Austin ISD awarded cash for licensed psychological well being professionals

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Independent School District received $ 248,245 in federal grants to hire licensed mental health professionals (LMHP) to join its police department.

According to the district, the scholarship will fund two contracted part-time LMHPs who answer and evaluate high-risk crisis calls on topics such as trauma, mental health, and suicide.

The district believes that the additional assistance with crisis intervention will result in safer solutions for all involved, while officials with live experience in crisis intervention will be available alongside a licensed professional. This is due to the fact that district police are seeing an increase in calls for mental illnesses.

“Incidents of domestic violence and child abuse have increased, and some of our calls are related and other calls are just people struggling to deal with,” said Sergeant Wayne Sneed, who oversees the department’s mental health department .

Sneed has campaigned for this change for the past ten years.

The district says another goal of the two personnel additions is to continue anti-bias training and verbal de-escalation techniques. In collaboration with the LMHPs, the AISD Police Department hopes to develop training videos and materials and make them available on an online platform for officer training.

Financing takes place through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services as part of the Community Policing Development Program.

Austin suburb rolls onto Cash’s listing of finest locations to dwell in 2021

According to a major US publication, a suburb of Austin is really rocky.

Round Rock, the booming community north of Austin, is ranked 25th in the new issue of Money magazine List of 50 best places to live in USA

Money notes that Round Rock – who, yes, folks, was named after a literal round rock in the 19th century – ranks widely on the national list for its abundance of housing options, robust educational opportunities, and low property taxes, which is likely what the nearby Austinites are likely to do covet.

In addition to its # 25 ranking, Round Rock, home of tech giant Dell, ranks first on the Money list in terms of projected employment growth through 2025. This is all good news for the suburb that doesn’t even deserve a spot on the list last year.

Other Texan communities that Money has named on its list of top places to live include the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound (No. 4) and Frisco (No. 19), although Money says it is “to keep the list interesting” , the top disqualified five finishers as of 2020, including Texas Spot Rockwall.

Chanhassen, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, ranks # 1 this year.

For the list, Money looked at communities with a population of 25,000 to 500,000. Around 133,000 people live in Round Rock, according to the US Census Bureau.

The magazine then narrowed the list down to 50 cities based on factors such as:

  • Crime rate.

  • The middle income.

  • Growth of population.

  • Diversity.

  • Cost of living.

  • Economic opportunity.

  • Education.

  • Furnishing.

  • Health and safety.

  • Real estate market.

  • Life quality.

Leon Bridges brings soul and magnificence to ‘Austin Metropolis Limits’ taping

Leon Bridges may be a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and recording artist – but he also knows a thing or two about fashion.

Towards the end of Tuesday’s recording of Austin City Limits on ACL Live, the Fort Worth soulful sensation recalled its first appearance on the program five years ago. He had bought a smart blue blazer for the occasion, combine it with light brown trousers and a red and gold tie for an ensemble that he obviously regretted in retrospect. “I hope I did better this time,” he said to the crowd with a smile.

Good yes. In a flawless black leather suit with pants that flared wide at the ankles, Bridges exuded more style than about 99 percent of the performers who have appeared on the program in five decades.

Bridges may have grabbed the world’s attention with a butter-and-silk voice applied to heartfelt original songs, but his attention to sartorial eloquence is clearly part of the appeal. Namely: After Bridges played in front of a full house at Stubb’s on Sunday, flew to New York for the famous Met Gala, the opened the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday. And then flew back here for the “Austin City Limits” recording on Tuesday.

All of this is an integral part of the artistic presentation and identity of Bridges, who released his third album in six years this summer. “Gold-Diggers Sound”, recorded in the hotel / bar studio of the same name in Los Angeles, delves deeper into the R&B and soul territory that he advanced with “Good Thing” from 2018 after his debut “ Coming Home “started in 2015 with a comparatively more popular aesthetic.

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He played the entire “Coming Home” on his first “ACL” tape in 2016, so he understandably reduced the material from this record to just the title track and his signature song “River” at the end of an 80-minute set . The focus this time was clearly on the new album. Bridges played everything from “Gold-Diggers Sound”, supported by a great seven-person crew consisting of guitarists Brandon Thomas and Kenny Wayne Hollingsworth, bassist Josh Crumbly, drummer Brandon Combs, keyboardist / saxophonist Josh Johnson and backing singers Brittni Jessie and Brandon Marcel .

Everyone followed Bridges’ sharp dressing example, especially Jessie, whose combination of crop top, sparkling silver pants and sleek hat could have eclipsed the front man’s clothes. She has been a magnetic presence throughout, suggesting it might only be a matter of time before we see her own career.

Among the highlights of the new album were “Why Don’t You Touch Me,” a deeply touching, heartbreaking ballad; the current single “Motorbike”, driven by highly danceable syncopated rhythms; and “Sweeter”, which he released a year ago after the death of George Floyd (“Why am I scared with skin dark as the night / Can’t feel peace with those judgmental eyes”).

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Bridges also appeared in six songs on “Good Thing”. The clear highlight was “Beyond”, his most successful radio single to date, and an instantly memorable pop song that most of the crowd sang along with. Surprisingly, he didn’t play the album’s opening track, Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand, which won a Grammy for traditional R&B performance.

The performance was streamed live on the program’s website. It is cut to half an hour for a November 6 TV episode that he shares with Houston’s Khruangbin, who recorded the show Monday night and worked with Bridges on the 2020 EP “Texas Sun”.

