Political rhetoric over prop a intensifies as early voting begins

The Carver Library in East Austin was used as the backdrop on Monday for an opposition Prop A rally.

“How many Breonna Taylors, how many more Mike Ramos we really need before we realize we can’t fight our way out of public safety,” said Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition.

This issue was initially addressed almost 2 years ago when Austin City Council diverted $ 150 million from the ODA budget to other programs. This new vision of law enforcement resulted in the closure of a cadet class at the police academy, as well as several special police units.

The city recently put more money back into the ODA budget, and at the rally on Monday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler made it clear where he wanted to do more. “Let me start with the fact that this is an irresponsible and reckless proposal,” said Mayor Adler.

Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea were part of Monday’s rally. They were joined by Pro-Mayor Natasha Harper Madison who said prop A is a form of racism and will result in the closure of parks as well as libraries.

“You have nothing to lose in making the necessary investments in communities and compromising this facility, this asset, in order to advance an agenda so deeply rooted, so deeply rooted in supremacy.”

The group even sent a warning to members of its own political party. “And any Democrat who texts or calls you for Proposition A is a liar,” Travis Co Democratic Party Chair Katie Naranjo said.

This latest accusation was taken as a personal blow by Cleo Petricek.

“I take it absolutely personally, because I’m the co-founder of Save Austin Now. I’m a proud Democrat, I only voted Democrats, and it has nothing to do with party politics or even the racial issue, my community, the latin american community has been at the forefront of the police personnel crisis. 72% of the murders today in Ben Austin have been black and brown victims, “said Petricek.

Save Austin Now wants the ODA staffing level to return to what was budgeted for in 2019. In addition to setting a standard of 2 officers per 1,000 residents, the measure would also require more training in de-escalation tactics and more. interaction with the community.

The measure, supporters say, will cost around $ 35 million. But city officials say the estimate could reach $ 120 million.

“So apparently we had the money 2 years ago, what happened. How could we all of a sudden not find the money? It’s a scare tactic,” said Petricek.

Early voting runs until October 29. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.

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