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Election 2004 Updates
The latest electoral happenings in Central Texas, updated daily
" really does affect the kinds of programs and services Ridgetop can offer...."

Oct. 29, 2004 News Feature

Ju-on: The Grudge
Fear of what's lurking just out of sight is at the heart of this Japanese horror film.
"...of life, complete with characters (a young couple, a social services nurse, a gaggle of giggling schoolgirls) who exist..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mission, Not Accomplished
The city's draft budget is on the table, and the cuts just keep on coming
"...she will "maintain current funding levels for public health services and social services" that remain in the General Fund..."

June 18, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Human Rights Are Indivisible
International Human Rights Day activities in Austin strung together workers' rights, social services, and Texas' awful death penalty.
"...of Jobs With Justice picketed the Health and Human Services Commission, distributing information about the state's determination to transfer..."

Dec. 19, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Willie, ghosts, and the White Stripes … all in all, a good week
"...the past are now diverting their funds to various social-services programs, whose public support has likewise been slashed. "We've..."

July 4, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

John Q.
"...employers focused only on the bottom line; a heartless social services bureaucracy bound up in red tape; and, most..."

Feb. 22, 2002 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Public Notice
Public Notice asks you to notice what time of year it is. Yes, baby, it's Telethon Time.
"...Thursday, Aug. 31, at most AT&T locations, at Lutheran Social Services, 314 Highland Mall Blvd., Ste. 200, and at..."

Sept. 1, 2000 Column by Kate X Messer

Neighborhood Soup
"...the neighborhood-planning staff in the Planning, Environmental and Conservation Services Department (PECSD) has time to prepare its recommendations. Several..."

Aug. 1, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Word Made Flesh
Ebenezer Baptist Blends the Spiritual and Temporal
"...additional church parking, others for more Ebenezer-sponsored housing and social-service programs. The entire Ebenezer complex -- including undeveloped and..."

Dec. 27, 1996 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Free to Be Me
Elliot Leaves Statesman for Alternative Weekly
"...County? Absolutely. Traffic congestion? You bet. But what about social services? Their social services reporter keeps getting pulled off..."

Dec. 22, 1995 News Column

Baby's First Birthday
Corner to Corner: One Year Old
"...with parallel labors to establish neighborhood-based policing and neighborhood-based social services. (And, of course, we have tried to do..."

Oct. 6, 1995 News Feature

Council Watch
Bum Deal for the Mayor
"...but is not currently using; housing, job training, and social services could then be provided by the city and..."

July 28, 1995 News Column by Alex de Marban

Council: No Zombies Before Midnight
City Council hears budget pleas, aids workers, tenants … & zombies
"...and operations.” She currently heads the Office of Financial Services...."

Sept. 5, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Point Austin: Growth Pays
Echoing anti-tax advocates, Statesman editors miss the way to true community investment
"...that any increase in taxes or fees for city services must mean that "growth isn't paying for itself." Instead,..."

Aug. 21, 2015 News Column by Michael King

Council: Google Fiber, Music, Monuments, and More
CMs take on high speed Internet, but don't expect a quick meeting
"...things first – who'll be getting free Google Fiber services next year? The super-speedy fiber network is due to..."

Aug. 23, 2013 News Feature by Amy Smith

Holy Rollers
Texas clergy demand a reversal of family planning cuts
"...stand on behalf of women who need support and social services...."

March 4, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Early Warning: The Lege is Coming!
Tribune Fest offers a taste of things to come
"...and higher education, race and immigration, health and human services, etc. NewsDesk sat in on a sampler of the..."

Sept. 26, 2012 News Post by Michael King

Point Austin: Perry's Magic Wand
The governor's cynical assault on Planned Parenthood is illegal and dishonest
"...was Rick Perry when the state funding for family-planning services was being slashed by two-thirds? He was cheering from..."

March 16, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Point Austin: Dick Brown's Hermit Crabs
The outcries of HURF should make Austinites hurl
"...should at least provide a list of which city services they want to eliminate along with the AE funds..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Column by Michael King

TDH: 5/23/11
Conflicting council views of social service process?
" about the city's long-simmering realignment of contracts for social service providers. Staff's preliminary recommendations, presented at City Council's..."

May 23, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
"...women to complete their pregnancies but provides no medical services whatsoever. Last session, lawmakers raised the program's budget by..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

City Hall Hustle: Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Gale's farewell hymn closes the council year
"...public forum, the Dec. 16 Public Health and Human Services Subcommittee meeting, where she delivered the holiday standard. Whether..."

Dec. 26, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Perry's Vaccination Order Raises Questions
Perry Orders HPV Vaccine
"...Jane Nelson, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, asked Perry to rescind his executive order so..."

Feb. 5, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

Public Benefits Privatization Update
Center for Public Policy Priorities reviews in new report how state's privatization of public benefits is going so far
"...Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman says the CPPP report is..."

Nov. 17, 2006 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Halfway to Nowhere
As the Lege turns the corner, there's still plenty of time for trouble
"...governments that rely on property taxes to pay for services. Even the Texas Association of Business, one of the..."

April 1, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Iron Chef
By the time Caritas' Velda Melendez finally realized that cooking could mean a career, she realized it also meant 450 lunches five days a week – and not just during the holidays
"...the ever-increasing need, Caritas has grown into a major social services agency with a budget of $4.3 million, a..."

Nov. 26, 2004 Food Feature by MM Pack

At Capitol, the Sky Is Falling
Chicken Littles Perry, Dewhurst, and Craddick try -- and fail -- to create a scandal to blame on the missing Democrats.
"...rate for health care providers and expand community care services for the elderly and poor." Since that's exactly the..."

Aug. 8, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
" terms of individual productivity and savings in our social services and criminal justice systems," wrote Barrientos, who called..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Our readers talk back.
"...SIMS Foundation a dependable organization providing acceptable health care services to the community of arts?" From my experience with..."

April 19, 2002 Column

Capitol Chronicle: Blame It on the Kids
Gov. Perry has no trouble funding his enormous transportation plan, but can't find insurance money for poor kids.
"...over necessary programs: little things like education, health care, social services, environmental protection, parks and recreation, and so on...."

Feb. 1, 2002 News Column by Michael King

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