Latest Headlines for Sunday, August 18

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Audit finds ongoing delays, data problems for Development Services Department

The Office of the City Auditor has found that the city’s Development Services Department is still failing to meet on-time and customer satisfaction goals in its permitting process, even after making changes suggested in a 2015 report that found profound…

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Friday, August 16, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County increases support for child care

Funding authorized Tuesday by the Travis County Commissioners Court will provide day care for 92 low-income children.The $285,000 funding was recommended by county staff to address a growing number of children on the waiting list for federal child care subsidies…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission unmoved to recommend preservation for East Austin grocery store

After a unanimous recommendation from the Historic Landmark Commission to preserve the 1922-era corner grocery at 220 Comal St., the momentum behind preserving the East Austin structure slowed at the Planning Commission.“I’m getting the sense that the owner can preserve…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by KUT News

Austin ISD gets B overall from TEA, sees failing grades at some middle and elementary schools

By Claire McInerny & Jimmy MaasReport cards are out, and the Austin Independent School District received a preliminary grade of B for the 2018-19 school year from the Texas Education Agency. But the district also received failing grades at elementary…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Convention center opponents challenge city’s language on ballot measure

The president of the Austin NAACP has petitioned the Texas Supreme Court over the ballot language approved by City Council last week related to a challenge to a planned expansion of the Austin Convention Center.The Tuesday filing by Nelson Linder…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Council members say audit on Austin’s ‘enormous’ wildfire risk doesn’t go far enough

Austin City Council members say they need a better look at where the city could be falling short in terms of its wildfire preparedness.A report out today from the Office of the City Auditor said the city is doing enough…