"...Top 10s of 2006: One more for the road The first issue of the new year is where you traditionally find all of the Chronicle writers' lists of the Top 10 events/projects/stories of the preceding year, but this year sees a little Top 10 spillover into the second issue as one very important list didn't make it into last week's edition, thanks to a little editorial ineptitude. (D'oh!) Please cut it out and keep it with the rest of last week's lists..."
"...9) The "But Money Magazine Loves Us" Defense Toby's late-period "queen of all she surveys" imperiousness was epitomized by her response to a key May 2006 report from the city auditor. After detailed review of peer city practices, the auditor strongly recommended to City Council an update to the city's adopted vision and comprehensive plan for future growth..."
"...1) With arguably the greatest performance in college football history, Vince Young led UT to a 41-38 upset victory over USC in the Rose Bowl on the fourth day of 2006 and then went on to lead the struggling Tennessee Titans to an 8-5 record in his 13 starts, including beating the Texans with a 39-yard game-winning TD run in OT in his return to his hometown of Houston. 2) UT’s women’s programs achieved unprecedented success in ’06 with the No. 8 soccer squad finishing with their highest final ranking ever..."
"...3) Round Rock Express switched affilations from the Astros to the Rangers and took their more-talented farm system with them. They went on to win their 11th division title (their first since 2006)..."
"...Special Honorable Mention: The Souls of Our Feet (Tapestry Dance Company) The program of meticulously re-created tap routines from classic films and vaudeville – No. 2 on our Top 10 list for 2006 – was revived in March and proved every bit as delightful and awe-inspiring – and an achievement for Tapestry – as in its debut...."
"...1) Save our film industry The biggest news for the Texas film industry in 2006 will likely make or break 2007 when the Legislature convenes and considers a filming incentives package aimed at stopping the hemorrhaging to our neighbors in New Mexico and Louisiana. A ragtag band of film pros, the Texas Motion Picture Alliance sprang from a Dallas Producers Association idea and culminated with meetings around the state led by new Texas film commish Bob Hudgins..."
"...Five years, and one 2006 All-Star appearance with the Los Angeles Dodgers later, Nomar Garciaparra played his last Major League game, on October 4, 2009, as a member of the Oakland Athletics, the very team he made his MLB debut against...."
"...1) With arguably the greatest performance in college football history, Vince Young led UT to a 41-38 upset victory over USC in the Rose Bowl on the fourth day of 2006 and then went on to lead the struggling Tennessee Titans to an 8-5 record in his 13 starts, including beating the Texans with a 39-yard, game-winning TD run in OT in his return to his hometown of Houston...."
"...Crumbly, buttery, and light, yet intensely flavorful with a rich, chocolaty finish. Best cookie of 2006, no question about it (1120 W..."
"...And in order to present a more accurate snapshot of the year, we’ve eliminated any stories not filed in 2015. The sudden, sometimes befuddling resurgence of years-old stories – for instance, Jordan Smith’s 2006 investigative story about a murder tied to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, back in the news after May’s Waco shootout; perennial favorite “The Brunch Bunch” (SEO liquid gold); and four slim paragraphs on shirataki noodles from 2008 – is another list altogether...."
"...7) Dialogues 2006 (American Repertory Ensemble) This company that aims to give equal weight to dance and music served up both masterfully in its debut, most pleasurably in the witty relationship dance "Group Therapy" and in moody solos by violinist Leigh Mahoney and pianist Michelle Schumann, made more atmospheric and memorable by their isolated placement onstage...."
"...7) On Nov. 7, 2006, the United States of America woke up, yawned, looked around, crinkled its nose, and said, "Where in hell did all these creepy Republicans come from, and why are we letting them stink up our country?" and finally delivered a blow to the empire in the form of a closer approximation of a two-party system..."
"...Wuthipoing "Tank" Tantaksinanukij to become new president of the officers' union, the Austin Police Association. The vote was the first since longtime President Mike Sheffield retired in 2006..."
"...10) Cruz Family Files Federal Suit The family of 24-year-old Joseph Cruz, beaten and arrested by APD Officer Gary Griffin at an East Austin bus stop in 2006, filed in June a federal civil rights suit, claiming Cruz was the victim of excessive force, assault, false detention, and malicious prosecution. Cruz, a schizophrenic, had fallen asleep at the stop..."
"...2) Arrest That Ditchweed!: More than 98% of all pot seized by cops under the DEA-funded Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program in 2006 was actually "volunteer" hemp industrial hemp plants growing wild, an ongoing testament to the nonnarcotic plant's hardiness and not cultivated, smokeable pot, according to DEA statistics released in September. Now that's an even better use of law-enforcement resources...."
