Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability A.L.M.A.

Put the Power in the hands of the people; & Expose practices that potentially cause people to lose their homes and/or real property. 
Our Plan: Share Our Stories; Demand Accountability of our public officials; Call out any Misuse Of Power; & Demand that Civil Liberties supercede special interests.
 
Background:
  • ALMA has interviewed a number of individuals and families who have shared common grievances regarding the City's abuse of fiduciary duty with regard to Federally and Locally Funded Housing Programs
  • These people's grievances share a common theme suggestive of a pattern of practice involving apparent abuse of fiduciary duty, mis/mal/nonfeasance; and questions involving the City of Austin's accounting of its federal grant & local bond  money.
  • Deposition testimony by City officials and expert witnesses raise other red flag questions: Was/IS the Health and Safety of these people (and more) endangered as a result of the City's and its vendor's practices?  Did City of Austin, as a matter of practice, sign for payment (w/ federal funds) for work not done?
  • ALMA has raised other serious questions involving possible fraud and forgery regarding the City of Austin's accounting and record keeping practices.  In spite of these worthy questions, our top municipal officials will not explain, nor will they refer these questions of possible criminal violations to the appropriate authorities for investigation!
Why a thorough vetting & investigation is in the Public's Interest:
  1. Health & Safety The Health and Safety of a number of unsuspecting individuals & families may have been jeopardized.  These people have a right to know.
  2. Marginalization of Lives and Livelihoods:  abuse of fiduciary duty & lack of public official accountability undermine economic sustainability for citizens.
  3. Broad-Spectrum corrosion of any public department & agenda item:  The refusal by Public Officials to enforce/restore Public Official Accountability to any department regarding any violation of law or denial of due process, translates to a general abduction of the Public's Voice and Civil Liberties across the board.  When it becomes a matter of practice, no department or agenda is immune. Therefore all residents of Austin/Travis County are susceptible to its adverse consequences unless accountability of our public officials is restored.
  4. Cost to Taxpayers / Public Deficit:  Deficit Reduction starts by cutting corruption. Let's Cut corruption instead of Human Services!

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A.L.M.A. strives to unite and amplify the stories of people who share a common concern about abuse of power.  Abuse of Power undermines Social Justice efforts; targets and marginalizes certain people; and drains the Public Treasury.
 

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WE ARE a community coalition with grievances & questions involving:
 
  • The City of Austin & Travis County federally and locally funded housing programs: 

    • 'Affordable' housing & SMART housing programs
      • $-HOME, LeadSmart,
      • Single Family Home purchase and home improvement
      • LeadSmart
      • Austin Energy Audits & Weatherization Programs (i.e. home retrofitting)
      • Other
    • Contract awards & Accountability of City and County Contractors
    • Accountability of Federal Stimulus Funds for such programs

  • Land Grabs                                                                                                                                                         
  • Arbitrary & Capricious actions by some Public Officials (elected or appointed) re:    
    • Inspections / Code Enforcement & Interpretation
    • Home Warranties
    • Utility Districts
    • Appraisal Districts
    • Roads & Easements

  • Law Enforcement
  • Integrity of the legal system & Due Process of the Law

Have certain Public Officials (elected or appointed) exercised arbitrary and capricious actions as a systemic 'business-as-usual' practice, to the detriment of the Public's Civil Liberties?  Specifically, with regard to the Texas Real Estate Industry, has this compromised the solvency of Small Businesses (i.e. individual ranchers, contractors, realtors), Consumers, HomeOwners / Home buyers, & Landowners?
 

Our questions include allegations that are criminal in nature.  For example, evidence suggesting:.

  • Forgery;
  • Un-accounted for Federal Housing Funds;
  • Patterns & Practices;
  • Fraudulent Payment Authorizations; and Loan Servicing Records;

As far as we know, our Public Officials have not take action regarding these criminal allegations as required per Title 18 U.S.C.

Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability (A.L.M.A.) asks these questions with the support and advocacy of The Gray Panthers of Austin (GP) and the Travis County Green Party (TCGP). 

 
For further reading please click here.
 

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Video Millennium Youth Center with David Cobb

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Click:  Letter to the U.S. Atty from Travis County Green Party. -- When might the public have answers to the following
 
 "Fairview Residents take concerns over code violations to Austin mayor"  By Ricardo Gandara  Austin American Statesman (3/30/2010)
 

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Contact A.L.M.A.

May/June 2011 NEWSLETTER - TEXAS GRAY PANTHERS: Letters to the Austin American Statesman Editor; & Questions to City Council Candidates Regarding LACK OF PUBLIC OFFICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY

April 2011 NEWSLETTER TEXAS GRAY PANTHERS: Bank of America foreclosures; Corporate Dodging; Federal & Local Housing Funds; City of Austin Accountability & Council Emails

THE AUSTIN BULLDOG - Investigative Reporting

 
HomeOwners for Better Building (HOBB) and a number of other consumer advocacy and housing rights organizations raise parallel questions with regard to the Texas Homebuilder / 'Rehabilitation' Industry.
 

 The Voting Rights Act of '65 inspires the growing Hand Count Coalition:

  1. Who is the Hand Count Coalition?
    VoteRescue; Gray Panthers of Austin; LULAC Dist. 12; Travis County Green Party; Texans for Accountable Government (TAG); Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability (ALMA);  Flouride Free Austin; Capitol City Cruisers; Progressive Hispanic Democrats, Instruments for Peace, and others to be announced.
  2. Why are people interested & how does this affect you?
    Nonresponsiveness and a lack of accountability from our representatives (elected and appointed) is a growing complaint amongst citizens and advocacy groups -- as evident in Travis County Commissioner Court testimony. Even evidence of mis/mal/nonfeasance,  and fraud, waste and abuse on the part of some of our municipal officials, seems to fall on deaf ears.
  3. Does this violate Title 18 USC?
  4. How can We the People vote unresponsive officials out, if we cannot witness the counting of our votes; and therefore cannot be certain if they were indeed counted as cast? 
  5. The Alternate Findings & Recommendations Report was released by members of The Travis County Election Study Group in April 2010. Read the full report at www.voterescue.org 
Citizen Communications at Travis County Commissioners Court:
**NOTE: Written testimony and Actual Verbal Testimony do not always match.  Therefore, the written testimony could potentially be misleading and alter the meaning.
For example:  
  1. Citizens Communication September 07 2010:
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    • Video Link
    • Written Transcript Link
  1. Citizens Communication September 14, 2010:
    • Speakers for VoteRescue:
    • Video Link
    • Written Transcript Link
  2. Citizens Communication September 21, 2010:
    • Speakers for VoteRescue:
    • Video Link
    • Written Transcript Link
  3. Citizens Communication September 28, 2010: 
    • Speakers for VoteRescue:
    • Video Link
    • Written Transcript Link
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Travis County Election Study Group Report of ALTERNATE Findings and Recommendations

"Nightmare in East Austin", Public Access T.V. (PACTV) hosted by David Kobierowski -- October 26, 2007

"Nightmare in East Austin" KOOP Radio, 'A Neighborly Conversation' hosted by David Kobierowski -- Wed. November 21, 2007

TC Green Party Referral to the District Attorney

Complete D.A. Package

HUD Group Complaint

A.L.M.A. General Inquiry

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Some Abuses happen incrementally,
Robbing a Community of its ability to witness
One Clear Moment as to where and when to draw the line.
 
 
White Collar Crime:
 Takes Lives.
Mass Serial...
Do NOT be Charmed.
'Sophistication' is NOT 'Credibility'.
...Still, Abuse of Power epitomizes Pre-Meditated & Mass Serial.
We MUST insist on Accountability.

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