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Austin News and Views #17 – 8/29/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

August 29, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

  • CITY SETTLES LAWSUITS
  • CITY CONSIDERING RAISING TAXES
  • CITY COUNCIL SHENANIGANS AT LAST WEEK’S MEETING
  • NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Sept. 22
  • HIGHLAND MALL to be developed by ACC in “NEW URBANIST” fashion
  • HOLLY NEIGHBORHOOD

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City settles with fire officials who alleged discrimination

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/city-settles-with-fire-officials-who-alleged-discrimination-1790898.html

Austin settles Sanders police shooting lawsuit for $750,000 Kelly West / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-settles-sanders-police-shooting-lawsuit-for-750-1791415.html

Police union president criticizes Spelman’s remarks over Sanders shooting

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/cityhall/entries/2011/08/24/police_union_president_critici.html

Settlement eases tensions in E. Austin: But residents say some fence-mendng stil needed

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/settlement-eases-tensions-in-e-austin 

Austin City Council reviewing proposed tax increases

http://www.kvue.com/news/Austin-City-Council-reviewing-proposed-budget–127941563.html

City program has spent millions to improve East Austin neighborhood, but has it helped?

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/city-program-has-spent-millions-to-improve-east-1802801.html

HIGHLAND MALL to be developed by ACC in “NEW URBANIST” fashion

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/acc-plans-for-highland-mall-envision-new-urbanist-1802615.html

 

 

 

 

 

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Austin News and Views #16 – 8/22/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

August 22, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

Special Guest: Kevin Schooley

Parking meter compromise reached: Meters will run until midnight on Thursday, Friday, Saturday from Cesar Chavez to 10thStreet; otherwise 8 am -6pm Monday through Saturday citywide.

Drought continues; water mains break all over Houston, Austin ; city to enforce “Phase 2” water restrictions

Rick Perry officially announces he is running for president; What is his record on Texas economy and job creation?;  Local activist Robert Morrow places full-page ad in Chronicle trying to dig up dirt on Rick Perry’s personal life “Committee Against Sexual Hypocrisy“ – media try to pin this on Ron Paul campaign… Is this significant or a distraction?

Public school year begins today – how will budget cuts affect students?  Will there be overcrowding, new charges for students?  SMILES reports on students having to pay to ride the bus….

SCHOOLEY: Musical interlude

APD Shootout: SMiles reports on officer involved shooting on South Congress last Monday, Aug 15, and Police technology (Military surplus helicopter now in APD arsenal); also further discussion of police surveillance grid going up in downtown and APD’s “ Real Time Crime Center ”

SPECIAL REPORT9/11 First Responders, ten years later – In July, World Trade Center Health Program, part of Zagroda Act passed in 2010, announced Cancer is NOT covered as part of compensation, since there is not enough evidence linking cancer to exposure to dust and particles at the clean-up site.  First responders are outraged – PLUS at 10thanniversary event, first responders are not invited by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, another exclusion….

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Metered Parking Controversy

Austin City Council in discussing payday lenders, downtown parking
http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Austin-City-Council-in-discussing-payday-lenders-downtown-parking-128014533.html

Get Ready to Pay to Park
http://www.austinpost.org/content/get-ready-pay-park

 
Water Woes and Water Wars

Desperate to drink, West Texas turns to wastewater
CNN – By Ed Lavandera, CNN Correspondent Big Spring, Texas
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-08-10/us/texas.desperate.to.drink_1_drinking-water-water-reclamation-project-water-reclamation

Analyzing Rick Perry’s record: Water woes could cost Texas – Houston Chronicle (blog)
http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/08/analyzing-rick-perry%E2%80%99s-record-water-woes-could-cost-texas/

Water woes could cost Texas – Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Water-woes-could-cost-Texas-2121713.php

Amid Texas drought, a water war brews – CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/19/eveningnews/main20094824.shtml
School Woes

Students, educators face changes as first bell rings in new school year today
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/students-educators-face-changes-as-first-bell-rings-1771066.html

Texas school cuts to be felt in ways big and small – Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Texas-school-cuts-to-be-felt-in-ways-big-and-small-2133836.php

Texas school district to charge students to ride the bus – Washington Times – Claire Courchane – Jul 20, 2011
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/20/texas-district-to-charge-students-to-ride-the-bus/

District decreasing school bus stops – ‎Austin News
http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas_lege/District-decreasing-school-bus-stops

When the bus costs so much, is it public education?
‎Fort Worth Star Telegram – Jul 24, 2011
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/07/24/3242695/when-the-bus-costs-so-much-is.html

