Central Austin Edition - September 2020

ONLINE AT 2020 PUBLIC EDUCATION EDITION VOLUME 12, ISSUE 11  SEPT. 28OCT. 25, 2020 CENTRAL AUSTIN EDITION

Jewellyn Forrest returned to her 4th grade classroom at Bear Creek Elementary School on Sept. 8 to begin teaching virtually. PRESENT IN PERSON

Austin ISDgrapples with phasing students, teachers back in person

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When the calendar turned to Sept. 8, Austin ISD families headed back to the virtual classroom for the start of the school year as local school districts continued to take precautions to ensure the safety of students and sta due to the coronavirus pandemic. New AISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde told Community Impact Newspaper that the district has been nimble this summer in creating back-to-school plans and has pivoted as needed. This included delaying the start of the school year by three weeks to help with preparation. “There’s no perfect plan [for reopening during COVID- 19], but there are ways to improve, and a little bit more time CONTINUED ON 30

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Austin voter Diane Owens and her husband are voting by mail for the rst time in the 2020 presidential election. They qualify to do so in Texas because they are both over the age of 65, but Owens said it was nervousness over long lines and other risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic that caused her and her husband to skip visiting the polls in person for the rst time. Another factor is protecting her physically disabled eldest son from the virus. “He can also vote by mail. I wish my youngest son could qualify since he is an essential worker and we all live together,” Owens said. However, Texas’ guidelines regarding what qualies as a disability are vague, according to Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir. Voters are not required to give any information about their disability CONTINUED ON 36 Travis County expands voting options, expecting record turnout BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

The Travis County Clerk expects 100,000 voters to request a mail-in ballot for the November election. Voters can hand deliver those ballots to poll workers at any of three drive-thru vote centers, open from Oct. 1 to Nov. 3. The following is an example of the center at 700 Lavaca St. Additional centers are open at 1010 Lavaca St. and 5501 Airport Blvd.

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FROMDEEDA: I often get asked why I left a nearly 10-year career in TV news for print. The answer? I was inspired. In 2005, John and Jennifer Garrett felt something was missing. City leaders were making big decisions; local businesses were being squeezed by large retailers; and a recession was on the horizon. We were in the information age, but no one knew what was happening in their own backyard. This September, the hyperlocal newspaper the Garretts started in their home turns 15, and I’m proud to be part of a company built on a strong foundation of values. This year is certainly testing our values, but it’s also revealing our purpose. We value your readership and are committed to bringing you unbiased, accurate information for free each month for many years into the future. Deeda Lovett, GENERALMANAGER

MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Deeda Lovett, dlovett@communityimpact.com EDITOR Jack Flagler jagler@communityimpact.com REPORTERS Olivia Aldridge, Christopher Neely GRAPHIC DESIGNER Miranda Baker ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Gail Watson METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Travis Baker MANAGING EDITOR Amy Denney ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Haley Grace CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today we operate across ve metropolitan areas, providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA#COMMUNITYPATRON CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE Newspaper’s legacy of local, reliable reporting by making a contribution. Together, we can continue to ensure citizens stay informed and keep businesses thriving. COMMUNITYIMPACT.COMCIPATRON CONTACT US 16225 Impact Way, Ste. 1 Pugerville, TX 78660 • 5129896808 PRESS RELEASES ctanews@communityimpact.com SUBSCRIPTIONS communityimpact.com/subscriptions © 2020 Community Impact Newspaper Co. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction of any portion of this issue is allowed without written permission from the publisher. Please join your friends and neighbors in support of Community Impact SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM

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FROM JACK: When you make a plan to vote, choosing candidates is only part of the decision-making process. You also face other choices: Am I going to mail in my ballot or vote in person? When am I going to go to the polls? Our Voter Guide includes a list of candidates (page 32), polling locations (page 33) and our front-page story on the changes you can expect when voting in Travis County. We hope the information can help with the “how” as much as it does with the “who.” Jack Flagler, EDITOR

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CENTRAL AUSTIN EDITION • SEPTEMBER 2020

STOP THE MONEY TRAIN TO UNAFFORDABILITY

$7 BILLION IS TOO MUCH FOR SOMETHING THAT DOES TOO LITTLE

THEY ARE TELLING YOU A FAIRY TALE :

CAPMETRO PROMISED VOTERS THAT A PORTION OF THE LEANDER-CONVENTION CENTER LINE’S COST WOULD BE PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. Now, CapMetro is making the exact same promise to voters for Project Connect. This is a myth! And if they don’t get those federal dollars, they will still collect the taxes and do as much as they can——with no concrete completion plan.

