Latest Headlines for Monday, May 2

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Monday, May 2, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD’s financial woes: Why a tax swap?

Although Austin Independent School District trustees have been lamenting the district’s troubled financial state for more than a year, it may not be readily apparent what the problem is, particularly given recent news that the district is bringing in $1.3…

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Monday, May 2, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Uber, Lyft rain money on Prop 1 election

Uber and Lyft have dropped a financial bomb in their mutual effort to push Proposition 1 to electoral victory on May 7. Campaign finance reports filed on Friday revealed that both ride-hailing corporations in April contributed nearly $6 million to…

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Monday, May 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Density bonus program raises doubts in commission

A change to the Land Development Code that would include multifamily zoning in the city’s density bonus programs hit a stumbling block at last week’s Planning Commission meeting. Commissioners voted overwhelmingly to pass the proposal on to City Council without…

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Monday, May 2, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: On the case

No tweet too small… Each side in the Proposition 1 debate has accused the other of fudging the facts, and your Austin Monitor team is dutifully doing what it can to keep everyone honest. On Friday, for example, we noticed…

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Monday, May 2, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Eliot Tretter

Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin talks with University of Calgary Professor Eliot Tretter about his new book, Shadows of a Sunbelt City: The Environment, Racism, and the Knowledge Economy in Austin. Sponsored by Austin Water. Post is embedded below.

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Friday, April 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Can the city save Austin’s arts and music scenes?

Scores of musicians, artists and patrons of the creative economy filled a room at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre on Tuesday to share their thoughts on how the city can better support the arts. The occasion was a joint meeting…

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Friday, April 29, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Bike Austin rallies toward transportation bond

More than 100 people gathered in front of City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to urge City Council to focus on investments in alternatives to automobile transportation. Hosted by Bike Austin, the rally was the latest step in the nonprofit’s effort…

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Friday, April 29, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Are Lyft’s free rides to the polls legal?

When she’s not driving for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, Sara Kaminsky works as a personal trainer. In fact, I exited her Toyota Corolla with a brochure for Shakeology, a weight loss program that helped Kaminsky shed more than 100…

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Friday, April 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin demo spurs talk of moratoriums and trust

There has been a lot of talk recently about a moratorium on demolitions in East Austin. On Monday, that talk surfaced once again, this time around a proposed demolition that will be put on hold for the time being while…

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