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Changes! That’s life.

Changes! That’s life.

After all the posters are printed, the ads are submitted and you’ve paid the designer, there is inevitably something that happens to ruin your plans. Or, so you might think at first. Kristin Schell of the Schell Cafe was one of our speakers but due to an important conflict in her schedule, she has had to cancel. Bad news, right? Yes. I feel horrible that she won’t be able to make it.

However, I always put the good with the bad and immediately I contacted Addie Broyles, food writer for the Austin American-Statesman, cool mom and writer at The Feminist Kitchen.  And guess what? She said YES! So I might have to spend some more to reprint and the ads may not be perfect, but Addie Broyles, Austin’s very own foodie celebrity, said yes!

I am so honored to have Addie join the speaking team along with Tiffany Harelik, Wendy Aarons, Laura Pressley, Marissa Vogel and keynote speaker, Sabrina Parsons. Thanks so much to all of you for making MomCom Austin happen.

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Early Voting in Austin — VOTE!

Early Voting in Austin — VOTE!

One of the MomCom Austin Summer speakers is Laura Pressley. She has an amazing story and she is also running for city council. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down with Laura and witnessing her passion, tenacity and dedication to her beliefs. I asked Laura to write a post for MomCom Austin to encourage people to think about what they want for the future of Austin. Whether or not you agree with her or any of the candidates, the most important thing to do is vote. Early voting started today.  Take your kids with you, show them the importance of voting, and get on out there.

 

I’m an Austin mom. I’m a taxpayer. I’m a voter. My name is Laura Pressley and I’m running for City Council.

This election season, we’ll see some very close races and my bid for Austin City Council will be one of them. Challenging Mike Martinez for Place 2 on the dias will be no easy task due to the corporate money bundlers he has going for him.

But we have another strategy; one that will work. It’s called listening to and working with the people. 

I have testified in front of City Council on many issues from water quality to opposing corporate give aways and utility rate hikes. Do you know what I’ve seen on a consistent basis? A pattern of complete dismissal by City Council towards residents that take time out of their day, sometimes until midnight or 2 o’clock in the morning, to speak out on issues of concern to them. I’m sick of City Council not listening, so I decided to run for office. I care about the opinions and feelings of Austinites and commit to working hard on finding common ground to preserve quality of life for our families and future generations.

Austin City Council is throwing our money away. Frivolous, unnecessary projects, such as those listed below, undermine our abilities as parents to give the best to our children and communities.

When the people spoke out against Water Treatment Plant 4 in northwest Austin, costing us $500M, did the Council listen? No.

When the people spoke out against the F1 Racetrack in Del Valle, costing us $13M, did the Council listen? No.

When the people spoke out against giving Apple, Inc. a corporate subsidy, costing us $8.5M, did the Council listen? No.

When the people spoke out against energy and water rate hikes, affecting apartment complexes and our houses of worship to the greatest extreme, did the Council listen? Well, I guess we’ll have to see…

One example Council is wasting our precious tax dollars would be the corporate give aways to companies that don’t need them. Did you know Apple was allowed by City Council to build in the Round Rock Independent School District and the Austin City Council STILL gave them $8.6M in tax rebates? Austin ISD will not even receive the school tax benefits of this company’s campus expansion project even though we gave them a HUGE tax subsidy! This hurts our children’s education and enables putting critical learning institutions like Zilker Elementary on the chopping block. Our schools anchor our communities and help build tradition and memories for our little ones. I have a deep affinity for Zilker Elementary, as my daughter, Sydney, went there some 20 years ago!  We cannot let Austin City Council’s terrible financial decisions affect us and our families this way.

Another example is when I spoke with the CEO of Austin Energy to question him on his internal cost-cutting methods so our rates didn’t have to go up. His response to me was that he “didn’t have the bandwidth” to do cost-cutting measures! As a small business owner, myself, I would never raise rates on my loyal customers without saving every penny I could within my company. This is not what is happening in this Austin Energy rate case. Not to mention, the Austin City Council was ready to approve the rate hike before a groundswell of public outcry was needed to put them back on track and tell Austin Energy to go back to the drawing board.

