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Stories by Eva Ruth Moravec

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 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 Utilities…

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 in…

Friday, April 22, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 Adler…

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 items,…

Friday, April 1, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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…

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 effort…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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” with…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 closed…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 and…

Friday, March 18, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 Texas…

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 disparities…

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

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 different…

Friday, March 4, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Occupancy limits made permanent

City Council on Thursday eliminated an expiration date from the occupancy-limits ordinance, making permanent a cap on occupancy in new single-family homes.Council voted to amend the ordinance in a 9-1-1 vote, with Council Member Ellen Troxclair opposed and Council Member…

Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Municipal court judge: Our building is in shambles

Austin Municipal Court is so overcrowded that employees are working in closets throughout the building, which is filled with asbestos and is one technical glitch away from not functioning, according to courthouse staff.Presiding Judge Sherry Statman told City Council on Tuesday…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

‘Library for the future’ soon will be a reality

A decade ago, Austin voters approved a $90 million bond to build a new central library that would better fit the growing city’s needs.Another $30 million later, the “library for the future” is nearly complete. The 200,000-square-foot facility – with…

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council adopts new regulations for short-term rentals

City Council on Tuesday passed, on a 9-2 vote, new regulations governing short-term rentals that aren’t owner-occupied. Council also adopted plans to phase out all of the so-called STR Type 2 properties in residential zones by 2022.Council members Ellen Troxclair…

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council sets ballot language for May 7 election

City Council on Wednesday voted 9-2 to set the language that will appear before voters in a May 7 election over regulations for transportation network companies.Council members Ellen Troxclair and Don Zimmerman voted against the ordinance to set the language,…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

TNC ordinance heads to Austin voters

City Council late Thursday opted not to adopt an ordinance governing transportation network companies that was proposed through a citizens petition, setting the stage for a city-wide vote May 7.Council Member Don Zimmerman abstained from the vote, and Council members Ellen Troxclair…

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council to vote on TNC petition Thursday

Months of discussion over whether to fingerprint drivers of transportation network companies in Austin are headed for an apex Thursday, when City Council is set to vote on what to do with a citizens’ petition.In December, Council passed an ordinance that…

Friday, February 5, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

TNC speakers: 10 for election, 7 for adoption

City Council could be poised to call for an election for a transportation network company ordinance, as the majority of speakers urged it to do Thursday night.“Based on what we’ve heard, we probably are on our way to a May election,” said…

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