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Friday, July 29, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Sexual harassment and retaliation claims haunt Austin’s housing department

By Jo Clifton, Cate Malek and Elizabeth Pagano City of Austin documents show that employees in the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department have made numerous complaints involving inappropriate behavior, a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation over the…

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Friday, July 29, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

How the city (used to) restrict candidates’ fundraising time

With three months to go before Election Day in November, campaign signs for local, state and presidential candidates have bloomed – despite the incessant heat and current watering restrictions – on Austin lawns. Whether or not you’ve been fixated by…

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Friday, July 29, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Corridor plans pushing forward with bus pullouts

A prominent selling point in Mayor Steve Adler’s pitch for a $720 million mobility bond has drawn a lukewarm reception by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. On multiple occasions, Adler has hyped bus pullouts as a key feature of his…

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Jack Craver

How do Austinites want the city to spend their money?

As Austin grows, so does its government. City staff unveiled a proposed budget Wednesday that would increase general fund spending by $56 million, or 6.1 percent, for a total of $969.2 million. The increased spending is made possible not because…

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CTRMA gets tough with tardy MoPac contractor

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is adding some bite to its bark over the delayed MoPac Improvement Project. On Wednesday, the CTRMA’s board of directors voted unanimously to give Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein the authority to start assessing financial…

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Jenny Lind Porter home wins stay of demolition

The house once owned by Texas poet laureate Jenny Lind Porter will be around for another two months, but after that its fate is anyone’s guess. On Monday, the Historic Landmark Commission once again considered the request for a demolition…

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop’s attorney quits, Pine Forest case on hold

Seeing the proverbial handwriting on the wall, Bastrop’s longtime attorney, Jo-Christy Brown, resigned, effective immediately, at Tuesday night’s Bastrop City Council meeting. Brown’s tenure has been controversial since at least last December, when the public began to complain about the…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Budget strives to address Council directives

The non-senior Austinite who owns a median-priced home and uses an average amount of water and electricity can expect his or her bill for taxes, fees and utilities to increase by about $12.48 per month for the 2017 Fiscal Year,…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Cap Metro ponders fare-ly big changes to MetroRapid service

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced plans on Monday to add eight new stops to its two premium MetroRapid routes, but even bigger changes for the two-year-old service could be right around the corner. Todd Hemingson, Capital Metro’s vice president…

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