, households with incomes of less than $15,000 outnumbered households with incomes of $100,000 or more. In 2012, $100,000+ households outnumbered < $15,000 households by almost two to one. This is a remarkable shift in the city’s demographics in a very short amount of time and can go a long way toward explaining why housing is so expensive, especially in centrally located neighborhoods.”

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Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits

preljocaj(Community Matters) Just realizing I only posted on FB, not in blog.

Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits completely blew me away. Saw it with Charles Santos & LA Music Center’s Renae Williams Niles in the Royal Theatre at Versailles. Angelin Preljocaj now on list of my favorite dance choreographers. While it could be too edgy for some audiences, I sure hope Les Nuits makes it to Texas as well as LA and NYC.

bummed I wasn’t able to meet Angelin but thoroughly enjoyed dinner after with his production manager, Emmanuelle Mandel.

Pope Francis

Papal audience, St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy - 06 Nov 2013(Community Matters) In the New Yorker (such eloquent & inspiring words):

“Who Am I to Judge? A radical Pope’s first year,” by James Carroll : “‘Who am I to judge?’ With those five words, spoken in late July in reply to a reporter’s question about the status of gay priests in the Church, Pope Francis stepped away from the disapproving tone, the explicit moralizing typical of Popes and bishops. This gesture of openness, which startled the Catholic world, would prove not to be an isolated event. In a series of interviews and speeches in the first few months after his election, in March, the Pope unilaterally declared a kind of truce in the culture wars that have divided the Vatican and much of the world. Repeatedly, he argued that the Church’s purpose was more to proclaim God’s merciful love for all people than to condemn sinners for having fallen short of strictures, especially those having to do with gender and sexual orientation.

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GACC Names Tech Execs to Lead in 2014 & 2015

jack mcdonald(Community Matters) I couldn’t be more pleased that two dear friends, Jack McDonald & Gene Austin have agreed to chair the 2014 & 2015 Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce boards of directors. I’m honored to serve as one of their vice chairs (state & federal relations). Not only are these guys friends, they’re important mentors and colleagues. Jack’s committed to expanding conversations in our community as the Chamber makes important decisions and plans for the Austin’s economic future, recognizing Austin’s cultural and environmental uniqueness is a competitive advantage in economic development.

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Kudos & Thanks to Superintendent Carstarphen

dyc-carstarphen-01(Community Matters) I’m pleased to see an honest, impartial evaluation of the Superintendent. I’m her fan and have been – and, of course, she can improve some relationships in the community and with staff – can’t we all.

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$17mm to NPR to Expand Coverage

(Community Matters) $17mm in grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and the Ford Foundation to expand coverage in education and global health and to expand the sources of distribution, aka access.

This is why Steven and I prioritize NPR, KUT & MPR in our philanthropy and volunteerism. They represent a highly-reliable, fact-based source of important news. I’m thrilled such important foundations have so publicly recognized this about the mother ship and will bring even more resources to our slice of the world, especially in Central & Far West Texas.