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