Rainey Street Social
"..."At least in Palm Beach County, Fla., citizens were given butterfly ballots!" So reacted Council Member Will Wynn to Election Day's ballot brouhaha, which involved shortages at three Northwest Austin polling places. Rumor Saturday night also said ballots were scarce at two boxes in Circle C Ranch, but no reports of trouble came in to City Clerk Shirley Brown's office...."
"...Mid-Tex was formed last October in anticipation of a large development near Driftwood that is being planned by Austin developer John Lloyd. The project could include several parcels including the Spillar Ranch south of the Circle C Ranch development..."
"...We went from worrying about keeping the streets free of litter to having Fortune 500 companies wanting to move their headquarters Downtown. It was a pretty dramatic change."Smart Civitas By that time, Wynn had parted ways with Faison-Stone, because once Frost Bank Plaza was done, his next project would be Motorola's then-planned campus near Circle C Ranch..."
"...You'd think that such a closely divided district would be more "close" and less "divided," but tain't so. Both Valinda Bolton and Bill Welch piled up big margins in their friendly boxes for her, east of MoPac, and for him out by the lake and then fought over the few remaining scraps, like Travis Country and Circle C Ranch...."
"...And while Moffett's $33 million payday appears out of whack when compared to similarly situated, publicly traded metals companies, it still does not reflect all of his compensation. According to the proxy statement of Freeport-McMoRan Resource Partners (FMRP), Moffett was also paid handsomely by Freeport-McMoRan Inc., the company which fathered FMCG and FMRP, as well as FM Properties, developer of the Barton Creek PUD and Circle C Ranch here in Travis County..."
"...Other Texas cities will still be allowed to protect their water supply in their ETJs. Two chief beneficiaries of this law would be Freeport's Barton Creek PUD and Circle C Ranch..."
"...It was a big deal." Scruggs went to KUT in 1992, where he helped produce SoundSight, a program that recorded newspaper articles for the blind. Eventually he sought a more lucrative career in clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry, before immersing himself in Circle C Ranch politics..."
"...Former state administrator Eliza May also has government experience and progressive principles, but her single-minded devotion to budget and tax cuts is not persuasive. We're recommending clinical research associate and neighborhood activist Ed Scruggs, who worked to shift control of the Circle C Ranch Homeowners Association from the developers to the actual homeowners, and helped establish an organized Democratic outpost in the previously red-leaning area..."
"...Laura Pressley – small-business owner, political activist, and recently announced candidate for City Council – stood at the makeshift podium in the YMCA Learning Center on a chilly Friday morning last month. Not three days earlier, she had sat in a conference room at the Terrazas Branch Library and watched in wonder as a hastily gathered coalition of volunteer campaign advisors, activists, leftists, conservatives, libertarians, anarchists, environmentalists, private-property advocates, cranks, and pie-eyed optimists came to quick agreement on which council member she should run against in the upcoming campaign..."
"...Top of the list: Far South Austin, where a 35,000- square-foot, Circle C Ranch mega-Alamo is slated to open at Slaughter and MoPac in the near future...."
"...The Kamburis brothers' Austin restaurant empire has expanded and contracted along with the economy in recent years. Currently, their original Flipnotics serves coffee drinks, locally sourced snacks, and live music to a loyal clientele on Barton Springs Road restaurant row, while their newer Satellite Bistro is packing in diners near Circle C Ranch..."
"...The battle is still raging, though now the combatants aren't cowboys and Indians or Jim Bowie and Santa Anna. These days the fight is between developers and environmentalists; the battlefields are places like the Hill Country, Circle C Ranch, and Barton Springs; and the weapons are subdivisions and protest signs...."
"...Where are all the strong women of yesterday that stood up for their families? Millions were spent to quiet MoPac for the residents of the white neighborhoods. $30 million to build a mall where there are more stores than people, $9 million to make First Street pretty while you need your streets paved and your kids are walking the streets because there are no sidewalks as pretty as at Circle C Ranch, and the city can't spend a million or two to deflect the racket from ABIA because your children don't deserve a peaceful night's sleep..."
"... Talk about a bad Monday: Austin Police Department Officer Daniel Eveleth had a real stinker this week. The 11-year veteran was out at the Circle C Ranch Metro Park around 5am working with a police dog when, somehow, he lost his Glock pistol..."
"...The draft is a conglomeration of some of the best ideas of the last several years for increasing local transportation cycling viability and safety that haven't yet found their way into policy. Task force Chair Sara Krause, who bike-commutes into town once a week from Circle C Ranch, thinks "the will of council is there" to make the recommendations a reality and pointed out how complementary the traffic and greenhouse-gas reductions associated with car-to-bike converts are to the city's stated objectives..."
"...So, by moving to the southwest, AMD could single-handedly create a market for a big ol' subdivision's worth of sprawl over the aquifer. (To put it in perspective, Circle C Ranch, which is generally considered huge, has about 2,700 houses.)..."
"...Bradley owes his biggest debt to the federal government for unpaid loans he took out in the Eighties to build the Circle C Ranch subdivision his signature project that touched off a firestorm of environmental wars that lasted more than a decade. Though Bradley's case is far from over, the ruling, giving creditors control over most of his trust's assets, surprised supporters and detractors alike, given the flamboyant developer's uncanny knack for slithering out of sticky situations...."
"...Actual spending for most General Fund departments especially police, fire, and EMS is slated to increase, which is largely a function of Futrell's insistence that, after three years without raises, city employees need a pay hike. (Public safety employees get bigger raises, and the city's sworn police officers get still bigger raises under the terms of their "meet and confer" labor contract.) In addition, facilities approved by voters in 1998's massive bond package continue to go on line including, in fiscal 2005, the Carver Library and Museum and fire and EMS stations in Del Valle and in Circle C Ranch..."
"...In aggregate terms, Gale did best in boxes carried by Rodney Ahart, again mostly on the black Eastside, and worst in boxes won by Guadalupe Sosa, which were primarily the buckles of the Birkenstock Belt Clarksville, Cherrywood, Travis Heights whose voters are familiar with, and likely a bit weary of, the Jennifer Experience. (The exception was Crestview, which went for Sosa but gave Gale 45.1%.) Paired with Marc Levin, Gale's results were, well, all over the map getting her posterior kicked in boxes like Circle C Ranch, but winning outright in other boxes carried by the controversial young conservative activist..."
"...The idea of a local pipeline ordinance grew out of the controversial development deal with Stratus to build out the remainder of its Circle C Ranch property in Southwest Austin. A portion of that Stratus land sits atop the now-idle oil pipeline through which Longhorn Partners plans to move gasoline from the Gulf Coast to El Paso -- a project that's been vehemently opposed by Austinites and their elected officials...."