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New ordinances criminalizing camping in certain public areas of Austin took eect on May 11.

With camping ban back, housing takes top priority Austin moves forward with immediate and long-term homelessness strategies

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goal, leaders with the Save Austin Now political action committee behind the eort to pass Proposition B said they acted in response to concerns surrounding City Council’s 2019 camping ban rollback. “This is a sign that a majority of Austin residents decided that they wanted to take their city back. That they just want a safe and clean city for everyone, the residents and the homeless. This policy has been an epic failure,” Save Austin Now co-founder Matt Mackowiak said on election night.

Austin’s push to address its homelessness crisis continues this spring as a focus on the city’s reinstated public camping ban and its enforcement rose alongside discussion of the long-term path toward housing its unsheltered population. More than 57% of Austin voters elected May 1 to reinstate criminal bans on camping in public, sitting or lying down on sidewalks, and panhandling downtown. While those on both sides of the election agree that housing the homeless is the ultimate

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Needing only a fewcredits to graduate before the pandemic, Austin Community College student Ashley Silva said COVID- 19 presented challenges in completing her higher education. As someone with various learning disabilities, who thrives in a traditional classroom setting, she said she had to teach herself how best to learn virtually. And as a student in the surgical technology program, she said pandemic safety precautions delayed in-person, hands-on clinical components that were required to graduate. CONTINUED ON 20 Collegeswork to bring back students after disruptive year BY NICHOLAS CICALE & JACK FLAGLER

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St. Edward’s University held a socially distanced baccalaureate mass May 9 to celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021.

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NORTH CENTRAL NOWOPEN 1 Delaware-based sandwich shop Capriotti’s opened a ghost kitchen facility for pickup and delivery service only April 26 at 5610 N. I-35, Austin, in the CloudKitchen space. The sandwich chain plans to expand in Austin with additional locations in the Mueller development opening in September and the Hill Country Galleria in early 2022. According to a Capriotti’s representative, the new brick-and-mortars will be an expansion; they will not take the place of the currently open ghost kitchen. 512-755-6654. www.capriottis.com 2 KibRoh Construction opened at 6916 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in April. Owners Rob Higgs and Kim Brown are both born-and-raised Austinites who have been building and remodeling homes for more than 25 years. They formed the company in 2019 and had been operating out of a home oce, but Higgs said the physical space was needed

due to the addition of new employees. 512-784-8184. www.kibroh.com 3 Waterloo Swimming opened its second location at 3200 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, on April 16. Swim lesson classes for toddlers through adults are oered at the new location, which owner Mike Varozza said includes two indoor heated pools. 512-401-3404. www.waterlooswimming.com COMING SOON 4 Hoar Construction topped out the Lamar Boulevard Medical Oce Building near the Shoal Creek Trail on May 7. Located at 1004 W. 32nd St., Austin, it will be used to house businesses supporting nearby Ascension Seton. www.hoar.com RELOCATIONS 5 Eyes of Texas Vision Care plans to relocate to 1518 W. Koenig Lane, Austin, in early July. Currently located at 8001 Burnet Road, the optical oce has

been open in Austin for over 60 years. Eyes of Texas is under the leadership of Dr. Fern Yee, and eye care includes vision therapy, myopia management and corrective lenses. 512-454-5117. www.eyesonburnet.com RENOVATIONS 6 Karavel Shoes is renovating its Austin location at 5501 Burnet Road to allow for growth. The locally owned store has already expanded its stock room to make space for more inventory and will expand and update its sales oor over the next six months. Karavel was founded in 1937 and specializes in comfortable shoes and orthotics that promote foot health. 512-213-2572. www.karavelshoes.com CLOSINGS 7 The U.S. Postal Service will close its North Austin Station, located at 4300 Speedway, on June 18. The Hyde Park post oce was operating out of a leased facility, and the closure comes after its

