Any discussion of Austin municipal politics will inevitably give rise to the full frontal embrace of "process." Results? Who cares? Process, now, that's what counts.
By that measure, Austin voters have plenty of reason to be wary of the proposed charter amendment to cover the entire municipal workforce. The measure appeared on the agenda and was voted out so fast it left a vapor trail and without so much as a comma's worth of public "input" — the City Hall euphemism for hours of public hearings on even the most innocuous of decisions.
Other charter amendments that appear on the November ballot were products of a committee appointed by the council. After holding hearings and a series of public discussions, the committee made recommendations on charter amendments.
All that committee time and all that committee effort did not include even a hint that a civil service commission for city employees would appear on the ballot.