Parents to pay for children to ride bus?
‎ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) – Katrina Schaefer – Jul 20, 2011
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/now_at_nine/parents-to-pay-for-children-to-ride-bus
Rick Perry’s Record

Rick Perry’s budget sleight-of-hand
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/rick-perrys-budget-sleight-of-hand/2011/08/15/gIQAuiGCHJ_blog.html

Texas unemployment rate hits its highest mark since 1987
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2011/08/19/texas_unemployment_rate_hits_i.html

Education cuts, Perry record will draw campaign scrutiny – Houston Chronicle
http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Education-cuts-Perry-record-will-draw-campaign-2133387.php

Arne Duncan Attacks Rick Perry’s Education Record‎ Education Week News (blog)
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2011/08/arne_duncan_attacks_rick_perry.html

State’s education funding is not making the grade‎ San Antonio Express
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2011/08/arne_duncan_attacks_rick_perry.html

 
Shots Fired and APD’s Military Copter

APD identifies robber involved in shooting with police (VIDEO) by NOELLE NEWTON / KVUE News
http://www.kvue.com/news/APD-identifies-robber-involved-in-shooting-with-police-127898133.html

Man charged with aggravated robbery after chase at which officers fired at him
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/man-charged-with-aggravated-robbery-after-chase-at-1752482.html

Austin Police Department Air Operations Unit
http://www.policehelicopterpilot.com/austin-police-air-operations/
911 Anniversary & Health Effects News

9/11 First Responders’ Cancer Treatments Will Not be Covered: U.S. Government
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/187950/20110727/cancer-9-11-report-first-responders.htm

First responders decry exclusion from 9/11 ceremony
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/08/16/new.york.911.memorial/

Ground Zero Hazards: Environmental and Health Impacts of the WTC Bombing
http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/groundzero/environment.html

 

 

 

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Austin News and Views #15 – 8/15/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

August 15, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

Special Guest: Debbie Russell

LOCAL NEWS stories: City Council holds meeting at Water Treatment Plant No. 4, and Formula One organizers admit Austin race date is actually in November 2012

Debbie’s commentary on WTP4, F1 subsidies, downtown parking meter extension, school districts budgets (her new Del Valle school board position)…

 

BIG BROTHER IS HERE, COMING SOON TO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN –

APD’s “REAL TIME CRIME CENTER”:

KVUE news: At Rundberg and IH-35:

“Four cameras installed in late July pan and zoom at the hands of nine Austin Police Department officers based at the department’s new Real Time Crime Center at headquarters downtown…. The footage recorded on the Rundberg Lane cameras is kept for seven days. … By Halloween, 29 cameras will be up in the downtown area.”

 

TRAFFIC NEWS:

Red Light Cameras LOSING MONEY in 2011 for City of Austin – Drivers wising up to red light cameras?

“In 2009 the city issued 14,819 tickets based on pictures taken by the red light cameras. In 2010 that number dipped by more than 2,000 to 12,773. So far this fiscal year which ends Sept. 30, 7,218 have received a ticket in the mail…. So far this year the city has lost $36,170.  The reason: the city has to pay RedFlex , the company that operates the camera, a fixed cost of $584,400 this year.”

Police are now using undercover live human being police officers to catch red light runners at intersections with highest incidence of red light accidents.  RedFlex of Arizona is contractor that runs red light cameras in Austin .

 

Wider sidewalks on Sixth Street , Fewer Lanes?

Will there be new squeeze on drivers in downtown trying to cross through on 6thStreet ?

 

SMILES SPECIAL REPORT:

AlterNet contributor explores “6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People: From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.”

What does this mean for Democracy and Public Protests?

 

Headlines

6th Street makeover still in planning and design stages

http://www.kvue.com/news/6th-Street-makeover-still-in-planning-and-design-stages-127349123.html

Rundberg cameras lead to 3 arrests, monitoring center unveiled

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Rundberg-surveillance-cameras-lead-to-three-arrests-monitoring-center-unveiled-127271253.html

 

APD to open Real Time Crime Center

http://www.kvue.com/home/APD-to-open-Real-Time-Crime-Center-119505309.html

 

Accused State Capitol shooter pleads guilty

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/The-accused-State-Capitol-shooter-heads-to-court-127223723.html

FLASHBACK … CenTex 2nd Amendment PsyOps? Gunplay at Texas Capitol

City losing money on red light cameras

Reduction in crashes makes up for loss

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/city-losing-money-on-red-light-cameras

 

The city’s contract with RedFlex last until Spring of 2013.