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9 Waterloo Park , located at 500 E. 12th St., Austin, will open to the public in August after four years of construction. The Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, the nonprot organization that maintains the parks around Waller Creek, announced the opening month May 3 along with a series of community programs, including a community day in August and a Dia de los Muertos festival in October. Concerts have been announced at the 5,000-seat Moody Amphitheatre in the park as well, including Glass Animals, 311 and Sylvan Esso in September. 512-541-3520. www.waterloogreenway.org RELOCATIONS 10 WrangleWorks moved in May to 2520 Longview St., Austin, from 4010 Guadalupe St., Austin. The company uses machine learning to help clients work with data and has been in business since 2018. According to CEO Eric Hills, the business is growing and made the move to be closer to downtown. 11 True Food Kitchen marked ve years in Austin at its Seaholm District location March 21. The location at 222 West Ave., Austin, is one of two restaurants in the city for the healthy restaurant chain based in Phoenix. The other is located in The Domain. True Food Kitchen also has locations in Dallas, Plano, Houston and The Woodlands. 512-777-2430. www.truefoodkitchen.com www.wrangleworks.com ANNIVERSARIES

oor of the Scarborough Building. Chef Marco Hernandez met David Kahn, the owner of the building, in Denver in 2015. The restaurant initially opened in March 2020—just four days before local ocials shut down all dining due to the pandemic. Ze Crêpes reopened in late April 2021. 512-540-4021. www.zecrepes.com COMING SOON 7 A luxury condominium development called The Coloreld will move into the space of the original Hope Outdoor Gallery, located in downtown Austin at 1012 Baylor St., Austin, by the end of 2022. The Coloreld, which is named to honor the former community art park, will include 10 units across the 1.2-acre property. According to Austin-based developer Cumby Group, the property’s design will include a mural wall as a gesture to the gallery’s legacy. www.thecoloreldaustin.com 8 More details were released in May about the forthcoming Thompson Hotel , set to open at 506 San Jacinto St., Austin, in late summer. A Sienna at the Thompson will oer 331 apartment rental homes from oors 15 through 31 of the building encompassing 770,053 square feet at 501 Brazos St., Austin. B Chicago-based Land and Sea Department will also be opening a new restaurant on the fourth oor of the hotel this summer. Previously, it was announced that Savannah-based restaurant The Grey will be opening a diner and market on the

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DOWNTOWN NOWOPEN 1 1836 San Jacinto, a 400,000- square-foot, 10-story oce tower at 1836 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in April. The property has approximately 14,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level in addition to one level of underground parking and three levels of above-ground parking. Commercial real estate rm CBRE is the broker for the property. www.cbre.us 2 The Good Shepherd Farmers Market , located at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin, held its rst event May 22. The market is held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through September. Vendors include Tacodeli, Alchemy Juice, Green Thumb Farming and Simple Promise Farms. The church intends to return in 2022 and make the summer market permanent. 512-476-3523. www.gsaustin.org 3 Membership-based primary care organization One Medical opened a downtown Austin location May 17.

Located at 319 Congress Ave., Austin, the new 6,000-square-foot space is the company’s second in Austin. One Medical oers in-person and virtual primary care visits and partners with Ascension Seton to oer specialty care services. The company said more expansions into the Austin area are in the works. 512-491-1095. www.onemedical.com 4 Sammie’s Italian opened April 29 at 807 W. Sixth St., Austin, in the former location of Hut’s Hamburgers. The restaurant from McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality Group features a menu of “old school” Italian dishes such as linguine vongole, Chicken Parmesan, cannoli and housemade mozzarella sticks. 512-474-2054. www.sammiesitalian.com 5 Simi Estiatorio , a Greek restaurant, opened May 7 at 601 Congress Ave., Austin, in the rst oor of the Littleeld Building. Managing partner George Theodosiou said the restaurant brings together food and wine from his home country in a “Greek island- like” atmosphere. The kitchen, led by Executive Chef Diego Sanchez, serves dishes such as swordsh souvlaki, Paidakia lamb chops, salads and oysters. www.simiatx.com 6 Ze Crêpes is now open at 522 Congress Ave., Austin, on the ground

