10-1 Ticker... Council Settles In

The election's over, but the Ticker's not

Laura Pressley
Laura Pressley

No Place Like Home: New D1 CM Ora Houston followed her formal City Hall swearing-in ceremony with a ceremonial in-district version at St. James Episcopal Church, where Houston called on her supporters to join her in an "affirmation of accountability." Congrats to Houston, and here's a start: When quoting Glinda the Good Witch (from The Wizard of Oz) on your Facebook page ("You had the power all along ...") spell her name right: It's not "Glenda"...

Love Before Politics: D2 CM Delia Garza has had another reason to celebrate beyond her landslide November election; on New Year's Day, she married her fiancé Ramiro Martinez Jr., and the two enjoyed a "mini-honeymoon" in New Orleans prior to the Jan. 6 Council swear-in...

Too Soon Old: No sooner did D4 CM Greg Casar get sworn in, he was named "2015 Inspiring Leader" by the Austin Young Cham­ber of Commerce, to be honored on Feb. 6, at the second annual State of AYC Luncheon – enjoy it while you can...

Never Say Die: Despite a recount confirming precisely her 30-point run-off loss, defeated D4 candidate Laura Pressley continues to insist there are "discrepancies" sufficient to overturn the election (among Pressley's recount "monitor team" was defeated mayoral candidate David Orsha­lick); she says she still intends to submit a complaint to the Texas secre­tary of state, "the best and most cost efficient way to handle our concerns." Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir described the run-off as "free and fair," and called Pressley's charges "baseless"...

Movin' On: We asked D6 CM Don Zimmer­man about the two lotteries he proposed inauguration night: one to select mayor pro tem, and one to decide who would get first pick for offices. While the MPT suggestion failed, Zimmerman did prevail on the office question, and wound up with first pick, reportedly choosing the office D5's Ann Kit­chen had been using. However, Zimmerman didn't have much to say about the matter: "Kathie [Tovo] is completely qualified for the MPT position, as were other members, and we are settled in offices. We have moved on. What about the Chronicle?" he asked...

Staffing Carousel: Former longtime Chronicle News staffer Amy Smith volunteered in the campaign of Leslie Pool after leaving us, and now the new D7 CM has hired Smith for her Council staff – meaning we're going to have twice as much fun putting one particular Council office on the spot... In a couple more cases of reshuffled bedfellows, defeated first-round D1 candidate Christopher Hutchins has been hired as an aide by former opponent Houston, while D10's Tina Cannon has been hired as a staffer by victor Sheri Gallo (Cannon endorsed Gallo in the run-off against Mandy Dealey). Cannon announced the news to the Chronicle in an email where she also pointed out that Gallo is the daughter of former Austin CM and Mayor Pro Tem Edgar "Commodore" Perry. "We are fairly certain that has never happened before," she wrote... While six of the previous Council are no longer on the dais, some of their former aides will stay on at City Hall: Sheryl Cole staffer Beverly Wilson has been hired by Houston; Laura Williamson, who previously worked for Mike Martinez, now works for Garza; D3 CM Pio Renteria has taken on Bill Spelman aide Ashley Fisher; former Martinez staffer Shelby Alex­an­der joins Casar's team; and Donna Tiemann, who used to work for Laura Morri­son, will now work for Kitchen.

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