Latest Headlines for Saturday, August 23

Austin City Council members and City Staff at an August, 2014 work session.
Friday, August 22, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Labor wants to make its mark on Council races

Local labor leader Jack Kirfman reported that the union for local government employees, AFSCME, has interviewed candidates and decided on its choices for City Council. Kirfman said American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees would present their recommendations to…

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Friday, August 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Liquor store near SafePlace a nonstarter

A plan to put a liquor store near Austin’s SafePlace shelter found no support at the Planning Commission last week. Riverside Liquor was seeking a conditional use permit for liquor sales at 6100 East Riverside Drive in about 1,500 square…

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Friday, August 22, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

County postpones parking decision again

Travis County Commissioners once again postponed a decision on the new county employee parking plan, to the chagrin of the employee parking committee Tuesday. In March, commissioners approved the expansion of free zoned county employee parking in all county-approved parking facilities…

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Friday, August 22, 2014 by Michael Kanin

SXSW reps, CoA staff working with consultant

Representatives from the South by Southwest festival and the City of Austin participated in a two-day workshop this week with a major architectural design and event firm brought in to discuss the SXSW event. Officials from both organizations confirmed they had…

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

LCRA delays vote on water management plan

Despite pleas from stakeholders to take swift action to protect lakes Buchanan and Travis from drought conditions, the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors voted Wednesday to postpone a decision that would have moved the water management process forward.…

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Ballot order set for City Council election

The city took another step in the process toward having a 10-1 Council on Wednesday as City Clerk Jannette Goodall drew the names of each candidate to determine in what order they will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Conventional…

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Environmental Democrats Endorse Garza

The Austin Environmental Democrats got an early start on endorsements Wednesday, or at least voting on endorsements. Though they heard from candidates from Districts 1, 2 and 3, they finalized only one endorsement in the end. Only District 2′s Delia…

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Biz alliance wants more help for small firms

The Austin Independent Business Alliance is both optimistic and frustrated about the City of Austin’s current efforts to assist small local businesses. The discussion took place at last week’s Council Audit and Finance Committee meeting, following a progress report on…

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio, Show 12: The budget

Mike Kanin and Liz Pagano talk Austin City Council budget, budget history, and taxes with Council members Laura Morrison and Bill Spelman.

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