Latest Headlines for Saturday, November 18

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Jack Craver

Is it time for Austin to have a ‘strong mayor’?

It’s a common refrain in city political debates: Austin is a big city and it’s time it started acting like one, whether that means building mass transit, allowing taller buildings or adopting single-member City Council districts.For Roger Borgelt, a member…

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD considers charter school option for Mendez Middle School

Facing severe under-enrollment and a below-average educational suitability assessment, Mendez Middle School may be turned over to a community partner in hopes of reversing the campus’ downward trajectory.Austin Independent School District staff shared the project initiative with the board of…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City regulations may create more homelessness

City ordinances prohibiting panhandling in certain areas, criminalizing camping in public places, living in a car or tent, or sitting or lying on the sidewalk in parts of downtown are creating barriers that make it more difficult for people to…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Building heights, regulations among CodeNEXT concerns at RECA lunch

Builders and other leaders in the Austin housing industry hope the release of the third draft of the city’s CodeNEXT planning document later this month will alleviate the confusion and contradictory objectives they say have plagued the first two drafts.That…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Cap Metro plan up for a vote today

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is set to vote today on a major overhaul of its bus system. If approved, the changes would take effect in June, changing more than half of all routes in the area.While…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission defers CodeNEXT 2.0 recommendation

With the third draft of CodeNEXT slated to be presented to the public on Nov. 28, Watershed Protection Department staff hoped to receive a recommendation of approval from the Environmental Commission for the completed second draft on Nov. 1. However,…