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Stories by Eva Ruth Moravec

Some on Council want to privatize solid waste system

City Council Member Don Zimmerman wants to talk trash with his dais peers and is actively looking for two others who will support his proposal to privatize the city’s solid waste collection service. All other Council members at Monday’s Public…

Expo Center revitalization could be city's next bond election

The Travis County Expo Center – situated on the city of Austin’s largest park – is in need of a $620 million facelift, and City Council members hinted Wednesday that the renovation could be funded by a bond election. News came…

Council pledges to protect mobile home residents

The majority of City Council members voted Thursday to protect mobile home residents along with other tenants who are displaced by development. In an 8-1-1 vote with Council Member Don Zimmerman opposed, Council Member Sheri Gallo abstaining and Mayor Steve…

Council to address water utility debt

Issuing and selling bonds, paying off debt and applying for state loans for the Austin Water utility will be up for discussion at City Council’s meeting Thursday. At their work session on Tuesday, Council members seemed generally supportive of the…

Featured Collection: Austin Energy 2022 rate case

Austin Energy ramps up outreach for proposed rate changes

Austin Energy has entered the public hearing phase of its base rate review process, following its proposal to raise service costs. The monthslong dialogue with stakeholders and city staff, slated for resolution by City Council in November, has surfaced predictable…

Officials reflect on safety at SXSW 2016

This year’s South by Southwest festival was one of the safest yet, say SXSW and public safety officials, thanks to overtime funding that allowed Austin Police Department officers to fill festival staffing spots internally. Overall, the number of festival-related arrests…

Council mulls changes to campaign finance rules

Austin City Clerk Jannette Goodall has come up with a list of proposed changes to the city’s rules governing campaign finance reports. She says the changes will make electronic filing “easier and more transparent.” Goodall and Bob Guz, who heads an…

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500 body cameras soon to be within APD's reach

The Austin Police Department is inching closer to acquiring at least 500 body-worn cameras, but some close to the process told the Public Safety Committee on Monday that more public input should be sought. This month, APD announced a “pilot confirmation process”…

Council extends living wage to subcontractors

City subcontractors – such as airport food vendors and construction workers – will now be paid $13.03 an hour after City Council extended the city’s living wage requirements on Thursday to everyone working on a city contract. Two ordinances that…

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…

Council poised to pass fair-chance hiring ordinance

Despite the fact that Jacqueline Conn has a master’s degree, it took her 10 months to find a job in Austin, a delay she attributes to a 15-year-old felony conviction. On Tuesday, Conn, 34, stood behind Council Member Greg Casar…

As May 7 election nears, voting efforts ramp up

Early voting on the future of fingerprinting drivers for hire in Austin begins in five weeks, and interested parties are hard at work educating the public on which button to press at the polls. On Monday, the Supreme Court of…

Contractors give input on disparity study and ordinance

All Austin-area women- and minority-owned businesses are at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining city contracts, a recent study shows. But while African-American entrepreneurs have often been at the forefront of efforts to push for equity in contracting, some say…

Music Commission embraces Adler's plan to save Austin arts

Through a series of town hall meetings citywide, the Music Commission has vowed to educate Austinites and solicit public input on Mayor Steve Adler’s plan to better support art in Austin. Each of the 10 meetings will focus on a…

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