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  • Proposal to install 10 drinking fountains across Downtown Austin could cost nearly $1M

    09/14/2019 8:26:03 AM PDT · by bgill · 51 replies
    kvue ^ | Sept. 13, 2019 | Pattrik Perez
    AUSTIN, Texas — It could cost nearly $1 million to install 10 new drinking fountains throughout Downtown Austin as part of an effort by some council members to make free drinking water more accessible for everyone. In a city memo released on Thursday, Austin Water identified 10 proposed locations for these fountains. At least two of them would be in the vicinity of the ARCH shelter on Seventh Street. The ADA-compliant fountains would be free to use 24/7 and would be located in well-lit areas, according to the City. Each fountain would contain three components: a drinking fountain, a bottle-filling...
  • Texas Outsider Musician Daniel Johnston dies at 58

    09/12/2019 6:30:55 AM PDT · by Kriggerel · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | September 12 2019 | BBC
    Daniel Johnston, whose guileless, homemade recordings inspired dozens of musicians from Kurt Cobain to Lana Del Rey, has died at the age of 58. The songwriter and artist "passed away of natural causes" at his home in Texas, said his family in a statement.
  • Austin ISD encourages more parents not to pack a lunch to improve school meals

    09/04/2019 11:33:42 AM PDT · by bgill · 58 replies
    kxan ^ | Sept. 4, 2019 | Chris Davis
    If fewer kids bring lunch from home, Austin ISD says it can improve the quality of ingredients it uses to prepare breakfast and lunch across the entire district. Wednesday, the district’s food truck hit the road for the first time this school year. Its first stop is McCallum High School, where students will have the option of grass-fed burgers, among other bites. The nutrition and food services department is working toward a goal of using only grass-fed beef in every school cafeteria, plus organic produce and milk. But in order to do that, it needs more students to eat the...
  • Local man sues American Airlines, claims racial discrimination

    09/02/2019 12:06:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 89 replies
    kwtx10 ^ | Aug. 29, 2019 | Brandon Hamilton
    Holcomb was on his way back in April to Austin from Las Vegas after celebrating his birthday, but had a connecting flight in Phoenix. He says he had an allergic reaction to a support dog belonging to another passenger. American Airlines, in a statement, says it makes accommodations for dogs “American makes every effort to accommodate all passengers, including those traveling with and seated near service or support animals,” a statement read. Holcomb says the passenger offered to switch seats but after no one volunteered, a flight attendant and a pilot got involved. Holcomb says he questioned why he had...
  • Austin's homeless problem could force some downtown businesses to close early

    08/24/2019 1:16:50 PM PDT · by bgill · 65 replies
    austincbs ^ | Aug. 23, 2019 | Bettie Cross
    Some Austin business owners say the homeless problem is now a homeless crisis. One downtown business owner says he may start closing early to keep employees and customers safe...In June, the Austin City Council changed the homeless ordinances to allow sitting, lying and camping in more public spaces, including sidewalks. Staley says that's when one homeless man moved in. “All his belongings are right here up against our patio and we can't do anything about it. We can't. The police can't,” said Staley. The patio on Congress Avenue was designed as a shady spot for tourists and locals to grab...
  • Austin [TX] Wants to Use Your Money for Abortions

    08/24/2019 12:51:54 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 10 replies
    Texas Scorecard ^ | 8/21/19 | Jacob Asmussen
    Recently, Austin City Council members proposed using up to $150,000 of Austinites’ cash toward funding abortions. Your money would cover associated costs such as rides to and from an abortion facility, lodging, and ironically, childcare. In the past, council preferred to give your cash directly to abortion businesses, such as the special $1-a-year lease deal they give Planned Parenthood on a downtown plot of land. However, a new state law (Senate Bill 22) now protects citizens’ money from being funneled directly to organizations that kill pre-born babies. Austin City Council, however, is determined to sidestep that new law. Council members...
  • Austin [TX] Crisis: Is Spending $28,000 per Homeless Person the Answer?

