Lately, ex-city councilmember Bob Larson has been looking out for Austin taxpayers with his new group Save Austin From Extravagance (SAFE). Larson wants Austin voters, not the council, to decide whether to spend $10 million in public funds on the new baseball stadium. This spring, the council avoided a lengthy public relations campaign and passed the expenditure on an "emergency basis" as certificates of obligation, which don't require a public vote. Larson may be chasing lost dreams of virtue: The stadium is a done deal by all accounts, but we're impressed with his battle over the principle of the thing.
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