Headlines / Quote of the Week
Indictment in Ambler Case: A Williamson County grand jury has indicted Sheriff Robert Chody on an evidence tampering charge in the destruction of video and audio recordings in connection to the 2019 death of Javier Ambler. Ambler, who was pulled over for not dimming his headlights, died after WilCo sheriff's deputies repeatedly shot him with a stun gun despite Ambler's cries that he had congestive heart failure and couldn't breathe. A camera crew from A&E reality show Live PD rode along with deputies that night, but show reps claim they destroyed the footage. Former WilCo general counsel Jason Nassour was also indicted on an evidence tampering charge in relation to the case.
Will SAVES Save? City staffers have proposed $15 million in funds for the Save Austin's Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) resolution, which seeks to provide financial aid to local child care providers, music and arts venues, restaurants, and bars impacted by the coronavirus crisis. City Council is expected to vote on the proposals today (Oct. 1). See "Council Preview: City Finds $15 Million to Help Struggling Businesses" for more.
You're So Gonna Vote: The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Mon., Oct. 5 (early voting runs Oct. 13-30). Need an already printed application? See p.21 of this week's paper. Applications must be postmarked or received by Oct. 5.
County Approves Budgets: Earlier this week the Travis County Commissioners Court approved the county's $1.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2021. Commissioners also approved Central Health's $367 million budget, which includes a $20 million increase from the current fiscal year to pay for health care services for low-income Travis County residents.
DOJ LRMC Settlements: On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced more than $16.5 million in settlements in legal actions against the bankrupt former Lakeway Regional Medical Center LLC and several of the private hospital's initial investors. See more here.
Cycle of Change: Nonprofit Bike Share of Austin's bike-share system, B-Cycle, is being rebranded to "MetroBike" under a new management partnership between the nonprofit, the city, and Capital Metro. When purchasing tickets through Cap Metro's mobile app, residents are now able to purchase passes to use public transit and the bicycles together.
Splish-Splash: As of Sept. 26, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools have reopened on modified schedules after being closed for months due to the pandemic. Big Stacy, Bartholomew, and Springwoods pools have also resumed modified operations. No reservations are required, but capacity limits are enforced.
Quote of the Week
"Will you shut up, man?"
– Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in his retort to President Donald Trump’s interruptions during the first presidential debate Sept. 29