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No Way on Prop A outreach director David Chincanchan addresses the crowd and press at Barton Springs. (Abe Asher/Austonia)

A coalition of more than 80 local organizations launched a campaign Thursday to defeat the Save Austin Now-backed Proposition A, which calls for adding hundreds of city police officers and other measures to the Austin Police Department.

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The Texas Supreme Court voted unanimously Wednesday for the city's Proposition A ballot language to be replaced with Save Austin Now's captioned ballot language, but the court held that a budget for the proposition must be included on the Nov. 2 ballot.

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Mayor Steve Adler criticized "misinformation" surrounding the pandemic and Austin's public safety at his annual State of the City address.

In his second-straight annual State of the City address during the pandemic, Austin Mayor Steve Adler wanted the city to know that Austin is doing well. But he also made a point to discredit what he called "misinformation" surrounding the pandemic, Austin's public safety and his relationship with the Austin Police Department.

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A newly certified petition will put a new item on the November ballot to up police presence. (Shutterstock)

Save Austin Now is now 2-0 over Austin City Council after its petition to add more staffed police officers to the Austin Police Department was certified, garnering over the 20,000 votes needed to make it on an election ballot.

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