Skip to comments.Democrats’ Destructive Decisions Spark Austinites to Take Back City Government [Austin, TX]
Posted on 08/23/2020 7:31:19 PM PDT by JeepersFreepers
Theres a pivotal war for power unfolding in Austin.
Amid scenes of citizens forced out of their homes, iconic businesses shuttering from suffocating taxes, uncontrolled homelessness scattering across town, intensifying lawlessness spreading on the streets, and defunded police officers leaving their jobs, some citizens are now arising to take city hall back from the all-Democrat Austin City Council who helped create the current reality in Texas capital.
For this Novembers local election, 20 candidates are running for just five available seats on the city council. All of the incumbent Democrat councilmembers trying to stay in power this year are facing challengers.
The current council has harmed and angered citizens through a variety of recent and ongoing decisions. Last year, the council allowed homeless individuals to camp in nearly all public spaces across the city, igniting a wildfire of public backlash and safety risk; last week, the council defunded the local police department by one-third, spent part of the police money on killing children, and hit already-struggling citizens with even higher tax bills.
On taxes alone, the council wants to take over $500 more cash from the median homeowner next yeardespite being in a time when over 130,000 Austinites recently lost their jobs because of government shutdowns, despite already taking 100 percent more annually from the median homeowner compared to 12 years ago, and despite already spending roughly double the amount city officials Dallas and Houston pay out.
Mismanagement by our current City Council is so flagrant that its impossible to ignore it any longer, said candidate Jennifer Virden, a native Austinite running for city councils western-located district 10 seat.
Virden said in a press release that one of the councils proposed mammoth tax increases, a record-expensive $7 billion rail and bus plan thats up for a public vote in November, is a train wreck that we cannot afford.
This is the absolute worst time to raise taxes for old, tired transportation technology, she said. Austinites and local businesses alike are struggling right now to increase city property taxes by 25% is downright irresponsible and tone-deaf.
Current City Council members have completely lost our trust, our faith, and our support, and for good reason, wrote candidate Robert Thomas, an attorney also running for district 10, on his campaign website. [The council] create[d] a financial nightmare burden on Austin families by raising property taxes.
It was time for me to step up instead of just ranting and raving to friends and neighbors, said candidate for northwest district 6 seat Dee Harrison, a retired Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee. She said shes taken issue with the councils bonehead decisions on homelessness and defunding the police.
Harrisons incumbent opponent, current Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, recently proposed demolishing the police headquarters building downtown and using the property to instead address historic economic inequities in the black community.
Nothing is more symbolic of recent efforts to defund the police than this scheme to demolish Austin Police Headquarters, said candidate Mackenzie Kelly, a native Austinite also running for the district 6 seat. If anyone for even a second thinks that these proposals are designed to save money or increase accountability, remember that Jimmy Flannigan is now proposing swinging a wrecking ball at the very heart of law and order in our city. A majority of our city wants to preserve law and order, and we can do better than Flannigan in November.
Indeed, violent crime in Austin has increased over the past two years, more local police officers are leaving the force now than in the past three years, and a recent Wall Street Journal report revealed Austin currently has the highest year-to-year percent increase nationwide in homicides.
Several of the city council candidates spoke on how the Austin City Council is following the same path as far-left cities such as Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, whose similar decisions on police, homelessness, and taxes are causing nightmares of lawlessness and unattainable costs of living, forcing citizens to flee the city.
This election is an opportunity for us to change our citys current trajectory and move forward in the right direction, candidate Virden added. Lets become the city that others aspire to be not repeat others failed policies.
"For this Novembers local election, 20 candidates are running for just five available seats on the city council. All of the incumbent Democrat councilmembers trying to stay in power this year are facing challengers." Maybe there is hope. We shall see.
Something tells me the citizens are pissed off...
Most cities with that combination are very far left, such as Madison, Wisconsin. Austin may be big enough to overcome that obstacle.
There is no hope if GOP votes are split between a bunch of candidates for City Council against 5 DEM candidates.
In my Texas Town, City Council Candidates can’t run under an identified Political Party.
Once overrun by rats, the infestation is almost impossible to erase.
Austin will remain democrat, even if the city is completely destroyed by democrat idiocy. Then the rat will move to some other place to infect, and destroy that new place too.
“In my Texas Town, City Council Candidates cant run under an identified Political Party.”
That is the rule in many California counties/cities if not all.
They are like chameleons, pretending to be moderates until a big vote comes up or they run for a higher office. Or they have too much wine at a high gear/elite social function.
I have family there. Prayers.
“There is no hope if GOP votes are split between a bunch of candidates for City Council against 5 DEM candidates.”
you noticed that too ...
You make a very good point. At 2 million plus, Austin is nearly 10 times the size of Madison, so the leftist institutions have much less leverage.
It’s easier to tear thing down than to build them up.
What a shame.
I lived in Austin for a couple of years, mid 80’s, only large city I’d ever live in by choice. It was a great place then, the city cops were some of the best I’ve ever seen.
I have no idea how many times I’ve walked, driven or ridden a bicycle by that police station (in the picture above, recognized it instantly) and not wanted to flip the finger at them, which was a great temptation in Houston...never did it, but wanted to, Hoston cops were assholes.
Some excellent places to eat, music scene one of the best in the country, that’s why I was there. Played music on 6th street for about 4 years. 6th street at night was an amazing place. I knew all the street performers, some very good, most barely tolerable.
To see the stories now, it’s really depressing. I wouldn’t even waant to visit these days, much less live there. Democrats have turned it into a sewer in need of draining..seems we have another city or 3 like that...or more...
WHat do they all have in common?
All hell holes, all have high crime rates, all have higher than normal taxes, higher than normal cost of living, high and increasing murder rates...
And all run by democrats...
Wonder what we could do to fix all their problems???
Yes that’s a rhetorical question...
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