The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...We know what you're thinking: There hasn't been a good Will Wynn photo-op in a minute. No revealing kimonos or zombie mayors – nothing..."
"...No doubt you've seen those eyes – always those eyes – peering out at you everywhere you go, working over your every crevice, winding their way into your very soul. Setting your entire being ablaze, they scream, “Hi, I'm Austin Mayor Will Wynn.” If your palms are dry and you legs haven't quivered into pillars of jelly, then chances are you haven't copped the February issue of Austin Fit Magazine..."
"...As of press time, Wynn is facing six announced opponents in the 2003 mayoral election:..."
"...People congregate to exchange drugs and solicit sex. I propose to name this park "Will Wynn Park," after our current Mayor..."
"...My RSS feeds just ain't what they used to be. It was just brought to my attention this was posted to Austin Craigslist's 'Missed Connections' on Sunday:Will Wynn, an 18-wheeler doesn't really match my dress..."
"...As long as it doesn't block any traffic! Heaven forfend! Will Wynn's office sent out a rather WATB-esque (that's for you, proofers) press release speaking to his assholishness involving a traffic delay Downtown, which came to light in today's Statesman. (They've been on quite a tear over there lately!) Traffic! Downtown! Who would've thought! It's almost as ludicrous as his hang-wringing over the sound ordinance expansion – never mind that if he crams his 10,000 additional Austinites down there, it might get a little crazy and congested..."
"...As you may have heard, the centerpiece of Mayor Will Wynn's speech to his supporters at the Downtown Austin Alliance today was a call for a November 2008 rail referendum – specifically, a "linear circulator alignment" to run from Downtown, the Capitol, UT, Mueller, and the Triangle. But what did he say that we can make fun of? Well, how about this: The "fabulous" descriptor was trotted out at least a dozen times, with "dazzling" closing in towards the end..."
"...Elvis has left the building – along with whatever's left of the mayor's dignity. Fresh off Will Wynn's Esquire write-up, the people at Forklift Danceworks inform us the mayor done channeled E for an Elvis-impersonation performance..."
"......on a cell phone, frantically asking, "Where should I go right now?" "This feels so good." "It was fun to do." "It was so balanced, and I think that really resonated with the voters!" To anyone who will look, Wynn shows his copy of the new National Geographic Traveler, naming Austin "the best little city in America." "It's a play on Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," he excitedly explains, "but we're the only city in America that made the list," he gushes. Best to keep your cool, Mayor, as not to frighten off the alluring constituent by his side....."
"...Don't bother calling Mayor Will Wynn next Wednesday, he'll be Big Apple bound. In his role as chair of the Energy Committee for the U.S..."
"...In a lose-lose situation, Mayor Will Wynn has been dragged into the Place Four council race mud-slinging about the mythical Green Home Tax...."
"...On Monday, Mayor Will Wynn shared with the Chronicle his plans to call for a major November 2008 voter referendum for a new local rail transit system – a call-to-action to be issued Thursday at his keynote State of Downtown Address at the Downtown Austin Alliance annual luncheon. As Wynn and fellow proponent Brewster McCracken envision the modern ultra-light-rail streetcar system, its route would take riders Downtown, to multiple Central Austin locations (such as Mueller and Zilker Park), serve the UT and state office buildings, and connect major work-live-play nodes..."
"...The local boys are up there to receive accolades for their supportive treatment of employees returning from serving in Iraq (the darker side of which, coincidentally, you can read about in today's Chronicle). While in D.C., "Mayor Wynn will also hold separate meetings with President Bush, Vice President Cheney and members of the Austin Congressional delegation to discuss disaster planning and response in the ongoing wake of Hurricane Ike," according to a press release..."
"...Will Wynn's absence from public life has proven short-lived...."
"...On the one hand: Will Wynn is the pro-business, tight-fisted, basic-services-hawking anchor of the right flank of the Austin City Council, and the favorite council member of the Austin American-Statesman...."
