Stories by Andrew Weber

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Lawsuit challenging Austin’s move to rename Manchaca Road heads to trial

A lawsuit challenging the city of Austin’s decision to rename Manchaca Road will go to trial. The suit, brought by the group Leave Manchaca Alone, alleges the city didn’t properly inform residents and businesses ahead of a City Council vote…

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Austin ISD budget document suggests consolidating 12 schools to cut costs

Facing a shortfall and declining enrollment, the Austin Independent School District is considering consolidating schools, among other options, to cut its deficit by as much as $55 million over the next few years. A budget document sent to the Austin…

Friday, November 30, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Manchaca is (again) still Manchaca – for now

A Travis County district judge has hit pause on the city’s attempt to change Manchaca Road to Menchaca – again. Business owners from the group Leave Manchaca Alone sued to block the Austin City Council’s October decision to change the…

Friday, November 16, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Council approves labor contract with police after a year without one

Officers with the Austin Police Department are getting a new labor contract. After nearly a year of negotiations, City Council members unanimously approved a four-year and $44.6 million contract between the city and the local police union. Police reform activists…

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Locals sue to stop Austin from renaming Manchaca Road

A group of property owners and businesses along what’s called (for now) Manchaca Road is challenging the city’s move to change the South Austin road’s name before the name change goes into effect Thursday. The Austin City Council passed an ordinance…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Austin reconsiders homelessness ordinances as Houston laws are challenged in court

It’s a new fiscal year for the city of Austin, and one of the myriad items on City Council agendas over the next year will be an overhaul of ordinances relating to homelessness. That won’t be easy, as federal courts…

Friday, July 27, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Equity Office proposes renaming 7 Confederate streets – and even the city itself

The Equity Office is recommending the city remove or change the names of streets, parks and markers in Austin that honor the Confederate States of America and slavery. The office also suggests eschewing the name “Austin” altogether, as Stephen F.…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Andrew Weber

AISD Board President Kendall Pace resigns after text message controversy

Kendall Pace, president of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees, said this morning that she would resign from her position as president and as Place 9 trustee after controversial text messages she sent to another board trustee surfaced…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Andrew Weber

Dockless bikes are (maybe) coming to Austin. But first, let’s talk it out.

Nobody wants to be the withholding stepparent. That’s why, when dockless bike companies Ofo and Spin rolled out during South by Southwest last year, they put the city in a tough spot. Austin, which markets itself as an innovative, tech-savvy…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Research hopes to fill in the gaps for bicycle and pedestrian data

Traffic is terrible. City and state officials are really good at counting cars to see how terrible traffic is and how it got that way, but that sort of data-collection infrastructure doesn’t exist for bike and pedestrian data. New research…

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Texas sues Austin, Travis County over ‘sanctuary city’ law

Texas is preemptively suing the city of Austin, Travis County and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to enforce the state’s newly minted “sanctuary city” law, Senate Bill 4. The suit, filed on Monday, asks a federal court…

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