APD putting the brakes on red light runners

by NOELLE NEWTON / KVUE News

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/APD-putting-the-brakes-on-red-light-runners-127330773.html

 

6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People

From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.

http://www.alternet.org/story/151864/6_creepy_new_weapons_the_police_and_military_use_to_subdue_unarmed_people?akid=7359.222309.JRbjKY&rd=1&t=2

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Austin News and Views #14 – 8/8/11

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Headlines

City council holds special meeting at new water treatment plant by KVUE News
 
Perry prayer rally draws 30,000 By Jason Embry
  
Business hired to operate Trail of Lights By Sarah Coppola
 
TRAFFIC – SOUTH CONGRESS changes
Drivers seeing red – a lot of it – on South Congress by Ben Wear: Getting There 
 
War on Kid-Run Lemonade Stands (Cathy Felder of Napa, CA)
 
 
  • August 1, 2011 – Police officers in Coralville, Iowa, ordered at least three different sets of children to quit selling lemonade during the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa unless they first got a vendor’s permit and a health inspection. This is the first known example of a coordinated set of shutdowns at a single time.
  • July 19, 2011 – McAllen, Texas shuts down girls’ lemonade stand for failure to obtain food permit, may assess grandmother $50 fine.
  • July 17, 2011 – Police in Appleton, Wisconsin inform children that despite legally selling lemonade and cookies in their front yard during an annual city festival for the past six or seven years, a new city ordinance bans these sales in order to protect licensed vendors from competition.
  • July 15, 2011 – Cops in Midway, Georgia shut down a lemonade stand some kids were running in their own front yard, saying the kids had to obtain a peddler’s license, a food license, and pay $50 per day for a temporary business permit.
  • June 16, 2011 – County Inspector in Maryland closes kids’ lemonade stand, fines parents $500.
  • June 10, 2011 – Philadelphia Department of Health shuts down cancer charity’s lemonade stand for lack of permit, hand-washing station.
  • March 7, 2011 – Hazelwood, Missouri, demands an end to Girl Scouts’ driveway cookie stand.
  • February 26, 2011 – Georgia police demand closure of Girl Scout cookie stand until girls obtain a peddler’s permit.
  • February 26, 2011 – In a separate incident, Savannah, Georgia, determines that city ordinances require an end to 40 year tradition of Girl Scouts selling cookies outside the historic home of the organization’s founder.
  • November 15, 2010 – Politician in New York sics police on 13-year-olds for selling cupcakes.
  • October 23, 2010 – Idaho Tax Commission official demands closure of children’s roadside pumpkin stand.
  • August 6, 2010 – Oregon health inspector orders lemonade stand closed unless 7-year-old girl obtains $120 license.
  • August 8, 2009 – California code enforcement officer shuts down 8-year-old girl’s lemonade stand for lack of city license.
  • July 19, 2009 – Police officers in Pennsylvania shut down neighborhood lemonade stand.
  • August 28, 2008 – Neighborhood produce stand operated by 11-year-old and 4-year-old ordered closed in Clayton, California.
  • August 19, 2008 – New York City Police close lemonade stand operated by 9- and 10-year old, demanding they first obtain permits – which the children subsequently requested and were denied.
  • July 19, 2008 – The Mayor of Claremont, California, ordered the closure of a Girl Scout Cookie stand. Afterward, the City Council proposed that all “solicitors” in the city – specifically including Girl Scouts – must have a permit before going door-to-door. After an initial furor, the ordinance passed.
  • September 25, 2005 – City officials in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, threaten to shut down lemonade stand operated by Brownie troop raising funds to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • August 3, 2005 – 11- and 9-year-old selling lemonade on Salem Common in Massachusetts are ordered to shut down after nearby sausage vendor complains to police that they were negatively affecting his business.
  • January 6, 2005 – 10-year-old in Miami Beach, Florida, told the city would not issue her a permit to sell lemonade to raise funds for disaster relief.
  • August 14, 2004 – St. Louis city health commissioner demands shut down of 10- and 12-year-olds’ lemonade stand for lack of proper licenses and “unsafe ice cubes.”
  • July 13, 2004 – Despite having a permit from one city department in Las Cruces, New Mexico, three sisters were forced to close their front-yard drink stand.
  • August 27, 2003 – St. Paul, Minnesota’s Office of Licenses, Inspections and Environmental Protection shut down a seven-year-old’s drink stand because she had not obtained a $60 license.
  • June 13, 2003 – Law enforcement officials in Naples, Florida, shut down stand selling lemonade and cookies without city license.
  • August 7, 2001 – County zoning officers in Rio Nido, California, demand closure of children’s snack stand.
  • July 23, 1990 – 13-year-old drink vendor shut down by city officials in Ojai, California, for lack of city permits. When he finally got all the necessary licenses, he was able to put what he learned into practice – by calling city officials to shut down other kids who were selling lemonade without a license.
“The map above from the Freedom Center of Missouri shows the “Government War on Kid-Run Concession Stands,” where the 24 red flags indicate a town that has shut down a kid-run concession stand (the list goes back as far as 1990, but there were nine just so far this year), the four yellow flags are cities that require kids to get at least one city permit to operate a concession stand, and the the green flags are the only two cities in America that have officially stated that they will allow kids to operate concession stands without any permits: Chadrad, Nebraska, which actually encourages kid-run lemonade stands, and Nashville.”
  
