AUSTIN - Austin police are investigating vandalism at three South Lamar businesses, whose owners are opponents of Proposition One, a mobility bond on the November ballot that would add more intersections, trails, bike lanes and sidewalks across Austin.
Sunday morning, the businesses had their windows and doors damaged. One of the locations was Castle Flooring, who put up a large Anti-Proposition One sign a few days before their store was broken into. Their glass front door was destroyed and is now boarded up. Inside the building, their filing cabinets were damaged, along with a metal cabinet.
At the “Bead It” jewelry store and SoLa clothing store, they had their windows broken.
The Castle Flooring store’s co-owner said nothing of value was taken but it will cost about $800 to repair the damages. She added, in the 18 years the business has been open, no vandalism has ever occurred until the owners put up several Anti-Proposition One signs last week.
Some business owners on South Lamar told KVUE they disapprove of Proposition One because they don't think it will help solve Austin's congestion problems, and it could adversely affect their businesses. Others believe it could help make the roads more practical for everyone.
Those in favor of Proposition One with the Move Austin Forward campaign said they have no affiliation whatsoever to the vandalism. APD said no arrests have been made yet in the case.
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