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Election Results: How Did the Bonds Do?
Update: AISD, Travis County bonds break 70% support
DAILY News  November 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...There's over $1 billion in bonds before Austin voters today, plus seven statewide constitutional amendments. With polls closing at 7pm tonight, we will be updating you through the evening on what passed locally and across the state...."

Bonds: 'Death By a Thousand Cuts'
Even with Propositions 1 and 3 passing, AISD's election campaign appeared doomed from the start
News Story  May 17, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...In most elections, creeping over 50% support is good enough. But in bonds, that's bad news, as the Austin Independent School District found out on May 11..."

Meet the AISD Bonds
A thumbnail introduction to the $890 million bond package on the May 11 ballot
News Story  April 12, 2013, by Michael King
"...Beyond the sheer cost of the bonds – which the district is already addressing by pointing out that the tax impact (3.5 cents per $100 assessed property value) is relatively low – is the obstacle that there is really not much time to present the information to the voters; for a bond election formally adopted only in late February, early voting runs from April 29 to May 7...."

Facts About RMA Bonds
Postmarks  February 15, 2005
"...To the editor, The Feb. 11 letter from Dolores Leyba and Jim McDermitt claims, "The formation of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, as a new toll road authority in Central Texas, causes Travis County to commit the full faith and credit to the RMA bonds, obligating Travis County to raise taxes to pay for the bonds if the toll fees do not cover the cost of the bonds" [“Postmarks”]. Not true..."

November Props & Bonds
Roads and parks are on the November ballot
News Story  October 14, 2011, by Michael King
"...There are two Travis County bond props: 1) $132.8 million in road bonds to cover some 28 projects across the county – specific roadways, some bike lane and sidewalk spending, and also three catchall categories. 2) $82.1 million in park bonds for eight categories also ranging across the district (e.g., Northeast Metropolitan Park, Onion Creek open space, etc.) and the acquisition of conservations easements "to protect natural resources, maintain or enhance air or water quality."..."

Travis Bonds: Roadways & Park Ways
Road and pedestrian proposals draw no opposition so far
News Story  October 21, 2011, by Mike Kanin
"...8 general election. In a metaphor via the ballot box, Travis County's bond proposals sit buried beneath 10 epically dense proposed state constitutional amendments (see "November Props & Bonds," Oct..."

Spotlight: Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds, still partying after all these years.
Music Story  March 19, 2004, by Christopher Gray
"..."I listened and thought, 'Somebody stole my damn song. I can't believe it!'" says Bonds from his current home in Wheatley Heights, Long Island..."

Austin Municipal Bonds: The 'CliffsNotes' version
It's real simple:'yes' seven times
News Story  November 3, 2006
"...(You'll start earlier next time, you always promise. Really.) Luckily, you needn't stay home from the polls just because you're woefully uninformed! Deadly earnest policy wonks at the Chronicle have been paying close attention all along – beginning last year, when the bonds as now balloted were only a vague gleam in the collective eye of the citizens bond advisory committee...."

Standing on Opposite Sides of the Road Bonds
News Story  November 2, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...If there was any doubt about the seriousness of the folks pushing the massive road and parks bond package, just one look at their latest financial reports proves their commitment. The Yes! Travis County Bonds Committee pulled out all stops and raised a whopping $122,775 in one month's time, mostly through handsome contributions from developers, builders, engineers, and other business interests -- in other words, those with an interest in the millions of dollars in contracts that would come from the proposed road and highway projects..."

Chamber Balks on Bonds
News Column  August 7, 1998
"...But the major outside factor was an attempt by the Slusher/Spelman/Watson trio to lobby for the endorsement of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. The chamber came out two weeks ago with a unified recommendation on the public works/transportation side of the package, which specified the goal that transportation spending make up 50% of the total general obligation bonds..."

Point Austin: Breaking Down the Bonds
Affordable housing headlines, but there's plenty in the package
News Column  September 6, 2018, by Michael King
"...As a group, the seven propositions total $925 million – a major ask, although not quite meeting the $1 billion proposal for both a rail line and mobility projects, rejected by the voters in 2014. The other six bonds would underwrite expanded health care services, parks and recreation facilities, libraries and related cultural facilities, flood mitigation, public safety costs, and (inevitably) more transportation infrastructure...."