WHY SHOULD WE TRUST CAPMETRO TO MANAGE A MONUMENTALLY COMPLICATED AND EXPENSIVE PROJECT? They said the Leander-Convention Center line would cost $60 million, but former Senator Kirk Watson said it wound up costing $140 million, 133% more than was promised voters. They’re asking you to vote on a marketing idea, just colored lines on a map, yet no significant engineering or environmental studies have been conducted. Plus, their plan includes a rail line in a tunnel under Congress Avenue, which they say will be very expensive, but they won’t say how expensive because they don’t have a clue. This suggests that Project Connect could wind up NOT costing $7 billion but $16 billion OR MORE. CAPMETRO HAS A DISMAL RECORD OF MANAGING MONEY AND CARING ABOUT SAFETY. A Texas State Legislature investigative staff reported that CapMetro mismanaged $200 million in a reserve fund. They had to delay the opening of the Leander-Convention Center line for two years when federal safety regulators found an improper signal system, unsafe bridges, and other safety problems——all of which added $30 million to the final cost of the line. San Antonio’s transit agency, VIA, moves 20% more riders than CapMetro in a service area that’s twice as big, yet CapMetro spends 42% more per ride. From The Washington Post (August 10) on the D.C. rail system: “Officials use terms like ‘catastrophic’ and ‘Armageddon’ to describe the system’s money woes.”

WHO WILL RIDE THE MONEY TRAIN?

The rail cars will be like all the empty buses we see every day. It will NOT increase the number of riders of public transportation. Too few people live close to the lines. An increasing number of people will be working remotely, and this kind of transport just won’t be necessary. Downtown offices will no longer be a destination for as many workers as CapMetro is putting into its ridership estimates. And don’t forget our weather: Would you walk a mile in Texas heat and cold and rain to a rail stop? PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against being on crowded rail cars, such as the subways in New York City, which are seen as a principal cause of it being the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. The Washington Post: “…They stand on station platforms and at bus stops, nervously waiting for rides in confined spaces with strangers —— prime conditions for spreading the virus. They board thinking the virus could be lurking anywhere —— on subway poles, bus seats or floating in the air around them from another passenger’s uncovered cough or sneeze.”

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If Proposition A with Project Connect Passes…

A 25% PROPERTY TAX INCREASE TO PAY FOR THIS MONEY TRAIN The $460 million And taxes will yet again increase as property values inevitably rise. Landlords will raise rents to cover higher property taxes. $150 million of the APD budget, with a huge reduction in the number of officers on the streets. The mayor and council members obviously don’t care about affordability or public safety. “Active Transportation” bond that’s also on this ballot would cost even more. This is all from the same mayor and council members who are “defunding” and “re-imagining”

Shouldn’t these dollars be spent on Austin’s crumbling water, sewer lines, and roads?

Project Connect’s rail lines will remove miles and miles of traffic lanes, creating even more congestion…

Such as the outside lanes of North and South Lamar, The Drag, Congress, and South Congress. The decades-long construction of the proposed rail lines would make Austin traffic even

more of a nightmare and result in small businesses closing along the rail routes.

How could you possibly benefit personally from this massive hit to your budget and your savings?

Say goodbye to hundreds of parking spaces.

“This election will tell us how much BS Austin voters will believe and how much taxes they will pay to get it.” Retired Travis County Judge Bill Aleshire

Listening to developers and lobbyists, city staff, and small activist groups has put the mayor and council so out of touch with reality. They don’t understand why it’s wrong to raise property taxes by 25% in the middle of a pandemic when so many people are out of work, behind on their mortgage and rent payments, and struggling to meet their necessities. The mayor, a multi-millionaire, got elected promising affordability. Instead, he wants to slam the 65+, the disabled, the retired, and those living paycheck to paycheck with a 25% tax increase.

