Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata
"...According to recent polling, Council Member Mike Martinez may be making a name for himself in Austin's mayoral race. The Martinez campaign released survey results this afternoon saying he is winning the name recognition game over opponent Steve Adler and likely candidate Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole...."
"...Mike Martinez: What I mean is, when I make a decision as a City Council member, it's coming from the perspective of someone who's been a city employee, someone who's struggled to make ends meet, starting out as a rookie firefighter. So I bring those values to the decisions that we make..."
"...For one, we're sure Brewster has way more friends than just Tom. But dig this – it looks far more likely Mike Martinez is the real deal..."
"...Dear Editor, Austin Energy: The incumbents have delayed a proposed rate increase of 13%-plus until just after the May 12 election. Martinez has made it clear on the campaign trail that he is for no cuts at AE, so that means a big rate increase – after the election. City Finances and Taxes: Martinez made no significant reservations at the recent fiscal year 2013 city budget hearing in which 2% property tax increases and 25%-plus building permit fee increases were proposed by the city – for a vote after the election..."
"...Dear Editor, I find Mr. Martinez's sudden concern with the middle class interesting since many years ago he tried to make the hard-working employees of Capital Metro take pay cuts because of his mismanagement of the creation of the Red Line train while he was on the Capital Metro board..."
"...Fortunately bus riders are allowed to vote. Martinez's warfare against public mobility is over this November!..."
"...Arriving by bicycle to join a crowd of supporters on the hillside across from Barton Springs, incumbent City Council Member Mike Martinez formally kicked off his “Mike Martinez for Austin” mayoral campaign this morning by emphasizing his working-class roots and his family inspiration, saying he would “fight for every single person in Austin.”..."
"...At an early morning Wednesday Barton Springs press conference, mayoral candidate Mike Martinez accused opponent Steve Adler of hiding his law firm’s previous work for Koch Industries, and benefiting from polluting the Springs. In turn, Adler called Martinez’s charges “false, desperate, and disappointing.”..."
"...While all the other Democratics were partying, celebrating Obama's historic victory and kicking back at the Driskill Hotel last night, Council Member Mike Martinez remained serious-faced and hard at work. Trying to avert a labor strike by bus drivers and mechanics for Capital Metro, he'd check in at the parties going on downstairs, but always returned with his fiancee to his own suite – where he paced the balcony talking on his cell phone, trying to bring the union and StarTran (Cap Metro's management subsidiary) into agreement..."
"...At a City Hall press conference today, Mayor Steve Adler and former council member Mike Martinez joined other advocates issuing statements of support for the $720 million bond proposal, which has not yet received final approval from City Council but is scheduled for a public hearing Aug. 11 and a vote either then or Aug..."
"...As setback variances along Town Lake Lady Bird Lake begin to wind their way through the board and commissions system, City Council members are taking preemptive measures voicing their disapproval with the request. Earlier today Mike Martinez fired off this press release announcing his reluctance to "begin dismantling the Town Lake Waterfront Overlay piece by piece." We also just received an email from Lee Leffingwell stating he agrees..."
"..."It's no secret that [Mike] Martinez is not [Marc] Ott's strongest supporter," stated a Sunday editorial in the Statesman, in a classic bit of damning-by-unsubstantiated-innuendo. The Statesman editorial went on to say that "Martinez, running for re-election, is courting votes by criticizing Ott." Since I'd never heard the always-expressive council member snub the city manager, I called Martinez up to ask if this was true...."
"...Earlier today, we printed a letter from Jay Wyatt, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091, requesting that StarTran Inc. accept the proposal by City Council Member Mike Martinez to avert a Wednesday strike by Capital Metro's drivers and maintenance workers..."
"...Directed by: Mike Ott and Nathan Silver. Starring: Arthur Martinez, Lindsay Burdge, Mike Ott, Nathan Silver and Connor Long...."
"...It didn't take long for the group to come to a consensus on Place 2 Council Member Mike Martinez. Pressley said Place 6's Sheryl Cole hasn't "done enough wrong, aside from sometimes ignoring citizens," and the group is convinced Bill Spelman will have the support of environmentalists and the Democratic establishment..."
"...Take two-term Place 2 incumbent City Council Member Mike Martinez who, during recent weeks, has been piling up endorsements from all over the Austin political spectrum. Both the Austin police and firefighters' associations have thrown their support behind him, as have the Austin Progressive Coalition, the Austin Tejano Democrats, the League of Bicycling Voters, the Stonewall Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and so on..."
"...Lee Leffingwell's wasn't the only victory celebration at Hill's Cafe on election night – incumbent Place 2 Council Member Mike Martinez celebrated an easy cruise to re-election with 85% of the vote. "It's affirming to have that kind of support from the city," said Martinez, adding that he's "looking forward to getting back to work." Yet it's also "affirmation that I'm not driving some personal agenda," an allusion to the Austin American-Statesman's persistent editorial attacks on him and Leffingwell as overly beholden to public safety unions at the expense of the city..."