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grown to 45 locations in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The South Congress space was the home of Kendra Scott’s oces until 2015. 512-910-8974. www.removery.com ANNIVERSARIES 6 Crux Climbing Center celebrated ve years in Austin on May 7. The climbing gym opened at 121 Pickle Road, Ste. 100, Austin, and added another location at 6015 Dillard Circle, Unit B, 7 The Zilker Eagle , the new moniker for the train at Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Ne Road, Austin, was announced by the Austin Parks Foundation on April 23. Community members were invited to weigh in on a new name for the train, which is set to reopen this fall after being re-designed to look like a 1940s passenger train. The update will make the train Americans with Disabilities Act- accessible and add a mural underneath the Barton Springs Road Bridge. www.austinparks.org/zilker-train IN THE NEWS 8 Barton Springs Pool, 2131 William Barton Drive, Austin, is requiring reservations as of May 21. The Austin, in 2020. 512-931-3911. www.cruxclimbingcenter.com NAME CHANGE reservations are in place for two-hour increments from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Visitors coming to the pool between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. will not have to make a reservation ahead of time. The reservation system

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SOUTH CENTRAL COMING SOON 1 The Austin Bouldering Project —a local rock-climbing gym with a location at 979 Springdale Road, Austin—announced May 6 that the company would be expanding its local presence this fall with a new gym in South Austin. The facility will be located at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in the Westgate neighborhood. According to Austin Bouldering Project, current and future gym members will have access to the facility when it opens. The new gym will have comparable oerings to the original, including climbing and training, tness and yoga classes, and a community space. 512-645-4633. www.austinboulderingproject.com 2 Local restaurant Picnik and store Blue Suede Shoes + Wine will open in the fall at 1600 S. First St., Austin, in the recently completed Willa condominium development from Storybuilt. This will be the third location for owner Naomi Seifter’s Picnik in addition to its original South Austin trailer and brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road. Blue Suede Shoes + Wine, from Jennifer Parkman and

Cynthia McMillioan, oers shoes, jewelry and handbags for sale with wine, beer and coee available. www.1600austin.com 3 Twelve Rivers Realty will open a new oce at 2500 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, by mid-July. The new location joins Twelve Rivers Realty’s main oce in downtown Austin at 700 Rio Grande St. 512-588-1453. www.twelveriversrealty.com RELOCATIONS 4 Westlake-based Collectic Home announced April 5 that it will relocate to 2101 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. 347, Austin, later this year. Currently located at 2785 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 325, Rollingwood, the store oers a showroom featuring contemporary furniture, lighting and rugs. 512-347-1616. www.collectichome.com 5 Removery , a locally based tattoo- removal company, will relocate its corporate oce June 28 to from 1524 I-35, Austin, to 1400 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in a new space that will also include a laser tattoo removal studio. Jo Kelton, chief operating ocer of Removery, said in an email the company has expanded from three to 60 Austin employees since 2019 as Removery has

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is intended to manage capacity at the pool, according to the city of Austin, and reservations can be made at the city’s website. 512-974-6300. www.austintexas.gov 9 The Continental Club , located at 1315 S. Congress Ave., Austin, reopened its doors for live music performances May 28 with shows from The Blues Specialists, Greyhounds and Bareld the Tyrant. Sister venues C-Boy’s Heart and Soul and the Continental Gallery also reopened in late May. The Continental Club rst opened in 1955 and has hosted performers from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Junior Brown and Dale Watson through its more than 60 years. 512-441-2444. www.continentalclub.com CLOSINGS 10 Texas-based Cow Tipping Creamery closed its Austin-area shop May 2. Located at 4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 103, Sunset Valley, the soft-serve ice cream shop oered shakes, cones and cups with custom toppings.

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5 Bastrop restaurant and bar Ma’Coco plans to open an Austin location at 501 Comal St., Austin, by mid-June. The restaurant’s menu, according to owner Javier Equihua, features the culinary traditions of Baja California and San Diego, including carne asada fries, ceviche and sh tacos. 619-674-6650. www.facebook.com/macococina 6 Ryan Companies is set to break ground on a new mixed-use multifamily development by the end of 2021 near the Mueller control tower. The development will consist of two mid-rise buildings with 350 total housing units bracketed by Berkman, Sorin, Vaughan and McCurdy streets. The buildings will be separated by a public walkway connecting the control tower and a new public plaza to a nearby park. Ryan Companies expects the 7 La Barbecue opened for business at a new location, 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, on May 5. The restaurant serves Texas barbecue staples such as brisket, pork ribs and sausage, plus beer, wine and, occasionally, 9-inch hot dogs. Previously located inside the Quickie Pickie convenience store on East Cesar Chavez Street, La Barbecue’s new space previously housed seafood restaurant Monger Market + Kitchen, which moved to Hyde Park in 2020. 512-605-9696. www.labarbecue.com ANNIVERSARIES 8 Neighborhood park Parque Zaragoza, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin, began a yearlong celebration of its 90th anniversary in May. The theme for the park’s year of observance is “Defending Democracy,” honoring the victory of the Mexican Army in the Battle of Puebla. Events to come include a possible music festival series this fall and bus trip to Goliad, the birthplace of Parque Zaragoza’s namesake, next March. www.facebook.com/parquezaragozaamigos NEWOWNERSHIP 9 Rastegar Property Co. announced its purchase of Windsor Park apartment rst units to open in 2023. www.ryancompanies.com RELOCATIONS

