78.7 F
College Station
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Texas Group Launches Petition To Fight Austin’s Defund The Police Movement

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

A bipartisan nonprofit group in Austin, Texas, is in the process of obtaining petition signatures for an ordinance that would push back on the City Council’s vote last year to slash up to $150 million from the police department. It immediately cut $20 million and has continued to reallocate money.

After taking part in the effort to pass Proposition B — a law that reinstated a camping ban downtown and in surrounding areas — Save Austin Now seeks to address the city’s lurch toward lawlessness and disorder. The Council voted unanimously to cut the budget last August amid the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots that plagued the country.

Since 2015, Austin has witnessed a 124 percent increase in gun-related crimes. As of two months ago, Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the city could be on track for the most homicides ever in a year. “We haven’t seen these types of homicide rates since the 1990s, and if we continue at this rate there is potential that we could have the most murders that we have ever seen in our city,” said Chacon. “That is not a statistic that we want to see happening.”

“Austin has never been less safe than it is today and we must make Austin safer for everyone who lives here,” Save Austin Now’s co-founders Matt Mackowiak and Cleo Petricek told The Federalist in a joint statement. “The unconscionable 11-0 city council vote in September 2020 cut up to one-third of the police budget ($150 million) and it is having disastrous effects on our city. Homicides are on track to double last year’s all-time record. Our current police staffing level is equal to 2008, when Austin was 45% as large as it is today. Attrition is harming readiness and response times. Police morale is at an all-time low. We cannot recruit, retain, or pay overtime. Thankfully, we can fix this. Mayor Steve Adler and the City Council have once again made our city less safe and they refuse to admit it. We will again clean up their mess.”

The proposed ordinance would require a minimum

Continue reading on thefederalist

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Abbott Announces Special Session Starting July 8

Just a few weeks after the regular legislative session came to a close, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of multiple special sessions would...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Request Medicaid Expansion in Special Session

On Monday, a bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, asking him to put the topic of Medicaid...

Autopsy Report: Property Taxes Will Continue to Rise in Texas

As Texans’ property taxes continue to rise, the Texas Legislature took no decisive action to lower them across the board. Three experts discuss what...

Sid Miller Declines Run for Governor, Will Seek Re-Election

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced this week he would run for a third term in 2022, putting to rest any speculation that he...

Polling Shows Wright Leading Ellzey in July Congressional Runoff

North Texas temperatures are heating up this summer, but the competition for an open seat in Congress may be cooling down as polling shows...

Continue reading on thefederalist