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.

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