Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Elizabeth Pagano

Morrison kicks off Council re-election campaign

Even though they do not see eye to eye on every issue, Council members Laura Morrison and Sheryl Cole are good friends. So, last night, it was no great surprise to hear Cole praising Morrison as Morrison announced her bid…

Friday, January 14, 2011 by Elizabeth Pagano

Hundreds gather to challenge AISD’s proposed school closure plan

A large, loud crowd was on hand at Burger Center last night to share their opinions on the Austin Independent School District’s recently-released Facilities Master Plan. Last week, the report announced the proposed closing of nine schools.   The current…

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 by Elizabeth Pagano

Shade launches re-election campaign

A varied group of Austinites showed up to help launch Council Member Randi Shade’s campaign for re-election last night. Political insiders, neighbors, and people who had always wanted to see the inside of Mercury Hall were among those who braved…

Monday, January 10, 2011 by Elizabeth Pagano

NAACP’s Linder says Austin’s black community still faces challenges

Nelson Linder is a name familiar to those involved with city politics. Most recently, he presented a report to City Council on the current economic crisis facing Austin’s black community as vice chair of Austin’s African American Resource Advisory Commission.…

Friday, December 17, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

Despite rescue groups’ concerns, Council OKs ban on pet stores

Council unanimously passed a motion Thursday to ban retail pet sales in the City of Austin. Animal activists say the ban is part of a larger effort to make Austin a no-kill city. However, some opponents worried that the vague…

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP will wait for the new year to vote on Slaughter Lane rezone

Last week, the Zoning & Platting Commission considered what seemed like every possible option at their disposal during their discussion of the proposed rezoning of the old Albertson’s site at 1807 West Slaughter Lane. In the end, however, all suggestions…

Monday, December 13, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves priciest electrical services contract

City Council accepted a bid recommended by city staff for electric transmission and distribution services last week despite the fact that it was the most expensive bid up for consideration. Six companies bid to provide the services to Austin Energy,…

Thursday, December 2, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

Parks board weighs environmental impact of proposed disc golf course

The proposed disc golf course on the property adjacent to the Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park provoked heated discussion Tuesday night, as the Parks and Recreation Board weighed environmental concerns about the new site. They also got an earful…

Friday, November 19, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves water, wastewater lines for planned Formula 1 track

City Council approved service extension requests Thursday for water and wastewater lines to the proposed Formula 1 racetrack site southeast of the city before a packed chamber. The Council voted 7-0 in favor of the $13.5 million contract, although the…

Friday, November 12, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

Variances rejected on East Austin property

The Board of Adjustment agreed unanimously this week to reject two variance requests for a contentious East Side property located at 2206 East 14th Street.   David Cancialosi, who spoke on behalf of property owner Jeff Lewis, opened the proceedings…

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 by Elizabeth Pagano

Despite plans to change program, Council OKs historic zoning cases

Despite moves to slow the drain on the city’s tax revenues by limiting the number of historic home designations, the Council unanimously voted last week to add two more to that roster, and began the process of rezoning a third.…

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