It seems as if the controversy surrounding the city’s historic zoning program had stretched on so long, it was due to collect some tax abatements of its own any minute. But no longer: At their meeting last week, City Council finally adopted belt-tightening changes to tax waivers for the properties and settled a related lawsuit.
In case you were still wanting for Water Treatment Plant No. 4, fear not: Like the drip from the kitchen sink torturing many an insomniac, WTP4 keeps trickling out, this week with a special called City Council meeting at the plant site itself.
Last week two Austin Police Department officers, Cpls. John Coffey and George Jackoskie, filed a grievance with their union, the Austin Police Association, arguing that the union and city have broken the police contract by paying a member to be off the beat and working on statewide union issues.
Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs, head of the Mormon breakaway sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child involving two teen girls who he had taken as "spiritual" wives.
For the fourth day Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are asking people to cut power consumption until 7pm. Today's Stage One warning is better than yesterday's Stage Two warning, but still a bad sign for the power grid. They have issued a reminder about useful ways to conserve power.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas just Tweeted that it is issuing a Level 2 energy emergency. This means that, among large industrial users, rolling blackouts may be necessary.