AISD Bonds: Moving Parts
Half a percent of registered voters cast ballots on first day of early voting
News Story  May 3, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...However, Turner's exit will undoubtedly have an impact on the district's long-term planning processes. One of the few senior members of former Super­in­tendent Pat Forgione's cabinet to remain under Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, he has been pivotal in constructing the last three bonds: 2004's $519.5 million construction and land purchase package, the $343 million interim bond passed in 2008 for technology and renovations, and the current measure before voters..."

Props & Bonds: Mixed, but Definitely Dramatic
Everything gets the green light except 6, 8, and 15
News Story  November 9, 2012, by Michael King
"..."If the result holds," Leffingwell said, "it shows again that Austin is a progressive city that believes in the future. All the bonds are passing – except the housing is a little bit below 50%..."

City Props & Bonds Close Early
The early vote and the E-day vote ride steady
DAILY News  November 6, 2012, by Michael King
"...All the bonds passed but Prop. 15 -- an affordable housing measure, including repairs for homes of elderly residents -- and that's somewhat mysterious, as voters have supported such bonds before and the rest of the bonds passed easily..."

Developing Stories: Future Mobility: Shaping the Transportation Bonds
Urban rail is what you won't see this November – so what will you see?
News Column  March 26, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Initial public reaction to splitting the transportation bonds into two referendums – the second package, to include rail, would likely go to voters in 2011 – has been mixed. Some rail proponents say they understand the delay but regret seeing the city use up its available transportation funding on other projects before rail is ready to go to voters...."

Labor Backs AISD Bonds
District, unions reach agreement on prevailing-wage issue
News Story  August 20, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...If voters pass the bonds (early voting starts Aug. 25), the board will call a nine-member committee, including three labor representatives, to oversee an independent prevailing-wage survey..."

Bonding Over the Bonds
Council's Dreams Come True
News Column  May 8, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...Cute, Bev. But is that corps of the core going to be good enough to push through the second round of bonds in September and, perhaps more importantly, to keep this council in power come May 1999 when three seats come up for re-election? Or, by concentrating their efforts on fulfilling the life-long dreams of central city Austinites like themselves, might this council so alienate and perturb the residents of the outlying newly annexed areas - not to mention the areas, like Del Valle, which the city will annex soon - that those suburbanites will join up to squash not only this council but also this council's collective dream of a compact, sustainable city?..."

Except for Eanes, Area School Bonds Win Big
Low turnout election sandwiched between primaries
News Story  May 15, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Just a few minutes drive down I-35, Pflugerville voters passed a $287 million ask from the district, again mostly going to repairing and repurposing existing structures, and adding new construction to deal with the ever-increasing student population. As always, the passage of these bonds does not necessarily mean that residents will see any immediate impact on their property tax bill..."

City Hall Hustle: Budget, Bonds, and Big Plans
Hard times and planned projects to collide at city forums
News Column  June 18, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"..."Projects in the draft bond package include studies that will be conducted in conjunction with regional partners and that aim to develop regional funding solutions," reads the release. "All projects on the 'A' list of prioritized mobility needs" – those ranked highest on a city-developed matrix weighing community needs and desires – "will be addressed using general obligation bonds or other means of available funding." That means some highly prioritized projects, like the Downtown bike boulevard and other new bike lanes, I-35 improvements, and preliminary work on urban rail, aren't even part of the $85 million bond but are still listed among the bond projects, as not to skew the prioritization results, we suppose...."

Citizens' Committee Shuffles AISD Bonds
A recap of the plans so far
News Story  January 18, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Repayment of the bonds, as well as the potential impact on appraisal taxes, also raised concerns. AISD has only 13 cents left for maintenance and operation costs out of the Legislature's cap of $1.17 per $100 of valuation..."

ACC: Bonds Yes, Taxes No
News Story  November 6, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Place 2 goes to a run-off, with ACC Foundation Board member Gigi Edwards Bryant (33%) and businesswoman Jade Chang Shep­pard (28%) heading to a second round. It was mixed news for the district's finances: Voters across the multi-county jurisdiction approved two construction bonds, worth $380 million, to cover renovations and new facilities..."

How Much Will the Bonds Cost in Taxes?
Postmarks  October 22, 2012
"...Think of yourself as borrowing money to buy a house; you would not do it unless you knew the payment amount. Since we do not know how much each bond will cost and the city refuses to disclose that information, the “easy answer” is to vote “no” on all bonds...."