"...Scenario 1: As is now typical in Austin, fewer than one in eight eligible citizens vote on May 3, and Will Wynn is elected Austin mayor with just over 50% of the total. Max Nofziger, Marc Katz, and Brad Meltzer each finish, in that order, with less than 15%; Leslie Cochran and Jennifer Gale between them pull about 3%; and unknowns Christopher Keating, Herman Luckett Jr., and (write-in) Joaquin "Jack" Fox total up to less than 2%...."
"...Well, isn't it wonderful that our city is in such good shape prosperous and at peace, free of social inequity and ideological strife that we can afford to spend our civic time fussing over the Austin Music Network? We should be proud. But wait, you say, there are more important issues facing the city? Lots of them, and grave ones, too? Then why has Mayor Will Wynn allowed himself to spend more than a week of valuable news-cycle time as the poster boy for this nonsense?..."
"...An impromptu receiving line formed early and long on Mother Egan's patio Saturday night, as dozens of well-wishers waited to shake the hand of the all-but-re-elected incumbent mayor, Will Wynn, as the early returns showed him cruising to an easy victory over challenger and Mayor Pro Tem Danny Thomas, and perennial candidate Jennifer Gale. The early voting showed Wynn at a more than comfortable 76%, and by the time the night was over it had risen to 78%, suggesting that whatever early protest vote there might have been had diminished to virtually zero..."
"...None of the current six is useless in the same sense. Alvarez and Danny Thomas bring their ethnic bases, Will Wynn can interface with the Chamber crowd, and even if Daryl Slusher has, once and for all, alienated his hard-core enviro consituency (but where are they going to go, anyway?), he still speaks Bubba better than anyone on the council..."
"..."We'll need to find an extraordinary, extraordinary administrator, a really terrific manager." That was Mayor Will Wynn on the recruitment of a new city manager, which began in earnest last week when the City Council went public with its hiring of the personnel firm Arcus Public to deliver a group of local and national candidates to the council for a decision in the next couple of months. Although the transition began bumpily – when incumbent Toby Futrell first announced her pending retirement and then declined to name a date – it now looks likely that we'll have a brace of candidates sometime in November and a decision before the end of the year..."
"...In their two-page report, the grand jurors expressed concern over a "different brand of law enforcement" in Austin's minority neighborhoods and called on city and county leaders to open a public discussion about "race and the distrust that runs in our community." Knee said that it was a mere "coincidence" that the event took place on the last day of the Statesman's four-part series on police use of force, in which the daily concluded that APD officers use force against blacks and Hispanics at substantially higher rates than against whites. But other city officials including City Manager Toby Futrell and Mayor Will Wynn seemed to direct their comments squarely as a response to the daily's statistically questionable exposé...."
"...Mayor Will Wynn began today's City Council meeting remarking on the untimely death yesterday of Austin political fixture Jennifer Gale...."
"...MacMillan Moser simply looked in the Human Rights Campaign Austin 2006 Gala materials at his table, he would have known that among the honored was Anne S. Wynne, not Anne Elizabeth Wynn [“After a Fashion,” Arts, March 24]..."
"...But even as he did so -- passing the gavel to Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman so he could make the formal motion -- Garcia knew that the momentum stoked by the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Austin's aggressive campaign had already begun to dissipate. Garcia's successor-to-be, Council Member Will Wynn, announced a week before winning the May 3 mayor's race that he, like all of his challengers except Jennifer Gale, opposed a smoking ban..."
"...(How refreshing!) Instead, the EO instructs federal agencies operating 20 or more vehicles to use "plug-in hybrid (PIH) vehicles when PIH vehicles are commercially available at a cost reasonably comparable, on the basis of life-cycle cost, to non-PIH vehicles." While the order, like the rest of his energy proposals, is a little wishy-washy, it's a start. Will Wynn is a little more excited, saying "I'm delighted by the President's Executive Order today..."
