Latest Headlines for Friday, December 13

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board expresses concern over metered parking in public parks

After postponing their decision in October about parking meters on city parkland, the Parks and Recreation Board broached the subject again at its Dec. 3 meeting. Following a long discussion about the equity and access issues that accompany metered parking,…

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music commissioners want urgency, care in spending hotel tax money for industry

Members of the Music Commission and interest groups related to the city’s music industry are pushing for quick decisions on how to spend an initial pool of Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars that City Council allocated for the city’s commercial music…

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Alternatives to hissing

Instead of hissing… On Saturday, the city held a public meeting to discuss the draft Land Development Code, which City Council is scheduled to vote on today. How did it go? In a nutshell: 392 Austinites spoke on the draft…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin orders sweeping probe of alleged racism, bigotry among police, including social media audit

The city of Austin will conduct a department-wide investigation of discrimination in the Austin Police Department, following accusations of racism and homophobia among the highest ranks.“There comes a time in everybody’s existence to have to do something really hard because…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs amended emergency mutual aid pact

Council gave final approval Thursday to a mutual automatic aid agreement designed to ensure that 19 fire and rescue departments throughout Travis and Williamson counties will assist each other in far-flung parts of Austin and the included counties.The city has…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Chamber forecast sees tight labor, housing markets as biggest threat to Austin economy

Austin’s economy continues to be one of the strongest in the nation and should stay that way for the foreseeable future, but a national economist said the city’s extremely tight labor market is likely acting as a drag on the…