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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Judge finds city violated open meetings law again

Litigation about the Champion tract never really goes away. Originally filed in the early 1990s, the litigation simply morphs from one issue to another and one venue to another. It has cost the city of Austin an almost endless amount…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

School board wrestles with large STAAR achievement gaps

Like one wrong note disturbing the harmony of a symphony, one faulty academic indicator can throw off a school district’s sense of which of its schools need the most attention. Some trustees on the Austin Independent School District board voiced…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Should city elections be moved to odd years?

Some political leaders and activists in Austin believe the city would be better off if elections for City Council did not coincide with higher-profile campaigns for president, governor and Congress.At a meeting of the Charter Review Commission on Nov. 13,…

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Request for lakefront bulkhead variance creates new questions 

It’s not often that a request for a variance from the city’s code has no predecessors against which it can be compared. At the Environmental Commission meeting on Nov. 15, this unlikely scenario became reality.Janis Smith, civil engineer and representative…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit: City jobs programs disorganized

The city’s workforce development programs are neither well-planned nor well-coordinated, and the city does not have reliable data to evaluate the success of the programs, according to an audit released last week by the Office of the City Auditor.The audit,…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Environmental concerns delay city action on upcoming MoPac project

Several City Council members want more information about the planned expansion of MoPac Expressway before they sign off on a key funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.Council voted 9-2 at its Nov. 9 meeting to postpone an amendment…