    08/17/2019 10:19:14 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 65 replies
    Texas Scorecard ^ | 8/15/2019 | Jacob Asmussen
    You already read the headline, but that’s not even the worst part. Yes, Austin City Council is spending a record-high $62.7 million this year to try and solve homelessness, equivalent to giving roughly $28,000 to each homeless person in the city. But the more startling fact is that Austin officials are leading the city down the same dangerous path San Francisco has already journeyed—a path Austinites should be wary not to travel. Before peering down the road toward Austin’s future, let’s look around for a moment at the crisis happening right now in Texas’ capital city. The homeless population is...
  • Austin city leaders expected to declare ‘climate emergency’

    08/08/2019 9:32:52 AM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    kxan ^ | Aug. 7, 2019 | Tom Miller
    Austin city leaders are expected to approve a resolution declaring a “climate emergency” during Thursday’s city council meeting...If approved, the resolution would require the city manager to give regular updates to the city council on what staff members are doing to achieve climate change goals.The city would also launch a community awareness campaign to let people know what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, it would create “resilience hubs” in low to moderate-income areas to serve as shelters, evacuation centers, and disaster response hubs during emergencies related to the changing climate. “On a day like today that’s...
  • Old News: Liberal Dark Money Group to Receive Private Briefing from Jerry Nadler

    07/29/2019 12:46:33 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/04/19 | Brent Scher and Joe Schoffstall
    AUSTIN—The largest donors on the left will be given a private briefing on investigations into President Donald Trump by House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) during a secretive Texas gathering this week, according to documents obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon. The Democracy Alliance, a group of millionaire and billionaire funders of the liberal movement, is holding its Spring Partner Retreat and Strategy Conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, where security has been patrolling the meeting areas since Wednesday. As always at the group's secretive meetings, all programming is off the record and closed to members...
  • Fusion GPS-Linked Group Worked With Tech Company Tied To Russian ‘False Flag’ Operation

    01/10/2019 10:34:02 PM PST · by Trump_the_Evil_Left · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2019 | Chuck Ross
    A non-profit group linked to Fusion GPS has ties to a cybersecurity firm recently implicated in a self-described “false flag” operation in the Alabama Senate race. The Democracy Integrity Project, which works with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele, partnered before the 2018 midterms with New Knowledge, an Austin-based firm that has been tied to an operation that created fake Russian bots in Alabama’s December 2017 special election. New Knowledge recently produced a report for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and TDIP’s founder was in contact with two Democrats from the committee. A nonprofit group linked to Fusion...
  • FBI agent brother to cop accused of murder-for-hire plot, dead by suicide: sources

    07/25/2019 8:07:10 AM PDT · by Marcell · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 24,2019 | By Larry Celona, Craig McCarthy, Emily Saul and Bruce Golding
    The FBI agent brother of an NYPD cop accused in a murder-for-hire plot killed himself while out of town with other agents, law-enforcement sources told The Post on Wednesday. Salvatore “Sal” Cincinelli, 41, was found with at least one gunshot wound inside the Container Bar in Austin, Texas, when cops arrived there shortly before midnight on July 16 in response to a report of gunfire, a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department said. The incident is being investigated as suicide, the spokeswoman said. She wouldn’t elaborate. Cincinelli was a former Wall Street trader who joined the FBI in 2011 and...
  • 'Black Food Week' celebrates Austin area's black-owned restaurants

    07/22/2019 3:15:18 PM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    kvue ^ | July 21, 2019 | Drew Knight
    Austin's "Black Food Week" is back again, giving black-owned restaurants across the Austin area a chance to shine as the spotlight is turned to them. Sponsored by the Austin Justice Coalition, Black Food Week aims to give the Austin community information about Austin's new and longstanding black-owned restaurants that have become pillars in the Austin community. This year, the event actually runs for two whole weeks, beginning on July 22 and lasting through Aug. 3. "We hope that the community not only finds these restaurants as enjoyable dining experiences but also an educational tool that prompts supporting locally owned minority...
  • Around 50 Austin food trucks targeted in months-long string of burglaries