"...A few moments earlier, he had spoken to the crowd about his acceptance of victory (opponent Mike Martinez having conceded by phone shortly after the early returns), and where he wants to go from here. The brief speech was not heavy with policy, but Adler laid out his larger vision: that the "live music capital of the world" also become the capital of "social invention and innovation"; that the city find new ways to "get out in front of poverty, get out in front of gentrification"; that we need to address affordability, social investing, public-private partnerships, and the whole host of issues raised in the long campaign..."
"...("I've got my jeans in the car," Adler complained, and blamed the formality on his staffers.) Adler and his campaign had plenty of reason to be happy, having led the night's calculus from the get-go and still doing so as the late news passed. In a quiet corner, the candidate said he didn't expect the vote to change much, and it didn't: What began the evening with Adler 38%, Mike Martinez 29%, ended a little tighter – 37% to 30%, a comfortable if not conclusive lead heading toward Dec..."
"...Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, dropped by the Capitol Agricultural Museum for a meeting over boxed lunches and cupcakes with members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, as well as Austin's Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez and other elected officials..."
"...Press release from Council Member Mike Martinez's office:..."
"...Dear Editor, Once again Mike Martinez has used his skill of self-promotion to win your endorsement for City Council Place 2 [Endorsements,” May 5]. Over the highly qualified and distinguished public service career of Eliza May..."
"...Dear Chronicle editor, I'm writing to ask The Austin Chronicle readers to vote for Mike Martinez for City Council on May 13. As an Austin firefighter and vice-president of the Austin Firefighters Association, I have worked alongside Mike and have watched his tireless fight for the interests of working families and his relentless commitment to improve and diversify the fire department..."
"...Morrison told the Chronicle Tuesday that she has decided against a run for mayor. Wednesday morning, Martinez released a statement saying he will formally declare a run April 5, and outlined his policy proposals...."
"...I would like to propose that both sides agree to City of Austin Council Member, Mike Martinez’s suggestion on last Friday, October 31, 2008...."
"...Some time after Carole Keeton Strayhorn's concession speech – which several onlookers clamored around a television to watch – and the 10pm news live shots, newly re-elected Council Member Mike Martinez, also partying at Hill's Cafe, introduced Leffingwell. Promising Leffingwell would lead "one of the best city councils we've ever had in Austin, Texas," Martinez said, "We may not get that 50.1 percent of the vote tonight, but it's only a formality." Taking the stage flanked by wife Julie Byers and son Frank, Leffingwell joked, "I'd be happy with 50.001 percent." Kicking off a short speech, he said, "For a good old boy from South Austin, this is almost too much for me." He reiterated his familiar campaign themes of trust (as in, trust me, not the other guy) and consensus-building (ditto), concluding, "We're gonna succeed in the run-off, and come the end of June, we're gonna be in the mayor's office."..."
"...The city's plan to create a new homeless community has been derailed after City Council Member Mike Martinez proposed this afternoon that council place a one year moratorium on any further progress...."
"...The new 10-district City Council will feature at least nine new council members, as all but two incumbents are term-limited from running again. CM Mike Martinez has announced for mayor..."
"...David Dewhurst spins a yarn, Louie Gohmert fuels the fire, and Mike Martinez lends a helping hand. Self-promotion is on the News Ticker...."
"...In her hunt to displace Council Member Mike Martinez, challenger Laura Pressley has been besieged by claims that she is simply a stealth Republican. Probably doesn't help her case when her campaign sends out a letter to voters entitled Republicans for Laura Pressley...."
"...Eddie Rodriguez, author of legislation creating the district last session, must also guide a follow up bill through the Lege cleaning up some of its provisions – which hopefully shouldn't be complicated by his vote against Tom Craddick in the Speaker race. As he told Council and onlookers earlier today, "After my vote on Tuesday I feel more comfortable here, at least for a week or so." Press release from Mike Martinez's office on the HPD below the fold...."
"...Around 9:30pm on May 13, with nearly 75% of city precincts already reporting that City Council Place 2 candidate Mike Martinez had secured well over 50% of the citywide vote, Martinez still wasn't ready to declare victory. He just couldn't do it yet in part, perhaps, because the affable and outspoken Martinez, head of the Austin Association of Professional Firefighters, was slightly shell-shocked..."
"...The Austin EcoNetwork debate at Threadgill’s South showcasing the two mayoral candidates – Steve Adler and Mike Martinez – on environmental matters, featured no grand revelations, but distinctions in nuance and strategy...."
"...In the first face-to-face meeting of the fledgling Austin mayoral race, the Central Texas Democratic Forum hosted candidates Steve Adler, Sheryl Cole, and Mike Martinez, Friday, June 20 at the Austin Bar Association. A lunch audience of about 100 people heard answers to questions running the gantlet of issues facing the city...."
"...The CAMPO nominations committee today recommended that community activist Frank Fernandez, transportation and land use consultant John H. Langmore, and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez fill the three slots that organization gets on the Capital Metro Board of Directors...."
