UT-Austin graduates Paige Posadziejewski (left) and Alejandra Gavilanes pose for a photo with Bevo XV in front of the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center ahead of UT’s opening ceremony at Darrell K. Royal -Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday May 22. The 138th annual ceremony marked UT’s first in-person graduation ceremony following the virtual ceremony last spring. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
Thank you, to say the least: this Monday, May 31, marks the end of Dr. Mark Escottthe role of Austin interim health authority, as he leaves to become the city chief doctor. Escott guided the Austinites through the COVID-19 crisis in the past 14 months, during which time Austin-Travis County has reported mortality rates that are less than half the rates for Texas and the nation. Former Bastrop County Health Authority, Dr. Desmar walks replaces Escott.
There SAN Goes Again: The Same People Who Banned You From Public Camping Proposal B, Save Austin now launched a new petition to ostensibly support the blue by establishing a minimum police personnel requirements population-based, additional post-cadet classroom training, and more. SAN hopes to get enough signatures (valid, of course) to put an order on the November 2021 ballot.
To hide or not? Austin Public Health no longer proxy face masks, recommending them only, following Gov. Greg Abbottof GA-36 decree prohibiting most government entities and officials from imposing mask warrants.
But his emails! Texas’ largest police union, the Combined Texas Law Enforcement Associations, stirred the fauxraged-cop pot in his appeal this week for the impeachment of the first deputy district attorney Trudy strassburger on an email from Strassburger regarding an open position in the Travis County DA Office Civil Rights Unit. The CRU, which has existed since 2017, investigates and pursues illegal use of force by police officers.
Summer swimming season: Austin Department of Parks and Recreation will start to reopen the selected city splash pads and swimming pools in the coming weeks, including Govalle and Shipe pools. Registration for swimming lessons open this week (austintexas.gov/parksonline).
That being said … As of May 20, Austin has only 20% of his needs 750 rescuers. Extending hours and opening additional swimming pools will not be possible until enough lifeguards have been trained, certified and hired, PARD said. To apply, visit lifeguardaustin.com.
On track: register for Austin Community Collegeof Fast Track Programs more than doubled in a single semester between January and May. Established last summer, the programs aim to quickly rehire underemployed Texans.
Sidewalk hunger kick: Austin ISD is offering free meals to local families and caregivers this summer at everyday and weekly sidewalk meal sites. Children do not need to be registered with AISD to receive meals.
Quote of the week
Photo by John Anderson
“Ding dong Bill is dead. “
– May 26 tweet by State Representative Erin Zwiener, following the happy demise of anti-trans SB 29 in Texas Lege