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Monday, February 10, 2003 by

Despite two rounds of legislation, the legal tension between those who have water and those who need it remains high around the state, Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs told a conservative audience last week.

Combs was the keynote speaker at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’ s policy orientation. Combs outlined some of the recent cases on imminent domain before the Texas Supreme Court, adding that she was in Washington when the Department of the…

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…