"...Returning from vacation, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez readies for municipal duty issuing two surprising statements: opposing the proposed $750,000 settlement with the family of Nathaniel Sanders II, and announcing that a ethics complaint has been brought against him...."
"...In a celebratory Monday evening special called meeting of the Austin City Council, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and two council members – Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Place 2's Mike Martinez – were sworn in to new terms. (Place 5's Bill Spelman had a time conflict, and was sworn in earlier Monday.)..."
"...Monday, July 21, marked the opening of the official filing period for the new 10-1 City Council, and a handful of candidates took advantage of Opening Day. The early headliner was Council Member Mike Martinez, who hit City Hall in the morning for filing and a photo-op..."
"...Likely after a few fingers of holiday cheer (or a round or two of bad stuffing), a local politico sent in this mind-blowing play concerning the city manager search. Unbuckle the belt another notch and take a look: Six members of the council: So Betty, what do you think? You're the only council member who we all trust and respect. Betty Dunkerley: I think we need to hire internally, since we're going into a two-year election cycle, and I don't think any of you want a new city manager whom we don't really know to be a wild-card in your races, right? Jennifer Kim: I do! I do! Everyone else: Shut up, fool. Dunkerley: Which also means we need to hire now so that Laura Morrison can't run on this issue, even though she'll probably win anyway, because Cid Galindo is a cartoon character, and Robin Cravey is a flake. Kim: But I want to run on this issue! It's all I've got! Everyone else: Shut up, fool. (Kim exits in tears and fires one of her staffers.) Will Wynn: So can we get this all done before my photo shoot for the "Green, Hot and Blue" issue of Details? Who are we hiring? Dunkerley: Well, Rudy Garza is too young, and Juan Garza is too old, so I'd say Huffman. Mike Martinez: Too young? Lee Leffingwell: Too old?..."
"...After an all-day screening session featuring 36 of the 78 balloted candidates, the Austin CLC (with membership of 26 local unions) endorsed City Council Member Mike Martinez for mayor, and picked favorites in nine of the 10 Council district races...."
"...Capital Metro vice-president Dianne Mendoza came out of the gates with her guns blazing for her run for AISD Board of Trustees Place 9, touting the endorsements of former mayor Ron Kessler and current Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez. Slight problem: Kessler was never mayor and Martinez didn't endorse her...."
"...Within hours of the strike announcement, Capital Metro responded with a plan for reduced bus service if the strike actually happens, and City Council Member Mike Martinez – backed by several other elected officials – volunteered a compromise stopgap proposal that he hoped would avert the strike and buy time for a more lasting deal...."
"...This Thursday's City Council meeting carries three momentous measures from Mike Martinez and Lee Leffingwell which look to fundamentally realign powers between the City Council and the City Manager. They've been in the ether around City Hall for some time now, and were drug into the open by the Statesman's Rich Oppel this summer..."
"...As widely reported, the Big Kahuna in the initial City Council campaign money race (from campaign treasurer filings as of June 30) is novice mayoral candidate Steve Adler, who garnered $366,192 in contributions and had $289,896 in cash on hand. His major opponents, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Mike Martinez, were not so flush...."
"...While other Democrats were downstairs partying in celebration of Barack Obama's presidential win Tuesday night, City Council Member Mike Martinez was ensconced in a fifth-floor room of the Driskill Hotel working the phone, desperately trying to avert a strike by Capital Metro's workers...."
"...In a brief but celebratory occasion, three new City Council members were sworn in Monday evening – although they looked quite familiar, as all had been reelected in May: Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Members Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez...."
"...You can tune in right now here. But we’ve also got an update on a event from Laura Morrison and Mike Martinez going down tonight...."
"...Agenda highlights for the Thursday, October 11 council meeting: Item 5: Picking up the legal bills for former Officer Julie Schroeder in the civil suit brought against her by the family of Daniel Rocha, fatally shot by Schroeder during a traffic stop on June 9, 2005. As Mike Martinez puts it, he may not like that they have to do it, but since she was on-duty, they're legally bound to do so...."
"... Here's the press release: Austin, Texas - The Austin City Council will consider a resolution this week that could lead to new strategies for reducing waste from non-biodegradable, petroleum-based plastic bags by stores located in the city. Sponsored by City Council Member Lee Leffingwell, City Council Member Mike Martinez and Mayor Will Wynn, the resolution directs city management to analyze and recommend strategies for addressing the environmental impacts of hundreds of thousands of plastic bags that are discarded in Austin each year...."
"...Just to name a few of the hopefuls in the audience of about 50: mayoral candidates Council Member Mike Martinez and attorney Steve Adler, potential mayoral contender Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, District 1 candidates Andrew Bucknall and Ora Houston, District 5 candidate Ann Kitchen, possible District 4 hopeful Laura Pressley, and Place 9 candidates/Council incumbents Chris Riley and Kathie Tovo...."