"...Designed to cut smog-forming nitrogen-oxide emissions from diesel fuels, the rule snared biodiesel, too, which, according to conflicting tests, can have 2% higher or lower NOx emissions than petroleum diesel. The rule had the practical effect of helping diminish the number of public biodiesel pumps in Austin: In 2006, the city had more than 30 – today we have just one...."
"...Moriarty sued city officials and competing contractors last December and settled this year with the officials. But the private lawsuit is pending, and early in 2006 he charged the city with neglecting serious water-pollution problems in deference to wired-in contractors..."
"...10) TODs A'Coming?: They're still more visionary than vision, but the Transit-Oriented Development Zones intended to connect commuter rail with inner-city mass transit got off the drawing boards at last this year, dotting the to-do map from Northwest to the Eastside. It will be years before we know whether all the pieces came together for a new, metropolitan Austin but 2006 could be the year when the balance finally tipped for progress...."
"...At year's end, local leaders were poised to roll back some of the most controversial elements of the regional toll road plan, but not until the political damage had been done. A recall effort against three City Council members continues, the Lege has toll road reform on its (long) to-do list, and the state's highway strategy promises to be an issue in the 2006 governor's race...."
"...2) Perry, Hutchinson, Strayhorn ... gosh, those 2006 primaries look like fun!..."
"...1. Robin Rather: She's a member in good standing until at least 2006...."
"...Destroy the 2006 "remake" on sight. Bow down and worship Robin Hardy's 1973 original, which combines post-1960s, new-agey, back-to-the-landism with an unsubtle critique of the C of E and a paranoia quotient that rivals Rosemary's...."
"...Also see "Holiday Wish Lists 2006: Part 1."..."
"...Sunday, August 27, 2006 at Waterloo Park (12th & Trinity), 11am-5pm Proceeds from the daylong raffle to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas...."
"...The 2006 Shakespeare at Winedale season runs through Aug. 13..."
"...In addition, two minority ethnic caucuses traditionally linked with the Democrats take on Republican members, as Stefani Carter of Dallas and James White from Hillister join the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, while the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus absorbs four new Hispanic Republicans and Edinburg defector Aaron Peña moves to the GOP side of the table. Locally, the Travis County delegation will include its first Republican since 2006 – Paul Workman, who ousted Democrat Valinda Bolton in a brutal and smear-heavy campaign...."
"...The district's own figures support Malfaro's concerns. In 2006, AISD questioned 1,167 teachers as part of its Employee Coordinated Survey..."
"...On Monday, the board will vote in the 2010-11 budget, but after a divisive public meeting on Thursday, no-one is sure which way they'll jump. The business community is complaining that the proposal (which would still leave the rate at a fraction of what it was between 2000 and 2006) should wait for another day..."
"...2) Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia/Legacy)..."
"...Presidential Cookies (Presidential Publishing, $23.95) and the Presidential Dessert Calendar 2006 (Presidential Publishing, $9.95): If there's a baker or dessert maker on your list with a taste for both food history and politics, the folks at the LBJ Museum Store (2313 Red River, 721-1026, www.lbjstore.com) have two uniquely perfect choices available. The cookie book reflects 200 years of recipes and trends in American entertaining, while the illustrated calendar offers everything from Lady Bird Johnson's Hill Country Peach Ice Cream to Mamie Eisenhower's famous Fudge..."
"...Just when we thought APD might be striving for redemption with the officer dismissal and discipline in the Rocha case, here comes last week's indictment of three more cops for beating a handcuffed suspect. Look at the bright side: 2006 has to be better..."
"...2006: SHELL GAME BUDGETING Perry championed a business franchise tax to enable property tax cuts; the new tax failed to deliver, the cuts came anyway, and the state now faces a financial abyss...."
"...In addition to the lists offered here by myself and Marc Savlov, also note on these pages the votes of the newly formed Austin Film Critics Association in its inaugural year. Michael Ventura's "Letters at 3AM" in this issue provides one further movie list, in which the former film critic succinctly sums up everything he saw in 2006...."
"...Louis Post-Dispatch. The St. Louis Cardinals are Major League Baseball's 2006 World Champions..."
"...The upside of the incident, if there was one, was the city's subsequent public airing of the lack of a social infrastructure for Austin's African-American community. The city's nascent plans to remedy the disparity is a question for 2006...."
"...5. Army of Shadows Although made in 1969, this French film was not released here until 2006 and shows that Jean-Pierre Melville packed an emotional punch with this story of the French Resistance...."