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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic Landmark Commission defies AISD, moves forward with historic zoning for Lee Elementary

Once again, the Historic Landmark Commission was the site of an ideological showdown over the fate of Russell Lee Elementary. And, on Monday night, it was also a face-off between the commission and the Austin Independent School District. Just prior…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Message to Cap Metro: Don’t worry about TNCs

A prominent mass transportation expert told the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors on Monday that ride-hailing services have little impact on public transit ridership. The data presented by Jarrett Walker, author of the book Human Transit, contradict one…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Cate Malek

State law forces environmental groups to change strategy

The effects of Senate Bill 709, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott last year, are starting to be felt. The bill changed Texas’ contested hearing process for environmental permits. One of its main effects was to shift the burden…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Bastrop hoping to deal with legal fee problem

When they meet Tuesday night, Bastrop City Council members are scheduled to discuss and perhaps take action on the employment of their regular outside counsel, Austin attorney Jo-Christy Brown, as well as the ordinance governing the city’s relationship with its…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 7.25.16

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. 1. Receive comments regarding the petition…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin’s reputation as an animal haven may be slowing pet rescues

Six years ago, City Council passed a resolution that animal shelters would no longer kill homeless pets for the sake of space or convenience. But now that Austin has a solid reputation as a no-kill city, Animal Services officials are…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Jack Craver

After some haggling, commission approves a few apartments in Allandale

Allandale residents concerned about the arrival of intense commercial activity in a largely residential neighborhood achieved a partial victory at the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday. Robert P. Stern, who is planning to add a 2,424-square-foot restaurant and 994…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

New plan fails to impress in the wake of unapproved East Austin demolition

Almost two years later, one East Austin homeowner is back at the Board of Adjustment asking for a variance redo, with a promise to reconstruct the demolished home it had promised to preserve. At this point, owner 2100 E. 14…

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Monday, July 25, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Kitten tsunami

Ignorance and arrogance… In her bid to stall the creation of the WildHorse Ranch public improvement district, City Council Member Ora Houston found support this weekend from none other than the Austin American-Statesman. The editorial board of the Lady Bird…

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