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Austin Morning Line says the mayor is nervous about Prop A’s chances

Austin Morning Line says the mayor is nervous about Prop A’s chances 150 150 Voices of Austin

Throughout the week, we pick up bits and pieces from around town. Then, we put it in our weekly “We Hear” email.  So here goes this week’s version of  We hear … … the Mayor is nervous. … that according to our source:  “His dimwitted pollster can’t figure out why their nightly tracking polls are…

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City of Austin bungles funds for eviction relief

City of Austin bungles funds for eviction relief 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  In July, a second round of funds totaling $14 million was earmarked for the City of Austin to provide rental assistance to people in danger of being evicted due to the pandemic. To date, only $1 million of those funds have been distributed and the Department of Housing Authority of the City…

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Project Connect promises much that Cap Metro cannot support

Project Connect promises much that Cap Metro cannot support 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cap Metro contends that the passing of Prop A will allow Project Connect to clean up the environment and reduce traffic, but they could not support or prove those claims in a request for public information. Cap Metro does not know if Project Connect will improve climate and traffic conditions in Austin…

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Austin Morning Line calls out the hypocrisy of Project Connect “saving the planet”advertisement

Austin Morning Line calls out the hypocrisy of Project Connect “saving the planet”advertisement 150 150 Voices of Austin

A straight on appeal to environmentalists. This piece of mail is all about the clean new green. Except. They don’t tell you that the City of Austin owns part of a power plant that generates electricity using COAL. Yup. Good ‘ol Power [sic] River Basin coal gets brought into this plant on diesel powered trains.…

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Prop A: A small business financial disaster

Prop A: A small business financial disaster 150 150 Voices of Austin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE If Project Connect’s Proposition A passes in November, small businesses along construction routes can expect to experience another round of COVID-19-like setbacks, but this time without any hope of financial assistance. Capital Metro expects the construction of Project Connect’s rail lines to take about 13 years. But anyone who has gone through…

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Richard Smith of KAZI-FM, Austin labels black supporters of Project Connect as “collaborators”

Richard Smith of KAZI-FM, Austin labels black supporters of Project Connect as “collaborators” 150 150 Voices of Austin

From KAZI-FM’s “AM Wake Up Call” with Richard Smith* 28:48 We as black people were born on a battlefield and we’re gonna die on a battlefield. 29:18 In every war whenever one side gets conquered by another, the other, the conquering side, occupies the conquered, the way we have been occupied for 400 years. And…

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Why The Project Connect Tax Rate Misleads Voters

Why The Project Connect Tax Rate Misleads Voters 150 150 Voices of Austin

Austin Morning Line, 10/19/2020 The city concedes in their 8/7/2020 resolution (page 6) that Project Connect’s federal funding is dubious. Local taxpayers may find themselves accountable for the entire cost of Project Connect.  The city intends to collect the increased tax, regardless of the federal match, effective this year, even though light rail wouldn’t operate…

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Sparks fly between Peck Young and John-Michael Cortez at SANA debate on Project Connect

Sparks fly between Peck Young and John-Michael Cortez at SANA debate on Project Connect 150 150 Voices of Austin

The South Austin Neighborhood Alliance (SANA) hosted a Facebook Live videoconference debate on Proposition / Project Connect on 15 October 2020. SANA’s host were Ken Jacob and Jeff Bowen. The “pro” position was presented by Scott Morris of Austin Coalition for Transit and John-Michael Cortez, special assistant to Mayor Adler. Gerald Daugherty of Our Mobility…

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Austin Morning Line cites Senator Barriento’s op-ed (and other city hall goings on)

Austin Morning Line cites Senator Barriento’s op-ed (and other city hall goings on) 150 150 Voices of Austin

… We hear … … that paranoia has put Mayor Adler in a WWE worthy headlock.  Not everyone on the city payroll supports Prop A.  In fact, quite a few don’t.  The Mayor is now openly threatening all city employees, saying if they talk to the media … any form of media … they will…

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Satire of 3rd Prop A ad from the Austin Morning Line

Satire of 3rd Prop A ad from the Austin Morning Line 150 150 Voices of Austin