City Hall Hustle: How Many Bonds to a Season?
Rumblings at the council that not everyone's on board for November bond election
News Column  May 14, 2010, by Wells Dunbar


Road Bonds a Bad Deal
Postmarks  April 23, 2007
"...Is this really the vision people have for Hays County? Hays County is still largely rural and has great open spaces and clean water and quiet nights for all of us to enjoy; let's not pave it over and lose it forever. We need road improvements, yes, but not supersized "highways to nowhere.” The smart vote is "no" on the road bonds..."

The Bonds of Filth
The boys behind Hot Fuzz dish the dirt
Screens Story  April 19, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Nick Frost: We're very different people, and Edgar talks a very different language to me, but we have a special language that the three of us share, and that is filth. Our overriding love of filth is what bonds us together...."

Top 10 Local Stories: From bonds to boobs
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Michael King
"...1) Pay as We Go: Least controversial yet most likely to improve the common quality of life were the seven municipal bond propositions passed overwhelmingly in November, underwriting everything from basic infrastructure to affordable housing to open space, central library to film studio. As triumphant as the bonds themselves was the public winnowing process – a nearly two-year progress involving a broad cross section of the entire city..."

Bonds for Bikes
Bicyclists ask committee to invest more in two-wheel transportation
News Story  January 13, 2006, by Daniel Mottola
"...Cyclists should take comfort in the fact that no bikeway funds were cut, he said – of the six transportation subcategories, bikeways and sidewalks were the only two to escape a trimming. Sullivan said $10 million remains from 2000 bonds for bikeways – $4 million is still earmarked for the (maybe posthumous at this rate) Lance Armstrong Bikeway, and at least $4 million for trails is included in the open spaces category of this bond package's recommendations...."

The Battle of the Bonds – Take Your Turn
With two public input meetings left, it's a good time to review the ups and downs, the winners and losers in the city's bond package so far
News Story  December 9, 2005, by Wells Dunbar


AISD Bonds: More Sprawl and Surveillance?
The Austin ISD bond proposal includes plans for new construction and security measures that are raising some public questions
News Story  March 26, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May


County Bonds Set for November
$93.4 million for transportation, $91.5 million for parks
News Story  August 17, 2017, by Sarah Marloff


Groping Women, Ducking Questions, Fighting Lightweights, Bashing Bonds
Election notes from the city, state, country, and beyond
News Story  October 13, 2016, by Richard Whittaker, Chase Hoffberger, Mary Tuma, Annamarya Scaccia and Michael King


AISD Bonds: Half Pass, Half Fail
Two propositions pass, but voters reject two more
DAILY News  May 12, 2013, by Richard Whittaker


Words Are Bonds
Worlds intersect at the 17th annual Austin International Poetry Festival
Books Story  April 17, 2009, by Michael Agresta


Point Austin: Kicking Around the Bonds
T he Sisyphus bond committee just rolled the stone up the hill – be ready to duck
News Column  January 20, 2006, by Michael King


Point Austin: Getting Into Bonds
When the wish lists are written, will the money follow the speeches?
News Column  January 28, 2005, by Michael King


Election Night Results
By the numbers: What passed, what failed
DAILY News  November 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...The results from last night's elections are in, and the analysis is simple. Travis County voters are still OK with bonds, which may put them at odds with the rest of the state..."

Audience Participation
COHI's Sera Bonds on how your watching movies at the Alamo can empower women in conflict areas
Screens Story  March 26, 2004, by Samantha Paxton
"...Perhaps the responsibility for further engagement lies on both sides of the camera. This is the raison d'être of Sera Bonds' March 28 film benefit for her Austin-based organization, Circle of Health International..."

O Silent Night
John Hunt on Dontrelle Willis, Barry Bonds, and Hank Aaron
DAILY Sports  July 30, 2007, by John Hunt
"...His last seven starts have been kind of crappy, though, and he comes into San Francisco ripe for an implosion. The last thing I want to see is for him to land in the history books for giving up a pair of record-setting home runs to that bulbous ass Barry Bonds..."

A Day of Dickering
Bonds Take Center Stage Over Budget
News Column  August 7, 1998
"...But as the day wore on, it appeared the council would be stuck with both headaches at once. Indeed, councilmembers and watchers seemed to pay scant attention to the presentation of the overall 1998-99 budget proposal, and the more detailed presentation from the first round of city department heads, because their minds were on the last-minute political arm-twisting and hand-wringing over the bonds..."

