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Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves paid sick leave ordinance

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Austin became the first city in the South to require employers to provide workers with paid sick leave.The ordinance, authored largely by City Council Member Greg Casar, will require businesses and nonprofits to provide employees…

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Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council reinstates some extra police pay

With only City Council Member Greg Casar dissenting, Council voted Thursday to reinstate some incentive pay for Austin police officers to the level that they received under their old contract. That contract expired at the end of December, after Council…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City exploring solutions for creative spaces crisis

The city is looking at a variety of strategies for assisting creative businesses and nonprofit organizations that are increasingly being priced out of theaters and other spaces due to Austin’s fast-rising cost of living. At its Thursday meeting, City Council…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves Champion tract deal

By a one-vote margin, City Council on Thursday gave its blessing to the controversial Champion development.Mayor Steve Adler, along with Council members Greg Casar, Pio Renteria, Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan and Ellen Troxclair, voted to approve an amendment to a…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

In bid to save taxicabs, city proposes remaking them in rivals’ image

The Austin Transportation Department has gone public with a set of proposals aimed at saving the local taxicab industry by radically transforming it.Acting Mobility Services Division Manager Jacob Culberson told the Urban Transportation Commission on Tuesday evening that ride-hailing transportation…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austinites may soon be able to directly support candidates through voucher donations

When it comes to political campaigning, it’s no secret that Austin has funding inequalities. Some fear these funding inequalities have fostered a lack of engagement among voters that has helped lead to the city’s notorious low turnout at the polls.Responding…