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NOWOPEN 1 BB.Q Chicken is open in the Crescent development, 6929 Airport Blvd., Austin, as of Aug. 19. The South Korean fried chicken chain started in 1995, expanded to the U.S. in 2006 and now has 60 locations in America. 512-344-9014. www.bbqchickenhighlandvillage.com 2 Chicken Salad Shoppe opened at 7433 Burnet Road, Austin, in August. The restaurant from husband-and-wife team Ivan and Molly Mills started as an idea for a catering company. During the COVID-19 crisis, the owners pivoted to delivering meals to hospital workers before opening their own restaurant. 512-790-7790. www.chickensaladshoppe.com 3 Enchiladas Y Mas opened Aug. 18 at 1911 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. New owners Eva and Carmen Hernandez bought the restaurant from original owners and family members Robert and Mary Martinez, who opened the Tex-Mex spot in 1994. The restaurant had been previously been closed since March. 512-467-7100. www.facebook.com/ enchiladasymasaustin 4 Crux Climbing Center opened its new tness center Aug. 21 at 6015 Dillard Circle, Ste. B, Austin, in the Highland neighborhood. The new 20,627-square-foot climbing gym

includes a yoga studio, a tness area, a kids space and Spokesman Coee Shop—and it will employs 20-30 team members, according to a press release. 512-931-3911. www.cruxclimbingcenter.com 5 Rivery Dental opened in the Crescent development, 6929 Airport Blvd., Ste. 164, Austin, on July 3. Dr. Michelle Wang rst opened her dental practice in Georgetown before expanding to the second location in 6 Chabad of Austin announced Aug. 14 it will move its synagogue and Hebrew Preparatory School to a new property at 3500 Hyridge Road, Austin. Construction began in August to demolish the existing space and set up 8,000 square feet of modular classrooms, according to Rabbi Yosef Levertov. Chabad of Austin’s synagogue is moving from Spicewood Springs Road and its school is moving from Parmer Lane. 512-977-0770. www.chabadaustin.com 7 Local nonprot organization Preservation Austin announced Aug. 17 it will relocate its oces to a property at 3805 Red River St., Austin, in 2022. The nonprot dedicated to historic preservation purchased the house, built in 1947, last year, and has since worked on rehabilitating Austin. 512-626-7019. www.riverydental.com RELOCATIONS

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from late November through Christmas Eve. www.bluegenieartbazaar.shop CLOSINGS 10 I Luv Video owner Conrad Bejarano announced Sept. 1 that he has permanently closed the video rental store at 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin. Bejarano, who came up with the idea for a VHS rental store in 1983 on a visit to Austin, said he hopes he can “pass the torch” to a group or individual interested in keeping the business going. www.iluvvideos.com 11 Luby’s announced Sept. 8 its board of directors voted to liquidate and dissolve the company, distributing the revenue from the sale of all Luby’s and Fuddruckers locations to shareholders. Luby’s has three Austin locations, including one at 8176 N. MoPac, Austin. The company did not announce when its restaurants will close. As of Sept. 20, all 60 Texas locations are open for takeout and dine-in. 512-346-6040. www.lubys.com

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8 Yard Bar , located at 6700 Burnet Road, Austin, is celebrating its ve-year anniversary in September. Owner Kristen Heaney opened the dog park, bar and restaurant space in 2015. Its kitchen is open for takeout and outdoor dining daily from noon-9 p.m., and the dog park is open for members only. 512-900-3773. www.yardbar.com IN THE NEWS 9 Blue Genie Art Bazaar , located at 6100 Airport Blvd., Ste. C, Austin, announced Aug. 19 it has launched a new online store. The new web-based store oers art and gifts from more than 50 artists, and orders ship each Monday and Friday. The bazaar plans to return in 2020 to its storefront, which opens annually

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partners Avery Robinson and Trent Sellers opened Pavement’s rst Austin location on South Lamar Boulevard in August. The rst store opened in Houston in 2011. www.pavement.store IN THE NEWS 6 Pease Park Conservancy announced in July it has completed an 18-month process to develop an interpretive plan for Pease Park, which outlines key themes and storylines in the history of the park that will inform future programming and community engagement. The public park at 1100 Kingsbury St., Austin, is the city’s oldest public park, established in 1875 on land donated by Governor Elisha Pease. 512-777-1632. www.peasepark.org 7 Donn’s Depot , 1600 W. Fifth St., Austin, established a fund as of Aug. 28 in which customers can donate money to keep the bar going during its state-mandated closure. Donn Adelman, who has run the piano bar since 1972, said in a video the community donations can help the bar pay its bills and, hopefully, reopen in the future. “Thank you for being patient with us, and we love every one of you,” Adelman said. 512-478-0336. www.facebook.com/donnsdepot CLOSINGS 8 Tears of Joy , 618 E. Sixth St., Austin, will close its physical location Sept. 30. Joy Burleson started the business as a tamale-making operation in 1988, and three years later, her son Brian Rush moved from Colorado to help

