Latest Headlines for Thursday, February 22

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Jack Craver

Newest CodeNEXT draft gets criticism from all sides

CodeNEXT has plenty of critics, but they’re far from united in their criticism.The third draft of the proposed Land Development Code is being attacked from both sides of the perennial debate over growth. Neighborhood preservationists say it will lead to…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off decision on digital contract

Faced with the question of whether to approve a digital education contract for an out-of-town bidder chosen by city staff or extend the contract of a tried-and-true local company, Austin Free-Net, City Council decided last week to postpone the decision.Council…

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Middle school turnaround plan impresses board

Having to reinvest in a failing school is typically a somber affair, but the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees was pleasantly surprised by the thought and energy that had been put into the Burnet Middle School Turnaround Plan…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

In 2018 State of the City, Adler calls for political unity at local level

Has a foreign government infiltrated the CodeNEXT process?Well, no one’s saying that. But in his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Steve Adler said the “alleged Russian infiltration” on our nation’s politics has inflamed divisions across the…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County takes brand-new tack in courthouse search

Travis County’s search for a new site on which to build a new civil courthouse has taken an unprecedented turn after the Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to solicit proposals from potential private partners interested in both putting up land…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Cronk says he just wants to get to know us

In a brief meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Austin’s new city manager, Spencer Cronk, showed himself to be affable and articulate, but he resisted all efforts to pin him down on questions about several topics, including the contract with the…