It’s been a tough start to the week here in Austin. Police said two other people were shot dead in a motel outside Jollyville after a shooting in southeast Austin on Sunday evening in which a man was killed in an argument over a woman. According to police, a man was killed and a woman was hospitalized in the incident.
Hours earlier, yesterday morning, a man was shot dead and sustained life-threatening injuries in the Windsor Park neighborhood. Austin public safety advocates praise the recent appointment of the new interim chief of the Austin Police Department.
New head of APD
If the city council approves, APD deputy chief Joe Chacon will head the department after outgoing chief Brian Manley officially retired this weekend. Corby Jastrow of the Greater Austin Crime Commission says Chacon will oversee the department as public safety reform efforts continue, and hopefully with council approval, new police cadet classes.
“Our police department urgently needs cadets and is expanding our police force, and we hope that this will happen on Thursday,” says Jastrow.
A restart of the academy will help improve Austin’s crime rate and increase police response times
Living conditions in prisons
Governor Greg Abbott continues to rant the Biden government about living conditions in federal penitentiaries in Texas. A former camp for oil field workers in Midland is used by the government as a detention center for up to 700 migrant children. Governor Abbott says he received updates on a daily basis.
“They didn’t have enough running water. The reason I’m saying this is because the source of water they wanted to use was well water that hasn’t been used for a while. They were informed that in that particular region of Texas, if that well water seeps away, it could even contain arsenic, ”Abbott says.
Abbott sends the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to investigate. The government shipped bottled water.
Homeless hotel at Candlewood Suites
Some local leaders have testified the capital in support of two bills tabled by Georgetown State Senator Charles Schwertner. The bills are in response to Austin’s recent purchase of the Candlewood Suites Hotel in Williamson County for homeless shelters.
Judge Bill Gravell tells Fox 7 that the city did not discuss the purchase with the county at the time and made no effort to do so weeks later.
“I just want to make it clear, City of Austin, that you should work with us. If not, you will face the consequences. And today is one of those consequences, ”says Schwertner.
SB-796 would require a public hearing before such a project would be approved. SB-646 would require cities to write a plan and submit it to counties for approval
As for the coronavirus, active cases in Travis County fell to 1,083 last day as hospital stays remained nearly unchanged. 151 people in the hospital today. 76,423 people have recovered from the 78,308 confirmed cases.
Austin Public Health and Meals on Wheels Partner to Deliver Vaccines to Seniors in the Home Country. Pam Morgan is 72 years old. She was among the first to get vaccinated through this program, and she says she has not been able to go to a grocery store for at least eight months.
“I was afraid to come out of the house. I was afraid to let someone in. Now I feel a little more secure, ”she says.
Austin Public Health’s mobile vaccination programs have vaccinated 66 people and the home vaccine will be distributed every Monday for the next several weeks.
AstraZeneca’s clinical vaccine study shows 79% effectiveness in preventing covid symptoms. But in Europe, the vaccine was actually withdrawn because of blood clot concerns. Dr. John Carlo of the Texas Medical Association says he didn’t see a higher prevalence of blood clots in humans in the US studies.
“These studies in the US show no cases of abnormal blood clotting or anything that would be of concern in the US at this point,” says Carlo.
AstraZeneca is expected to seek emergency approval from the FDA sometime next month.
The Wimberley School Board has decided not to override the mask requirements on campus. After more than three hours of public comment last night, the Boards decided to postpone any decision to the next meeting in April. However, many people seem to be in favor of abolishing mask requirements altogether.