AM Update: Leslie in Hospice, Bastrop Judge Resigns, More Police at SXSW
Austin Homeless Icon Leslie Transferred to Hospice
Local transgendered celebrity, Leslie Cochran, was transferred out of hospital care and into an area hospice provider this weekend says community activist and friend, Debbie Russell. Russell says Leslie remains in critical condition and is receiving comfort care.
Since his remarkable awakening from semi-consciousness last Wednesday, he remains conscious other than a lot of sleeping. He is responsive when he is awake....giving us another "thumbs up" Saturday evening, approving of his new location. The level of care at this hospice is beyond compare.
Last week, KUT News reported that Cochran had been admitted to St. David’s South in order to treat sustained brain injuries.
People can share stories about Leslie and show their support through a Love For Leslie website and Facebook page. Book People will also be accepting donations and selling Leslie refrigerator magnets.
Bastrop Judge to Resign
Bastrop Judge Ronnie McDonald, who played a critical role in the relief efforts after the wildfires last September, will resign today. McDonald has been considering running for congress and already has a campaign website. On his Facebook page, he says he’ll make his campaign intentions public at a noon press conference today at the Bastrop County Courthouse.
McDonald has served as county judge for 14 years – since 1999, when he was sworn in as the first African-American Judge of Bastrop and the youngest county judge in Texas history.
Increased Police Presence at SXSW
The Austin-American Statesman reports that the Austin Police Department will increase its presence during SXSW. Assistant Police Chief David Carter says that at any given time as many as 400 officers will be patrolling the area.
The department has drafted a plan that includes more officers on duty, a team it can move around the city to manage traffic and crowds, and more supervision of off-duty officers working at concert venues. In addition, SXSW planners say they're working more closely than ever with the city and police.
Last year more than 200,000 people attended the music festival. Crowds tore down fences during a concert at Auditorium Shores and violent gate-crashing at a bar in downtown Austin.
This year, 250,000 people are expected to attend SXSW Music.