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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City, EMS labor negotiations likely to continue

Even though its negotiating team declared an impasse with the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association last week, City Council appears prepared to direct staff to resume negotiations, but not immediately.Council members Ann Kitchen, Delia Garza, Leslie Pool and…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council flees posted meeting place for interviews

City Council continued to try to hide the names of candidates for city manager on Thursday, taking the unusual and possibly illegal step of leaving the location advertised for its executive session with the candidates and meeting in a place…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

As talks end, EMS union, city at stalemate

Unlike the unions for police officers and firefighters, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association could not reach an agreement with city of Austin management on Monday. Employees will continue to work under civil service rules, but there is…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Nonprofits ready to assist with open enrollment

Today is the first day of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Two Austin nonprofits are ready to help anyone needing assistance with the sometimes confusing process of getting health insurance. This year participants will have…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Light at the end of the tunnel for landowner

It’s been many years in the making, but it seems likely that Abraham Birgani, who owns a tract at the corner of McNeil Drive and Blackfoot Trail, may finally get the zoning he needs to allow him to offer commercial…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditor: 253 fraud allegations filed this year

It was a busy year for investigators at the Office of the City Auditor’s Integrity Unit. They sifted through 253 allegations of fraud, waste and abuse and completed 20 investigations during Fiscal Year 2016-17, which concluded on Sept. 30.Nathan Wiebe,…

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditors say city’s website needs improvement

The Office of the City Auditor has found that although the city’s website, AustinTexas.gov, offers residents numerous online services, the website does not meet accessibility guidelines, so it is difficult for people with certain disabilities to find and use those…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Police contract with city heads to vote

If an agreement finalized between the city and the Austin Police Association on Tuesday is adopted, the Office of the Police Monitor will have more power to investigate allegations of police misconduct and Austin police will get a 9.5 percent…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council to reconsider annexing ‘doughnut hole’

Owners of homes on Susie, Joy and Easy streets told City Council last week that they do not wish to be annexed any more than they did in 2016, when Council voted not to annex the approximately 34-acre Mooreland Addition…

Friday, October 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Proposal to change traffic rule draws fire

The Austin Transportation Department is proposing changes to the Traffic Impact Analysis for zoning cases that observers in the development business worry could slow down the process and raise the cost of developing small commercial projects.Transportation Department Assistant Director Annick…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Wagner accused of misusing city resources

The Office of the City Auditor’s investigative unit has issued a report concluding that a city employee who serves as an Austin Independent School District board trustee has misused city resources.According to the report, which was released Thursday, Trustee Yasmin…

Friday, October 13, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs reduced budget for Visit Austin

Visit Austin, formerly known as the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, will no longer be paying for alcohol to entertain would-be Austin conventioneers with city Hotel Occupancy Tax collections. The group promised the mayor and City Council that in the…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

AFSCME supports Hart as city manager

The city employees union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has sent a letter to Mayor Steve Adler requesting that City Council consider hiring Interim City Manager Elaine Hart as Austin’s permanent city manager.In the letter, which…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Clarke Hammond passes away at 66

Clarke Hammond, 66, a larger-than-life figure in the Austin community, died Saturday following liver surgery. His friend, former Mayor Lee Leffingwell, described Hammond as a man “who lived life large. He probably crammed more life into 50 years than most…

Friday, October 6, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs historic zoning for apartment house

City Council approved historic zoning on Thursday for the 1930s-era Tucker-Winfield Apartment House at 1105 Nueces St. Council Member Jimmy Flannigan voted against the designation and Council Member Ellen Troxclair abstained.Flannigan objected to the designation, at least in part, because…

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City to lease Ben White space for DSD, AE

Last week, City Council authorized negotiation and execution of a seven-year lease for a little less than 60,000 square feet at 5202 E. Ben White Blvd. The building will house about 100 employees from Austin Energy and 93 employees from…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

County sued over lease information

Even though Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has ruled that Travis County must provide a copy of the 99-year lease of 308 Guadalupe St. between the county and Lincoln Property Company, the county has not yet done so.In response, real…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Public Works skipped quality controls

The Public Works Department, which oversees the city’s capital projects, like the new Central Library and Water Treatment Plant 4, has failed to “consistently follow processes designed to contain costs and ensure the quality” of such projects, according to a…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off ethics rules vote

City Council postponed a vote on the proposed new ethics ordinance Thursday, raising questions about whether a new request for proposal for handling city biosolids might become the subject of lobbying.That was certainly not Council’s intent, according to Council Member…

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs firefighters’ contract 7-3

City Council approved a five-year contract with the Austin Firefighters Association Thursday on a vote of 7-3, after a heated exchange between Council Member Ora Houston and Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks.Houston criticized the firefighters association for not doing…

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