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Stories by Jack Craver

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Jack Craver

Garza, Renteria, Casar unveil Housing Justice Agenda

Three City Council members say they are united to push for a series of aggressive affordable housing measures, including a major increase in housing subsidies and reforms of the land development code.At a panel at the Austin Convention Center Tuesday…

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

Will Manley be made police chief? City manager remains mum

In spite of the praise he has received from city leaders for his response to the Austin bombings, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley is not necessarily a shoo-in to be the next permanent police chief.City Manager Spencer Cronk is still…

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council members push for $300M affordable housing bond

If Austin is going to do something about its affordability crisis, many on City Council believe that it will take a massive infusion of public funds to build housing that is affordable to low-income and working-class residents.To that end, at…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Adler to developers: CodeNEXT must provide more housing

Mayor Steve Adler told members of Austin’s real estate industry Tuesday that the city is making it easier to build and that he hopes the potential overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code will allow for much greater density on…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves compromise to redevelop and preserve Rosewood Courts

City Council voted Thursday to permanently preserve eight buildings that are a part of Rosewood Courts, a public housing development in East Austin that was built 80 years ago for African-Americans with funds from the newly created United States Housing…

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council debates police staffing

At the first City Council meeting following the end of the recent bombings, Council members spent nearly two hours debating a largely symbolic resolution about police staffing.Originally, explained Council Member Ellen Troxclair, the resolution was meant to simply convey Council’s…

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Jack Craver

Which historic sites should be covered by hotel occupancy taxes?

Last year, City Council voted to reallocate millions of dollars from the Austin Convention Center and Visit Austin (formerly the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau) to historic preservation efforts. Now, it’s up to Council to decide what projects will benefit…

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council discusses economic, cultural benefits of Major League Soccer in Austin

On Thursday, City Council will take up a resolution directing city staff to analyze whether a vacant lot at 10414 McKalla Lane would be a suitable spot for a future Major League Soccer stadium.So far, no Council members have signaled…

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

City leaders discuss legacy of segregation from 1928 plan

At a press conference at City Hall on Monday, city leaders and activists recognized the 90th anniversary of Austin’s first zoning code, which enshrined legal segregation by race and ethnicity.The 1928 Master Plan was most notable for establishing the former…

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

South Lamar neighbors to get office traffic instead of residential traffic

Nearly two years ago, the Planning Commission voted 10-1 to recommend a zoning change that would allow a 70-unit apartment building to be built on a vacant lot at 2413 Thornton Road.As is often the case in zoning battles, nearby…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Jack Craver

Kathie Tovo gets an opponent

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo will face at least one opponent in her bid for re-election.Danielle Skidmore recently filed paperwork to join the race for District 9, which includes all of downtown and many Central Austin neighborhoods between MoPac Expressway…

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council considering another $110 million for Waller Creek park system

City Council members have expressed interest in the idea of extending the life of a tax increment reinvestment zone that was set up to fund the Waller Creek chain of parks, an ongoing project that city government is betting will…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

What happens when top public safety officials are accused of harassment?

Members of the Public Safety Commission expressed concern and befuddlement over policies that the Police, Fire and EMS departments rely on to hold their top officials accountable for harassment.“It doesn’t make sense to me that the policies are so different…

Monday, March 12, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council wants action on city-owned vacant lots

City Council is looking to more than a dozen city-owned properties as opportunities to provide affordable housing, arts spaces, parkland and economic development, in some cases looking to emulate past developments on public land, such as Mueller and Seaholm.City staff…

Friday, March 9, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves plan aimed at holding city programs accountable

City Council approved a wide-ranging plan on Thursday aimed at forcing city programs to prove their worth.The Austin Strategic Direction 2023 Plan has been in the works since the beginning of 2017, when Council began exploring the concept of “outcome-based”…

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council considers gentrification and ‘right to return’ policy

On Tuesday, City Council members got their first glimpse at a study they voted to authorize that examines gentrification in Austin.The first phase of the study, conducted by three University of Texas professors, analyzed the demographic profile of nearly every…

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by Jack Craver

EMS union urges city not to forget it

The union that represents the city’s paramedics is urging the city to come to the bargaining table and approve a new contract that will offer ambulance workers what it describes as a much-deserved 2 percent pay raise.Tony Marquardt, president of…

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council extends paid sick leave to city’s temporary employees

On Thursday, City Council made good on its promise to apply the same sick leave requirement to city government that it voted two weeks ago to impose on private employers.In a 9-2 vote, Council approved a resolution directing city staff to…

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council buys local on computer training contract

City Council rejected the advice of city staff and awarded a technology training contract to a local group over a national nonprofit that only recently arrived in Austin.Staff had recommended that the city contract with Community Technology Network to manage…

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin could use rising property values to create affordable housing

City Council Member Greg Casar wants to get the most out of the hundreds of millions of dollars that the city is poised to spend to upgrade its transportation corridors in the coming years.The improvements coming to Austin’s corridors will…

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