DEBT DEAL & CREATION OF SUPER CONGRESS
Problem – Reaction – Solution in “Debt Crisis”

 

 

 

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Austin News and Views #13 – 8/1/11

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AAMPED – at last meeting, Council heard from about 12 people over 40 minutes about the parking meter extension, and voted to table it and keep discussing it August 4th, and vote yea or nay on a “delay of implementation.”
WATER TREATMENT PLANT No. 4 – Spelman and Leffingwell argue for 4 hours at same City Council meeting…  Council votes, approves measure 5-2 (Yeas: Morrison, Riley, Spelman, Cole, Tovo; Nays: Leffingwell, Mike Martinez) for staffers to “estimate vost of postponing the plant five to 10 years and beefing up Austin’s water conservation efforts, and asks staffers to issue no more “notices to proceed” to construction companies.  Good way to save money (for a few years) or as Leffingwell calls it, “financially irresponsible”?
FORMULA ONE SUBSIDIES: State Comptroller Susan Combs may not be allowed to pay F1 promoters on July 31st
FAST & FURIOUS (Clip from PBS Newshour) : House Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa (R-CA)… guns have been recovered at over 50 crime scenes…  details of Border Patrol Agent killed in Dec. 2010:
“One of the first cases under Fast and Furious involved weapons from a firearms store in Glendale, Ariz. The ATF soon lost track of those guns, and two guns bought there in January 2010 showed up 11 months later at the scene where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died in a firefight. …. As soon as Fast and Furious began in November 2009, ATF agents complained about orders to let the guns “walk” — a risky move that failed when the ATF lost track of most of the weapons.”
LONE NUTS: The Sniper in the U.T. Tower, August 1, 1966.
DEBT CEILING

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Austin News and Views #12 – 7/25/11

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Austinites weighing on parking meter extension
A.A.M.P.E.D. (Austinites Against Metered Parking Extension Downtown) http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-to-explore-putting-off-construction-of-water-1638752.html
 
Water Treatment Plant
Austin to explore putting off construction of water treatment plant
Bill Spelman says it will be years before plant needed.
By Marty Toohey AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF 
 
“Responsible Water”  — Responsible Growth for Northcross spokesman Jason Meeker, who also ran for City Council in ’08
 
Ban plastic baggies at grocery stores?
Mayor pushing to ban plastic bags at Austin stores
byLarry Kolvoord / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
 
Debt talks
 
 

SMILES’ SPECIAL REPORTS

Toll roads losing money
Political Anomaly: Ron Paul

Norway’s 7/22/11 Attacks: More Updates

Copycat suicide – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A copycat suicide is defined as an emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide on television and in other media.

The massive wave of emulation suicides after a widely publicized suicide is known as the Werther effect, following Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Copycats of Norway?
 

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Nick Redfern lecture on MIBs, UFOs, Government Secrecy and More!

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NICK REDFERN to speak in Austin about THE REAL MEN-IN-BLACK and GOVERNMENT SECRETS.

From Wikipedia:

Nicholas “Nick” Redfern was born in 1964 in Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands, England. He is an author, Ufologist and Cryptozoologist now living in Arlington, Texas, United States.

Redfern is an active advocate of official disclosure, and has worked to uncover thousands of pages of previously-classified Royal Air Force, Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence files on UFOs dating from the Second World War from the National Archives.

Nick is the author of numerous books on UFOs, Forteana, Cryptozoology and the Paranormal including:

Please join us in welcoming Nick back to Austin and the Anomaly Archives for an exciting discussion about his latest book on the infamous MEN-IN-BLACK as well as the latest revelations concerning the mystery of Roswell, UFOs, Area-51 and what the United States Government is covering up.

Perhaps he will give us a sneak peak at what’s coming up in his next book:

 

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