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Votes Flood in for Prop 6 Water Cash
$2 billion and a new water infrastructure bank get voter approval
DAILY News  November 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Allen Ritter, R-Nederland, creates the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and transfers $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund into its account. This will be used to help local entities pay for essential infrastructure investments over the next 50 years, and buy down the interest rates on $6 billion in water infrastructure bonds approved by voters in 2011..."

Election day is here, so don't forget your voter ID
DAILY News  November 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...6. Locally, there is also a City of Austin proposition, a second attempt to pass affordable housing bonds after a similar measure failed last year..."

Early Voting Not High Water
At 5.6%, EV turnout not exactly a flood
DAILY News  November 2, 2013, by Michael King
"...Not exactly a cause for celebration, but perhaps better than to be expected for an election that features nine state constitutional amendments with one major issue (Prop. 6, the water fund), one interim special election to the state House (HD 50), a handful of local initiatives in small jurisdictions - and one unique, prominent city proposition for $65 million in affordable housing bonds...."

Alec Soth’s American Dream
Magnum photographer presents work and process to UT crowd
DAILY Arts  October 24, 2013, by Rod Machen
"...His new “Dispatch” series does exactly that. He has taken an interest in documenting “social life,” those ways in which we form bonds between each other through interactions and encounters...."

News Story  October 18, 2013
"...According to an Oct. 14 report to trustees, those contractors received 23.3% of the $576.7 million awarded from the 2004 and 2008 bonds, most of that to non-minority women...."

AISD: Budget Covers Raises, Benefits
District approves third deficit budget
News Story  September 6, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ever since then, the administration and the board have been leery of going back to voters. This year, Education Austin President Ken Zarifis said that "they're talking TRE the same way we were talking three years ago." Yet with the failure of two of the district's four bonds earlier this year, and the still-pending ruling from Judge John Dietz on the legality of the Texas public school finance system, Zarifis said, "We just have to find the right time to do it."..."

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Blade Roller'
Aliens, saxophones, and rollerblades unite
DAILY Screens  August 23, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...In Blade Roller, Zeke, "an average rollerblading kid with a preternatural talent for the saxophone" and a glowing wardrobe reminiscent of Tron, bonds with a peaceful extraterrestrial over their shared love of the woodwind. But can he figure out the connection before the overbearing government silences them both?..."

Back 2 Cool Reunion
We return to the Griffin School, 11 years later to see what the new school year will bring
Features Story  August 23, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Many thanks to Adam and Caroline Wilson and the parents at the Griffin School for trusting us with their young folks. And special thanks to our models: Jendayi Bonds, Max Chee-Garza, Jules Cordova, Koop Kiersted, Ian Laurel, and Alex Vasquez..."

Back 2 Cool Reunion + Ready 4 Class
August 22, 2013. 31 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  August 22, 2013
"...As an homage to a 2002 Back to School feature we did 11 years ago, we went "Back 2 Cool" with the Griffin School crew: Jendayi Bonds, Jules Cordova, Alex Vasquez, Max Chee-Garza, Ian Laurel, and Koop Kiersted. Here are some extra shots of both the 2013 session and the original 2002 photo shoot...."

News Story  August 16, 2013
"...› Mark your calendars for Nov. 5, the day Austin voters will be asked to approve $65 million in bonds for affordable housing, one year after voters rejected a housing proposal that appeared on a crowded ballot in the general election..."

Lege Lines
Sine die at last, transportation, water, and more
News Column  August 9, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, to let county attorneys openly carry a gun. However, that also means no hearing for tuition revenue bonds, a broadly supported proposal to put construction dollars into university and college repairs and construction..."

Lege Lines
Get ready for special number three
News Story  August 2, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...As Perry's third call limited debate to transportation funding, it was more bad news for lawmakers pushing to discuss tuition revenue bonds. Perry has ignored repeated bipartisan calls to add vital and overdue investment in state university buildings and infrastructure..."

News Story  August 2, 2013
"...6. The 1,200-seat auditorium will be paid for with $30 million in voter-approved bonds...."

News Story  July 19, 2013
"...› On Monday, Judge Tim Sulak ruled in favor of the Austin Independent School District in a suit to invalidate the recent school bond election on the grounds of misleading ballot language. The decision allows the district to move forward with issuing the bonds and planning the projects...."

Teen Terrorist or Facebook Prankster?
Online gamer in jail on charge of posting a "terroristic threat" on Facebook
News Story  July 12, 2013, by Allistair Pinsof
"...The comment was seen by a Canadian woman who alerted police, and ultimately resulted in a Comal County grand jury indicting him on a charge of third-degree felony terroristic threat. Bail was set at $500,000 – higher than bonds set for accused terrorists, rapists, and other clients represented by Carter's pro bono San Antonio attorney, Donald Flanary III..."

His Cup Runneth Over
Tipsy Texan David Alan is having the time of his life
Food Story  July 5, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Alan's first "Tipsy Texan" column ran in the spring 2008 issue of Edible Austin. Five years of quarterly columns (the column is currently on hiatus while he promotes his book) helped him distill his personal vision for Texas cocktails and gave him an opportunity to interview and write about people in Texas' emerging distilling industry, forging strong bonds..."

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..."

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..."

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

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