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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 by

A downtown restaurant packed with suit-clad supporters welcomed Council Member Will Wynn’s announcement yesterday that he is officially running for Mayor. Wynn told the crowd of more than 200 that he is ready to take on the challenge of restoring Austin’s economic health, while looking forward to tomorrow’s opportunities.

Wynn, who is finishing his first term in office, heads up the Mayor’s Task Force on the Economy, which is expected to announce some recommendations within the next month. He said, “The city is now looking at a $60 million…

Tuesday, February 4, 2003 by

The Design Commission shaved Smart Growth points off its recommendation on the Whole Foods market project last night, but it probably won’t be enough to express the commission’s displeasure with the final design plans on the combination grocery store/corporate headquarters.

The crux of the issue has been Whole Foods’ plans to put a surface parking lot facing Lamar Boulevard. Even though Schlosser Development has brought revised plans to the board twice—and cut surface parking spaces from 275 down to 110—some…

Monday, February 3, 2003 by

The City of Austin is making better-than-expected progress on the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrative order to repair chronic leaks in the city’s wastewater infrastructure by the 2007 deadline.

The catalyst for the order was a 1998 spill that dumped sewage into Brushy Creek, leaving more than 1,600 people sick. As a consequence, the EPA mandated that the city curtail the estimated 20 to 25 spills a week that…

Friday, January 31, 2003 by

Changes to noise ordinance also approved

The Austin Music Network got an extended lease on life Thursday night as Council members approved $506,250 in funding to keep the network on the air for the rest of the fiscal year. But even those Council members who supported…

Thursday, January 30, 2003 by

The first meeting of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority lacked fireworks, but there were obvious signs that showed just how high interest is in the state’s first RMA.

The conference room at the Austin Marriott North was packed on Wednesday morning. About half of the 100 or so attendees were sent by local governments and agencies that will have a direct interest in the future mobility authority—the Texas…