“Austin police say a domestic disturbance and alleged assault initiated the response at 11:44 p.m. Wednesday at the Post South Lamar apartment complex, located at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. But after officers heard the man may have had multiple firearms in his residence, that led to the SWAT team assisting.”KXAN
“Austin firefighters rescued a person living in a south Austin apartment after a kitchen fire Friday morning. The Austin Fire Department was called to the Lantana Ridge Apartments, located at 6630 W. William Cannon Drive, between Southwest Parkway and U.S. 290.”KXAN
“Beloved Japanese grocery store Asahi Imports is opening a second location on South Lamar. The new location will open at 3005 South Lamar Boulevard in the Barton Hills neighborhood sometime at the end of September or early October.”EATER AUSTIN
Austin has decided to launch an experiment with Universal Basic Income (UBI) in partnership with the nonprofit UpTogether. The program, when implemented, will send $1000 per month to 85 low-income individuals in the city.
Severe winter weather can be deadly and we want you to be as prepared as possible for the next major storm that will hit the Austin metro area. Below, you will find ways to be prepared. Please take every suggestion seriously. The intention of this article: To ensure you have the soft/hard skills and options … Continue reading Winter Weather Preparedness
In 2023 we have a chance to change the composition of the Austin City Council. What the really means is that we have a chance in 2022 since candidates can start officially running one year prior to the election in November of 2023.
In South Austin we will have two seats up for the taking in 2023; District 8 and District 5. Both of which will be in striking distance for Republicans.
District 8 is already showing prominence with the recent news of lawyer and retired judge Richard Smith throwing his hat in the ring for the District 8 spot.
On Saturday, September 18th, Mr. Smith will host a soft launch for his campaign in order to introduce himself to the South Austin community. He will be present to answer questions, present his platform and meet community neighbors.
6:07PM – Austin, TX USA South Austin Republican Club Dallas Emerson, Communications Director & Data Analyst email@example.com Keep Voting Former President Donald Trump released the following statement yesterday, October 13th, 2021: This message has been received as a threat to the Republican Party; somehow to address the alleged fraud of the 2020 election. There are … Continue reading Press Release: Keep Voting | SARC
“The Austin Police Department on Friday identified the man who was found dead lying in the road with multiple gunshot wounds early Wednesday morning in South Austin.” CBS AUSTIN
“Commercial developer and operator Unico Properties has sold Bouldin Creek, a 170,000-square-foot office building in South Austin to San Francisco-based DivcoWest for an undisclosed price. Unico Properties developed the five-story building in partnership with Manifold Real Estate and OakPoint Real Estate. Amenities include a 2,500-square-foot coffee shop, rooftop terraces, fitness center and two acres of green space.” REBUSINESS ONLINE
“A popular community garden that serves several hundred people with local produce has stopped distributing to customers.” KXAN
“A person was taken into police custody following a SWAT call at a south Austin office building Wednesday night.” PATCH
“Happy weekend, South Austin! Below, we’ve included some of this week’s top events from around the South Austin area. Here’s a roundup of local events coming up in the area this weekend.” PATCH
“If you’re shopping for a new house, you’ve likely already pored through all the internet listings for your area. And while you may have learned roughly what these houses are like from the photographs, you just can’t beat an in-person encounter with the real thing.” PATCH
“Austin police reported to the 1300 block of Southport Drive at around 11:34 p.m. after witnesses heard gunshots and saw a man on the ground. Officers found theinjured man, and despite life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m.” KXAN
“Commercial developer and operator Unico Properties has sold Bouldin Creek, a 170,000-square-foot office building in South Austin to San Francisco-based DivcoWest for an undisclosed price. Unico Properties developed the five-story building in partnership with Manifold Real Estate and OakPoint Real Estate. Amenities include a 2,500-square-foot coffee shop, rooftop terraces, fitness center and two acres of green space.”REBUSINESS ONLINE
“If you’ve been wanting to add a four-legged ball of love and affection to your family, start with these South Austin area animal shelters for a pet to take home.”PATCH
“Emergency personnel responded to 2300 block of the West Ben White Boulevard service road around 10 p.m. Sunday, ATCEMS says. The person was “possibly unconscious” according to initial reports. The adult was taken to South Austin Medical Center, ATCEMS says.”KXAN
Dear Supporters and Volunteers, Hello! It’s crunch time and we need you more than ever. Lani and team will be block walking in Austin this Saturday and we would love to see you there. Please email campaign manager Ruth Funk at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Austin city council has voted to defund the Austin Police Department and move funds to “social programs.” Does that make you feel safe? Does this make you want to move to Austin with your family? Check out the details in this article to come to your own conclusion. But, we are confident that you won’t be optimistic about the leadership in Austin by the end…
Gov. Greg Abbott and top Texas leaders announced Tuesday that they will push for legislation next year that would freeze property tax revenues for cities that cut police budgets, just days after the Austin City Council approved a budget that will cut police funding by up to one-third by moving areas like forensics outside of the management of the police department to become separate municipal offices and by reinvesting money in social services.
