"...Ballot Boxing, the 10-1 City Council forum series co-hosted by the Chronicle, KUT-FM, Univision, KXAN-TV, and the Austin Monitor will host a District 3 forum at 7pm at the North Door, located at 502 Brushy St...."
"...Newsdesk continues to follow The Road to 10-1, and as of today every City Council district race has at least two announced candidates. There’s officially a race in District 2, and in Districts 3, 4, and 7, candidates are gathering like reporters at an open bar ..."
"...5) PACS ATTACK With 10-1 came "independent expenditure campaigns." South Carolina-based South Forward PAC placed calls to voters, telling them, "Don't vote for Steve Adler." Lee Leffingwell cited the calls as the final straw that led to his endorsement of Adler. Meanwhile, local business PACs spread mucho cash in support of Adler and other candidates...."
"...The July 15 campaign finance deadline set off a flurry of 10-1 activity, much of which we covered in the Chronicle’s July 18 overview (“Now We Begin”). Nevertheless, the campaign dust has hardly settled yet – July 18 also marked the opening of formal ballot application – so here’s a brief update on what’s been happening since...."
"...As the city heads towards its first 10-1 election, everyone’s improvising to some extent, and the WDAF is no exception. The candidates were asked to fill out in advance a questionnaire covering the issues most pressing to WDAF, including the candidates’ positions on living wages for all workers, measures to punish wage theft, and opposition to Secure Communities..."
"...208,718 ballots cast. Who came out on top in the new 10-1?..."
"...No doubt you’ve already signed up for tonight’s first Chronicle 10-1 forum, featuring the District 1 candidates, at 7pm. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard..."
"...Ballot Boxing, the 10-1 City Council forum series co-produced by the Chronicle, KUT-FM, Univision, KXAN-TV, and the Austin Monitor, rolls into its second space tonight at 7pm with a District 2 forum at the Dove Springs Recreation Center, located at 5801 Ainez Drive...."
"...Erin McGann rounds out the trio as the one newcomer in the race. Like many 10-1 candidates, her focus is intensely on the costs of government - she’s against anything that would raise property taxes...."
"...Mayor Pro Tem Cole is in the middle of her “Listening Tour” of the 10 new Council districts, but not yet quite ready to officially declare her candidacy. Friday afternoon she told Newsdesk she has “really learned a lot” from her neighborhood events, and that “the new [10-1] system has empowered people to talk about what is unique to their neighborhoods.” She said that while Council is often occupied with big issues like Austin Energy and the water utility and the comprehensive plan– “the big stuff” – people in a particular district may “want a trail” or some other specific improvement..."
"...No, the list of candidates for the new 10-1 City Council isn't as crowded as I-35 rush hour – it's just starting to look that way. The number of candidates who have filed campaign treasurer designations with the City Clerk – the first official step toward formal candidacy – hit 40 as of Monday morning, and the overall list of candidates "seriously considering" a run continues climbing..."
"...In 2014, there will be 10 new Council districts, at least eight new Council members, and a new at-large mayor. As part of the 10-1 plan, the Office of the City Auditor – Mory and a staff of five 10-1 assigned employees – has been charged with the delicate and complex task of assembling the "Indep-endent Citizens Redistricting Commission" that will draw the new districts...."
"...Though it had been scheduled to end last week, just before that deadline the city auditor's office extended the public comment period on the city's new City Council 10-1 redistricting process to Wednesday, Jan. 16..."
"...Kathy Vale, who was a member of both the Council-appointed Charter Revision Committee (which recommended the initial independent commission plan) and, later, AGR, addressed this concern at last week's public input meeting, asking for numbers. She asked the city auditor's staff – charged with implementing the 10-1 districting plan – to report how many Austinites have voted in three of the last five city elections, if possible plotting that information geographically and demographically in order to get a better sense of how restrictive it might be..."
"...District 2 Council Member Delia Garza served on the charter revision committee that brought 10-1 to Austin in 2012, and since her inauguration, the former firefighter and assistant state's attorney general has embodied the spirit of equal representation. She currently chairs the Public Utilities Committee, serves as vice-chair of the Open Space, Environment, and Sustainability Committee, and sits on the Mobility and Health & Human Services committees...."
"...Darryl Wittle isn’t as quick as some other 10-1 candidates to criticize the current Council. As co-operator of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Wittle could provide a voice for the still-burgeoning Domain...."
"...Cole is the only woman in the race, historically a local advantage, and has a lower-key style than her opponents. She's pointing to her experience in education matters and city finances – the Betty Dunkerley legacy – and her spearheading of the Waller Creek Project, a major accomplishment that also opens her to claims of Downtown-centrism that reflects the 10-1 tension between the high-risers and the neighborhoods – an impression she attempted to overcome by her "House Party" 10-district tour...."
"...See more about the 10-1 candidates for mayor and City Council on the Chronicle's election page...."
"...Meanwhile, the Chronicle’s diligent online tech team has revised our 10-1 master list to make it more readily distinguishable and searchable by district (and mayor’s race). Each race is now listed individually under “Meet the Candidates” here, and we’ll add new candidates and new information on the candidates, as it becomes available...."
