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"...Still, Shudde Fath, a longtime member of the Electric Utility Commission, credited Milton with keeping employee morale relatively high during last year's somewhat rocky period of utility layoffs, intense scrutiny by an outside consulting firm -- Metzler & Associates -- and high fervor over preparing the utility for competition in the event the Texas Legislature moves on deregulation next year. Other utility sources say Lee had grown dismayed over what seemed to him to be a gradual chipping away of his autonomy, given that City Manager Jesus Garza was playing a greater role in the utility's day-to-day affairs than Lee preferred..."
"...The Balcones Civic Association has been neighborhood planning since long before it was cool. The group formed in 1972 and created its first master plan for the area the same year, with the help of the friendly policy wonks at the LBJ School of Public Affairs..."
"...The Institute for Latin American Studies also does the same thing. The LBJ School of Public Affairs has an interest in border studies, as do our centers..."
"...We are possessed of a nagging, continuous sense of vertigo. Most of us haven't the time anymore to question this state of affairs, and are too committed to the technologically free-market-enforced pace of change to stand still and regain our centeredness..."
"...So it is that these days Deming's hands are as full of budgets and mission statements and managerial affairs as sculptural materials. Deming takes the helm of the college at a time when it's highly ranked among similar schools in the country, yet when the competition is fierce in providing professional training and when it faces the challenge of building a major museum, the Jack S..."
"...Fabela's former place of employment, SMBR, awards minority status to qualifying businesses, thus increasing their eligibility for city contracts. SMBR helps determine who gets what contracts, and Fabela, 50, says that the powers-that-be, like Brubaker and Conner, were hell-bent to control it. Fabela was hired as SMBR's assistant director in January, 1994, when it was still known as the Office of Minority Business Affairs (OMBA), and was a division of Brubaker's Purchasing Office..."
"...Spelman, an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT who is also running for the seat vacated by Garcia, says "The color of our skin is part of who we are, but it's only a part." And he adds, "To the extent that the gentlemen's agreement provides only one place for Hispanics and one for African-Americans, it is absolutely a remnant of Jim Crow."..."
"...Distribution translates into earned income -- essential to a non-profit organization's stability and power of self-determination. Although still supported in part by grants from public agencies including the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as private foundations such as MacArthur and Rockefeller, "grants are a nasty business these days," says Zimmerman..."
"...The ending is happy and upbeat, but the means to that end is arduous and exhausting. Like La Boheme, Radar is simultaneously a well-rendered slice of life and acute comment on the sad state of human affairs. 3 1/2 stars -- Joe Mitchell..."
"...King's annual Blues Tour sports the singular talents of Blues Boy King, Austin's own Jimmie Vaughan, Etta James, and Jay Geils with Magic Dick and Elvin Bishop. The last two years have been loose, fun affairs, with King delivering the real goods at the end of the evening..."
"...Three are printed, while two are spoken works on cassettes. Two of the works are funded through public monies, while the other three are do-it-yourself affairs reliant on volunteer work and heavy input from the local poetry community..."