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NOWOPEN 1 Party Barn , located at 3300 Guadalupe St., Austin, opened Aug. 20. New co- owners Robert Ellis and Meador Hall bought the business after the drive-thru beer and wine store initially closed March 30 after 42 years in business. The new owners installed new walls, insulation, coolers and product selections when they reopened the business, according to a social media post. 512-451-8508. www.partybarnatx.com 2 Kung Acupuncture opened Sept. 1 at 812 W. 11th St., Austin. Dr. Debbie Kung left a career in the fashion industry to earn master’s and doctorate degrees in Chinese medicine, then started her practice in New York City before opening her physical location in Austin. 646-373-7341. www.kungacu.com 3 Salt & Time opened its cafe in Republic Square on Aug. 14 at 422 W. Fifth St., Austin. The new location oers outdoor dining and is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. with options on the menu from breakfast to sandwiches, charcuterie boards, beer, wine and cocktails.

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COMING SOON 6 Word of Mouth Bakery will open a second location in October at 1506 S. First St., Austin. The location was formerly the home of Seventh Flag Coee, which closed in July due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. In addition to the lunch and baked goods oered at the original, which remains open at 917 W. 12th St., Austin, plans are in place to oer dinner service, brunch, and beer and wine at the new location. 512-617-8411. www.wordofmouthbakery.com 7 Tso Chinese Delivery will open a new location at 2407 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in early 2021. This is the third location by the local no-tip, delivery-only Chinese restaurant chain, which will allow it to expand its delivery range to the greater South Austin area. The other two Tso locations are in the Cherrywood and Arboretum neighborhoods. www.tsodelivery.com 8 Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy will open a new location Dec. 18 in the Lamar Union development, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in the space that previously housed AT&T. The Austin-based franchise oers a variety of wellness services including cryotherapy—a treatment involving cold temperatures—and IV drip therapy, which helps provide proper hydration. www.restore.com NAME CHANGE 9 Austin Women’s Boxing Club will be the new name of the gym at 2919 Menchaca Road, Ste. 210, Austin. As of mid-September, the all-womens gym formerly called Austin Boxing Babes was in the process of the change. Instructor Ashley Bazan said the new name will align with the mission of the gym, which oers boxing and martial arts classes to women from beginners to those ready for

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NOWOPEN 1 Bishop Cidercade opened Aug. 28 at 600 E. Riverside Drive, Austin. The 13,000-square-foot space features more than 150 arcade games that are free to play after a $10 admission fee along with 30 ciders, wines and hard kombucha on draft. The space also features an outdoor patio. Beginning at 8 p.m., the location allows customers 21 years of age and older. 214-364-7728. www.cidercade.com 2 Sweetgreen opened its rst Austin location Aug. 12 at 1007 S. Congress Ave. The salad and grain bowl-focused restaurant has more than 100 locations nationwide, including two that opened in Houston last year. Sweetgreen will open another Austin location, on The Drag, later this fall. 737-255-8900. www.sweetgreen.com 3 Tuft & Needle opened Aug. 15 at 1011 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 130, Austin. The business started in 2012 as an online mattress shop and has since expanded to nine brick-and-mortar locations. Its locations are open by reservation only—customers can make 40-minute appointments to test mattresses and ask questions at the store. 877-842-2586. www.tuftandneedle.com

4 Everlane opened a new location at 1011 S. Congress Ave., Bldg. 1, Austin, Sept. 2. This is the seventh location for the clothing retailer in the U.S. and the rst in Austin. The store also has locations in New York, California and Boston. The new Austin store is limiting the amount of customers inside the store and taking other safety measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. www.everlane.com 5 National chain Zero Degrees opened at 4211 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A3, Austin, Sept. 21. The chain oers an Asian- Hispanic fusion menu specializing in fruit slushy drinks and blended beverages, coees and teas. The food menu includes elotes, corn dishes and fried snacks including chicken wings. 512-291-3637. www.zerodegreescompany.com Sweet Pea , an Austin company that sells lunches for children who are learning virtually at home or in a pod, launched Sept. 8, the rst day of virtual learning in Austin ISD. Founder Nicole Fabian previously worked as operations manager for Revolution Foods, a company based in California that makes healthy school food. Parents choosing Sweet Pea’s meals can opt for vegetarian and gluten-free options. www.sweetpeadelivers.com

