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Friday, September 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics commission considers examining possible ‘dark money’ violation

Members of Austin’s Ethics Review Commission are eager to examine a potential violation of the city’s “dark money” campaign finance law that has generated press attention and speculation in city political circles in recent weeks.At Wednesday night’s meeting, Commissioner Debra…

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Friday, September 21, 2018 by Mose Buchele

A massive change in Austin’s flood map says thousands more homes are at high risk

Around 3,000 more Austin properties will find themselves in high-risk flood-plains thanks to a new National Weather Service study called Atlas 14. Those new flood designations could impact everything from what you pay for insurance to how you build your…

Friday, September 21, 2018 by Jack Craver

City of Austin adds 136 acres south of Onion Creek

On Thursday, City Council voted to have the city of Austin annex the Cascades Municipal Utility District, 136 acres of undeveloped land south of Onion Creek.The landowner, Onion Associates Ltd., entered into an agreement with the city in 2014 to…

Friday, September 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Parking, recklessness among scooter concerns for city’s disability committee

Amid concerns over the safety of people in wheelchairs and the visually impaired, the Mayor’s Committee for People With Disabilities pressed the Austin Transportation Department to take steps soon to improve the behavior of users of rentable motorized scooters, and…

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

Figures show Austinites love and hate scooters

Members of Austin City Council have plenty of concerns about the operation of dockless vehicles, particularly electric scooters. But they all appear to agree that the vehicles are here to stay, if for no other reason than they have proved…

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

An update on the Fayette Power Plant reveals no news, inspires working group

Almost five years ago, Council recommended that Austin Energy retire its portion of the Fayette Power Plant, which is run on coal, by 2022. Despite intense pressure from environmentalists to move that date up, the city utility is sticking to…