Emma Freer is a general assignment reporter for Austonia, where she covers culture, housing, healthcare and more. She previously worked for Community Impact Newspaper. A native Clevelander, she graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017 and the University of St. Andrews in 2016. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @freer_emma
Yesterday UT models projected an early November surge in Austin. Today they dramatically say otherwise.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin estimate there is a 38% chance the COVID-19 pandemic is growing locally, down from an estimated 100% chance yesterday.
What accounts for this 62% overnight drop?
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Half of Austin City Council's 10 seats—Districts 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10—are up for election this November, and nineteen candidates are competing for a spot on the (virtual) dais.
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(Leslie Pool, Morgan Witt)<p><strong><a href="https://www.lesliepoolcampaign.com/" target="_blank">Council Member Leslie Pool</a></strong></p><p><em>Did you support the City Council's June 2019 decision to lift the camping ban? </em>Yes.</p><p><em>Why? </em>My vote to decriminalize homelessness (loosening the no sit/no lie and camping bans) was both a moral decision and a policy decision. I cast my vote with an eye toward ramping up our efforts to assist people experiencing homelessness. I worked with my dais colleagues to provide necessary resources and align our systems with our nonprofit partners whose mission it is to house the homeless and provide other needed services. </p><p><em>If re-elected, what are your priorities when it comes to addressing homelessness in Austin? </em>I will continue to monitor our ongoing initiatives to determine if modifications are needed. I led on a workforce development initiative that coordinates encampment cleanup in our parks, greenbelts and creeks. The Council has approved the purchase of two hotels for housing, is actively searching for additional structures to buy, has focused more intently on providing permanent supportive housing and has activated a more organized system of support with ECHO and other community non-profit organizations. </p><p><strong><a href="https://morganforaustin.com/" target="_blank">Morgan Witt</a></strong></p><p><em>Do you support the City Council's October 2019 decision to lift the camping ban?</em> Yes.</p><p><em>Why?</em> Homelessness isn't a crime but indicative of the community's ability to support people in their time of need. Criminalizing homelessness doesn't make it go away. It not only makes it more difficult for unhoused folks to integrate back into society but also makes them more vulnerable to becoming victims of crime and violence. On top of that, the prison system is an incredibly expensive way to house and care for those experiencing homelessness.</p><p><em>If elected, what are your priorities when it comes to addressing homelessness in Austin?</em> </p><p>Now: Free up housing assets (currently used for quarantine) to actually house homeless people. Appoint a director to coordinate between organizations and advocacy groups to quickly connect people with the resources they need. </p><p>Long Term: Prevention—address the systemic issues that make people vulnerable to homelessness when they experience a traumatic financial, physical or mental event and don't have a safety net. I'll address Austin's affordability and livability crisis. </p>
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With three more full days of voting left this election, Travis County has surpassed its November 2016 turnout.
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With three more days left to vote and amid concerns about misinformation, local leaders convened Wednesday to encourage Austinites to support Proposition A, which would raise the city's property tax rate to help pay for Project Connect, a $7.1 billion plan to overhaul public transportation.
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After sounding the alarm last week that the pandemic was growing in Austin, local health officials said Tuesday there are signs of a possible plateau. But caseload increases across the state suggest another surge is on the horizon, and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin estimates that there is a 100% chance the pandemic is growing locally.
Austin ISD will offer face-to-face, on-campus learning to all students whose families choose to take advantage of it starting on Monday, Nov. 2, in compliance with the Texas Education Agency's guidelines.
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The Texas Army National Guard said Monday that it had been ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott to dispatch 1,000 troops to five major cities across the state, including Austin, in connection with the election.
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The Travis Central Appraisal District has identified a new market data source that will allow it to reappraise residential properties in 2021 after a legal dispute with the Austin Board of Realtors prevented the district from doing so this year.
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