Latest Headlines for Monday, May 20

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission backs 2017 findings pushing convention center expansion

Signaling more possible momentum for a push to expand the Austin Convention Center, the city’s Tourism Commission has recommended City Council adopt a 2017 report outlining the benefits and possible frameworks for the project.At last week’s meeting, the commission voted…

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Monday, May 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite zebra mussels, Austin’s waterways seeing a recovery trend

The news is full of horror stories about zebra mussels invading intake pipes and sediment causing city water to be of questionable quality. Yet statistics show that, overall, the waterways of Austin are regaining their health.According to Mateo Scoggins of the…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission decides how much office is too much office in a neighborhood

In Central Austin especially, neighborhoods evolve and zonings change. However, change is not always simple.The two owners of the properties at 1804, 1806 and 1808 W. Sixth St. came before the Planning Commission at its May 14 meeting to request…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Trees and tribulations

Water woes… Out of the 33 water utilities in the South that deliver water to at least 400,000 customers, a new study by J.D. Power reports that Austin ranks 28th in terms of customer satisfaction with 707 points. San Antonio,…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: ECHO’s Ann Howard

Ann Howard, the executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), sits down with Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver this week to talk about recent initiatives, challenges and the current state of homelessness in Austin. To get the latest…

Friday, May 17, 2019 by Jack Craver

Many parents at risk of losing their children look to Travis County’s Office of Parental Representation

Low-income criminal defendants aren’t the only people Travis County is required to provide with legal representation. Parents at risk of losing custody of their children are also afforded assistance at no cost from the county Office of Parental Representation.OPR, which…