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prior to its cancellation due to COVID-19 precautions, was originally scheduled to take place Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10 at Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Ne Road, Austin. Details on the lineup will be available on the company’s website. www.aclfestival.com 11 The Austin Parks Foundation has announced a contest to rename the Zilker Park train , which will be returning in summer 2021 to the park at 2207 Lou Ne Road, Austin. It was known as the Zilker Eagle from its beginnings in 1961 to 1997, when its name changed to the Zilker Zephyr following a contest held by the city. The train has not run since 2019, when operations were ceased at the park due to track erosion. The community submitted name ideas through Sept. 21, and voting will open for the nal selection Sept. 30. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org/zilker-train

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10 The Austin City Limits Music Festival will present a free virtual broadcast Oct. 9-11, according to an email sent Sept. 17. ACL Fest, which had run in Austin every year since 2002

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NOWOPEN 1 Buddy’s Burger opened in July at 9001 Cameron Road, Ste. 101, Austin. The local burger restaurant was started by family members Saad, Isha and Zain Fidai. Saad Fidai is a recent graduate of the University of Houston, and Zain and Isha Fidai are students at the University of Texas. They say they plan to expand to more locations in the Austin area soon. 512-401-3325. www.buddysburger.com 2 H-E-B opened a new food hall and bar on Aug. 25 at its Mueller location, 1801 E. 51st St., Austin. The new space includes six restaurants serving barbecue, tacos, grilled cheese or Japanese food. The space also includes Roots Chicken Shak, a duck fat fried chicken restaurant from Dallas-based Chef Tiany Derry, who appeared on the Bravo TV show “Top Chef.” 512-474-2199. www.heb.com 3 The Soup Peddler opened its rst East Austin location Sept. 1 1401 Rosewood Ave., Austin. The soup, smoothie and healthy food spot has ve other locations open for to-go service in Austin. Owner David Ansel started the business in 2002, delivering soup around South Austin on his bicycle. 512-444-7687. www.souppeddler.com 4 Gyu-Kaku opened at 1211 E. Fifth St.,

Austin on Aug. 18. The Japanese restaurant has locations in 18 states and Canada, including six other restaurants in Texas. During its soft opening, it is open 5-9 p.m. for parties of up to six. 737-209-0531. www.gyu-kaku.com 6 High Noon , located at 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, opened Sept. 11. The new bar at the former location of Craftsman bills itself as a blend of retro and psychedelic styles. On its Facebook page, it is described as “part West Texas, part West World.” www.highnoonaustin.com COMING SOON 6 Gravity ATX , a new housing development with 90 one- and two- bedroom condo and townhome units, will break ground this fall at 4901 Springdale Road, Austin. The four-acre property is being developed by Legacy Communities, a residential real estate developer based in the Austin area, along with Arizona-based Diamond Ventures and is scheduled to nish in fall 2021. 512-337-6683 www.gravityatx.com RELOCATIONS 7 Downtown Austin Community Court temporarily moved its case management services from the court building at

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719 E. Sixth St., Austin to the Austin Public Library Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St. in August. The court handles public order oenses and oers case management services. The number of people seeking those services has increased since March, necessitating the move to the larger library space so individuals can wait inside safely and sta can be added onsite. 512-974-4879. 8 East side Korean restaurant Oseyo re-opened for dining service for the rst time since April on Aug. 14 with a new courtyard space at its restaurant location, 1628 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. The space oers options for guests to make reservations—one in a traditional sit-down environment and one for a more relaxed, lounge-style meal. 512-368-5700. www.oseyoaustin.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 Sushi restaurant Fukumoto , 514 Medina St., Austin, is celebrating its ve-year anniversary in September. Chef Kazu Fukumoto got his start at Austin sushi spot Musashino Sushi www.austintexas.gov EXPANSIONS

