Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley will remain in his position for the moment.
At a meeting of the Austin City Council's Public Safety Committee on Thursday, City Manager Spencer Cronk told committee members that he has had "several pointed conversations" with Manley about the need to reverse the types of police procedure and policies that lead to the actions sparking calls for his removal.
"I assure you that both Chief Manley and the entire public safety team are committed to this transformational change," Cronk said.
Cronk's position overseeing the city's 13,000 employees makes him responsible for decisions regarding Manley's job. He remains under pressure to replace Manley after repeated calls for the chief's ouster and after the unanimous council resolutions that included a no-confidence vote.
City spokesman David Green confirmed that although Cronk's statement didn't mention Manley's status specifically, it does mean that Manley is keeping his job, although council members who had called for his ouster did not move off their position that he should be replaced, a decision that could come at any point—or not at all.
"As I have always said, Spencer's job is harder than mine, but council could not be clearer with our perspective on this question, and our belief that the manager's job is to reflect the will of the council," Flannigan said.
Here's Cronk's entire statement the council:
"Thank you, councilmember and committee and council members. I really appreciated the opportunity to get your feedback and the commitment to ensuring that we were moving forward with the transformational changes that we are making for the city and how you will be holding me accountable. So I will in turn hold my entire leadership team accountable, including our leadership. That includes our chief and I've had many pointed conversations with him over the past several weeks. I assure you that both Chief Manley and the entire public safety team are committed to this transformational change and as we move forward we up hold everything that we need to do to move forward in that manner."
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Austin will never feel more like itself come the end of November, as lines will be able to once again form around the block of Franklin Barbecue.
The acclaimed barbecue restaurant, recently named in Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints list, is opening its dining room for the first time since the onset of the pandemic on Nov. 23. So grab your folding chairs and arrive before you're even hungry because you can expect there to be an hours-long wait, just like pre-pandemic times.
Franklin's opened in 2009, becoming a world-renowned destination for good Texas barbecue. Long lines around the block on East 11th Street were the norm until the pandemic hit and the pitmasters decided to close their dining room, opting for curbside only.
It had originally planned to reopen its doors in August but postponed after a summer surge of COVID cases and hospitalizations.
In preparation of its reopening day, Franklin will be closed on Nov. 21.
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The housing market rollercoaster in Austin is on a dip—real estate giant Zillow is taking a pause on flipping homes in the Austin area, citing a lack of labor and bursting inventory.
The company is pausing its iBuyer service, which buys homes and makes light repairs before flipping them on the market, through the end of the year, according to a statement by Zillow Offers.
The iBuyer program allows homeowners to request an offer on their house and generates a "Zestimate" based on algorithms.
The company, which has been working in Austin since 2019, said it acquired a record-breaking 3,805 homes in the second quarter of 2021 and sold 2,086 during the same quarter. Zillow said it will stop purchasing new homes until it has the chance to work through already existing properties.
"We're operating within a labor- and supply-constrained economy inside a competitive real estate market, especially in the construction, renovation and closing spaces," Zillow's chief operating officer Jeremy Wacksman said in a statement. "We have not been exempt from these market and capacity issues and we now have an operational backlog for renovations and closings. Pausing new contracts will enable us to focus on sellers already under contract with us and our current home inventory."
Zillow's stock dropped by 9.45%, down to $86 per share immediately following the announcement. Meanwhile, competitor Opendoor's stock jumped by almost 8% to $25.27 per share, correspond with Zillow's dip.
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Austin's got some serious spook factor: The capital city boasts a slew of haunted digs to send a year-round shiver down your spine—including the most haunted spot in Texas.
Austin's Driskill Hotel topped Yelp Texas' Top 20 list of the most haunted spots, with the Driskell Bar clinching the No. 2 spot. Four other local properties made an appearance.
The list, released Tuesday, considered businesses in the restaurant, food, travel and arts categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning relevant keywords like "haunted," "spooky," and "ghosts." It then ranked those spots using a number of factors including total volumes of reviews and ratings.
Here's how the city's creepy properties landed on the Lone Star State's list of frightful destinations:
No. 1 The Driskill Hotel
It may seem only fitting that the state's most haunted spot has a storied history. Determined to construct "the finest hotel south of St. Louis," Missourian cattleman Col. Jesse Driskell built the infamous Driskill Hotel in 1886. Located at 604 Brazos St., guests have long reported supernatural activity there, including alleged poltergeist sightings and encounters with the spirit of Driskell himself.
No. 2 The Driskill Bar
Long known as a power meeting spot for politicians, the Driskill Bar lies within the hotel itself. But it turns out the rich mahogany wood, plush chairs and live piano music aren't enough to mask the spook from its haunted hotel counterpart.
No. 3 Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
This southern cocktail bar, located at 303 Red River St., began in 1852 as a trading goods store, before expanding with a saloon and domino parlor. In 2003, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill opened its doors, though it evidently still has strong ties to the past (and spirit world)—it's said to be haunted by people killed in a flood in the early 1900s. It's been said customers dining in will feel tapping on their shoulders or air blowing on their neck.
No. 5 Clay Pit
The celebrated contemporary Indian restaurant, at 1601 Guadalupe St., is located within the historic Bertram Building, named after German immigrant Rudolph Bertram. The building's cellar is allegedly haunted by a murdered prostitute's spirit, and one Yelp reviewer recalls "a sudden dizziness, nauseousness hit me like a ton of bricks" when he entered the upstairs rooms previously inhabited by the Bertram family.
No. 13 1886 Cafe & Bakery
This quaint Victorian-style café's traditional Texas comfort foods may not be enough to keep the scary at bay. Just like the Driskill Bar, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery sits within the Driskill Hotel's haunted walls.
No. 15 The Tavern
At 922 W. 12th St., The Tavern used to operate as a secret brothel in the 1920s. When one politician was caught there, local legend says he murdered the head madam's daughter Emily in retribution. Her spirit is said to have stuck around, sending kitchen drawers flying open and switching TVs off in the dining room. According to Austin Monthly, a pair of shoes were found buried within the walls during renovation in 2006, which the bar then put on display as evidence of Emily's continued presence.
The full list
- The Driskill, Austin
- The Driskill Bar, Austin
- Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Austin
- Menger Hotel, San Antonio
- Clay Pit, Austin
- Miss Molly's Hotel, Fort Worth
- Monteleone's, El Paso
- The Emily Morgan Hotel, San Antonio
- The Adolphus, Autograph Collection, Dallas
- The Alamo, San Antonio
- Jefferson Hotel, Jefferson
- The Tremont House Hotel, Galveston
- 1886 Cafe & Bakery, Austin
- St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio
- The Tavern, Austin
- Faust Brewing Company, New Braunfels
- Faust Hotel, New Braunfels
- The Esquire Tavern, San Antonio
- The Crockett Hotel, San Antonio
- VFW Post 76, San Antonio