Latest Headlines for Monday, July 6

Photo of Pete Rivera and his brother Raymond Rivera walking the future site of the Austin Energy community solar project from the film "La Loma (or the Place Sometimes Called Hungry Hill)" courtesy of Deborah Esquenazi.
Monday, July 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy, East Austinites talk solar project

Although solar panels are designed to soak up the sun, Austin Energy spokesperson Carlos Cordova says the utility wants its upcoming local solar project to be “reflective” of the East Austin community that will be its home. Austin Energy inked…

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Monday, July 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks Department collects more from special events ticket sales

The city of Austin collected more than double the previous year’s amount of money from Austin City Limits Music Festival ticket sales last year, following a new fee schedule adopted by City Council starting in the 2013-2014 budget year. In…

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Monday, July 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Worried neighbors win over commissioners in East Austin zoning case

Last week, neighbors stayed past midnight at the Planning Commission to protest a zoning change on “Death Hill,” as it’s locally known. Their concerns about safety, traffic and gentrification in that area of East Austin resonated with commissioners, who overwhelmingly…

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Friday, July 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Home of legendary UT coach remains in limbo

After a trip through the Planning Commission last week, the fate of famed University of Texas track coach Clyde Littlefield’s former house remains uncertain. Commissioners voted 4-3 to deny historic zoning for the West Campus home, with Chair Danette Chimenti…

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Friday, July 3, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Private-party permitting process is a go

After several months without word on progress, a resolution to create a permit process for private parties is moving forward. The resolution, passed last October, was in response to neighborhood complaints about parties in the West Campus area near the…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

TCEQ upholds lake release limits

Despite recent wet weather, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality affirmed an emergency order Wednesday that extends limits on downstream releases from lakes Travis and Buchanan. The move comes in response to a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA hears SH45 SW impact may be overblown

While many public entities have already voiced their concerns about State Highway 45 Southwest’s possible environmental consequences, a consultant with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said the anxiety might be misplaced. At Wednesday’s regular meeting, Michael Barrett presented CTRMA’s…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin involved in two battles over water rates

The Austin Water Utility is engaged in two different battles over water rates. One fight is with wholesale water and wastewater customers who have challenged rates adopted by City Council in 2013. According to AWU Assistant Director David Anders, this…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

New Chief Animal Services Officer stresses adoption

Austin’s new chief animal services officer says the city’s no-kill status was what persuaded her to take the job. But Tawny Hammond told the Austin Monitor on Tuesday that for Austin to sustain its no-kill status, more people need to be adopting…

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