It turns out when you put an anti-choice group headed by a woman with a tenuous grasp of basic medical science in charge of increasing access to reproductive health care, you don’t get the results you’re looking for.
In a morning press conference outside Blazier Elementary School, four City Council Members – Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, Greg Casar, and Jimmy Flannigan – declared their unhappiness with the current CodeNEXT process, and called for the next draft to fully address citywide inequality, affordability, gentrification, and displacement.
Just before the start of last Thursday’s City Council meeting (Aug. 17), Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo told a skeptical reporter she was estimating adjournment at about 11pm. As it turned out, she nearly nailed it: Mayor Steve Adler lowered the curtain just before 10:30.
City Council is holding budget hearings later this afternoon, with testimony expected on the proposed property tax rate, any fee changes, etc. Criminal justice advocates say they will be there to oppose the current Austin Police Association contract, and demand greater accountability over officer misconduct.