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Perry's Veto Axe Comes Down
Democrats and Republicans of all stripes and experience hit
DAILY News  June 17, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Others, such as striking out $1.5 million for aquifer research by the Houston Area Research Council, seem more arbitrary. The supplemental appropriations in House Bill 1025 also underwent selective line item veto, including $5.25 million in higher education construction cash (arguably now a much bigger issue since lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on Tuition Revenue Bonds.)..."

Eat to the Beat
Gotta break eggs to make a musician omelet
Music Story  June 14, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...Baker even likens kitchen staff camaraderie to the bonds between bandmates...."

Perry Tells Special Session to Get Moving on Transportation
The session going nowhere fast to discuss going nowhere fast
DAILY News  June 11, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...So what does that mean for all the other issues that lawmakers are pushing Perry to add? So far, there's no sign of any deals, so they will likely lie fallow. That goes for Republican red meat bills like fetal pain as much as the more consensual tuition revenue bonds..."

Lege Lines: Redistricting Battle Drags On
More hearings are scheduled as the House debates alternate maps
News Column  June 7, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...While that debate continues, lawmakers are filing bills covering everything from university bonds to the sale of Longhorn cattle from Big Bend. Since none of those issues are on the call, they will not be heard in committee – unless Perry decides to extend the business of the special...."

The Winter's Tale
Tango and samba fit quite well in Austin Shakespeare's production of this romance, but the actors can't quite find the beat
Arts Review  May 17, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Michael Miller's Leontes displays a cold fury that seems fueled by a betrayal of his royal authority rather than his marriage bed, and Nancy Eyermann's Hermione responds with the tears of a long-suffering spouse resigned to her husband's estrangement. Swept up in their individual feelings of anger and sorrow, the two show few signs of the passion they claim to share or the bonds of family life..."

News Ticker: May 8
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  May 8, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• The latest pro-AISD bonds flyer targets Austinites with an extreme dislike of Gov. Rick Perry..."

Glutard Girl: Life After Beer
What's next?
DAILY Food  May 6, 2013, by Margaret Shugart
"...Omission is a line of gluten-free beers by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company out of Portland and it's made with barley, like the real stuff. After fermentation, they add an enzyme that bonds with the gluten and then remove it from the beer using proprietary methods..."

Council: Still Pondering Austin Energy
AE Governance still the big issue
News Story  April 26, 2013, by Michael King
"...Speaking of affordability, one of the two morning briefings is a staff update on the potential for another affordable housing bond vote, presumably in November; we may get a feel for where Council members are leaning. The 5:30pm music honorees are the formidable McCallum High School Chamber Guitar Ensemble (keep them in mind when you're voting on the AISD bonds), and don't forget: It's not only coming up on Bike Month (May), Bike to School Day (May 8), and Bike to Work Day (May 17), it's also National Infant Immunization Week (April 20-27) – still a bulwark for public health...."

All Hail 'The Lords of Salem'
Rob Zombie on his fifth feature, a decade in the making
Screens Story  April 19, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...In a rare pleasure for modern screen actors, Zombie gave the team three weeks of rehearsal time – almost as long as the actual shoot. He wanted them to establish the kind of bonds that only sitting in a stinking studio for hour after hour can build..."

Civics 101
News Column  April 12, 2013
"...COMMUNITY FORUM ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING BONDS The Capital Area Progressive Democrats offer a nonpartisan look at affordable housing in preparation for a retry of last year's bond proposal. 6:30pm..."

Austin Energy Wins Round One
Austin Energy fends off rate case with only minor loss
News Story  March 8, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...The utility representatives stoutly defended these city programs, saying the arguments against them reflected poor understanding from critics. "When properly understood, it is clear that AE required the rate increase at issue in this case simply to maintain its credit ratings and to position it for future upgrades to its ratings," Newman wrote about the bonds..."

A Whopping Bond and a New Eastside Plan ... at High Speed
AISD board just misses a billion dollar bond, races to fix Eastside High
News Story  March 1, 2013, by Richard Whittaker


AISD Trustees: Bond, Eastside Headline Agenda
Bond target creeps up to $892 million
DAILY News  February 25, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Theoretically, all the heavy lifting has already been done by the Citizens Bonds Advisory Commission, and the board merely needs to sign off on the order calling a bond election. However, there is still time for a few cases of cold feet..."

Spring Train-ing
Rob Spillar and transit advocates work toward a 2014 rail vote
News Story  February 22, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...Affordable housing is also shaping up to be a major factor in the push for federal dollars. The November failure of six years worth of housing bonds left the city strapped and looking for creative ways to boost affordable housing..."

