For those of you readying the popcorn for the Big Showdown at Shoal Creek – aka the Grove at Shoal Creek PUD – you’ll have to wait at least another month. Thursday’s City Council expects to punt the PUD down Bull Creek Road once again, postponing the approval decision at least until September.
Last Thursday’s City Councilmeeting adjourned at the fairly unheard of hour of 5:30pm, and proceeded with relatively little melodrama. There was the ongoing fuss over new toys for the Austin Police Department, and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar asked his colleagues to commit to affordable housing – to a very uneasy response.
At a City Hall press conference today, Mayor Steve Adler and former council member Mike Martinez joined other advocates issuing statements of support for the $720 million bond proposal, which has not yet received final approval from City Council but is scheduled for a public hearing Aug. 11 and a vote either then or Aug. 18.
In an unusual move, District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo has ousted her appointee, Alison Alter, as a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. The removal comes after Alter refused Gallo’s request that she resign from her post since she is challenging Gallo for her council seat.
Police remain on the lookout for a man accused of opening fire Downtown on Sixth Street just after bars closed Sunday morning, killing one woman and injuring four others – three of whom were taken to Brackenridge Hospital with injuries considered to be not life-threatening. The fifth victim refused treatment from EMS.
Victims' advocates joined Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and District 4 Council Member Greg Casar Thursday morning to call on City Council to immediately prioritize the Austin Police Department’s rape kit backlog in light of the DNA lab closure.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton executed the inevitable late in the afternoon on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit in the 53rd District Court of Travis County against the city of Austin, Mayor Steve Adler, and each member of the City Council.