Latest Headlines for Monday, August 20

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City facing two suits over ballot wording

On Friday afternoon, attorney Bill Aleshire filed suit on behalf of a voter against the city of Austin over language City Council adopted to describe the proposition on the November ballot related to CodeNEXT or any other rewrite of the…

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Monday, August 20, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

State court puts Austin’s paid sick leave rules on hold

As the city has stepped up work to inform and prepare workers about their rights under the city’s passed-but-not-yet-implemented paid sick leave ordinance, a state appeals court has put the measure on hold while it reviews the legal case against…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

Do ‘flag lots’ threaten neighborhood character?

No neighbors voiced opposition to the plans, but two members of the Planning Commission last Tuesday voiced concern about a developer’s attempt to subdivide three large lots in East Austin to create “flag lots” that would each include two homes.The…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Monitor Radio: District 8 candidate Rich DePalma

This week, City Council candidate Rich DePalma sits down with Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard to explain why he is seeking the District 8 seat. Hear his reasons for running and more below, where the entire show has been embedded.Austin…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jack Craver

City budget boosts spending for homelessness services

The new city manager and City Council agree: The city needs more money to address the homelessness situation.The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget submitted by City Manager Spencer Cronk includes $3.1 million in new spending on homelessness-related services. That’s on…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jo Clifton

‘Godfather of progressive politics in Austin’ dies

Ken Wendler Jr., who has been described as the “godfather of progressive politics in Austin,” passed away on Aug. 13 at the age of 88.Wendler served as chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party from 1972 to 1980.Two of his…