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After Austin Animal Center reached capacity for medium and large dogs last week, staff called on the community to help reunite loose dogs with their owners and held an adoption event on Saturday the 12th. February. All adoption fees continue to be waived. (Photo by Jana Birchum)
It’s time: Early voting in the March 1 primaries is officially running until February 25 (the polling stations will be closed on Monday February 21, in accordance with President’s Day). See our list of early voting sitesand check out the the Chronicleit’s endorsements.
In Union there is strength: industrial workers of the world announced that Alamo Drafthouseit’s South Lamar Lighthouse Location form a union. As the the Chronicle in press on Wednesday, February 16, no other sites had joined in the organizing effort. All Austin locations are directly owned by the Drafthouse, but many others across the country are owned by different franchise companies and are expected to form a separate union. Read more.
Boiling pots: A Full review began to determine the events that led to the operational error at Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, that provoked the whole city boil water advisory. Over the next 30 days, Austin Water will implement procedures to facilitate communications between shift changes, as well as communication escalation to superintendents, management and plant management personnel when issues arise, according to the utility. Read more.
Happy Trails: In partnership with the Hill Country Conservatory, Austin Public Works‘ Urban Trails Program will begin the construction of North Purple Crown Trail this week. The new 1-mile section will stretch from Home Depot Boulevard to MoPac. Founded by mobility obligations and Capital Region Metropolitan Planning Organizationthe project is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Run these streets: the austin marathon takes place this Sunday, February 20. The race starts at Congress Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street and ends near the Texas Capitol at Congress Avenue and Ninth Street. Numerous the streets will be closed to traffic Sunday. Alternate routes include MoPac, Lamar Boulevard, and I-35 for north-south traffic and Koenig Street, 45th Street, US 183, and Hwy. 71/US 290 for east-west traffic. To learn more, visit youraustinmarathon.com/traffic.
Connect the dots: local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pleasant Valley Rapid Subway line in southeast Austin. The route is one of four new MetroRapid lines included in the Connect Project project program. It will cross East Austin from Mueller to the future Goodnight Ranch Park & Ride.
Here it is again: Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton has followed Facebook (now known as Meta) for allegedly “capturing and using the biometric data of millions of Texans without properly obtaining their informed consent to do so, in violation of Texas law,” according to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
quote of the week
“Today marks the beginning of many steps the city must take to restore public confidence.”
—Council member Paige Ellis at a special meeting of city council to investigate last week’s boil water advisory. Read more.