Latest Headlines for Friday, October 24

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Friday, October 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Long Park golf courses moving forward

A proposal for a pair of golf courses at the current open space at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park took a small step forward at City Council on Thursday. However, though Council members OK’d staff negotiations with the potential concession-holder…

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Friday, October 24, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Mayor’s race turns ugly with labor PAC attack

Austin City Council politics has hit the big time, with an out-of-state political action committee making numerous negative phone calls into the city to lambaste mayoral candidate Steve Adler. This reporter received one of those calls Thursday afternoon from a…

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Friday, October 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Industrial lofts win first victory at Council

Upending traditional NIMBY roles, a proposed loft project in South Austin pitted heavy industries against a residential project, and presented an interesting conundrum for City Council members. In the end, Council voted to approve the zoning change on first reading…

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Friday, October 24, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Urban rail parking spaces

We’re saving extra parking spaces for the train … In a discussion about the value of a possible rail station at Austin Community College’s Highland Mall campus this week, Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty brought up an interesting question. Commissioners…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Code violators may get administrative hearings

The Code Department may soon have a new tool to enforce city code, if an ordinance passes at today’s City Council meeting that would create an administrative hearing process for certain violations. Code Department Director Carl Smart told Council members…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Decker decommissioning faces complex hurdles

A key Austin Energy reserve fund that would be used to pay for the potential decommissioning of the Decker Lake gas generation plant has no money that could be used in that effort, according to Austin Energy. Utility spokesman Carlos Cordova…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council continues to deliberate quarry sale

The proposed sale of a northwest quarry continues to inspire debate among City Council members. At Tuesday’s work session, the revelation that proceeds from the sale would go to a struggling water utility complicated an already-nuanced discussion about the relative…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City works to challenge commercial property values

City Council continues to move forward with a potential challenge to commercial property values in the city, but there are still some details to be worked out. The push to challenge commercial property appraisals comes at a time when Austinites…

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Mark Richardson

County may nominate firm as Enterprise Project

Executives of Rackspace, a provider of cloud-based computer services for businesses, are asking Travis County officials to nominate their company as an Enterprise Project under the state’s Enterprise Zone Program. Travis County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday to take…

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