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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

District 8 candidates spar at Ballot Boxing forum

Candidates turned the spotlight on Southwest Austin on Monday night at the District 8 Ballot Boxing forum. All five candidates attended the forum, hosted by the Austin Monitor,  KUT News, KXAN and Univision at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane. The…

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Neighborhoods Council endorses candidates

The Austin Neighborhoods Council endorsements are in. At a time when the city is experiencing rapid growth, a rewrite of the Land Development Code and, of course, a City Council changeover, the questions and answers at the forum paint a…

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Skyway or the highway for teaching hospital

Things got philosophical when the Planning Commission was asked to approve a sky bridge for Austin’s new teaching hospital last week. Ultimately, practical concerns won out. Commissioners voted 7-1 to approve an “aerial encroachment” for the Seton Healthcare Family facility,…

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics complaints could get a clearer path

City Council Member Mike Martinez is working on a resolution that could change how the city deals with ethics complaints against those who serve on its boards and commissions. The changes come after Martinez’s Zero Waste Advisory Commission appointee, Daniela Ochoa…

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Monday, September 29, 2014 by Mark Richardson
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Tip Sheet: Austin City Council 9.30 and 10.2

Austin City Council meets for a work session Tuesday at 9 a.m. and then for its regular meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The City Clerk’s…

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Monday, September 29, 2014 by Mark Richardson
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Tip Sheet: Travis County Commissioners 9.30

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. Items of interest for Commissioners Court…

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Monday, September 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves Urban Trails Master Plan

It was a rough road for the Urban Trails Master Plan, but after a few tweaks, City Council embraced the proposal last week. Council members voted 7-0 to approve the master plan after hearing nearly an hour’s worth of public…

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Monday, September 29, 2014 by Mark Richardson

TxDOT data shows congestion on Austin roads

New figures released by the Texas Department of Transportation quantify what anyone who drives in the Austin area instinctively knows – traffic congestion on several local roads and highways is as bad as anywhere in the state and getting worse.…

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Monday, September 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Micro unit ordinance fails to win over commission

A proposed micro unit ordinance got a small amount of support at the Planning Commission last week, but it was not nearly enough to win its recommendation. Commissioners made it clear that they were not opposed to the idea of…

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