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complex Velo Flats, 2606 Wheless Lane, Austin, on May 11. The real estate investment rm plans to redevelop the property, which was built in 1972. Velo Flats is a nine- building, 56,780-square-foot complex that includes 70 units, which brings the total number of units Rastegar Property Co. owns and operates in Windsor Park to 200 at four apartment complexes. 512-729-7777. 10 Pharr Tennis Center , located at 4201 Brookview Road, Austin, is set to begin a renovation project this summer with construction scheduled to nish in 2022. The $2.7 million project, funded by Austin’s 2018 bond and led by Kirksey Architecture, will include the replacement of eight courts as well as a rain garden among other added amenities. According to a news release from Kirksey, the project will seek environmental certications under two dierent green building rating systems. 512-477-7773. www.pharrtennisatx.com www.rastegarproperty.com RENOVATIONS

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EAST AUSTIN NOWOPEN 1 Bobo’s Snack Bar opened in late April at 3850 Airport Blvd., Austin. The new spot from owners Bethany Andrée and Karl Gilkey serves all its snacks, spirits, wine and beer from Central Texas producers. Andrée and Gilkey previously ran Snack Bar on South Congress Avenue before it closed in 2016. They signed a lease for the new spot in 2018, and over the course of years preparing to open, Andrée said they did most of the work 2 Swift Pizza Co. opened April 14 at 3223 E. Seventh St., Austin. The neighborhood pizzeria and family restaurant is owned by Kris Swift and Adam Jacoby, who also own Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile and Grizzelda’s in East Austin. Swift, who designed the themselves. 512-657-2594. www.bobossnackbar.com

interior space, said the new restaurant is inspired by the couple’s twin boys. 512-422-9776. www.swiftpizzaco.com COMING SOON 3 Birdie’s , a neighborhood restaurant and wine bar, is set to open in June at 2944 E. 12th St., Unit A, Austin. Birdie’s is owned by married couple Arjav Ezekiel and Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, who have experience in the New York City restaurant scene at locations including Gramercy Tavern and Untitled at the Whitney Museum. www.birdiesaustin.com 4 Centro , a mixed-use development located at 1412 E. Fifth St., Austin, is set to open its rst phase of 165,000 square feet of oce space by early 2022. The development broke ground in late 2020 and will include around 15,000 square feet of retail space and a total of 330,000 square feet of oce space. www.riversideresources.com/centro

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May-June events

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10 THROUGH 13 ROT RALLY RETURNS After its cancellation last year, the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally comes back to town. Performers this year include Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd and rock group Blackberry Smoke. Various times. $89 (daily pass), $149 (four-day pass). Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, Austin. www.republicoftexasmotorcyclerally.com 11 AVIRTUAL CONVERSATIONWITH FRANLEBOWITZ The writer, satirist and subject of Netix documentary lm series “Pretend It’s a City” is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of online media outlet The Texas Tribune. Customers who purchase tickets can add an optional donation to the Paramount or Stateside theaters. Available to stream starting at 10 a.m. $25. 512-474-1221. www.austintheatre.org 19 AUSTIN FC’S DEBUT AT Q2 STADIUM Austin’s new Major League Soccer club takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium in North Austin. Austin FC has not yet announced capacity limits for the game or put single-match tickets on sale. 8 p.m. Ticket prices TBD. 10414 McKalla Place, Austin. 512-572-8932. www.austinfc.com

