New BBQ spot opening, election results and more things Southwest Austinites should know this week, Nov. 14-20

The goal of Austin's $720 million mobility bond would be to improve traffic flow.

The goal of Austin's $720 million mobility bond would be to improve traffic flow.

Here's what you need to know this week.

1. Last week Southwest Austinites weighed in on several local, statewide and national issues. Here's how some of the major races turned out:

  • Austin voters passed a $720 million mobility bond

  • Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty was re-elected in a tight race

  • Cindy Anderson was elected to serve as an at-large Austin ISD board of trustees member, and Jayme Mathias was re-elected to his position on the board

  • Austin City Council member Delia Garza was re-elected

  • Sunset Valley residents voted to approve a sales tax increase, and Rose Cardona was re-elected as mayor


Area officials have been sharing reactions to the election results, including to Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Visit our election headquarters homepage for more election news, insights and results.

2. Austin residents’ old clothes and housewares can soon be picked up at their curbs along with their trash and recycling. Austin Resource Recovery is launching a free new service for curbside customers beginning Dec. 5.

Slab BBQ SLAB BBQ coming to Southwest Austin in 2017, filling former Verona Ristorante Italiano space[/caption]

3. Local restaurant SLAB BBQ will open a second location in early 2017 in the Oak Hill Plaza shopping center at 7101 W. Hwy. 71, Ste. E1, Austin, in the space formerly occupied by Verona Ristorante Italiano. Area real estate development firm BBD Commercial is redeveloping the Oak Hill Plaza property to include new businesses, updated landscaping and a resurfaced parking lot.

4. Lewis Family Medicine & Urgent Care opened its second location at 5424 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 101 on Oct. 3. The clinic offers physical exams, flu vaccines, X-rays and more.

Lewis Family Medicine & Urgent Care Lewis Family Medicine & Urgent Care opens Southwest Austin location[/caption]

5. After speaking to community members and stakeholders during the last two months, the planners for Capital Metro’s Connections 2025 transit plan are revising some anticipated changes to routes before they become official, including a route near The University of Texas campus and routes in Mueller. The updates remove duplicative service and eliminate certain routes or large segments of service to reinvest resources into higher bus frequency.

6. In Dripping Springs, residents recently weighed in on an Onion Creek wastewater discharge permit as well as the potential name and attendance zone boundaries for a new school that will be constructed in Dripping Springs ISD.