Dokoro before starting his own venture, which—in addition to sushi—specializes in yakitori, or skewered meat cooked over Japanese charcoal. Fukumoto is open for dine-in Thursday through Saturday and take-out Monday through Saturday. 512-770-6880. www.fukumotoaustin.com CLOSINGS 10 The North Door , 501 Brushy St., Austin, announced its permanent closure on Sept. 11. The owners of live music and events venue said in a statement they "held on as long as possible" but were forced to close in the midst of "dark times that are decimating one business after another out there." According to the statement, the owners plan to return to the business in the future under a new name. www.ndvenue.com 11 The Brewer’s Table , located at 4715 E. Fifth St., Austin, announced its closure as of July 9. “I’m a lucky man. I was aorded the rare opportunity to have a dream come true and I’m eternally grateful to so many people that have been a part of this journey with me,” wrote owner Jake Maddux on Facebook. The restaurant and brewery opened in 2018.

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Capital Metro plans to establish police force by 2022, reduce reliance onAPD

Ever since Capital Metro’s beginnings in the 1980s, the public transportation network has relied on o-duty Austin Police Department ocers to handle security along the transit lines. That force started with four part-time ocers in 1988. Now, approximately 160 o-duty ocers work security for Capital Metro. Population growth is not slowing down— Austin surpassed 1 million residents this summer, according to projections from the city demographer—and Capital Metro is eyeing a potential expansion of its network if voters approve Project Connect on Nov. 3. In that environment, continuing to bolster the ranks with part-time APD ocers is not a permanent solution for public transportation security, according to Capital Metro

year 2020-21 budget process with a $1.1 million reallocation that will allow the agency to begin hiring non-sworn sta. In 2021, Capital Metro would seek approval from the Texas Legislature to give its ocers more authority to enforce the law anywhere along its public transit routes. Police ocers do have the authority to enforce the law across Texas, but that power is limited, and Capital Metro would need to expand those abilities before bringing on additional sta. Finally, in the FY 2021-22 budget, Capital Metro would look to hire its police chief and police ocers. Jamail said the plan is to land somewhere between San Diego’s model, which has one sworn ocer, and Denver’s, which has 15. The rest of the ocers would be

EXPANDING THE FORCE Since its inception in the 1980s, Capital Metro has relied on o-duty Austin Police Department ocers to provide security. Leaders of the transit agency say the time has come for Capital Metro to hire its own force.

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non-sworn, and there would still be a presence of APD part-time ocers, although that number would be signicantly reduced. After the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Michael Ramos in Austin in police custody, national and local conversations have taken place around the relationship

Security Director Darryl Jamail. Instead, Jamail said, the public transportation network needs its own police force. That force would include a chief who is able to hire a small number of sworn ocers—those authorized to carry a badge and a gun—as well as a larger number of non-sworn, unarmed security ocers who

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Metro’s ability to hire part-time ocers, Jamail said. However, any time APD has to invest extra resources into its own patrol, it reduces the number of o-duty cops who are available to work Capital Metro security shifts. Capital Metro President and CEO Randy Clarke told the operations, planning and safety committee in July the public transit agency does not have the support it needs. “[APD ocers] are great men and women that come and help us when we need them; however, there’s an inconsistency issue we deal with because they are not our sta, and they are police ocers doing transit policing, transit public safety work as part-time,” Clarke said.

can respond to calls for issues that do not require an armed patrol ocer. Those ocers could respond to minor infractions such as fare evasion, or customer- reported calls of suspicious activity. O-duty APD ocers respond to those calls now, but Capital Metro is looking at whether it can nd a better option. “Austin historically has doubled every 20 years. At this point, we need ocers that are full-time employees, have institutional knowledge and can be here 40 hours a week,” Jamail said. According to a presentation Jamail gave to Capital Metro’s operations, planning and safety committee July 15, building the Capital Metro police department would take place in phases. The process started this summer in the scal

between police ocers and the communities they serve. Capital Metro’s process is not a reaction to the protests that began this summer, Jamail said. Rather, he said, the challenge of how to make policing more eective by “not using police ocers for every job that could be done by somebody else” is one that has been ongoing for decades. “There are a lot of functions with regards to security that don’t require the specialized training a police ocer gets,” Jamail said. In August, Austin City Council cut about $20 million immediately from APD’s budget and reallocated other funds to reduce the department budget by $150 million overall for FY 2020-21. Those changes have not aected Capital

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