MAY 29 QUESOFF RETURNS The queso cook-o, which features restaurants, chefs, home cooks and more, will be back after it was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 and temporary closure of its home venue, the Mohawk. Participating restaurants include Better Half, Eldorado Cafe, Comedor and La Condesa. Masks and distancing are required. 5-8 p.m. $16. Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St., Austin. www.mohawkaustin.com 31 CAPTEX TRI This triathlon begins with a 1,500-meter swim in Lady Bird Lake followed by a 24.3-mile bike ride through downtown, then concludes with a 6.2-mile run. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. $139-$259. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.captextri.com JUNE 03 BROADWAY AT THE GROUND FLOOR THEATRE “Sing Out!: A Broadway Musical Revue” brings together six Tony- and Grammy- award winners for a show reecting the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.

After its debut in Austin, the show will head to New York City in 2022. 8 p.m. Tickets are pay what you can with a minimum of $25. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, Austin. www.austinartistsproject.org/singout 04 MAUDIE’SMOONLIGHT MARGARITA RUN Participants in the run, which is being presented virtually this year, can register online and submit results for their 5K race anytime before May 31. Then, on June 4, they can pick up their race packet, which includes a T-shirt and a frozen margarita. Proceeds from the annual event benet The Trail Foundation. Various times. $30. Drive-thru packet pickup will take place just outside the Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org/mmr 05 THROUGH 13 IT’SMY PARK DAY The Austin Parks Foundation’s annual citywide volunteer event will have virtual events taking place over the course of a week and limited in-person volunteer opportunities on Saturday, June 12. Registrants can receive a t-shirt by volunteering virtually or in-person, or by making a donation of $25 or more. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org/IMPD

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The nonprot’s annual event, held virtually this year, will feature homes in a historic district of East Austin. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 512-474-5198. www.preservationaustin.org (Courtesy Lauren Kerr) 27 THROUGH SEPT. 19 TWONEWEXHIBITIONS AT THE BLANTONMUSEUMOF ART “Black is Beautiful” features the 1950s and ‘60s photography of activist Kwame Brathwaite. “Valley” is a video installation by Suzanne Bocanegra, which references actress Judy Garland’s struggles in life and show business. Various times. $12 for adults. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr.

Blvd., Austin. 512-471-5482. www.blantonmuseum.org

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more than $3 billion in federal funding it needs to complete the plan. The two new light-rail lines and the underground tunnel that will connect them downtown combined are set to cost $5.1 billion, making up more than 80% of the total cost of Project Connect. The public transportation agency is currently in a federally mandated environmental review phase, one of the rst steps of the project. As Capital Metro works through these early phases, sta collected feedback from the community on the Orange Line and Blue Line stations. At virtual

construction activity on Capital Metro’s Project Connect plan to expand public transportation in the city is likely to start around 2024. That is when the largest and most expensive pieces of the plan—light-rail lines running through downtown to North Austin, South Austin and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport—are expected to start work. Until that time, Capital Metro is gathering public feedback, rening its cost projection models and marking o checkpoints it needs to secure the

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public meetings April 27-29, residents weighed in on what stations should look like, where they should be located and amenities that should be included. Jackie Nirenberg, Capital Metro’s director of community engagement and involvement, said in a media news conference April 27 that Capital Metro sta has conceptual locations for the stations, but they are not exact. At the meetings, sta

showed examples of light- rail stations on the ground in other cities; talked about the factors they weigh when selecting station location, such as topography, access and speed; and heard more about what the public wants to see. “The purpose of these

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 20. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT CTANEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. experience a crash— such as highway entrances, exits and weaving points. Researchers also predicted a 29% decrease in severe crashes per year. Timeline: 2022-26 or 2027 Cost: $300 million Funding source: TxDOT transportation, vanpools, carpools and emergency vehicles would be elevated above the main lanes and frontage roads between SH 71 and Slaughter Lane. A report by the University of Texas at Austin Center for Transportation Research showed elevating the managed lanes would lead to a 55% decrease in conict points—areas where drivers are more likely to Latest designs show elevated HOV lanes for South Austin I-35 project Through May 26, the Texas Department of Transportation is holding a virtual public hearing in which residents can provide feedback on a project to add two high- occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes in each direction along an 8-mile stretch of I-35 in South Austin. Residents can make comments at https://capexsouth. mobility35openhouse.com. According to the presentation, HOV lanes designed for public

meetings is to get the conversations started on how decisions will be made on stations,” Nirenberg said.

