Austin News and Views #15 – 8/15/11

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AUSTIN NEWS & VIEWS

August 15, 2011

Hosted by Thom White & SMiles Lewis

Special Guest: Debbie Russell

LOCAL NEWS stories: City Council holds meeting at Water Treatment Plant No. 4, and Formula One organizers admit Austin race date is actually in November 2012

Debbie’s commentary on WTP4, F1 subsidies, downtown parking meter extension, school districts budgets (her new Del Valle school board position)…

 

BIG BROTHER IS HERE, COMING SOON TO DOWNTOWN AUSTIN –

APD’s “REAL TIME CRIME CENTER”:

KVUE news: At Rundberg and IH-35:

“Four cameras installed in late July pan and zoom at the hands of nine Austin Police Department officers based at the department’s new Real Time Crime Center at headquarters downtown…. The footage recorded on the Rundberg Lane cameras is kept for seven days. … By Halloween, 29 cameras will be up in the downtown area.”

 

TRAFFIC NEWS:

Red Light Cameras LOSING MONEY in 2011 for City of Austin – Drivers wising up to red light cameras?

“In 2009 the city issued 14,819 tickets based on pictures taken by the red light cameras. In 2010 that number dipped by more than 2,000 to 12,773. So far this fiscal year which ends Sept. 30, 7,218 have received a ticket in the mail…. So far this year the city has lost $36,170.  The reason: the city has to pay RedFlex , the company that operates the camera, a fixed cost of $584,400 this year.”

Police are now using undercover live human being police officers to catch red light runners at intersections with highest incidence of red light accidents.  RedFlex of Arizona is contractor that runs red light cameras in Austin .

 

Wider sidewalks on Sixth Street , Fewer Lanes?

Will there be new squeeze on drivers in downtown trying to cross through on 6thStreet ?

 

SMILES SPECIAL REPORT:

AlterNet contributor explores “6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People: From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.”

What does this mean for Democracy and Public Protests?

 

Headlines

6th Street makeover still in planning and design stages

http://www.kvue.com/news/6th-Street-makeover-still-in-planning-and-design-stages-127349123.html

Rundberg cameras lead to 3 arrests, monitoring center unveiled

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Rundberg-surveillance-cameras-lead-to-three-arrests-monitoring-center-unveiled-127271253.html

 

APD to open Real Time Crime Center

http://www.kvue.com/home/APD-to-open-Real-Time-Crime-Center-119505309.html

 

Accused State Capitol shooter pleads guilty

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/The-accused-State-Capitol-shooter-heads-to-court-127223723.html

FLASHBACK … CenTex 2nd Amendment PsyOps? Gunplay at Texas Capitol

City losing money on red light cameras

Reduction in crashes makes up for loss

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/city-losing-money-on-red-light-cameras

 

The city’s contract with RedFlex last until Spring of 2013.

APD putting the brakes on red light runners

by NOELLE NEWTON / KVUE News

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/APD-putting-the-brakes-on-red-light-runners-127330773.html

 

6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People

From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.

http://www.alternet.org/story/151864/6_creepy_new_weapons_the_police_and_military_use_to_subdue_unarmed_people?akid=7359.222309.JRbjKY&rd=1&t=2

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