• The bus stops here: Capital Metro CEO Fred Gilliam announced Wednesday he's taking an early retirement, leaving his post in mid-October.

Capital Metro adopted its 2010 budget less than unanimously, while the firing of Union Chief Jay Wyatt continues to chill relations at the transit authority. And, oh yeah, the rail line won't be opening this year either. See "Cap Metro."

• Following a lengthy session last week, the City Council returns for another meeting today, tackling several council initiatives: construction-worker safety, free wi-fi at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and more. See "City Hall Hustle," and "Council Sleeper."

Austin City Limits ahoy! Get ready for an influx of parties, visitors, and – oh yeah – music fans this weekend in Zilker Park and at Downtown's countless aftershows.

Second Street District
Second Street District (Photo by John Anderson)

Second Street's getting safer: The haute new Downtown destination is getting a public safety station for Police and EMS in November. It's setting up shop in the AMLI on 2nd apartment building between Guadalupe and San Antonio streets.

• The Travis County Commissioners Court approved a $655.1 million budget for FY 2010 at its Sept. 29 meeting – down $6.2 million from the current year.

• The windows of the Downtown offices of LGBT advocates Equality Texas were smashed over the weekend. Executive Director Paul Scott said, "This act of vandalism, whether random or targeted, is a surprise to us in this neighborhood."

• Many viewers hoping to catch Gov. Rick Perry's big "Talkin' Texas" online speech on Sept. 29 saw a blank screen instead. His campaign claimed political sabotage. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's staff fired back, saying they were "sure the governor is hacked, but we are skeptical their site was."


• The House Redistricting Committee heard testimony Sept. 30 from the U.S. Census Bureau on the upcoming census. Massive changes in not only the size but the distribution of Texas residents are expected to have a major impact on the redistribution of state legislature seats in 2011 and U.S. Congress seats in 2013.

• Even though he almost dropped dance partner Cheryl Burke on her head, disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay survived another week on Dancing With the Stars.


Quote of the Week

"I regret we ever established a schedule."

– Retiring Capital Metro CEO Fred Gilliam, in reference to the scheduled, then delayed, start date of MetroRail. See "Cap Metro."

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