"...But Mayor Will Wynn and others are lukewarm. Though supportive of the resolution's philosophical underpinnings, Wynn has requested evidence that the PATRIOT Act has directly affected the way city departments run -- particularly the Austin Police Dept..."
"...Mayor Will Wynn attracted some heat from pro-democracy forces concerned that his item regarding changes to the council's meeting rules had been listed on the consent agenda, reserved for important and "emergency" business. After Council Member Daryl Slusher pulled the item for discussion, the council unanimously approved the new rules on first reading but also accepted public input..."
"...Dear Editor, Following up on Mike Clark-Madison's performance review of Mayor Wynn for year one ("Where's the Mayor?" News, June 4), I'd like to point out the mayor's strong record when it comes to the film industry. Both as a council member and as mayor, Will Wynn has set the tone for Austin's impressive courtship of the film industry..."
"...Austin may have the guts to lead the plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle revolution in more ways than one. For more than three years now, Mayor Will Wynn, Austin Energy's Roger Duncan, and the city-run Plug-In Partners national campaign have been crisscrossing the nation, preaching the potential energy security and environmental benefits of electrifying the transportation grid by building PHEVs and how PHEVs' energy-storage capabilities would do wonders for the electric grid itself..."
"...Smoking ordinance: We now have a silly, unworkable law that nobody supports not even a majority of the Wynn council, which should have simply repealed the new ordinance. Commission a study of the pros and cons of a smoking ban in Austin (not in L.A., Dallas, or Round Rock), and tell ban backers to start gathering signatures for a ballot initiative...."
"...Last week, a local club bill -- according to the information sent to the Chronicle -- featured three bands with videos "banned from the Austin Music Network by Mayor-elect Will Wynn." This was news to me. It was also news to Will Wynn, who (like me) had not realized he had such weighty powers..."
"..."Practically speaking, the question is whether I can raise enough money," she says. Her colleague and prospective opponent Will Wynn has been fundraising for months, in preparation for a re-election run for his Place 5 seat and then, upon Mayor Gus Garcia's decision not to seek another term, for the top slot..."
"...(Garcia got just shy of 60%; Eric Mitchell, the No. 2 finisher, got 16.6%.) Right now, conventional wisdom holds that Will Wynn may repeat Garcia's performance..."
"...In his regular Monday "Getting There" column last week, Statesman trans-porter Ben Wear raised what seemed to him, and to many, an obvious question. Why were angry Southwest suburbanites, inflamed by the prospect of having to pay for their own lifestyle choices, seeking to recall Mayor Will Wynn and Council Member Brewster McCracken, but not Council Member Danny Thomas, who likewise voted for the toll road plan as a member of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's board? (The fourth council member on CAMPO, Daryl Slusher, voted no.) Much speculation followed, mostly concerning Thomas' ethnicity and the apparent fallacy that he, but not his colleagues, represents a single-member district..."
"...This morning, our glorious leader, Mayor Will Wynn, came out for Sen. Barack Obama for president..."
"...Mayor Will Wynn launched the Austin Climate Protection Plan. We visited with him recently about his experiences, satisfactions, and frustrations with the implementation of the plan to date and what he anticipates for year two..."
"...17), due to the necessity of contract negotiations. Still, Mayor Will Wynn (whose office has led the search) optimistically opined council will "go ahead and post for potential action for that week's City Council meeting." So, to repeat: Council picks two outside finalists, preps for meet-and-greet next week, wants to announce hire then too, but we'll see. UPDATE: Pasted after the jump is the city's press release on its selections..."
"...The Newscast mulls the breaking APD decision regarding officer Leonardo Quintana, who shot and killed Nathaniel Sanders. Plus, we rap about the pro-condo campaign undertaken by Will Wynn, and the new contract with the city’s fire department..."
