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Late (Tuesday) the City of Austin's outside attorney filed a response to the plaintiffs' (called relators in legal terms) request for a writ of mandamus to force the City Council to amend ballot language for Proposition B.

Proposition B will be on the May 1 ballot as a result of Save Austin Now's petition drive. If voter approved, the resulting ordinance would ban: camping in a public areas, soliciting in designated areas and sitting or lying down on public sidewalks.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

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Three registered voters—Linda Durnin, Eric Krohn, and Michael Lovins—who signed the Save Austin Now petition are lead plaintiffs (called relators in legal terms) in identical lawsuits filed with both the Third Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.

The Original Emergency Petition for Writ of Mandamus filed with the Third Court of Appeals (Case No. 03-21-00075-CV) filed February 16, 2021, asks the court to issue an immediate writ of mandamus that would compel the Austin City Council to adopt the caption contained in the petition as the ballot language. Either that or adopt alternative ballot language that more accurately reflects the primary purpose of the petition.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

Larimen Thaddeus "Larry" Wallace's employment at Central Health was terminated in December 2019. The triggering event was a complaint of his alleged sexual harassment of a female member of the agency's board of managers.

Wallace, now 72, has a history of inappropriate sexually oriented comments documented in his personnel records obtained by The Austin Bulldog and published in an investigative report October 30, 2020. In December 2016, Wallace was given training in "sexual harassment avoidance" by an outside attorney.

Read the full story by The Austin Bulldog here.

Thomas "Tom" King addressed the Travis Central Appraisal District's Board of Directors at its January 7, 2021, meeting during Citizens Communications. After the meeting, King told The Austin Bulldog that he is now in his sixth year as a member of the Travis Appraisal Review Board and served one year as vice chairman of that board in 2019.

"I want to talk a little bit about the blindside attack made by the Chief Appraiser (Marya Crigler) at your last Board of Directors meeting on December 3rd," King told the board. "I call it a blindside attack because the charts and pages concerning the ARB, its budgeted cost overrun, the high cost of doing hearings, and the per diem payment to ARB members that the Chief Appraiser showed, were not available to the public before your meeting nor were they available to the ARB before the meeting."

Read the rest at The Austin Bulldog.