Latest Headlines for Wednesday, October 1

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council members still skeptical about SH45 SW

City Council members raised several questions during Tuesday’s work session about the effectiveness and environmental sensitivity of the Texas Department of Transportation’s recommended route for State Highway 45 Southwest. The conversation took place as part of a joint briefing by…

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City Council studies potential solar power deal

Austin Energy staff is set to present City Council members with a new potential 25-year community solar contract Thursday that would produce as much as 3.2 megawatts of “local” solar power for the utility. If approved, the deal would cost…

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Andy Sevilla

Water woes rise as 2,200 homes planned in Hays

An Austin-based developer is proposing 2,200 high-end homes in Mountain City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in Hays County. And with big development projects come rising water concerns in a drought-stricken area where ground and surface water levels are lowering. “The main area…

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Quarry sale headed back to City Council

Though theatrical, the public offer to buy a Cedar Park quarry for almost $1 million more than its appraised value didn’t find any takers Tuesday at the City Council Audit and Finance Committee. Last Thursday, a representative of the current…

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Ballot Boxing District 8, complete video

The complete video from the Ballot Boxing District 8 event is posted below, courtesy of our partners at KXAN.

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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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