Latest Headlines for Friday, September 4

Friday, September 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

OSHA fines Central Library contractors $88K for excavation hazards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has cited construction contractors working on the new Central Library with fines totaling $88,000. According to the citations (here and here), on March 4, four employees were installing rebar in the rain in a…

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Friday, September 4, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Demand charge change could cost $7 million

As the deadline closes in for City Council to decide whether to increase the demand charge threshold for small commercial Austin Energy customers as part of the city budget, utility staff has released figures that may impact that decision. Austin…

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Friday, September 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

HousingWorks breaks down Austin’s affordability

For the second year, HousingWorks Austin has taken a close look at the city’s household affordability crisis in each City Council District. The study has found some startling disparities. Perhaps the greatest contrast is the difference in distribution of subsidized…

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Friday, September 4, 2015 by Jack Craver

Confusion reigns over Zoning and Platting Commission’s duties

The Zoning and Platting Commission’s attempts to work more closely with the Planning Commission continue to encounter confusion and pushback from commissioners, city staff and City Council. For starters, Chair Gabriel Rojas is still smarting over Council’s decision last month…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Google gears up for new self-driving car in Austin

Austinites who have spotted Google’s self-driving Lexus in the past couple of months will have a new rarity to keep an eye out for in the next week or so – the company’s “prototype” autonomous vehicle. Built for the task…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Tovo proposes budget adoption process

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo on Wednesday signaled that she would like City Council to use a budget adoption process similar to the one used by the previous Council over the past two years. Council Members Delia Garza and Leslie…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission opts to proceed with complaint against Historic Landmark commissioner

Few members of the Ethics Review Commission indicated at a Monday hearing whether they believed that Arij Panju, a member of the Historic Landmark Commission, violated city conflict-of-interest rules over votes he took on a policy affecting his neighborhood. The…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Korean church rezoning inspires competing petitions

Last week, the Planning Commission gave its blessing to a new set of plans for redeveloping the former site of the Korean United Presbyterian Church in Crestview. The case will now head to City Council with neighborhood supporters, a list…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council gauges interest on proposed budget items

City Council inched closer to adopting the city’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget at a work session on Tuesday when it took a “straw poll” – in the words of Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo – of the concept menu items…

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