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Stories by Charles Boisseau

2012: A year of change

In 2012, Austin experienced a quiet revolution at the ballot box.   Since 1973, Austin voters six times rejected plans to create some form of geographic representation for their City Council. But 2012 was different. Many voters who had never…

Hike-and-bike trail projects under way

For six months, runners and walkers will take a detour on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake’s Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail as workers try to keep a narrow stretch of the lake from washing away.…

Task force members dig into hydrilla problem

Members of the Lake Austin Task Force on Monday delved into the murky waters of hydrilla, the invasive vegetation that has become a growing menace to boaters, residents and users of the lake.   This July, shortly after Austin City…

Austin voters in favor of 6 of 7 bond proposals

Austin voters approved all but one of seven city bond proposals Tuesday night. When all is said and done, the funds raised will fund everything from roads and parks to libraries and a new fire station.   Prop. 15, which…

Featured Collection: Sixth Street

Stream reveals details of six possible new Sixth Street music venues

Stream Realty Partners is eyeing the possibility of turning at least six of its properties on East Sixth Street into music venues, including a plan to convert the former Buffalo Billiards space into a daytime food hall with music in the evenings.…

Dry ‘run’ at Formula 1 proves problematic, learning experience

It was billed as the first race on the Formula 1 track and the first chance for the public to see the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas facility.   Instead, participants in a 3.4-mile fun run on Saturday…

Questions remain about civil service charter amendment

On Aug. 2, members of the Austin City Council unanimously agreed to place a charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that asks voters to decide whether to create a potentially costly civil service system to cover thousands of the…

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Union seeks civil service status for city employees

The union representing 15 percent of the city’s workforce wants the city to grant civil service protections to all municipal workers – a proposal that could cost the city tens of millions a year and limit the city’s ability to…

Austin Energy seeking $400,000 for firm to implement new rate system

Austin Energy is seeking authorization from the City Council to spend $400,000 to hire a company to rework the utility’s troublesome new billing software to implement its new rate structure.   Austin Energy Larry Weis sent a memo to City…

Austin Police Department Budget, 2012-2022

During the 2020-21 budget process, City Council cut $31.5 million from APD’s budget, citing the protests and “community outcry against the disproportionate impact of police violence on Black Americans, Latinx Americans and other non-white ethnic communities,” according to the approved…

Austin Energy’s first biomass power plant now in operation

The nation’s largest biomass power plant has begun operations near Nacogdoches in East Texas – the latest effort by the City of Austin to generate more than one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.   Austin Energy,…

Austin lifts ‘stage two’ restrictions, imposes new watering rules

The City of Austin on Thursday lifted its “stage two” watering restrictions but – in a response to last year’s historic drought – put in place new limits on the number of hours residents may water each week.   The…

Council shoots down plan for $5 million temporary airport terminal

Saying it would cost too much and benefit too few, Austin City Council members rejected a proposal to build a $5 million temporary airport terminal in time for this November’s inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.   Council voted…

Commission OKs building temporary airport terminal for F1

The Austin Airport Advisory Commission has endorsed a fast-track project to build a $5 million international terminal to accommodate the thousands of visitors expected to descend on Austin in mid-November for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.   The…

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