    07/19/2019 6:51:37 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    kxan ^ | July 18, 2019 | Alex Caprariello
    Austin police are reaching out to the community to track down two suspects connected to numerous burglaries across Austin. Police are searching for two white men that have targeted around 40-50 food trucks since April. The men are going after clusters of food trucks throughout the city without a specific location, but appear to be tracking food truck parks, police say. Officials say downtown Austin and the area north of U.S. Highway 183 appear to be the main clusters, but there have been other targeted trucks. Police estimate the men have stolen several thousands of dollars including tablets, money boxes...
  • 'You're Our Only Hope!': Liberal Austin Cries out for Republicans to Save It

    07/18/2019 8:22:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/18/2019 | Bryan Preston
    Since Austin's liberal policy on homeless camping went into effect on July 1, the big question is how much of an impact would it really have? Was the issue overblown? Would Austin residents see homeless camps pop up all over town or not? And would Austin, woke and weird capital that it is, object to it all?The results are in and growing. And if Los Angeles is any guide, they are urgent. Mayor Steve Adler recently traveled to L.A. to "learn" how to handle homelessness from the Democrat-run city. Austin and L.A. both have permissive camping policies.Well, L.A. now has...
  • Seeing more tents in Austin? It’s not because homeless people are buying more tents

    07/15/2019 5:57:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    KXAN ^ | July 8, 2019 | Candy Rodriguez
    Monday marks a week since changes to the sitting, lying or camping in public places ordinance in Austin went into effect loosening laws for the area’s homeless. For someone like Dawn Howell, it’s the opportunity to pitch a tent in a public space and stay in one place. Her home is a makeshift tent engineered by Howell herself. A thin blanket serves as her foundation and a bed sheet keeps her covered. It’s all supported by a bicycle on one side and a bucket with an umbrella on the other. She calls it the “Fortress of Doom.”
  • Lights for L0SERZ (Kaitlin Bennett)

    07/14/2019 10:37:10 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 14, 2019 | Kaitlin Bennett (Liberty Hangout)
    Lighting candles in downtown Austin12 minute video
  • Austin Texas Passes Law Allowing Homeless to Set up Camp

    07/04/2019 5:31:49 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 47 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 7-3-19 | Fox Business News no specific author
    Austi passes law allowing homeless to set up camp Jul. 03, 2019 - 3:39 - Potomac Strategy Group President Matt Mackowiak on the new law in Austin, Texas that allows the homeless to set up camp on public property.
  • Going To Austin Texas next week - Need Travel Advice (Vanity Post)

    07/03/2019 9:01:51 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 83 replies
    Next weekend the wife and I are gonna be in Austin Texas for a long weekend. I've looked at Austin's tourism website and have gotten a few ideas - but I also like to know what Freepers like to do or see when they're in the area. We're looking at a trip to Berdoll Pecan in Bastrop, maybe a trip to the LBJ National Historic Park, maybe visit the Texas State Cemetery. I'm not a huge fan of live music. I don't mind it. It's just not a priority for me. The wife and I love BBQ and would take...
  • Austin Goes from Harmlessly Weird to Dangerously Stupid by Legalizing Camping on City Streets

    07/02/2019 2:17:24 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 64 replies
    PJ media ^ | 07/02/2019 | Bryan Preston
    Austin has long been the weird, liberal capital of Texas. The rest of Texas just sort of shrugs and puts up with it. Austin is quirky. Austin is odd. Austin lives in its own little world. Austin is also home to some of the best live music joints anywhere and you have to work pretty hard to find a bad restaurant in the city, so it’s not without its charms. The joke about Austin is that it’s nice because it's so close to Texas (its the capital, a deep blue dot surrounded by a vast red sea). Austin is like...
  • Austin's police chief says new homeless laws will "fundamentally change" enforcement

    06/22/2019 3:50:48 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 66 replies
    CBS Austin ^ | 6/21/2019 | Bettie Cross
    Austin's police chief says three new homeless ordinances are about to "fundamentally change" the department's enforcement. Early Friday morning the Austin City Council voted to rescind the homeless camping ban changing the city’s approach to dealing with homelessness. The city's ban on sitting, lying down and camping in public spaces is being replaced with new ordinances that change how police can respond to calls from the public. “If we receive a call from a business owner or from a citizen involving an individual that may be sitting or lying in a public space, whether it be in front of a...