Latest Headlines for Friday, October 19

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

County looks at legal community for public defender office task force

Using data from the Planning and Budget Office and the Justice Planning Department, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission recently studied the feasibility and benefits of having a public defender office in Travis County.Geoff Burkhart, executive director of TIDC, presented the…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

‘Prop A’ could bring unprecedented investment in affordable housing in Austin

Austin voters will decide this November on the fate of seven bond propositions totaling $925 million. Proposition A asks voters to decide on a $250 million bond for affordable housing.If approved, the proposition would provide money for the city to build, repair and maintain…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission approves the removal of a heritage tree downtown

The Planning Commission approved a rare heritage tree variance at a recent meeting.The commission only sees cases like this one, where people are looking to remove protected trees that exceed 30 inches in diameter, once a year or less. This…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Legal questions remain as soccer team once bound for Austin may stay put

The possibility of Austin not becoming the relocation destination for an Ohio Major League Soccer franchise has brought a variety of new questions into the issue of the city providing land for a new 20,000-seat sports stadium in North Austin.News…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP recommends driveway at South Chisholm Trail

After several years of debate on what to do with the two lots on the corner of Slaughter Lane and South Chisholm Trail, a deal has been struck. Jim Wittliff, representing the property owner Mario Solis, presented the compromise for…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Claire McInerny

Here are the candidates for Austin ISD board of trustees

Five seats on the Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees will be on the ballot Nov. 6.The role of the school board is to oversee the AISD superintendent and district administration. The board votes on district policy and budgets,…