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Workers Defense Project members and supporters rallied for fair wages and job safety at City Hall last week as the City Council discussed a proposed incentives deal for a new manufacturing center. WDP is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month; for more, see Fighting for Justicia.
Workers Defense Project members and supporters rallied for fair wages and job safety at City Hall last week as the City Council discussed a proposed incentives deal for a new manufacturing center. WDP is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month; for more, see "Fighting for Justicia." (Photo by John Anderson)

City Council's next regular session is Sept. 27 – when it will take up marriage equality and taxi cab permitting (again), among other things – but members may take part in a Satur­day session on homelessness (First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 11am-noon), and there's a work session scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Austin Energy released a report Monday to the Electric Utility Commission, recommending the sale of the city's interest in the Fayette Power Project and the replacement of that coal-fired power with natural gas, saving money and carbon emissions. The proposal still needs to go to City Council; it's not clear if environmentalists will support the sale to another operator or instead push for the city to phase out coal use at the plant. See "Keeping Busy," Sept. 14.

› The Austin Independent School District trustee elections are heating up as Education Austin announced its endorsements. It took two candidate forums, but the teachers union finally picked West Austin activist Charlie Jackson and Fr. Jayme Mathias. The union had already endorsed Gina Hinojosa and retired teacher Ann Teich.

University of Texas administrators are still answering questions about the university's response to Friday's bomb threat, as some claim the evacuation orders came too slowly and others criticized the description of the threat caller as having a "Middle Eastern accent." Other staffers reported the evacuation of more than 50,000 people went reasonably well.

Austin Police Department Officer Chris Allen and Travis County Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Stirman were each no-billed this week by a grand jury hearing evidence related to the December 2011 shooting of Todd Michael Zurovetz in Southwest Austin.

Greystar real estate development has confirmed that Lamar Plaza – home to a host of iconic Austin businesses – will be redeveloped. Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League confirmed his cinema and the HighBall will reopen there in the third quarter of 2013, but most stores, including Ray Hennig's Heart of Texas Music and Bitch'in Threads, will not return.

› The future look of Waller Creek has come down to four options. City staff unveiled four designs from international firms for the 20-block stretch of Downtown Austin when the current tunnel project takes the area out of the flood plain. See the rival plans at www.wallercreek.org/finalfour.

› Mittens does it again! The Mitt Romney campaign is trying to spin away from the damage self-inflicted by a videotape (released by Mother Jones magazine) of the candidate at a high-dollar Boca Raton fundraiser, dismissing 47% of the population as shiftless loafers "dependent" on "entitlements," who would never vote for him.

› Come visit Austin's newest Downtown park: two angled parking spaces near 609 Congress will become an (as yet unnamed) "parklet" on Friday, Sept. 21, as part of this year's worldwide Park(ing) Day.

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