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Leon Bridge’s Austin City Limits setlist:

1. Shy

2. Steam

3. Why don’t you touch me?

4. You don’t know

5. Born again

6. Details

7. Motorcycle

8. Magnolias

9. Blue tables

10. Lions

11. Beyond

12. Sweetheart

13. Don’t worry

14. Sho Nuff

15. Bad bad news

16. Come home

17. River

Austin eating places assist increase cash for Louisiana fisherman affected by Hurricane Ida

AUSTIN (KXAN) – On Monday night, Austin restaurants teamed up to serve fishermen hit by Hurricane Ida.

A benefit tasting was held at Justine’s Secret House to raise funds.

Adam Brick works for a seafood-based wholesale company in central Texas. He helped organize the event.

According to Brick, many local restaurants work with a select group of fishermen in southwest Louisiana – many of whom lost their boats during Ida.

“All we are trying to do is get the fishermen paid so they can focus and make the right decisions to get their boats fishing again. And they can focus on their families and they can focus on doing the right things and not have to worry about getting a paycheck in the next few weeks or something, ”Brick said.

brick has also set up a GoFundMe for Austinites who want to help.

To date, $ 2,100 has been raised online. The goal is $ 20,000.

Civil rights leaders and Beto O’Rourke plan Selma-style march to Austin

National proxies, Texas Democrats and political leaders, including former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, are organizing a three-day march next week commemorating the 1960s civil rights movement in central Texas, in hopes of putting more pressure on Republicans voting for new elections are pushing restrictions in Texas.

“It is time to nationalize what is going on in Texas,” said Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the new Campaign for the Poor, which grew out of a group organized by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. became.

Barber, who led North Carolina’s campaign against election restriction laws, said the 27-mile march in Texas would begin Wednesday morning in Georgetown and end on July 31 at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the late U.S. – MPs John Lewis and others were beaten by the police.

Dozens of civil rights groups in Texas and across the country have already pledged to join the march in hopes of getting Congress to pass national laws to protect voter rights amid a series of Republican-led efforts at state houses across the country.

“This is a crucial moment for democracy,” said O’Rourke in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, which promoted the march. “If you want to be in this fight and not just sit on the sidelines, you have to be in Austin by the 31st.”

O’Rourke’s Powered By People Political Action Committee is one of the organizers promoting the event.

He said that showing up in sufficient numbers can help Congress enforce a national voter protection law that would replace Texas’s restrictive electoral laws. In a US Senate in which the Democrats have a slim majority, election protection laws in Congress have stalled.

In particular, Barber said she wanted the Senate to end its filibuster rules, pass new voting laws, and a national minimum wage of $ 15, among other things.


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Texas Republicans say Democrats and others are wrong when they accuse them of promoting laws that suppress suffrage and disenfranchise people of color. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who heads the Texas Senate, said Wednesday that the legislation extends early election times in most Texas counties and does not include earlier provisions that shorten early Sunday election times or make it easier to hold elections tilt.

“It’s not about voter suppression,” said Patrick during a press conference on Wednesday.

That said, the Texan Senate’s newest voting law, Senate Bill 1, ends nightly voting hours as offered in Houston and San Antonio in 2020. It would also ban drive-through polling stations in Houston and prevent election officials from sending postal ballot applications to voters who did not request them – something Houston officials tried during the pandemic.

Though the Texas Senate passed SB1, the bill can’t go into effect as the Texas House Democrats fled the state last week, leaving that chamber without enough members to pass legislation.

O’Rourke said the march was timed to aid the Democrats. who pledged to stay in Washington, DC until the end of the special session of the legislature, which ends on August 7th.

“We wanted to make sure that while they were waging this urgent and necessary battle in DC, we opened another front in this battle,” said the El Paso Democrat.

The Texas march begins every morning at 8 a.m. and ends in the early afternoon to avoid the midday heat. O’Rourke said he would march the entire distance.

In the run-up to the march, the groups plan a joint service on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Community of Faith Church in Houston, together with Barber’s Greenleaf Christian Church in North Carolina and the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas.

Subdivision-style rental communities popping up round Austin

by: Parimal M. Rohit and Mitchell Parton, Austin Business Journal

Posted: May 21, 2021 / 2:44 PM CDT
Updated: May 21, 2021 / 2:49 p.m. CDT

The colony under construction near Sam Houston Drive and FM 969 outside of Bastrop. (ARNOLD WELLS / ABJ)

AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) – Build it and they will come? More like they come and it cannot be built fast enough.

Home builders are barely able to keep up with the demand for new homes, leading to skyrocketing prices across the state. For example, the median home price in Metro Austin hit an all-time high of $ 425,000 in March, according to the Austin Board of Realtors. Inventories were at a record low of 0.4 months.

ABJ: The Austin area’s housing stock is growing only inches while prices are soaring

Rising prices, as well as changing feelings about remote working and personal life sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, have paid particular attention to a trend that has been gaining momentum for years: detached single-family homes built specifically for the rental market.

While styled similarly to typical subdivisions for sale, these properties often share the same characteristics as a Class A apartment complex – leasing staff, maintenance staff, and facilities like swimming pools, dog parks, and fitness centers. Several such properties have been built in the Austin area, and several more are on the rise. Many will surely follow.

The single-family rental product “serves a need for people who live in the suburbs and want more space but are struggling to collect a down payment,” said Vaike O’Grady, regional director of Zonda, an Austin housing market research firm.

You can read the rest of the story on the Austin Business Journal website.