Study: Commutes towork in Central Texas have dropped by nearly 60% Austin drivers have likely noticed rush-hour congestion starting to return to city streets. However, a study by Central AVOIDING THE RUSH

Movability, said there may be more opportunities for government agencies to explore permanent telework opportunities. Travis County leaders have said publicly they hope to keep 75% of county employees who are able to work from home in permanent teleworking positions. “The fact that so many people are still not going back to ve days a week in the workplace means for a lot of employers, [telecommuting] has worked,” Harrington said.

90% Although trac is once again lling up Austin roads, a recent study showed that as of March, many workers are still not commuting to work the same way they did before the pandemic. commuted to work ve days a week or more before the pandemic

Texas transportation management association Movability and Texas State University found the number of employees commuting to work ve days a week or more fell by 58% from before the pandemic to March 2021. More than half of the 1,551 survey

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ELECTION

Results from all eight city propositions

Election results: Austinites strike down strong-mayor proposition

Austin voters approved ve prop- ositions May and voted down three others, including one that would have phased out the city manager position and given additional responsibilities to the mayor. More than 85% of voters opposed the strong-mayor measure. “We are not Chicago; we’re not BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE & JACK FLAGLER

Voters stand in the rain at the Shops at Arbor Walk in North Austin on May 1. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Seattle; and we’re not Houston. We’re Austin, and Austinites saw that the clear strengths in our city is under the current form of government,” said Nico Ramsey, director for community engagement for Austin for All People, a citizens group that opposed the strong mayor. Andrew Allison, campaign chair for

Austinites for Progressive Reform, a group that supported the initiative, said while Austinites did not support the strong-mayor proposal, he also believes community members “have concerns about the status quo.”

Austinites did approve some changes to the democratic system, electing to change the date the mayor is elected and establish a system that would allow voters to rank local candidates in order of preference.

PROPOSITION A FIREFIGHTERS UNION CHARTER AMENDMENT

PROPOSITION B

PROPOSITION C

PROPOSITION D

REINSTATING THE HOMELESS ORDINANCES

APPOINTING THE DIRECTOR OF POLICE OVERSIGHT

CHANGING THE DATE OF MAYORAL ELECTIONS

YES

YES

YES

YES

90,498 (57.69%)

96,993 (62.86%)

102,174 (66.47%)

124,334 (81.03%)

NO

NO

NO

NO

29,110 (18.97%)

66,360 (42.31%)

57,307 (37.14%)

51,536 (33.53%)

If the Austin Fireghters Association and the city reach an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations, either side has the ability to force negotiations into binding arbitration.

Certain behaviors, including sitting or lying down in public areas, panhandling, sleeping outdoors or camping became criminal oenses. For more, turn to Page 24 .

City Council will create rules for appointing the director of police oversight through an ordinance.

The Austin mayor will be elected in presidential election years beginning in 2024. This means the mayor city residents elect in 2022 will serve a two-year term.

PROPOSITION F

PROPOSITION G ADDING AN 11TH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT

PROPOSITION H

PROPOSITION E

ESTABLISHING RANKEDCHOICE VOTING

INSTITUTING A STRONGMAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT

CREATING AN ALTERNATIVE CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM

YES

YES

YES

YES

87,604 (57.95%)

21,805 (14.15%)

65,309 (43.33%)

65,553 (42.76%)

NO

NO

NO

NO

63,560 (42.05%)

132,299 (85.85%)

85,410 (56.67%)

87,734 (57.24%)

Austinites supported a ranked-choice voting system, which will allow them to rank up to ve candidates on their ballots in both City Council and mayoral races.

Austin will continue in a council- manager form of government. If this strong-mayor proposition had passed, the mayor would have become City Hall’s top executive.

Austin will not add an extra City Council district. The city’s redistricting committee is in the process of redrawing its 10 districts ahead of the 2022 election.

Voters rejected a program that would have distributed $25 taxpayer-funded vouchers to each registered voter in the city for each race the voter could cast a ballot in.

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