Southwest Austin - Dripping Springs Edition | July 2020


News from Travis County & Austin


Austin City Council Meets Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. 301 W. Second St., Austin city-council Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin commissioners-court Dripping Springs City Council Meets Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. 511 Mercer St., Dripping Springs Sunset Valley City Council Meets Aug. 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley Meetings may be held virtually and not in person MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk proposed a budget July 13 that includes an $11.3 million reduction in police spending, falling short of the $100 million in cuts suggested by the Austin Justice Coalition, a local racial justice group. $11.3M

Countysetsmaskne, prepares convention center for patients TRAVIS COUNTY From the beginning of March through the end of May, Travis County saw a total of 3,360 conrmed COVID-19 cases. However, a spike in cases added 6,265 new conrmations in June, and the June total was surpassed in the rst two weeks of July alone. Due to the increase in cases and hospitalizations, Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, issued public safety orders in July that included an enforceable $2,000 ne for those in the county who do not wear face coverings in public. Although there is not a current need in the metropolitan area, with hospitals at about 77% capacity as of July 20, health ocials set up the Austin Convention Center as a eld hospital beginning July 21 to be able to take COVID-19 patients in the future.

RESULTS local election 2020

The following results are from elections that took place July 14. Runo election winners will represent their parties in the November general election. Travis County attorney (D) Delia Garza: 56.49% Laurie Eiserloh: 43.51% Garza is running unopposed in Nov. State representative, District 45 (R) Carrie Isaac: 64.87% Kent “Bud” Wymore: 35.13% Will face incumbent Democrat Erin Zwiener State representative, District 47 (R) Will face incumbent Democrat Vikki Goodwin and Libertarian candidate Michael Clark State Board of Education, District 5 (R) Lani Popp: 77.94% Robert Morrow: 22.06% Will face Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Libertarian Stephanie Berlin Justin Berry: 54.57% Jennifer Fleck: 45.43%


State Senate District 14 Sarah Eckhardt (D): 49.66% Eddie Rodriguez (D): 33.84% Don Zimmerman (R): 13.04% Waller Thomas Burns II (R): 1.21% Je Ridgeway (I): 1.16% Pat Dixon (L): 1.09% Eckhardt and Rodriguez will face each other for the position in a runo election that has not yet been scheduled.


Travis County commissioner Precinct 3 (D) Ann Howard: 65.24% Valinda Bolton: 34.76% Will face Republican Becky Bray Travis County district attorney (D) Jose Garza: 68.3% Margaret Moore: 31.7% Will face Republican Martin Harry


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