Latest Headlines for Tuesday, March 3

Occupy_movement_handsignals_diagram_bank_of_ideas_nov_2011
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council plays fast and loose on Garza Tract vote

Those familiar with the previous City Council’s strict adherence to procedural rules have been left dizzy by the new Council’s first few meetings. Last week, during the Garza Ranch discussion about the maximum allowable number of vehicle trips per day…

Read Story
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council debates deregulation of Austin Energy

When it comes to Austin Energy, there is one word that always stirs up debate. That word is “deregulation.” City Council held a policy workshop with Austin Energy management, stakeholders and policy advocates Monday on the myriad issues associated with…

Read Story
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves rezoning on North Lamar lot

Though Mayor Steve Adler warned that the first approval was “tenuous,” a North Lamar rezoning case will move forward after City Council members approved it on first reading Thursday. Council voted 9-2 to approve a rezoning at 11712 North Lamar…

Read Story
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

ANC calls for body cameras for local police

The Austin Neighborhoods Council is calling for the use of body cameras by active-duty police officers. In a resolution approved last week, the ANC proposed the cameras, citing mistrust between neighbors and police; higher rates of incarceration, use of force and…

Read Story
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard
Premium Content

TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners, March 3.

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 include: 12. Receive…

Read Story
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council puts energy consulting contracts on hold

Picking up where others left off can be difficult, especially when it involves something as expensive and complicated as the Austin Energy generation plan. Rather than decide on up to $2 million worth of contracts for energy demand management consulting…

Read Story
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

New temporary permit fees are actually temporary

This year, Austin briefly had higher temporary food permit fees. Those are gone after a City Council vote last week, but work is already underway to establish new fees, again. As part of this year’s budget, Council moved forward with…

Read Story
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planners deny East Riverside change

At its most recent meeting, the Planning Commission voted 5-3 to deny zoning changes to several undeveloped lots from 5600 to 7522 Penick Drive, off East Riverside Drive. Ron Thrower of Thrower Design spoke for landowner Bill Greif and asked…

Read Story
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Explainer: Zim’s bill on housing scoring heads to State Lege Council

The Explainer offers a closer look at stories we have been following. This week, Don Zimmerman’s ongoing effort to change the way federal housing subsidies are awarded. City Council Member Don Zimmerman has displayed a certain … distaste for subsidized…

Read Story