Edited By Mike Clark-Madison, Fri., April 11, 2003
Quote of the Week: "Texas is not like Wimpy, a bloated slob always munching on hamburgers. Texas is more like Popeye's skinny girlfriend, Olive Oyl, whose 19-19-19 figure indicated a diet that barely kept her going day to day." -- Dick Lavine of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, after Gov. Rick Perry made a tired "I will gladly pay you Tuesday ... " joke. See Beyond City Limits and A Lege Too Far for more on the state's budget funnies.
Council members Will Wynn and Betty Dunkerley released the long-awaited committee reports from their Mayor's Task Force on the Economy on Wednesday -- examining incentives for corporations, small business needs and keeping Austin weird. More details next week.
Speaking of Will Wynn and money, he raised the most of it -- $104,444, to be exact -- in the latest round of campaign finance filings in the May 3 City Council election; see Candidates, Money Both Talk.
Early voting begins Wednesday, April 16; see our endorsements.
Highlights of tonight's council meeting: A public hearing (but no action) on the draft smoking ordinance (see "Austin@Large") and (perhaps) final approval of the long-discussed pipeline-safety ordinance (see Austin Stories). Also on tap: amendments to Smart Growth Infill options, more discussion of "superduplexes," and the last six rezonings of industrial property in the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood plan.
UT's Harry Ransom Center announced its latest coup -- acquiring the Watergate notes of Washington Post heroes Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The papers, which cost the HRC $5 million, are supposed to be opened for public use by next March -- with some exceptions, including documents confirming the identity of Deep Throat.