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The McCracken Migas?

They should probably name a plate of migas after him, given the wild gyrations made to save them.

Council’s darlings are safe.

Posted on October 17, 2007 – 11:36 pm by APR

The Endeavor Strikes Back

If the struggles by the folks who actually live in the North Loop area were a movie, we think Star Wars would be a good analogy. It probably isn’t that entertaining, but then again neither were the prequels.

If you hadn’t noticed, we like underdogs here at APR. Unfortunately, average citizens seem to be the underdog against the forces of unbridled VMU and urbanization.

So, for today, we are going to consider the scrappers who live in North Loop the rebels. Maybe other average citizens will follow their model when the Emperor Endeavor tries to construct a Death Star in their neighborhood.

Below is an email exchange between one of these rebels and Jamil Alim with Endeavor. More…

Posted on October 17, 2007 – 10:33 am by APR


It must be a slow news day.  The blogs are all atwitter today over our jet-setting Governor and his lousy sub-par sporting life.

Posted on October 15, 2007 – 12:59 pm by APR

From Head-Scratching To Ballot-Casting

When Kyle City Councilman Todd Webster abruptly resigned last month, residents scratched their heads. Now they get to do more — elect his replacement.


Three candidates put their names on the lines before last Friday’s deadline: Ray Bryant, a Lutheran Social Services director; Johnell Huebner, who runs the local office of a firm called Arbonne; and David Walsh, a real estate investor.

The election is November 6. Kyle will just have to muddle through till then.

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Posted on October 15, 2007 – 12:42 am by APR

Leffingwell Turns 68

Happy birthday to Austin City Councilman Lee Leffingwell, who turns 68 today.  A ripe old age achieved through good engineering, no doubt.

And a tip of the fedora to former city council member Daryl Slusher, who hits the big 5-4 today.

Posted on October 13, 2007 – 11:55 am by APR


KVUE reporter Elise Hu is writing one of the better state political blogs. Her mix of humor and actual journalism sets it apart from usual clique of capitol blogs.

This recent entry made us laugh out loud.

Posted on October 12, 2007 – 10:19 am by APR

Couldn’t Get It Up

We told you yesterday that one of the items on the agenda for today’s Austin City Council meeting was a resolution that would make the city attorney, a key position, appointed by council members elected by voters instead of appointed by a city manager hired by… council members.

The proposal was apparently one vote shy, so Lee Leffingwell pulled it down. He and his fellow council member Mike Martinez had been promoting the charter change along with another that would do the same for the city auditor, also a key position.

With council members Sheryl Cole and Betty Dunkerley firmly against the proposal, its success depended on Brewster McCracken’s swing vote. I guess Leffingwell, Kim and Martinez just couldn’t jawbone him today.

Posted on October 11, 2007 – 8:31 am by APR


Not a box score, but the agenda items likely to garner the most attention at tomorrow’s City Council meeting:


Posted on October 10, 2007 – 3:16 pm by APR

Happy Birthday

Patrick Rose.  He turns 29 today.  We don’t think he looks a day over 22.

Posted on October 10, 2007 – 10:26 am by APR

The Fix Is In

At 6pm on Thursday, October 11th, the City Council will decide whether to rebuild the animal shelter downtown or move it to a lot near Airport Boulevard and East 7th Street. This is becoming a bigger issue than many expected, with neighborhood groups rallying against an increasingly deaf city council.

FixAustin has the details if this is the issue that makes your milk rise.

Posted on October 9, 2007 – 2:26 pm by APR

Made In The Shade?

A growing number of people who have ever had to interact at any level at all with city hall insiders are predicting lights out for Jennifer Kim come ‘08.

Folks have been grumbling in dark corners for a year and now the first challenger to step out into the light is Clarksvillian Randi Shade.


Posted on October 8, 2007 – 12:55 am by APR

North Loop 1-0

The North Loop saga has ended for now.

Posted on October 5, 2007 – 10:18 am by APR


Thanks to the blossoming North Loop debate we seem to be hosting, we were pointed to another  fight a little further South.   Local developer CW Capitol Partners put up a fake grassroots (AstroTurf) website to promote their proposed development along Town LadyBird Lake.

Even funnier is who is behind it.  You might remember him from such campaigns as Patrick Rose, Brewster McCracken, Lee Leffingwell and a little phony petition drive in Hays County

Posted on October 4, 2007 – 2:43 pm by APR

There Goes The Neighborhood

Old West Austin was ranked in the top 10 neighborhoods in the country. We don’t recall how many Wal-Marts or 250+ unit apartment complexes, or VMU projects City Hall allowed out there, but we are sure there must be a few if they won such a prestigious award.

Posted on October 3, 2007 – 3:18 pm by APR

Secret Shoppers

If this blog had an Olberman-esque “Oddball” segment, this would definitely make it-

Everyone’s favorite millionaire barrel racing Lt. Governor , David Dewhurst, was recently in Hollywood for a political fundraiser but stayed on some extra time to take acting lessons in preparation for his next race. We don’t know if he’s going for more Brad Pitt or John Wayne. We also think he’s going to need more than acting lessons to beat Kay Bailey for Governor in 2010.

But that’s not the weird part.

Back at the ranch in Austin, the Hollywood hero went to browse for jewelry at the Menagerie, the upscale store on W. 38th.

Sources tell us a Dewhurst staffer went in while his boss waited outside in the car and asked several customers to leave so that Dewhurst could shop undisturbed.  At least one of the customers refused — the wife of a former Lieutenant Governor.

I guess those Hollywood ways are tough to shake, what with all the paparazzi and all that must be stalking him these days.


Now that’s weird.

Posted on October 2, 2007 – 10:41 am by APR