These are some of the police department units that were cut or reduced during the budget approval:
911 Call Center – $17.7 million
Forensic Sciences – $12.7 million
Support Services – $14.1 million
Community Partnerships – $2.5 million
Victims Services – $3.1 million
Internal Affairs – $4.5 million
Special Investigations – $1.8 million
Special Events – $4.4 million
Mounted Patrol – $2.1 million
Traffic Enforcement – $18.4 million
Austin Regional Intelligence Center – $2 million
Park Police – $5.8 million
Lake Patrol – $1.4 million
Organized Crime/K-9 – $1.2 million
Nuisance Abatement – $312,000
Canceling 3 Cadet Classes – $2.2 million this year
Officer Overtime – $2.8 million
License Plate Readers – $133,000
Would you consider this to be “transformative?” No. Let’s explore some scenarios where these defundings directly impact you.
Scenario 1: You are in a wreck on I-35. Which will impact you? #’s 1, 3, 10, 16 and 17.
Scenario 2: You are driving with your families or friends and a drunk driver speeds through a stop sign. Which will impact you? #’s 1, 3, 10, 15, 16, 18 and 17.
Scenario 3: An intruder is trying to, or has, entered your home. Which will impact you? #’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
Is this okay? Is this the standard we hold for the great city of Austin?…
“Any city in the state of Texas that defunds law enforcement will have their property tax revenue frozen as of that time,” Abbott said in Fort Worth, where the press conference was held. “This will be an effective tool that effectively will prevent cities from being able to reduce funding support for law enforcement agencies.Some cities are more focused on political agendas than public safety,” said Gov. Abbott. “Austin’s decision puts the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department and their families at greater risk, and paves the way for lawlessness. Public safety is job one, and Austin has abandoned that duty. The legislature will take this issue up next session, but in the meantime, the Texas Department of Public Safety will stand in the gap to protect our capital city.”
We have all heard of each side of the aisle calling the counter side out for voter fraud. This is common place in today’s political climate as a friendly tactic amongst pundits from both camps. However, beyond the name calling and accusations there may be some truth to the matter – especially in Texas.
Five years ago, Dr. Laura Pressley filed an election contest in Texas, citing irregularities and illegalities which occurred in the tabulation and recount of her 2014 Austin City Council race. Because of the electronic tabulation errors, constitutional violations, and illegalities in her recount, Pressley argued that the results were unknowable. The evidentiary and legal claims she presented were a first in Texas.
From 2005 to 2019, The Heritage Foundation has cited over 86 cases of election. That’s 6.14 election fraud cases per year. Which means that there are at least 1-3 cases per election cycle.
If convicted, a state election crime will get you prison time. If a federal offense, you have a permanent felony on your record.
With the onset use of technology in elections, ballot crimes have been a growing problem in Texas and the nation. We are now using algorithms, proxies and, and social media targeting to impact how votes are cast and counted.
“Those who violate our election laws don’t just steal a vote from another citizen, they destroy their community’s confidence in the democratic process. Mail ballots are intended to protect the voting rights of Texans who are unable to travel to polling locations, but criminals exploit this process to alter votes through manipulation and deception. Fraudsters who threaten the viability of our democratic elections must be caught and prosecuted, and I thank the Seventh Court of Appeals for remanding this case to trial so the State may do just that.”
In the case of Dr. Laura Pressley, she was sanctioned more than $100,000 in lower court proceedings just for asking legal questions of whether her loss to now-Austin City Councilman Gregorio Casar was the result of a fair election and accurate electronic ballot-counting.
But her sanctions were all overturned in January 2019 by a unanimous ruling in the state Supreme Court — a ruling that opens the door for future challenges to the way votes are counted in Texas.
There are obvious cases of voter and election fraud happening across the country. We are starting to use technology to catch those that act out of step in their roles in elections. Voting is not only our civic duty but also what keeps us and our elected officials honest.
We are responsible for bringing suspicious activity to, not just one person, but multiple. We must be vigilant in our approach in how we curate and nurture the voting process. Because in the end, if your vote is tampered with, your vote doesn’t count. That is the very definition of the loss of democracy. Most importantly, the loss of voting is the loss of this great country and how the founders birthed it to be.
Republican nominee Martin Harry and Democratic nominee José Garza, candidates for Travis County District Attorney, met Aug. 18, 2020 with the Austin American-Statesman’s editorial board. The office prosecutes felony charges in Travis County. The winner will replace District Attorney Margaret Moore, who lost in the Democratic primary.