Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
• No City Council meeting this week, as free-the-doggies hysteria dominates the local social media, but next week's session (Oct. 17) expects the return of the Taco PUD, Colorado tubing, and urban farms – something for everybody. See "Council: No Tubes for You!"
› A final public forum Tuesday on a proposed downsized dog park at Auditorium Shores drew nearly 200 people to Dougherty Arts Center, with all but a couple of speakers opposed to redevelopment plans that would close the park through 2014. See "Then There's This."
› Looks like Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen's annual evaluation will have to wait. The yearly job review normally takes place at the beginning of the school year, but has been repeatedly delayed. Now it's been pushed back again to November, due to Trustee Tamala Barksdale undergoing surgery.
› As Wendy Davis gears up her campaign for governor, the Democrats start to fill in the rest of their slate. Mike Collier, a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and self-described "independent pro-business Democrat," announced this week he will run for comptroller.
› Meanwhile, there's a Travis County Republican running for governor. On Oct. 8, Tea Partier Lisa Fritsch – a quasi-regular talking head on Fox – threw her hat into the race.
› The Citizen Review Panel on Monday heard from family of Larry Eugene Jackson – killed by Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert this summer – who urged them to recommend Kleinert be fired for the fatal encounter. The panel has reviewed the Internal Affairs investigation into the incident and will now make written recommendations to Chief Art Acevedo regarding Kleinert's professional fate. Under the new police contract, that report will be made public regardless of whether Acevedo agrees with the conclusions.
› A special grand jury last week declined to indict Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in connection with her behavior in jail this spring after being popped for drunk driving. In a statement, Lehmberg said she is "pleased that this part of the process is completed." She still faces possible ouster from office as part of a civil process that is slated for trial Oct. 21.
› The threat of financial default by the U.S. government seems to have filled Tea Party Republicans with giddy anticipation, like toddlers waiting for the Big Piñata to explode – at press time, no sign of a return to reason in D.C.
› Capital Metro has released a Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of Plaza Saltillo in East Austin, 10 acres of which will be redeveloped as a transit-oriented development, while the one-acre Plaza Saltillo will continue to operate unchanged as a MetroRail station.
› ACL 2 and Texas-OU on the same weekend? What's a loyal local Longhorn to do? Check out the music at Zilker and occasionally check in at the TV tent to watch the Red River thrashing? You can pretend it's only a movie.