Point Austin: Busy Being Born ...
Leffingwell celebrates Austin and its future
News Column  February 8, 2013, by Michael King
"...He called that failure "a deadly serious threat to our quality of life" that demands a multimodal response, and most immediately, urban rail. He promised, "I will work on this issue every single day while I am mayor, with the goal of having a public vote on urban rail before I leave office." When I asked him if that meant this year, he said no – but that by then he "expects to have a plan for financing of construction and operations in order to go forward from that point." That would include both local funding from bonds (in 2014, if voters approve) and right-of-way, to draw down federal matching funds – though he emphasized that the local money would not be spent should that matching money not eventuate. Yes or No..."

Council Split on How – and When – to Fund Housing
City scrambles to finance what voters rejected
News Story  February 1, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...Bond initiatives are typically spread out over six years. Do the math, and the Morrison/Tovo resolution could be as much as $5 million short of the annual $13 million that would have come via ballot bonds...."

AISD Bond Hearing
School district struggles to narrow its needs before getting on the May ballot
News Story  January 25, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...District 5 Trustee Amber Elenz was concerned about how staff and the CBAC were categorizing and prioritizing needs, while her District 7 colleague Robert Schneider wanted to see the matrix of how Campus Advisory Committee requests had translated to CBAC proposals. In previous bonds, board members have heavily reshaped the CBAC draft before final approval, and speakers gave them plenty of suggestions..."

Headlines
News Story  January 25, 2013
"...• The UT board of regents may ask the Texas Legislature for $1 billion in construction bonds, including a proposed $98 million engineering building for the campus...."

Eight Wheels, Two Toe Stops: The Flat Track Top 10
Calling fouls and handing out points on the Roller Derby year
DAILY Sports  January 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The lines between the sport's two organizational leaders – the originating Women's Flat Track Derby Association and USA Roller Sports, which takes an ever-keener interest in derby – are becoming more defined and more tense. At the same time, the bonds between the Men's Roller Derby Association and WFTDA are getting stronger, raising the potential for coed collaboration in what was once a women-only sport...."

Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story
Jimi's brother Leon has some insight, yes.
Music Story  December 7, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...A Brother's Story holds just that, an incomparably personal account of Jimi (then Buster) Hendrix's youth. Brimming with childhood alien encounters, rose-colored memories of brotherly heroism, and familial bonds forged by desperate situations, Leon also provides insight into Jimi's musical genesis: the sonic experimentation of wire stretched across a bed frame, the Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters records forging early tastes, and the salvaged one-string ukulele that changed everything..."

Politics Gift Guide, Part II
For the pot smokers, pacifists, and stamp collectors in your life
News Story  December 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith and Michael King
"...Although this isn't exactly a gift you can stick under the tree, for the pot smoker with everything, you may want to consider investing in the future this season. Stocks? Bonds? Health insurance? No, we're talking the Squirrel, a stash box that looks like a cell phone charger..."

Still Looking for a Home
Austin searches once again for a comprehensive solution for homelessness
News Story  November 30, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...On Nov. 6, the city of Austin asked its voters to approve $78.3 million in bonds for rental housing and affordable ownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income residents and Austinites with special needs who are working toward self-sufficiency..."

Then There's This: Campaign Cash
Austin's real estate community fared well on their election investments, but affordable housing got dropped in the grease
News Column  November 23, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...Except for the narrow defeat of the affordable housing bonds, the ballot proposals proved successful, thanks in large measure to sizeable contributions from Austin's usual go-to financial backers and other high-rollers. Interestingly, the real estate and development community saw the greatest returns on their investments, which primarily centered on a new 10-1 governance structure and shifting council elections to November, signaling the even bigger role they'll play in local political and policy decisions..."

Point Austin: Elections and Consequences
You never know what you're gonna get
News Column  November 9, 2012, by Michael King
"...The city will no doubt be considering what went wrong, and I suppose there could be several reasons. I'll venture a wild guess and suggest the ballot language – "78.3 million for housing bonds" and nothing more – was simply too imprecise and inexplicable for voters considering the bottom of a lengthy November ballot...."

President Barack Obama: Four More Years
Cautious optimism about impending change in Washington
News Story  November 9, 2012, by Michael King


AFF2012: It's in the Blood
Lance Henriksen keens and roils with redneck angst on VOD today
DAILY Screens  October 26, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rather than a bloated family melodrama with eerie overtones, it's a taut 81 minutes of madness and humanity. It's in the Blood is a soul-baring Southern-tinged tale blame, shame, grief and redemption, as the fragments of a family stare into the blinking abyss of the wilderness and the strange, strained bonds between them...."

