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Basel, Switzerland and a number of other cities have a hospitality tax that is paid on any overnight stay at a hotel, motel, short term rental, etc. Each guest receives a pass that gives unlimited access to public transit options for the time of the stay. This increases ridership, promotes sustainable methods of getting around, keeps car off the roads (especially ones with people who don't know their way around), and it helps subsidize the public transit networks for those who live here full-time.

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I would like the City of Austin to purchase land and build a road that connects Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

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What I propose: - A new road extending from Southwest Parkway, directly east of Mission Oaks Blvd, joining up with Industrial Oaks Blvd at Hwy 290W service road that has an existing traffic light. - Put a street light in at Mission Oaks Blvd and Southwest Parkway. - Remove street light at Boston Lane and SW Pkwy and fill in median.

What this will achieve: - Makes a true connector from SW Pkwy to Loop 1 and Hwy 290 and visa - versa. - Eliminates the backup of SW Pkwy at the Best Buy interchange to Loop 1 and Hwy 290. - Relieves the existing congested traffic from Boston Lane in both directions. - Removes the danger that exists when exiting Industrial/Monterrey Oaks Blvd exit from Hwy 290W (while heading west) and crossing over to Boston Lane to get to Southwest Parkway. - Allows residence of Travis Country to be able to leave on foot or bike with access via Industrial Oaks Blvd / Monterrey Oaks Blvd to shopping, schools (Patton Elem and Small Middle), and Westcreek Fields. - Discourages heavy traffic through private parking lots (like Parkwood Complex)connecting Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

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Hi Would love feed back on if there are any parents on here that would be willing to sign up there 8 -12 year old in a summer day camp that focuses on mindfulness practice, meditation and yoga during the summer? Please leave a reply/ comment.

Thank you!

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Pet fees, deposits and rent are out of control. Apartments are charing too much money and causing hardships for families wanting to keep their pets or adopt new ones.

A Lot of major cities have Ramp Meters to help control congestion on highways. With Austin growing at the rate it is and especially with our growing traffic issues we could use all the help we can get. Ramp Meters also known as a Ramp Signal or Metering Lights is a device similar to traffic lights that control the merging traffic onto highways by spacing out the number of cars that merge, lessening the density on IH 35 and improving the flow of traffic.

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Hello there! My name is Rana Ghana and I am a team member at The Challenger Newspaper, a local street paper here in Austin,Texas for over a decade. Our paper was featured on the cover page of the AustinTexas.gov website until recently when it was re-updated. The Challenger Newspaper provides a valuable resource for homeless, underemployed, veterans, and disaster victims seeking refuge in our city by having an extensive two-page list of resources, health care programs, employment services, and other emergency services available to those suffering on the street or from poverty issues. The city was nice enough to go through with a previous request I had to change the link from saying "The Austin Advocate" which is what the paper was previously named to an updated link saying "Street Paper". I am kindly asking for whoever can see it through to consider featuring a link to The Challenger Newspaper again under the section named Connect With The City. Thank you for your consideration and here is a link to the paper's main page: www.challengernewspaper.org

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Please don't narrow/remove driving lanes in order to add/widen bike lanes. The relative benefits are 10's of thousands of people versus handfuls of people.

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Many times requests are ignored or not followed up with and this isn't fair to taxpayers and citizens.

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The sculpture of an oversized dryer vent hose that is in front of city hall is an eyesore. It is not pleasant to look at and gives the impression to tourists that this city has horrible taste in art. It has got to go.

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Breast feeding in Public

Q: Does federal or state law protect a woman’s ability to breastfeeding in public?

A: Yes. Wisconsin law allows a mother to breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise allowed.36 Further, no person may prohibit a mother from breastfeeding her child, direct her to move to a different location to breastfeed her child, direct her to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breastfeeding.37 This means women are allowed to breastfeed in restaurants, stores, parks, malls, and other public locations. Breastfeeding in public is not a violation of Wisconsin’s sexual gratification, indecent exposure, or obscenity laws.38

Q: Are there local ordinances that protect a woman’s ability to breastfeed in public?

A: Madison and Dane County both have local ordinances that permit a woman to breastfeed in public, and Madison’s breastfeeding ordinance provides additional protections.39 Madison’s ordinance protects the “expression” of breast milk in any public or private location where a woman (mother or surrogate) is otherwise permitted.40 Expressing breast milk includes pumping as well as breastfeeding. The one exception to a woman’s ability to express breast milk under Madison’s ordinance is that the owner of a private residence may prohibit a woman from breastfeeding or pumping within that private residence.41

. The campaign to provide formula to children began as part of a social movement to liberate women from household responsibilities and to give them the opportunity to maintain their place within the workforce, even after the birth of a child. Since its inception, however, the movement away from breastfeeding has also allowed a redefinition of the use of the breast from an object for feeding a baby to an object of sexual stimulation. Some authors argue that this sexual objectification of the breast has inhibited women from breastfeeding. Whatever the case, current attitudes toward the breast and its exposure in the public arena have definitely colored the issues surrounding breastfeeding’ especially within an employment context. As a result, the social norms regarding breastfeeding have been severely altered since the introduction of formula. See Corey Silberstein Shdaimah, Why Breastfeeding is (Also) a Legal Issue, 10 HASTINGS WOMEN’S L.J. 409, 412-13 (1999). 8. See Heidi Littman et al., The Decision to Breastfeed: The Importance of Fathers’ Approval, 33 CLINICAL PEDIATRICS 214, 214 (Apr. 1994). 9. See id. 10. See U.S. BUREAU OF THE CENSUS, STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES: 1998 (118th ed. 1998). 11. See id.