Latest Headlines for Saturday, September 21

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin City Council punts on reinstating rules to limit camping and resting in public

City Council declined today to revise rules passed in June that rolled back ordinances banning camping, sitting or lying down in public. Council members may take up the measures again next month.After months of uncertainty on the part of police,…

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Friday, September 20, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Urban Renewal Board extended for just nine months

City Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison expressed serious reservations about the need to continue Austin’s Urban Renewal Agency and its board during Wednesday’s Council work session and again at Thursday’s Council meeting.In the end, she convinced her colleagues to extend the…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Samuel King

Lower speed limits coming to some Austin roadways

Austin City Council approved a round of speed limit changes Thursday, the latest tangible sign of the city’s efforts to make streets safer.“We know that it’s much more likely for a severe crash to happen when speeds go up even…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Central Health budget passes after last-minute questions dominate vote

After a nearly five-hour meeting, Central Health’s volunteer board of managers voted to approve Central Health’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget on Wednesday night. During the hours leading up to the vote, multiple board members introduced significant new questions about the…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City awaits toilets for downtown public restroom project

Austin’s first permanent public restroom project downtown has been pushed back several months due to problems in the manufacturing process.Portland Loo, the company that makes the solar-powered restrooms, told staff earlier this month it has run into “parts and labor…

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission eyes MACC-Palm School link in supporting city’s push for preservation

The Austin Arts Commission has signed on in support of the city’s goal of preserving the Palm School property as a historic cultural facility, in a nod to the ongoing negotiations with Travis County for ownership of the downtown site.The…