Open and Shut
Council members hope they've closed the door on their Open Meetings legal troubles. Trouble is, that won't be the end.
News Story  October 26, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...There were also two work sessions – one on the budget and one of the normal Tuesday variety – set for the days before the Aug. 2 meeting, and finally, the meeting where they actually set the bonds on Aug..."

Early Voting Starts Today
No excuses: You registered, so why not exercise your rights?
DAILY News  October 22, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Don't forget, there are lots of local races, like Austin ISD and Austin Community College, plus all the charter amendments and bonds, but they're all at the bottom of the page. So don't just vote for president or tick "straight ticket" and think you're done...."

Dances Made to Order
Get out the vote: an online dance-film festival on themes chosen by you
Arts Story  October 19, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
"..."That is so tacky," says Irons, whose interest lies not in pegging choreographers against each other but in illuminating the diverse ways in which choreographers respond to the same themes. Films from other cities have also illuminated geographic and cultural bonds that underlie radically different work..."

Nonpartisan
News Story  October 19, 2012
"...( = Awesome race, recommended) Propositions & Bonds..."

Beat Box
Beat Box
Music Review  September 28, 2012, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Much of that can be attributed to Blakes' devotion to that soulful sound he helped develop, but peep Sanct's roster: D-Madness, Mojoe's Easy Lee ("Eddie Long"), Blaxsmith ("Better 2 Be"), and LOEGZ sensei Reggie Coby, who produced the EP. Hit lines keep coming for battle rap MC Phranchyze, whose Phranye West mixtape hits peaks as high ("His Dudeness") as its valleys run low (covers of Kanye West's "Two Words" and "Barry Bonds")..."

Then There's This: Bond Election Crib Sheet
Here's a thumbnail of the seven bond propositions, from transportation to film
News Column  September 21, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...Affordable housing advocates are counting on strong carry-over support from the 63% favorable vote given housing bonds in the 2006 election. Four years and $55 million later, Austin is a bigger city with bigger needs..."

Get Your Goat On at Windy Hill Farm
An interview with Ty Wolosin
DAILY Food  September 1, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...Small animals only weigh so much, and Wolosin explained that proper marketing and networking with other local farmers is critical to promoting the necessary change in consumer habits. Tightening the bonds between local producers and bridging the gap between suppliers and consumers benefits everyone..."

Council: Of Money and Weirdness
City Council hits its late-summer budgetary stride
News Story  August 24, 2012, by Michael King


Shooting the Breeze with Speed Levitch
The star of Rick Linklater's 'Up to Speed' speaks
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...AC: Wherever you end up on the map, you're always at home. You immediately form these bonds with what are, technically, inanimate objects..."

Returning the Favor to Debbie Rombach
Benefits, fundraisers, stunts, and a closing in local news
DAILY Music  August 16, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...Abbie Evans, daughter honky-tonk frontman John Evans, is the subject of a new documentary called Merch Girl. Abby lives with Epidermolysis Bullosa, lacking the gene that bonds her skin together..."

This Week
Your one-stop weekly source for capital city events and nightlife
DAILY Chron Events  July 18, 2012, by Chrontourage
"...Formed in 2009, Family Of The Year (FOTY) has accomplished a healthy dose of success in a short amount of time. After years of relying on each other for inspiration and support, the members of this Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds evident in their live shows and songwriting..."

Cover Up: The Fun Fun Fun Fest Files
Front page stars of the 'Chronicle,' from Black Angels to Ume
DAILY Music  July 14, 2012
"..."Each member of Explosions in the Sky is branded with the same emblem: the black outline of an angel tattooed on his inner left wrist. "The one visible tie that bonds," nods guitarist Munaf Rayani." – Catastrophe and the Cure: Behind the scenes of Explosions in the Sky's most challenging and personal album by Austin Powell, July 1, 2011..."

What's Your Occupation?
Targeting July Fourth and the Capitol, Occupy Austin considers its future
News Story  June 29, 2012, by Adam Wasch
"..."There's internal debate regularly about, overall, what it is. The people who happened to show up to take action in that physical space developed relationships – some positive, some negative – and now with the physical space removed, I think that's left people who've formed solid bonds and fell into affinity groups." Duffy is the closest Occupy Austin has come, so far, to a single public face..."

