University of Texas football players have capitalized on their names, images or likenesses at least 76 times since the summer, per disclosures made to the school's compliance department and obtained by Axios through an open records request.
Why it matters: The disclosure stats are a window into how a new raft of laws allows student-athletes to finally profit on their own names and images.
A small group of people reportedly hung an antisemitic banner over the Far West overpass on Mopac on Saturday while donning swastikas and giving Nazi salutes.
Context: Far West Boulevard is home to a large concentration of Austin's Jewish population, with the Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center and no fewer than four congregations nearby.
- The incident on Mopac comes days after vandalism at nearby Anderson High School, including swastikas and prejudiced words and symbols painted on student parking spots.
- A commenter on Reddit wrote Saturday, under the title "Nazis downtown?! WTF": "As I was walking downtown on 5th and Lavaca tonight, I saw a group of 'Nazis' who were wearing swastika shirts and other horrific antisemitic slogans that I can't bring myself to even type. They were calling themselves Nazis and 'offering hugs.'"
- Video posted on social media showed one Austin police officer trying to discourage the hugs "because of the current climate."
The big kahuna on the ballot is Proposition A, which would put more cops on the street — at a cost.
Why it matters: If approved by voters, the city would be required to have at least two officers for every 1,000 people — it’s now at about 1.7.
- City finance officials say the measure could cost as much as $600 million over five years.
Early voting for the Nov. 2 election is here, and Austin voters will weigh in on two local propositions, in addition to eight Texas constitutional amendments.
State of play: So far, turnout has been low. Just 2.25% of Travis County voters headed to polls or voted by mail during the first three days of early voting, according to the Travis County clerk's office.
Yes, but: That's not unusual for an election in which no major political offices are on the ballot.
More good news for Austin's tech workers: Local salaries increased 5% in the last year and aren't far behind tech workers' pay in California, a new report found.
Local takeaways: Of the 12 cities examined by job marketplace Hired, Austin ranks No. 6 with an average tech salary of $144,000, coming close to California cities despite differences in cost of living.
- San Diego trailed just behind Austin, and Los Angeles ranked No. with an average of $149,000, while San Francisco topped the list at $165,000.
- Dallas ranked near the bottom, with an average tech salary of $124,000, declining 9.5% from the previous year.
One Monday evening earlier this month, Aaliyah Martinez, a 16-year-old from Hutto and beloved daughter, sister, friend, classmate and teammate on the high school soccer squad, was driving on a North Austin overpass when she lost control of her 2004 Honda CRV.
Details: Austin police have not said what led to the accident.
Striking, 19-foot murals of essential women workers can be spotted around Austin nowadays, the work of photographer Sarah Wilson.
One grassroots group has raised concerns with Tesla leadership over hiring practices at the company's new Austin gigafactory, urging the car manufacturer to improve opportunities for residents who only speak Spanish.
The big picture: Tesla, which recently announced it will move its headquarters to Austin, will employ at least 5,000 workers at the new plant.
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