Sam's Town Point
"...Starring: K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Juliet Rylance, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar, Dennis Quaid, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Pooch Hall...."
"...All this would make meet-and-confer more like straight-up collective bargaining, which Austin firefighters are seeking at the ballot box May 15. City Manager Toby Futrell says the council can make the changes without the APA's assent..."
"...Unidentified members of the Austin Police Association last week began circulating a yellow flier enumerating the ways in which APA President Mike Sheffield has allegedly let them down and seeking a recall of the three-term leader. According to the pamphlet, Sheffield has failed to support union members notably by supposedly failing to defend the rank-and-file and prepare an alternate response to the Statesman's questionable four-part series on police use of force published earlier this year..."
"...Also on the police beat: The Austin Police Association has resumed contract talks with the city and APD -- negotiations that had been broken off after a confidential APD internal memo, regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against Detective Howard Staha, was leaked to the Chronicle. The APA's current meet-and-confer agreement with the city, which expires this month, created the Office of the Police Monitor; access to confidential internal-investigation records has been a point of contention throughout the process of crafting civilian oversight of APD..."
"...It was honored for preserving neighborhood character, its commitment to sustainability, and residents' engagement with guiding development. "Old West Austin sets an example for communities across the country of how to protect neighborhood character while managing growth and change," APA Executive Director Paul Farmer said..."
"...I also wasn't real keen that you extensively voiced attacks on Knee by the men most responsible for APD's inability to fire bad cops -- APA's Tom Stribling and Mike Sheffield, and C.L.E.A.T.'s Charley Wilkinson -- without noting once how they'd fought like tigers in the corrupt civil service system to keep bad cops, including those fingered in the Mala Sangre investigation like Samuel Ramirez, from facing just repercussions from their actions. How about an article examining their share of the blame?..."
"...The Austin Police Association has promised to welcome him cordially, albeit not exactly with open arms. The APA, meanwhile, is going through some leadership changes of its own..."
"...Finally, Suuns, who is all over SXSW this year, lights an intimately rendered collusion between electronic experimentation and warm indie rock. – Melanie Haupt APA Talent..."
"...The City Council is scheduled to vote today (Thursday) on a new meet and confer contract with the Austin Police Association, though it may decide to postpone the item until March 25. The APA will count the votes of its membership that same week which is when the current contract expires..."
"...The Austin Police Association says it's not responsible for keeping the Sophia King report under wraps, as the city and its police union take their long-running conflict up a notch (and the Statesman meddles in the middle). See APA, Futrell Turn Up the Heat...."
"...Sheffield will be taking a job with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, helping police agencies across the state during employment-contract bargaining. Eleven-year department veteran Jim Beck, who has served as union secretary and vice-president, will take over as APA president and serve out the remainder of Sheffield's term..."