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December 11, 1975

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1 / " . . o ,~*'ll, fJf ,~:, by Buck Rindy The Rise of the Lunatic Middle Councilln perhaps the most amazing maneuver in Austin's political history., the City_ accomplished the impossible in last week s bond election--they created a coalition of northwest Austin conservatives and UT student pinkos. Having in an attempt to convert its right-wing foes, the Council proceeded to its left-wing friends. The result was .predictable. $16"2 million umrth of Water-sewer bonds, were squashed under an nominious avalanche of votes. It makes you wonder who is crazy who is sane...That is to say, who in Austin polities today who most perceives reality? Appar- it is not the Austin Establish- banks, the real estate the Chamber, the contrac- whole lovable collection of who have lost almost every election in this county in last three years. The Establish- heartily endorsed the bond and sewer bonds above was flushed down the drain election day. The true victors of contest election were the dread ," who were portrayed and G/t/zen as utter but whose arguments proved to a majority of the city's Also losing face was City Manager Davidson, whose staff prepared defended the bond proposals. Platoons of city officials paraded before the tv cameras to assure the public that the multi-million dollar bond issue would cause no tax or utility rate increase. They also stoutly defended the huge bond program as "necessary for existing needs." Start'm,g with some innocent "green slime, which was reputed to leak out of septic tanks in far northeast Austin, city spokesmen rapidly escalated the civic horrors that would result from the defeat of the water and sewer projects. By the end of the campaign city officials were conjuring up lurid visions of Niagras of raw sewage cascading down local creeks. Apparently the public was uncon- vinced. Joe Riddell, a young attorney who (horror of horors!) looked like a long-haired hippie, kept popping up to cast doubt on the city's financial estimates. Bond opponent Ken Mc- cont. on page 4