• Juneteenth celebrations began across the city, memorializing the anniversary of the June 19, 1865, official declaration of the ending of slavery in Texas; see Community Listings for Juneteenth event listings.
• Budget preparations continued at City Hall, as city staff held two more public forums for citizen input in preparation for the city manager's recommendations to the council next month.
• Tree huggers rejoice. City parks officials said this week that only three Barton Springs trees will be cut down, rather than the 29 recommended under an initial plan that drew loud protests.
• In the wake of an apparently preventable construction accident that took three lives, the Workers Defense Project released a report on the dangers and difficulties for workers in local construction. See "Three More Casualties of Austin's Growth" and "Point Austin."
• UT President Bill Powers has announced a pay freeze for 24,000 university employees and said faculty raises will be "targeted."
• Gov. Rick Perry toured the state signing bills on eminent domain, state schools, and other matters with his left hand, after breaking his right collarbone in a biking accident. Meanwhile, the June 21 veto deadline approaches.
• State Comptroller Susan Combs calculates that state sales-tax revenues were down in May 5.2% from the same time last year, while the Federal Reserve Board describes the region's economy as "bouncing along the bottom."
• This week, the White House released a detailed scientific report – available at www.globalchange.gov – forecasting the devastating impacts of global warming in the U.S., region by region. To see what's being done (and not done) on the local climate front, see "Not So Cool."
Quote of the Week
"If you would like information on the incident at Poquito and Rosewood, please call Veneza at APD-PIO. It did not involve any puppies."
– A most mysterious press release from the Austin Police Department