Stories by Jo Clifton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Austinites file to run for new Council seats

(Reporter Gene Davis assisted in the preparation of this story.)By the end of business Monday, the Austin City Clerk’s Office had assisted 76 78 Austinites wishing to serve their community as members of the new 10-1 City Council. There were a…

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Statesman endorses plan for homestead exemption; Martinez, Cole react

The American-Statesman in its Wednesday edition came out in favor of a 20 percent homestead exemption as proposed by mayoral candidate Steve Adler. The other major contenders, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Mike Martinez have criticized Adler’s…

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Council meetings to consider utility fund, rail ballot, flood buyouts

The Austin City Council will hold two special called meetings this week, one Thursday following the Council Committee on Austin Energy, and one Friday at 1p.m.Thursday’s meeting includes consideration of whether to allow the utility to transfer $30 million from…

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

TxDOT won’t withdraw draft of SH45 SW environmental study

The Texas Department of Transportation has refused to suspend or withdraw the draft environmental impact statement, called an EIS, for the roadway design of SH45 Southwest, as requested by Austin City Manager Marc Ott July 23.In addition, TxDOT has declined…

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Adler files for mayor, cites proposal for homestead tax exemption

Attorney Steve Adler announced a proposal for a sweeping change in the city’s property tax system Monday as he filed the documents necessary to get a place on the ballot for the mayoral election in November.Standing before a small crowd…

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Jo Clifton

City asks TxDOT to stop SH45SW environmental impact statement

City Manager Marc Ott has asked the Texas Department of Transportation to withdraw its current draft environmental impact statement of State Highway 45 Southwest and suspend its technical review.In making the request, Ott cited three “pending critical environmental studies,” which…

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Former State Rep. Kitchen leads fundraising in District 5

Former State Rep. Ann Kitchen has greatly outpaced the other candidates in the race to represent South Austin’s District 5. Her contribution and expenditure report show she has raised more than $42,000 and lent her campaign $20,700. After spending nearly…

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Adler takes big money lead over Martinez, Cole in Mayor’s race

Months before the mayoral field was set, those who opine on such things predicted candidates for Mayor would spend big money on the race. With four months to go, that only seems true for one candidate, attorney Steve Adler.Adler, who…

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Water task force recommends finding more ways to save water

After months of tedious and lengthy meetings, the city’s blue ribbon task force assigned to make recommendations on how Austin should deal with an ever-shrinking water supply unanimously approved a report to City Council Wednesday.   The major message from…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Public Integrity Unit investigating former West Lake Hills city planner

The Travis County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit has opened an investigation into allegations surrounding a former city planner for West Lake Hills who is now in private practice as an architect.   Assistant District Attorney Greg Cox confirmed the…

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Jo Clifton

West Lake Hills’ planner’s actions under ethical spotlight

Actions of a former West Lake Hills City Council member and former city planner are raising ethical and legal concerns since it appears he is representing a client he may have begun a business relationship with while still employed by…

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Tovo, Martinez disagree with Mayor over rejection of incentive deals

After learning Monday that National Instruments and Dropbox terminated economic incentive agreements with the city, Austinites learned Tuesday that a third company, U.S. Farathane, also ended its participation in the program which gives companies tax breaks or fee waivers in…

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Task force hears water options, some likely unpalatable

With lake levels dropping and no end in sight for the current drought, Austin Water Utility officials are putting some creative strategies on the table designed to add to and maximize the city’s water supplies. It seems likely that the…

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Martinez to emphasize affordability, mobility in campaign for Mayor

Though he won’t be formally launching his campaign for Mayor of Austin until April 5, Council Member Mike Martinez did expand on his Tuesday night “announcement to announce” he was running.   Martinez told those gathered Wednesday outside City Hall…

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Morrison says she will not run for Mayor

Council Member Laura Morrison, who has served on the Austin City Council for nearly six years and has been considered a likely candidate for Mayor on the November ballot told the Austin Monitor today that she has decided against the…

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Jo Clifton

SOS files criminal charge against Daugherty over SH45 SW information

Bill Bunch, executive director of the Save Our Springs Alliance, filed a criminal complaint Monday against Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty. The complaint signed by Bunch was filed on behalf of SOS with County Attorney David Escamilla.   SOS alleges…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Shea wallops two opponents in Early Vote

Former City Council Member Brigid Shea took a commanding lead tonight with nearly 65 percent of the Early Vote over her two opponents, Garry Brown and Richard Jung. Out of 7,173 votes cast, Shea had 64.94percent. Jung was a distant…

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Two more tech companies seek incentives from state, city

Both the City of Austin and the Office of Governor Rick Perry announced two separate economic development incentive proposals Thursday that they say would bring 640 new full-time jobs and a capital investment of more than $15 million to Austin.…

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Some complain of ‘packing’ Democratic clubs for endorsements

There was an unusually fierce internal battle at Saturday’s endorsement meeting of the Central Austin Democrats. Essentially, the argument was over the fact that numerous members of the University Democrats had joined Central Austin Democrats, ostensibly so they could vote…

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Patsy Woods Martin announces for Mayor; others are waiting

The founder of I Live Here, I Give Here, Patsy Woods Martin, announced late Thursday that she has officially thrown her hat in the ring to be the next Mayor of Austin. Trained as a chemist, Martin, 59, lists herself…

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