Politics & Personalities
1995 Readers Poll
1995 Critics Picks
Best City Department

Enough cracks about the bicycle squad; Austin Police - on foot, in cars, on motorcycles, on horses, and on mountain bikes - are all over, protecting, serving, and popping wheelies.

Austin Police Department
715 E. Eighth

Best Community Program

The readers can not bottle their enthusiasm for this environmentally fab program.

Austin Recycles
Solid Waste Services

Best Councilmember

The mustachioed man takes the prize again. This petal pushin' politician continues to prove hippies count. Flower Power to the People!

Best Effort To Control Pollution/Improve The Environment

More than an ABBA hit, this grassroots gang is willing to keep at it as long as the enemy keeps Jim-bob-bobbing along.

Save Our Springs Alliance
221 E. Ninth #300

Best Local Eccentric

Something about flowers (one twirls 'em, the other sells 'em) must lead readers to leaf any other contenders in the dust for this category.

Best Local Scandal

Rich with twilight-zoning loopholes, Circle "C"itizens turn water regulations into whine.

Best Public Servant

Hizzoner gets the nod. Although he doesn't always secure the consensus for which he strives, Todd isn't afraid to get in the thick of the major issues facing this city, frequently on thorny subjects that a more squeamish politico might well avoid.

Best Rumor

Actually, this was our April Fools Day spoof for 1994; this year we just closed down for general lack of interest, remember? But it was probably a better premise, anyway, so we're happy to get the belated recognition. (Advance warning: we're already planning big changes for 1996 - a whole new era for the Chronicle.)

Best Texas Legislator

The senator goes down this session as a man willing to take a stand, in this case, a stand for 17 hours in a filibuster against Rep. Susan Combs' attempt to limit Austin's annexation powers. The filibuster failed, but Barrientos won a compromise with his bill, SB 1395.

Gonzalo Barrientos
P.O. Box 12068

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