After a year of planning, the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and CasaBella Architects finally brought the public into discussions of efforts to reimagine the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, known as the MACC, with a public input meeting on Saturday (June 17).
In a statement released early Tuesday morning, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said that after an extensive review of the record, she had filed a motion to dismiss the cases against Fran and Dan Keller, and Judge Cliff Brown of the 147th District Court had granted the dismissals.
Considering its 104-Item agenda last Thursday (June 15), City Council did pretty well to adjourn by 10:42pm. That was not without some grumbling, as well as intermittent giddy-ups from Mayor Steve Adler. The lengthiest debate concerned the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance – both amended and punted – but plenty of other business flowed under the bridge.
After lengthy public testimony and a confounding dais discussion, City Council voted Thursday evening to end a school-hours youth curfew, but to maintain the existing 11pm curfew until at least Oct. 1 – while a group of staff and stakeholders meet and try to design an alternative approach.
On Thursday, in a rare rejection of a colleague’s nominee for an appointed commission seat, City Council nixed District 1 Council Member Ora Houston’s nomination of Michael Cargill to the Bond Election Advisory Task Force. D3 CM Pio Renteria spoke against the nomination: “I believe his appointment would be an obstruction to the work …”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans for a special session this summer, to clean up a bit of the leftover mess from the recently concluded 85th legislative session. The state’s House and Senate will reconvene at the Capitol on July 18. Abbott will have lawmakers consider legislation to fix the state’s Medical Board.