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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Texans for Accountable Government, which identifies itself as a local “trans-partisan” political action committee, has jumped into the short-term rental fray. This evening, at 7 p.m., the group is holding a meeting to address the STR ordinance and, apparently, ask City Council to “Let My People Go.” In a press release that refers to Mayor Steve Adler as “Pharaoh Adler,” spokesman Michael Cargill states, “It’s time to put the City of Austin on notice to stop breaking the law, and stop violating First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights.” Specifically, the group identifies prohibitions on mass gatherings and the go-ahead for warrentless searches in STRs as particularly problematic. At the moment, the city is currently facing a lawsuit over its STR ordinance from the Texas Public Policy Foundation.