Point Austin: Beside the Point
The Council gears up for 2006
News Column  February 10, 2006, by Wells Dunbar
"...An embarrassment of riches characterized last week's 2pm briefings, with the Bond Election Advisory Committee's polyform presentation scheduled in between the mayor's Mental Health Task Force report and the aforementioned water talk. Due to the latter's brevity and the bonds' anticipated length, Wynn pushed the bond presentation to the back...."

Naked City
Council members' feuding bond proposals are sure to set off a major tectonic event at this week's council meeting.
News Story  August 18, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...Last week, the air was thick with rumors that certain council members hoped to quash Council Member Beverly Griffith's ambitious proposal to commit $95 million in bonds for building out East Austin parks and acquiring green space over the aquifer. Mayor Kirk Watson had already planned to put $150 million in bonds for transportation improvements alongside Capital Metro's light rail proposal in November, and some said Griffith was asking too much of the city's bonding capacity...."

Like a Moth to the Flame …
Barry Bonds, Jon Lovitz, and Bud Selig: A Match Made in Heaven
DAILY Sports  August 4, 2007, by John Hunt
"...… am I drawn to these Barry Bonds record-tying and -breaking home runs. I can’t take my eyes off of it..."

Bond Election Cliffs Notes
General Obligation Bonds
News Story  October 23, 1998, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Propositions 1-5 authorize the city to sell GO bonds, which are paid back out of the city's property tax collections (just under half of which goes to debt service)...."

Maxed Out
Committee hears state running out of bond capacity
DAILY News  May 27, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rick Perry has told state agencies to cut 5% of their general revenue budgets. Now legislators have been told that the state may be running out of capacity to issue more bonds...."

Then There's This: Giving Props to Austin
There's more to the bonds than meets the jerky knee
News Column  October 19, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...There's no organized opposition to the bonds, but local Repub­lican groups have come out against them, of course, and their numbers are not to be underestimated this election year, even in Austin. Their beef lies mainly in the threat of increased property taxes..."

Naked City
Three bonds proposals up on the city ballot Nov. 7 may strike a sense of deja vu in longtime Austinites.
News Story  October 6, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...290 West, and acquiring right of way for an extension of North MoPac. The council has specified these bonds can't be used for any new roads in the Drinking Water Protection Zone without voter approval, and that expansions must be studied to determine whether they would benefit primarily Austin taxpayers or nonresident commuters...."

Venom
Spider-Man's nemesis gets a spin-off without web-head
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Film Review  October 12, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...Brock is not alone, though. He is powered by Venom, one of the renegade symbiotes that bonds with him and makes him an unstoppable fighting machine..."

Lean on Pete
Equine tale is a lot deeper than the cheesy subject suggests.
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Film Review  April 20, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...After the young runner fixes the tire on his trailer, Del offers Charley a job shoveling horseshit and working with the few horses Del hasn’t yet sold off to “Mexico,” aka the glue factory. Charley instinctually bonds with one of Del’s horses, the titular Pete, despite the warnings of both Del and his best jockey Bonnie (Sevigny) about how “that horse isn’t a pet.” Meanwhile, Ray has his own serious health problems, and so when Del takes Charley on the lowliest of horse racing circuits, it’s up to the boy to work his way into sudden manhood as quickly as possible..."

The Bad Batch
Ana Lily Amirpour's psychedelic Western
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Film Review  June 23, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...The frame is filled with all manner of eccentric ephemera (my favorite being a “Hang in there!” kitten painting, where the cat is clinging for life above a sea of flames). Amirpour could have reined in her penchant for laconic coolness at times, but where’s the fun in that? This fractured fairy tale of the marginalized have-nots and the bonds they forge continues the director’s obsession for the genre films she grew up with while adding her own contemporary sensibilities, and the result is an ultimately satisfying journey..."

All Nighter
A father searches for his daughter with the help of her ex-boyfriend
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Film Review  March 24, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...oddballs. Killam and Schaal are among the high points as a manically passive-aggressive couple who attempt to aid Frank and Martin, but as the story moves along and vegan Martin bonds with Frank over Bob Seger and blood-red rare steaks, nothing all that exciting, or even all that wacky, happens..."

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