You may have seen a recent e-mail from Rob Lippincott — the owner of Guero’s and other popular restaurants on South Congress — and his unpleasant experience with Kathie Tovo.   We thought you should hear more about her track record as a neighborhood activist.
As a leader of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association, Kathie Tovo consistently fought small businesses and restaurants, discouraged density, and took on live music. Just some examples:
  • Tovo opposed Café Caffeine’s request for an alcohol permit and extended hours of operation
  • Tovo opposed a setback variance for Enoteca, which would have allowed the restaurant to cover its patio area. The patio would not have been enclosed, just covered.
  • Tovo opposed the Treehouse condominium project, which would have revitalized a site that’s been deserted and dilapidated for nearly a decade.
  • Tovo objected to music playing until midnight on the Congress Ave Bridge (for BatFest) because of the precedent it sets for any other event on or near the lakefront.

This video tells yet another story of Kathie Tovo’s hard work against people who help make Austin vibrant and special.

The Truesdell family — owners of Trudy’s for more than 40 years — opened South Congress Café in 2003. The restaurant’s played a big part in the transformation of “SoCo” from the run-down drug and prostitution marketplace of 20 years ago into the popular district it is today. For the last 5 years the café’s outdoor deck has sat unused and locked up — thanks to the vigorous efforts of Kathie Tovo and her neighborhood association.  
Instead of “listening and respecting” the Truesdell family, and instead of achieving a positive outcome, Kathie Tovo has fought them and others relentlessly so she and her friends can fulfill their own narrow vision of what Austin should be. Watch the video to hear from Stephen Truesdell what Austin would be like with Tovo on the City Council.

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