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Austin leaders addressing apparent hate crimes
NOV. 18 - NOV. 27*
BY DARCY SPRAGUE
New development applications will not be accepted in the city or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
one million 911 calls the department receives, even a small increase in the numbers can feel like a large percentage shift. “Just one is too many,” Chacon said. Elizalde told Community Impact Newspaper that the district is working to provide support students and reviewing its safety measures in light of the recent incidents. Police arrested a suspect in the arson case on Nov. 10.
Law enforcement, faith leaders, and city and state officials gathered Nov. 1 to address recent antisemitic acts across Austin. The Interfaith Action of Central Texas organized the event at the Dell Jewish Community Center. Attendees included Mayor Steve Adler, several state and local representatives, Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde and law enforcement leaders. “That hate [that] exists at the fringes of society is not the danger,” Adler said. “The danger is that that hate spreads.” The incidents include a fire at Congregation Beth Israel that investigators believe could be arson, a banner containing an antisemitic message hung over a bridge on MoPac, and antisemitic words and symbols that were found spray-painted at Anderson High School. Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said each incident is being investigated separately, but police have not ruled out a possible connection. “I am very concerned with the fact that we have seen so many [potential hate crimes] and so recently,” Chacon said. Chacon said given the relatively small number of hate crimes, compared to the more than
Dripping Springs enacts developmentmoratorium *THE CITY IS CONSIDERING EXTENDING THE MORATORIUM SOURCE: CITY OF DRIPPING SPRINGS/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
BY MAGGIE QUINLAN
The city of Dripping Springs announced a pause on all new housing and commercial developments, stating the city has reached its wastewater capacity, on Nov. 10. As of press time Nov. 15, the temporary moratorium is set to take effect Nov. 18-27. This means the city will not accept applications for new developments in the city or its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Applicants will have the option to apply for exceptions or waivers if the moratorium is extended past Nov. 27. “Our goal is to protect the treasured quality of life we have all come to know and love,” Dripping Springs Mayor Bill Foulds said. Foulds said the temporary moratorium will allow the city time to develop a plan and ensure local ordinances and regulations are appropriate for addressing rapid population growth.
HATE CRIMES OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS
The Austin Police Department has a robust process for determining when to classify a crime as at hate crime, Chief Joseph Chacon said. Below is the number of hate crimes APD has identified each year.
*AS OF SEPT. 10
SOURCE: AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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