RG4N Blog

RG4N Candidate Forum Results

Posted Wed, 04/09/2008 - 10:05pm

RG4N's Candidate Forum last night was well-attended. We sent the candidates our questions in advance and their responses provided much food for thought. You can read the questions we asked by clicking here.

Attendees were able to fill out a ballot and vote for their favored candidates. The charts below show voting results. We counted ballots from attendees who live in Allandale, Brentwood, Crestview, North Shoal Creek, Rosedale and Wooten as well as neighborhoods adjacent to one of these Northcross-area neighborhoods. The vote count included RG4N supporters as well as those who indicated they are not supporters.

The candidates who received the most votes in each Place are Jason Meeker (Place 1), Jennifer Kim (Place 3) and Laura Morrison (Place 4).

Many thanks to Far West Optical for its generous support for the forum. RG4N also thanks the event volunteers and the neighbors and others who attended. Finally, we extend our appreciation to the candidates for their participation.

What RG4N is doing

Posted Tue, 02/19/2008 - 11:15pm


Now that the lawsuit has been decided, some are wondering what RG4N is doing. Here's what we're working on and why we still need your support, participation and donations.

1. Keeping up the public pressure.

We are still opposed to the Wal-Mart Supercenter and the entire neighborhood-unfriendly development at Northcross Mall. We will continue to fight the battle and express the voices of the community until the City and the developers act responsibly.

2. Keeping the public informed.

We continue to educate the public about the potential negative impact of the Northcross development as it is currently plannned, and we are working with other organizations to push for a better development.

3. Monitoring Northcross.

We are monitoring the development to make sure that Lincoln Properties does not violate local ordinances and extend beyond what the permits allow -- as Wal-Mart stores are notoriously known to do.

4. Holding elected officials accountable.

We intend to bring the Northcross development and other neighborhood development issues into the forefront of the City Council elections. We are working with other local Austin organizations in this effort. We will also hold a candidate forum in April.

5. Pushing for Ordinances.

We will be pushing for ordinances that will help mitigate the impact if the Wal-Mart Supercenter does get built, and protect all Austin neighborhoods from un-friendly, dumb-growth developments in the future.

6. Considering Our Next Legal Move.

Beyond considering our next legal move, we are working very hard on all of the above. We need YOUR help.

Join us volunteers and help bring change to Northcross and Austin!

Send an email to volunteer [at] rg4n [dot] org to find out how you can help


Posted Wed, 01/23/2008 - 8:51am
Yes We Can


It’s simple. It’s sustainable. It's fun. Start saving and collecting your cans today! This is an easy way to raise necessary funds and help us continue our fight.

Town Hall Meeting This Friday Night

Posted Wed, 01/09/2008 - 8:24pm

Please plan to attend the very important RG4N Town Hall meeting this Friday.
(And bring your friends, family & neighbors!) We've been fighting for more
than a year, which is common in fights like this. We must now gather
together to discuss our next steps.

We expect media coverage. Since the other side is hoping we'll give up, it
is vital that we pack the hall with concerned citizens and show that we are
still united in this fight.

"What's next in the fight for our neighborhoods?"
RG4N Town Hall Meeting
Friday, January 11, 2008
St. Louis Catholic Church, Wozniak Hall
7601 Burnet Road
Details at: www.rg4n.org

We will discuss our future direction and efforts, possible plans for
appealing our legal ruling, and the likely impact of our efforts on the city
elections in May.

Got a question for the meeting? Email it in advance: press [at] rg4n [dot] org

Waiting On A Verdict

Posted Wed, 12/05/2007 - 11:48pm

We're waiting on a verdict from the Honorable Orlinda Naranjo.

Judge Naranjo said she would return a verdict in mid-December, so stay tuned. In the meanwhile, don't forget that we're still working to pay our legal fund. Here's how you can help:

Buy a Christmas Tree


Montana Fresh Christmas trees (at Northcross and Burnet) will donate 10% of your tree and holiday greenery purchase amount to support RG4N. Let the cashier know at the time of the purchase for the donation to be recorded.

Visit the RG4N eBay Store


And donate something to sell! Email: ebay [at] rg4n [dot] org

Throw a Holiday House Party

Let us help you throw a holiday party benefiting RG4N.

For more information, email: fundraising [at] rg4n [dot] org

Your Holiday Tree can Support RG4N

Posted Thu, 11/29/2007 - 10:45pm

Montana Fresh Christmas Trees (at at Northcross and Burnet) is happy to donate 10% of your tree and holiday greenery purchase amount to support RG4N legal costs in the lawsuit against the proposed development at Northcross.

However, you must let the cashier know at the time of purchase for the donation to be recorded.

Trial is Underway

Posted Tue, 11/13/2007 - 4:38pm

Our hearing started this moring.

The case has been assigned to the 419th District Court, where it will be heard by the Honorable Orlinda Naranjo. The hearing is being held in room 500 of the Travis County Court House at 1000 Guadalupe St.

The Austin Chronicle has been blogging occasional reports from today's hearing.

David versus Goliath

Posted Mon, 11/05/2007 - 1:23pm

Thanks to Justin Finney for permission to reprint his recent article David versus Goliath: Austin residents take-on Wal-Mart in the "Learn More" section of our web site.

This article is an excellent summary of the current issues in the lawsuit phase of our effort.

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