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Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
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TipSheet: City Council, 3.23.17

City Council will hold its regular meeting again today, and below is a list of items we’re watching. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda. The Office of the City Clerk posts a copy…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Publisher’s Note: PennyPass incoming

I have a bit of news, but first I want to be sure that we’re all on the same page with regard to terminology and philosophy. The Austin Monitor employs a paymeter (stay with me here, it’ll be worth it)…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Forty years after its fiery demise, a movie theater continues to be missed by East Austin

Ada Harden, 81, stands on a vacant lot at the corner of E. 12th and Salina Streets. While gravel and shorn grass crunch beneath her feet, she sees instead a maroon seat made of velvet and a wide screen where…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditor’s report: Affordability data incomplete

According to a special report from the Office of the City Auditor, information about city programs and initiatives that affect affordability for Austinites is inconsistent, may be unreliable or incomplete and may not be readily accessible. In addition, auditors found…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Compensatory contract for retired employee finds little purchase with Eckhardt

The Travis County Commissioners Court found itself deeply divided on Tuesday over a proposal to award the county’s recently retired purchasing agent with $30,000 she hasn’t earned. On Feb. 28, Cyd Grimes quietly stepped down from the post she had…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Legislation spotlights Austin’s fair chance rules

Members of the Texas House Business & Industry Committee heard lengthy and conflicting testimony Monday on fair chance hiring regulations but did not take a vote on Austin Republican Rep. Paul Workman’s House Bill 577 – which would overturn Austin’s…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Workman’s bill could help Lake Travis town ditch Capital Metro

Leaders of one of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s original members are hoping a state lawmaker can help them in their quest to quit the transit agency. Earlier this month, state Rep. Paul Workman filed House Bill 2627, which is…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County tops list of jurisdictions declining immigration detainers

A new report suggests Travis County refused more federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants than any other law enforcement agency. The report from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is the first of what are promised to be weekly…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Holly Power Plant to be officially decommissioned in August, staff reports

Remnants of the Holly Street Power Plant still stand in East Austin, bitter reminders of a facility that spread pollution to nearby residents, but Austin Energy staff assured the Electric Utility Commission at its March 20 meeting that the decommissioning…

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