"... At approximately 11am Thursday, following adoption of the consent agenda (normally a rote matter), Council will take top the "Mayor's Balcony" outside for a press conference, with members of the Richards family in attendance. In a press release Mayor Will Wynn, Item 40's sponsor, had this to say: “Ann Richards was my friend, an adviser, and an inspiration ....."
"...Especially when the miscreant is Will Wynn, who is only a wee bit less earnest and self-conscious than his image would suggest. But Wynn has indeed been a bad, bad boy, earning a trip to the spanking tree last week when he rashly suggested that, since the council was cutting everyone else's budget, it should cut its own as well...."
"..."I heard the city manager hoping out loud," said Mayor Will Wynn at the onset of last week's budget presentation, "that four of us would go to a hotel in Round Rock and break a quorum." But even if City Hall worked that way (it doesn't), it would have been too late. The bad news about Austin's fiscal crisis was already out; City Manager Toby Futrell and her department heads had spent the morning (personally) laying people off..."
"...When legions of preteens and young adults braved Saturday's sweltering summer temperatures to descend on the city's House Park facilities for its second annual skateboarding contest, they likely weren't expecting Mayor Will Wynn to add much heat to the situation. He did just that, however, by detailing plans for the city's first public skatepark, stating support for future facilities, and authorizing creation of a temporary skatepark on public land, of which skaters would be the ultimate stewards...."
"...That's why the two have become linked and why city leaders hope they'll drag the rest of the district with them. "A number of dominoes, public and private, are standing up next to each other," says Mayor Will Wynn..."
"...Though McCracken may have won on campaign strategy and tactics -- having a lot more money than Clarke didn't hurt, either -- the size of his triumph, which surprised even the candidate himself, poses an obvious question: Does this represent a mandate for the Wynn council? Certainly, the giddy crowd at Hill's (owned by rabid McCracken-backer and KVET radio host Bob Cole) comprised more than just his friends and relations; even though on most issues McCracken and Clarke were more alike than different, those backin' McCracken saw his victory (and Wynn's before it) as a validation for their vision of Austin's future and a defeat for the more threatening vision symbolized, if not articulated, by Margot Clarke. The task for McCracken -- and Wynn -- is to now figure out what that vision is.Why Brewster Did Better McCracken himself notes that "after May 3, we thought the election was a total tossup..."
"...Among the ironies of the season: Max Nofziger, the Voice of South Austin, has his mayoral campaign headquarters downtown, while Will Wynn, the Man From Downtown, has his HQ in South Austin -- in the former Cinema West porno house, which Nofziger takes credit for getting shut down. That may say something about Wynn -- "a Dallas developer," as Nofziger dismisses him, would throw his hat into the ring from a different corner..."
"...A breakdown in negotiations Sunday evening made a strike by some 700 operators, mechanics, and other employees appear inevitable, but following a personal intervention by Mayor Will Wynn, Cap Metro contractor StarTran and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091 reached an agreement in Monday's early morning hours. The contract, which heads to a union membership ratification vote tomorrow (Friday), ends nine months of heated disputes between the union, StarTran Cap Metro's largest contractor and the transit authority itself for at least a year...."
"...It was photo-op time Monday morning at City Hall, as Mayor Will Wynn, joined by public broadcasting executives and Clifford the Big Red Dog, announced the formation of Mayors for Public Broadcasting, a nationwide coalition organized to defend public broadcasting from proposed Congressional funding cutbacks. Wynn's effort was joined by the mayors of Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso, and they've created a Web site (MayorsForPublicBroadcasting.org) designed to recruit additional municipal officials to petition the Senate (where the cuts are now under consideration) to restore full funding to public broadcasting...."
"...With the rest of the dais likely longing to dodge this political land mine, McCracken's motion looked certain; with Mayor Will Wynn ready to move on, Mike Martinez countered, "If we're going to engage in a 90-day fact-finding mission, I think there are some folks here who might have a good bit of facts that we could use." One of those would be Richard Troxell, the pugnacious leader of advocacy organization House the Homeless. Flanked by several supporters, Troxell took the podium..."