Latest Headlines for Thursday, October 27

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Proposed preservation district hits a wall at Landmark Commission

The Historic Landmark Commission on Tuesday postponed action on recommending a historical district in Central Austin that scored significant support from its resident homeowners. The punt came at the end of a lengthy and contentious discussion among the commissioners, the…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Courtney Griffin

AISD greenlights new scorecard

At Monday’s regular board meeting, Austin Independent School District trustees unanimously approved the new district scorecard, a steering document that will be used to evaluate Superintendent Paul Cruz’s performance in the future. The scorecard uses new initiatives to promote the desegregation…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Rainey Street condo developer to fund neighborhood traffic study

Yet another new high-rise condo complex could be coming to the Rainey Street neighborhood. But before it breaks ground, developers and residents are working to identify the top traffic needs in the area. The Austin-based Sutton Company wants to build…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Oaks PUD plods toward Council

Discussion of Austin’s “other” planned unit development – the Austin Oaks PUD – has been postponed to the Nov. 1 meeting of the Zoning and Platting Commission. The postponement came at the request of some of the nearby neighbors, who…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

In a city with many fatal car crashes, what will a $720 million bond do for road safety?

One hundred and two people died on Austin’s roads last year – the most in the city’s recorded history. There was the young woman killed around 5 a.m. while walking on the Interstate 35 frontage road; the 55-year-old unnamed bicyclist…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Record turnout greets first day of early voting

Voting on the first day of early voting in Travis County shattered previous records, with 35,066 voters casting ballots at polling locations throughout the county. An additional 11,020 mail-in ballots were received, bringing to 46,086 the total number of voters…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Opting for parity, Cap Metro kills premium fare

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted on Monday to eliminate the agency’s maligned premium fare tier. The vote was unanimous, at 7-0, with Board Member Juli Word absent. Starting in January, a single ride on MetroRapid buses…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

First-of-its-kind housing plan presented to Planning Commission

In a city where 200,000 additional housing units will be needed over the next 30 years to meet the growing number of newcomers, having a plan to keep those units affordable is prudent. Accordingly, Jonathan Tomko, a senior planner with…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 10.24.16

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. 4. Approve interview questions for final…

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