Our money is our money and we need someone who will set the expectation within our local government that Austin taxpayers do not hand over blank checks to Council for them to do as they please. Those dollars need to be carefully guarded to get the most bang for our buck!

Austin’s city budget is nearly $3 billion dollars and there is no one on the City Council with a technology and large business background. As a 17-year professional in the semiconductor industry, I served as an engineer and manager for AMD, Motorola, and Freescale. I will bring strong financial and technical scrutiny to project proposals and city contracts, focusing on keeping jobs and business local.

Austin families, education, jobs, and environmental conservation are my top priorities and we need MOMs to vote. Please join us for Early Voting (April 30th-May 8th) or on Election Day (May 12th) to help put a smart, sensible, compassionate leader into office. Together, we can restore integrity and make Austin residents a priority again down at City Hall.

 

Thank you,

Dr. Laura Pressley, Ph. D.

www.PressleyForAustin.com

 

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Stop treating your business as a side job

I was talking on the phone this morning with Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto and our keynote speaker for MomCom and she said that we need to set financial goals for ourselves. Moms especially, tend to start businesses thinking it’s something they’d like to do; they have a great idea but don’t put a plan in place. She says to set your yearly goals, make a plan and work from it. You then have the tools to evaluate what you have done right and what you need to work on.

She also suggested that moms, because of our nature, tend to look at what we are doing as a side job, something to do along with raising kids and managing a family. Sabrina says to start taking it more seriously. Treat it as a business. If you are taking time away from your kids to work, stop feeling guilty about it. Instead turn that energy into making that time count financially as well personally.

Does this sound familiar? Are you making the time away from your family count? If you aren’t, why are you working? And yes, you are working. Guilt doesn’t make you money and it doesn’t help your family. What can you do today to start putting the energy needed into your business that will make it worthwhile to you? Think about it! I am.

Living the American Dream

Living the American Dream

I arrived at Tiffany Harelik’s cute little bungalow on the west side of Austin after observing my daughter’s Spanish class and working my way through afternoon traffic. Tiffany was gracious enough to invite me into her home and squeeze me between appointments to talk about what her topic will be for MomCom Austin. Oh what a story. Of course. Once again, I am in awe of another mother who decided to stop “doing what she’s supposed to do” and take a leap of faith. I’m not going to give too much away but Tiffany is following in her grandfather’s footsteps. A Russian Jew, he came to a new country and started a banana food cart, selling bananas for a penny. She’s often thought of as a foodie but Tiffany considers herself someone who wants to hear and tell the stories of others who are working to realize the American Dream. She’ll tell you more about it at MomCom. Until then please support this wonderful courageous mom by buying her cookbook, The Trailer Food Diaries.

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The Backyard with John Paul Dejoria and Tim O’Connor

The Backyard with John Paul Dejoria and Tim O’Connor

I’ll be writing a post about my evening at The Backyard  for their opening party but wanted to share the picture of Tim O’Connor of Direct Events and The Backyard, John Paul Dejoria of Paul Mitchell (yes, that JP Dejoria!), JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation and  JP Selects  What a couple of great guys doing good for the world community. And, I had no idea how much JP does for  women and moms through Paul Mitchell and his other endeavors. Oh, and yes, my daughter is following in Mama’s footsteps.

Tim O'Connor, JP Mitchell, Delilah and Me enjoying a great night at the Backyard

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The Backyard with John Paul Dejoria and Tim O’Connor

The Backyard with John Paul Dejoria and Tim O’Connor

I’ll be writing a post about my evening at The Backyard  for their opening party but wanted to share the picture of Tim O’Connor of Direct Events and The Backyard, John Paul Dejoria of Paul Mitchell (yes, that JP Dejoria!), JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation and  JP Selects  What a couple of great guys doing good for the world community. And, I had no idea how much JP does for  women and moms through Paul Mitchell and his other endeavors. Oh, and yes, my daughter is following in Mama’s footsteps.

Tim O'Connor, JP Mitchell, Delilah and Me enjoying a great night at the Backyard

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