Oops!
Columns  June 29, 2012
"...In last week's cover story, "Summertime Blues," Music, Jendayi and Gyasi Bonds' ages were incorrect. They are 14 and 11, respectively..."

I'm on the Cover of the 'Chronicle'!
Postmarks  June 24, 2012


'Texas Baseball' Marred by Errors
Book chronicling state baseball history drops the ball
DAILY Sports  June 15, 2012, by Russ Espinoza
"...The publishers at the History Press in Charleston, S.C., ought to be mortified. Misquoting Roger Maris’ home run record? That’s unforgiveable: like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds shattering that same record (allegedly) on the juice...."

Total Utility
The pain and politics of raising electric rates as a means of controlling our destiny
News Story  June 15, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...If the reserve fund balances stay in a sweet spot as defined by the three major ratings agencies, that should theoretically contribute to a high bond rating. The higher the utility's bond rating, the less interest AE will have to pay to get people to buy their utility bonds...."

The Second Fiddle Takes a Bow
Scene stealers at the Paramount Summer Film Classic Series
Screens Story  May 25, 2012
"...He was the definitive cinematic boffin, born of an era where scientists created bouncing bombs and spies were stabbed with poison umbrellas. For 36 years, across 17 films and five Bonds, Q and his band of anonymous engineers kept the world's most dangerous spy supplied with rocket-firing Aston Martins, exploding key chains, and scuba snorkels disguised as seagulls...."

Council: Task Lists and Wish Lists
On the agenda: Green Water Treatment Plant, Seaholm, urban rail and Austin Pets Alive!
News Story  May 25, 2012, by Michael King
"...How to pay for it? Yet to be determined, but the mix could include bonds, transit fares, federal grants, etc. The initial rail bond piece may depend on how much we need to spend on other things this Novem­ber: the bond advisory committee is chopping the $400,000 version into these proportions: affordable housing, 19%; city facilities (e.g., public safety), 17%; parks and open space, 28%; transportation/mobility (multi-modal), 35%, with a pittance left over for "community-based projects" (that is, stuff that didn't make the initial $1.4 billion official wish list but that some folks still want to add)..."

Victory at the Victory
Bill Spelman and Sheryl Cole celebrate reelection at the Victory Grill
DAILY News  May 13, 2012, by Michael King
"...She acknowledged that the voters were returning to council people she believes have the city's best interests at heart, summarizing, “For all that we might do wrong, we are, as a community, doing something right.” She noted the challenges ahead, most specifically the Austin Energy rate case decision as well as the determination of what should be on the charter ballot regarding geographic representation, in a form that will persuade previously skeptical voters, "because we don’t want the charter election to fail, and we don’t want the community to have to go through that again." Finally, she noted the most daunting challenge to the community, that a "segment of the community is beginning to lose their trust in government. … We have to work at strengthening the community bonds to move all of the city forward, because all of the city matters."..."

Lee Leffingwell: 'Think Long-Range'
The incumbent mayor defends his record
News Story  April 27, 2012, by Michael King
"...For the first time in our history as a city. In 2006, we allocated money for affordable housing via GO [General Obligation] bonds – $55 million..."

Brigid Shea: 'A Proven Leader'
Brigid Shea sits down for a Q&A on a wide range of city topics
News Story  April 27, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...Part of the reason we have such high water rates is because of the enormous debt the water utility has piled up. I actually called Lee around the time we were putting that letter together and said, have you asked the engineers to place their seal of approval that this plant will be viable for the life of the bonds, because I'm concerned we won't have enough water in Lake Travis for it to function properly..."

New Courthouse? Let's Form a Committee!
"There's momentum for this project. ... Don't waste that."
News Story  April 27, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...Also unresolved is the issue of just how the county will pay for the building, which, depending on construction method and scale, could cost anywhere from $268 million to about $404 million. County bonds remain an option, as does the idea of teaming up with a private firm that would take on some of the cost burden and, potentially, a fair amount of the maintenance and operations costs that will mount even after the facility opens...."

Spring Screening
New on DVD: 'The Geisha Boy'
Screens Story  April 13, 2012, by Andy Campbell
"...Nostalgia for classic studio sausage often motivates companies to release monstrosities like The Geisha Boy onto DVD (can you smell the niche market in Boca Raton, Fla.?), but here's the kicker: We should be thankful that such nostalgia operates in this manner. The Geisha Boy provides an opportunity to look at the ways mid-century Hollywood mapped out cultural anxieties about postwar international relations by coupling pat scenes of cultural misunderstanding with the establishment of onscreen international familial bonds..."

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