"...Amid the dramatic, attention-getting changes the first 10-1 City Council brought to Austin, there's a quieter one in the person of District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo. Only in a city as reflexively and smugly liberal as Austin could someone like Gallo get lumped in with the conservative faction of Council..."
"...Here in the fourth estate, we've been largely looking forward to the new story lines promised by the incoming 10-1 City Council: new faces, radical agendas, clashing egos, screaming matches on the dais if we get lucky. ....."
"...The 10-1 City Council run-off campaigns proceed, with an Austin Monitor poll reporting attorney Steve Adler with a commanding 56-35% lead over Council Member Mike Martinez, despite an initial round 37-30% vote. The run-off is Dec..."
"...D4 loser Marco Mancillas (.9%, 77 votes), who withdrew to endorse Laura Pressley just prior to election day, now throws all that support to Adler for mayor... D1 candidate Andrew Bucknall (6%) endorsed frontrunner Ora Houston in the run-off, Edmund "Ted" Gordon for AISD trustee (in AISD's D1, distinct from Council's 10-1), and (since D1 borders District 4), Greg Casar....."
"...Newsdesk hasn’t mentioned every last candidate – and a few more in the audience who didn’t quite make this particular cut – and we won’t make the attempt. Rather, we’ll end with District 1’s Ora Houston, who promised to work to “dismantle the silos” separating one group of citizens from another, and to work for a city where we all try to understand our common interests and desires for community – and to see the new 10-1 system as an opportunity “to make Austin the Austin that it can be.”..."
"...But we're collecting material on all these candidates, districts, and races, and will pursue each race in more depth as the weeks pass, and also in an ongoing fashion online. Just as 10-1 will be new to the voters, it's new to us – but we'll be getting our collective arms around it from now until Nov..."
"...Here also are the homes of most incumbent council members, who irked 10-1 supporters by including an alternative (8-2-1) proposal on the 2012 ballot. District 9 may represent all the reasons Austinites voted for 10-1 – a miniature reflection of its old self, predominantly Anglo, with a strong progressive streak...."
"...• City Council appoints citizen committee (e.g., along lines of Charter Revision Committee, which initially recommended the 10-1 plan)...."
"...Believe it or not, it's been nearly a year and a half since the first 10-1 City Council took the newly expanded dais. This November, half of Council's seats will be up for grabs again..."
"...Looking back on the new 10-1 council's first year, Casar acknowledged it had been "a little bit of the Wild West" in terms of initial organization and efficiency, but insisted that "the wheels didn't come off" despite most of Council's inexperience. He points with pride to the policy requiring more solar energy "at scale" and the adoption of body cameras for the Austin Police Department as particular achievements, and says that he sees himself as persistently looking for ways of "pushing the envelope" for more progressive city policies...."
"...But his motion to make the selection by lot died for lack of a second. Accordingly, CMs Greg Casar and Sabino Renteria moved Tovo's election, which passed 10-1 – the first official action of Council, and the first split vote as well..."
"...Move over, Richard Linklater, a new wave of Austin cinema has arrived: the self-consciously silly 10-1 campaign video. The Mike vs..."
"...Orshalick’s a newcomer, an Allandale resident who worked on the 10-1 campaign; he filed both his CTD and ballot application Friday. Other potential mayoral candidates who have previously filed CTD’s include financial analyst Stephen Fabian, student/artist Nick Lucier, and Trevor Titman (also filed Friday; gratuitous joke goes here)...."
"...Delia Garza is an assistant state attorney general and a former firefighter. She was Council Member Mike Martinez's appointee to the Charter Revision Committee, and was among the panel majority that endorsed the 10-1 districting system..."
"...Likely frontrunner Susana Almanza, of People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources, projects her spot on the 10-1 dais as historic – she would be the first Mexican-American woman on Council. However, among her seven opponents, she'll have to outrun her brother, retired computer tech and community activist Sabino "Pio" Renteria..."
"...Mike Rodriguez, an Air Force veteran and retired financial advisor, has advocated heavily for 10-1 representation since 2008; with no initial inclination to run himself, Rodriguez changed his mind after deciding better him (a South Austinite of 20 years) than someone whom he believes will only represent the central city. Attorney Dave Floyd, long active in nonprofits, and Jason R..."
"...If the new 10-1 Council will have a conservative seat, this is the most likely venue. In 2012, the future District 6 boxes preferred Mitt Romney to Barack Obama – the only district to do so..."
"...Anchored on the south by the rapidly changing Crestview, Allandale, and Wooten neighborhoods, District 7 is in transition, and planning issues are very important here. Military veteran Ed English, formerly of Austinites for Geographic Representation (behind the original 10-1 initiative), argues that single-family homeowners fear the ongoing rewrite of the zoning codes..."
"...Why CPAs and auditors? Though the plan that 10-1 was modeled on used municipal judges, attorney Steve Bickerstaff (who helped draft the amendment for Austinites for Geographic Representation) explained that the AGR feeling was that municipal judges in Austin are beholden to Council members, so those who drafted the charter amendment decided to use auditors, who are "certified" for their integrity. (It was Bickerstaff who most strongly objected to Mory's proposed schedule, arguing that it won't leave enough time for DOJ preclearance.)..."